I’ve been working on my parent’s beach house the past few weeks, and while the project is no where near complete, I couldn’t resist sharing a snapshot of the living room with y’all. The objective for the space was to create a cozy comfortable atmosphere where nothing is too precious, and friends and family can unwind. The slipcovered Pottery Barn sofas just arrived and my parents couldn’t be more pleased! They’re perfectly relaxed, and if a few too many sandy feet come across their path replacement covers are so much more affordable than custom slipcovers or replacing the sofas entirely. I’ve been crushing on the linen Ikea curtains for some time, and the classic pattern is in my mom’s favorite color palette accompanied by a very attainable price tag. I’m having them lined this week with blackout fabric to make the design pop and provide privacy when needed. Accompanied by pretty white wood finials, curtain rings, rods and brackets from Lowes, the windows will have a custom look for a fraction of the price.
I tossed in some mis-matching pillows in complementary colors from Ikea (1,2) and Costco (similar), and scored the trunk coffee table half-off at a floor sample sale. The wingback seagrass chair has an updated classic look that my mom adores, and the seagrass stools can replicate the comfortability of a chaise-sectional while adverting the permanence of the trendy design. I’m still waiting on the rug along with several additional pieces of furniture to arrive and artwork needs to be hung, but I’m really excited how everything is pulling together!
Homegoods is one of my favorite stores to shop for affordable accessories. Unfortunately, it’s either filled with lovely gems at price tags that makes your adrenaline pump with joy, or an abundance of dusty metal chickens (read this story, it’s hilarious!). But lately my local Homegoods stores (yes, I have 3 within 25 minutes of my house and consider myself truly blessed!) have had some great finds!
First up – these lovely planters ranging in price from $5-$30 each. Love how they look outside on our deck!
Picked these HUGE geometric and flokati rugs for under $300 each!
This art deco mirror was a huge score on clearance for under $60, it’s almost identical to Anthropologie’s Abate Slated Mirror. I hung it on a dark wall in The Bungalow opposite from a window and door, and it instantly added light and depth to the space – love this trick! I have a second one that I’m debating on returning or hanging somewhere else in the house. Opposite the mirror I placed this awesome $7 geometric basket serving to house my rubber plant, which is very nicely concealing an old electrical panel! I couldn’t pass up on this sunburst mirror for a client project – Serena & Lily’s Metal Starburst Mirror was in the initial design plans, but Homegoods version was 1/6 of the price and equally as fabulous!
Gave my mom this tray for Mothers Day and it looks great styled on the Rebecca trunk in The Beach House! Kicking myself for not including the Union Jack pillow in my cart at checkout (hopefully they still have it tomorrow!).
Lastly, I picked up this club chair for a bachelor pad I’m working on – love the buckle detail on the back!
Do you shop in Homegoods often? Have you picked up anything lately?
See a list of my favorite places to eat and visit in the Hamptons here.
I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend!
In celebration of my favorite weekday, I wanted to share this Ginger Jalapeño Margarita with you lovely readers. Wine will always be my first love, but as of late Billy and I have become quite the mixologists, thoroughly enjoying experimenting with different concoctions! A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet – jalapeño infused tequila, ginger cognac, fresh citrus juices and a tiny splash of cinnamon agave makes an incredibly refreshing drink!
GINGER JALAPEÑO MARGARITA
- 3 oz. jalapeño infused tequila (recipe below)
- 0.5 oz. cinnamon agave
- 1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1- Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker.
2- Fill shaker with ice.
3- Shake until cold – about 10 seconds.
4- Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of jalapeño or lemon curl.
JALAPEÑO INFUSED TEQUILA
- 2 jalapeños, seeds removed and sliced
- 1 1.75L bottle of Jose Cuervo Patron Silver Tequila
1- Place jalapeños in tequila bottle and let steep.
2- Remove jalapeños from the bottle after 2 days for a mild heat or leave them in as long as you dare (I never remove mine)!
*If you want to make these tonight and don’t have jalapeño infused tequila prepared, substitute a few drops of tabasco sauce.
I am not a big kitchen gadget person (automatic can opener? no thanks!) but this little contraption has won me over. It juices citrus fruits incredibly fast, allowing me to prepare a pitcher of margaritas in the amount of time it would normally take to make one – a definite plus!
Images via DiCorcia Design / Adapted from a drink I had at David Burke's Fromagerie
I think by now you all have probably realized I have a slight obsession with art. I truly believe bringing real art into a space transforms a house from four walls into a home. I have admired Amanda Stone Talley for years, so on our recent trip to New Orleans her studio was on the top of my list of places to visit. We were greeted at the door by the studio’s fabulously sweet and funny art director, Randy Jackson,who guided us around providing insight and perspective on the artist’s various works (and was not pushy whatsoever – qualities lacking in many art galleries!). Amanda’s abstract paintings and drawings have an incredible energy to them that I find intoxicating. I fell in love with the relaxing movement of this “Petal” painting that was part of Amanda’s private collection (above left), and by the end of our visit I decided it needed to come home with me. It was delivered last week and hung this weekend, I am so excited to add it to my collection!
We were also incredibly lucky to meet the artist herself who is exceptionally charming and warm, and very kindly printed us out a directory of her favorites places to visit in New Orleans. I could have chatted her ear off all day! Amanda’s art ranges in price from $300 on up.
1 Tigerlily $700 // 2 Bird Series III $500 // 3 Fan Series III $400 // 4 Right Ribbon I $1,500
In my humble opinion Amanda Stone Talley is one of the greatest abstract artists of our generation!
Images via DiCorcia Interior Design and Amanda Stone Talley
This week a few of our perennials started growing, formally announcing Spring is here! Backyard plans have been in full swing the past couple of weeks, with the bar/shed construction and landscaping direction being the main focal points. Now it’s time to start focusing on the furniture selection – my favorite part! After my initial shock over the cost of outdoor furniture (?!), I got to work creating a design board using Trina Turk’s Pisces fabric in Punch as my point of inspiration (rather appropriate as Pisces is my sign!). The backyard is a decent size so in addition to the pool, we added a tri-level deck to cost-effectively optimize the scale of the property and designate separate zones – outdoor living room, pool lounging, s’mores station and al fresco dining.
Outdoor Living Room: West Elm Cushions $49-$89 // World Market Umbrella $99.99 // West Elm Sundial Pillow $39 // Trina Turk Pisces Pillow $52 // Trina Turk Arches Pillow $75 // West Elm Martini Table $145 // West Elm Wood Slat Sectional $749 // CB2 Element Coffee Table $399 // West Elm Wood Slat Bench $329 // Fab Habitat Earth Lhasa Rug 6 x9 $110 // Acapulco Chair $475
Pool Lounge: West Elm Martini Table $145 // Home Decorators Sling Chair $249/ set of 2 // Trina Turk Super Paradise Pillow $65 // Worlds Market Umbrella $99.99
S’mores Station: World Market Adirondack Chair $129.99 // Trina Turk Arches Pillow $75
Restoration Hardware Fire Bowl $1,195
Al Fresco Dining: World Market Umbrella $99.99 // World Market Outdoor Dining Table $299.99 World Market Antigua Lanterns $39.98/ set of 2 // West Elm Melamine Serverware $10 // West Elm Dinner Plate $6 // Anthropologie Fleur-De-Lys Glass $6 // West Elm Dip-Dye Placemat $14/ set of 2
CB2 Venezia Chair sold out (similar)
Do you have an outdoor living space? If so, how has the furniture held up? Salty beach air has me a little concerned!
Last night I ran into Target to pick up toothpaste. An hour later I emerged with toothpaste, a lamp, lampshade, bottle of nail polish, sports bra, and a lighter wallet?! I swear Target is strategically designed so you can’t leave without spending at least $40. Anyways, when I stumbled upon this jute lamp I nearly fell over! It’s identical to the Jamie Young Cylinder Jute Table Lamp and was on sale for $34.99 marked down from $49.99 – major score!!!
For some reason the online version is more expensive and is missing the square lucite base, so you may want to check your local store. The lamp I purchased is Threshold’s Rope Finish Lamp Base. I also picked up this lampshade to accompany the base, but am contemplating returning it in place of a light blue linen shade. Thoughts?
Whenever I design a room I first develop a very detailed design board and Auto-Cad generated floor plan. Depending on the client and budget, all of the furniture is purchased at once or plans are based on purchasing a few items up front and filling in the rest over a period of time. Either way having a plan is essential! It establishes the style and function of the room, and deters purchasing items that may be attractive but don’t fit within the aesthetic of the space.
I have been searching for the perfect antique cabinet for this little spot in our living room for the past year. I stumbled upon this American of Martinsville bamboo cabinet a few weeks ago and immediately snatched it up. It was exactly what I wanted. In great condition and reasonable priced, the bamboo detailing fits perfectly within the laid-back/traditional character of our home, and glass doors allow me to display my ever growing collections of books, pottery, decanters and other little treasures.
It arrived this week and I immediately got to work filling it with some of my favorite things — my version of therapy!
My love for beautiful things started at a young age. My most treasured childhood memories were spent endlessly searching for the perfect sea shell on a warm summer day, under my grandmother’s quilting loom mesmerized by the maze of stitches and helping cook infamous Italian Sunday dinners that had more courses than people at the table. After graduating from Rutgers University I pursued a career in marketing, working in various sectors of the industry from visual merchandising at H&M to brand management for Fortune 500 companies. The industry allotted me the creativity I craved and organizational structure my Type A personality jived with.
Then five years ago Billy and I purchased a tiny broken down bungalow in a small bay community on the east coast. The house was in shambles. Moldy sheetrock, ancient electrical wiring, dysfunctional plumbing and floors that had been mistaken for a litter box sent most potential buyers running; but we saw good bones, a price tag we were comfortable with and endless opportunities. On a shoestring budget we transformed the broken down bungalow into a home for how we live and what we love.
A home where sandy feet are welcome after a day at the beach,
football games are watched,
cooking is a group activity strictly accompanied by wine,
and dinner parties are hosted frequently.
Friends and family started asking for my help decorating their own homes. From kitchens to nurseries to holiday dinners, I designed spaces based on comfort, function and beauty. I fell completely in love with the process and DiCorcia Interior Design organically grew from there.
DiCorcia Interior Design is devoted to enriching how you feel and interact within your home. Onsite, e-decor and styling services are available to accommodate any budget and location. If you need assistance creating a home that makes you happy I would be thrilled to assist you!