Homegoods Finds

Homegoods is one of my favorite stores to shop for affordable accessories. Unfortunately, it’s either filled with lovely gems at price tags that makes your adrenaline pump with joy, or an abundance of dusty metal chickens (read this story, it’s hilarious!). But lately my local Homegoods stores (yes, I have 3 within 25 minutes of my house and consider myself truly blessed!) have had some great finds!

The-Bungalow-Backyard-Homegoods-Planters-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignFirst up – these lovely planters ranging in price from $5-$30 each. Love how they look outside on our deck!

Homegoods-Geometric-Flokati-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignPicked these HUGE geometric and flokati rugs for under $300 each!

The-Bungalow-Homegoods-Mirrors-Client-Mirror-Geometric-Basket-Brighten-Up-A-Dark-Space-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignThis art deco mirror was a huge score on clearance for under $60, it’s almost identical to Anthropologie’s Abate Slated Mirror. I hung it on a dark wall in The Bungalow opposite from a window and door, and it instantly added light and depth to the space – love this trick! I have a second one that I’m debating on returning or hanging somewhere else in the house. Opposite the mirror I placed this awesome $7 geometric basket serving to house my rubber plant, which is very nicely concealing an old electrical panel! I couldn’t pass up on this sunburst mirror for a client project – Serena & Lily’s Metal Starburst Mirror was in the initial design plans, but Homegoods version was 1/6 of the price and equally as fabulous!

Homegoods-Beach-House-Tray-Union-Jack-Pillow-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignGave my mom this tray for Mothers Day and it looks great styled on the Rebecca trunk in The Beach House! Kicking myself for not including the Union Jack pillow in my cart at checkout (hopefully they still have it tomorrow!).

Homegoods-Leather-Club-Chair-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignLastly, I picked up this club chair for a bachelor pad I’m working on – love the buckle detail on the back!

Do you shop in Homegoods often? Have you picked up anything lately?

Fresh Blooms

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One of my biggest luxuries is regularly having fresh flowers in our home. For under $10 a bunch, I can almost always find one of my favorite varieties – hydrangea, ranunculus, tulips, peonies, anemone, poppies, sweet pea and flowering branches – at my local supermarket or street vendor. I usually cluster one type together in a vase and call it a day. As much as I adore the simplicity of this look, I would love to attempt the relaxed/organic mixed-variety arrangements I always see on Pinterest for a dinner party or special occasion, but have always been way too intimidated to try!

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After reading this article in The New York Times, I picked up The Flower Recipe Book this weekend. Authors Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo own Studio Choo in San Francisco, and are masters of relaxed/organic flower arranging. In the book the talented entrepreneurs illustrate how to achieve their signature style with 43 flower “recipes”, brilliantly mirroring the layout of a cookbook! Complete with “ingredients”, step-by-step directions, and a cohesive list of toolbox essentials and techniques; these free-form arrangements now seem much less intimidating!

TheFlowerRecipeBookAre you a fan of fresh blooms in your home? If so, do you prefer this relaxed style or more traditional arrangements?

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Style Profile • Affordable Planters

Affordable-Planters-Pots-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignHouseplants are one of my favorite ways to accessorize a home, adding an instant pop of color and texture to any room. Emily posted a great video yesterday on how to style an indoor garden, including some stellar tips on plant variety, scale, proportion, and composition. It got me thinking how houseplants are generally an affordable way to accessorize, but most planters cost a fortune! These are some of my favorite low-budget options in a variety of styles and sizes that I’ve either used in previous projects or are in my bookmark folder waiting to be employed in the future.

1  Jonathan Alder for JCP Flower Pot small, medium & large $50-$100 // CB2 Vaso Planters orange, blue, green $9.95-$21.95 // 3 Crate and Barrel Bataan Planter small, medium, large $29.95-$129 // 4 Terrain Layers Pot $24 // 5 Jonathan Adler for JCP small, medium $30-$40 // 6 Terrain Free Form Pot $14 // 7 World Market Baskets $24.99-$34.99 // 8 Crate and Barrel Bell White Pot $12.95 // 9 Crate and Barrel Nalani Planter small, large $19.95-$24.95 // 10 Anthropologie Ria Herb Pots $10-$18 (also available in coral and green) // 11 Terrain Birch Cylinder Pot $14 // 12 West Elm Shane Powers Ceramic Wall Planters $19-$69 // 13 Home Depot Chippendale Planters small, large $49.97-$79.97 // 14 West Elm Dune Planters $31-$55 // 15 Terrain Lace Wrapped Pots $10-$18 // 16 Overstock Blue and White Fishbowl $148 // 17 Crate and Barrel Dundee Floor Planter short, tall $59.95-$69.95 // 18 Ikea Lantliv Plant Stand small, large $29.99-$49.99

My best advice for keeping houseplants alive is to follow the care directions that accompany the plant – i.e.: if you’re looking for a plant to place in a dark corner, as much as a fiddle leaf fig tree might look fantastic, go with a low-light option (see a list of some of my favorites here) – and get on a regular watering schedule. I set a weekly reminder in my iPhone because I’m rather forgetful when it comes to that sort of thing.

What are your favorite varieties of houseplants? Do you like to mix and match planters, or do you like to stick with one design in varying sizes and shapes?

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New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the most magical cities I have ever visited. The food, culture, architecture, art galleries, museums, antiques, jazz clubs, street music, bayous, Garden District, secret little courtyard gardens and infamous cemeteries blend 300 years of history that is uniquely awe-inspiring!

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We took every opportunity possible to sample the local cuisine from oysters for lunch at ACME to a mid-day snack of pecan caramels at Southern Candymakers to casual dinners at Lilette and fancy dinners at August. I can honestly say that we didn’t experience one bad meal on our entire trip, which is pretty impressive considering how much we ate! There are so many good restaurants in New Orleans I think it would take at least a full year of eating out twice a day to experience them all! Here’s where we had the opportunity to eat and loved:

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From the French Quarter to the Garden District I was constantly inspired by the hanging gardens, iron balconies, double gallery houses, Creole cottages, antebellum homes and landscaped gardens. The art scene in the city is fresh and very up-and-coming. I made my pilgrimage to Amanda Talley’s Studio (more on that later) and thoroughly enjoyed a portion of Roger H. Ogden’s private collection. As for shopping – aside from Paris, New Orleans has one of the best selections of antiques I have seen. We ended our days listening to mind-blowing local jazz musicians spout their tunes while sampling the fantastic cocktails the city is notorious for.

*I keep a list of restaurants, museums and experiences from various places I’ve visited here. If you have any recommendations please post them in the comment section, I would love to hear from you! And if you follow me on Instagram, I apologize for the repetition of images!

The Bungalow • Backyard Inspiration

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Because up until recently mine was a dirt/sand pit. We decided to have an in-ground pool installed in our backyard after we moved in which took forever, and in turn prevented any type of landscaping until the job was done, leaving our backyard very brown. The pool was finally completed this past Summer and luckily we had just enough time in the Fall to have the ground seeded and a few shrubs planted (which will hopefully return post Hurricane Sandy!), so I’m really excited to have a green slate to start with this year. I am going for a Hamptons Classic meets California Cool kinda vibe, here’s what I’m thinking:

Lots of hydrangea…

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and ornamental grasses.

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A bountiful vegetable garden – home grown vegetables are the best!

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Proper potting station.

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Al fresco dining.

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A little outdoor living room area.

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Billy’s bar/shed is going next to the pool.

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Plenty of lounge chairs surrounding the pool to accommodate guests…

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and twinkle lights to keep the party going when the sun goes down.

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Realistically, none of this will actually be implemented for another two months but it’s taking my mind off the fact that I’m so over winter!

042601a1dc38abd3cb12d21953f1ec97Hopefully by June I’ll be spending my weekends like this, sans heels. Any tips or suggestions on helping my garden grow?

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