Thursday, August 28, 2014


Designed by Juan Montoya, this Dominican Republic home screams all things tropical and all things Caribbean.  The indoor outdoor spaces, the dark rich woods and bamboo, the views of the ocean and the classic palms waving in the breeze.

Was just talking with best of friend AM.  I offered to go babysit her Dominican Republic vacation home...she has a house there too.   I generously offered my time (and TEs) to travel down to the Dominican to go sit in her house on the beach for a week...just to make sure everything is ok of course.  Will have to check with her again to see when she might "need" me to do that for her.  Oh friendship...I am willing to do so much for my friends.  Of course the trip to the Dominican would be purely altruistic...I would simply be helping out a friend who has a beautiful fully furnished beach house that needs house sitting.  :-) this home featured here.

What do you think of this island home decor?  Could you see yourself vacationing there?

Happy Thursday!


P.S.  My mother is from Haiti...I have family who live in the Virgin Islands. The Caribbean is in my blood.  I wonder what my mom thinks of this home?  Mom reads the blog everyday and sends me emails on all of my typos...wonder what she will say about this lovely island home.  Mom?

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)