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This is where I live now.  A charming Spanish style home nestled in a Beverly Hills canyon.  I couldn’t be happier to finally settle somewhere.  Long story on how I ended up here…that will be for another day.  Today, before work, having a cup of tea and enjoying the lovely courtyard view.  If you follow me on Instagram and watch my instatories, you know that at the beginning of the month, I moved in.  I have totally stressed myself out trying to get everything looking good immediately.  One of my friends at work, KS, told me to calm it down and enjoy the process of decorating.  I couldn’t…I spent the last few weeks obsessing over details and changing things around…and now I am partially satisfied…but the tweaking will continue.

Today I wanted to give you a glimpse of one of the outdoor living spaces at the house (Case de COCOCOZY I am calling it).  The white Spanish style exterior with blue trim is sooooo charming.  I have brought in all of my plants, outdoor furniture, lights, umbrellas (not shown here) and even COCOCOZY Tower Court outdoor rug!  Here’s a tour of how it looked yesterday on the day of the solar eclipse!

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This weekend, I had the first party at my new place.  It was soooo much fun.  Best of friends AM and JE were in town with their kiddies; they were all staying with me at my new Beverly Hills casa.  I decided to throw a casual “Taco Night ” party for them and 40 of my family (sis DS, cousins etc) and dearest and best L.A. friends (BN, SN and more).  The party went off flawlessly, except for the fact that I was in the shower when guests arrived! The taco guy was a hit and so was the house!  It was so much fun finally having a place to call home and to invite everyone whom I love the most!

So, the scoop on the house….I moved into the house exactly three weeks ago.  Wanted to give you a tiny glimpse at the before and after.  I’ll do a big reveal later.  When I first saw this three bedroom, two bath Spanish style home in the canyons, it was desperately in need of a makeover and lots of brightening up.  I turned to premium paint company Benjamin Moore for my colors.

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I have no intention of remodeling a kitchen any time soon BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t admire all things that have to do with making a kitchen beautiful.  Earlier this week, I shared a cute kitchen from a hip Hollywood home for sale.  Today, am still musing about kitchens but this time it is all about backsplash tiles.  So many things to think about in a kitchen…cabinets, appliances, color, lighting AND perhaps one of the most important decorative touches is the kitchen backsplash.

Even if you live in an apartment or a rental that you do not want to renovate…there are options.  North Carolina based Mirth Studio, where I have a collection of COCOCOZY wood floor tiles, makes cute peel and stick tiles that can be used and then peeled off when you move out!  There are options.

That being said, here is my complete tile guide to 41 kitchen backplash tiles…(thanks to intern Henna K for her help with this one)…here goes…

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Best Outdoor Armchairs

July 24, 2017
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  Happy Monday. I am headed into the office and all I can think about is being outside and enjoying the warm weather!  This weekend I was running around…pre-move.  My furniture has been in storage for months so I have forgotten what I have and I don’t have.  In the new place, I have two patio areas to “furnish”…so now I a need to remember what I had at my little tiny cottage in the Hollywood Hills by way of outdoor living and search from new seating.  The houses couldn’t be more different. My new place is a Spanish Beverly Hills bungalow with a saltillo tile courtyard and all. Don’t know if my old outdoor decor will work but it will have to.  The space is much bigger so I’ll need just one more cute seating area. Lucky you dear readers…you get to go on a search with me today for the best outdoor armchairs!  Here we go…

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My Paris Travel Guide

July 19, 2017
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So, if you follow me on Instagram… you know… I have been making more noise than any normal person does about a vacation. I guess I must have needed it! I basically chronicled my life in a minute by minute instastories string of video (which meant anyone I was with was constantly being shushed or pushed off to the side to prevent ruin a shot for Instagram… clearly a lack of instamanners on my part!).

Anyhooo… now I am back and will tell you all about it… starting with my own Paris travel guide… really just a list of things I did while in the city of lights.

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Here’s one for you to take you into the weekend…loving this bohemian avant-garde outdoor dining room design situation.  Who wouldn’t want to dine al fresco in this lovely space.  It has all of the right touches including from the wicker pendant lights and chairs to the super long inviting table and benches.  Love love love.  Read on to find out how to get this look…

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I have said it a million times here on the blog…yellow was my grandmother’s favorite color.  She was one of THE nicest, most cheerful, most caring loving people in the world.  It made sense that bright cheerful yellow was her favorite color.  She even had a yellow kitchen.

Since it is summer and yellow reminds me of summer AND my sweet grandmother…here are a some suprising summer time inspired yellow interior designs!  Doors, sofas, chairs, stairs and more…all in a sunshine yellow!

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