Wednesday, August 27, 2014


With Labor Day almost here (the unofficial end of summer) and life getting back to the normal non-summer hustle and bustle, I am wistfully thinking of summer days.  The summer went too fast.  Would love to spend a week lounging in stylish backyard being mesmerized by the sparkling water in a well designed pool.

Who wouldn't want a well thought out, well designed, private body of water in their own yard?  TE and I have talked about this...he is a big believer in a beautiful backyard is best of friend AM.   Both say that if they have a house without a pool...they will build one.  No doubt.

Today I bring you 21 fab backyard a photo of a pool that I took with a view of Hanalei Bay that I would be happy to call my own.  Hope you gather inspiration and design ideas from the picture guide.

Dip in, dive in, relax, enjoy and pick your fave.


This is actually a photo of a hotel pool in Hawaii that I took last year while visiting Kauai with TE...thinking here is that I would LOVE for this to be in my backyard! (above)

COCOCOZY reader and interior designer Rinarisa DeFronze of Design by Corde sent in this photo of her own delightful East Hampton backyard pool.

I like the pools that a very simple rectangles surrounded by green lawn that grows almost to the edge of the pool the best.  Such a nice feeling to step out of a pool onto soft lush grass.

Which is your fave?

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, August 25, 2014


I like the idea of mixing surfaces...wood, brick, cement, stone, quartz all in one space.  An example of this mixed surface design is in the open floor plan great room of a home in Malvern, Australian (just outside of Melbourne) designed by Robson Rak Architects.  This large modern open floor plan addition was added to the back of a traditional Victorian brick house.

Love the use of the reclaimed wood for the main feature wall, brick fireplace, cement floors, quartz kitchen counters, floor to ceiling glass window walls and more.

In this large living room dining room kitchen open living area, I count at least 7 different types of surfaces for walls, floors and cabinets (1. reclaimed wood wall in living dining; 2. cement floors; 3. white plaster or drywall ceilings; 4. brick fireplace; 5. glass window walls; 6. quartz kitchen island counters; 7. honey colored wood kitchen cabinets).   Can you count more?

It all works together...the old blending with the new to make very modern space.

What do you think about mixing surfaces?  How many would you mix in a room?

Happy Monday!



P.S.  Last week was the busiest week of my life I think.  Culminated with me on set of a t.v. show sets until after midnight for two nights.  Fun week at my day job...but meant I felt like I wasn't able to devote the time to COCOCOZY.  Trying very hard these days to figure out work 1 (day job), work 2 (COCOCOZY), life (my free time with my guy, family and friends, exercise etc) balance.  I feel like I am getting an A at work, a C at COCOCOZY and a B at personal life.  Need to do a better job on all especially COCOCOZY.  Do you have problems finding time to balance everything that you love in your life?

P.P.S.  Just to point out a situation where the P.S. came into play this weekend.  On Sunday, TE and I had planned to drive out to Malibu to pick up some mail, go to the gym, then he would drop me off at the COCOCOZY offices for work and pick me up some 5 hours later.  We ended up in Malibu, we picked up the mail, then we went on a fruit picking expedition at our favorite spot there (will tell you about this later), sat outside at a lovely secret restaurant right on the water and had a lovely very late lunch and a glass of wine while watching the sun go down, and then drove home and made dinner.  Nothing really productive got done...definitely productive as far as relaxation goes!  Getting an A in relaxing too clearly!

TE took these photos of our Sunday in Malibu (above)

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Renovations have been top of mind for me lately.  Today I am musing about waterfall counters for kitchen islands.  The idea is that the surface you use as your kitchen countertop then waterfalls down the sides of the island cabinetry.  The visual effect is that it looks like the kitchen island is wrapped in marble, quartz, concrete, wood and even metal.

I like. Think it gives a sleek feel to any kitchen.

Which of these 7 waterfall counter looks do you like best?

I think my fave is the first.  It is from a house for sale in the New York area.  Love it.

Happy Thursday!


Photos: Larnie Nicolson, Schappacher White; Cecil Baker; David Hicks; Vogue Australia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This Paris apartment designed by Joseph Dirand speaks for itself.  Total elegance with refined touches throughout. Amazing floors, walls with just the right amount of decorative molding, well curated furniture, neutral but interesting color scheme.  A dream apartment.  If only I had a little extra, I would buy this place for my mother then I could visit all of the time.

Love the gold and white marble in the kitchen and the bathroom.  Not my first choice at all but makes an incredible statement.  TE, I like the round bathroom mirror...FYI.

Happy Wednesday!


P.S.  So busy at work these days...yesterday I sent out around 75 emails and did several conference calls.  Needless to say I was sending emails until about midnight!  TE went to sleep and I was still up emailing colleagues all around the country.  Was actually a fun day!

P.P.S. I am not typically a fan of faux finished walls or the traditional Venetian plaster look...but in this case, in the foyer and bedroom the technique works!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I like this modern lake house located in Montauk on the tip of Long Island. Traditional outside...ultra modern inside. The 4500 square foot family home was designed by Robert Young Architects.  A dual personality house.

This one is for TE.  It can work...a traditional classic Hamptons shingle exterior and a modern interior.

Take a look.

See more of the house by clicking here.

Happy Tuesday!


P.S. Best of friend FF was in town for one night. She stayed with me. She jet setted in for a little project she is working on for her family. We had a lovely dinner at amazing interior designer Madeline Stuart's lovely Hollywood Hills home (in the delightful garden). DTB was with us. It was a nice Sunday night dinner...a great way to begin the week. The next day FF had her meeting and then was off to get back to New Orleans. I wish FF lived here. I miss her.

P.P.S. My mom is back from her two month stay in Paris! Woohooo. Must run out to her house to have a visit and catch up on all things Parisian. Wonder if mom is having Paris withdrawals? Must find her some croissant!

P.P.P.S. Speaking of jet setters...TE is back from Germany and Sweden. Had dinner with TE, EE and E last night. Very nice evening.

P.P.P.P.S.  Dog Mr. Boo ate a hole into my den sofa at my tiny little cottage in the Hollywood Hills.  Grrrrr.... This is the 3rd sofa he has managed to destroy.  He is only 15 pounds but is a terror.  Full of mischief and bad behavior.  Feel like I have failed as a pet owner!  Lucky for him, he is terribly cute...otherwise....