Nook of the Week • Corners are Underrated

Reading-Nook-Built-In-Bench-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHow utterly perfect is that little gingham shade? Give me a cup of coffee to compliment my morning blog reads, along with that perfectly cozy cashmere throw, and I’d be one happy camper! This glorious little nook designed by Windsor Smith sits right next to the fireplace in a LA kitchen. Smith states “…where someone can read while others eat or cook: It makes for more togetherness — and corners are underrated.” – I couldn’t agree more! Happy hump day!

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A Touch of Whimsey & A Touch of Weird

Michelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJj4HNOBMZetpxMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJj7tLrCwVijYxMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMichelle-Smith-Sag-Harbor-Shingle-Cottage-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJShingle-sided cottages are one of my favorite styles of beach houses – I’d personally take their quirky characteristics and nonsensical ways over a palatial McMansion any day of the week! And this one located in the quaint, sleepy town of Sag Harbor has plenty of character to boast! I adore the neutral palette and well-lived-in aesthetic, paired with the traditional structure; resulting in an authentic and collected space that owner and interior designer, Michelle Smith, coins as “almost accidental looking”. Smith states: “Every room should have a touch of whimsey and a touch of weird, but you shouldn’t be able to pinpoint what those touches are.” – I couldn’t agree more!

What’s your favorite style beach houses?

Nook Of The Week • Amanda Peet’s Breakfast Nook

Amanda-Peet's-Breakfast-Nook-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy a few sq. ft. of impeccably executed space, and Amanda Peet’s little breakfast nook is pretty perfect in my opinion! I adore the colorful menagerie of pillows and cushions, warm rustic wood table and mixture of modern white chairs (keeping them all the same color was key!). The banquet also serves as a divider, designating a distinct dining and living space, while still maintaining an open floor plan where conversation and light can flow back and forth between- genius!

How do you feel about kitchen banquets? People usually either love or hate them.

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!

Sag-Harbor-Hamptons-Greek-Revival-Living-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignSag-Harbor-Hamptons-Greek-Revival-Kitchen-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignSag-Harbor-Greek-Revival-Yellow-Eat-In-Breakfast-Nook-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignSag-Harbor-Hamptons-Greek-Revival-Staircase-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignThe carved details on the staircase is exceptional, and I adore the vintage daybed on the landing – the perfect spot to curl up and read a book on a rainy day! I think the steps are also important to note, as they’re a great example of what to do when the floor boards need to be replaced. It looks like the wide wood planked floors in the rest of the house are original and in great condition. Trying to stain the steps the same color as the floors is virtually impossible,so choosing a completely different finish with a matching banister is a great alternative!


Nook of The Week

Jeffrey-Alan-Marks-and-Ross-Cassidy-Perfect-Little-Nook-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI mentioned last week how much I enjoy a few square feet of impeccably executed space – the perfect little nook. After a rather hectic weekend, I would love to curl up in this lovely window seat for the rest of the day with a good book! Alas, appointments must be met and work must be accomplished – darn you Monday!

Hope y’all had a great weekend!

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