Currently Craving • Coastal Chic

COASTAL-CHIC-DICORCIA-INTERIOR-DESIGN-NY-NJStray Dog Fred Sconce // Serena & Lily Cyprus Bone Inlay Mirror// Serena & Lily Jalpur Pillow Target Woven Side Table // Pottery Barn Calisle Sofa in Lagoon // CB2 Element Coffee Table
Serena & Lily Spruce Street Slipcovered Chair // West Elm Jute Bucle Rug // Furbish Furry Stool

We’re getting hit by another snow storm today, and I think it’s safe to say I’m officially over Winter! Modern coastal interiors have been on my mind as of late, and I’m really loving this moody pastel blue sofa paired with a fabulous mix of neutral textures – slubby linen, reflective inlaid bone, urban concrete, furry sheep skin, nubby jute, shiny white lacquer and woven rattan.

Hope you’re all safe and warm today, Spring weather cannot arrive soon enough!

Thank You!

45da5d3375e41ca2bfd2ac3b9eec498cI cannot believe that this little blog turns 1 today! What began as an outlet to help formulate random thoughts bouncing around my head has turned into SO much more! It’s added joy to my life, clarity to my work and introduced me to some of the most talented people I have ever met. I cannot thank all of you enough for following  along as I chase my dreams! All of your comments, opinions, love and support means the world to me!  Here’s to another year – cheers!!!

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The Little Things…

Lulie-Wallace-Brithday-Card-Bar-Cart-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Lulie-Wallace-Brithday-Card-Bar-Cart-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 2Lulie-Wallace-Brithday-Card-Bar-Cart-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 3Often it’s the littlest things that make me happy and feel inspired. Case and point – I was beyond excited to find this Lulie Wallace birthday card in Walgreens (of all places!) this week. I bought the whole lot. Including one for myself – and it’s not even my birthday (a little pathetic, I know!). Anyways, I cut off the back and placed the card on a stand from last year’s version of this calendar. It sits below my big Lulie Wallace painting on our bar cart – although I think it would look equally as adorable framed with the glass removed!

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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.

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-5DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-3The flowers were single bunches of tulips, little garden roses and lilies (from Costco!), that I combined with skewered apples and pine cones, along with some evergreen clippings from my garden.

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!

Look For Less • Fresh Blooms

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This past weekend I picked these hydrangea from my garden to place on the coffee table in our living room. Much to my dismay, it looks like they may be the last of the season with nighttime temps dropping into the 20°’s; so farm stand and supermarket bunches will have to take their place over the next few months.

However, one bunch usually only accommodates having flowers in one room, and ideally I would love to have arrangements in every room of our home (which is sadly not in my budget)! I do dry a few bunches of hydrangea and eucalyptus, which turn beautiful shades of pastel, but sometimes I want a big burst of color (surprise, surprise!).

BLOG_Tory_ToryOnHome_1021-Home-Collection_480_slide7When I saw Tory Burch’s new home collection, I was instantly smitten with the image above! Sure the inlaid bone box is beautiful, but the paper flowers is what really grabbed my attention. A simple, affordable, long-lasting arrangement – way more chic than you’re local craft store variety!

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Are you a fan of having fresh flowers in your home? If so, what are your thoughts on the paper variety?

Q&A

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Yesterday I was tagged by Gabrielle of Savvy Home to answer a few questions in a blogger chain mail. So much fun! It actually took me some time to narrow down my answers, I had at least five for each question!

Now it’s my turn to pass the torch. Brittany of Classically B, Elisa of Fancy Free Me and Merritt of The Style Scribe you’re up!

1. Heels or flats?
2. Person you’d love to have lunch with – dead or alive?
3. Quirkiest habit?
4. Ideal way to spend a Sunday?
5. Great book recently read?
6. Your style is described as?
7. Favorite artist?

I’d love to hear your answers in the comments below! Such a fun way to get to know each other better!

October Highlights

photolayouts_part01_large_sharp_06I like looking on my Instagram pics to reflect on what I’ve done and where I’ve been – I must say October was a pretty stellar month! I baked “skinny” lemon-cranberry scones and arranged lots of pretty flowers #bloomsoftheweek. Traveled out east and spent lots of time outside drinking wine and visiting the farm stands with my Dad. Took advantage of what will probably be the last of my garden for the season and dried my lavender – I plan on turning the petals into pretty oil and linen water! And I even rectified the cobblers kids shoes dilemma in The Bungalow with a few Fall updates!

I’m really excited for what November has to bring – turkey, table settings, Christmas shopping and decorating – it’s the official start to the holiday season!

What are you looking forward to this month?

The Bungalow • A Fall Update

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhen Fall arrives with its crisp cool air, I like to transition out our light-weight accessories, in favor of velvet and wool pillows, warm heavy throws 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. The Bungalow as a whole follows a pretty consistent color palate throughout – blues, greens, pinks and a few necessary neutrals – so shifting attention towards darker shades of green and a few small pops of orange is an easy transition amongst our mainstay pieces.

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMuch to my dismay we don’t have a fireplace in the house, so until the day comes when we either have one installed or move, I’ve taken to decorating our TV cabinet as if it was one! Billy and I visited one of our local farms last week and picked up some fairytale pumpkins – my absolute favorite variety! I brought a few inside to arrange on the “mantle”, and as a precaution placed tupperware lids underneath each pumpkin to protect the wood cabinet in case they start to decay. Then I wrapped and twisted grape vines around the pumpkins to conceal the lids.

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been working on “disguising” my husband’s ginormous TV in the middle of the living room with a gallery wall. While it’s not complete yet, I’m pretty pleased with its progress thus far. We picked up the carved heads on our honeymoon from a local artist working on the beach. Most of the prints are from Etsy – fox and owl, tables scape, horizon – except for the beach scene which is by Teil Duncan.

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMiles the deer (smaller version here) got a crown of paper flowers, and he kind of reminds me of something out of a Botticelli painting now!

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI had two leopard pillows made up for the loveseat, casting an indirect hint of orange, and added my favorite Fall candle (NEST’s Pumpkin Chai) to the coffee table.

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI also had two pillows made out of vintage wool and silk scarves for the Lloyd Loom loveseat, and pulled out our faux-fur throw (see some of my favorites here).

*I have material leftover from the scarves and leopard fabric – if you’re interested in pillows, feel free to message me!

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJEven the pups got an update with their plaid dog beds!

Decorating-For-Fall-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe kitchen and living room are connected in an open floor plan, so I used more paper flower garland to tie everything together – I love how it looks on top of our capiz chandelier! I had the orange zebra runner made, and pulled out our sheepskin throws to top the Bertoia chairs – making for the coziest of meals!

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Come Black Friday, I’ll switch out a few things for more holiday/winter-inspired decor – I can’t wait!

*I offer onsite and e-decor holiday decorating services for anyone interested!

On My Nightstand • Where’d You Go, Bernadette

On-My-Nightstand-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m kind of a huge nerd in that, if I’m reading a really good book, I’ll stay up until 2:00 AM and fall asleep with the light on – I’m usually asleep no later than 10:00 PM (guess I’m kind of nerdy in that respect too!). It’s a bad habit I’ve had since childhood, having been reprimanded on many occasions for reading at the dinner table while trying to conceal a book in my lap.

I recently tore through new-to-me author Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette in two days flat. Semple’s wit, imagination and perspective on the private school-obsessed, neurotically eco-conscious, TED-talking community in upper-crust Seattle is brilliantly hilarious! It was fabulous read, and at 330 pages I really need to get some sleep tonight!

Have you read any good books lately? I’m always on the hunt for something new!

BBQ @ Bungalow DiCorcia

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Invites from here.

The BBQ was a hit!. I had so much fun (and sangria) I barely took any pictures – worst blogger ever! Fortunately, I did remember to capture the food. For apps I made ricotta cheese with grilled Italian bread, bruschetta and tapenade.

The-Beach-House-DiCorcia-Interior-Design 1Dinner included pulled pork from Jersey Shore BBQ, corn breadmacaroni and cheese, corn dogs (from here) with honey mustard sauce, spicy corn and feta salad (remind me to do a recipe post on this – so good!) and kale slaw with  poppy seed dressing. Catering out the protein to professionals made the food so much easier (nobody got stuck on the grill all day), but still allowed me to do my thing with cooking.

The-Beach-House-DiCorcia-Interior-Design 2I picked up the pig chalk board from Homegoods (similar here) and gingham tablecloth from here. They were so inexpensive and totally set the scene for our Southern-style BBQ! I propped up the food on old wine crates to add a little height and dimension to the table. The weather could not have been more perfect and I think a good time was had by all!

How was your weekend? Any fun adventures?