Kim Ficaro’s Instagram is a dangerous place to look if you’re feeling cabin fever. The dreamy feed is full of wanderlust-inducing images like pineapples, perfect beaches, and white-washed spaces.
As a prop and interiors stylist, Ficaro (who’s also the founder of home goods site Totem Home) knows how to create a beautiful image. You’ve probably seen her work — her clients include West Elm, Anthropologie, Canvas Home, and Bon Appétit.
A New York native, Ficaro went to the School of Visual Arts to study art and sculpture before assisting interior and set designers like Sibella Court and Christine Rudolph. She worked as the style editor at the original incarnation of Domino and co-authored Rizzoli’s The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives. Now, she lives in California, where she divides her time between her site and her clients.
The Cut caught up with Ficaro at her home to talk about her daily routine, what’s in the trunk of her car, and her love of high-waisted jeans.
It really varies if I’m on location or in a studio or going to visit artisans, but I love easy flats that go with anything. I’ll wear strappy Greek sandals in the summer and Vans when I’m running around or in the studio. For when I’m half barefoot and half in shoes during the day, I’ll opt for my Sabah slip-ons.
I usually wear something from my best friend Winnie Beattie’s collection Warm. I feel comfortable and super stylish with any of her clothes.
Since I don’t have a desk and I work on the go, I keep shoes in my car just in case I want to go on a hike after a meeting or to the beach after work. It’s a mix of sandals in natural shades, my Vans, Roseanna boots, and flip-flops.
If I’m traveling, then I’ll wear whatever the climate dictates. For shooting on the beach followed by dinner after, I’ll stick to Greek sandals. When I’m wandering around cities in Europe I’ll wear high-top check Vans and then if it’s cold, my Blundstone boots are the best.