Get the Look • Hamptons Garden

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After seeing a sneak peak of Assouline’s newest masterpiece, The Big Book of the Hamptons, I immediately added it to my cart! The Hamptons maintains a distinct aesthetic in the design world, both indoors and out. What I love most about the gardens are the relaxed/elegant/coastal vibe that almost looks as if it happened naturally – but actually takes quite a bit of hard work to achieve!

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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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Design Crush • Julia Reed

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There’s something about Greek Revival’s that I’m really drawn to – the classic timeless style that could be found anywhere at any time in history and not look dated. What style home would you consider your favorite?

The Holiday Cocktail Supper

Cocktail-Supper-Party-Menu-and-Dining-Room-by-Julia-Reed-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe’re hosting a little Holiday Party this Saturday, and after a hectic few weeks, I’m really excited to spend some time with good friends and toast the end to a fabulous year! I like to entertain and usually don’t find it particularly stressful. However, holiday parties tend differ from status quo. It’s a busy time of year, so understandably guests may have multiple events to attend, or a little shopping to finish up – hence arriving at different times throughout the course of the night. This can be a little stressful in terms of keeping food hot, especially on a cold Winter night!

So when I came across Julia Reed’s (one of my entertaining idols) Cocktail Supper menu in this months Southern Living, I knew what direction to take. All of her dishes can be served at room temperature (aside from the Lump Crab Mornay, which is kept warm in a silver chafing dish), allowing the host to enjoy their guests – in lieu of constantly heating up food and keeping an eye on sternos. Genius!

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1. Montgomery Punch

2. Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

3. Lump Crab Mornay 

4. Perfect Beef Tenderloin served with homemade hot mustard sauce, horseradish sauce and Sister Schubert’s yeast rolls (which Ms. Reed swears are just as good as homemade!).

5. Buttery Toasted Pecans – I also really like this recipe!

6. Asparagus with Curry Dip

7. Pecan Bourbon Balls

In addition to be so much less stressful, the added benefit about the “Cocktail Super” menu is it’s more than enough to constitute as dinner, and informal enough for your guests to arrive and leave as they please!

Are you doing any holiday entertaining this season? Any tips for a stress-free party?

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.

Thanksgiving @ The Bungalow

Thanksgiving-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI hope you all had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Day dinner at The Bungalow was somewhat of a whirlwind, I feel like I blinked and it was all over! Dinner went off without a hitch, I brined the turkey and cannot recommend the extra step enough (I used this recipe). Although I did flood the kitchen with raw turkey water twice – it was not a pretty scene! Luckily that took place in the morning, so everything was disinfected twice over before our guest’s arrival. Next year I will be using a bucket in place of the turkey brining bag!

As per my usual, I got so caught up having a good time I barely took any pictures – I really need to remember to do this at our upcoming holiday party! I did manage to snap a few pics of the table on my iPhone before our guests arrived. We usually have a decent size crowd, and this year the table was set for 12. In lieu of having a tablecloth custom-made to accommodate the 10 ft. table, I picked up some cheap burlap to achieve a seamless look.

Thanksgiving-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgThe flowers were supermarket bunches that I combined and arranged in tortoise drinking glasses – I love the repetition of them going down the table!

Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgAnd the place settings were a combination of old – my Great Grandmother’s china and vintage Lenox glasses; and new – Pier 1 chargers, Pier 1 napkins, Anthropologie hobnail glasses (similar), Pier 1 napkin ringsRifle Paper Co. place cards.

I think a good time was had by all! How was your Thanksgiving?

Top 10 Entertaining Essentials

Party-Zebra-Pinata-Disco-BallEntertaining can go from an absolute pleasure to a downright nightmare fast! Having a little arsenal of entertaining essentials on hand keeps me calm and cool under even the most stressful situations! With holiday entertaining quickly approaching I thought I’d share my top ten must-haves with you:

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1. Wine Away is an absolute godsend! It removes red wine stains from table linens that have gone unnoticed, or the few drops of vino your guest spilled on her cashmere sweater. I’m a bit of a klutz, so I use it pretty regularly – I even carry a mini bottle in my handbag!

2. While we’re on the topic of beverages, I think this barware deserves a mention. I’m not going to lie, if we have a ton of people over (or a decent percentage of kids) I’m guilty of using clear plastic disposable cups, and have come to terms with it (unless it’s catered with servers, in which case I don’t have to clean up so bring on the real stuff!). But if the party’s under 20-25 guests, I love using CB2’s Marta Barware for cocktails and beer. At $1.50-$2.50 per glass, they’re actually cheaper to buy then rent, and simple shape and paper-thin glass blends seamlessly with so many styles of dinnerware! I often use them for casual flower arrangements as well.

3. Simple white plates are a must to mix with fancier china, doubling the average 12-person table setting. I received a Fishs Eddy  gift card from a lovely friend recently and picked up these scalloped plates, which I absolutely adore!

4. Good tunes are a must to set the mood for a great party – and accommodate any dance parties that might break out! Our house isn’t wired with speakers, and I don’t think it’s necessary now that we have the Bose SoundLink. The sound performance is excellent, it can move wirelessly from inside to out, the battery life last forever and can connect to any bluetooth device – allowing guests to add their own playlists to the mix! Oh, and it comes in a mini version as well – would be great for traveling!

5. I love using these little cheese markers to display the type and origin of the various items! Try and find the finest point dry erase marker you can, for clean and elegant penmanship.

6. I never use scented candles on a dinner table (interferes with people’s taste buds), but like to have one burning in the entry to create an impact when people arrive, and another in the living room to create a nice ambience while people enjoy their cocktails. I have so many favorites, but NEST Pumpkin Chai takes the cake this time of year – and it doesn’t smell like food, one of my biggest pet peeves with candles!

7. Making my guests comfortable in our home is so important to us, and a good board game is a great way to break the ice between anyone who may not know each other well. Cards Against Humanity is a hilarious game of comparisons – similar to Apples to Apples (but for adults only!) – demanding equal participation from each player.

8. These little stainless steel picks are great for appetizers and cocktails! Their sleek simple design lends nicely to any style dinnerware, allowing you to switch up patterns as often as you want, without having to buy an entirely new set of serveware!

9. A few things that go without saying (but are almost always the items I seem to forget!) – make sure you have enough toilet paper, paper towels, mixers and ice on hand. Nothing’s worse than running out for something so silly, but ultimately very necessary!

10. Finally, I am not usually a fan of disposable water bottles – I prefer the reuseable kind – but for guests that aren’t staying over, I think it’s nice to send them home with a bottle of cold H2O for the drive. So simple, but you’d be surprised by how many people really appreciate it!

What’s on your entertaining must-have list? Anything I need to check out?

Mix-Master

Vintage-Blue-and-White-Mix-and-Match-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignI came across this table setting on Pinterest over the weekend and was instantly smitten. Setting a pretty table is one of my favorite aspects of entertaining – I honestly believe it makes the food taste better! – and I adore this mix of blue and white vintage china, along with the typographical reference. When Billy and I got married I knew I would inherit my Nonna’s china, so in lieu of a more formal pattern we opted for Bill Campbell pottery which we use as our everyday dinnerware. However, had this not been the case, I love the idea of registering for a more untraditional table setting, like the mix-and-match one seen here available through Antiquaria.

Of course this look can also be achieved through scouting out your local vintage stores and ebay – a fun venture – or you can even create a modern take on it with off-the-shelf open-stock items.

QUESTION: For you married ladies out there – did you register for traditional china? If so, would you opt for something different now? Would love to hear your take on it!

Style Profile • Ticking Stripes

Carolina-Herrera-Bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI like a few good doses of pattern in a room to keep things interesting. Stripes are one of the most versatile, easily combined with toile, floral and other geometric strokes. As for my favorite, it’s a toss-up between ticking stripes and awning stripes, with the former ringing in #1 for large-scale coverage – like upholstery or wallpaper. The subtle pattern looks almost like a solid from a few feet back and the classic petite lines render a timeless design.

Ticking-Stripes-Coastal-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTicking stripes are most commonly associated with coastal style homes.

Ticking-Stripes-Coastal-Beach-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTicking-Stripes-Elegant-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBut can also be elegant, and even a little mysterious, especially when paired with darker walls.

Ticking-Stripes-Traditional-Table-Runner-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTicking-Stripes-Traditional-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd of course they look fabulous in a more traditional settings as well – I’ve always adored that Odette Sofette!

Here’s a few of my most recent crushes: Ticking-Stripes-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ1- Ticking Stripe Apron $48 // 2- Target Dress $20.99 // 3- J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer $129.99 // 4- Ralph Lauren Writer’s Chair // 5- Target Denim Button Down $22.99 // 6- Pottery Barn Ticking Stripe Ruffle Shower Curtain $79 // 7- Ticking Stripe Roman Shade $49.50 (great price!)

What’s your take on ticking stripes? Do they appear anywhere in your home?

Accessorizing with Fruit

Accessorizing-with-Fruit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOnce all of the furniture has been put in place, accessories elevate a room to the next level. Art, pillows, throws, trinkets from travels abroad, lighting, books, etc. add lovely personality to the space, and I always like to include something fresh in the mix. House plants and bunches of cut blooms are a constant in my home (if you follow me on Instagram you might be familiar with my “Blooms of The Week”) – and lately I’ve been taking full advantage of the sweet Summer harvest including big bowls of fruit scattered throughout the house. Equally functional as they are beautiful, I cook with the produce more often when in plain view, and fewer items seem to get lost in the back of the vegetable drawer.

Styling-with-Fruit-2Accessorizing-with-Fruit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAccessorizing-with-Fruitf9a0e1734970697ac4b36263e4f4dee1Including big bowls of oranges makes this lovely table arrangement much more budget-friendly.

Styling-with-FruitAccessorizing-with-Fruit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJIt’s kind of like adding lemon zest to finish off a recipe, brightening up the palette with a burst of color!

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