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!!!

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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?

Take Note 12•12•14

This-Holiday-Best-Sales-Last-Minute-Christmas-Shopping-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Friday!!! I hope everyone had a great week! I got the majority of my Holiday decorating {& a few clients} done last week, so this weekend I have to wrap up the rest of my Holiday shopping to meet free standard shipping delivery deadlines – I buy almost everything online, overcrowded stores kinda freak me out & I just don’t have the time to battle the lines! Here’s the sales I’ll be shopping:

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No-Fireplace Christmas Stocking Solutions

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Our house was as built in the 1950’s as a traditional single story bungalow {hence the nickname!}, and with its proximity to both the bay & beach, was most likely used only a few months out of the year as a beach house. Hence {much to my dismay} we don’t have a fireplace in the house – the quintessential place to hang Christmas stockings! Until the day comes when we either have one installed or move, finding a place to put our Christmas stocking has always been a challenge {no staircase either – the second best place to hang the stockings!}. The first few years we live in the house I hung our stockings on the coat rack on the wall. However seeing as we live in the North East, winter coats get their fair share of exercise this time of year, and the coat rack ended up looking a wreck by the end of the day.

Then a few years ago I picked up this ladder from Serena & Lily to hang throws on, and it inadvertently solved my Christmas stocking placement issues! Throughout the rest of the year it’s usually stacked with cozy throws, but I’ve also used it to hang magazines on in my office, towels in the bathroom & outside for pool parties, and I most recently styled one of clients S&L ladders {I recommend them to almost everyone!} with their Holiday cards.

I may eventually have the stockings monogramed with each of our initials, but for right now I love the idea of having an ornament that represents everyone – a lumberjack for Billy & snow bunny for me, and bones for Bella & Cody {Bella’s has a bow, of course!}.

Here’s some more ideas:

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Cozy Christmas Morning

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My favorite part of the Holidays is upholding traditions that have been passed down for generations – 7 Fishes Dinner on Christmas Eve, lots of Holiday baking {these cookies are one of my favorite!}, special Christmas decorations that have been gifted over many years or passed down – and creating a few new ones of our own. In our family {and I’m sure in many of yours as well}, we each open up one present on Christmas Eve, and it’s always our Christmas pajamas! My sister, mom & mine always matched, while my bother & dad’s coordinated in on the selected color scheme; and we have some of the BEST memories & pictures opening up presents in them throughout the years.

J.Crew pajama bottoms {up to 30% off your entire purchase today at both J.Crew & J.Crew Factory!} have been a favorite over the past few years b/c they’re so incredibly soft, cotton {flannel’s way too hot for me!}, come in a variety of festive patterns, and are really well made {I have all my pairs from the past 4 years and literally wear each one at least once a week!}. This year I’m loving the idea to do a little twist on the traditional pajamas get-up, by pairing the pants with more everyday items that then could be worn again – like this thermal baseball tee for the guys, this incredibly luxurious cashmere henley for the ladies {a less expensive alternative} and this adorable moose hat for the kiddos!

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions?