Currently Coveting • Christmas Day Tartan

Christmas-Day-Outfit-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKate Spade Park Floral Studs // J. Crew Cambridge Cable Turtleneck // Warby Parker Sims Frames // Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella // J. Crew Factory Skimmer Pant in Plaid // Coach Classic City Bag // Ferragamo Vera Pump

When I was little, my mom dressed my sister and I up in matching tartan dresses for Christmas, with my brother in a matching tie – much to his digress! I loved the festiveness of our outfit selections, and thus Christmastime always has me craving a little tartan or plaid in my wardrobe. While my sister and I won’t be in coordinating outfits this year (at least not intentionally, as we do that inadvertently on occasion) I think these plaid trousers would perfectly satisfy my nostalgic itch!

Isn’t it funny how the holidays have us craving certain colors and patterns – especially ones that we wouldn’t typically be drawn to the rest of the year?! I’m very much a traditionalist, so red and green is right up my alley. What’s your holiday color/pattern preferences?

Gifting • The Gardener

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I must admit, gardening is something I never thought I’d be into, but it’s a little hobby I’ve grown to love over the past few years! In our society of “1-click ordering”, there’s something really authentic about getting your hands dirty and enjoying the colorful bounty. I’m lucky to have several women in my life who are exceptional gardeners (and thankfully answer my endless array of novice questions!). I think they’d love any of the items on this list!

Are you into gardening? I planted a few fig tree clippings this Fall, and you would have thought I birthed a child I was so excited! Hopefully they make a return visit this Spring!

Ashley Putman Strikes Again!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m sure many of you remember Asheley Putnam’s gorgeous Houston home published in Lonny back in 2010 – that English roll arm sofa and the cobalt blue dining room makes me weak in the knees!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWell, Mrs. Putman has been at it again by way of this 19th-century farmhouse located in the sleepy town of Fayetteville, TX. Ashley and her husband restored the dilapidated clapboard abode to pure perfection, resulting in a quaint charm that I think can only be found in older homes.

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Gram Turns 90

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJAs a follow up to Friday’s post, I wanted to share a few pics of Gram’s 90th Birthday luncheon from this past Saturday. My aunt had the brilliant idea to hire photographer Rebecca Mulvey for the day, and while these are only a few sneak peeks of the table, I just couldn’t resist sharing!

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-4DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-6With 24 guests attending, I would typically rent the linens and dishes needed to accommodate such a large crowd. But luckily between Gram, my mom, aunt and myself, we were able to pool together all of the necessary items. Gram’s Franciscan apple plates (which I LOVE!) were the jumping off point for the table inspiration. Seeing as we didn’t have 24, I alternated them with Gram’s white stoneware dishes (similar). I picked up simple bordeaux tablecloths and brown hemstitch napkins, and had just enough of my Anthropologie hobnail tumblers (similar) for each guest.

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DiCorcia-Interior-Design-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-2My favorite little detail were the place cards. The tiny apples are from Trader Joe’s, and I hot glued silk leaves with the guests names onto each one.

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-7And here’s the lady of the hour – I hope I inherited her genes and look this good at 90!!!

A big thank you to Rebecca Mulvey for the gorgeous photos!

Gifting • The Techie

Christmas-Gift-Guide-The-Savy-Techie-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design1. Frends Taylor Headphones // 2. Monster DNA Headphones (Billy just got these for his b’day and LOVES them!) // 3. Driftwood iDock 5 // 4. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker // 5. Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard // 6. Camera Strap // 7. Apple TV // 8. Flash Drive // 9. USB Portable Phone Charger // 10. Bluetooth Shower Speaker // 11. Cable Clip Organizer

With Christmas quickly approaching, I’m going to step up my gift guides this week with two installments. First up – The Techie. While most of these items would be great for the gadget-obsessed men in your life, I think women are often overlooked in this category (I for one am a total closet techie nerd)! So I’ve added a few more feminine options for the tech-savvy ladies on your list.

Are you into gadgets? I totally inherited this trait from my dad!

Currently Coveting • Holiday Lunch

Holiday-Lunch-Brunch-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJJ. Crew Pearls // Ralph Lauren Ruffle Plaid Top //  J. Crew Cardigan // Nars Red Lizard Lipstick // Tory Burch Boots // J. Crew Factory Skirt // Leopard Belt

Tomorrow we’re celebrating my Gram’s 90th birthday with a luncheon at her house. She’s one of my favorite people in the whole world, so I’m beyond excited to be toasting this momentous occasion with her!

When I was a little girl, Gram gave me a single pearl on a delicate gold chain. Every year she added to the necklace, and when I turned 18 I had a full set of gorgeous pearls. It’s one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, and I always have them on for special occasions. I’ll be wearing this little ensemble tomorrow (minus the beret – it’s a bit too Clueless for me!), but thought it would also be perfect for a holiday lunch or brunch!

What are your plans for the weekend? Have you started decorating yet? We got our tree last weekend, but this week was so insanely hectic it’s standing bare. Hoping to get it decorated on Sunday!

Gifting • The Hostess

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I think the most thoughtful presents match the recipients interests, hobbies and overall personality; so for my second gift guide I decided to go with The Hostess.

The Hostess adores a well made drink and perfectly laid out cheese plate. Scented products accompanied by impeccable packaging are high on her wish list. And she considers throwing a party for 12 on a whim the best way to spend her Tuesday night.

Gifting • Holiday Ornaments

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With Black Friday only a week away, I know many of you are looking forward to some holiday shopping and decorating (I know I am!). So I thought it would be fun to start off my holiday gifting guides with one of my favorite items to give and receive – ornaments!

I really love gifting ornaments because they can be so personal based on the recipients personality, interests or hobbies. I adore unwrapping ours each year, reminiscing on who they were from and any meaning they may have. And in our home ornaments are not only reserved for the tree – I like to scatter them about on wreaths, window sills and even on our stockings to give Santa a hint as to who’s is who’s.

Speaking of trees, what’s your “style”? Is it a collection of ornaments from throughout the years? Or is it choreographed to a specific color scheme? Our is a bit of a mix – I like to combine our collected ornaments with some colorful ribbon, or inexpensive balls and snowflakes to reinforce the color scheme.