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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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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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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travel

10 Places On My Travel Bucket List

February 27, 2018
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I’d like to introduce you to my new travel agent… Instagram!

I have been getting so inspired to travel and explore new places through social media. The colors! The history! Who knew hashtags could take me to some of the most beautiful and interesting places around the world.

Take a look through some of my favorite finds and awaken your own travel bug (below)!

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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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home

It truly is the little things that make life happy.

Every morning when I wake up, walk down the stairs and see this morning light in my living room, I am filled with such great joy! It’s easy to start the day with a positive mind when greeted with such a cheerful and bright glow.

The past few years have been a roller coaster for me (to say the least) — and I’m feeling extremely grateful to have found this Spanish style Beverly Hills house after making the difficult decision to sell my tiny little cottage in the Hollywood Hills. 

The radiance in this special spot of my “home for now” reminds me to embrace all the newness that comes with this next chapter!

 

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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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Welcome to my guest bedroom!

I absolutely love having a special place for my visitors to stay — and I want to make sure they feel right at home while in town!

My intention was to create a warm and inviting room by having attention to detail but ultimately keeping things simple. So far I’ve gotten the stamp of approval from my mother and best friend — so that’s how I know the transformation was a success!

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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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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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home

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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