A Fresh West Coast Interpretation of East Coast Tradition

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I was flipping through the new House Beautiful last night, and fell pretty hard for this gorgeous Los Angelos cottage designed by Schuyler Samperton. I adore the fresh West Coast interpretation on the traditional East Coast Shingle Style cottage; complete with vibrant pops of colors, wallpaper galore and a relaxed sense of elegance.

What also really appealed to me was how heirloom antiques were used throughout the home. Our trip to Bordeaux afforded us the opportunity to not only stay at the Ren’s gorgeous Chateau (opposed to a hotel), but also live their day-to-day lives to a degree, including being surrounded by their gorgeous antiques. What pleasantly surprised me was that the antique furniture was actually being used (my clothes hung in a gorgeous 18th c. armoire), opposed to being shoved into a parlor room never to be touched (or seen for that matter). I’ve always been a fan of using antique furniture in a room, as it adds a level of history that typically can’t be achieved in new furniture. In addition, antiques are typically much more affordable than their brand new counterparts of similar quality – and quite often, the craftsmanship far surpasses most of what is made today.

Are you a fan of having antiques in your home?

Get The Look • Tropical Pool House

Get-The-Look-Celerie-Kemble-Tropical-Pool-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignKaren Smidth Painting •  Carlisle Sofa in Washed Grain Sack, AdobePaper Mache Bird Lamp Tortoise Side Table Navy Jules Coffee TableSouth Sea Yellow Pillow Coral Pillow in Grain Sack, AdobeGreek Key Garden StoolSpruce Street Chair Slipcovered in Mist LinenHampstead Painted Sofa w/ Sunbrella Cushions in ButtercupDuncan Diamond Natural Rug

I mentioned a few weeks back how much I adore the beachy aesthetic of Celerie Kemble’s Dominican home, and the designer has struck yet again by way of this gorgeous pool house located in Lexington, KT. The sherbet-hued palette just screams tropical vaca to me – even if it’s only escaping to your own backyard!

The custom sofa and pillows could be easily duplicated with off-the-rack items – like this sofa and pillow – by simply having your tailor add white fabric tape just inside the borders! You could even have them add the fringed bottom, by going with this model!

Color for the Color-phobic

Abby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAbby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAbby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAbby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAbby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAbby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAbby-Larson-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI often find some people have a phobia of color when it comes to designing their home. Either they wear neutrals all the time and think they don’t like color, or adore color and simply can’t decide on what hues to include. And while an all neutral home can be beautiful, it’s not an easy balance to achieve – and in my opinion is often not suited for the majority of people.

Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty previously listed herself in the above mentioned category, until she called upon Lauren and Susan McGrath to design this gorgeous, quintessential New England home. What I love most about the abode is that the “investment pieces” were done in neutral shades, while color was added in small pops with accessories. In turn the heftier price-tag items will be around for the long-run – whereas pillows, the trim on the window treatments, books, the tablecloth in the entry and even the upholstery on the dining chairs can be easily swapped out for a different color palette!

Are you a fan of including color in your home?

Ashley Putman Strikes Again!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m sure many of you remember Asheley Putnam’s gorgeous Houston home published in Lonny back in 2010 – that English roll arm sofa and the cobalt blue dining room makes me weak in the knees!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWell, Mrs. Putman has been at it again by way of this 19th-century farmhouse located in the sleepy town of Fayetteville, TX. Ashley and her husband restored the dilapidated clapboard abode to pure perfection, resulting in a quaint charm that I think can only be found in older homes.

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Style Profile • The Yellow Sofa

Jenna-Lyons-Living-Room-Yellow-Sofa-via-DiCorcia-interior-Design-NY-NJI remember seeing Jenna Lyons lemon yellow George Smith sofa published in Domino magazine in 2008, and being blown away by the fabulously bold choice! Back then, I don’t think I would have ever considered the color in such large doses, but it’s grown on me, and I’ve come to really adore the application! I think the key is to choose a linen or velvet fabric in a soft lemon hue, and pair it with subtle tones and neutral walls to achieve a really rich look.

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My Expectations Were Met

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Have you checked out the new Domino? If so, what’s your take away?

The Queen of Shelter Magazines Returns

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I was browsing through my bloglovin’ feed yesterday, and nearly fell off the sofa when I saw this post regarding Condé Nast relaunching Domino Magazine with Michelle Adams as editor-in-chief!!! I’d heard rumors of similar news here and there, but didn’t want to get my hopes up. I was really bummed when Ms. Adams left Lonny, feeling the content just wasn’t the same. So to hear the rumors are actually true – albeit through a Facebook update – has me giddy with delight! In celebration, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Domino images for your viewing pleasure!

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A Lovely Greek Revival in Sag Harbor

Sag-Harbor-Hamptons-Greek-Revival-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJGreek revivals are by far one of my favorite styles of architecture for a country or beach house, and this one located in the quaint town of Sag Harbor is an absolute gem! Belonging to fashion designer Beth Blake of THREAD (love their bridesmaid dresses!), and her family of four, the abode boasts classic historical features notorious to Greek revivals, and an updated color palette, resulting in a home that is both current and classic – the best combination in my opinion!

Sag-Harbor-Hamptons-Greek-Revival-Living-Room-Fireplace-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignRegarding the aesthetics, Blake said: “We wanted it to feel like your grandmother lived there—but a grandmother who had really great taste.” My own grandmother is my creative muse and backboard for many of my designs, so I absolutely love this description!

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Style Profile • Ticking Stripes

Carolina-Herrera-Bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI like a few good doses of pattern in a room to keep things interesting. Stripes are one of the most versatile, easily combined with toile, floral and other geometric strokes. As for my favorite, it’s a toss-up between ticking stripes and awning stripes, with the former ringing in #1 for large-scale coverage – like upholstery or wallpaper. The subtle pattern looks almost like a solid from a few feet back and the classic petite lines render a timeless design.

Ticking-Stripes-Coastal-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTicking stripes are most commonly associated with coastal style homes.

Ticking-Stripes-Coastal-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTicking-Stripes-Elegant-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBut can also be elegant, and even a little mysterious, especially when paired with darker walls.

Ticking-Stripes-Traditional-Table-Runner-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTicking-Stripes-Traditional-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd of course they look fabulous in a more traditional settings as well – I’ve always adored that Odette Sofette!

Here’s a few of my most recent crushes: Ticking-Stripes-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ1- Ticking Stripe Apron $48 // 2- Target Dress $20.99 // 3- J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer $129.99 // 4- Ralph Lauren Writer’s Chair // 5- Target Denim Button Down $22.99 // 6- Pottery Barn Ticking Stripe Ruffle Shower Curtain $79 // 7- Ticking Stripe Roman Shade $49.50 (great price!)

What’s your take on ticking stripes? Do they appear anywhere in your home?