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27 Pretty Plates for Spring

March 9, 2017
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I love setting a pretty table.  I just do.  Give me any occasion and I’ll happily pull out the flatware, dishes, glasses, table linens, and come up with a fabulous centerpiece arrangement.  Last year, I felt like I was setting tables and making tablescapes ALL of the time…like here and here and and I even made a video of me setting a spring luncheon table here. The key to a great table can be plates.  Easy to top a white dinner plate off with a colorful patterned salad plate…or going all in with a single high design plate for your meal.  The best way to greet guests to your home for a meal is to have a really inviting and cheerful table setting I think.

So today I bring you 27 pretty plates for Spring.  Spring is coming soon.  Time to dine in style.  See if you like any of these pretties we picked out.

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Sparrow’s Lodge Staycation

March 7, 2017
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Got a series of texts from friend VS the other day sharing a slew of pictures from some of her travels.  VS is known for hopping on a plane on a whim to international to places like Iceland, Scotland, Japan and any where a plane will take her.  She is one with a huge travel bug.  If a plane will take here there, she will go.  Having helped out at COCOCOZY for a bit, she knows I love great photos from her travels and all of her amazing adventures.

Two weeks ago, I got a marvelous text from her about her most recent travels – this time, she did not get on a plane.  This trip was a Sparrow’s Lodge staycation just outside of Los Angeles in Palm Springs.  She had a friend visiting from out of town, so they packed up her car and headed east to the desert.  Her description of the weekend stay…”camping rustic vibe! And it is very cozy – the people there were so nice.”  She described it as “a cool summer camp”.  All I know is that after seeing her photos of the hipster desert California casual decor and setting…I want to try out this little spot too.

 

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This weekend I was house hunting again.  This time I ended up on the east side of town in hills of Los Feliz, Larchmont Village and Hancock Park.  I have no focus area in my search for a new house…I think I could live anywhere.   First I thought west side of Los Angeles only, now who knows!  Watch my instastories @cococozy on Instagram to see the houses I toured this weekend.

Today, I bring you a house tour of a classic Connecticut mansion that was recently reduced in price! This real estate listing is for all of you East Coast readers!  110 Clapboard Ridge Road in Greenwich, CT is a nearly 17,000 square foot Georgian style home that was first listed a few years ago for $35 million dollars but has now been reduced to $29 million.  Not at all in my price range and a little too traditional for me but I love house touring so I thought why not this one?  What I like about it is the exterior and the over 5 acres it sits on.  Take the tour…I even found a video of it…and let me know what you think…

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Today I bring you fab tile backsplash ideas for behind the stove in the kitchen.  Just a like a beautifully painted feature wall in any other room of a home, the area above the cooktop in a kitchen provides a great space for a pretty interior design moment in a kitchen.

Cement tile, ceramic tile, subway tile, mosaic tile, zellig tiles, limestone, so many options.  Take a look…

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No fear of pattern, print and color in this whimsical East Hampton home I bring you today.  This one is from Anna Burke Interiors.  We showed you the marvelous tile kitchen backsplash last week from this seemingly summer house.  Now here is the rest of it.

Every single trick in a designer’s playbook is used in this home from grass cloth wallpaper to custom window coverings to bold lighting and art.  If you like pattern and color…this all works – a fun cheerful space with lots of cottage charm.

Take a peek…

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An amazing arched tile ceiling in this kitchen remodel from Benecki Homes and Melanie Turner Designs in Atlanta.

Love every bit of this remodel (or is it a new build). Found this trove of photos on instagram.  The barrel vaulted arched ceiling covered in subway tiles, the La Cornue stove, marble counters on the island, brass Waterworks faucet, the amazing pendant lights and my favorite the arched steel window!  AAAHHHH.  This one is too good!  There might even be cement tile floor in this one!

Here is a little look…

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Spotted this pretty monochromatic summer house in Auckland.  The perfect mix of neutral colors – greys, black, whites, tans and a boho vibe.  My kind of beach house.  Only problem it is all the way in New Zealand!  My friend is going to New Zealand next week…maybe he can find this house and bring it back for me?? Has anyone ever attempted to import a whole house.  Will have the COCOCOZY team look into this as an option.

Anyhooooo….here is a tour…

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