Gifting • The Gardener

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I must admit, gardening is something I never thought I’d be into, but it’s a little hobby I’ve grown to love over the past few years! In our society of “1-click ordering”, there’s something really authentic about getting your hands dirty and enjoying the colorful bounty. I’m lucky to have several women in my life who are exceptional gardeners (and thankfully answer my endless array of novice questions!). I think they’d love any of the items on this list!

Are you into gardening? I planted a few fig tree clippings this Fall, and you would have thought I birthed a child I was so excited! Hopefully they make a return visit this Spring!

Ashley Putman Strikes Again!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m sure many of you remember Asheley Putnam’s gorgeous Houston home published in Lonny back in 2010 – that English roll arm sofa and the cobalt blue dining room makes me weak in the knees!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWell, Mrs. Putman has been at it again by way of this 19th-century farmhouse located in the sleepy town of Fayetteville, TX. Ashley and her husband restored the dilapidated clapboard abode to pure perfection, resulting in a quaint charm that I think can only be found in older homes.

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Gifting • The Techie

Christmas-Gift-Guide-The-Savy-Techie-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design1. Frends Taylor Headphones // 2. Monster DNA Headphones (Billy just got these for his b’day and LOVES them!) // 3. Driftwood iDock 5 // 4. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker // 5. Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard // 6. Camera Strap // 7. Apple TV // 8. Flash Drive // 9. USB Portable Phone Charger // 10. Bluetooth Shower Speaker // 11. Cable Clip Organizer

With Christmas quickly approaching, I’m going to step up my gift guides this week with two installments. First up – The Techie. While most of these items would be great for the gadget-obsessed men in your life, I think women are often overlooked in this category (I for one am a total closet techie nerd)! So I’ve added a few more feminine options for the tech-savvy ladies on your list.

Are you into gadgets? I totally inherited this trait from my dad!

Currently Coveting • Holiday Lunch

Holiday-Lunch-Brunch-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJJ. Crew Pearls // Ralph Lauren Ruffle Plaid Top //  J. Crew Cardigan // Nars Red Lizard Lipstick // Tory Burch Boots // J. Crew Factory Skirt // Leopard Belt

Tomorrow we’re celebrating my Gram’s 90th birthday with a luncheon at her house. She’s one of my favorite people in the whole world, so I’m beyond excited to be toasting this momentous occasion with her!

When I was a little girl, Gram gave me a single pearl on a delicate gold chain. Every year she added to the necklace, and when I turned 18 I had a full set of gorgeous pearls. It’s one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, and I always have them on for special occasions. I’ll be wearing this little ensemble tomorrow (minus the beret – it’s a bit too Clueless for me!), but thought it would also be perfect for a holiday lunch or brunch!

What are your plans for the weekend? Have you started decorating yet? We got our tree last weekend, but this week was so insanely hectic it’s standing bare. Hoping to get it decorated on Sunday!

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?

Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites

Thanksgiving-Menu-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignI love finding a little updates to the classic holiday recipes, and learning what others bring to their table time and time again! So as a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you. And I would really LOVE to hear from you, so please share some of your favorites in the comment section below!

1- Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey! We usually have a decent size crowd – around 15 people – so a full size turkey is the way to go. Ina Garten’s Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter is my go-to recipe. It keeps the poultry moist and delicious, while the truffles add a wonderful hint of flavor that our guests can never quite put their finger on!

*Note: Truffle butter can be found in most gourmet food stores – I always pick up mine in Wegmans (I buy the white truffle version) – but if you’re having trouble finding it, you can mix truffle salt with unsalted butter to achieve a similar flavor.

2- My 90-year-old grandmother makes the gravy every year (she rocks!) and I’ve finally learned how to make it on my own – which took years of observation to accomplish (although I wouldn’t dare make it when she’s over!). I don’t have an exact recipe with measurements (will try to take notes this holiday!), but what I can share with you is this incredible recipe for Cranberry Fruit Conserve that will blow your traditional cranberry sauce out of the water – I highly recommend trying it!

3- On to the stuffing, possibly my favorite trimming! Sydney’s Mom’s Chestnut, Sausage and Apple Stuffing is pure perfection, bringing together the gastronomic trinity of tart, savory and sweet. A mixture of velvety roasted chestnuts, tart apples, sweet Italian sausage, chewy dried cranberries, aromatic rosemary, and tarragon – which adds a slight hint of licorice and entirely different dimension to the dish. Everything a proper stuffing should have, in my opinion! I make mine the day before to let the flavors marinate.

4- Growing up, my Italian side of the family not only served the full Thanksgiving spread, but it was proceeded by an entire Italian feast of lasagna, manicotti, beef stuffing, stuffed artichokes and more. Eating two HUGE meals in one day no longer takes place, but we make sure to keep a few Italian recipes in the mix. In lieu of the traditional meat and red sauce lasagna, I make this insanely decadent Butternut Squash version.

5- I’m not a huge fan of mashed potatoes when there are so many other options to be had, but my husband would boycott Thanksgiving if they were not on the table – and I have to admit I even like this buttermilk mashed potatoes recipe. Ricing the potatoes through a food mill creates the most velvety texture, and the buttermilk adds the slightest tang to the rich dish. The recipe even includes a cool trick on how to make the potatoes in advance and keep them warm.

6- Finally, you need to have something green on the table and Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts is it. Of course bacon is loaded on, it is Thanksgiving after all!

In true Thanksgiving fashion most guests bring along a dish or two, so this is only a small clipping of the gluttonous meal!

What’s on your Thanksgiving table? Any new recipes you recommend trying out?

Shop Love • Terrain

Terrain-Fall-Buffet-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI absolutely love decorating for the holidays! With that said, decorating for Halloween quickly followed by Thanksgiving, and then Christmas a few weeks after is way too rushed for me! It’s a timely task and I like to relish in the spirit of it, without scrambling on to the next set. So in lieu of the typical Halloween decor, I opt for a few tasteful Fall-inspired accents. I’m aiming to have them up by the beginning of October, and they’ll stay in place through Thanksgiving. Then come Black Friday weekend, I’ll start incorporating in my favorite Christmas trimmings.

Terrain has been a constant source of inspiration for me all Spring and Summer with my garden, and their Fall-inspired decor does not disappoint! I’m not sure why they don’t have a catalog, as these set designs are absolutely gorgeous!

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Terrain-Fall-Product-Favorites-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ1 – Into Autumn Wreath $68 2- Twig Lights $48 3- Lavender Herb Wreath $68 4- Dried Cardoon Flower Bunch $20 5- Pressed Flower Sachets $20 6- Dried Hanging Amaranth Bunch $28 7- Garden Tuteur $158 (small) 8- Filigree Cutout Hurricane $48 (small) 9- Sphere Hanging Basket $18 10- Geometric Fire Pit $998 11- Antique Copper Kettle $2,700 12- Low Fiberclay Urn $98

Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? If so, what does your “decorating schedule” look like? Where are some of your favorite places to shop for holiday decorations?

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Gifting • House Warming, Hostess and Wedding Add-on’s

Gifting-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignFrom the selection of items to pretty packaging and a meaningful card, I take great pleasure in arranging a great gift for someone I love! These are some of my favorite items to give to a gracious host or beloved friend celebrating their new abode. And as much as I’m a stickler for purchasing off the wedding registry (people know what they like and need, I respect that!), I always like to add-on a little something extra that I think the couple would really enjoy!

Anthropologie Jars: Large $28, Small $24 // Bamboo Salad Servers $44 // Set of Cheese Markers $9.95 // Tortoise Cocktail Shaker $35.18 // Geode Coasters $69.95 // Wine Carrier $98 // Stripe Hand Towel $10 // Beehive Cakestand $39 // Feather Tray $48 // Crocodile Coin Dish $35.90 // Personalized Birch Mug Set $62 // Monogramed Linen Napkin Set $48 // Monogram Box $78 // The Silver Spoon $18 // Ad Hoc At Home $31.99 // Decorate $23.90

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