A Colorful Thanksgiving Table

Colorful-Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWith Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I’ve had table settings on my mind. This year I’m really inspired in taking the traditional Thanksgiving color palette and mixing it up with unconventional hues.

When it comes to the holiday’s I tend to be more of a traditionalist, so I certainly couldn’t nix orange all together, but think mint green would be a fun update for a colorful table – and how perfect would those Anthro plates be to go along with?! I’d add lots of natural textures like driftwood hurricanes, a woven fiber table runner and wood bark pedestal stand to balance off the look!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year (or in charge of the table)? If so, what are your plans?

Woven Table Runner // Hemstick Napkin // Lohja Dinner Plate // Dervish Wine Glass // Hobnail Tumbler // Gold Flatware // Washed Linen Tablecloth // Woodbark Pedestal Stand // Diftwood Hurricane 

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…

Fall-Inspired-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhenever I design a room, I like to think about how it will change throughout the seasons. If my guests are big on holiday decorating and entertaining, I like to choose a color palette that can easily accommodate festive decorations without them looking out of place.

I came across this watercolor by Lourdes Sanchez the other day, and thought it would be the perfect point of inspiration for a dining room. The plums, navy and orange tones could be played up in the Fall and Winter; while the pastel blues, greens and dusty pinks could be the focal point during the Spring and Summer months.

Lourdes Sanchez Painting // West Elm Mercury Glass Huricanes // Anthropologie Clarissa Dining Chair Home Decorators Aldridge Extendable Dining Table  (great price!) // Serena & Lily Anya Blown Glass Chandelier // Juliska Four Country Estate China in Autumn // Serena & Lily Plum Capri Table Runner

 

Favorite Fall Accessories

Fall-Home-Accessory-Favorites-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAs a follow up to yesterday’s post, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Fall accessories. Above are just a few items that have been on my mind lately, but I’m always finding new things! I added a little “shop” to the top menu bar so I can share my newest finds with you guys. I update it almost daily, so check back often!

Safari Velvet Pillow // Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers // Wood Bark Pedestal Stand // Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle // Faux-Fur Throw // Furry Pouf Stool // Orange Chambray Napkins

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!

Fall Antipasto Platter

Fall-Antipasto-Platter-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCome Friday I’m perfectly content sitting outside by the fire, munching on some delicious bites and savoring a nice glass of wine. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook and indulge in fancy (read: more complicated) meals, but after a long week it’s usually the last thing I want to do! I put together this little antipasto platter for a few guests this week and everyone loved it, so I thought it was worth sharing.

Typically antipasto platters include roasted red peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and other veggies best enjoyed during the Summer months. For the longest time I never even thought to assemble one outside of the season, until I had a similar version a few weeks ago at Frankies Spuntino that incorporated Fall produce.

I roasted the carrots with a few dashes of cardamom, and added a splash of lemon juice to the roasted cauliflower for a fresh zesty finish (see recipes below). I made the ricotta (recipe here) because it’s so easy and I’m picky about my ricotta (weird, I know!), but everything else I bought from our local Italian delicacy store – fresh mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, sopressata, prosciutto, Calabrese olives and fresh crusty Italian bread. I plated the food on this serving board that I use all the time – great for cheese plates, smoked salmon platters, roasted meats and their accouterments, etc.!

The antipasto platter is really more assembling than it is cooking, making it the perfect little meal after a long week!

What are some of you favorite recipes to make when your short on time (and/or patience)?

Roasted Carrots with Cardamom 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. carrots
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. good olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  • Peel and slice carrots diagonally – around 1 1/2″ slices.
  • Toss carrots in a bowl with remaining ingredients.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet in 1 layer (do not overcrowd the pan, otherwise they will steam!) and roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even roasting.
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Serve at room temperature.

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of a medium cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. good olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced  – around 1 tbsp of juice
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 500°.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  • Separate cauliflower into florets – around 1 1/2″ in diameter.
  • Toss cauliflower in a bowl with remaining ingredients.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet in 1 layer (do not overcrowd the pan, otherwise they will steam!) and roast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even roasting.
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Serve at room temperature.

*Note: The key to any good cheese platter is to buy good cheese and serve it at room temperature. I like my veggies to be the same temperature, but you can certainly serve them hot!

 

Weekend Pursuits

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOn Saturday we headed to Wölffer Estate Vineyard for their annual Harvest Party.

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-Dry-Rose-Cider-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe had the opportunity to check out some of their amazing new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider!

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-Rolling-In-Dough-Pizza-Truck-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, lemon rosemary chicken, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and pulled pork – I meant to take more pictures of the food, but was too busy eating! The hand-crafted pizzas were made to order from this incredibly genius, brick oven on wheels by Rolling in Dough (love the name!).Wouldn’t this be an incredible idea for a kids party, or a late night encore of snacks at a wedding?!

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSpeaking of kids, there were a ton of activities for little ones, including horse back riding, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin rolling and a petting zoo.Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJIt was an amazing Fall day meant to be spent outdoors, the weather seriously could not have been more perfect! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out the Harvest Party when it rolls around next year!

Cuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe also visited the Chuck Close exhibit at Guild Hall. The altered perceptions of the artist’s works in digital media over the span of his career was incredibly insightful and inspiring!

Balsam-Farm-Stand-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOn Sunday Dad and I hit up the local farm stands, which were overly abundant with seasonal harvest!

Balsam-Farm-Stand-Ground-Cherries-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI discovered a new favorite fruit – ground cherries. Part cherry, part tomato, you remove their paper-like wrapper to find a beautiful gem inside – kind of like eating candy!

Serena-and-Lily-Store-Hamptons-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSerena-and-Lily-Store-Hamptons-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy mom and I took advantage of the holiday weekend sales, making sure to hit up one of our favorite stores in the Hamptons, Serena & Lily. I was completely obsessed with that coffee table, and how gorgeous is the Fall-inspired table setting?!

IMG_3274We made a mid-day pit stop from shopping at Ditch Plains to take in the gorgeous view!

Race-Lane-Halibut-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd finished off the weekend at one of my favorite new restaurants, Race Lane.

How was your weekend? Did you have the opportunity to spend any time outdoors?

*You can check out a list of my  favorite places to eat and visit in the Hamptons here.

Color Theory • Wine

Wine-Fall-2013-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJLast week I was all about Emerald, and this week I’m completely smitten with – cabernet, cranberry, burgundy, ox blood, aubergine – the color has so many names, but I prefer to call it wine (it is one of my favorite drinks after all!). It’s one of those colors that looks great on any skin tone and perfectly compliments the warmer tones of the Fall season.

1- Anthropologie Elsa Peplum Dress // 2- Rita Konig Rives Tray // 3- OPI Miami Beet // 4- J. Crew Goodwin Tote // 5- Anthropologie Silvi Pillow // 6- Serena & Lily Plum Herringbone Throw // 7- J. Crew Scallop Trim Mini // 8- J. Crew Studded Invitation Clutch // 9- Penfield Kasson Parka via Madewell

What are some of your favorite Fall colors to wear and decorate with?

Style Profile • Faux Fur Throw

Faux-Fur-Throw-Living-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBest-Faux-Fur-Thows-Bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBest-Faux-Fur-Thows-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFaux-Fur-Throw-Bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFaux-Fur-Throw-Living-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNothing beats curling up and snuggling under a cozy throw with a good book after a long day. I have multiples scattered throughout The Bungalow – in living room draped over the sofas, artfully stashed by the back door on this awesome storage ladder for nights out by the fire, and every bedroom is fitted with one as my husband insists on setting the thermostat on arctic tundra levels! Most of the throws are mainstays throughtout the year (I’m one of those people who’s always cold), but come Fall I like to switch out a few of the light weight knit varieties for some faux-fur cozy goodness – they’re are a great way to add a little festive warmth for the season! Here a a few of my favorites:

Dining Alfresco • Fall

Fall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ2c8e32442ed8e17c379e6e13c1d65298Fall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe host Thanksgiving every year, and creating a festive table is one of my favorite aspects! While searching for inspiration, I always admire with the outdoor tablescapes many of you enjoy in the warmer states. Living in the Northeast, dining outside in November is never a viable option (unless we ask our guests to arrive in ski gear!). But with the warm weather continuing into the weekend, I think I’ll try my hand at a Fall-inspired outdoor table setting.

Any fun plans for the weekend? We’re heading to the game on Sunday, praying the Giants don’t get killed (again)!

Images via: here and here