Thursday, December 18, 2014


Christmas eve table

This is a glimpse of how I entertained 18 family members and friends last year on Christmas Eve.  I did the dinner at my sisters pretty house in Bel Air.  I love bringing family together on Christmas.  My grandmother did it for dozens of people every holiday...she made her house a warm and inviting I seemed to have picked up the torch.  My little cottage in the Hollywood Hills is way too small for large scale entertaining, so I just appropriated my big sister's house...thank goodness for my sis.

I decided I wanted a natural fresh holiday table - with  green, white, silver and natural elements.  I started with designing centerpieces with hydrangea, roses and silver ornaments.  Then I asked my florist to take some votive candles and wrap them with birch bark and raffia.  When it came to the place settings, I kelp it all simple...with white plates, white napkins wrapped in silver ribbon with fresh greenery as an accent.

All around the house...instead of using flowers, I had asked the florist to bring uncut greenery so we could put in vases all around the house.

When my mother walked in with all of her sisters, I saw her smile after she examined the decor.  Her smile and joy made all of the running around worth it.

We had a perfect Christmas with everyone.  Lots of family cheer.  If you make a space warm and inviting like my grandmother did, "they" will come and enjoy.

Christmas eve place setting

Christmas eve table

Candle in wood inspired holder

Christmas eve table decoration with mercury vase

Christmas tree next to a Richard Serra print
My sister's Christmas tree next to a Richard Serra print (above)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I like this small little Swedish apartment.  Shows you how much style you can get out of small space.  A third floor open floor plan space with high ceilings in a builiding built in 1904.  2 bedrooms and 1 bath in 500 square feet was recently sold on Stadshem for around $315KUSD.

Very cute and fresh.  Only room for one sofa but it is so nicely styled with small round coffee tables in white, and with the brass bar cart and accessories.  Love the chunky gray throw for cold nights.  And then there is the kitchen with its square tile backsplash with contrasting black grout, open shelves and an island bar that serves as the apartments dining room!

Love all of the exposed bulb hanging light fixtures too.  A great starter apartment or a wonderful pied-a-terre.  Small can be quite grand!


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Happy Wednesday!


P.S. Just a week before Christmas Eve and so much to do...will be doing lots of last minute shopping over the next few days. I also am making dinner for my family on Christmas Eve so I have lots to do. Will share some ideas with you later this week.

Images: Stadshem

Monday, December 15, 2014


eclectic living room with skylight and lots of mirrors

I like this living room from Ryan White Designs.  An eclectic mix of styles and genres all melding together into one space. Vintage, rustic, modern, Moroccan, Spanish, modern and classic all in one.  How all of those styles could come together in one space is quite a feat...but it works!

Eclectic blue and white living room

Fireplace in a blue and white living room

Den with leather armchairs, black fireplace and an antelope head


Eclectic living graphic

From this shopping guide...I love the 12 sided coffee table (dodecagon shape) is a melange of all the styles...rustic, clean modern lines, vintage and classic all in one!

Happy Monday!


photos: Ryan White Design

Friday, December 12, 2014


Blue and white living room in an East Hampton home
Best of friend AM's East Hampton living room - decorating in progress.
One week ago, I was heading to the Hamptons with my best of friend AM, her hubby JE and their cute kiddies.   What a fantastic weekend it was.  Lunch at Pierre's, dinner at The Palm and ice skating with kids and lots of oohing and aahing at all of decorating additions AM has made to her home.

Earlier this year, AM and JE bought their first house together in East Hampton.  Their goal was to completely renovate and decorate an entire house by Memorial Day.  AM hit her this summer she had her family moved in to a pretty weekend home that she decorated herself.  I went in July and was so impressed...and then I came back just last week...and all of finishing touches going into place.  I couldn't help but snap a few pictures (these were all taken with my phone...I forgot my camera in Los Angeles!)

AM's living room in New York City is this weekend home she decided her color is blue.  The house is predominately a clean fresh bright white with blue accents every where.  Her style is traditional modern with a bit of Chinoiserie thrown into the mix.  She loves layering patterns and textures.

In this living room (or den)...AM started her decor with a wonderful Madeline Weinrib dhurrie rug, then added in two vintage chairs that she had recovered, a great ottoman with lucite legs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.  You can't see it in these photos but she has a porcelain elephant as a side table between the vintage chairs and a cute garden stool on one side of the sofa.

AM has picked out a fantastic white bamboo mirror for one of the walls and plans on making a gallery wall of black and white family photos above the sofa.  Follow me on COCOCOZY Pinterest to check out the mirror she has picked out.  There are built in shelves across from the living room seating area...she plans on covering the back wall of the book shelves with coordinating blue wall paper.

Love this house!  They better watch out...they might find a permanent guest staying in their weekend home!

Blue and white living room with an ottoman with lucite legs in an East Hampton home

Vintage chair in a blue and white East Hampton living room
Vintage chair that AM had recovered in blue and white fabric (above)

Tic tac toe board in an East Hamptons living room

Blue and white living room in an East Hampton home with ikat print curtains

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Congrats AM and JE!  Love your house...can't wait to see the rest of the changes next time I come!

Happy Friday!


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Photos: Coco of COCOCOZY

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Living room in a multimillion dollar NYC apartment

So, what does $70 million dollars buy you in New York? 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, duplex at the famed Pierre Hotel. This coop part of the hotel features homes with white glove concierge and housekeeping services. 2 stories, 2 master bedroom suites, state of the art lighting and technology throughout plus 360 degree views of Central Park. Who could ask for more?

This luxury listing is handled by uber agent Serena Boardman at Sotheby's.

Would you pay $70 million for this?

Wood paneled living room in a NYC apartment

Dining room in a NYC apartment

Foyer in a Pierre Hotel apartment

Second floor foyer with leaf bannister

Bedroom in a NYC apartment with wall moldings

Wood paneled bathroom

Floor plan of an apartment

Exterior of the Pierre Hotel in New York City

If I were worth two billion dollars, I just might snag this up.