Style Profile • Backgammon

Slim-Aarons-Poolside-Backgammon-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Table-watercolor-painting-beach-house-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBags-Are-PackedBackgammon-Oomph-Table-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe-Dunmore-Look-Linger-Love-Backgammon-Set-Table-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-Lonny-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-Pool-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJQuilted-Backgammon-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-Table-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJinlaid-backgammon-set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhile we were in Aruba my mom and I engaged in a daily game of backgammon on the beach every afternoon, and ever since then I’ve been completely hooked! I have a serious competitive streak, and just love the strategy behind the game paired with a good punch of luck, rendering it challenging but much more easy going than a game of chess {especially after a piña colada or two!}.

I started researching backgammon sets when we got home and was surprised to learn what a huge colt following it has – dating all the way back to 3500 B.C.! I have a cheesy plastic set that we’ve been playing with, but am in the market for something a little more refined that can be left out in the living room. I’m still up in the air if I want a backgammon table solely dedicated to the game, or a set which would be a little more mobile. This one, this one and this one are my current top contenders, and here’s a few more I’m contemplating:

 Serena & Lily Diamond Backgammon Set // Pierrepont Hicks Backgammon Set
Oomph Backgammon Table // Rampli Backgammon Set
Gree Velour Lexington Avenue Backgammon Set // Ostrich Leather Backgammon Set
Jonathan Adler Backgammon Set // Alexandra Llewellyn Bespoke Backgammon Set

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Fall Inspiration & Updates

Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{garden tuteur}

Fall-front-door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wreath}

Fall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tablecloths – similar here, here, here & here}

Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{fire pit}

Roasting-marshmellows-Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{marshmallow roaster}

Fall-picnic-Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{throws – similar here, here & here}

Fall-mantle-decorated-with-pumpkins-and-twinkle-lights--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pumpkins, gourds & foliage // twinkle lights}

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When Fall arrives with its crisp cool air, I like to transition out our light-weight accessories, in favor of velvethandknit pillows, warm heavy throws, gorgeous dried flowers & bunches of wheat and a few other trimmings. I don’t go overboard – I still want our house to look like our house! – but find adding a few tasteful accessories sets a nice cozy tone for the season!

Do you like to add a few nice cozy touches to your home around this time of year?

Design Crush • Darius Rucker’s Charleston Home

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Such is the case found in this gorgeous Charleston home belonging to Hootie and the Blowfish frontman, Darius Rucker, designed by famed Southern interior designer Angie Hranowskysay. I absolutely adore the expertly orchestrated mix of periods and styles of furniture, paired with the colorful palette of textured neutrals and warm purples (that seems to be becoming Hranowskysay’s signature). The white walls lend themselves as the perfect backdrop for the enviable collection of art the Rucker family has amassed, from the likes of Sally King Benedict, Kate Long Stevens and Molly B. Right – just to name a few!

Are you a fan of mixing different styles and periods of furniture in your home, or do you prefer to stick with one genre?

Get the Look • Hamptons Garden

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After seeing a sneak peak of Assouline’s newest masterpiece, The Big Book of the Hamptons, I immediately added it to my cart! The Hamptons maintains a distinct aesthetic in the design world, both indoors and out. What I love most about the gardens are the relaxed/elegant/coastal vibe that almost looks as if it happened naturally – but actually takes quite a bit of hard work to achieve!

Get your copy here!

Style Profile • Dutch Doors & Pass-Through Windows

Dutch-Door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPass-Through-Window-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDutch-Door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPass-Through-Window-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDutch-Door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWith Summer almost officially upon us, I’ve been transfixed on ways to seamlessly take the indoors out. Depending on the style of home, screened in porches, french doors, outdoor patios and glass panel garage doors are some excellent options. However, if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require heavy construction, I absolutely adore the laid-back, traditional vibe of dutch doors and pass through windows!

Images via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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…

Design Crush • Sig Bergamin’s Beachy Perfection

Sig-Bergamin-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSig-Bergamin-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSig-Bergamin-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJitem1.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.sig-bergamin-sao-paulo-brazil-02-exteriorSig-Bergamin-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSig-Bergamin-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSig-Bergamin-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJsig-bergamin-0411-05-lgnI’ve mentioned before how much I adore designing beach homes, due to their theatrical element of whimsy. However, theatrics and overdoing it dance a fine line. My personal preference is for rooms to look beachy in an indirect way – no lighthouses or “Beach” signs with arrows – but instead a finely choreographed selection of items, that individually could fit into a variety of aesthetics, but collectively make for an indulgent coastal retreat.  Sig Bergamin has perfected this balance, with his brilliant use of tropical foliage (both indoors and out!), lacquered rattan and moderate use of blue and white stripes!

A Touch of Whimsey & A Touch of Weird

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What’s your favorite style beach houses?

Design Crush • Federico de Vera’s Train Station

Federico-de-Vera-Train-Station-Turned-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFederico-de-Vera-Train-Station-Turned-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJdevera-EDC-04-14-6-xln-xlndevera-EDC-04-14-13-xln-xlndevera-EDC-04-14-14-xln-xlndevera-EDC-04-14-10-xln-xlnThere’s a level of quaintness found in older architecture that’s impossible to duplicate in its modern counterpart. Sometimes it’s the history that passes through the hallways, other times it’s moldings or woodwork that’s impossible (or completely uneconomical) to mirror, but most often I find it’s the little elements of quirkiness that would unlikely be duplicated in new contraction.

Such is the case found in this 1875 train station Federico de Vera transformed into his country home, utterly whimsical with it’s slanted ceilings, narrow hallways and ticket office turned living room. Plus, I’d imagine most little boys once dreamed of living in a real train station!

Gifting • The Gardener

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I must admit, gardening is something I never thought I’d be into, but it’s a little hobby I’ve grown to love over the past few years! In our society of “1-click ordering”, there’s something really authentic about getting your hands dirty and enjoying the colorful bounty. I’m lucky to have several women in my life who are exceptional gardeners (and thankfully answer my endless array of novice questions!). I think they’d love any of the items on this list!

Are you into gardening? I planted a few fig tree clippings this Fall, and you would have thought I birthed a child I was so excited! Hopefully they make a return visit this Spring!