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

Monday, September 15, 2014


new york city townhouse million dollar living room

Listed at $13,250,000, this upper East Side New York City town house at 211 East 61st Street (between 2nd and 3rd) has it all.  5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 partial baths in 5,650 square feet plus 1100 square feet of outdoor terrace space....must love this listing from Sotheby's Realty (click here to see entire listing).  An elevator will whisk the owners from top to bottom of this 6 story home which includes herringbone wood floors, Nanz hardware, custom mahogany windows, Calacatta marble kitchen and so much more.

If you had just a little over $13 million dollars to spend...might you do it in the heart of NYC?

dining room new york city townhouse million dollar listing

white kitchen new york city upper east side townhouse

master bedroom new york city townhouse

So what do you think of this $13 million dollar home in New York?  I like it.  I would snap it up in a second if someone offered it to me.  Perfect combo of classic and modern.

Happy Monday!


P.S.  Good friend JD and his wife Alison Blumenfeld (who happens to be a wonderful interior designer) invited me and TE over for dinner on Friday night at their lovely new home in Westwood.  It was such a pleasant way to spend Friday night.  Plus, I think Alison has such great taste...was so fun seeing her very very nicely decorated home (simple elegance at its best).  We sat in their pretty garden for a lovely meal of swordfish, veggies, wine and a wonderful flourless cobbler dessert.  Was so nice.   JD's friend JR was there with his girlfriend too.  It was fun catching up.  Thank you JD and Alison for having us over!

Delicious flourless all natural cobbler and ice cream served at dinner on Friday at Alison Blumenfeld and JD's new house. (above)

P.P.S. TE and I spent another day in and around Malibu on Saturday.  It is becoming our routine.  We are working on a little top secret project that has been taking us to Malibu on the weekends.  Not a bad place to spend Saturdays! Not a bad place at all.  This Saturday, after a long day of "working", we ended up with a walk on the beach on our first ever visit to the Malibu Pier.  It was awesome.

Malibu pier
TE and I stopped to take photos of the Malibu Pier on Saturday at sunset.  Here is TE on the rocks! (above)

P.P.P.S.  Remember to follow me on COCOCOZY Pinterest for more fashion and design ideas!

Friday, September 12, 2014


Was on the website of fantastic French photographer Jerome Galland this morning.  Stunning photographs of interior design from Italy, Greece, France and all around the world.  I was transported to a different country with each photograph...each detail.

I am on a retreat right now for work.  Going downstairs for our last session of the week.  I too am in a pretty amazing spot.  Check out COCOCOZY Instagram...I put a video up yesterday showing you where I've been the last few days.

It is nice to get away...whether in reality or through your imagination and beautiful pictures.

Enjoy these lovely rooms!

Happy Friday!