Turkey Day Table Essentials

Burlap by the Yard // White Hobnail Salad Plates // White Beaded Bowls // White Scalloped Dinner Plates //  Green Fleur-de-Lys Tumblers // Emerald Stemware // Hemstitch Napkins //Crate of Pumpkins // Extension Wood Dining Table {under $700}

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I wanted to share a few of my Thanksgiving table essentials with you all. As I mentioned before I love to entertain, so along with Thanksgiving, we also usually host a bunch of other holidays throughout the year.

  • White Dinnerware – As much as I would love to have a different set of china/dinnerware for each holiday, the cost/storage ratio is just completely unrealistic at this point in my life. The colors in my Nonna’s china I inherited (which you can see here along with last year’s Thanksgiving table) compliments the traditional Thanksgiving hues quite nicely, with pops of orange, green and brown. I have the standard 12-person place setting, so for larger gatherings I like to incorporate my everyday white dinnerware into the mix – which includes a collection of plates and bowls with varrying shapes and textures, like this scallop dinner plate, this hobnail salad plate and this beaded bowl.
  • Extending Dining Tables &  Tablecloths – Having an extending dining table is an absolute savior for larger gatherings. Finding extra long tablecloths to fit it (along with the additional one or two folding tables that may need to flank each end) is not so easy. Since I usually alternate place settings with my china and basic white dinnerware, I like to use burlap in place of tablecloths to create one consistent base. This is also WAY cheaper than having something custom made – no hems required (just make sure you air out the burlap the day before!).
  • Simple Decor – Even though I typically serve the entrees from the buffet, I do like to keep a few things on the table so our guests don’t have to constantly get up and down throughout the meal  – glass bottles of water (just bought these and love them), bread, butter, extra gravy and salt & pepper. However once you add all these items plus your dinnerware, stemware, flatware & napkins there’s not a ton of room left. In lieu of giant floral arrangements,  I like to keep things simple with multiples of little pumpkins flower arrangements & pumpkins in varying festive hues.
  • Festive Napkins & Stemware – A few years ago I picked up a ton of green tumblers (similar to these) from Anthropolgie for the cost I would have paid for a fancy flour arrangement. I chose green because not only is it one of our favorite colors, but it coordinates with almost every holiday we host – green & orange for Thanksgiving, green & red for Christmas Eve, green & pink for Easter, it even looks great with my blue & white pottery for summer evening soirees! They are one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Then a year later I was gifted a gorgeous vintage set of wine goblets (similar to these) that match the tumblers perfectly, and I use them both ALL THE TIME! Topped off with festive colored napkins, and you have the perfect amount of Thanksgiving flair without overdoing it.

The Holidays • The Casual In-Betweens

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The Holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year! I’m pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to color schemes for holiday decorating & the table setting {always adding in a fun twist, of course!}. However as our family continues to grow, we don’t get to see everyone that we’d like to the day-of. Casual “in-between” get-togethers amongst family & friends have become more & more common, which I actually really love – the more parties the better, in my opinion!

I like to switch up the color scheme for such occasions, and right now I’m loving the idea of using powdery whites with different shades of blue and a shiny pops of silver for a festive flair. My entertaining style in general is pretty casual, and for these occasions I especially like to keep things low-key, serving all the food from the buffet. A cozy sweater, gorgeous scalloped plaid skirt, comfy flats and a little bit of bling is perfect for hosting such occasions – and compliments the buffet quite nicely!

How do you handle not being able to see everyone you like to the day-of? I think it’s a lot of pressure to put on one day. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Fall Inspiration & Updates

Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{garden tuteur}

Fall-front-door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wreath}

Fall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tablecloths – similar here, here, here & here}

Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{fire pit}

Roasting-marshmellows-Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{marshmallow roaster}

Fall-picnic-Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{throws – similar here, here & here}

Fall-mantle-decorated-with-pumpkins-and-twinkle-lights--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pumpkins, gourds & foliage // twinkle lights}

Fall-Halloween-Thanksgiving-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{flower arrangements – similar}

When Fall arrives with its crisp cool air, I like to transition out our light-weight accessories, in favor of velvethandknit pillows, warm heavy throws, gorgeous dried flowers & bunches of wheat 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!

Do you like to add a few nice cozy touches to your home around this time of year?

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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Get the Look • Hamptons Garden

HAMPTONS-GARDENS-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHBX-HAMPTONS-GARDENS-BOOK.jpegHBX-HAMPTONS-GARDENS-BOOK-1HAMPTONS-GARDENS-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJGet-The-Look-Hamptons-Garden-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignArborPalm Beach Indoor/Outdoor PillowPottery Barn Mia Ikat Indoor/Outdoor PillowWest Elm Outdoor Broken Waves Indoor/Outdoor PillowTerrain Preserved Teak Garden Bench Serena & Lily Nantucket Placemats Furbish Swirl Dinner PlateAnthropologie Hobnail Tumbler (I use mine ALL the time!) • Bamboo Flatware Set Terrain Preserved Teak Dining TableTerrain Preserved Teak Folding ChairTarget Buddha Dash & Albert Blanco Moss Jute Rug

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!

Get your copy here!

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's-Day-Brunch-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJJuliet & Co. Poly Earrings // Zara Double Layer Top // Rag & Bone The Keaton Round Sunglasses // Jules Smith Americana Bangles // Tory Burch Veronique Shorts // J. Crew Havana Clutch // Isa Tapia Juanita Scalloped Sandals 

My mother and Gram cultivated my obsession with all things blue and white at an early age. I always think of them when I’m using the colors in a design, and it’s definitely one of my favorite combos to dress in during the spring and summer months. I picked up these shorts (here’s a less expensive option) last week, and they are absolutely stunning in person – the embroidery detailing is breathtakingly beautiful! They pair perfectly with this swingy layered top and oversized pearl studs for this year’s Mother’s Day brunch!

Mothers-Day-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWistera Woodblock Print Tablecloth // Spode Blue & White Plates // Pottery Barn Tava Chargers // Bamboo Flatware // Kate Spade Grace Avenue Napkin Rings // Baccarat Jupiter Champagne Flutes // Mint Julep Cups // Ball Jar

And how perfect does the outfit pair with my Mother’s Day table from last year?! Blue and white is always right!

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco-de-Mayo-Party-Outfit-and-Table-Setting-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignCinco de Mayo is my kinda holiday – colorful attire, festive decor, pitchers of margaritas… – what more do you need?! I’m a little obsessed with this otomi skirt at the moment, and how festive does it look paired with this fringe poncho?! Although this dress would be perfect for the occasion as well. Toss in a few more fringed accessories to keep with the theme, like these sandals and bangles – oh and a hat, of course, for the alfresco fiesta!

As for the table, a serape tablecloth is definitely in order, with a bunch of these candle-lit lanterns trailing down the middle for a little ambiance. Throw in a donkey piñata and pom-pom garland – and you’re ready to party!

Style Profile • Dip-Dyed

Dip-Dyed-Home-Decor-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design1.West Elm Ombre Dye Rug, 2.Target Color Block Woven Basket, 3.Serena & Lily Dip-Dyed Stool, 4.Pink Dahlia Wooden Bamboo Servers, 5.Anthropologie Brooks of Bohemia Tablecloth, 6.Anthropologie Gold-Dipped Flatware, 7.Serena & Lily Two-Toned Rattan Lantern

I was perusing Pinterest last night in search of Easter table inspiration and became mesmerized by all of the gorgeous dip-dyed eggs – some people are seriously talented!!! From there I sort of fell down a rabbit hole, captivated by the dip-dye trend in general. Wouldn’t this grouping make for such a fun spin on your average Easter table?!

A Lovely Winter Lunch

Aerin-Lauder-Southhampton-Home-Winter-Lunch-Veranda-Magazine-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAerin-Lauder-Southhampton-Home-Winter-Lunch-Veranda-Magazine-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAerin-Lauder-Southhampton-Home-Winter-Lunch-Veranda-Magazine-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAerin-Lauder-Southhampton-Home-Winter-Lunch-Veranda-Magazine-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAerin-Lauder-Southhampton-Home-Winter-Lunch-Veranda-Magazine-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAerin-Lauder-Southhampton-Home-Winter-Lunch-Veranda-Magazine-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJRight after the holidays we take off for Aruba to enjoy a little sun, sand and sea; and upon our return all I can think about is Summer. In January! Which is a little depressing, seeing as we won’t see warm weather for the next 6 months! So this year I intend to embrace the season, and all its fabulous greenery.

I came across this gorgeous barn belonging to the ever so talented Aerin Lauder and was completely smitten! I just adore the mix of pattern and texture the designer orchestrated, along with not-so-Christmas looking greenery.

Do you leave a few Winter accessories and decorations up after the holidays?

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