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

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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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Lemon Lavender Yogurt

Lemon-Lavender-Honey-Greek-Yogurt-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy abundance of lavender has generously perfumed the backyard air all summer long, and with our first frost not too far off, I brought big bunches of it inside to dry the weekend before last. I love the way it looks hanging on a little hook, and once it starts to get too brittle to hang, I pack it up in little mason jars so I can enjoy its perfumed aroma until the new batches pop up in my garden next year. I love adding a pinch of it to my tea leaves, stuffing sachets with it for little gifts to friends, and my most new favorite way to enjoy it is in my morning yogurt (but if you don’t have lavender on hand, you can always buy it here)!

Bunches-of-Lavender-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJLemon-Lavender-Honey-Greek-Yogurt-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Billy and I were at Toro a a few weeks back and we had a lemon-honey gelato infused with lavender sitting on top of chucks of chewy granola. I was in heaven – I could literally eat that dessert every day! Seeing daily scoops of gelato {unfortunately} aren’t part of my regular diet, I put together this little Lemon Lavender yogurt recipe which is, and mimics all of the flavors I loved. I’ve been eating it every morning for the past week and a half – a definite must try, and it’s SO incredibly easy to make!

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LEMON LAVENDER YOGURT
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice {depending on how acidic you like it}
  • 1/2 tsp. dried lavender, petals removed from stems
  • serve over granola, garnished with a sprig of lavender, slice of lemon & mint {optional}

Preparation

  • Combine first 5 ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes so lavender petals can rehydrate {if you have time, let it sit overnight}.
  • Place granola in a bowl, top with yogurt mixture.
  • Garnish with a sprig of lavender, slice of lemon & mint

Servings: 1 • Size: 1 bowl Calories: 170 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 18 g • Carb: 27 g  Sugar: 25 g
Sodium: 67 mg {not including granola & garnish}

The recipe above serves one, but I like to make multiple servings of the yogurt mixture and store them back in the yogurt container – then I have breakfast for the entire week!

A Fall Weekend out East

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Although summer is probably my most cherished season overall, my absolute favorite time of year to head out East is during the fall! The light in the Hamptons is somewhat notorious for its unique color spectrum created from the ocean and sound both sourcing reflected light; and to see the change of the leaves amongst it is simply magical! Add in the abundance of farmers markets & pumpkin patches, the nonexistence of traffic, along with the fact that Kardashian’s and such like crews have skipped town – and the quaint little Hamptons towns are actually quaint once more! We’re heading out this weekend for Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party, and I’m really excited after the amazing time we had last year!

A Fresh West Coast Interpretation of East Coast Tradition

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I was flipping through the new House Beautiful last night, and fell pretty hard for this gorgeous Los Angelos cottage designed by Schuyler Samperton. I adore the fresh West Coast interpretation on the traditional East Coast Shingle Style cottage; complete with vibrant pops of colors, wallpaper galore and a relaxed sense of elegance.

What also really appealed to me was how heirloom antiques were used throughout the home. Our trip to Bordeaux afforded us the opportunity to not only stay at the Ren’s gorgeous Chateau (opposed to a hotel), but also live their day-to-day lives to a degree, including being surrounded by their gorgeous antiques. What pleasantly surprised me was that the antique furniture was actually being used (my clothes hung in a gorgeous 18th c. armoire), opposed to being shoved into a parlor room never to be touched (or seen for that matter). I’ve always been a fan of using antique furniture in a room, as it adds a level of history that typically can’t be achieved in new furniture. In addition, antiques are typically much more affordable than their brand new counterparts of similar quality – and quite often, the craftsmanship far surpasses most of what is made today.

Are you a fan of having antiques in your home?

Bordeaux

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Let’s rewind a bit – our wine tasting tour started on Monday, so Billy, my parents, sister, brother and I arrived a few days early to explore the city and do a little shopping – naturally! The port city of Bordeaux is absolutely gorgeous, filled with art, history and architecture dating back to Roman times – I could have spent a month in the city alone. After a few days on our own, we were whisked off to Château Coulon Laurensac, an exquisite 18th century Palladian Château nestled on the banks of the Garonne River, right in the middle of Bordeaux’s famous wine growing region. The Château itself was fairytale-breathtaking, with awe-inspiring gardens, a state-of-the-art kitchen (I was drooling over) and hundreds of years of meticulously maintained history between its walls – I’m still dreaming of all the ceiling beams and fireplaces! Our suites were located in the former chai à barriques (a building where wine used to age in oak barrels), which just added the overabundance of charm!

The unique part about our tour was that Château Coulon Laurensac is the year-round home of Wine Masters, Ronald and Margaret Rens, who graciously hosted and guided us throughout our stay. Our week was filled with visits to some of the premiere 1st growth vineyards on both the left and right banks of the Bordeaux region, cooking classes at the Château, an adventure to the local farmers market in Creon and more 5-course+ lunches & dinners than I care to admit to!

As always, my favorite places to eat and see are bookmarked here; and if you’re looking to visit Bordeaux, sample their wonderful wines and cuisine, I can’t recommend The Bordeaux Wine Experience enough!

Packing List • Bordeaux

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After a year and a half of planning, my family and I are heading to Bordeaux this week for harvest and to celebrate my parents 35 wedding anniversary. I’ve never been to that region of France, so I’m beyond excited for the great adventure ahead of us, and for all of the wine tastings and culinary delights we’ll be sampling!

Of course what to pack has been anxiously nagging me, although I did much better on our last two trips by way of a little preparation and sticking to a strict color combo – mostly neutrals with a splash of bordeaux (of course!) for this trip. I’m also taking a tip from a good friend, and selecting my shoes first, then selecting which garments to pair with them.

Bordeaux’s weather can be a little temperamental this time of year, with an average of 13 days of rain in September, and temps ranging from 55°-85°. A great rain jacket with a hood (why don’t they all have one?!) and pair of rain boots is an absolute must; and these Loeffler Randal booties with their chic gold buckles can be worn casual or dressy, rain or shine (my beloved Hunter’s would likely take up 1/2 the weight limit in my suitcase!). Theses ballet flats are so incredibly comfortable (I took my friend Hanna’s advise and snipped off the charm to make them look a little more “grown up”), while these sexy heels are perfect for dinners and drinks.

As for the clothes, light layers are my go-to this time of year in general to combat the constantly changing temps, and sticking with a strict color combo allows me to seamlessly transition pieces from casual to formal!

Have any of you been to Bordeaux? Any recommendations on places not to be missed?

Style Profile • Converted Bathroom Vanities

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With that said, well-made wood furniture in general is expensive due to the high level of craftsmanship and time that goes into each piece (which is why I almost always buy vintage). I just love the look of  consoles, dressers, buffets, etc. converted into bathroom vanities, making space feel so much homier and less sterile!  So I pulled together the above images of  for a little inspiration, and my clients absolutely loved the idea!

They’re going to use an antique dresser passed down from the husband’s mother that has been collecting dust in their garage for years, and we’re going to have the top replaced with a slab of granite (to make it more maintenance-free and kid-friendly). The granite yard is going to install the sink along with the granite, and the plumber is going to hook up all the pipes – so much better than a sub-par cookie cutter option!

For more information on my E-decor services, feel free to hit me up at christine@dicorciadesign.com!

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