Monday, July 21, 2014

$16 MILLION DOLLAR ESTATE IN THE NYC SUBURBS - SEE THIS HOUSE


A 15,000 square foot Greenwich, CT home on almost 3 acres of land seems like a good alternative to NYC apartment living. Considering that in the city, $16 million dollars might buy you a 4 or 5 bedroom apartment with about half as much interior space, one might consider the suburbs as a viable city alternative. Right?

This Georgian colonial home is 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, has 6 fireplaces, a fitness room, hardwood floors, pool, library, spa/hot tub, steam room, wine cellar, staff rooms, a finished basement and even an in-law apartment. The home is listed by Sotehby's Realty.

Take a look...would you rather live in the hustle and bustle of the city or on an estate like this?






I know it is going to sound weird...but I think I would rather live in the city. I would certainly love to visit any of my friends who decide to take up residence in a house like this!

To see more of this listing, click here.

Happy Monday!

xo
Coco

P.S.  TE and I spent all of Saturday in Malibu...we were dreaming and planning and picking fruit.  Will explain later.  Was a wonderful day.
TE took this photo while we hung out on a hill in Malibu this weekend. (above)
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Friday, July 18, 2014

CHARMING BLUE DOORS


Blissful blue doors. So cheerful, beautiful and bright.

My front door went from yellow, to brown to a shiny black (click here  to see it).  Wondering if some shade of blue could work with my green house.  Don't think it will but I can dream of an inviting blue front door.  Maybe for a cottage by the sea...or a cute house in the country...!




Happy Friday!

xo
Coco

Photos: Flickr; Nadler Photography; Anna Louise Western

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ELEGANT BLACK & WHITE



Sophisticated...elegant...if done right, black and white is the ultimate combination in design.  I've said it a million times...but a picture says more.








Happy Thursday!

xo
Coco

Photos: David Lovati

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

METAL MOMENTS - MY TOP PICKS FROM CHAIRISH

Am now officially obsessed with browsing and shopping for furniture on Chairish.  Chairish is a consumer-to-consumer website that connects people who want to buy and sell used home furnishings...the kick here is that the items allowed on the site are superbly curated to weed out the not-so-good...leaving online shoppers with a selection of great used and vintage items!


Today I bring you my COCOCOZY Collection for Chairish - this is my little curated collection that Chairish asked me to put together of goodies I found on their site that I love!  Click here to browse my picks.

My theme for my curated collection is Metal Moments!  Most of the things I found that I liked on the site it turns out had a hint of metal to them...but I also picked out some other fantastic finds. All things I would put in my home in a minute!

1. Ice bucket // 2. Brass etagere // 3. Vintage bird figurine // 4. Metal chinoiserie bamboo table // 5. Cantilever barstools // 6. Glass metal bar cart

From the items above, I'm loving the bar cart paired with the silver rimmed ice bucket.  Would go so well together.  Add in the bar stools and I think the word "perfect" comes to mind.



7.  French metal stacking chairs // 8.  Mirror side table // 9. Milo Baughman chair // 10.  Bauer lucite lamp with brass rings // 11. Visual Comfort chandelier // 12. White metal tray

Pretty much everything in the second group works for me.  Wondering if this practically brand new chandelier might fit for a little project I am working on...hmmm...thinking.  At minimum, the white mesh tray is a must have.

If you shop from your phone a lot, Chairish also has an iPhone app, that makes shopping a bit easier.

Which of my picks do you like best...?

Have fun browsing!

Happy Wednesday!

xo
Coco

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

REGAL BEDS - CLASSIC FRENCH BEDROOMS


My aesthetic varies.  On one hand, I like clean, simple rooms with a mix of modern and classic pieces for sure - kind of my design go to.   Then in some instances, I am drawn to the elaborate European spaces - French to be specific - that allude to a style steeped in history and that feel a bit fairytale in nature.

When it comes to the bedroom, I am often drawn to images of regal looking beds with crowns mounted onto the wall and a canopy of luxurious fabric draping to frame the headboard on the bed.  My best of friend FF in New Orleans has a grand bed like that in her grand master suite in her grand house on St. Charles Avenue.  A bed made for a princess or fit for a queen perhaps.  I know, I am too old to be in princess mode...but I can imagine even the most modern of modern girls would like to rest their head in rooms like these.

All of these beds are superbly designed by uber talented Parisian interior designer Jean Louis Deniot - all from projects he has designed in France.

What do you think...like this look...could you live with it or would you just want to visit it for a night?







Happy Tuesday!

xo
Coco

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Photos: Jean Louis Deniot

Monday, July 14, 2014

7 EASY STEPS TO TRANSFORMING DINING ROOM CHAIRS

dining room table light blue chippendale chairs east hampton
AM's dining room table and 8 light blue chippendale chairs in East Hampton (above)
A few weekend's back I was visiting my best of friend AM and her hubby JE in the tony town of East Hampton for the long holiday weekend.

Within about 5 hours of me arriving on the morning of the 4th of July at their new home there, AM announced "You and I have  a project to do.  We are going to recover the seats of all of the dining room chairs."  I looked at AM confused and dazed...this was the same woman who once told me, "I don't DIY" in response to me pointing out a possible "do it yourself" project involving some cement tiles.  In this instance, AM had a clear resolve on her face...I've seen that look before...if AM says something is going to happen...it is going to happen! AM's husband overheard her making the proclamation about us taking on a DIY project and encouragingly smiled.  I told AM I had never upholstered a dining chair seat cushion...she said she hadn't either.  I sat with that for a moment but then I reckoned if other people could figure out how to do this type of project...so could she and I!

The good news was that we were not planning on totally rebuilding the seat cushions and using batting and foam etc...our project merely involve giving AM's lovely light blue Chippendale chair seats a minor cosmetic facelift.

Uh the bad news was that neither AM nor I had used a staple gun before...EVER.  After an "I Love Lucy" 15 minutes of the two of us studying the directions and loading the staple gun incorrectly at least 5 times.  I finally closed my eyes and had an epiphany on where the staples were supposed to go and then I quickly became the resident expert on loading the gun.  (P.S.  I had to remind AM on staple gun safety a few times as she was waving the gun around while chit chatting...I even ran out of the room a few times in fear for my life...after a bit of admonishing and me screaming bloody murder, AM got her staple gun safety under control quite quickly too.)

So with our tools in hand, fabric in place and after watching one guy on YouTube reupholster some dining room seat cushions, we were off and running (I would like to point out that AM refused to watch the YouTube guy...I watched him and kept saying "Well the guy didn't do it that way...well the guy just cut off all of the fabric....well the guy....")!

dining room chairs before being reupholstered
Before -  The seats of AM's chippendale dining chairs were covered in a solid color neutral linen (above)

Chiang Mai Dragon fabric from Schumacher China Blue on seat cushion
GOAL -  was to cover every dining room chair cushion in this blue very famous Schumacher fabric named Chiang Mai Dragon! (above)

STEP 1 - GATHER YOUR TOOLS - A staple gun, scissors, a screw driver, measuring tape, a hammer and some screws is all we needed.

tools staple gun scissors screw driver measuring tape


STEP 2 - POP OUT SEATS - It was my job to flip over every chair and unscrew anywhere from 4-6 screws to allow us to pop out the seat cushions.


STEP 3 - MEASURE YOUR FABRIC - We had just 2 yards of fabric of this very beautiful expensive linen Chiang Mai Dragon print fabric in blue (fabric is about $200 per yard so measuring accurately was key).  So after testing out one chair seat, AM carefully measured out how much fabric we would need for each seat.  We basically allowed for about 3 inches of fabric


STEP 4 - CUT FABRIC



STEP 5 - STAPLE FABRIC - We had a learning curve on using the staple gun here...but after chair 2 we got down our processes.  Because the linen was snagging a little, we made sure to create a hem of sorts with the fabric and then stapled along the edge of the fold.  Corners were tricky but we figured out a system of folding fabric and stapling so it was as flat as possible.  AM took the lead on the stapling.


STEP 6 - CUT THE CORNERS - Was my job to cut the excess fabric off the corner


STEP 7 - SCREW SEAT CUSHIONS BACK - I was pretty efficient with my screwing...so after we finished stapling (AM was better than me with the staple gun admittedly), I screed all seat cushions back into their respective chairs.  Had to be careful though...in a few instances, the very sharp wood screws was causing the fabric to pull so I just loosened the screw so that we wouldn't have a run in the fabric.

THE END RESULT!
Light blue Chippendale dining chair light blue Chiang Mai Dragon fabric upholstered seat cushion

In the end, it was quite fun.  Great time for me and best of friend AM to catch up.  During the process, AM's husband stopped in to cheer us on (he is very nice), her little son and daughter passed by a few times a little perplexed to see Coco and their mom furiously at work on a DIY project, we turned on Scandal on NetFlix and between cutting, screwing, stapling wondered what would happen with Olivia and the President, we talked, we laughed, we took a break to style her outdoor area...it was so much fun and even a little therapeutic.

Later that evening, AM's friends came over for dinner and we were able to show off our work.  Very gratifying...and now AM's East Hampton dining room chairs look wonderful!

Can't wait to go back for another summer dinner party!

Happy Monday!

xo
Coco

P.S.  Happy Bastille Day!  My mom is in Paris with my aunt LB.  Hope you are having a great Bastille Day!

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