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Pink Mamma is a decor lover’s dream restaurant in Paris designed by Martin Brudnizki Design. This eclectic Italian restaurant is a floral and pastel wonderland. The latest addition to the Big Mamma Group, this multi-story bar and restaurant combo is more than meets the eye…

Located in Pigalle neighborhood in Paris, Big Mamma is a green multilevel paradise of Italian food and drinks (oh yes…it is a restaurant, not just a place for design lovers and selfie-takers to drool over the surroundings), bright and verdant plants, and the most whimsical design. Beautiful tiles line the floors of the all-day dining culminating in a garden rooftop that not only makes you forget you’re in the middle of a city but also provides an amazing view of Paris below.

And Pink Mamma makes great use of the different spaces in this four-story city sanctuary.

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Happy November 1st. We are two months away from the New Year! OMG.  I don’t know about you, but here in Southern California, during early crisp mornings as I’m heading to work, I put on the perfect fall outfit and by lunchtime when the sun’s come out and it is 85 degrees, that cute fall outfit that was once a fashionistas dream is a little less climate appropriate. By evening, the wind is making me glad again I brought that extra sweater. That’s why I believe in layering and dressing for whatever temperature fall throws your way…no matter where you are in the country or outside of the country. Layer, layer, layer is the answer.

Here are my current favorite fashion forward fall looks for when it’s warm in the day and cooler at night.

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home

If I had to describe my style, it’s a mix of traditional and modern, so I love a rustic modern home. This home from Kate Marker Interiors is the perfect combination of bright and neutral. Tall ceilings and larger than life chandeliers define this rustic home.

From the exteriors to the foyer, the continued color scheme throughout sets the tone for this beautiful house tour.

 

Take a look below!

 

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Just in time for Halloween, I bought a few pumpkins the other day in a plan to decorate for fall. But as I brought them home, I noticed they clashed with the other colors. The orange didn’t really match my house so I decided to just changed the color of the pumpkins!

I decided on a hunter green, mist green and a powdery blue for my little pumpkins. And it worked out. This little pumpkin makeover perfectly matched my decor.

Check out how I did it below! If you’re looking for a jack-o-lantern how to…I took a much simpler route to making these pumpkins my own!

 

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My friend and fellow blogger Nicole Gibbons just launched her own paint company a few months back named Clare Paint, and it is already making a name for itself in the paint world. 

I met Nicole 10 years ago when we were part of the first wave of design bloggers. She was a PR executive, blogging on the side, and then she quit her job to become a full time influencer and interior designer too. She and I became friends and always have made a point to meet up whenever either of us is in the other’s hometown. She is smart, stylish and a true boss lady! I am so happy for her. She came up with an idea and then raised $2M!!!

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Who says small spaces can’t do great things? This small apartment from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio proves big things can come from a well thought-out space.

Martin Brudnizki carefully designed this eclectic space, where almost every surface is covered with framed art including the kitchen cabinets. Such a cool use of a small space and making walls tell a story. Notice all the unique and perfectly blended artwork throughout the space working with and enhancing the open layout.

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I have some black Chloe scalloped flats that I bought last season and am loving right now. They are amazing and they were expensive.  Thought it might be helpful to do a round up of the most stylish and affordable flats for fall. Nothing like a good stylish comfortable flat for running around town to get things done.

And this year has so many amazing, different styles. Gone are the days of just your average ballerina flats. Here are 17 of the best affordable flats for fall and winter 2018/2019.  Most on the list are under $100!

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Perfectly Pink Bridal Shower

October 19, 2018
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We recently threw a bridal shower for my sister DS at Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica on the water. We celebrated in their back room called The Bungalow, a bright and welcoming flower-adorned space with exceptional sunlight from the sun roof. It truly was a stunning place. A friend of DS’s arranged this lovely luncheon for 20 or so of us to celebrate my sister’s bridal shower.

My sis DS is perhaps the most kind, sweet, smart, beautiful person I know.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to be there to see her so happy and surrounded by people who love her and are about her.  She and her fiancé AL (my lovely future brother-in-law) are a perfect match. It’s a delight to be celebrating their pending big day and future lives together.  The bridal shower venue reflected how we all feel for DS at this time.  Happy.

Swathed in pink and with colorful roses and lush floral linens and furnishings, this spot was the perfect place for a celebration. I definitely think I will host my next Girl Boss Lunch there! The entire place was just lovely.

Take a look below.

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travel

My ode to fall continues with my first Fall City Guide listing all the unique fall things you can do in a city near you.  Miami, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.  This guide covers all the fun things you can experience close to home. Events are happening all over this October and November. And I’m not just talking about pumpkin patch photo ops.

Not every fall activity is the same and no two cities have the same interesting things to offer.  I suggest reading some of the interesting things going on in other cities too!

Maybe your town goes all out for Oktoberfest or celebrates fall with some mojitos. This fall, be a tourist in your own area and take advantage of the unique things your town or city and the surrounding area has to offer. Here are some of the unique events and sights to see near other US cities. Why not go out and explore?

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interiors

I have a dilemma at the COCOCOZY Design House that I am renovating. The living room is extremely long and I couldn’t find the right placement for things because the layout makes furniture arrangement difficult.

That is until I recently found this long living room designed by Amanda Barnes Interiors and shot by Alyssa Rosenheck. This design works out the space just fine. Love the two long dueling pale pink velvet sofas mirroring each other at one end and the seating group at the other with leather and brass chairs and a fiddle leaf fig.

This design makes great use of the space in a long living room. Light and airy, this is definitely an inspiration for my reno project decor.  Thank you Amanda and Alyssa!

 

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2018

COCOCOZY Fall Mood

October 16, 2018
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I am officially picking my favorite season of the year: Fall. I just love this weather!

The idea that we are getting closer to the end of the year and cooler days are creeping up always makes me so happy and energized. For me, fall is usually full of excitement and activities like seeing friends and family, and its the time of year I most look forward to.

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My End of Summer Party

August 30, 2018
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Summer officially ends late in September but when August ends, for me, summer feels like it is over.  Last year, two weeks after moving into this house, I threw an end of summer taco party for about 40 people. This year, I decided to hit repeat and threw another August taco party.  Maybe a tradition is in the making.  Anyhooooo, like last year, I officially decided to throw this party about a week before.  Before I knew it almost 30 of us were gathered in my courtyard for an end of summer taco party under the stars.  Want to know how I pulled it off?  Read on…

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I am dreaming of a good weekend.  Are you?  This is my courtyard just before dusk…the perfect late afternoon light. Weekend in sight.  Also, in sight, is the hot pink metallic painted exterior of my neighbor’s house. Never could I have imagined I would move in next to a nice neighbor with a bright pink house.  So very Los Angeles. Now that I have lived here for over a year, I can’t imagine not having a pink house right next door. You can’t write the script of your life because you can never imagine what is in store for you.  You just have to live it.  What’s your view this Friday?

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It is here. Finally.  An amazing new coffee shop and restaurant in the View Park – Windsor Hills area of Los Angeles.  I no longer have to show up caffeine deprived for early morning meetings at the COCOCOZY Design House.  Woohooo.  A super cool coffee shop has landed in View Park minutes away from the home renovation project I am working on.  Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen just opened a few weeks ago but has become my easy go to stop with its well thought out industrial hip design, friendly vibe and skilled baristas.  Most importantly, at Hilltop Coffee, they immediately made my morning tea fix just perfectly.  Must love anyone who immediately figures out exactly the right proportions for my morning Earl Grey tea with two inches of steamed almond milk…no foam.  I am going back this morning for another round!  Here’s a look at my new fave spot to stop…

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I was so thrilled when some early preview photos of the COCOCOZY Design House in progress came into my inbox the other day.  I was particularly excited about this shot featuring the front door painted in Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green. My dear friend and fab realtor Samantha Nugent, who will be the listing agent when we put the COCOCOZY Design House on the market, decided to have some professional photos taken of the house while it is still under construction.  A professional photographed preview.  I was reticent to show any part of the house in progress  There are still.lots of rough edges as we are still several weeks away from finishing things up. This photo of the front door brought me out my don’t-show-too-much attitude.  We took the fabulous old existing door from this 1930 Spanish Colonial and brought it back to life with some sand paper, elbow grease, a fantastic paint color and a lot of love.  You won’t believe what it looked like before. Today I am all about this front door makeover!

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Bringing you an almost 360 view of my dining room this Tuesday morning. I have not shared photos of this room because I have no really good photos of my dining room or house for that matter. Over the last few months, in a world where everyone has beautifully curated and edited images of their lives, I have recently realized I am not a great photographer or photo editor. I have thousands of photos on my phone that you may never see. I take the photos and then I think “oh…these photos aren’t good enough and I do not really know how to use photoshop to make them look good…oh well now my phone is running super slow and I can’t use half of my apps because my memory is clogged with photos that I will never share. Darn it.” Anyhoooo, needless to say, today I am not letting photo self consciousness hold me back. I am in the mood to share, so here are some angles on my dining room…an eclectic design really with a mix of things I love. My dining room style is a mix of things that probably only I like…a combination that no one else in the world would probably pull together. Maybe this room decor and these photos are a visual allegory of sorts…a metaphor for celebrating unique points of view. While my photos may not be pro quality social media ready, they are my photos and they are in a way me. Imperfectly perfect…

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