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!

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…

Shop Love • Terrain

Terrain-Fall-Buffet-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI absolutely love decorating for the holidays! With that said, decorating for Halloween quickly followed by Thanksgiving, and then Christmas a few weeks after is way too rushed for me! It’s a timely task and I like to relish in the spirit of it, without scrambling on to the next set. So in lieu of the typical Halloween decor, I opt for a few tasteful Fall-inspired accents. I’m aiming to have them up by the beginning of October, and they’ll stay in place through Thanksgiving. Then come Black Friday weekend, I’ll start incorporating in my favorite Christmas trimmings.

Terrain has been a constant source of inspiration for me all Spring and Summer with my garden, and their Fall-inspired decor does not disappoint! I’m not sure why they don’t have a catalog, as these set designs are absolutely gorgeous!

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Terrain-Fall-Product-Favorites-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ1 – Into Autumn Wreath $68 2- Twig Lights $48 3- Lavender Herb Wreath $68 4- Dried Cardoon Flower Bunch $20 5- Pressed Flower Sachets $20 6- Dried Hanging Amaranth Bunch $28 7- Garden Tuteur $158 (small) 8- Filigree Cutout Hurricane $48 (small) 9- Sphere Hanging Basket $18 10- Geometric Fire Pit $998 11- Antique Copper Kettle $2,700 12- Low Fiberclay Urn $98

Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? If so, what does your “decorating schedule” look like? Where are some of your favorite places to shop for holiday decorations?

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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.

Serena & Lily 20% Off Sale

Serena & Lily is one of my top go-to sources for home decor. They’re running a 20% off friends and family sale through 5/20 (use code SHARETHELOVE), these are some of my favorite items:

Serena-and-Lily-Friends-and-Family-Sale-Product-Favorites-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignTeak Ladder // Fouta Beach Towel // Beacon Sconce // Herringbone Throw // Racing Stripe Throw Pillow // Kuba Throw Pillow // Pom-Pom Throw // Miramar Chair (last seen here)


Serena-and-Lily-Friends-and-Family-Sale-Product-Favorites-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-2Maize French Tassel Window Panel // Copenhagen Chandelier // Metal Starburst Mirror (looks very similar to a much more expensive version) // Director’s Chair // Cadiz Racing Stripe Table Runner // Turned Wood Candle Holder // Horn Salad Servers // Margate Plates // Lash Rug // Mayan Cotton Dhurrie // Paddle Stripe Dhurrie


Serena-and-Lily-Friends-and-Family-Sale-Product-Favorites-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-3Georgina Headboard // Anya Blown-Glass Chandelier // Gobi Embroidered Sheets // Gingham Embroidered Sheets // Bergen Duvet // Cut Circle Floor Cushion (that I would use as a dog bed!) // Elsa Stool // Dip-Dyed Stool // Feather Shower Curtain

Serena & Lily is opening up its first brick and mortar store in The Hamptons next weekend, can’t wait to stop in and check it out!


Wallet-Friendly-High-Style-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignFrom interiors to fashion – mixing a few luxurious “investment” items with more affordable options strikes a nice balance in a room and an ensemble. Nothing thrills me more than to accessorize a custom sofa with a set of pillows from Ikea, or pair my Miu Miu sandals with a skirt from Forever 21. These are the items that I’ve recently been shopping with high style and great price tags.

On one of my “in-and-out” runs to target for laundry detergent I emerged two hours later with a full cart, including two of these umbrellas (on sale for $79 in stores). In addition to being obsessed with the ikat print, the wooden pole makes them look high-end. The Bungalow backyard plans will have to be adjusted a bit, but so worth it! I also found this Mara Hoffman-esque beach bag ($34.99) and gorgeous light blue shagreen shade ($19.99) for a steel!

I learned about this children’s dress (on sale for $8 in stores) through The Glitter Guide and went to check it out this weekend. The XL fit me perfectly and will make for a great coverup or throw-on dress this summer. I also picked up this tunic ($26.94), which looks very similar to a much more expensive version. Now all I need is for the weather to warm up!  *Save an additional 20% with code ONSAVE20 through 5/6!

This pillow ($10) looks very Madeline Weinrib-ish, sans the three digit price tag, and my local Ikea finally has them back in stock! I picked up a few for a client project along with this Saarinen inspired tulip table ($199) and a box of these taper candles ($3.99). I am not usually a fan of colored wax but made an exception when I saw this perfect shade of turquoise – they look great in brass holders!

These festive foil dot napkins ($4.95) have been on my wish list for some time and when I found them majorly marked-down I couldn’t resist! I’ve blogged about these planters ($10) before and sill can’t get over what a great deal they are – I picked up my third one this weekend!

I learned about this Forever 21 skirt ($22.80) through Chassity’s blog and went on the hunt to track it down – girl has a great eye, I’m very pleased with my purchase! I also picked up this neon nail polish ($2.80) which has actually held up pretty well. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it brightens up my day!

How was your weekend? Found any great deals lately? Would love to hear about them!!!

Design Crush • Melissa Rufty & Adrienne Casbarian

Malachite-New-Orleans-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMalachite was one of my favorite home stores in New Orleans. The boutique is a new joint venture between Melissa Rufty of MMR Interiors and Adrienne Casbarian of Lum lighting; combining the design aficionados amazing collections of antique treasures with new lines of furniture and accessories. I have admired Melissa’s work on many glossy pages (House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Southern Living to name a few) and peruse Lum’s website regularly for client projects, so I was thrilled when I accidentally discovered the store while in search of their next door neighbor Leontine Linens.

I adore Melissa’s modern take on traditional design, blending classic forms with fresh color combinations to create layered and comfortable rooms.

Melissa-Rufty-MMR-Interiors-Living-Room-Malachite-New-Orleans-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Melissa-Rufty-MMR-Interiors-Dining-Room-Malachite-New-Orleans-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMelissa-Rufty-MMR-Interiors-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMelissa-Rufty-MMR-Interiors-Blue-Living-Room-Malachite-New-Orleans-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMelissa-Rufty-MMR-Interiors-Blue-Living-Room-Malachite-New-Orleans-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-2.psdMelissa-Rufty-MMR-Interiors-Kids-Bedrooms-Malachite-New-Orleans-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignAnd the selection of lighting at Lum is incredible! Here’s a few of my favorites:Lum-Lighting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

It’s no wonder why these two talented ladies partnered up!

I picked up this vintage brass flower from Malachite during my visit. The stem of the flower unscrews and each petal detaches, once providing each guest with their own ashtray at a time when smoking was chic! I’ll never use it as an ashtray, but I love how it pairs with my papier-mâché bird!

Images via Malachite, MMR Interiors, Lum and DiCorcia Interior Design

Look For Less • Jute Lamp

DiCorcia-Design-Target-Jute-Rope-LampLast 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!!!

GET-THE-LOOK-FOR-LESS-DICORCIA-DESIGN-JUTE-LAMP-TARGET-JAMIE-YOUNG-CYLINDERFor 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?