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The best time of the year to shop for furniture and home decor is on Memorial Day. Top brands offer great deals on must-have items that you’ve been eyeing for the last few months. Some of the best finds include dressers, chairs, dining room sets, mattresses, and more. If you’re looking to upgrade your outside living space for summer now is the time to shop. Check out the COCOCOZY team’s round-up of the top sales you need to shop before Memorial Day weekend.

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During a beautiful day in Paris, I stopped to enjoy the view from this dreamy Parisian balcony. I had a busy schedule ahead. My mom and I walked around to go sightseeing. It was my mission to get some great shots of French architecture. My camera roll is full of French art and historic exteriors. I’ll be sharing those soon. This blog is all about this gorgeous balcony!

If you didn’t know already, balconies are very popular throughout the city of Paris. French architecture has incorporated balconies to enhance exteriors. It adds flair while maintaining the elegance of Paris. I love the option of sipping my tea on a balcony every morning. Parisian apartments are on the smaller side so it’s nice to have functional outdoor space.

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First impressions are everything. Especially, when it comes to the exterior of your home. Dressing up your front porch for the summer will help brighten your home. Get in the summer spirit with bold colors and decor made of natural materials. Your home exterior should reflect your personal style and compliment the interior of your home.

The photo above is a front porch located at a little inn in the Hamptons. I came across it while on a walk. The pink and green hues made me stop and take a closer look. I love when homeowners aren’t afraid to add a pop of color. Most home exteriors are neutral and wood tones. I think it’s time to step out of our comfort zones when it comes to our home exteriors. See my 3 tips to dress up your front porch below.

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It’s time for another luxury vs dupes battle. In preparation for the warmer season, the COCOCOZY team rounded up some of our favorite luxury items and their dupes for summer. There is no shortage of trending home decor essentials. However, not all of us want to splurge. We’d rather save some money for a summer getaway. Anyone else? Take a look below at our round-up of home decor luxury vs dupes. So many fabulous furniture and decor finds.

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My team at COCOCOZY ( also Chirpyest) is already discussing their summer obsessions. And it’s not even summer yet! I can’t even believe I’m writing about summer trending items already. The months are just flying by. So while we are still in spring for the next few weeks, it’s time to get a quick update about all things summer. There are so many new summer collections being released on a daily basis. It’s hard to keep up with what’s actually worth it. My team has narrowed down their favorite products that you need to carry you through the summer months.

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Today’s inspiration is from a modern New York City kitchen nook. New York is one of the best cities because of its historic architecture and design. It’s a combination of edge and sophistication, making it entirely unique. Every building has its own story. You never know what’s on the inside.

This New York apartment was designed by Eye Swoon. The space has a black and white color story with hints of neutral tones. Athena Calderone has a special eye for design. She knows how to elevate an elegant space with contemporary elements that you won’t find in other NY homes. The room above is an elegant kitchen that features a cozy nook overlooking New York.

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Let’s discuss how to decorate a bookshelf – with more than just books. A bookshelf is a wonderful place to show off your style and accessorize. Along with beautiful books it is the perfect place to add those smaller knick knack accessories to bring it all together. When picking out decorative pieces and books try to stick with a color scheme to set the tone.

First and foremost we will need start off decorating with books of course. If you don’t already have a collection of good reads, decorative coffee table books are the way to go. When it comes to decorative accessories, neutrals are always the way to go. Make sure to choose pieces and color that accentuate your bookshelf and books. This is where the fun happens and you can get creative. Mix and match decor like elaborate bookends or antique vases and candlesticks – the options are endless!

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Vanities can make or break a bathroom. That’s a bold statement to make but think about it. When you walk into a powder room or a primary bathroom your eyes go right to the vanity. It’s where you go to do your morning makeup routine and the last place you go before going to bed. The cabinetry, the finishes, and the type of sink are all different factors that create a beautiful design. The perfect vanity will set the tone for the bathroom. I rounded up 6 bathrooms to help inspire you.

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The photo above is the bathroom I designed from the COCOCOZY Design House Series. We used a TOTO sink and faucet. I wanted a clean bathroom design, but it needed a little character. So I added hexagon floor tiles and subway wall tiles with black grout. It enhanced the space!

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Today’s interior inspiration is all about the perfect summer home. I discovered it last week while waiting at the airport. You all know I love doors. It’s one of my weaknesses in architectural design. And this door is blue! So I had to take a look inside this home. I’m happy I did!

The Florida residence was designed by Jake Arnold. He helped design this home for a Palm Beach hotel developer. The exterior features stucco-clad and a stepped roof. The owner wanted it to mimic Bermudian architecture. I would never want to leave this gorgeous pad. See more rooms below.

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Minimalism has become a trend in Los Angeles. Every home has its own story and personal touches which makes them unique. Today’s interior inspiration is the home of fashion designer, Jenni Kayne. She is the owner of a lifestyle brand and is a Californian native.  Kayne teamed up with architect Vincent Van Duysen to design a stylish and liveable space for her family. The home features warm tones and natural materials. Take a look below to see more rooms inside this beautiful home.

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If you follow me on Instagram ( @COCOCOZY) then you would know that I recently went on a trip. I didn’t say where…until now! I went to France with my mom. We traveled all over France. I even visited the south of France for the first time. There’s something about European architecture that makes me so inspired. Everything from the ornate exteriors, the elegant foyers, and the historic art pieces are every design enthusiast’s dream. There are always new places to visit, new cafes to try, and fabulous restaurants to dine. Be prepared for a lot of French content these coming weeks.

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On the topic of summer, I’m highlighting one of my favorite backyards located in the East Hamptons. It’s a gorgeous spacious yard that is the perfect setting for hosting summer parties. And yes it’s owned by one of my close friends. It’s the ideal getaway while on the east coast. There’s a reason why you hear so much hype about the Hamptons. Once you visit, you’ll never want to leave.

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It’s not even summer yet and I’m already planning summer outdoor dinner parties. Is that a bad thing? I love curating party themes and tablescapes. There are a lot of new fun barware products for the summer season. And there’s nothing better than a fresh cold drink in stylish drinkware. Whether you want new glassware, serving trays, or fun party gadgets I found a few items that will help upgrade your hosting skills.

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There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a designer essential (or maybe two). A new season will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to shop summer must-haves. I’ve browsed numerous sites and researched with the COCOCOZY & Chirpyest team to find the trending items for summer to splurge! We included home decor, fashion, and travel items. Check out our picks below.

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The key to hosting the perfect dinner party is preparation. Regardless of the theme or the occasion, it’s important to prep. How many people are you hosting? Are there any dietary restrictions? What kind of food will you be serving? I love hosting dinner parties. It’s one of my favorite things to do to spend time with family and friends. I love planning the menu, brainstorming tablescapes, and then putting it all together. However, throwing together a last-minute dinner party can be stressful. If you have time to prep, then here are some of my go-to tips before your next hosting gig.

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