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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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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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Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Country Twist

December 6, 2017
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Have you ever done something once and then had to redo it again and again…well for some reason I wrote a whole post about this AMAZING kitchen and it didn’t save.  So then I wrote it again and published it and it published blank.  Third time is a charm?  Here we go.  Love this kitchen by Illinois interior designer Kate Marker. (I am literally saving the post after I write each sentence….arghh…anyhooooo…).  Fantastic open kitchen with dining room.  Light white washed exposed wood beams with a matching range hood tucked into a nook, great dramatic farmhouse style pendant lights, steel doors, cool rope chairs surrounding the dining room table…and then there is the adorable prep sink!  Quite luxurious to have a second kitchen sink.  Love Kate’s work with this one AND another fab kitchen she designed that I feature on Instagram today.  But before going to my Instagram, take a tour of this darling modern country kitchen…

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Bath

Moroccan Inspired Master Bath

December 5, 2017
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Love love love the black vanity in this custom Moroccan inspired bath in…California?  International style travels elegantly to a Los Angeles home in the hills from designer Betsy Burnham. The black vanity with the star molding detail and white knobs and pulls, white quartz counter tops, the antiqued over sized mirror, simple sconces and a black and white tile floor equal perfection. Take a look and let me know what you think?

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This Stockholm home is over 100 years old.  It has been entirely revamped recently by a Swedish couple who were looking for a larger space.  When they were redesigning the couple faced the age old dilemma…what he likes and what she likes.  She likes light airy spaces with classic furniture.  He likes dark wood and mid-century modern design.  Being married, they did the right thing…compromise!  He got dark wood and she got her light and airy with white wood floors and a white kitchen.  Take a look at what his & her house design looks like…

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Holidays

Thanksgiving Flowers

November 21, 2017
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Okay…I have procrastinated on Thanksgiving.  I am just admitting that right up front.  I have a very very small dinner I am doing for my family and some loved ones.  I can’t wait to welcome them into my home. Problem…I really haven’t done a thing and it is Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving.  I am starting this morning with dreaming about my table setting and the flowers arrangements I will design.  I use the word “design” loosely…I am not good at flower arranging but I figure if I get some really pretty flowers…my incapacity won’t matter.  That lead me to the beautiful instagram feed of Floret Flower, an Oregan based flower farm, for inspiration.

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After attending an amazing Delta® Faucet VIP event at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum last month in New York for National Design Week, I am feeling inspired to start designing again. I had so much fun at this event that centered on wonderful design that inspires us to incorporate more creativity into our lives. Mega interior designer Nate Berkus and Delta industrial designer Seth Fritz gave a great lecture on the evolution of home design, and then revealed Delta’s new concept faucet! Here’s how the evening went down…

 

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My House

My Sunny Breakfast Room 360

November 6, 2017
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This is my little sunny breakfast room in my Spanish bungalow here in the Los Angeles area.  The decor is in progress as is every room in my house but love it in this room even if it is not fully done.  It is the brightest spot in the house in the mornings.  The perfect spot for an energizing start of the day.  So far I have decorated it with a pierced metal pendant light, an old mahogany cabinet I have had for years, some vintage chairs I had stained black, and a lovely lovely white Saarinen tulip table with a white marble top.  Next up is what to put on the walls…I have some ideas but would love your thoughts. Take a room tour and let me know!

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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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