March 7, 2014
A little split level loft in Spain with living room downstairs and the dining directly above it. There was no room in this small loft to have all of the common areas on one floor, so the owners split them on two levels. They tied in the two rooms decor together with the reddish orange color palette. An unconventional floor plan...but it works. The kitchen is downstairs at the bottom of the stairs so access to dinner guests is just a flight away!
I know, because I live in a small space, you have got to be flexible with how you hoped to live and then what the space dictates!
P.S. Tomorrow is sis DS's birthday! I have got to find her a nice present.
P.P.S. Just learned that best of friend AM is coming to High Point Market with me in April! When in High Point, NC, I will be launching a new rug collection -- we'll have 4 or 5 new styles in several colorways! New COCOCOZY rugs at market! New never before seen COCOCOZY designs! So excited to see my new rugs large scale in the Capel Rugs showroom. Look forward to seeing CC and the whole Capel team again! Will give you details as we get closer to April market!
P.P.P.S. Oh totally forgot...the house in yesterday's story ended up selling for $47 million (according to Zillow)...that is 42% less than its $74 million dollar asking price!
Photos: Micasa Revista
March 6, 2014
So this little ol' home in Palm Beach has been sold. So sorry to inform you it is off the market...you cannot buy it right now. The 27,000+ square foot waterfront mansion was listed for $74 million dollars. It features 9 bedrooms, 17 baths, 5 car garage parking, a pool, a dock, a state of the art kitchen designed by a chef and so much more. Oh did I mention this estate was newly built. Construction was completed back in 2011.
Here's the scoop...it looks like the developer had to file bankruptcy after building this home...and he had to put it on the market right away. He listed it for $74 million back in 2011...with no takers for about 2 years. Last summer, the home finally sold.
Take a tour...then decide...what might you offer on this Palm Beach home if you had multi millions? Then let me know in the comments. I'll tell you how much it is was sold for tomorrow.
|Huge garden room offers wrap around views of Florida's Intercoastal waterway (above)|
|An ornate marble tiled hallway with a colonnade includes wall space for an art collection to be put on display. (above)|
|The state of the art kitchen was designed by a chef (above)|
|The home features a pool, water views and its own private dock (above)|
|Fine finishes and detailed carved wood (above)|
|The mansion features a 4,000 square foot master bedroom with his and hers baths (above)|
|Property has large private iron gate flanked by gigantic French lamps (above)|
P.S. Was on the phone the other day with best of friend AM who lives in New York. Between the two of us, I am the talker most definitely. She does speak but the other day she broke a record of the least amount of words in one conversation. Here is a replay of our phone call:
Me: "Hi AM. How are you?"
Me: "Hello? Are you there?"
Me: "How are you?"
Me: "How are you?"
Me: "Ok...clearly, I am asking the wrong questions. It is allowing you only one word answers. Okay, please describe your weekend with your kids and husband"
AM: "Bari class, park, dinner"
P.P.S. Had a great dinner the other night at Mr. C's in Los Angeles. Was with dear friends BN and SN, new friends M and CH and my guy TE. Fun catching up with friends.
P.P.P.S. Remember to tell me what you think of this house!
Photos: Corcoran Group
March 5, 2014
Wondering how to inject a little bit of style into your living room without having to buy big new pieces of furniture. For around $300, a simple luxe cotton throw blanket in a geometric pattern can do the trick.
See how one COCOCOZY Throw Blanket adds style to three very different living spaces.
|Navy blue Gate Throw Blanket|
1. ACROSS THE BACK OF A SOFA (below)
You might recall your grandmother having a blanket of some sort across the back of her sofa...well this is the sleek modern update to that look!
|A navy blue Gate Throw Blanket neatly folded across the back of living room sofa in a Boston apartment (above)|
2. DOWN THE MIDDLE OF A CHAIR (below)
In lieu of a throw pillow, use a geometric print throw to decorate a comfy arm chair in a living room.
|A tan Gate Throw blanket is draped down the center of a big armchair and tucked under the seat cushion in a small Los Angeles cottage (my house before I redid the living room) (above)|
3. DRAPE OVER SOFA ARM (below)
For a delicate approach to using a throw blanket as an accent piece, simply drape over the arm of a chair or sofa. Make sure the throw color picks up some of the colors in your space to tie everything together.
|Rust colored Gate Throw is placed over the arm of a sofa in a cute Seattle living room. The orange throw picks up the colors in the art and pillows. (above)|
Shop the post:
1) Navy cotton throw blanket
2) Tan cotton throw blanket
3) Burnt orange/rust cotton throw blanket
Photos: Tricia Roberts Design; Coco of COCOCOZY; Coco+Kelley
March 4, 2014
|The front porch of an historic Garden District home in New Orleans (above)|
Year after year I went to celebrate with FF and her family, dear friend FM and her family and my other dearest of dear friend JH and her hubby DH would also come into town. FF's husband CCF has a way of saying the "party" in a relaxed elegant way...it just draws you into the party spirit of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
It is always eventful when I go to Mardi Gras. One year I got hit in the head with a bag of beads and it knocked me out for a few minutes...but I was still smiling and enjoying myself with a swollen nose and a big lump on my head minutes later. Laissez le bon temps rouler! The year before, I attended a black-tie Mardi Gras party with FF, CCF, CGF and all of their family - I donned the required long leather white gloves with my ball gown and watched the Mardi Gras pomp and ceremony unfold in front of me. The highlight of all my Mardi Gras trips was riding the parade route atop a float...winding through the streets of one of the most amazing cities in the country...taking in the sights and the people. FF is a member of a Mardi Gras krewe and has invited me two times to throw beads with her on a float (dressed as lobster once and then as king another time). It has been an honor to experience New Orleans as an insider.
This year I am here, longing to be there...I just saw a picture of FF on Facebook...I think the float theme this year was Elvis!
Anyhoooooo...now to these homes. Here is a peak inside three wonderful New Orleans homes that found owners willing to take the time to renovate them.
1. CAPTAIN'S HOUSE
|This 6700 square foot home built in 1859...once belonged to a steamboat captain. It cost $972,000 to purchase and another $500,000 to update it and renovate it. (above and below)|
2) GENTILE GARDEN DISTRICT MANSION
|It took 10 years to renovate this 10,000 square foot Garden District mansion (above)|
|Italiante furnshings compliment the home's architecture.|
3) REMODELED FAMILY HOME
|A 5000 square foot 19th century white clapboard home was renovated to become more|
Which of these New Orleans gems is your favorite? I think I'm loving what was done to the Captain's home the best.
Happy Tuesday! Happy Mardi Gras!
P.S. Had a great dinner last night with Beata Heinrichs, the brain behind Hedgehouse throw beds. She is awesome. I love what she is doing with her business. We had a bit of a brainstorm. She was so very helpful! Thank you Beata for a terrific dinner!
Photos: Wall Street Journal
March 3, 2014
Floors in any space are key to me. I struggled for months last year just to get the right color stain on my wide plank wood floors in my little cottage in the Hollywood Hills. My contractor and boyfriend and mom and sister all thought I was kooky when after we finished the floors, I had the floor guy sand them down again and start over so the color was just right. I love the floors now. They are just the right tone with a light greyish brownish finish and with slightly beveled boards. Should do a story on my wood floors.
Anyhooo...I absolutely adore these glossy concrete floors in this Copenhagen apartment. Love the gleam from the shiny floors and the wavy texture of the concrete. With a floor like this, the decor can stay minimalistic and simple. The floors speak for themselves. Res ipsa loquitur.
I love the entryway with the French doors and the white washed block walls.
To gloss or not to gloss...that is the question?
Photos: Rum Hemma
February 27, 2014
I have been thinking about ultra modern houses lately. Musing on whether I could live in an "architectural home" with super straight lines and geometry in the architecture. Considering...thinking...in the meantime...I came across this home.
What might you consider paying for this newly built architectural modern home in Los Angeles? Today I ask you to play a little guessing game with me. I show lots of multi million dollar homes on the blog...want to know how many millions you think this house is listed for? The price is not shown in the listing...I had to know so I called and asked!
5 bedrooms, 7 baths in 6000+ square feet. On the market and listed with the real estate firm The Agency.
Take a look and then guess how much this home is priced for in the comments!
Weigh in on the comments section. What is your guess on the asking price? Would love to know your thoughts!
I'll let you know how much by tomorrow in the comments. Even if you don't comment...would love you to consider what you might pay for this multi million dollar home!