interiors

My style sits somewhere in the middle of traditional and modern.  So a I can appreciate a home that is sleek and streamline while at the same time I can adore a house with traditional touches.  This Pacific Palisades house by designed by Kristen Panitch Interiors is what I am calling “soft traditional”.  It is not hard core classic and it is not modern either.  It has some really lovely soft touches that you might find in a classically decorated home but the designed is finessed.

It starts with the light pink chinoiserie style wallpaper in the foyer.  A nice entry hall that sets the tone for this house tour!

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travel

I told my friend that I want to design a hotel.  I wanted to buy a small motel and turn it into a cute small boutique luxury hotel someplace idyllic. I suggested that my friend find the project, find investors and then I get to designing.  I gave my list of preferred locations for this dream project. Ideally, I would like the property to be on Pacific Coast Highway here in Southern California…overlooking the water.  My friend listened to me…indulged my luxury boutique hotel design fantasy and then said, “I don’t know about finding you that hotel project on PCH but I can find you a duplex out in the desert in Yucca Valley.”  Hmmm…not quite what I was imagining.

Anyhooooo….that brings us to this lovely luxury boutique hotel in Brisbane Australia called Durham House…a little well appointed and designed resort hotel.  I love love love the adorable black + white cottage on the property.  So cute and simple…some good design inspiration inside and out.

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Fashion

Perfect Printed Dresses

April 20, 2017
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This post has been sitting in my inbox for awhile.  Not real confident about pictures of me on the blog but since our mission here at COCOCOZY this year is to include a little more about fashion and style, you will see a little more of me from time to time.  This year we are happily focused on ALL things style and lifestyle (decor, entertaining, fashion, art, travel) – bringing pretty inspiration to you and hopefully giving you good ideas for all aspects of your life.   (BTW…I say “we”, because I have a small little staff  helping me at our small little offices in Beverly Hills with all things COCOCOZY including the blog and product line).

Okay…for today’s post we are exploring a few perfect printed dresses.  Here’s why.  I would not say I dress in a drab way…but I do kind of dress in a drab formulaic way when it comes to pattern and color.  I get into a routine. Solid colored pants pants/or jeans, solid colored top, khaki jacket, black Rag & Bone open toe booties is a kind of staple…or a solid colored dress, solid green skirt, solid blue jumper.  Lately, I have been mixing things up with a top of a different solid color, maybe a stripe here or there, or switching out the shoes for a pair of YSL sling back heels or some cute Aquazzura sandals.  Then came this dress pictured above….

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I know.  It is Spring.  Who talks about velvet in the spring?  Not anyone I know.  Today, here is a first…a little bit of velvet for the home and for your wardrobe.

I think a top with a touch of velvet for spring or a fresh white room with a velvet accent chair all work even as the weather gets warmer.  Check out a few ways to use velvet accents at home and in your closet!

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How To

Creative Fireplace Decor

April 18, 2017
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With summer almost here, there will be little need for a fire burning in your living room hearth.  Why not use your fireplace as a great decor opportunity?  Adding some cut wood, candles, vases, plants or even books to a fireplace can create an easy but impactful “style moment” to a living space.

Time to clean out the ashes and make way for some bold and creative fireplace decor ideas!

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I am so proud of this little makeover design project I have been working on for the past few weeks. It’s a cute little California girls’ room makeover for my dear friends Barry and Samantha Nugent’s adorable daughters C and S.  The mom, Samantha, is an amazing realtor with a very good sense of style.  My design challenge was to create a shared room for two girls 12 and 7 years of age that they both could grow into – a room young enough for the 7 year old but adult enough for the preteen…and most importantly, a room their mom liked too!

For this fun decorating project, I partnered with BEHR® Paint to create a delightful girls’ bedroom. I wanted to use paint creatively in the space to make big impact.  My “clients” had one desire…”use pink”!  With that in mind, the first step to this room makeover was picking the right color…

 

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Flowers, flowers and more flowers.  In my ode to Spring, today I bring you some wonderful bold floral accents for spring. From home to fashion, why not add a little flower power to you step.  I am especially loving the floral sneakers…uh must have them!  Check my little floral design detour…

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