Weekend Pursuits • 5.4.14

After a rainy week, I was so happy to head out East to celebrate my mom’s birthday and for a quick client consult.

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1770-House-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe were in celebratory mode all weekend for my mom’s birthday, so the trip was made even more indulgent with visits to a few of our favorite restaurants, including: 1770 House, Nick & Toni’s and Cafe Max – check out a full (and ever-growing) list of my favorites here.

Spatterware-Collection-Bridgehampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSerena-&-Lily-Beach-Market-Hamptons-Store-Blue-and-White-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSerena-&-Lily-Beach-Market-Hamptons-Store-Gallery-Wall-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy mom and I took full advantage of being together all weekend, hitting up some of our favorite antique stores (how insane is that spatterware collection?!) and Serena & Lily, of course! Their gallery walls are what my dreams are made of – all of which is available in their online store (kinda dangerous!).

How was your weekend?

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Design Crush • Celerie Kemble’s Beach House

Celerie-Kemble-Dominican-Republic-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ86d2418c9c2da20bb938d021b253ba89Celerie-Kemble-Dominican-Republic-House-Pool-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe aspect I love most about decorating vacation homes is the theatrical element of whimsy you can implement. Since inhabitants don’t live there year-round, you can really go all out with a theme – nautical, Palm Beach chic, Aspen chalet, Moroccan riad, etc.

I was flipping through this month’s Vogue, and fell head-over-heels for this Dominican Republic home belonging to famed interior designer, Celerie Kemble, and her family. The property itself is actually a cluster of bungalows, each belonging to individual shareholders, centered around the communal clubhouse (featured in the 1st and 3rd photo). While the combination of intricate lattice work (called tragaluz), copper palms, seashell studded walls and Dominican tile may become a little tiresome for most people’s day-to-day; it makes for the ideal escape into vacation!

A boutique hotel is slotted for the property’s future – wonder if Kemble will have a hand in that as well?!

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Aruba 2014

DiCorcia-Design-Aruba-VacationDiCorcia-Design-Aruba-Vacation-3DiCorcia-Design-Aruba-Vacation-2Apologies for the radio silence this past week, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! We headed south for our annual family vacation in Aruba – and I must admit, unplugging for a bit was just what I needed! I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to get started on a few new exciting projects!

I kept up with my New Years resolution, which started with hitting the gym every morning – I’m completely obsessed with this tank and these crops (isn’t it funny how some cute gear can make such a huge difference?!). My family’s a pretty active bunch, so snorkeling, paddle boarding. kayaking and daily walks on the beach took up the majority of our afternoons. These bandeau bikini tops turned out to be one of my best pre-vacation purchases – no unwanted tan lines, they fit like a glove and are only $18! I read a couple of books, but The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was by far my favorite! Of course it wouldn’t be vacation without some fantastic meals out and this breezy dress ended up being ideal for the laid back island vibe (you can check out a list of my favorite restaurants here).

I hope you all had a fabulous week, I’m so looking forward to catching up!

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PACKING LIST • ARUBA

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I’m really excited to be heading to Aruba in a few days for our annual family vaca! With that said, I’m the absolute worst packer! I always leave things to the last minute, end up packing WAY too much, and forget the most elementary of items (like quality razor blades – which are surprisingly hard to find in a foreign country!). So this year I started making my list early, and thus far am pretty happy with the outcome – but let’s see if I can actually execute it! Aruba is super relaxed, so a few breezy dresses, wear with everything flats, bikinis and chic gold bangles is really all I need!

I just downloaded The Signature of All Things, but need a few more books- would love to hear your suggestions!

From the French Countryside to the French Riviera

Overcast weather continued for most of the weekend, so on Sunday we hopped on the ferry and headed over to Shelter Island for a little day trip. We had the pleasure of visiting two very different hotels, both equally as fabulous!

La-Maison-Blanche-Shelter-Island-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignFirst up was La Maison Blanche for brunch.

La-Maison-Blanche-Hotel-Shelter-Island-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignLa-Maison-Blanche-Porch-Shelter-Island-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NJ-NYLocated on a gorgeous piece of property right near Crescent Beach, the adorably quaint bed and breakfast style hotel dates back to the 1800’s.

La-Maison-Blanche-Shelter-Island-Bed-and-Breakfast-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWe dined on a delicious French brasserie-style menu in the garden, which was unbelievably charming! With only 8 rooms on the entire property, I’d imagine overnight guests have an amazingly intimate experience!

01-TCX-sunset-beach-hotel-shelter-island-0912-CIEt1P-promo_xl-lgNext we headed down the road to Sunset Beach (an André Balazs property) for a few cocktails. The 20-room boutique hotel boasts a hip, laid-back atmosphere with a beachy St. Tropez vibe.

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Sunset-Beach-Hotel-Shelter-Island-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design.jpgThe lively crowd made for some interesting people watching, and the restaurant and bar is apparently quite the scene – although I’d expect nothing less from the man behind the Standard and Mercer Hotels! Complete with bocce ball courts, ping-pong tables, stone fire pits and a white sandy beach; the property isn’t short of activities – so much so I forgot to take more pictures, oops!

The ambience and crowds at each hotel could not have been more different – we joked we’d traveled from the French countryside at La Maison Blanche down to the French Riviera at Sunset Beach, all while in the Hamptons!

How was your Labor Day weekend?

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Take Me Away • Parco dei Principi, Sorrento Italy

Parco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignAs much as I’m thoroughly enjoying this Summer here in the Northeast, lately I’ve had the itch to pack my bags and take off on an adventure. Our trip to New Orleans this past March was incredible, and if our weekends weren’t jam-packed between now and October, I’d try to persuade Billy to decamp for Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, Italy – not that I think he’d need much convincing, look at this place!

Parco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJParco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJParco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDesigned in 1961 by Gio Ponti – one of the most famed Italian architects and designers of the 20th century – Parco dei Principi was one of the first “designer” hotels in the world. I popped into the albergo during a jaunt through Italy a few years ago and fell in love at the lobby alone.

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Parco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJParco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPonti had a hand in every detail, including the 30 different combinations of the blue and white geometric patterned tiles found throughout the hotel.

Parco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe views of Mt. Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples are utterly breathtaking!

Parco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd can we discuss this terrace?! Amazing!!!

Parco-dei-Principi-Sorrento-Italy-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDo you have any destinations you’re dying to travel to? My list is probably a mile long!

c/o The Maidstone

c/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Hotel-East-Hampton-NY-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignThe Living Room, located in c/o The Maidstone Hotel is one of my favorite restaurants in the Hamptons. Not only is the food amazing – Modern American with a Swedish twist following the tenants of Slow Food cooking – but the design is incredible (these pictures do not do it justice!). Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg overhauled the 150+ year old Greek Revival in 2008, infusing the historic Inn with a whimsical, sophisticated and distinctly Scandinavian-modern sensibility.

c/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignColorful Josef Frank pillows rest on Swedish antiques and contemporary photography hangs alongside graphic wallpaper.

c/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-Designc/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignNow don’t get me wrong, I will always choose a restaurant based on food first (one of my favorite NJ restaurants is a Mexican dive), but when the cuisine is superb and the decor is spot-on, it really makes for a wonderful experience!

c/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-Designc/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-Designc/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-Designc/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-The-Living-Room-Restaurant-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMy family’s house is less than 10 miles down the road, so I really can’t justify staying in the hotel – but the rooms are so pretty!

c/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Complementary-Bikes-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignAnd guests get to utilize these adorable bikes! Staycation while on vacation perhaps?

c/o-The-Maidstone-Inn-Dog-Friendly-Hotel-East-Hamptons-Via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignOh, and dogs are welcome in select rooms, lounges/salons and restaurants – they even have their own menu! Bella and Cody, pack your bones!

Check out more of my favorite places to eat and visit in the Hamptons here.

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Currently Coveting • Memorial Day En Route Attire

Memorial-Day-Weekend-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMemorial Day is one of my favorite holidays! In addition to honoring the brave men and women who risked so much to keep us safe, it also unofficially announces the beginning of summer! In honor of the holiday I’ll be posting all things red, white and blue this week.

I’m heading to my parent’s beach house for the holiday, so first up – what I’d like to be wearing en route. This outfit would make the long ride out much more enjoyable, especially when followed by a glass of rose and raw oysters upon arrival!

Juicy Couture Wide Brimmed Sun Hat $34.99 (on sale!) //Anthropologie Neo-Gingham Crossback Tee $58 // J.Crew Rope Sailor Shorts $78 // K Jacques St. Tropez Sandals $280 // C. Wonder Anchors Away Ring Set $38 // Nautical iPad Mini Case $44.95 // Essie Geranium Nail Polish $7.79 // J.Crew Globe-Trotter Suitcase $1,750

Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend?

New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the most magical cities I have ever visited. The food, culture, architecture, art galleries, museums, antiques, jazz clubs, street music, bayous, Garden District, secret little courtyard gardens and infamous cemeteries blend 300 years of history that is uniquely awe-inspiring!

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We took every opportunity possible to sample the local cuisine from oysters for lunch at ACME to a mid-day snack of pecan caramels at Southern Candymakers to casual dinners at Lilette and fancy dinners at August. I can honestly say that we didn’t experience one bad meal on our entire trip, which is pretty impressive considering how much we ate! There are so many good restaurants in New Orleans I think it would take at least a full year of eating out twice a day to experience them all! Here’s where we had the opportunity to eat and loved:

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From the French Quarter to the Garden District I was constantly inspired by the hanging gardens, iron balconies, double gallery houses, Creole cottages, antebellum homes and landscaped gardens. The art scene in the city is fresh and very up-and-coming. I made my pilgrimage to Amanda Talley’s Studio (more on that later) and thoroughly enjoyed a portion of Roger H. Ogden’s private collection. As for shopping – aside from Paris, New Orleans has one of the best selections of antiques I have seen. We ended our days listening to mind-blowing local jazz musicians spout their tunes while sampling the fantastic cocktails the city is notorious for.

*I keep a list of restaurants, museums and experiences from various places I’ve visited here. If you have any recommendations please post them in the comment section, I would love to hear from you! And if you follow me on Instagram, I apologize for the repetition of images!

WANDERLUST

wanderlust-drew-barrymore-via-dicorcia-interior-designI’m departing New Orleans today heading home. We’ve had an amazing week exploring the city, sampling the local cuisine, absorbing the history and reveling in the beautiful culture here! The architecture, museums, antique shops and art galleries are magnificent; if you ever have a chance to visit I highly recommend it! Traveling always leaves me feeling invigorated, inspired and excited to employ little notes of what I’ve learned and loved to my work. I can’t wait to share some details of my trip with you next week, but until then I leave you with this quote that I feel captures my desire to wander and explore:

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