Monday, September 22, 2014
Was with TE this weekend...wandering around, of all places, a kitchen and bath showroom. While TE was off looking at some kind of guy thing...like shiny ovens, I happened upon this faucet from THG Paris. I had never heard of the brand...but apparently they make luxury fittings and hardware for bathrooms and kitchen.
There were hundreds, maybe thousands of faucets and plumbing fixtures in this store...and the only one I wanted to ask about was this one. I loved it immediately. The knobs did it for me...completely. I found the whole look very elegant.
When I waved the salesperson down and asked him the price of this pretty bath faucet with "O" shaped round knobs, I nearly fell over. He said "Oh I think this one is about $4600 and some of these in this line go up to $15,000". I was like one of those cartoon characters shaking my head back and forth to make sure my ears were clear and that I was hearing right. Yes...$4,600! What?
I had a minute or two to look again at it...and I must say it was absolutely beautiful. Could I ever afford a $4600 faucet for just one sink in one bath...probably not. That didn't matter...I began to fall deeply in love...with...a faucet.
Well, then my guy TE came back from his stove trek and asked me what was wrong. With my eyes glistening and face glowing, I excitedly said to him, "I love this. I love it. Don't you?" With his eyes half mast and a very neutral look on his face...he said, "Not really. It's okay." And then he turned and walked off towards a modern and shiny waterfall shower head. Hmmm....
How could he not love it? What? Why was it so expensive? Why am I even looking at faucets in the first place? All of these important thoughts ran through my head.
Then I took to Instagram for validation...I asked my COCOCOZY biased following of nearly 10,000 what they thought...I did not tell them the price...but on aesthetics alone...they seemed to like. (Follow me by clicking here on COCOCOZY Instagram btw.)
Anyhoooooooooo. In case you must have this faucet, details are as follows: it is from Collection "O" from THG Paris.
The most expensive THG Paris faucets seem to be the ones with crystal knobs...they've partnered with famous French houses like Lalique, Cristoffle, Daum and more to create faucets with glass and crystal knobs that make the spouts look like jewelry.
Just thought you might put this in your design file!
Photo by Coco of COCOCOZY
A lovely ground floor townhouse in London...a mews house with arches throughout. A sunroom defined by three glass arches sets the tone for the city house entire house. Love the arched glass ceiling in the garden room that looks out over a well manicured amazing ground floor patio. This home is designed by Andy Martin Architects.
I like an arch. I do. A classic architectural detail that can make all of the difference in a modern home.
An aside note: This London home is called a "mews house"...I didn't know what "mews" meant so I had to look it up. Apparently it is "a group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments".
TE and I have been talking about arches lately. I know. Strange random topic of conversation between a guy and a girl...but it is not quite so random for us right now.
What do you think of this London home with all of its arches? Like or dislike?
P.S. Remember to follow me on COCOCOZY Pinterest for my latest shopping finds!
Friday, September 19, 2014
As we go into the weekend, thought I would leave you with a lovely French kitchen in Paris' St. Germain district. (I know...more design from France). I like the fact that this kitchen is entirely modern and new but feels like an old classic. Great long oval white table that makes a bold statement, dramatic marble slab backsplash, floating shelves, gold accents, chevron tile floor, light colored wood built ins and a fantastic light fixture created by the designer himself. Love!
Room is designed by Damien Langlois-Meurinne. Tres jolie!
What do you like most in this kitchen?
P.S. Getting smarter update - earlier this week, I said I needed to get smarter quick. Friend AM gave me the tip to read a short daily newsletter with important news blurbs. I am happy to report...I feel smarter after just two days! Hmmmm...clearly this is a sign that I am not getting smarter if for even a moment I feel that reading at total of 10 paragraphs of news excerpts has made me smarter. Might need to add to the program to really make a difference.
P.P.S. Dream shopping - Please check out COCOCOZY Pinterest...have been doing a little really early holiday shopping...and some other shopping...check out my fashion and home decor picks!
Photos: Damien Langlois-Meurinne
Thursday, September 18, 2014
My mother loves Paris. My sister loves Paris. My guy TE loves Paris. Hence I am always on the "dream hunt" for a magical place in Paris that we could keep for vacations and long stays. I must add...this is a dream...so many things to do here stateside though - with work, COCOCOZY business, family and loved ones, my dog Mr. Boo who is 17lbs and almost 10 years old but continues to gnaw on large pieces of furniture, I know that a Paris apartment is merely a dream right now...but you never know.
Anyhooo...while dreaming today...thinking that this 8 bedrooms, 6,100 square feet listed by Sotheby's Realty in France would do quite nicely in Located in the Auteuil district in the 16th arrondissment, this wonderful home also comes with a large garden. 3 stories, 4 parking spaces, a detached guest house...who could ask for more?
I love the wood paneled den, the arched doorways, the decorative wall moldings, the mirrored French doors (so fittingly French), the super modern kitchen, the bright light filtering through the generous windows, the thin planked wood floors and more...
What do you think of this Paris pad? Like or dislike? Would you move to Paris full time to live here? Would you keep it decorated like it is or would you add your own touch. Okay...I always want to add my own touch...but if someone were to offer me this Paris home for free (why they would do that I do not know), I would take it exactly like it is...happily. I am easy breezy.
Click here to see more of the listing.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Lately, have been thinking a lot about banisters, stair and balcony railings. Don't ask me why.
Lately have been also thinking that I am not as smart as I was years ago. Don't ask me why. I know the two topics do not really correlate but it is just the way my mind works. So today, on the phone with best of friend AM, I was telling her that I didn't feel smart. She immediately suggested I start getting a newsletter called TheSkimm. Said newsletter apparently summarizes all current events and important news into supposedly digestible nuggets - reading said daily newsletter should then make me smart...right...deductive reasoning at its best. My mother and sister would both be appalled to find out that I am trying to take a short cut to feeling smart as opposed to just sitting down and reading and learning...but a girl has got to do what she's got to do. So, at Harvard-educated best-of- friend AM's suggestion, I have entered my email address and will be receiving all news I should care about in the form of a short daily email with blurbs. I am convinced this will indeed make me smarter! Woohooo. Check back with me on Friday and I'll be a different person.
Anyhooo....in the meantime, before I get totally smart in one day, please let's discuss beautiful banisters. I pulled together this little collection of photos of beautiful dramatic well designed stair railings. A banister with a little personality can amp up the chic in a space and set the tone of good style. These all happen to be dark and metal (iron or steel) railings...but really any subtle elegance on a railing can work, I guess the purpose of this post is to say...don't forget the details when designing a home...details can make a huge difference in creating a space that is exciting and very pleasing to the eye!
Here are 9 of the best I could find...
If you were remodeling a house...would you stick with a regular traditional banister or dare to be different?
P.S. My very smart mother wrote me a note the other day saying reading my blog is an intellectually nail biting experience because of the daily typos she catches and emails to me. :-) Maybe after I start reading that daily newsletters, the typos will miraculously disappear. Mom...wish me luck! In the meantime, am thankful to have a mom that indeed reads my blog daily and then helps me by sending me any corrections. If I don't get smart overnight, Mom may have to continue in her Mom/copy editor roll. :-)
P.P.S. Speaking of smart...just saw my cute collection of COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio painted wood floor tiles on Instagram yesterday. As many of you know, I have partnered with South Carolina based Mirth Studio on my very own collection of wood tile floors with COCOCOZY designs "painted" onto them. So cool to see. This is my COCOCOZY Ring pattern that Mirth has made into an ebony and cream colored wood tile. Great for floors, ceilings, backsplashes, walls or any surface you want to spruce up! Here is a photo from Mirth's Instagram!
|COCOCOZY Ring patterned painted wood floors on Mirth Studio's Instagram feed! Woohooo! (above)|
Photos: Jean Louis Denoit; Justin Halleck; Anne Derasse; IKBA; Brooke Wagner; Anna Leena Hem