Take Note 11•14•14


  • Did you know that Spanx makes leggings now?! The stretch twill is perfect for everyday and I’m loving the faux leather to jazz it up a bit! Think I’ll skip my 8:00 AM spin class this weekend and sleep in!
  • When Billy and I went to Paris a few years ago we literally ate our way through the city, and while there were so many recipes and ingredients I fell in love with, one that was a completely unexpected surprise is their version of hot chocolate. In lieu of the overly sweet powder/hot water mixture that I was never fond of, the Parisian’s is a decadent treat of milk & high quality chocolate – it’s just divine, and this recipe is exactly how I remember it! With temperatures dipping into the 20°’s, this weekend’s game is going to be a chilly one, so I’m going to mix up a big thermos of it (spiked w/ a little Bailey’s, of course!) to keep us warm and wits about us as we pray for a Giants win.
  • Rosetta’s probe landing on a moving comet over 300 million miles away, that took 10 years of perfect calculations & earth’s gravitational pull to achieve, completely blows my mind! Why isn’t the media talking more about this and less about Kim Kardashian’s nude spread (although this is pretty funny)?!
  • While we’re on the subject of cough, clearly photoshopped spreads, cough – if Disney Princesses had realistic waistlines. It sets a healthier standard of self esteem for kids, don’t you think?


Bloomingdales – 20% off Friends & Family {code: HOLIDAY}.
∞ J.Crew – 25% off your purchase {code: SHOPNOW}, 30% off for card members {code: 
CARDTREAT}. As a cardmember I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this sale and get started on my holiday shopping. I’ve bought almost every male in my family this lambswool shawl-collar sweater – it seamlessly goes from casual with a t-shirt & jeans, to dressy with a button down & slacks – and I’m loving the new heather pine color they came out with this season!
J.Crew Factory – 40-60% off everything. I’m loving this cozy turtleneck sweater, have this sweatshirt in every color (it’s my favorite!) and this tortoise & crystal necklace is calling my name!
Anthropologie – 25% off all dresses & jewelry – perfect for upcoming holiday parties. I’m OBSESSED with this dress!
∞ West Elm – 20% off table top & linens, just in time for your Thanksgiving table! Loving these chargers & this gravy pitcher.
Madewell – 25% off sale {code: FALLBACK}. Madewell’s flannel Ex-Boyfriend shirts are my go-to for casual weekends, and I love how they look paired with a leather skirt or leggings for date night – this color flannel is part of the sale!

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Recent Pursuits • Wölffer’s Harvest

Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 3Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 5Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 6Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 2Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 4Woelffer-Harvest-Hamptons-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 7This weekend we headed out East to attend one of my favorite Fall events – Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party. We had the opportunity to check out some of their new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider! We dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, suckling pig, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and gourmet desserts – 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 Pizza Luca – complete with a Stefano Ferrara pizza oven! It 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!

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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Serves 1


  • 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}


  • 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!


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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!

Restaurant Highlight • Pascal & Sabine

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Brunch-Menu-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThis past Sunday the weather was a little overcast here, so Billy and I decided to try out new-to-us restaurant, Pascal & Sabine, for brunch in downtown Asbury Park. We loved our meal so much, we headed back there last night for dinner, resulting in a second fabulous meal!

{For those of you unfamiliar with the area – Asbury Park was a world-renowned seaside destination for the first half of the 1900’s. It saw major architectural additions to its boardwalk in the 1920’s when famed Beaux Arts architect, Warren Whitney, was hired to design Paramount Theatre, Convention Hall, the Casino and Carousel Hall (a few of Whitney’s other accomplishments include the Grand Central Terminal and the Biltmore Hotel in NYC). Sadly, riots in the summer of 1970 all but demolished the city, leaving its streets neglected for over 30 years. Led by a burgeoning industry of local artists, Asbury Park has seen a complete resurgence in the past 10 years, resulting in a hip little city with a personality all its own. Fun new restaurants and shops seem to be popping up overnight, and since we live so close by, Billy and I see it as our “duty” to check them out on a regular basis and explore!}

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Lounge-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Espresso-Bar-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBack to Pascal & Sabine… The restaurant takes its name from main characters in Albert Lamorisse’s signature short film, The Red Balloon; boasting a fresh take on the French brasserie, found in both its food and interiors. The front of house includes a French saloon style lounge, black lacquered grand piano and espresso bar fitted with a massive copper Elektra Belle Epoque.

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Dining-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Bar-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe second half is complete with cozy round leather banquets, a speakeasy-style bar lined with vintage brass table lamps topped off with red silk shades and gorgeous works by Paolo Ventura sprinkled throughout. The restaurant’s website states: “Pascal & Sabine embraces the flight of fancy and ephemeral nature of an inflated balloon, adding its own unique touch of playfulness within its doors.[…] Pascal & Sabine is a white string to hold onto, pulling you above the monotony of the world.” – how beautiful is that?!

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Brunch-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFor brunch we shared the Warm Goat Cheese Tart w/ tomato and caramelized onion for an app (whose flakey pastry and creamy filling I’m still dreaming about), and I opted for the Croque-Madame as my entree (sliced ciabatta was used in place of traditional white bread, adding a genius crunch factor the the cheesy/creamy dish). Billy chose one of the specials – Crepes stuffed with homemade crème fraîche and caramelized apples reduced in Calavdos, topped with crispy bacon (the rich Calvados put the dish right over the top).

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Dinner-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDinner included another Warm Goat Cheese Tart (it was that good), Coq au Vin for me (which is not an easy dish to make, and the sauce on theirs was utter perfection), Hamburger w/ swiss, gribiche sauce and frites for Billy and a Fresh Berry Tart w/ pastry cream, raspberry coulis and lemon sorbet for dessert (I was in heaven!). All seven dishes throughout both meals were well executed, with fresh ingredients and an attention to detail that was not overlooked!

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Red-Baloon-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJInterestingly, Pascal & Sabine is owned by Smith Made – a collaboration between marketing agency Knockout and Watt Architects. Smith Made also runs three other Asbury Park restaurants including the hip family-style Neopolitan pizza joint that turns late-night dance club come 10:00 PM, Porta, which we’ve been to and love (many of our Friday night pizza creations are inspired by their menu #tgipf); along with the industrial gatropub Brickwall Tavern and vegan venue Goldies – both of which I’m now very eager to check out!

And as much as I adore little hole in wall mom & pop style restaurants, I absolutely loathe restaurants that mainly focus on looks and have a complete disregard for the food – which ultimately, is why you’re there. This was not the case at Pascal & Sabine, but instead a lovely example of when well thought out marketing, gorgeous custom typography, smart interiors and a well executed menu collide! I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area:

Pascal & Sabine
601 Bangs Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Check out a full list of my favorite restaurants here. Images via my instagram, iPhone and here.

Design Crush • Kara Rosenlund’s Perfect Imperfections

Kara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ rosenlund_00413Kara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFrom the perfectly unmade bed, to the lovely vignettes of collected vintage treasures, to the drool worthy food porn; the way in which photographer and stylist Kara Rosenlund visually tells a story is utterly impeccable! I tend to be a bit of a neat freak, always tidying up, making sure everything is in its “place”. But after spending the better half of last night sorting through Kara’s portfolio, it really made me appreciate how perfect subtle little imperfections can be!

The Hamptons & an Unexpected Staycation

Amagansett-Beach-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{a day at the beach – sandals, hat, book, blanket, speaker}

 Tacos-at-La-Fondita-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tacos at La Fondita}

Sunset-over-Amagansett-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{sunset over Amagansett}

IMG_5102{the new floorset at Serena & Lily}

kitchen-bookcase-styling-at-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{kitchen bookcase styling at The Bungalow}

ombre-hydrangea-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pretty ombre hydrangea from my garden}

Bella's-4th-of-July-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{Bella’s ode to the 4th of July}

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{we found a new favorite waterfront spot for dinner & drinks}

Green-white-blue-tablesetting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{took full advantage of dining alfresco – bamboo flatware, chairs, tablecloth, napkins, tumblers}

Apologies for the radio silence this past week, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! I must admit, unplugging for a bit was just what I needed! I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to get started on a few new exciting projects! I headed out East last weekend for some much needed time with a few of my girlfriends. We lounged on the beach by day, enjoyed some spectacular sunsets, hit up some of our favorite restaurants and usually finished things off with a little nightcap at The Surf Lodge. Of course, in traditional girltime form, we made sure to support the local economy, hitting up all our favorite boutiques – Serena & Lily is never to be missed, I just adore their new floor set!   

Billy was supposed to arrive upon my friends departure on Wednesday. But with Hurricane Arthur’s path threatening to hit the East-coast, and with our own home so close to the water, we decided it was best I head back home. Like many of you fellow East-coasters, I was totally bummed the storm was ruining our 4th of July plans. Luckily the potential hurricane took it easy on us this time around, humbly resulting in only one day of rain! Seeing as both of us had already taken the time off work, we created a little staycation for ourselves – lounging by the pool, indulging in lots of alfresco dining, nightly walks on the beach to admire the fireworks and we found two new favorite spots for dinner and drinks. I must admit, I never really considered taking a staycation before this one unexpectedly happened upon us, but Billy and I both enjoyed it so much we plan on making an annual “trip” of it!

I hope you all had a fabulous week, I’m so looking forward to catching up!

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MDW Sweets • Flag Lemon Bars

Flag-Lemon-Bars-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI have a HUGE sweet tooth, but super-sweet treats aren’t typically my thing. I usually pass on buttercream frosted cakes (Billy and I had carrot cake at our wedding!), in favor of homemade cookies, pie or a piece of dark chocolate. I made these lemon bars last year for MDW, and they were a huge hit, so I figured I’d share! The buttery crust melts in your mouth, while the filling has the perfect tart note to balance out the sweetness!

Flag Lemon Bars

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Ingredients for filling:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon

Ingredients for decorating:

  • powdered sugar
  • raspberries and/or strawberries
  • blueberries and/or blackberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°, grease a 13×9″ glass or metal pan.
  • Beat flour and sugar together with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Turn mixer to low, add flour and mix just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Press dough evenly into the greased pan, bake for 20 minutes.


  • Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Add baking powder, salt lemon juice and zest to the mixture, blend well.
  • Pour filling into the baked crust, and bake for an additional 20 minutes.


  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Use a ruler map out 8 columns and 6 rows, totaling 48 squares.
  • Adorn with your choice of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and/or blackberries to achieve the look above.

Weekend Pursuits • 5.4.14

After a rainy week, I was so happy to head out East to celebrate my mom’s birthday and for a quick client consult.

Topping-Rose-House-Pork-and-Beer-Festival-Bridgehampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTopping-Rose-House-Pork-and-Beer-Festival-Bridgehampton-Bacon-Vases-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTopping-Rose-House-Porch-Pork-and-Beer-Festival-Bridgehampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJTopping-Rose-House-Pork-and-Beer-Festival-Bridgehampton-Moustache-Brewing-Co-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOn Saturday we headed to Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, Topping Rose House, for a Pork and Beer Festival. With vases of bacon greeting us upon arrival, to say the pork-centric tasting menu left little to be desired is a bit of an understatement! And the line-up of local brewers was impeccable – I was particularly fond of Moustache Brewing Co. out of Riverhead!

1770-House-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe were in celebratory mode all weekend for my mom’s birthday, so the trip was made even more indulgent with visits to a few of our favorite restaurants, including: 1770 House, Nick & Toni’s and Cafe Max – check out a full (and ever-growing) list of my favorites here.

Spatterware-Collection-Bridgehampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSerena-&-Lily-Beach-Market-Hamptons-Store-Blue-and-White-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSerena-&-Lily-Beach-Market-Hamptons-Store-Gallery-Wall-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy mom and I took full advantage of being together all weekend, hitting up some of our favorite antique stores (how insane is that spatterware collection?!) and Serena & Lily, of course! Their gallery walls are what my dreams are made of – all of which is available in their online store (kinda dangerous!).

How was your weekend?

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