Design Crush • Erin Gates’ Master Suite

ErinGatesAdditionweb-18 ErinGatesAdditionweb-17 ErinGatesAdditionweb-16ErinGatesAddition-9 ErinGatesAddition-111 ErinGatesAddition-10 ErinGatesAddition-12 ErinGatesAddition-13ErinGatesAddition-2I came across Erin Gates master suite remodel a few days ago on Pinterest, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I have to admit, rooms comprised of a primarily neutral color palette aren’t typically my thing, as they can start looking rather blah really fast. The key is to layer in various textures and patterns to add depth and warmth to the space. While this it not always an easy task, when done right, it’s just magical!

Valentines Day Sweets • Coconut & Chocolate Brigadeiro {Brazilian Truffles}

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Two weeks later we were still reminiscing about the soft, delectable little candies, so I started googling recipes, figuring how hard could they be to make? BIG MISTAKE!!! Not only are they ridiculously easy to make, but only require a handful of ingredients – and we’re already on our second batch! Out of fear of consuming them all, I’m giving the rest away as little Valentines Day gifts {hence the festive baking cups & sprinkles} – so if you’re going to make these, you have been warned!

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COCONUT & CHOCOLATE BRIGADEIRO
Adapted recipes from here & here.

A can of sweetened condensed milk & pat of butter is all you’ll need to get started, plus I added a pinch of salt to both recipes to balance out the sweetness. The chocolate recipe called for a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder {I’m a bit of a chocolate snob and always use the good stuff!}. First time around with the chocolate batch {yes I made both the chocolate & coconut batches twice each!}, I added the cocoa directly to the condensed milk & butter as the recipe suggested. The cocoa formed little lumps, and while that didn’t affect the taste I assure you, they were rather difficult to fully whisk out. So the second time around I dissolved the cocoa powder in a few tablespoons of leftover morning coffee*, which resulted in a smooth creamy batter & intensified the chocolate flavor.

For the coconut recipe I added a few drops of coconut extract to bump up the flavor complex – but oh the things you could do with this base! Next time I’d love to try adding almond extract and then rolling them in crushed pistachios, or a pinch of cayenne & Mexican cinnamon to the chocolate variety for a little bit of heat then rolled in mini chocolate chips, or maybe adding some nutella then rolling them in hazelnuts – I’ll stop now b/c this could go on for hours! Oh, and because toasted coconut is always, always better than the raw variety, I toasted mine which not only bumped up the flavor, but added a nice little crunch factor to the soft candies.

Chocolate Brigaderio:

  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch of salt – I use kosher
  • 3 tbsp. good cocoa powder dissolved in approximately 4 tbsp. of leftover cold coffee*, until slightly runny
  • colorful sprinkles and/or mini chocolate chips for decorating
  • mini baking cups

Preparation

  • In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine condensed milk, butter, salt & cocoa.
  • Place over medium heat until ingredients are completely combined, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue stirring constantly until mixture thickens & begins to come together  – when stirred it will pull away from the bottom of the pan {refer to image 2} – around 15 minutes.
  • Place mixture in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled all the way through –  approximately 2 hours.
  • Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some of the chocolate mixture into your hands and roll into a bite-size ball. Roll the brigaderio in sprinkles or mini chocolate chips and place in mini baking cups. Continue with the remaining chocolate. Store the brigaderio in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Coconut Brigaderio:

  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch of salt – I use kosher
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • sweetened flaked coconut toasted, for decorating
  • mini baking cups

Preparation

  • In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine condensed milk, butter, salt & coconut extract.
  • Place over medium heat until ingredients are completely combined, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue stirring constantly until mixture thickens & begins to come together  – when stirred it will pull away from the bottom of the pan {refer to image 2} – around 20 minutes.
  • Place mixture in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled all the way through –  approximately 2 hours.
  • Crush the toasted coconut with your hands – it will stick to the brigadier best when it’s a bit smaller.
  • Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some of the coconut mixture into your hands and roll into a bite-size ball. Roll the brigaderio in the crushed toasted coconut and place in mini baking cups. Continue with the remaining candies. Store the brigaderio in the refrigerator for up to a week.

*Leftover morning coffee – A little bit of coffee added to anything chocolate just bumps up the chocolate flavor, and doesn’t make it actually taste like coffee! But if you’re hesitant, or don’t drink coffee {please don’t go out and buy coffee just for this!}, you can always substitute cold water!

Style Profile • Hygge & West’s Daydream Wallpaper

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Do you have any favorite wallpaper patterns?

Valentines Day Chic

A little v-day inspiration for your Friday morning! Any plans yet? We usually stay in the day-of, and have a nice meal out once the “Valentines Day Menus” are long gone! But I still like to make the holiday really special by getting all dolled up, concocting some extra-special cocktails & preparing a nice meal!

I wanted to balance feminine & sexy, and think this gorgeous laser-cut pleated skirt {in the most beautiful shade of petal pink!} would pair perfectly with something edgier, like this perfectly-draped leather jacket. Statement accessories are a must, and I’m loving this gorgeous studded clutch & INSANE chain embellished cap-toe pumps!

Target New Home Arrivals!

Nate-Berkus-new-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{little table, multi-color bath mat, woven bench, shower curtain}

Nate-Berkus-Threshold-new-home-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pillows, gold bowl}

Nate-Berkus-Threshold-new-home-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pillow, string art}

Nate-Berkus-Threshold-new-home-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{lamp, shade, planter}

Nate-Berkus-Threshold-new-home-Target-collection-2015-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wall hanging, throw, pillow, pyramid}

Nate Berkus & Threshold’s new lines for Target are absolutely killing it! Not to mention are the products themselves insane {and really well-priced!}, but the styling of the shots is dead on – I could soak in that tub all day!!!

Oh, and right now if you can save some major $$ on home products – spend $50 & save $10, spend $100 & save $25 – promo code: HOME! Shop more of my favorites below!

An open & airy English Countryside Home on Hudson Street

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The light filled space has a sense of airiness about that I just adore, and while the generously proportioned windows certainly help out, the look is fully achieved through various other elements. Cream & light gray walls paired with the bright white molding adds dimension while still maintaining an overall look of levity. Reclaimed wood furniture & accessories found throughout the apartment add a sense of warmth & character without weighing the space down space, while well-positioned mirrors reflect light adding just as much warmth as if a window had actually taken their place – I especially love the placement of the mirror above the kitchen sink where a window would typically be found!

Style Profile • Backgammon

Slim-Aarons-Poolside-Backgammon-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Table-watercolor-painting-beach-house-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBags-Are-PackedBackgammon-Oomph-Table-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe-Dunmore-Look-Linger-Love-Backgammon-Set-Table-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-Lonny-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-Pool-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJQuilted-Backgammon-Set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBackgammon-Set-Table-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJinlaid-backgammon-set-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhile we were in Aruba my mom and I engaged in a daily game of backgammon on the beach every afternoon, and ever since then I’ve been completely hooked! I have a serious competitive streak, and just love the strategy behind the game paired with a good punch of luck, rendering it challenging but much more easy going than a game of chess {especially after a piña colada or two!}.

I started researching backgammon sets when we got home and was surprised to learn what a huge colt following it has – dating all the way back to 3500 B.C.! I have a cheesy plastic set that we’ve been playing with, but am in the market for something a little more refined that can be left out in the living room. I’m still up in the air if I want a backgammon table solely dedicated to the game, or a set which would be a little more mobile. This one, this one and this one are my current top contenders, and here’s a few more I’m contemplating:

 Serena & Lily Diamond Backgammon Set // Pierrepont Hicks Backgammon Set
Oomph Backgammon Table // Rampli Backgammon Set
Gree Velour Lexington Avenue Backgammon Set // Ostrich Leather Backgammon Set
Jonathan Adler Backgammon Set // Alexandra Llewellyn Bespoke Backgammon Set

Would love to hear your thoughts!

Images via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Aruba 2015

Winter-Getaway-Aruba-Best-Restaurants-Costa-Linda-Resort-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Winter-Getaway-Aruba-Best-Restaurants-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 2Winter-Getaway-Costa-Linda-Beach-Club-Aruba-Best-Restaurants-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJApologies for the radio silence this past few weeks, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! Christmas week was a complete blur of food & wine {the best kind!} accompanied by lots of parties, presents, dinners, brunches and laughs with family & friends. Right after the holiday we headed south for our annual family vacation in Aruba, where I started every morning with Zumba or hitting up the gym {working off all my holiday indulgences, ha!}.  This sexy open back tank and these compression crops turned out to be one of my best pre-vacation purchases – 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 usually take up the majority of our afternoons. L*Space bikinis are one of my favorite brands for their chic/sexy cut paired with their comfy/sturdy fit {allowing me to successfully partake in all of the above activities!}, so I was super excited to find a bunch of them on major sale via 6PM before I left. I also picked up this coverup, which I was super obsessed with – will definitely be wearing it as a top with skinny jeans once it warms up a bit in NJ! I read a couple of books, but The Summer We Read Gatsby was by far the perfect beach read! Of course it wouldn’t be vacation without some fantastic meals out and this breezy Ramy Brook dress {on major sale!} ended up being ideal for the laid back island vibe {you can check out an updated list of my favorite restaurants here}.

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

WINTER GETAWAY FAVORITES:

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Christmas Day Chic {& delivered on time for free}

As much as I adore the ease of online shopping, my biggest pet peeve is paying for shipping. So when I can get what I want shipped free & on time, it’s Christmas to my ears!

For Christmas Day I like a combo of chic and cozy, and this insanely cozy cableknit sweater {also love this one & this one for less} paired with this gorgeous flounce skirt and these wear with everything booties {on sale!} fit the bill perfectly! Of course a little bit of sparkle is an absolute must by way of these gorgeous stud earrings and my new favorite nail polish {seen here}.

What’s Christmas Day like with your family – casual, fancy, a combo? I love hearing about how different people celebrate!

Getting There In Style

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Traveling can be a bit overwhelming to start with, pair it with the holiday season – parties, decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, menu planning, etc. – and I usually end up throwing my stuff into a carry-on last minute. I’ve learned over the past few years to invest in a few go-to pieces in neutral color palettes so they can be worn interchangeably, and don’t draw a lot of attention – airports & transit stations can be chockfull of sketchy characters! An oversized cashmere scarf is an absolute must, doubling as a blanket keeping me toasty and warm. I picked up these leggings a few months ago and have worn them constantly – they’re so unbelievably comfortable! Slide-on boots that can worn with socks is an absolute must – walking bearfoot through airport security beyond skeeves me out!

What are some of your travel essentials?