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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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How To

5 Fun Matcha Mixed Drinks

July 12, 2017
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Last year, when I was on vacation with some friends, our friend MR spent the entire time drinking match tea.  MR, a busy New York mother of three,  had a special designer leather wrapped cup with a metal straw and spent the whole the whole vacation either tending to her kids or sipping her matcha tea.  She seemed a little jumpy the whole vacation and then the next time I saw her she had given it up on the matcha because it was a little too much. Matcha is finely ground green tea that is supposed to have some sort of nutrition benefits.  It is a trend, a craze and for some a way of life.

So the other day I was out to dinner at the Soho House here in West Hollywood with the COCOCOZY team and I discovered a new Matcha Sour drink they had on their menu…I had two of them…it was a thick green concoction that was super delicious…after I too was a little jittery…but I loved it!  Matcha mixed drinks, matcha tea…matcha matcha matcha…here are recipes 5 fun matcha mixed drinks you can make for your next summer party…

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travel

I am in Paris right now and this evening I leave for Greece.  So far, my summer vacation has been wonderful.  I got to Paris on Friday to visit my sweet mother at her beautiful summer apartment in the 6th arrondissement on Rue Condé.  Best of friend AT came via the Chunnel to spend time with me here.  Then on Sunday, I took a whirlwind day visit to London with AT. I got to see where she lives with her boyfriend HH and we also were on a top secret mission doing some market research!  Came back to Paris for a few more days of lounging…and then off to Greece to meet sis DS and her guy in Athens then Santorini!

All this to say…I have dreams of being a light packer.  And that is what this post is about.  I, however, in all honesty, did not pack lightly!  I wish I had.  I am now bogged down with a huge bag but I am just wearing the same 10 things over and over again.   In order to help you avoid my packing mistakes, we pulled together 10 summer vacation essentials to help you for your holiday travel!

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Tropical Bedroom

June 28, 2017
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This is my bestie AM’s guest room in her summer Hamptons home.  Totally on trend. Right?  AM was ahead of her time two years ago when she decorated this space with it’s tropical leaf print textiles – a pattern that is so ubiquitous today!  I just shared top palm frond and banana leaf print styles from the world of fashion and decor last week…now here is that look at this trend in full swing in a cute East Hampton guest room.  Love this room…this is where I stay when I visit East Hampton.  It is bright, cheerful and feels like vacation…I also love that she has added a COCOCOZY Logo Throw into the decor too!  Here’s a tour…

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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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Chairs

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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style

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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fashion

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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