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!

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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?

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?

Anna Sprio’s Beach House

Anna-Spiro-Holiday-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-New-York-New-JerseyAnna Spiro is hands-down one of my favorite interior designers! I love her laid-back aesthetic, bold splashes of color, and the lady can mix pillow patterns like nobody’s business! I’ve admired these images of her designs individually, but never realized they were all housed under one roof – belonging to the designer herself!

Anna-Spiro-Holiday-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NJA strict color palette was carried throughout the entire home allowing different genres of art and styles of furniture to be mixed seamlessly.

Anna-Spiro-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-New-York-New-JerseyI adore Mrs. Sprio’s infamous collection of ginger jars!

 

Anna-Spiro-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NJThis view is pretty much everything!

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Style Profile • Chintz

Liz-Caan-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAccording to the WSJ, chintz is back. To be perfectly honest, I never really thought it was “out”. My grandmother is the classiest and most stylish lady I know, and a chintz sofa has always reined supreme in her living room. I think the pattern may have gotten a bad rap in the 80’s when more was more, and pastel chintz on chintz was done just down right wrong. I prefer a more chinoiserie-chintz pattern paired with a modern motif, like a chevron fabric or leopard print rug.

Chintz-Chinoiserie-Fabric-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJChintz-Fabric-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAdore the chintz table skirt paired with Quadrille’s more modern zig-zag roman shade!Chintz-Chinoiserie-Fabric-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-CTThaibaut’s Guadeloupe wallpaper brings this bathroom to life!

So what’s your opinion? Most people seem to either love or hate the pattern!

Project Sneak Peak • Amagansett Beach House

Amagansett-Beach-House-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignI’ve been working on my parent’s beach house the past few weeks, and while the project is no where near complete, I couldn’t resist sharing a snapshot of the living room with y’all. The objective for the space was to create a cozy comfortable atmosphere where nothing is too precious, and friends and family can unwind. The slipcovered Pottery Barn sofas just arrived and my parents couldn’t be more pleased! They’re perfectly relaxed, and if a few too many sandy feet come across their path replacement covers are so much more affordable than custom slipcovers or replacing the sofas entirely. I’ve been crushing on the linen Ikea curtains for some time, and the classic pattern is in my mom’s favorite color palette accompanied by a very attainable price tag. I’m having them lined this week with blackout fabric to make the design pop and provide privacy when needed. Accompanied by pretty white wood finials, curtain rings, rods and brackets from Lowes, the windows will have a custom look for a fraction of the price.

I tossed in some mis-matching pillows in complementary colors from Ikea (1,2) and Costco (similar), and scored the trunk coffee table half-off at a floor sample sale. The wingback seagrass chair has an updated classic look that my mom adores, and the seagrass stools can replicate the comfortability of a chaise-sectional while adverting the permanence of the trendy design. I’m still waiting on the rug along with several additional pieces of furniture to arrive and artwork needs to be hung, but I’m really excited how everything is pulling together!

Style Profile • Updated Stripes

Updated-Ethnic-Painter-Stripes-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignStripes are one of those classic patterns that will never go out of style. I love using them in my designs, and am rather embarrassed to admit how much of my closet they consume. From painterly strokes to ethnic-inspired lines, I’m really digging this refreshing update on the traditional pattern!

1. Anna Spiro for Porters Paints Higgledy Piggledy Stripe Wallpaper // 2. J.Crew Stichwork Stripe Top $65 // 3. West Elm Blurry Stripe Pillow $34 // 4. CB2 Saudades Pillow $29.95 // 5. Furbish Bali Stripe Pillow $45 // 6. Serena & Lily Paddle Stripe Dhurrie $195 // 7. West Elm Henry Armchair $699 // 8. Anthropologie Brooks of Bohemia Tablecloth $228 // 9. West Elm Dunham Down-Filled Sofa $1,599

The Carrie Bradshaw of Interior Design

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Rita Konig’s interiors reflect a conversation of the inhabitants through finely curated layers. She seemingly mixes highs and lows, vintage and new, modern and traditional with effortless abandon. In addition to being an interior designer, Ms. Konig pen’s the column Living Well in the “Design and Decorating” section of the Wall Street Journal. To say I have a design crush is an understatement!

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West Elm Elton Settee // Serena & Lily Miramar Chair
Still Life Flower Painting // Z Gallerie Moose Head // MadeByGirl LOVE Print
Anthropologie Chevron-Banded Drum Shade // Anthropologie Propagation Lamp
Society Social Devlin Bar Cart // Alexandra Von Furstenberg Candy Bowls

Style Profile • The English Roll Arm Sofa

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Designing a room is all about balance, strategically choreographing style, comfort, function, beauty, color, texture and budget. Sofa’s are typically one of the biggest investments made when designing a living room. Superstar interior designer Miles Redd infamously said, “Buy the best and you only cry once”, and when it comes to sofas I couldn’t agree more!

I use English roll arm sofas frequently in my projects. The narrow rolled arms allow for ample seating, traditional style renders a timeless investment, comfortable design makes movie night a frequent occurrence and it melds beautifully with many design aesthetics.

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Here are a few of my favorite options varying in price from Pottery Barn’s affordable Carlise Sofa to George Sherlock’s Extended Two Seater (that costs more than a small car!!!).

DiCorcia-Design-English-Roll-Arm-SofaGeorge Sherlock Extended Two Seater // Lee Industries 3278-32
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams London // Crate and Barrel Essex Sofa
Pottery Barn Carlisle Sofa // Restoration Hardware English Roll Arm Sofa

I chose the Lee Industries model for our living room (seen here in yesterday’s post).

In addition to design, construction and quality make sure to consider:

Fabric – Choose a fabric that is realistic for your lifestyle. If you have kids or pets (or a husband who eats nachos on the sofa – ahem, Billy!) light colors are probably not your best bet. I love using cotton/linen blends or velvet for durability – fabrics more than 15,000 double rubs are considered heavy duty.

Seat Cushions – Most sofas have at least two seat cushion options to choose from, typically being foam core or a down fill combo. This is a really personal decision based on what’s most comfortable for you. I prefer a 50% foam 50% down mix. Keep in mind down filled cushions require a bit more “fluffing maintenance” and have a more relaxed aesthetic.

Reupholstery – Look at what you already have. Is it comfortable? Do you like the style and shape? If so consider slipcovering the sofa, or having the seat cushions refilled and reupholstering it. Vintage sofas are a great option for reupholstery as well!