ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 2.11

I won’t lie, my friends. Today’s post took quite some time to come together. You would think that I just have a whole stack of Room of the Week ideas ready to go (and I do have quite a few) but the truth is, most of the time I take a look at them and … *yawn*. I mean, these rooms are meant to inspire! They have to be just what I’m needing in the moment! So hours and hours of searching later… I give you this week’s appropriately romantic, glamorous, classic and tasteful, Room of the Week…

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

Sweet heavens, am I right!? Who wouldn’t want to be dining in this gorgeous room this weekend? (Me me me me me me!) It’s absolute perfection, as far as I’m concerned. The blend of antique and modern, the hint of color, and the layers to make it feel cozy instead of stuffy…

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

I’m certain I’d just spend hours in this room – dining, and drinking and entertaining old friends until the sun came up.

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

romantic dining room in pale peach and blue with gorgeous wood floors and dramatic chandelier | via coco kelley

And of course those stunning floors and architecture are certainly helping it all. I honestly don’t think I’d change a thing – not even all the little accessories and modern art touches. How about you?

photography by jesper florbrandt

10 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 2.11

  1. Arielle

    Gorgeous! That rug and flooring are just too good. It took me a minute before I could even look at the rest of the room and see the lovely soft peach walls and architectural details. Great find!

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RECIPE :: NUTELLA MASCARPONE CHOCOLATE TART

This recipe came out of a project that Paola and I worked on together last year for Starbucks, believe it or not! Tasked with creating a few recipes to be paired with their fall blend, and shared on Target! Until now, we couldn’t share it with you, but we thought… what better month than February to bring back this delicious, not-too-sweet dessert that you could easily whip up for your Valentine this weekend…

nutella mascarpone tart recipe | via coco+kelley

The combination of flavors here is divine – the jam is necessary to add a bit of sweetness to the combination of rich nutella chocolate and a savory swirl of cheese…

nutella mascarpone tart recipe | via coco+kelley

Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Pie // serves 8 (one 12×4 long or 1x 8 inch round pie)

  • 1 premade pie crust, fully defrosted
  • 5 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • two 8oz packages cream cheese or mascarpone
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons nutella

Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour

nutella mascarpone tart recipe | via coco+kelley

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Roll out the pie crust and line your pan. Prick the bottom of the pie crust and bake for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Spread the jam over the bottom of the partially-baked pie crust. Place the cream cheese (or mascarpone) and honey into a bowl and heat in 5 second bursts in the microwave until the cream cheese is soft and smooth. Stir to combine. Carefully spread half the cream cheese mixture over the jam in the pie crust.

Heat the chocolate-hazelnut spread in the microwave for 10 seconds. Add alternate teaspoons of chocolate-hazelnut spread and the cream cheese mixture to the top of the pie. When both have been used up, take a skewer or the tip of a knife and swirl the chocolate and cream cheese together. Gently knock the bottom of the pie on the countertop so that the filling blends together and smooths out.

Bake the pie for a further 25 minutes until it is set but not brown on top.  Leave to cool in the pan and then place in the refrigerator until fully cold. Serve chilled.

nutella mascarpone tart recipe | via coco+kelley

nutella mascarpone tart recipe | via coco+kelley

A delicious dessert that can be made in under an hour, this the perfect sweet for my sweetheart, but also so easy to tack onto a dinner party, especially since it can be set aside to chill and is just as good the following day!

photography and recipe by paola thomas

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GET THE LOOK :: A ROMANTIC BERRY HUED TABLETOP

When we stumbled upon this wine and berry hued tabletop, I knew it would be the perfect starting point for some Valentine’s Day tabletop inspiration. Taking a cue from this lavish setting, we recreated our own version of this dark and romantic table…

GET THE LOOK :: A DARK + ROMANTIC TABLE SETTING

Overflowing floral arrangements of saturated peonies, berries and a bit of greenery add depth and texture. I’d tuck the bundles into vintage brass urns and position a few of these Blackberry Absinthe Candles across the table.

Dark and Romantic Table Setting

This gorgeous place setting is reminiscent of a still-life, just begging for a couple to enjoy a long, dinner, complete with wine… and dessert!

GET THE LOOK :: A DARK + ROMANTIC TABLE SETTING

This look is all about mixing metals, textures, and layering. The more materials you combine, the more depth is created, which gives this tablescape a luxurious and rich feel. The play on light against the dark surfaces adds drama and delivers a baroque sort of vibe. Here’s how to recreate this one:

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1 enoteca wine glass // 2 gold flatware  // 3 linen napkins with red trim // 4 plum dipping bowls // 5 white dinner plate // 6 gold hand vase // 7 black charger // 8 red salad plate// 9 silver tray

In the original inspiration, the florals play the role of color, but if you’re not hiring a professional florist this weekend (ha!), find a mix of pinks, reds and plums to create a small centerpiece, and then add color through dishes instead. And we love mixing in a little pewter with our gold or brass to give it an antique feel!

This entire scene had me swooning. Who would you invite to a dark and romantic dinner?

xo, Sarah

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  1. Yasmin Barton

    Looks perfect! I will definitely use your idea to set up the mood for Valentine’s day. Me and my husband rarely have the time to have a nice romantic dinner so I decided to do something special. Have a lovely day!

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HOME TOUR :: HISTORIC + MOODY SCANDINAVIAN

What happens when a Swedish model-turned-designer purchases a historic home with her Italian husband? A mesh of two cultures that – surprisingly – interact in beautiful harmony. The mix of simple, purposeful design with beautiful warm antiques makes this space as unique as the couple themselves…

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

This room may be my favorite with the plaster ceilings, herringbone floor, and a mix of classically worn furniture. A simple singular bulb is in stark contrast to the stunning chandelier in the next room.

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

The kitchen feels like a mix of Victorian industrial, with that stunning cabinet anchoring the space… although the exposed plaster wall may be my favorite feature:

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

What’s so impressive is the way these elements all seem to mix together seamlessly – found objects alongside modern accents creating a home that feels like it’s been collected over the years (and indeed, much of it has).

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

Persson also managed to take a 1900’s home and restore it very close to its original state, which of course lends so much of the look of each room.

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

I love how much personality is brought into the home through the use of extremely personal pieces. Whether passed down from generations, or inherited through flea markets, these items make a neutral home like this feel a little more cozy.

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

a swedish home with history malin persson house tour via coco kelley

It’s really this layered mix of beautifully curated pieces that I crave for my own home. While I may not be able to find them at our local flea (some days I really curse the West Coast for our plethora of  mid-century modern and the total lack of gorgeous antiques) there are a few places you can hunt for new and old pieces to recreate this look…

get the look moody scandinavian via coco kelley

1 wood kitchen bench // 2 single pendant light // 3 column style side table // 4 antique style mirror // 5 vintage task lamp // 6 braided woven basket // 7 velvet armchair // 8 marble pedestal side table

photography via milk decoration

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WEEKEND LOVES + LINKS // 2.6

While February may be the midst of winter, this month sure does lend itself to color! Splashes of pink and red in preparation for Valentine’s Day have crept into my feed (how about yours?) and started a craving for fresh, feminine hues…

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1 // This ain’t your average pop-up shop. A gorgeous sherbert mix of antiques from Sasha Bikoff on display in Tribeca, featured on Rue, has me swooning (especially for that pink settee!) 

2 // Velvet has been making a comeback bigtime for me, and this pillow with its traditional vibe in an unexpected mint is spot on.

3 // If you’re a sucker for texture like I am, then this fun, furry bench is right up your alley! I love the shag as an alternate to mongolian sheepskin as it will stand up better to use. Might be a must-have somewhere in the house!

4 // Even though this is just a tease of more awesomeness to come, I couldn’t help but post these fabulously fun cookies from The House that Lars Built… I guess we’ll all stay tuned to see the full party this week!

5 // My girlfriends and I have been hunting for a getaway, and after reading Julia’s account of her escape to Joshua Tree, I’m thinking it should be high on our list!

6 // Throw practicality out the window for a sec, and let’s just talk about how gorgeous this DVF luggage set is! As I get ready to jet set away in two weeks, I can’t help but think how fun these would be to tote around!

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