No-Fireplace Christmas Stocking Solutions

No-Fireplace-Christmas-Stocking-Ideas-Solutions-Serena-&-Lily-Ladder-William-Sonoma-Cashmere-Thow-Asos-Blanket-Scarf-West-Elm-Tree-Topper-Felt-Ornaments-This-Christmas-Gift-Wrap-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 3No-Fireplace-Christmas-Stocking-Ideas-Solutions-Serena-&-Lily-Ladder-William-Sonoma-Cashmere-Thow-Asos-Blanket-Scarf-This-Christmas-Gift-Wrap-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 3Serena & Lily teak ladder // William-Sonoman cashmere green throw // stockings {old West Elm – similar} // plaid throw {really an ASOS oversized scarf – dual uses!} // stocking ornaments {old Anthropolgie – love this year’s version!} // West Elm felt tree ornaments // Homegoods basket {similar}

Our house was as built in the 1950’s as a traditional single story bungalow {hence the nickname!}, and with its proximity to both the bay & beach, was most likely used only a few months out of the year as a beach house. Hence {much to my dismay} we don’t have a fireplace in the house – the quintessential place to hang Christmas stockings! Until the day comes when we either have one installed or move, finding a place to put our Christmas stocking has always been a challenge {no staircase either – the second best place to hang the stockings!}. The first few years we live in the house I hung our stockings on the coat rack on the wall. However seeing as we live in the North East, winter coats get their fair share of exercise this time of year, and the coat rack ended up looking a wreck by the end of the day.

Then a few years ago I picked up this ladder from Serena & Lily to hang throws on, and it inadvertently solved my Christmas stocking placement issues! Throughout the rest of the year it’s usually stacked with cozy throws, but I’ve also used it to hang magazines on in my office, towels in the bathroom & outside for pool parties, and I most recently styled one of clients S&L ladders {I recommend them to almost everyone!} with their Holiday cards.

I may eventually have the stockings monogramed with each of our initials, but for right now I love the idea of having an ornament that represents everyone – a lumberjack for Billy & snow bunny for me, and bones for Bella & Cody {Bella’s has a bow, of course!}.

Here’s some more ideas:

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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?

Look For Less • Fresh Blooms

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This past weekend I picked these hydrangea from my garden to place on the coffee table in our living room. Much to my dismay, it looks like they may be the last of the season with nighttime temps dropping into the 20°’s; so farm stand and supermarket bunches will have to take their place over the next few months.

However, one bunch usually only accommodates having flowers in one room, and ideally I would love to have arrangements in every room of our home (which is sadly not in my budget)! I do dry a few bunches of hydrangea and eucalyptus, which turn beautiful shades of pastel, but sometimes I want a big burst of color (surprise, surprise!).

BLOG_Tory_ToryOnHome_1021-Home-Collection_480_slide7When I saw Tory Burch’s new home collection, I was instantly smitten with the image above! Sure the inlaid bone box is beautiful, but the paper flowers is what really grabbed my attention. A simple, affordable, long-lasting arrangement – way more chic than you’re local craft store variety!

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Are you a fan of having fresh flowers in your home? If so, what are your thoughts on the paper variety?

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!

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?

Affordable Art • Amanda Stone Talley

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-The-Bungalow-Amanda-Talley-Lulie-Wallace-Painting2I think by now you all have probably realized I have a slight obsession with art. I truly believe bringing real art into a space transforms a house from four walls into a home. I have admired Amanda Stone Talley for years, so on our recent trip to New Orleans her studio was on the top of my list of places to visit. We were greeted at the door by the studio’s fabulously sweet and funny art director, Randy Jackson,who guided us around providing insight and perspective on the artist’s various works (and was not pushy whatsoever – qualities lacking in many art galleries!). Amanda’s abstract paintings and drawings have an incredible energy to them that I find intoxicating. I fell in love with the relaxing movement of this “Petal” painting that was part of Amanda’s private collection (above left), and by the end of our visit I decided it needed to come home with me. It was delivered last week and hung this weekend, I am so excited to add it to my collection!

Amanda-Stone-Talley-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWe were also incredibly lucky to meet the artist herself who is exceptionally charming and warm, and very kindly printed us out a directory of her favorites places to visit in New Orleans. I could have chatted her ear off all day! Amanda’s art ranges in price from $300 on up.

1 Tigerlily $700 // 2 Bird Series III $500 // 3 Fan Series III $400 // 4 Right Ribbon I $1,500

In my humble opinion Amanda Stone Talley is one of the greatest abstract artists of our generation!

Images via DiCorcia Interior Design and Amanda Stone Talley 

Style Profile • Affordable Lounge Chaises

Affordable-Lounge-Chairs-Chaise-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWhile researching products for The Bungalow’s backyard design board, I was completely shocked over the price of outside furniture, particularly the cost of lounge chairs! Some of my go-to retailers for furniture – Ballard, Crate & Barrel, even Costco – had prices starting in the $700+ range per chair. And that was just for the chair, not to mention cushions and covers that needed to be purchased for certain models. We need 4 chairs for the pool and spending $4,000 on lounge chairs is not in the budget. So I started digging around and found these more affordable options all under $300. I’m in between the Ikea Applaro Chaise which I would need to buy cushions for and the Home Decorator Sling Chaise in orange which goes with my color scheme. Thoughts?

SLING: Home Decorator Sling Chaise $249/ set of 2 (available in several colors) //  West Elm Greenwich Lounger $279 (currently on sale)

WOOD: Ikea Applaro Chaise $129 // Home Decorators Lake Carolina Chaise $259 // Ikea Falster Chaise $169 // World Market Laguna Pool Lounger $249.99

METAL: Walmart Hillcrest Chaise Lounger $299 // Target Threshold Hawthorne Chaise Lounge $131

WICKER & RATTAN: Target Madaga Wicker Patio Chaise $299 // Walmart Providence Chaise Lounge $139 // Target Belmont Wicker Chaise Lounge $226 // Ikea Ammero Chaise $119

The Bungalow

This week a few of our perennials started growing, formally announcing Spring is here! Backyard plans have been in full swing the past couple of weeks, with the bar/shed construction and landscaping direction being the main focal points. Now it’s time to start focusing on the furniture selection – my favorite part! After my initial shock over the cost of outdoor furniture (?!), I got to work creating a design board using Trina Turk’s Pisces fabric in Punch as my point of inspiration (rather appropriate as Pisces is my sign!). The backyard is a decent size so in addition to the pool, we added a tri-level deck to cost-effectively optimize the scale of the property and designate separate zones – outdoor living room, pool lounging, s’mores station and al fresco dining.

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Outdoor Living Room: West Elm Cushions $49-$89 // World Market Umbrella $99.99 // West Elm Sundial Pillow $39 // Trina Turk Pisces Pillow $52 // Trina Turk Arches Pillow $75 // West Elm Martini Table $145 // West Elm Wood Slat Sectional $749 // CB2 Element Coffee Table $399 // West Elm Wood Slat Bench $329 // Fab Habitat Earth Lhasa Rug 6 x9 $110 // Acapulco Chair $475

Pool Lounge: West Elm Martini Table $145 // Home Decorators Sling Chair $249/ set of 2 // Trina Turk Super Paradise Pillow $65 // Worlds Market Umbrella $99.99

S’mores Station: World Market Adirondack Chair $129.99 // Trina Turk Arches Pillow $75
Restoration Hardware Fire Bowl $1,195

Al Fresco Dining: World Market Umbrella $99.99 // World Market Outdoor Dining Table $299.99 World Market Antigua Lanterns $39.98/ set of 2 // West Elm Melamine Serverware $10 // West Elm Dinner Plate $6 // Anthropologie Fleur-De-Lys Glass $6 // West Elm Dip-Dye Placemat $14/ set of 2
CB2 Venezia Chair sold out (similar)

Do you have an outdoor living space? If so, how has the furniture held up? Salty beach air has me a little concerned!

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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Look For Less • Jute Lamp

DiCorcia-Design-Target-Jute-Rope-LampLast night I ran into Target to pick up toothpaste. An hour later I emerged with toothpaste, a lamp, lampshade, bottle of nail polish, sports bra, and a lighter wallet?! I swear Target is strategically designed so you can’t leave without spending at least $40. Anyways, when I stumbled upon this jute lamp I nearly fell over! It’s identical to the Jamie Young Cylinder Jute Table Lamp and was on sale for $34.99 marked down from $49.99 – major score!!!

GET-THE-LOOK-FOR-LESS-DICORCIA-DESIGN-JUTE-LAMP-TARGET-JAMIE-YOUNG-CYLINDERFor some reason the online version is more expensive and is missing the square lucite base, so you may want to check your local store. The lamp I purchased is Threshold’s Rope Finish Lamp Base. I also picked up this lampshade to accompany the base, but am contemplating returning it in place of a light blue linen shade. Thoughts?