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You guys…I will be in Paris at the end of this week!  So excited to travel back to one of my favorite cities in the world.  This year, am stopping in Paris for a few days to see my mother at the beautiful Parisian apartment she leases ever year.  My dear friend AT is coming in from London for a few days, I’ll go back to London with her for a day to hang out with AT and her guy AND to see a top secret project I have been working on…and then back to Paris and then off to Greece.  I cannot wait.  I have a full schedule in about 11 days but I am so excited.

Anyhoooo…all of this talk of Paris travel has me dreaming about Paris interiors.  Here’s a Paris house tour of one for you…a $6.5 million dollar apartment in the 8th arrondissement….take a tour….

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Brass Chairs

June 21, 2017
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I know the next sentence I write is going to seem weird…but…I have recently become obsessed with the1965 classic The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews. I was flying back from New York a few weeks ago and we were stuck on the tarmac at JFK for about two hours so I decided to rewatch The Sound of Music.  This last few weeks at work I’ve been humming the songs in my head and trying not to sing aloud for fear my colleagues will think…”yes, now it is true, Coco has gone nuts.”.  Anyhooooo…one of the things I love in the movie is the setting in Salzburg, Austria…inside a beautiful house…with lots of ornate architecture and lots of brass and gold accents in the furniture and hardware.  Yes…I was noticing the decor…

Anyhooo….got me to thinking about all of the beautiful chairs I have been seeing lately with brass or gold detail.  While not traditional like the decor in my new favorite movie, I like the idea of having brass chairs to add a bit of elegance to a room.  Here are some ideas…

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I love love love this green small kitchen with black and white checkered marble floors designed by blogger Gwen Hefner of The Makerista. So well designed.  Apparently she and her husband took charge of making over their outdated kitchen last year.  They took a normal small kitchen and gave it an extremely luxe feel with green cabinets, black pendant lights, quartz countertops and more.  Click below to tour the full space and to see what it looked like before!

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Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  I certainly did.  Lots of fun dining out and very productive on other fronts.

For the blog, today, I thought it would be fun to kick off with a $35 million dollar Beverly Hills mansion tour.  Why not?  Right?    In today’s See This House, I bring you a $35 million dollar Beverly Hills mansion.  This one has its own vineyard!  Curious?  Take a tour…

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Over the course of the last few weeks, I have seen a lot of my best friends who live all over the country.  Last week best of friend FF and her hubby CCF were in town.  We had a great time.  Three weeks ago I was in NYC with best of friend AM and her hubby JE and best of friend A.Ro. in the Hamptons.

I give you all of this detail to tell you that, oddly enough, the thing that stood out to me the most in all of my visits with my friends was the prevalence of banana leaves and palm fronds in decor and fashion!!!  Tropical, jungle, leafy prints are so “in” and my besties were right on trend.  From clothing, to accessories, to home decor, this summer is about the tropical prints…they are EVERYWHERE!

Best of friend AM showed up wearing a skirt and shoes with a banana leaf print AND she has a room in her Hamptons home that is covered in the banana leaf print (she is a trendsetter because she designed the room years before this leafy design craze).  Then in Los Angeles, bestie FF stepped out in a Dolce Gabbana dress with the same print and she matched the pillows at the upscale Jean Georges restaurant at the new Waldorf Astoria where we had dinner.

Read on to see my besties in their banana leafs and some other cute shoppables too…

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Next month, I am going to Greece!  So excited. I will be in Santorini overlooking the ocean for a few days.  I am planning my packing list already.  I imagine walking through the streets of Santorini all in white carrying the accessory of the summer…a fabulous straw bag!

Today, I bring you our ultimate straw beach bag round up for your shopping pleasure.  Tote bags, clutches, messenger style purses…we’ve rounded up 15 of our fave straw bags!

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Reclaimed Wood

June 12, 2017
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Love the kitchen pictured above…with cement tile floors, the crystal chandelier, subway tile wall and the reclaimed wood built-in banquette.  The mixture of textures works for me.  I also like the way the reclaimed wood was inserted into this elegantly feminine breakfast nook.  Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about trends that are not going anywhere…reclaimed wood is one of those home decor trends.  A few years back it started.  Industrial, modern, hipster spaces with reclaimed wood feature walls or coffee tables.  Now, not sure if the wood is even actually reclaimed (my contractor once told me that reclaimed wood sometimes just comes from the back of a lumber yard and is sold as reclaimed!), but it is the aged worn and weathered look that everyone likes. Today, I celebrate bringing in some reclaimed wood into your life…some inspiration and some shopped goodies…take a look…

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