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This-Holiday-Best-Sales-Last-Minute-Christmas-Shopping-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Friday!!! I hope everyone had a great week! I got the majority of my Holiday decorating {& a few clients} done last week, so this weekend I have to wrap up the rest of my Holiday shopping to meet free standard shipping delivery deadlines – I buy almost everything online, overcrowded stores kinda freak me out & I just don’t have the time to battle the lines! Here’s the sales I’ll be shopping:

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No-Fireplace Christmas Stocking Solutions

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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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Cozy Christmas Morning

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My favorite part of the Holidays is upholding traditions that have been passed down for generations – 7 Fishes Dinner on Christmas Eve, lots of Holiday baking {these cookies are one of my favorite!}, special Christmas decorations that have been gifted over many years or passed down – and creating a few new ones of our own. In our family {and I’m sure in many of yours as well}, we each open up one present on Christmas Eve, and it’s always our Christmas pajamas! My sister, mom & mine always matched, while my bother & dad’s coordinated in on the selected color scheme; and we have some of the BEST memories & pictures opening up presents in them throughout the years.

J.Crew pajama bottoms {up to 30% off your entire purchase today at both J.Crew & J.Crew Factory!} have been a favorite over the past few years b/c they’re so incredibly soft, cotton {flannel’s way too hot for me!}, come in a variety of festive patterns, and are really well made {I have all my pairs from the past 4 years and literally wear each one at least once a week!}. This year I’m loving the idea to do a little twist on the traditional pajamas get-up, by pairing the pants with more everyday items that then could be worn again – like this thermal baseball tee for the guys, this incredibly luxurious cashmere henley for the ladies {a less expensive alternative} and this adorable moose hat for the kiddos!

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions?

Christmas Decor Inspiration

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I absolutely adore the holiday season, and all the decorating, gifting, parties & overall general sense of cheer that comes with it! There are so many different decorating styles out there, many of which I love, but my own personal preference is to take a few festive pieces – like this wreath appliquéd pillow these knit stockings – and adorn the rest of the house subtly. I love incorporating pieces that nod to the holidays – like this white stag head (which I have & LOVE), plaid blanket & brass log holder – that can then be re-used throughout the rest of the year without screaming Christmas.

Oh, and tons of fresh greens are an absolute must- a Christmas tree (obviously), garland (which I always wrap around faux pre-lit garland – SO much easier than stringing the lights yourself) and a gorgeous wreath. I’m loving the idea of incorporating rosemary and eucalyptus amongst the typical holiday greens this year!

What’s your holiday decorating style?

PS- Like the falling snow in the header?! I couldn’t resist!

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Turkey Day @ The Bungalow & Cyber Monday Sale Favorites

Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI hope you all had a wonderful & happy Thanksgiving! Sincerest apologies for dipping out all week last week, I got completely caught up in a few last minute client projects, along with preparing my own house/table/menu for Thanksgiving, and time just got away from me. As usual, Turkey Day at The Bungalow was a complete whirlwind – I feel like a blinked and it was all over! I decided to start dinner earlier this year, around 1:00, so everyone could be on their merry way before most other people had finished eating. However it didn’t actually work out that way, as we all ended up just eating and drinking longer – ha!

Thanksgiving-Table-Flowers-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAs per my usual, I got so caught up having a good time I barely took any pictures! I did manage to snap a few pics of the table on my iPhone before our guests arrived. Last year our table was set for 12, so 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. This year our table was quite a bit smaller, so I just trimmed down the burlap from last year to fit – I love the subtle texture it brings to the table, allowing the other elements to take center-stage! The flowers were supermarket bunches from Wegmans that I combined and arranged in driftwood hurricanes. And 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 here & here), Pier 1 napkin rings, Rifle Paper Co. place cards (similar), bamboo flatware, cutlery I picked up on our trip to Bordeaux (similar) and gold leaf plates (similar).

Thanksgiving-too-much-turkey-thai-red-snapper-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBy Saturday we were pretty sick of turkey, so we headed out to one of our favorite Thai restaurants to devour this guy. And seeing as I don’t do Black Friday crowds (way too intimidating), here are a few of my favorite Cyber Monday sales:

  • 6PM • 15% off w/ code 6PMCYBMON113020141535
  • Anthropologie • 20% off sale & free shipping on all orders
  • Asos • 30% off w/ code ILOVEMONDAYS
  • J.Crew •  30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum w/ code MONDAY
  • Piperlime • 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns w/ code CYBERSALE

Happy Shopping!

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.

Turkey Day • What to Wear

Madewell sweater dress {also love this one for under $40 use code ONSAVENOW for an additional 20% off & this one for under $30+free shipping} // Loren Hope earrings // J.Crew Scarf {also love this one for under $20+free shipping} // A.P.C. Andrea Bag // Aquazzura suede booties

We’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past few years, and one of the things I’ve learned is the ovens fluctuate the temps in kitchen and surrounding rooms pretty drastically throughout the day, so chic-comfy layers are an absolute must! I’m really loving this Madewell turtleneck sweaterdress right now, which can be worn bare-legged or with tights (I’m obsessed with this fleece-lined pair for really cold days!). The orange toned earrings and scarf add the perfect amount of festive flair without overdoing it, and how gorgeous are those green suede Aqauzurra booties?!

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? Any tips? Would love to hear from you!

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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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!

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  • A warm-weather winter getaway needs to be booked stat, solely based on Loeffler Randall’s Resort collection that was just released. I’m drooling over these ankle tie sandals, these snakeskin scalloped flats, these peep-toe booties and these snakeskin & leopard heels!
  • For anyone who loves documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd), I highly recommend checking out the two below (accompanied by a nice glass of wine!):
    • SOMM takes you on the adventure of four men vying to pass the highest level of sommelier, The Master Sommelier Exam, an immensely intimidating test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Aside from the a few drawn out scenes and the lack of female candidates (?!), overall I found it really informational & interesting!
    • city.ballet, produced and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, is an online series documenting the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of what it takes to ascend from a backup dancer in the Corps de Ballet, to a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet  – the “ultimate stage”. The first season was amazing, and the second season released this week is just as good!
  • Cold temps completely transforms my normal-to-oily skin into a dry-itchy mess. Lightweight moisturizers need to swapped out for more intense versions, and coconut oil has been my favorite for quite some time now. However, there are days when I just don’t have time to let it soak in, and really don’t want to ruin my clothes and/or sheets, so I’m going to give this diy lotion bar a shot this weekend! Have any of you ever tried anything similar? You can check out more of my cold weather skin care essentials here.
  • Speaking of cold weather, I found the perfect wool fedora!
  • Have you checked out Kate Spade’s collaboration with Gap Kids yet?! It takes adorable to a new level!!!

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