It's a fact: Athena Calderone is a curator of all things gorgeous. Her breathtaking home decor, delicious recipes, and eye for style inspired her to create EyeSwoon, a hub for home and food inspiration. Now, It Girl Calderone will be taking us to New York's need-to-know spots and introducing us to the coolest people around.
I first met the incredibly talented interior and prop stylist Kim Ficaro
on the beach in Montauk. As we chatted, I was instantly aware of how at ease I felt as we both affirmed “it was our summer to surf!” Through sporadic run-ins at the beach, we shared surf-lesson tales, milestone fears, and setbacks, as though we were the oldest of friends.
Little did I know at the time, this was a woman whom I quietly admired for many years. Kim was the style director at Domino
, which I can attest was the magazine that initiated my love of interiors and design. I coveted each issue and, in my memory, have filed away specific shoots and design tricks. Domino
and Kim somewhat schooled me in design…I still have every issue!
Later that summer, Kim came to scout my home in Amagansett for an interiors book she was shooting with Ditte Isager
. Have you ever had those surreal moments when you take a step outside of yourself and realize – wow, without knowing so, I dreamt this up…I set this intention, and now it's really happening!
The day they shot my house I had the opportunity to create alongside two women whose work I swooned over and admired for years and years! I was bursting with excitement, seeing Kim in action, playing with and styling my things, as Ditta documented each moment so beautifully...pinch me please!
The shoot was just magical, and by the end of the day, Kim and I both knew we would become fast friends. I felt as though I had found my kindred spirit! Kim embodies all the same passions as I do…a love of design, food, and making things beautiful. She has such an incredibly refined eye and knows just the right mix of rustic and refined and how to create balance in a room, on a table, or in a photograph that elevates it to art — all the while, remaining effortlessly layered with subtle complexities. I asked Kim if she would swoon with me and share her styling essentials, tips, and tricks for creating a stunning tablescape