Design Crush • Erin Gates’ Master Suite

ErinGatesAdditionweb-18 ErinGatesAdditionweb-17 ErinGatesAdditionweb-16ErinGatesAddition-9 ErinGatesAddition-111 ErinGatesAddition-10 ErinGatesAddition-12 ErinGatesAddition-13ErinGatesAddition-2I came across Erin Gates master suite remodel a few days ago on Pinterest, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I have to admit, rooms comprised of a primarily neutral color palette aren’t typically my thing, as they can start looking rather blah really fast. The key is to layer in various textures and patterns to add depth and warmth to the space. While this it not always an easy task, when done right, it’s just magical!

Target New Home Arrivals!

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Nate-Berkus-Threshold-new-home-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pillows, gold bowl}

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Nate-Berkus-Threshold-new-home-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wall hanging, throw, pillow, pyramid}

Nate Berkus & Threshold’s new lines for Target are absolutely killing it! Not to mention are the products themselves insane {and really well-priced!}, but the styling of the shots is dead on – I could soak in that tub all day!!!

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An open & airy English Countryside Home on Hudson Street

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The light filled space has a sense of airiness about that I just adore, and while the generously proportioned windows certainly help out, the look is fully achieved through various other elements. Cream & light gray walls paired with the bright white molding adds dimension while still maintaining an overall look of levity. Reclaimed wood furniture & accessories found throughout the apartment add a sense of warmth & character without weighing the space down space, while well-positioned mirrors reflect light adding just as much warmth as if a window had actually taken their place – I especially love the placement of the mirror above the kitchen sink where a window would typically be found!

Style Profile • Converted Bathroom Vanities

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With that said, well-made wood furniture in general is expensive due to the high level of craftsmanship and time that goes into each piece (which is why I almost always buy vintage). I just love the look of  consoles, dressers, buffets, etc. converted into bathroom vanities, making space feel so much homier and less sterile!  So I pulled together the above images of  for a little inspiration, and my clients absolutely loved the idea!

They’re going to use an antique dresser passed down from the husband’s mother that has been collecting dust in their garage for years, and we’re going to have the top replaced with a slab of granite (to make it more maintenance-free and kid-friendly). The granite yard is going to install the sink along with the granite, and the plumber is going to hook up all the pipes – so much better than a sub-par cookie cutter option!

For more information on my E-decor services, feel free to hit me up at christine@dicorciadesign.com!

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Neutrals Done Right

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Do you prefer more neutrals in your home or color? It’s such a personal decision!

Design Crush • Couture Design for Barefoot Living

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I’m not a huge fan of reality TV, but Million Dollar Decorators is one of the few shows I actually watch. This Nantucket beach cottage designed by Jeffery Alan Marks was featured on Season 2, and I was so excited to be reminded of its sublime existence in this month’s Coastal Living. I absolutely adore the modern twist on relaxed coastal style! Marks unofficially coined his slogan as “couture design for barefoot living” – gotta love that! Here’s my take…

A Touch of Whimsey & A Touch of Weird

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What’s your favorite style beach houses?

Design Crush • Federico de Vera’s Train Station

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Such is the case found in this 1875 train station Federico de Vera transformed into his country home, utterly whimsical with it’s slanted ceilings, narrow hallways and ticket office turned living room. Plus, I’d imagine most little boys once dreamed of living in a real train station!

Design Crush • Steven Gambrel

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Design Crush • Julia Reed

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There’s something about Greek Revival’s that I’m really drawn to – the classic timeless style that could be found anywhere at any time in history and not look dated. What style home would you consider your favorite?