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Canal Loft House

October 19, 2017
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It is all about the high ceilings and exposed beams in this canal loft house in Amsterdam.  Renovated by the design team at Netherlands based interior design firm Nicemakers, this 1600s built loft on a canal was once an orphanage.  Today here’s a little house tour for you from Europe!  Love pitched ceilings in the living room and the exposed beams in the kitchen…check it out!

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I find inspiration in so many places and in so many styles.  For example today, I bring you this pretty country farmhouse style kitchen from Stanwick + Dunham and Frank Smith Designs in Charlotte, NC.  The kitchen is actually in a 2007 built English Arts & Crafts style house in Charlotte. Love the white curved tongue and groove ceiling.  The vibe in this space is wonderfully farmhouse country living.  Wouldn’t this be a lovely space to make your morning tea or coffee every day?

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My mind has been swirling lately with all of the craziness in the world. Today, I am finding my refuge in escapist beautiful aspirational images of living spaces. This is not to say I am tuning out of what is going on…I am so concerned and I encourage everyone to stay alert and aware, to be understanding and helpful to our fellow citizens and to engage, to speak out when you see wrong and to use your votes to act. Over the last year, I have been so busy.  I have been finding it hard to carve out time to blog. Every time I am just about ready to write a blog post, some political crisis or natural disaster strikes and I am so shell shocked about the state of the world (our country in particular) that I cannot bear to write about what I love – design. This last week, I am finding refuge in my website…not bury my head in the sand kind of refuge…but recharge my soul kind of refuge, pick up my chin, and stand tall (or kneel) and face what is going on around us all.  Recharging is necessary these days…don’t you think?  That being said…today I bring you beautiful beautiful Paris apartment living in an Avenue Montaigne home designed by French architect Joseph Dirand (have a huge crush on his design sensibility).  Unique, classic, modern…Paris ultra modern at its best…the closet and the floating marble counter in the kitchen are certainly my faves…take a look….

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This is a sneak glimpse of my dining room. So many room reveals this week from my Spanish style house here in Beverly Hills. This story is not about my dining room though…details to follow at a later date about the actual room itself and the beautiful art work hanging in it on the other side of this photo. Today’s post has to do with my obsession with vintage and antique finds. Sunday I went to the Pasadena Rosebowl flea market, the month before I went too…I love the hunt for beautiful things and the idea of mixing in old (saving the environment) and new things in a space. Much to my delight, in between all my flea market hunts, I was approached by EBTH, an online estate sale marketplace about doing a post. I had never heard of EBTH so I went on their site and my design hunter instinct kicked in…

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Caution. This story features pictures of my blue + white den decor in progress. This is an unfinished project that I am bringing to you well before it is done.  You might say “That’s not smart” and “Why would she do that?” and “Shouldn’t she just show the picture perfect stuff here?” and “Clearly she didn’t consult with her best friend who would have told her to finish decorating the room up and then show it…”.  Most design savvy folks would of course wait for the tahdah moment when all is beautiful and then share on their well read website!  “Not I” said the fly.  Remember, I have that thing my friends and I call OSS (over sharing syndrome).  I cannot help myself…I have so many ideas and thoughts swirling around in my mind that they just spin out of the vortex and end up here on the blog.  This OSS means I end up not at all following the norm…when I get excited about something…I cannot be discreet.  I must share.   Anyhooo…this story started when 10 COCOCOZY rugs were delivered to my new house…

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I am throwing another dinner party at the house in a few weeks.  I have lived in this new house for almost two months.  My goal is to entertain regularly throughout the fall, winter, spring and summer. So far, I had a dinner for 44 friends and family when bestie AM was here…then a few weeks ago I had another alfresco dinner for 18 of my work friends.  In two weeks, I am having a few people over for I think a “Paella Party” (exact menu tbd!).  Anyhooo…going back in time a bit, I wanted to share with you the posh picnic table dinner party tabletop I pulled together a few weeks ago.  Idea was to throw a casual backyard barbecue feeling casual gathering…I of course had to crank it up a notch to design my table into a posh picnic table for a lovely al fresco dining experience in my courtyard!  I used my COCOCOZY Plaid Solid fabric in blue and white as the table runner and then the layering began…

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Coco's Projects

My Master Bedroom Bedding

September 27, 2017
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I have been off the blogging grid for weeks!  Now I am back.  Basically, I have been running around getting settled in my house and having lots and lots of guests.  It has been so much fun.  After months and months of not having a place, it is so nice to settle in my lovely Spanish style home here in Beverly Hills (during my house hunt, a very stylish friend of mine at work said he imagined me living in Beverly Hills…he dreamed it and I made it happen!!).

Thanks to my sweet friend Hilde Leiaghat, owner of chic bedding line Pom Pom at Home, my master bedroom is becoming a serene dream. Overall, the decor for the room is still a work in progress. The bed, however, is fully and beautifully decked out with stunning linen bedding. Here’s how I got the bed of my dreams…

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Dutch Door Design

August 25, 2017
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Was out with dear friends SN and BN last night.  Part of their kitchen design includes a wonderful dutch door.  Click here for the full view of their kitchen with the dutch door right after they remodeled a few years back.

Dutch doors are doors that divide in half allowing the bottom and the top to open and close independently of each other.  This type of door is also known as a farm door.  It was meant to keep animals out of the house and children in while allowing to come into the home.  Something very charming about these doors.  Here’s a look at a few beautiful dutch doors!

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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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This kitchen at 736 N. McCadden in Los Angeles has got “it”.  It is a brand new kitchen in a home for sale in Hollywood.  The home was designed by Los Angeles developer/designer Steve Jones of Bettershelter along with the design team of ModOp Design.  The home is on the market for $1.85million…and the open floor plan kitchen in the jewel of the house.  Jones and team are known for expertly rehabbing Los Angeles area homes and then giving them a hipster California vibe.  This kitchen has just that.

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Best Of

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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travel

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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