interiors

Time for a little spring organizing!

As a fan of cozy spaces, I’m often searching for ways to find extra room for storage in every area of the house. What I’m finding is that it’s possible to find homes for all your unsightly belongings with furniture or bins that you’ll want to show off.

My first tip would be to get rid of anything you do not need or use regularly. There is no reason to hang on to anything that isn’t adding value to your life. Haven’t worn that sweater in a year? Two years?? Donate it. Once you’ve narrowed it down and are only looking to store what you absolutely need, find chic ways to incorporate it into your decor!

Take a look (and shop!) some of my favorite finds for easy home storage that are pleasing to the eye (below)!

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style

Welcome to my scatterbrain!

March is already almost over (?!), so I wanted to share some of the products I’m obsessed with right now! Plus, I’ve included some irresistible sales that I’ve stumbled upon and just had to share.

Happy shopping!

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travel

Back to reality!

I just returned home from a much-needed weekend getaway celebrating my sister DS’s birthday with her and her friend MC! It was incredible… massages, facials, pool time, tacos, margaritas, whale watching, an art walk in San Jose, lovely dinners, and most importantly, lots of laughs! Just what the doctor ordered!

This was my third or fourth trip to Las Ventanas in Los Cabos, Mexico over the last 12 years… my sis and I have fallen in love with it! From the great service, stunning setting right on the Baja peninsula, and beautiful decor — I was in heaven!

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fashion

Should every girl have a go-to jean jacket? Is that a rhetorical question?

As I shared with you in a prior post, my friend A.Ro recently suggested I dress down my fancy black Chloe dress with a jean jacket — and after scrambling through my closet, I realized I don’t own a proper one!

As I expand my collection of denim, here’s a variety of pieces I’ve found that could work for almost any occasion or time of day. From vests, different colors, cuts, and washes… it’s important to have options! Happy shopping!

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fashion

Who says dressy clothes are just for dressy occasions?

I’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate the fancier items in my closet into my regular wardrobe — and I’ve found that with a little creativity and willingness to play around, you can find a look that works for almost any day of the week!

Case in point… I bought the Chloe dress pictured throughout this post for a wedding I was going to late last year. As I’m sure many of you can relate, it’s a beautiful dress (that I spent way too much money for), but it just sits in my closet.

A little background, I purchased the dress while rushing out of the store before closing… without even looking at the price tag. I still lose sleep over that sometimes, but what can you do. I had to catch a flight early the next morning for the wedding, so I ended up deciding to make it work. In hindsight, I totally could have worn something perfectly nice that I already owned (without spending an arm and a leg) and returned the dress, but here we are. All dressed up with nowhere to go!

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home

Stressful times call for a soothing bath.

As a rule, I always try to section out time during my busy day to practice self care — whatever that looks like depending on my schedule. I am NOT a bath girl, but the other day I was inspired to run a warm bath… only to find out that I don’t have a stopper in my tub! That should show you how rare it is for me to take a relaxing soak! Note to self (and my Amazon account): purchase a bathtub stopper!

Anyway, I recently visited a home remodel site with a friend of mine and there was an old cast iron clawfoot tub. After asking my Instagram followers whether or not the freestanding tub should be salvaged or ditched, most said keep it!

I think that’s spot on… there’s something so romantic, soothing, and comforting about a good old fashioned (and good looking!) stand out stand alone tub.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite freestanding tubs for inspiration (below)!

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fashion

Springtime is among us!

I am so inspired by the warm weather and fresh blooms this time of year. The beauty all around us just makes me want to throw on a flowy floral dress and fill my home with newly-picked flowers!

Here are some of my favorite ideas for incorporating the colors and flower power this season brings into fashion and home decor (below)!

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video

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with my friend, Linda Grasso of the SheSez podcast, for my first ever on-camera interview (Eek!) about how COCOCOZY came to be. It was super fun to share my story and talk about this passion project of mine — but I was also a bit nervous and self-conscious to go on camera. 

A little background, Linda and I worked together in entertainment years ago, and she’s always been an incredible journalist and interviewer. Because of her warm professionalism, I immediately felt comfortable and open. Thank you for your patience and coaching, Linda!

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interiors
Bedroom

How I Chose My Master Bedroom Rug

February 28, 2018
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Slowly but surely my room is coming together!

As you probably have experienced, picking out a rug is truly a process! For my bright master bedroom, I went back and forth between having a rug… having a colorful rug… or having no rug at all! Ultimately I decided on this muted grey COCOCOZY ring rug — and I couldn’t be happier!

I know, I know — straying away from a Moroccan or vintage worn Persian style rug is a design risk, but I’m choosing to step outside the box! This is me in 2018!

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fashion

Spring showers bring… the need for waterproof fashion and cozy interiors!

Ok, ok, I know we don’t get a ton of rain here in Southern California, but we do have days where I need to throw on a light rain jacket and a pair of boots — if I leave the house, that is! With a reading nook like the one pictured (above), I don’t know if I ever would…

Check out some of my rainy day inspiration (below)!

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interiors

It might be sunny here in California, but I still have winter mountain vibes on my mind!

This Park City Canyons kitchen remodel by Studio McGee is a gorgeous example of how to take an outdated ski home and transform it into a stylish, cozy mountain destination. This isn’t totally my style, but I love the use of traditional warm colors and bright whites to really give this home some life — while still keeping that rustic cabin feel!

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home

Who said garage doors have to be boring?

I recently spotted a stunning black garage on bettershelter’s Instagram page (pictured above), and was immediately inspired by how much character a simple remodel can add to a home.

Take a look through 24 more unique and distinctive designs (below)!

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home

Things are coming together over here in Beverly Hills!

Many of you may remember my old patio from my tiny cottage in Hollywood Hills — and now I’m taking elements of that space and incorporating it into my new oasis!

Welcome to my personal sweet spot… the upstairs patio of my home that is nestled in the hills and surrounded by beautiful palm tree views. An instant calm!

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entertaining

Is it just me or did January fly by? I wrapped 2017 by throwing an over-the-top winter dinner party for about 30 of my family and friends — and I’m just now getting around to sharing it with all of you! Better late than never!

If you watch my Instagram Stories, you know this was definitely a design-as-you-go project… so this one goes out to all the readers who are willing to fly by the seat of your pants!

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interiors

So thrilled to bring you my latest project!  A fabulous small kitchen remodel!!!  I was lucky enough to partner with the Whirlpool Corporation and my very talented developer friend Steve Jones of Better Shelter. Steve and I began working on this project a few months back – remodeling this fixer upper 2 bedroom house in the on-trend Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. We got really excited when we were offered Whirlpool Fingerprint-Resistant Black Stainless Steel appliances for the tiny kitchen remodel.  Okay, if you have read the blog over the years you know, I always love a wonderful small kitchen remodel. The blog started because almost 10 years ago because I had remodeled my then really small kitchen in the Hollywood Hills.  Now, this project is particularly thrilling because of the appliances we are using, I get to be at the forefront of the next kitchen design trend…read on to see how…

(This post is sponsored by the Whirlpool Corporation. While I received product and compensation, all opinions are my own)

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