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?

The Hamptons & an Unexpected Staycation

Amagansett-Beach-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{a day at the beach – sandals, hat, book, blanket, speaker}

 Tacos-at-La-Fondita-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tacos at La Fondita}

Sunset-over-Amagansett-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{sunset over Amagansett}

IMG_5102{the new floorset at Serena & Lily}

kitchen-bookcase-styling-at-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{kitchen bookcase styling at The Bungalow}

ombre-hydrangea-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pretty ombre hydrangea from my garden}

Bella's-4th-of-July-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{Bella’s ode to the 4th of July}

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{we found a new favorite waterfront spot for dinner & drinks}

Green-white-blue-tablesetting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{took full advantage of dining alfresco – bamboo flatware, chairs, tablecloth, napkins, tumblers}

Apologies for the radio silence this past week, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! I must admit, unplugging for a bit was just what I needed! I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to get started on a few new exciting projects! I headed out East last weekend for some much needed time with a few of my girlfriends. We lounged on the beach by day, enjoyed some spectacular sunsets, hit up some of our favorite restaurants and usually finished things off with a little nightcap at The Surf Lodge. Of course, in traditional girltime form, we made sure to support the local economy, hitting up all our favorite boutiques – Serena & Lily is never to be missed, I just adore their new floor set!   

Billy was supposed to arrive upon my friends departure on Wednesday. But with Hurricane Arthur’s path threatening to hit the East-coast, and with our own home so close to the water, we decided it was best I head back home. Like many of you fellow East-coasters, I was totally bummed the storm was ruining our 4th of July plans. Luckily the potential hurricane took it easy on us this time around, humbly resulting in only one day of rain! Seeing as both of us had already taken the time off work, we created a little staycation for ourselves – lounging by the pool, indulging in lots of alfresco dining, nightly walks on the beach to admire the fireworks and we found two new favorite spots for dinner and drinks. I must admit, I never really considered taking a staycation before this one unexpectedly happened upon us, but Billy and I both enjoyed it so much we plan on making an annual “trip” of it!

I hope you all had a fabulous week, I’m so looking forward to catching up!

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Currently Inspired By • Ice Cream Parlor hues

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Isn’t it funny how one particular hue can inspire you? Right now ice cream parlor tones by way of dusty pinks and mint greens are really intriguing me! So much so, I spent 2+ hours last night in search of more inspiration, down the rabbit hole and along a windy road – otherwise known as Pinterest. Funny thing is, pastels aren’t typically my thing, as I usually gravitate towards more jewel-tone shades. Maybe it’s that the weather has finally warmed up and everyone seems to have a slight glow from a little dose of much needed Vitamin D, making the shades so complimentary?! I think that caftan may need to make way into my closet!

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‘Tis The Season

Peonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeonies-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI spotted my first bunch of peonies last night and actually yelped with excitement – the man standing behind me definitely thought I was nuts! Peonies are by far one of favorite varieties, and I just can’t resist picking up a bunch (or 3) when they’re in season!

When Billy and I first got engaged I seriously contemplated a spring date just so we could include peonies in the arrangements. Sadly we both majorly suffer from seasonal allergies and the fear of runny noses and red eyes sent us searching for a summer date. So to make up for it, I always overindulge this time of year with vases filled to the brim in our house.

From mixed arrangements to single variety displays, I just love them all! What’s your favorite way to arrange peonies?

Spring-Inspired DIY Ideas

One of my favorite gifts that Spring brings is the return of my garden! Last year was my first real go at it, and this year I have so many ideas and best practices I want to implement. Terrain is by far one of my of my favorite online shops to peruse for outdoor decor and inspiration – it’s my mission to make a pilgrimage to one of their stores this spring! Their blog The Bulletin has been chock full of DIY’s lately, here’s a few of my favorites that I’m dying to try my hand at:

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Floral Specimen Shadow Box DIY-Porcelain-Flower-Box-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Pressed Flower Easter EggsEaster-Egg-Decoupage-DIY-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Tulip Kusamono Tray Tulip-Kusamano-Dish-DIY-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Spring Cotton WreathCotton-Wreath-DIY-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Spring Flower Arrangement Spring-Floral-Arrangement-DIY-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Blooming Heart Wreath Heart-Wreath-DIY-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ

Are you a big DIYer?

Style Profile • Upcycling Tea Tins

Tea-Tins-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignAs much as I love my early AM espresso, tea is my hot beverage of choice throughout the rest of the day. Lately I’ve been hooked on Harney & Sons teas, smitten with their flavor blends and fabulous packaging – I love how the tins look stacked on our kitchen counter! I’ve been thinking about what to do with the tins once the goods are depleted, and after a quick Pinterest search I think I found my answer!

Tea-Tin-Planter-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTea-Tin-Vase-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTea-Tin-Herb-Box-Garden-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTea-Tin-Vase-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTea-Tin-Vase-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI simply love the idea of upcycling the tins to be used as vases or planters – a bridal shower, wedding or Easter table immediately come to mind! They’d also make for a fabulous window box herb garden for city dwellers (check out the best herbs to grow inside here).

Are you a tea drinker? What are some of your favorite brands?

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Decorating With Greens

Decorating-with-Greens-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Greens-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Greens-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Greens-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Greens-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhen I’m in the mood to bring a little freshness into our home (which is almost always!), I usually opt for a bunch of fresh blooms. Big bowls of fruit and veggies are another option, but lately I’ve been really into filling a few vases with fresh cut greens. Nothing fancy – filler from the grocery store, clippings off a house plant or plucked from your garden – they’re a perfect way to add a little texture and pop of color in such a natural way!

Happy Friday! I must say this week has been a long one! I’m so ready to relax, have a little romantic dinner date with Billy, go for a good run or two, some possible thrifting and brunch with my girlfriends! What are your plans?

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Look For Less • Fresh Blooms

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This past weekend I picked these hydrangea from my garden to place on the coffee table in our living room. Much to my dismay, it looks like they may be the last of the season with nighttime temps dropping into the 20°’s; so farm stand and supermarket bunches will have to take their place over the next few months.

However, one bunch usually only accommodates having flowers in one room, and ideally I would love to have arrangements in every room of our home (which is sadly not in my budget)! I do dry a few bunches of hydrangea and eucalyptus, which turn beautiful shades of pastel, but sometimes I want a big burst of color (surprise, surprise!).

BLOG_Tory_ToryOnHome_1021-Home-Collection_480_slide7When I saw Tory Burch’s new home collection, I was instantly smitten with the image above! Sure the inlaid bone box is beautiful, but the paper flowers is what really grabbed my attention. A simple, affordable, long-lasting arrangement – way more chic than you’re local craft store variety!


Are you a fan of having fresh flowers in your home? If so, what are your thoughts on the paper variety?

Dining Al Fresco

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDuring warmer months, dining al fresco is one of the greatest pleasures! Nothing beats casual food, great conversation and festive drinks paired with a mild breeze. I find guests tend to be more relaxed and really feel at home. It doesn’t hurt that a little spilt wine is no biggie – just hose it off – cleanup is a piece of cake! I’m head-over-heels in love with this “relaxed and eclectic” Laurel Canyon backyard belonging to Nicole Richie and her family! This incredible summer dinner party Richie hosted for her girlfriends is a little bit glamorous, completely relaxed and utterly perfect in my book!

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Placesetting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Flower-Arrangement-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Lebanese-Buffet-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe Middle Eastern cuisine has me salivating! Clean, healthy and a total crowd pleaser – it was my only request for my own bridal shower!

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Lebanese-Buffet-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Lebanese-Food-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Patio-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Lights-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOh the power of twinkle lights, they never cease to impress me! How incredible is that waterfall of little bulbs?!

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Twinkle-Lights-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSo much good inspiration for entertaining this weekend!

Do you eat outside often? If so, what’s your favorite cuisine to serve? I always enjoy doing something really casual!

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?