Friday, November 21, 2008

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: BOLSTERING UP A GREEN SOFA!

Eight images of a modern sofa upholstered in green linen from Anthropologie

Anthropologie - Ditte Sofa, Leaf Green - on sale $1499.95; regular $3498 (modern sofa upholstered in green linen fabric...features eight (8) slim hardwood legs, and two (2) bolster side pillows)(above)

This is a good sleek sofa (or couch as some would say)- streamline with a bit of attitude because of the eight hardwood natural finish legs. With one long seat pillow, a tight upholstered back, high sides, and two very tailored bolster pillows tucked into the corners for arm rests, this sofa's silhouette screams "clean lines, clean lines, clean lines!". 57% off the original price make should make you scream "good find, good find, good find!". Thank you very much!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

SEE THIS HOUSE: THE STATE OF USING BOLD COLOR AT THE GREYSTONE ESTATE SHOW HOUSE!

All photos in this post by Coco of CococozyGentelman's Atelier at the Greystone Mansion with bright orange walls and patterned rugs by James Lumsden
The Gentelman's Atelier at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA (above)

Imagine taking a color wheel and choosing almost every color to decorate a room...imagine doing so successfully.

Last weekend, while touring Veranda magazine's The Great House at Historic Greystone Estate, a showcase home featuring the work of several accomplished decorators, I wandered up to the second floor with friend AZ and nosed into this room...The Gentleman's Atelier.

Who knows how the Gentleman's Atelier was first furnished back in 1928 when the mansion was completed...but rest assured it wasn't decorated like this. Then who knows...now a very colorful, very eclectic and very livable space...that somehow this interior designer managed to make appealing even to "colorphobes" like myself.

The wall color is a bright burnt orange (if that is possible to have a bright burnt color), the bed cover is solid brown with pillows that are red, orange, off white and bright blue, the rug is a patterned dark brown and cream (I think), and in the corner sits a colorful plaid wing chair which seems to have red, blue and some purple mixed in. You might say...where's the green?... Well there is a plant added for that touch. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet...color wheel covered!

James Lumsden, Los Angeles interior designer and furniture manufacturer, is responsible for this space.

While I enjoyed the surprising use of several colors in this space, I also noticed the mix of decor styles that are woven together in one room...

Most of the furniture seems to hail from Mr. Lumsden's Las Palmas furniture collection...with the "Venetian" wrought iron bed with posters that curve into a canopy as the main attraction (I love this bed). The other furnishings around the room are inspired by places all around the world including a Japanese Country Table, an Italian inspired console table, modern lighting and a traditional wingback armchair.

I think the reason I fancy this room a bit is because I am so surprised that I fancy it at all...make sense?

Gentleman's bedroom in the Greystone Mansion with bright orange walls and patterned rugs by James Lumsden
Patterns and texture also play a roll in this colorful room at the Greystone Estate...with plaids, stripes, a bold Nepalese wool and silk rug with a vine pattern called the Moses Rug from the Rug Company, and a fully tufted chaise lounge in the corner. (above and below)

Plaid armchair on a bold patterned rug in a bedroom by James Lumsden in the Greystone Mansion
Again, another fun room from the Greystone Mansion's recent showcase house....more to come.

What do you think about this room? Is mixing color your thing? Why or why not? Please click on "comments" link right below and weigh in!

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy

ROOM OF THE WEEK: BATHROOM WITH A VIEW!!

Marble bathroom by Jeff Andrews with a picture window with a view of Los Angeles
Design: Jeff Andrews. Photo courtesy of Jeff Andrews Design.

Love this simple and fresh bathroom by Los Angeles interior designer Jeff Andrews. In a home, located high above the city in the Hollywood Hills, this bathroom provides the ultimate escape. Cloaked in very chic and rich marble (small white/grey marble mosaic tiles and a large slab of marble on the tub surround), the space is serene and relaxing. The sunken tub set right next to the floor to ceiling window doesn't hurt either!

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: A POLISHED TABLE LAMP!

Round table lamp with a polished nickel base from Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn - Harrington Table Lamp - on sale $139; regular $199 (above)

Need to add some polish and shine to a room for the holidays (living room, bedroom, den or dining room). The Harrington Table Lamp has a classic round globe base and modern polished nickel finish. I like this lamp. Reminds me of a shiny silver ornament on a Christmas tree. Best of all...it's 30% off!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: A CUTE TIERED CHANDELIER - A MISSED NYC OPPORTUNITY?

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy
Tiered tear drop chandelier from ABC Carpet & Home
Judi's Lamps & Shades at ABC Carpet & Home - Tiered chandelier - sample lot sale $375
Sorry I missed blogging yesterday...I flew to NYC to attend a party (got to NYC Tuesday...am back in Los Angeles tonight)...a two day excursion which was very fun but of course included many mishaps - mishaps which at this point in life I can only find amusing...and that I often call "single girl stories" - comedic things that only happen to single girls.

This trip's "single girl stories" included...1) Realizing I didn't have a plane ticket to come home about three hours before the last United flight out of New York's JFK going to Los Angeles tonight...2) Sitting at an elegant dinner and spilling an entire glass of champagne into the dinner plate of the man who was unfortunate enough to sit next to me just moments after the food had arrived in front of him ...3) Having a chocolate mousse dessert splash all over me when a waiter dropped the dessert as he was trying to serve my other dinner neighbor and then spilling chocolate all over my beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown myself at an unknown time (noticed this spill later when I got home...lucky I believe this chocolate warfare all happened towards the end of the night (I think) and the chocolate blended into the dark dress so it wasn't too much of a disaster (I hope)...I would like to point out that I don't even like chocolate...) ...4) a major mishap or should I say faux pas that I am trying to forget (too embarrassing to write about that one)...it goes on and on...but I will stop at just these few mentions in an attempt to maintain some semblance of dignity. At least I didn't trip and fall...right?

Anyhoooooo...saw this ADORABLE glass tear drop shaped chandelier at ABC Carpet & Home. It was on sale for $375. I didn't buy because I had to run back to AM's house to get dressed for the event and didn't get back to ABC Carpet & Home the next day because my flight debacle.

Love this multi-tiered tiny little chandelier - a wonderful pendant that can be used in any room including a bedroom, bathroom, line up two or three along a hallway... I must have. I have already written in asking if I can order two!

Hopefully luck turns in my favor when it comes to this little light.
Note on the price tag of a tiered teardrop lamp from Judi's Lamps & Shades
All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy

Monday, November 17, 2008

SEE THIS HOUSE: DOUBLE DELIGHT AT THE GREYSTONE MANSION SHOW HOUSE!

All photos in this post by Coco of CococozyGuest bedroom in the guest wing in the Greystone Mansion
A delightful guest room in the guest wing at the Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills, California. (above)

This is the third of many posts on Veranda magazine's The Great House at Historic Greystone Estate show house tour. They say three time's a charm and in this case it truly is. I love this room featured in this post!

As mentioned, went on the tour of the mansion because it was on showcase after having been taken over by top designers who each got to decorate a room.

I walked into this room and immediately fell in love...hence all of the pictures. A wonderfully appointed, neatly decorated guest room. Charming, cheery and livable. Totally fitting for this very grand guest wing at Greystone...but also warm and inviting enough for any home.

Turns out my friend Charlotte Broussard, a veterinarian and design enthusiast (just thought I would throw in the vet reference only because Charlotte is the only one of my friends who is a vet and design enthusiast...in fact she is my only friend who is a vet...), went on the tour the next day and loved this room too. She texted saying "I love the room with the twin beds"!

The room was designed by Elizabeth Dinkel of Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates, Inc.

Blue grass cloth wall covering in a guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion
Blue grass cloth wall covering provides texture and happy coloring to the room. Arrowroot natural grasscloth wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, Ltd (above)

Custom Tiffany blue velvet tufted benches sit at the end of each twin bed in a guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion
Custom Tiffany blue velvet tufted benches sit at the end of each of the twin beds tying in the blue accents and providing functional plush seating (above and below)
Close up of Tiffany blue velvet bench in a guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion

The Rug Company's Ushak Morocco rug in light brown and off white in a guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion
The Rug Company's Ushak Morocco rug in light brown and off white brings a lively Moroccan pattern to the floor. Made of Indian wool and mohair. (above)

Custom dark wood modern lattice headboard in a guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion
Custom dark wood modern lattice headboard tops of each bed. (above)

Round and iron pendant lights hang from each canopy in a guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion
Individual round glass and iron pendant lights dangle from each canopy adding light and whimsy (above)

Guest bedroom in the Greystone Mansion with twin canopy beds draping being the head boards and yellow bolster cushions
Each bed is strikingly defined by a decorative fabric canopy which drapes behind the headboards. Yellow bolster cushions add another touch of color and brightness to this charming guest room at the Greystone Mansion. (above)

Beautiful work by designer Elizabeth Dinkel! Love this room, made me want to stay the night as an uninvited guest even after the tour was over!

Question to readers: What do you think of the decor of my favorite little room at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills? Would you want to be a guest in this room?

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy

DESIGN ON SALE: A GRACEFUL VINTAGE LOOKING ARMCHAIR!

Dark grey upholstered armchair with three button back from Room & Board
Room & Board - Grace Chair in Darwin Fabric - on sale $599; regular $899 (upholstered armchair in Darwin onyx dark grey fabric. Ebony stained tapered legs. Three button tufted back pillow) (above).
I think my sister DS would love this chair. I actually quite like it too. I say she would love it because she is all about the mid-century modern lines and the retro vintage feeling furniture...and she loves any furniture with "skinny legs" (could be a nightstand, credenza, table, coffee table, sofa or chairs - the skinnier and the more tapered the better for her). This chair could easily go in a late 1950's home or in modern home of today...timeless lines...so don't worry can be paired with almost any genre of furniture.

At 33% off, might be worth taking a look at this "graceful" Grace chair. I will have to ring DS right away and tell her to take a look!

Dark grey upholstered armchair with three button back from Room & Board
swatch of dark grey upholstery
Darwin fabric swatch in onyx dark grey - 51% cotton, 33% polyester, 15% rayon, 1% nylon weave; Advantage fabric


Is the Darwin chair your style? Do you like?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

SEE THIS HOUSE: A BLACK AND WHITE HALL - THE RECEPTION ROOM AT THE GREYSTONE ESTATE SHOW HOUSE!

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy
Black and white Salle de Reception at the Greystone Mansion
The black and white Salle de Reception at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills was decorated for this year's showcase house. (above)

This is the main reception hall at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. I was able to tour this room and many of the other 55 rooms in this very large home on Saturday during Veranda Magazine's The Great House at Historic Greystone Estate.

This is the first room you see after coming down the main staircase just beyond the mansion's Grand Hall.

At first I wasn't sure what I thought of this room...

Architecturally it was an absolute win...I knew I loved the beautiful marble floors, incredible arched leaded glass windows and doors, the high ceilings and the bright fresh white walls...a welcomed blast of fresh architecture after coming through the very grand and wood paneled entry area.

The decor at first glance was a question for me...a sea of dark rattan furniture, upholstered with bold black and white fabric, modern sconces, black side tables with black and white accessories, a shiny black grand piano and more black rattan chairs and a black gaming table...? Not sure.

On second and third glance, I liked the decor more and more. The rattan worked in this area that feels like a garden room...almost like bringing a more casual outdoor feeling furniture indoors. The gaming table and the piano make this room feel more accessible and friendly than the more formal rooms in the rest of the house. The use of black and white as far as a color scheme pays hommage and respect to the stunning floor. Good choices for a sunny and casual reception hall!

Reception hall in the Greystone Mansion with dark rattan love seat, armchairs and ottomans upholstered in white and black and a gold natural fiber rug
Greystone Mansion's reception hall sitting area is decorated with a dark rattan love seat, armchairs and ottomans which are all upholstered in white and black Marimekko Miami fabric. A light gold natural fiber handwoven Abaca rug from Waldo's Designs adds a natural element to the room's decor. (above)

Reception hall in the Greystone mansion with curved mid century modern gaming table and 4 dark rattan chairs with big seat pillows
A curved square mid century modern gaming table is paired with four dark rattan chairs with big comfy black seat pillows...providing the perfect setting for those long nights of bridge, gin, poker or in my case "go fish". Table is from Denmark 50 in Los Angeles.

Black and white tile floor in a trellis patter in the Greystone Mansion reception hall
The Greystone Mansion features a classically elegant black and white marble tile floor which is laid on the diagonal in a trellis pattern. Large and small black square tiles surrounded by thin white rectangle shaped marble pieces are laid together to create a pattern that looks like a garden trellis.

Large multi-paned leaded glass windows and doors in the Greystone mansion
Large multi-paned leaded glass windows and doors take visitors from the reception hall to the Greystone Estate's main terrace or patio area (above)
Greystone Estate's Grand Terrace
Looking into the reception hall from the Greystone Estate's Grand Terrace. (above)

Salle de Reception from the Grand Terrace at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills
My friend AZ looking into the the Salle de Reception from the Grand Terrace at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. (above)

If this was your room to decorate what would you do? What color theme would you use? Do you like this room?

Weigh in by pressing the "COMMENTS" link directly below...would love to hear your thoughts!

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: A CLOUD OF PLEASANT LIGHT!

Cloud pendant lights design by Frank Gehry from Hive
Hive - Cloud Pendant Lamp - on sale $385; regular $428 (design by Frank Gehry; white polyester fleece with steel metal frame) (above)

Clearly I am obsessed with roundish white pendant lights or chandeliers with modern abstract outlines and forms.

Love these playful Cloud Pendant Lamps from Hive made in Germany by Vitra. They come in three different sizes and can be hand formed into slightly different shapes.

In your home, house, apartment, condominium or loft...group several of them together over a center kitchen island to create cloud of light...or bunch three or four together in a bedroom, living room or entryway to create a stunning light display...or hang one of these water resistant forms in your bathroom to create subtle soft glowing light.

At 10% off right now, the sky is the limit on what you could do with these Cloud Pendant Lamps!

Cloud pendant lights design by Frank Gehry



Cloud pendant lights design by Frank Gehry over a long modern table
Are round modern pendant lights or chandeliers your thing? Why or why not?
Please click on "Comments" link below and say what you may!

SEE THIS HOUSE: THE GREYSTONE MANSION'S GRAND INTERIOR DESIGN SHOWCASE!

All photos in this post by Coco of CococozyGreystone Estate's main courtyard features a large round fountain
The Greystone Estate's main courtyard features a large round fountain (above and below)
Greystone Estate's main courtyard features a large round fountain

Yesterday, I dragged AZ with me to an annual showcase house put on by Veranda magazine over at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. While I had heard of Greystone for years, I had never been to the historic estate. I was born and raised in Los Angeles...and I wasn't even quite clear where Greystone was...until yesterday. Yesterday was my chance.

So I got tickets to go this showcase house tour that friend JD had told me about (I had missed the apparently chic cocktail opening party a few weeks back due to a previously scheduled engagement). For Veranda's Great House showcase, dozens of interior designers each take a room at Greystone and decorate to their hearts desire.

Anyhoo...yesterday, it was very unseasonably hot...fires were blazing all around Los Angeles and Orange County...quite a bit of chaos in the land of sunshine! But up at the Greystone Mansion, the chaos of real life was gone; sitting in the gardens and the courtyard was like stepping back in time. I spent about an hour wandering around the gardens and grounds as I waited for AZ (who was having her own chaotic day and wasn't feeling well...poor AZ), I was absolutely charmed and delighted.

The 46,000 square foot, 55 room mansion was built in 1928 by the Doheny oil family and is now owned by the city of Beverly Hills. The architectural style of the exterior is called Gothic English on the estate's official website...it is a huge imposing castle like structure made of grey Indiana limestone.

Greystone Estate's main courtyard


Covered entrance to the Greystone Estate
Covered grand entrance at the Greystone mansion (above)


Wrought iron scroll work chandelier in the covered entry to the Greystone Estate
Wrought iron scroll work chandelier illuminates the covered entry (above)

Large wrought iron scroll double doors leading to the grand entrance hall at the Greystone Mansion
Large wrought iron scroll double doors provide a grand entrance to the very grand entrance hall (above)
Main Grand Hall at the Greystone mansion seen from the entrance hall and gallery
The main Grand Hall at the Greystone Mansion as seen from the entrance hall and gallery. Three tall archways provide entrance into the first floor of the house. Carved woodwork and decorative moldings adorn the entry. (above and below)
Main Grand Hall at the Greystone mansion seen from the entrance hall and gallery

Over the next few days...will show you several rooms in this historic estate as designed for this Veranda showcase house.

Hope you enjoy!

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy

Saturday, November 15, 2008

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: TEMPERATURE RISES ON A MERCURY GLASS HURRICANE!

Mercury glass hurricane lamp from Wisteria
Wisteria - Mercury Glass Hurricane Lamp - on sale $39; regular $52 (above)

I think silver-like accents are great around the home during the holidays or anytime during the year. At 25% off, this hurricane lamp is a wonderful silver shiny accent. Imagine this lamp glowing beautifully with a candle inside. This urn shaped vessel with a base can provide light or just glamour to a home. Looking like silver but not costing as much!

Friday, November 14, 2008

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: HAIL MARY CHAIR!

Three traditional fitted upholstered armchair with high rolled back and arms from The Conran Shop in grey, black and taupe
The Conran Shop - Mary Chair - on sale $2400; regular $3200 (fitted upholstered high rolled back and arms. Turned wood legs come in beech or ash. Armchair with traditional silhouette. Comes in grey, black, blue, red, tan, taupe and many other colors in either fabric or leather) (above)

Great lounging armchair...great for a den or library. Looks comfy and cozy enough to curl up on for a good read, t.v. watch or nap. Like this Mary Chair. The chair is now 25% off...maybe it might be a good time to buy two? (or with the economy the way it is...one might do just as well too!)
Traditional fitted upholstered armchair with high rolled back and arms from The Conran Shop

Traditional fitted upholstered armchair with high rolled back and arms from The Conran Shop

What says you about the Mary Chair?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

HOME WORK - A STUDY OF SIX LIGHT AND BRIGHT HOME OFFICES!

Home office by Jeff Andrews with French doors, a mid century modern desk, armchair and alabaster chandelier
French doors, large windows, a mid century modern looking desk, a mid-century desk chair and arm chair. and an alabaster chandelier, shed good light on this Los Angeles home office. Design: Jeff Andrews. Photo courtesy of Jeff Andrews Design. (above)

A home office should be an aesthetically pleasing room that inspires contemplation, productivity and focus. A home office should also be a place of beauty and comfort.

While most people do not take the time to design and define the work space in their home (most people includes me), the owners and designers of the rooms featured in this post seem to have studied up on how to make smart spaces!

White home office by Jeff Andrews with white glass top desk, classic metal office chairs on wheels, white lower file cabinets with a Philippe Starck Hudson accent chair


This office is truly the epitome of bright and white. Featuring a pure white glass top desk with room for two people to work, classic metal office chairs with wheels, white lower file cabinets and a touch of shine with Philippe Starck Hudson Chair in polished aluminum accenting the meeting area. Design: Jeff Andrews. Photo courtesy of Jeff Andrews Design. (above)


Home office with white paneled walls, white desk, a red leather chair, table lamp and red and black accessories
Paneled white walls, a white writing desk or table, a red leather chair, red table lamp, red coral and red desk accessories, juxtapose a bright pop of of color and energy against a the cool white backdrop. Photo by James Merrell. (above)



Zen home office with dark wood floor and a Buddha statute

This is the zen office retreat with dark ebony wood floors and a Buddha statue. The accents make the otherwise modern white room seem like a place for calm but profound thought! Design: Fawn Galli. Photo courtesy of Fawn Galli Interior Design (above)



Home office by Sara Story with a large wood slab wall mounted desk, zebra rug, empire style chair and Hermes orange storage boxes in white open shelves
A large wood slab is attached to the wall making a long shelf which doubles as a space saving desk in this Grammercy Park apartment. A zebra rug, an empire style chair, Hermes orange storage boxes, and white open shelves complete the minimal but highly styled look which is perfectly New York City. Design: Sara Story. Photo courtesy of Sara Story Design. (above)



Home office by Vanessa De Vargas with turquoise walls, a white desk with curved legs, gold and white floral wallpaper and a zebra rug
Turquoise walls, a white desk with curved classic lines, gold and white floral/ivy wallpaper and a zebra rug, make for a soft, modern and feminine office space in Santa Monica. Design: Vanessa De Vargas. Photo courtesy Turquoise. (above)


Does one of these home offices appeal to you? Which one and why?

Click on "COMMENTS" link right below and weigh in.

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: EVERYDAY PORCELAIN CANDLE HOLDERS CAN ADD SNOWY LIGHT TO THE HOLIDAYS!

Two white eyelet porcelain candle holders from cb2
cb2 - Eyelet Candleholders - on sale $.95; regular $1.95 (white eyelet porcelain candle holders; comes in two patterns and holds a standard tealight)(above)


Perfect for the holidays...buy a dozen of these to cast some glowing white candlelight on your holiday decor. The eyelet pattern reminds me of snowflakes. At over 50% at under $1, there is no reason not to light a snow white flame in this candle holder for the holidays.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

DESIGN ON SALE DAILY: SWEET SHEETS!

Sheet set with bold Moorish pattern from Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn - Tile Organic Sheet Set - on sale $59.99 for full Clementine orange; regular $89 (Only available in full size clementine orange, queen size black and king size black. 100% organic cotton percale 200 thread count with Moorish pattern. An eco-friendly take on bold graphic style, this organic sheet set is made of cotton fiber which is grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers) (above)

Love this Moroccan pattern...unfortunately this sheet set is only available in limited sizes and colors on sale. The quatrefoil Moorish tile design is a time-honored pattern that is neutral yet very interesting to the eye. Orange and black are the available colors...still perfect for dressing up a bed, styling a bedroom, or making a sleeping area absolutely fabulous and charming. Use this flat, fitted and pillow case on a bed to add style and comfort!