Take Note 10•31•14

Take-Note-Ina-Garten-The-Barfoot-Contessa-new-book-Make-it-ahead-Pumpking-Decorating-Henna-Wood-Burning-Oversized-Fall-Plaid-Scarves-Vegetable-Spiraler-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Halloween everyone! Any festive plans for the weekend? Our neighborhood is full of young families, so we get a ton of super cute trick or treaters – which is always fun!

  • I’m usually very much on-th-go during the weekends. But lately, the chiller weather has me wanting to stay home, invite over a bunch of friends, cook a big pot of something delicious and open a nice bottle of wine. I just picked up this cookbook, and am salivating over the make-ahead recipes that are perfect for such occasions!
  • Speaking of cooking, this is my new favorite kitchen gadget (and a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies – just peel the zucchini first and it looks just like spaghetti!).
  • Looking to get crafty with your pumpkin decorating? Loving these malachite pumpkins, and these henna & wood burned pumpkins are just gorgeous!
  • For me, Fall weekends are all about dressing cozy, which is probably why I have a serious obsession with oversized scarves – this one, this one and this one are high on my list right now! Which is your favorite?
  • I’m not typically a fan of reality TV, but this reality TV star’s office has me swooning!

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Game Day

In our house from early September through late December, Sundays {and the occasional Monday & Thursday} are considered “holy”. And not because we’re particularly religious people, but because it’s “football day” according to my husband, and the Giant’s are just about as holy as he gets. Oddly enough, I actually really enjoy watching the game! I was an athlete in high school, workout pretty regularly now, and overall really enjoy the sportsmanship of it all -and well-built men in tight football pants isn’t the worst thing to look at! The crisp Fall air, our traditional tailgate {which includes a multiple-course Italian Sunday lunch that would make my Nonna proud}, and the rush from the game, makes for a perfect day!

And while I may not know every play in the book, I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on what to wear to a game. The weather can be a bit unpredictable, with warm afternoon tailgates and brisk end of game temps, so layers – in the form of my favorite t-shirt, plaid button down & quilted vest  {love these more affordable alternatives here & here too!} – are an absolute must! Like many other stadiums, there is a very restrictive bag policy, and this little guy just makes the size requirement. I’ve also learned my lesson to wear comfy boots that can easily be hosed down – we are cooking in a parking lot after all!

Do you have any Fall traditions? I fell in love with football a few years ago and am totally hooked!

Check out some of my other favorite game day outfits here and here.

Fall Inspiration & Updates

Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{garden tuteur}

Fall-front-door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wreath}

Fall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tablecloths – similar here, here, here & here}

Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{fire pit}

Roasting-marshmellows-Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{marshmallow roaster}

Fall-picnic-Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{throws – similar here, here & here}

Fall-mantle-decorated-with-pumpkins-and-twinkle-lights--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pumpkins, gourds & foliage // twinkle lights}

Fall-Halloween-Thanksgiving-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{flower arrangements – similar}

When Fall arrives with its crisp cool air, I like to transition out our light-weight accessories, in favor of velvethandknit pillows, warm heavy throws, gorgeous dried flowers & bunches of wheat and a few other trimmings. I don’t go overboard – I still want our house to look like our house! – but find adding a few tasteful accessories sets a nice cozy tone for the season!

Do you like to add a few nice cozy touches to your home around this time of year?

Take Note 10•24•14

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Just popping in to say Happy Friday – I hope everyone had a great week! This is our first full weekend home in quite some time, and I’m really looking forward to Pizza Friday, pumpkin picking, dinner with friends and curling up with a great book, favorite cashmere throwFall candle!

  • After a scrumptious meal (here, here, here or here), strolling along The High Line is one of my favorite “digestifs”! The Lowline – a planned sunlit underground park located in a historical trolley terminal, uses solar technology to bring sunlight underground – is blowing my mind! And the LES isn’t short on great places to eat either (here, here and here are just a few of my favorites)! Learn more and how you can contribute.
  • We’re going pumpkin picking this weekend, and while I’ll be sure to pick out a few pretties for display, I also want to get 1-2 that are best suited to bake with (dying to make this recipe!).
  • 5 steps to fortune.
  • Looks like retailers are trying to unload their Fall merchandise to make way for Holiday, because there’s a ton of great sales going on! I’m taking full advantage and starting my Christmas shopping early – 25% off full price and 30% off final sale at J.Crew {code: TGIFALL – I always stock up on their cashmere sweaters and am obsessed with this silk bib top!}, 30% off sale at Furbish {code: SALE30 – this pillow is the perfect Fall update and I’m obsessed with this quilt that’s on major sale}, 25% off at Anthropologie {code: EXTRAEXTRA – this dress would be perfect for upcoming holiday cocktail parties and these gingham hand towels are a chic way to add a little Christmas cheer to a powder room}. Shop more of my favorites below.

J.Crew:

Furbish:

Anthropologie:

 

Get The Look • Layered Guest Bedroom

{roman shade fabric // figurative painting of bottles}

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Weekday Uniform

Working in a creative industry, my client meetings for the most part are pretty causal. During the warmer months I typically turn to a dress (that’s now on major sale!) or my favorite pencil skirt for an easy look. But when the weather starts starts to dip down, a beautiful silk top (size up – it runs small!), waxed denim (or slim wool pants) and a blazer that fits like a glove (in a gorgeous color) is perfect for chillier mornings and warmer afternoons. Top is off with a chic pair of glasses, pumps that mean business, a little bit of sparkle and a workhorse bag to house my laptop & daily essentials – and I’m good to go!

I always perform better when I feel confident in the way I look! Are you the same way? It seems so silly, but really works wonders!

Take Note 10•17•14

Take-Note-Jenni-Kayne-Lake-Tahoe-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJApparently I’ve had a thing with row boats these past two Fridays?! Not sure why – seeing as I’ve never actually been in one – but they do seem to be quite romantic, a la The Notebook! Here’s a few additional things I found inspirational this week:

  • Strolling around museums is one of my favorite ways to decompress and find inspiration. When traveling I try to see as much as possible – b/c how often are you going to be in Paris, Rome, Florence, etc? But when I’m home I typically try to stick to one exhibit to actually absorb the art. But truth be told, I usually feel in a bit of a rush to see it all. This recent NYT article, The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum, suggests slowing way down and savoring the moment – love this approach!
  • Just dug into this book last night and am already impressed – a definite must-read for women in business!
  • Obsessed with one of my favorite affordable artists, Wayne Pate, collection of pillows for Serena & Lily! This mermaid and whale would be seriously adorable in a little one’s room, while I’d love to see this guy in a beach house!
  • Excited to check out Pascal & Sabine’s new Fall menu this weekend!

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Recent Pursuits • Wölffer’s Harvest

Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 3Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 5Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 6Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 2Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 4Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 7This weekend we headed out East to attend one of my favorite Fall events – Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party. We had the opportunity to check out some of their new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider! We dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, suckling pig, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and gourmet desserts – I meant to take more pictures of the food, but was too busy eating! The hand-crafted pizzas were made to order from this incredibly genius, brick oven on wheels by Pizza Luca – complete with a Stefano Ferrara pizza oven! It was an amazing Fall day meant to be spent outdoors, the weather seriously could not have been more perfect! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out the Harvest Party when it rolls around next year!

Fall Staples, Day to Night + {Shopbop’s Friends & Family}

The sale that happens but twice a year finally here – 25% off Shopbop’s entire site {w/ code FAMILY25}! While my “imaginary cart” is quite full, I’ve been narrowing it down, and so far this sweater and these leather leggings will definitely make it to checkout! We’ve been traveling quite a bit the past couple weeks, so I really need pieces that can easily transition from day to night. I love how the pairing looks casual with this great pair of snakeskin high tops, baseball hat and perfect everyday bag (in my favorite pop of color for Fall – red!); while a sexy pair of heels, bold lip and fur vest make chilly nights out super sexy!

Take Note 10•10•14

Take-Note-Pok-Pok-Michelin-Star-Fall-Throws-MOMA-Brown-Sisters-Serena-&-Lily-Friends-and-Family-Sale-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Hamptons-NY-NYJust popping in to say Happy Friday and share a few things I was inspired by this week!

  • Exceptional food, low prices and a no-reservation policy already made getting a table at one of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants, Pok Pok, challenging. This month they earned their first {and very well deserved} Michelin star. My trick to getting a table – go for lunch on Saturday or Sunday, they recently started opening at noon on the weekends.
  • Loving these Fall throws.
  • Excited to check out this exhibit at MOMA next month – would be a great concept to draw inspiration from for your annual Christmas cards!
  • One of my favorite home retailers, Serena & Lily’s Friends & Family sale is currently underway. Shop my favorites below.
  • Other sales of note – 50% off at J.Crew Factory {no code needed – and my favorite sweatshirt’s finally back in stock!}, 30% off select styles at Madewell {OHFALL}, 20% at Piperlime {FALL20}, and save up to 40% at Gap {NEWOUTFIT}!

Serena & Lily Friends and Family favorites:

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