Monday, September 22, 2014


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?

Happy Monday!


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Friday, September 19, 2014


modern french kitchen damien langlois meurinne

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!

kitchen marble slab backsplash

eat in kitchen oval dining table built in cabinets

What do you like most in this kitchen?

Happy Friday!


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 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.

Happy Thursday!



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. 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?

Happy Wednesday!


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)
Click here to see my other wood floor tile designs or to purchase for you next project!  Mirth also has a million other great painted wood floor tiles designed by Sally Bennett the company's fab owner/founder.

Photos: Jean Louis Denoit; Justin Halleck; Anne Derasse; IKBA; Brooke Wagner; Anna Leena Hem

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Dining room designed by Darryl Carter featuring white Panton dining chairs (above)
First introduced to market in 1967, this one material plastic cantilever chair has become a modern classic. The chair was created by designer Verner Panton and developed with furniture house Vitra. The original version of the chair in rigid polyurethane foam with a glossy lacquer finish is marketed under the name Panton Chair Classic - priced starting around $1700. The version sold today at places like Design Within Reach are made of a single piece of strong, flexible polypropylene with integral color that will not fade over time and priced at about $300.

The chair was a huge sensation at the time of its introduction and has remained such a staple that it is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

I like a white Panton chair paired with classic dining table or as an accent piece in a room.

Panton Chair - $310 (above)

The chair comes in a variety of colors too.  Just so you know, I often call it a swoosh chair...because there is something about it that looks like it is in fast motion!

Click here to shop for this chair.

What do you think of this modern classic?  Would you use in your home?

Happy Tuesday!


P.S.  Way back when (almost 6 years ago...I can't believe I've been blogging this long!),  I did a story on my friend's kelly green dining room that featured some white Panton chairs.  Click here to go back to the COCOCOZY archives to see that post!

Photos: Veranda Magazine; Architectural Digest; Meucanto Blog