Well Lived-In Styling

Caline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI love coming across a home in a magazine and thinking – yup, someone actually lives there “as is”. So many features today are excessively fancied-up by stylists, and while they may be beautiful to look at, they’re also completely impractical for most people to maintain. In turn, presenting unrealistic standards in the industry – similar to 90 lb. models walking the runway in sportswear.

I think this lovely Cape Town home belonging to interior designer Caline Williams-Wynn and her family, is a great example of placement and styling executed for the way people actually live. Well edited, graceful, lived-in and breezy are a few thoughts that come to mind – some of my favorite adjectives in decorating!

Caline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Entry-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCaline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Staircase-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCaline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Dining-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCaline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Kitchen-Antiqued-Cabinets-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCaline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Porch-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCaline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Porch-Dining-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCaline-Williams-Wynn-Cape-Town-Home-Africa-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhen it comes to accessories, styling and placement, I think execution should include items that serve some type of purpose. Whether it’s the set of colored glass bottles you’ve collected throughout your travels, books piled high on your coffee table that inspire you or a few stems of flowers on your bedside table that put a smile on your face when you wake up.

Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to styling in magazines?

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Style Profile • Nina Campbell Swan Lake Wallpaper

 Dressing-Room-by-Design-Manifest-Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ schoepp-IMG_8845-2As you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I am a huge fan of wallpaper! It’s certainly not cheap – considering the actual cost of the wallpaper itself plus installation. But if you think about how much visual square footage it consumes, wallpaper has a bigger impact than any other object in the room -meaning less is more when it comes to the furniture. I could go on for days listing my favorites, but Nina Campbell’s Swan Lake has been on my mind lately. So elegant and feminine, it reminds me of going to the ballet with my grandmother when I was a little girl!

Natalie-Clayman-Bathroom-Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Natalie-Clayman-Bathroom-Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSally-Singer-The-Coveteur-Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Sally-Singer-The-Coveteur-Nina-Campbell-Swan-Lake-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDo you have any favorite wallpaper patterns?

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Disguising a Radiator

HouseBeautiful-Nicolette-Horn-Oslo-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m currently working with a lovely client on her gorgeous prewar apartment. A few radiators are awkwardly scattered throughout the space, completely negating the beautiful lines of symmetry found in the original architecture. They’ve presented a little design challenge (which of course, I love!), so I’ve been researching a few ways to go about redirecting attention away from the heat exchangers, while still abiding by necessary safety precautions (those babies get hot!). Here’s what I’ve found, and liked:

Built-in’s:

Disguising-a-Radiator-Kitchen-with-Built-Ins-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgDisguising-a-Radiator-with-Built-Ins-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDisguising-a-Radiator-with-Built-Ins-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJA cabinet manufacturer can fabricate custom built-in’s based on the individual space, your specifications and storage needs. The design should be complementary to the existing moldings and architectural details found in the room for a seamless look.

Furniture Placement:Disguising-a-Radiator-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHiding-a-Radiator-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJA less permanent and more cost-effective option (more ideal for yearly renters) is to place a console or shelf above the radiator, treating the radiator as an actual piece of furniture.

Radiator Cover:Hiding-a-Radiator-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJsavSN0C941The most traditional way to redirect attention is with a radiator cover. They are available in a variety of styles and price points – from custom fabricated options (also available through many cabinet manufactures), to off-the-shelf models found online or at your local hardware store, to homemade versions for the adventurous DIYer.

No matter which method of disguise implemented, keep in mind you are trying to avert attention from the radiator. Style with pretty accessories that are appropriate for the location (no bars in the bathroom, please!), hang art and/or mirrors on the wall to assert intention on placement, and incorporate the design in a way it works best for your every day.

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Design Crush • @oscarprgirl

Erika-Bearman's-Southampton-home-designed-by-Miles-Redd-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOut of all the social media outlets (and gosh, do we have enough of them?!), Instagram is by far my preferred platform for sharing little bits and pieces about my day, and I love following other people for inspiration and a few laughs! One of my many favorite users is @oscarprgirl, aka: Erika Bearman, Senior Vice President of Communications at Oscar de la Renta. So imagine my delight when the social media darling’s Southampton home – decorated by one of my all-time-favorite designers, Miles Redd – was featured in this month’s Elle Decor!

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What’s your favorite social media platform? You can find me at @christinedicorcia

Hamptons Designer Showhouse 2013

Yesterday was a little overcast so my mom and I headed into Bridgehampton to check out the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse. Unfortunately the cloudy skies didn’t produce the best lighting for pictures, but there were a few rooms that were just too good not to share! In typical Showhouse fashion, each space was decorated by a different designer. Here were our favorites:

The Family Room • Sherril Cane InteriorsSherril-Cane-Interiors-Inlaid-Mirror-Gallery-Wall-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSherril-Cane-Interiors-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Dining Room • Lillian AugustLillian-August-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJLillian-August-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-Mirror-Chandelier-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHow insane is this chandelier?!

Porch • Kim E. Courtney Interiors & DesignKim-E-Courtney-Interiors-&-Design-Mecox-Mirror-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKim-E-Courtney-Interiors-&-Design-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpg

Rear Bedroom • Barbara Page HomeBarbara-Page-Home-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBarbara-Page-Home-Mirror-Dresser-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBarbara-Page-Home-Chandelier-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Little Girls Bedroom • Barbara Ostrom AssociatesBarbara-Ostrom-Associates-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThis room was actually labeled “Rear Bedroom II”, but in my mind it was a little girls bedroom who loved playing with her dolls and riding horses – copious amounts of frivolous imagination is mandatory in my line of work! 😉

Barbara-Ostrom-Associates-Canopy-Bed-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBarbara-Ostrom-Associates-Window-Treatments-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBarbara-Ostrom- Associates-Nook-Hamptons-Designer-Showhouse-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAt 11,000 sq. ft. there were many more rooms in the house! While most of them were a little over-the-top, I think it’s important to keep an open mind as Showhouses aren’t typically designed for reality. I really enjoyed taking away little notes from various rooms for inspiration!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend! See ya on Tuesday.

Mapped Out

Tom-Scheerer-Foyer-Map-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignTom Scheerer’s frist book is released September 10th and I’m giddy with anticipation! Relaxed, authentic, collected and well-lived-in are all adjectives I strive to achieve in my own designs, and this gentleman has perfected these notions. I came across this Rhode Island foyer Scheerer designed on Gabrielle’s blog, and the map wallpaper really piqued my interest! I spent the better half of last night “researching” Pinterest in a quest for additional inspiration, daydreaming how I would employ the nautical wall covering.

Map-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignAfter many hours of searching, I wasn’t able to find the exact wallpaper Scheerer used in the Rhode Island foyer (any ideas? I’m starting to think it may be custom…) but think Ralph Lauren’s Great Harbor is a pretty good alternative!

Map-Wallpaper-2-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignOr what about EGI’s World Map for a bolder color pallet?

Design Crush • Elizabeth Bauer

Elizabeth-Bauer-Gramercy-Park-Apartment-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Gramercy-Park-Apartment-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’ve been a huge fan of Elizabeth Bauer since her Gramercy Park studio (above) debuted in Lonny three years ago. I adore the designer’s fearless mix of patterns, vibrant use of color and brilliant execution of small space living. Using defining elements – like the wallpaper, room divider and rug – Elizabeth broke up her studio into distinct living and sleeping areas. The power of arrangement is magical for small space dwellers! I have a few apartment projects coming down the pipeline, so I decided to check out Elizabeth’s portfolio last night for a little inspiration – this lady is crazy talented!

Elizabeth-Bauer-Living-Room-Gallery-Wall-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignThis living room makes me flat-out giddy, the different genres of furniture mix seamlessly! From the ming coffee table to the bergere chairs (upholstered in one of my all time favorite fabrics, le zebre) to the flokati rug – it’s like walking on a cloud!

Elizabeth-Bauer-Louis-Vuitton-Trunks-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJbedroomBrass and glass room dividers see to be a signature of Bauer’s.

Elizabeth-Bauer-Living-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Masculine-Bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Masculine-Study-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd can we discuss this amazingly chic man room – I would totally allow it in my much more feminine abode!

Elizabeth-Bauer-Hot-Pink-Living-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Hot-Pink-Living-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSpeaking of feminine, how incredible are these hot pink walls?!

Elizabeth-Bauer-Hot-Pink-Dining-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Foyer-de-Gournay-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m not typically a fan of a matching dining table and chairs, but this set has me drooling!

Elizabeth-Bauer-Kitchen-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Kitchen-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Hallway-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Hallway-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJElizabeth-Bauer-Nantucket-Store-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDying to check out her Nantucket store!

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800 sq. ft. of Perfection

Ashley-Whittaker-800-sq-ft-NYC-Apartment-House-Beautiful-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating a small space is usually one of the biggest challenges for city dwellers. Every square inch needs to have a purpose, and multi-functional home decor is not typically the most attractive. Developing a detailed floor plan is essential for any room – especially for small space living – and finding new ways to use everyday items is cardinal. This lovely 800 sq. ft. NYC apartment designed by Ashley Whittaker follows these notions to a T.

02-hbx-striped-madeline-weinrib-rug-whittaker-0713-xln05-hbx-maharani-wallpaper-whittaker-0713-xlnLEFT: The oversized parsons desk doubles as a dining table, and the settee (similar) in the “reading nook” can be pulled up to accommodate guests. The Madeline Weinrib rug defines the work/dining space from the rest of the living room, and the bar cart makes entertaining from the table a breeze.
RIGHT: Ms. Whittaker was even able to carve out an entry in the tiny apartment behind the front door, using a petite demilune (similar) as a console. Osborne & Little’s Maharani wallpaper is a showstopper creating a wonderful first impression, while the bamboo mirror reflects light into the dark corner.

Ashley-Whittaker-800-sq-ft-NYC-Apartment-House-Beautiful-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe  clear acrylic coffee table (similar) appears to float in the middle of the room taking up little visual residency, and the pops of pink guide the eye throughout the room.

Ashley-Whittaker-800-sq-ft-NYC-Apartment-House-Beautiful-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-quadrille-wallpaperAshley-Whittaker-800-sq-ft-NYC-Apartment-House-Beautiful-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-white-ikea-drawers-d.-porthault-linensLEFT: Hanging the roman shade (or any window treatment for that matter) above the molding is a great design trick, bringing the eye up and making the window appear bigger than it actually is.
RIGHT: White Ikea dressers stand-in as nightstands providing additional storage, and D. Porthault Demoiselles linens add the perfect amount of luxury!

Ashley-Whittaker-800-sq-ft-NYC-Apartment-House-Beautiful-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-rose-cumming-zebrine-wallpaper-whittaker-0713-xlnAnd how incredible is this kitchen?! White cabinets and light countertops always make the space appear bigger, while the Rose Cummings Zebrine wallpaper and birdcage chandelier (and similar here) add so much whimsy! I love how the designer used a countertop high breakfast table that can double as a workspace, and the stool can easily slide under the table when extra space is required.

Check out more tips for small space living here and here.

Nashville Idea House at Fontanel

Nashville-Idea-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI was browsing through Southern Living last night and came across the new Idea House located on the grounds of Fontanel in Nashville. The new Southern farmhouse is comprised of one main house and several outbuildings in a horseshoe configuration, reflecting the classic farmstead. The wraparound porch ties all of the buildings together seamlessly and the gable roof adds the perfect amount of charm! While not all the interior rooms are my style – some are a bit too conservative for my taste – there are several show stoppers!

Southern-Front-Port-Hanging-Sofa-Chevron-Inlaid-Front-DoorLet’s start out with this AMAZING herringbone inlaid wood door – gorgeous!!! The front porch is so enchanting, I’d drink ice tea out there all day and never leave!

Painted-Cabinets-Sherwin-Williams-Oyster-Bay-Pewter-Green-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe custom cabinets in the kitchen are stunning painted in Sherwin Williams Pewter Green, and the shaker-style compliments farmhouse aesthetic perfectly. The lighter green (Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay) planked walls provides just the right amount of contrast, bringing depth and dimension to the space. And don’t even get me started on the schoolhouse pendants from Circa!

Painted-Built-In-Cabinets-Sherwin-Williams-Palm-Leaf-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignA complimentary hue in the same color palette (Sherwin Williams Palm Leaf) was carried into the study on both the walls and bookshelves, making the room incredibly cozy, further complemented by the cut out in the built-in’s for the sofa.

Blue-and-White-Bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignLaundry-Room-Mudroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignThe pleated gingham table skirt on the sink makes me incredibly happy!

How do you feel about new construction based on older designs that served a specific purpose – like the classic farmstead? I think there’s a lot of really bad examples out there, but it looks like the Idea House was done well. I’d  love to see it in person!

On Set

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI consider browsing through the newest design catalogs as part of my weekly “homework”. Pottery Barn is one of my top resources for affordable well-made furniture and home decor, so I always make sure they’re on the top of my stack. While flipping through their most recent catalog I enjoyed seeing some of their new products coming to market, but was blown away by the set stages! I mean look at this gorgeous wine château!

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-3Some incredible inspiration here for a chic man cave – those buttery leather bar stools are amazing!

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd these dazzling double-story windows framed with reclaimed wood are what dreams are made of!

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe hand-pounded platter hung above the fireplace is simply stunning, and I adore the built-in’s stacked with firewood.

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-2Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd what about this gorgeous city loft?!

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-Gallery-Wall-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPottery Barn’s stylists put together some of the BEST gallery walls around – not an easy task!

Pottery-Barn-Casual-Living-Catalog-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-5Have you checked out the new PB catalog? Any new product favorites?