Color Theory • Emerald

Emerald-Fall-2013-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAccording to Pantone’s Fall 2013 Women’s Fashion Color Trends – “With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette..” I couldn’t be more delighted to see one of my favorite colors show up on their list for a second year in a row, quickly becoming much more readily available to the mass market!

1- Dolce Vita Margaux Dress // 2- Furbish Greek Key Coffee Table // 3- Dannijo Magnolia Clip On Earrings // 4- Alice & Olivia Ella Hair Calf Clutch // 5- Ikea Stockholm Sofa // 6- Yellow Hammer Malachite Tray //  7- Topshop Satin Wrap Skirt // 8- Badgley Mischka Dree II Satin Pumps // 9- West Elm Elton Settee // 10- Anthropologie Malachite Wallpaper 

Style Profile • Metal-Plated Boots

Metal-Plated-Boots-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ1. Michael Kors Vivi Booties $450 // 2. Sigerson Morrison Vesta Booties $495 // 3. Ann Taylor Cody Over The Knee Riding Boots $248// 4. Kate Spade Netta Booties $398 // 5. B Brian Atwood Christelle Booties $495 // 6. DVF Glenda Booties $350 // 7. Kate Spade Oliver Boots $498 // 8. Sam Edelman Marie Fringe Booties $195

One of this season’s hottest trends is metal-plated shoes. Boots are by far one of my favorite Fall items to shop, and I’m really loving classic booties and riding boots updated with just a little hint of metallic bling!

What’s your favorite Fall item to shop for?

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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?

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!

Style Profile • Martinique Wallpaper

Martinique-Wallpaper-Nicky-Hilton-Kitchen-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignI grew up in a quaint 3-bedroom Brooklyn abode until the age of 10. Being one of three children, my brother scored a room of his own and my sister and I shared a bedroom, which was a complete recipe for disaster! I was a girly-girl loving bright colors and feminine accents (not much has changed!), and my sister spent most of her time outperforming our male neighbors in touch football. Luckily my five year seniority and her lack of aesthetic interests allotted me the majority of design decisions for our room. At the age of 9 I begged my mother to allow me to redecorate (a completely normal request from a 9 year old?!) and to my surprise she complied! I selected a lovely wallpaper with little red hearts, and my amazing grandmother hand-quilted us matching blankets. The next step in the “design process” was to choose the light fixture, and I had my eye on a lovely little crystal chandelier. On our trip to the lighting store my 4 year old roommate had a complete meltdown because she wanted a black ceiling fan with glow in the dark stars, and there was NO WAY I was allowing that in my room! Lucky for me my mother was equally as horrified by the spider-like monstrosity and sided with my selection. But the seed was planted we had outgrown our little Brooklyn home, and a few months later moved to a larger house in New Jersey.

Martinique-Palm-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignGreenbrier-Hotel-Casino-Martinique-Wallpaper-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-and-NJMartinique-Palm-Wallpaper-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-2I haven’t had wallpaper since, but given the opportunity Hinson & Co.’s Martinique would be on the top of my list!

Martinique-Wallpaper-Beverly-Hills-Hotel-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-and-NJMade famous by the Beverly Hills Hotel, the paper is timeless, exotic and dramatic! I’m not sure I would plaster my bedroom walls with it, but think it would look pretty fabulous in a kitchen, entry or bathroom!

What’s your feelings on wallpaper? Love it, or way too permanent?

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Style Profile • Splatter Paint

Style-Profile-Splatter-Paint-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignSplatter paint is a huge trend in both fashion and interiors right now. The Jackson Pollack-inspired strokes would be such a fun way to jazz up a more traditional interior or festively dress for a pilgrimage to the famed artist’s studio, and would be a great DIY project to fill an empty wall. I’m particularly fond of the blue and white strokes – the multi-color neon hues are a bit too bad 80’s hair band for me!

Wallpaper // Kate Spade Saturday Let Loose Dress $180 // Blue Splatter Salad Bowl $6.50 // Biscuit Jamie Boudoir Sham $55 // Blue Splatter Tray $26 // Kate Spade Saturday Blue Splatter Pillow Cover $25 // Bunny Williams Spatter Lamp $750

Style Profile • English Roll-Arm Chair

English-Roll-Arm-Chairs-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignI’ve professed my love for English roll-arm sofas before, but negated to mention my adoration for it’s smaller companion – the English roll-arm chair. The single-seater’s classic design renders a timeless appeal and rounded curves of the narrow arms allow for a relaxed comfortable seat. When accompanied by an ottoman or poof, the English roll-arm chair would be a perfect replacement for the design-challenged recliner!

1. Serena & Lily Miramar Chair $1,450 // 2. Pottery Barn Carlisle Chair $999 // 3. Pottery Barn Bristol Chair $899 // 4. MGBW London Chair // 5. MGBW Odette Chair // 6. Furbish Wayland Slipcovered Chair $1,500 // 7. Furbish Everett Chair $2,000 // 8. Ballard Elsie Swivel Glider Club Chair $729 (this would look awesome  in a nursery!) // 9. Ballard Elton Club Chair $749 // 10. Restoration Hardware English Roll Arm Upholstered Chair $1,115 (love the chambray fabric, so happy RH has more color options now!) // 11. Crate & Barrel Essex Chair $1,299

Serena-and-Lily-Roll-Arm-Miramar-Chair-and-Sofa-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignThe chair looks great when accompanied by the matching roll-arm sofa, but I am particularly fond of it’s pairing with a contrasting style…

hbx-ikat-pillows-purple-sofa-modern-living-room-0411redd04-lgnlike a tufted chesterfield…

theeverygirl_daniellemoss_hometour_livingor square-arm model.

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer matching or contrasting styles?

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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

Style Profile • Affordable Lounge Chaises

Affordable-Lounge-Chairs-Chaise-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWhile researching products for The Bungalow’s backyard design board, I was completely shocked over the price of outside furniture, particularly the cost of lounge chairs! Some of my go-to retailers for furniture – Ballard, Crate & Barrel, even Costco – had prices starting in the $700+ range per chair. And that was just for the chair, not to mention cushions and covers that needed to be purchased for certain models. We need 4 chairs for the pool and spending $4,000 on lounge chairs is not in the budget. So I started digging around and found these more affordable options all under $300. I’m in between the Ikea Applaro Chaise which I would need to buy cushions for and the Home Decorator Sling Chaise in orange which goes with my color scheme. Thoughts?

SLING: Home Decorator Sling Chaise $249/ set of 2 (available in several colors) //  West Elm Greenwich Lounger $279 (currently on sale)

WOOD: Ikea Applaro Chaise $129 // Home Decorators Lake Carolina Chaise $259 // Ikea Falster Chaise $169 // World Market Laguna Pool Lounger $249.99

METAL: Walmart Hillcrest Chaise Lounger $299 // Target Threshold Hawthorne Chaise Lounge $131

WICKER & RATTAN: Target Madaga Wicker Patio Chaise $299 // Walmart Providence Chaise Lounge $139 // Target Belmont Wicker Chaise Lounge $226 // Ikea Ammero Chaise $119

Style Profile • Tortoise

Tortoise-DiCorcia-Interiror-DesignIt’s a rarity to find me without a pair of tortoise shades. So I couldn’t be more thrilled of the print’s resurgence in popularity over the past few years in both interiors and fashion. I love how it acts as a neutral with a bit more oomph, providing an additional subtle dimension to a room or outfit. While some may think tortoise is the trend of the moment, I feel it will stand the test of time. How do you feel about tortoise? Yay or nay?

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