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Paris is a wonderful city for the summer months. There is an endless amount of culture and beautiful architecture. Paris is the best city to explore and discover something new. As most of you know, Paris is one of my favorite places to visit. My mom spends a few months in Paris every year. We recently stayed at an apartment owned by my friends, Anne Marie Midy and Jorge Almada, owners of the furniture house Casamidy. I’m still dreaming about it.

Paris is the best place to escape. There is so much history and art. The French architecture is beautiful. And of course, there is nothing like shopping in Paris. If you’re looking to plan your next trip, then see my list of the best summer rentals and hotels in Paris.

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Tomorrow is the first day of July. How did that happen? I’m sharing some summer fashion must-haves that I found at Bloomingdale’s. It includes stylish summer dresses from one of my favorite brands A.L.C. Their dresses are always my summer go-to. They have so many stylish prints and chic silhouettes. And I added a few luxurious accessories including shoes and handbags that I’ve had my eye on. You can’t complete a look without the right accessories. Below, I’m highlighting the 18 best summer must-haves I found while browsing online.

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What makes a kitchen unique? Is it the color cabinets? Or the kitchen’s color palette? Unique kitchen designs come in different shapes and styles. Designers have an endless imagination when it comes to unique ways of creating the perfect space. This kitchen round-up is all about spaces with a modern twist. Get inspired by reading the blog below.

The photo above is a design by the Australian design firm, Smac Studio. It features a luxurious marble kitchen with unique details like the brass range-hood. The design team added modern light fixtures that complement the space without making the kitchen look too cluttered.

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The Fourth of July is almost here. Can you believe it? Before you start shopping for fireworks, I’m sharing my guide to creating a chic Fourth of July table setting. Make your friends and family feel like they escaped to a backyard oasis. Your holiday table can be more than just red, white, and blue.

You all know I love throwing dinner parties. My courtyard is one of my favorite places in my home to host dinners with friends and family. People gather around the table for good food and even better conversation. But my favorite part is decorating the table. Read below to find out how to set the perfect table for the July holiday.

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White marble bathrooms are the go-to for modern designs. The clean lines and natural color palette make any space look timeless. This bathroom has a vintage twist that gives it a fresh look. Interior design firm, Zio and Sons, transformed a compact Catskill bathroom into a modern luxurious primary bath. It features a large shower with marble subway tiles that have grey veining. They accessorized the space with gold fixtures to add some glamour. It was important that they maintained the charm of the Catskills with a modern facelift.

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Victor Glemaud, a Haitian American fashion designer, released a collaboration with Schumacher. Glemaud’s collection is called Cul-de-sac, which is inspired by his Caribbean heritage and his family. It features 14 different patterns and colors. After studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, he worked at Paco Rabanne and Tommy Hilfiger prior to launching his own company.

One of the fabrics I want to highlight from the new collection is the Toussaint toile. Toile became popular in the late eighteenth century. It originated in Ireland but became a popular decor accent in Britain and France. Glemaud’s collection pays homage specifically to Toussaint Louverture, a Haitian general and leader of the Haitian Revolution. The fabric also includes foliage and landscapes inspired by the country.

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Interior designers are swapping out the everyday kitchen chairs with built-in banquette seating. Today, more people rather have stylish informal dining areas for their families to enjoy. I mean…how often do you eat at your formal dining table? Most people only use their dining room for holidays and gatherings. My kitchen is small and doesn’t have any space for a dining table. However, if you have the space then there’s no need for a formal dining room.  So now with the rise of modern banquette seating, will formal dining rooms become obsolete?

The breakfast nook above is designed by Jkath Design. The space has large steel windows which allow for an abundance of natural light. The custom seating creates a cozy vibe and complements the wooden beam ceiling for a rustic look.

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What does your beach bag say about you? A successful beach trip requires more than just the right destination. If you’re going to have a fun day at the beach, then you will need all of the essentials. There’s nothing worse than forgetting something and not realizing it until it’s too late. That’s why the COCOCOZY team is going to teach you how to pack your beach bag for maximum fun this summer.

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Today is the first day of summer. That means it’s time to refresh your beauty routine and stock up on summer beauty essentials. The COCOCOZY team has rounded up the most wanted items to add to your bathroom vanity. Replace your old moisturizers and cleansers and embrace your summer glow. This season is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Check out our top picks below.

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The ideal lakeside home is full of natural light, ample space for entertaining, and original charm. This Dallas home has all of that and more. Interior designer, Chad Dorsey, renovated this 6,500-square-foot lakeside paradise for his clients. The stand-out room is the galley kitchen which features wall-to-ceiling windows that flood the room.

The original kitchen was small and not very functional for Dorsey’s clients. Dorsey removed the walls and other enclosed spaces to expand the kitchen into a lavish hangout spot that flows right into the breakfast area. The goal of the renovation was to integrate modern design without minimizing the original charm of the lakeside home.

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The holiday of Juneteenth celebrate the day Texas enforced the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862. President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation to free slaves. Unfortunately, took over two years for the news to reach Texas. The federal holiday, also known as “Freedom Day” celebrates the day African American slaves were officially freed.

The COCOCOZY team rounded up some of our favorite black-owned brands to celebrate Juneteenth. We’ve also included organizations that give back to the black community. The holiday is this Sunday, June 19th.

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Some of us have been working at home for a while now. I’m still working out of my house. I’m sure we have all realized that we have the same old furniture that we’ve been meaning to get rid of. Our bedrooms are no exceptions. An easy way to update your space is by adding a new headboard to your bedroom. From simple and classic to bold and modern, our round-up of 12 headboards will give your bedroom an instant makeover.

The above photo is from my stay at the Casamidy San Miguel de Allende house. The founders Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy, invited me to stay at their home a few years back. I’m still not over this bedroom design. The headboard is an original Casamidy design that ties the room together.

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When you’re over 40, it may feel like you’re out of touch with the latest fashion trends. So the COCOCOZY team is here to keep you up-to-date. This summer is all about simplistic chic and pops of color. From linen pants to straw bags to colorful accessories, we’ve compiled a list of summer trends that are perfect for women over 40. See what everyone’s talking about and get on trend now.

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The best time to visit Paris is in the late spring. Paris is covered in flowers–pale pinks and purples that create an enchanting atmosphere. It almost feels like you’re in a fairytale. While in Paris, I came across this restaurant that was covered in wisteria. Its full bloom only lasts a few weeks, but I found a few vines that started to bloom. The best time to see wisteria at its peak is from late April to early May. Wisteria is known to be a very fragrant flower. It’s almost hard to miss.

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Last weekend my friend had a few friends over for a summer kick-off party. She put me in charge of outdoor entertainment. There were about ten adults and 4 kids, so I had to think about what to bring for everyone to enjoy. Walmart has an amazing selection of affordable outdoor toys and pool accessories. The perfect place to pick up some activities for everyone to enjoy this summer. My team helped me decide on which items to get. They ended up selecting a cornhole set and pool floats.

My goal for this season is all about creating new memories with friends and family. And there’s no better way to do that than having fun backyard gatherings. Whether it’s a BBQ or a cozy outdoor dinner, it’s important to be prepared for every occasion. See some of my favorite picks from Walmart below to help inspire you!

 

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Luxurious kitchens don’t need to be grand spaces. You can find beauty in small spaces too. This elegant kitchen was designed by Zoe Feldman Design. She gave this space a facelift by adding navy blue cabinets and accessorizing with gold hardware. My favorite element in the flooring. It complements the beautiful blue hue of the cabinets.

A tiny space can have a big impact on the design of your home. Feldman modernized the kitchen with Calcutta marble countertops and backsplash. To prevent the room from looking too cluttered she added open shelving.

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