DIY :: GEOMETRIC WOOD BUD VASE

Remember when you used to bring home some crafty project to your mom for Mother’s Day? Chances are she still has a few of them stashed somewhere – and we also bet they’re still her favorite. So, why not take craft skills to the next level for Mother’s Day again this year with our geometric wood bud vase DIY!?

with a few simple tools and three easy steps you can make your own wood block bud vase! | via coco kelley

Spring has definitely sprung here in Seattle, and this vase is the perfect size for snipping a few flowers from your garden (or your neighbors – we promise not to tell!) This is the easiest DIY I’ve done to date and would be an ideal last minute Mother’s Day gift.

For my bud vase, I used a cedar 4″x4″ leftover from a fence project, but you could use any wood as long as it’s wider than the test tube.

Materials & Tools //

  • wood block (this one is a 4″ x 4″ x 8″)
  • glass test tube
  • drill and a 7/8″ drill bit
  • sandpaper (we used a sanding pad on a palm sander)
  • clamps (optional)
  • saw (optional) 

with a few simple tools and three easy steps you can make your own wood block bud vase! | via coco kelley

Step 1 // Drill a hole in the top of the wood block using a 7/8″ drill bit.  The hole should be as deep as your test tube.  Expert Tip: clamp your wood to a table or work bench to make the drilling process easier.

Step 2 // Clean out the hole by shaking it upside down and then insert the test tube.  Once you’re happy with the depth, remove the test tube and then cut any additional shapes into the wood.  I cut off the top corners of my block using a compound miter saw, but you could leave the block whole too if you like that look.

Step 3 //  Sand the vase using your sand paper.

Step 4 // Insert the test tube into the hole.  Fill with water and flowers and you’re done!

mother's day wood bud vase DIY from coco kelley

There you have it.  An easy DIY project that’s just in time for Mother’s Day!  I think this DIY would be pretty fabulous with salvaged architectural wood too.  Think early 1900’s corbel or an old table leg.  The possibilities are limitless!

xoxo, Cathy

photography and DIY by cathy poshusta for coco+Kelley

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CK COLLABORATIONS : COCO KELLEY FOR OOMPH TINI TABLES!

Since the inception of this blog, one of my biggest dreams and goals has been to collaborate with brands on products, and thanks to Oomph we’re finally dipping our toe in that pool, because the coco kelley ‘tini table has arrived!!

coco kelley limited edition tini table for oomph

I’ve adored these fun little pieces for a long time, and was thrilled when they asked me to create my very own custom color for their line. I knew I wanted to do something with a hint of green to it (duh!) , but I also wanted it to be versatile…

coco kelley limited edition tini table for oomph

Oomph is known for these tables – just the right size to perch your drink on – in a variety of colors. Their style skews towards the traditional and preppy, so I wanted to throw something into the mix that could go masculine or feminine, modern or moody.

coco kelley limited edition tini table for oomph with shagreen top

I picked the color – a deep teal green – and then a couple surface options – this gorgeous tan shagreen that goes a little more sexy, or it’s also available in linen, to lighten things up!

coco kelley limited edition tini table for oomph - our color inspiration was this cup!

Without really knowing it, one of my favorite pieces of pottery from a ceramicist on Orcas Island strongly influenced the color choice! I’ve always loved this little cup, but never had any colors in the home to compliment it – now I do!

detail of the tini table i designed in collaboration with oomph from coco kelley

the perfect little side table - coco kelley for oomph

the coco kelley tini table for oomph!

If you head over to the oomph site you’ll see the other style we picked for the table – it’s got a pretty little edge to it that makes for a more feminine shape that we love! The tables are limited edition and once they sell out they’re gone, so be sure to get one while you can! A huge thank you to oomph for asking us to be a part of their ongoing collaborations!

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley

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HOUSE TOUR :: VINTAGE CHIC IN PARIS

Combine the fact that this stunning home is a) in Paris and b) belongs to the Creative Director of Chloé, Clare Waight Keller, and it’s no wonder we had to dive into the layers of style that this house tour provides. The space is full of vintage chic furnishings, accented with beautiful bits of pottery, statues and art, yet it still maintains a casualness that is rare at this aesthetic level…

house tour - vintage chic hallway with herringbone floors | coco kelley

eclectic console styling | a vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

Of course what makes house tours like this one so extremely unfair is the architecture and the light that comes with a home in this beautiful city.

a vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

Infuse this type of space with modern accents, and it still feels soft and approachable – just like Keller’s living room. I love the cover over the sofa seat – hiding a stain, or simply adding a lovely layer? We’ll never know. But the hidden piece I love the most is that bamboo bench tucked over behind the coffee table, slightly hidden under the sheepskin throws. THAT is a piece I covet!

olive green modern chair and lots of layers in this vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

And speaking of covet – I’ll take this entire vignette thankyouverymuch. Digging that big oversized table lamp behind as well which helps fill out that corner so nicely.

a vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

Oh, did I mention the floors? Yes, those too. (Rushing off to find real estate options in Europe now…)

a cozy dining room with modern touches in this vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

a cozy dining room with modern touches in this vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

The dining room maintains that same approachable vibe while maintaining its chic sensibilities. Just the right amount of accessories, too, don’t you think? It feels full and welcoming, but not cluttered. That long mirror and buffet is the perfect modern compliment to the dining set that has a bit of a pub feel about it.

neutral layers and a graphic rug in the bedroom | vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

Mixing a geometric rug with this antique inlay chest was a bold move in the bedroom – and perhaps one of the very few choices I’m not totally sold on. But obviously given the choice between the two, the chest would stay.

an antique inlay chest with perfectly styled accessories | vintage chic parisian house tour via coco kelley

It’s a simply gorgeous piece, don’t you think?

Here’s how we’d put our American (and slightly more accessible) spin on getting the look to this curated home…

get the look! a vintage chic home in paris via coco kelley

1. bone inlay chest  // 2. murano glass vase // 3. white block pot // 4. kate roebuck watercolor painting // 5. spotlight floor lamp // 6. cream tub swivel chair // 7. danish kilim pillow // 8. blake emerald pillow // 9. high shine silver rug

It starts with a few basics – like the beige sofa and headboard. Then, you throw in a few mod choices (hello velvet lounge chair), and a mix of unique accessories (African sculptures, murano glass and peculiar pottery) to fill the shelves of your antique surfaces. Current textiles and a simple rug with a beautiful high-sheen top it all off.

photography by magnus marding for the wall street journal

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  1. Taste of France

    If you’re a homeowner, you can always put in wood floors. I wanted herringbone, but that rachets up the price considerably (lots more work, if you’re paying a contractor, otherwise just slightly more wood). So we went with planks. Still a big improvement that will stand the test of time and trends.

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MAKING A BACKYARD OASIS

While my guy’s main concern with our backyard these days is all about how green and perfectly cut the grass is, mine is more about how we take advantage of hanging out in it now that the weather is cooperating!

So last week I took one of my favorite spots in the yard and made it into a backyard oasis for the whole family to enjoy with a few outdoor items from Pier1

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

And it all started with this fabulous Balinese umbrella! I’m obsessed. It inspired me to go with a more bohemian vibe for the whole thing – I even dragged the Moroccan rug from our bedroom out onto the grass to lay on!

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

I also knew I had to have that fun hanging crochet chair for my fiance’s little one. She just turned eight and this was her birthday present – her very own spot to cozy into under the tree with a book (which she’s been doing pretty much every day since we got it!).

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

The wicker chairs make a more practical perch for us grown-ups, and I love the addition of lanterns and pillows to lend to the vibe too.

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1_6

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1_7

As always, I was attracted to the items that had beautiful detail like the gold beading on the fringe of the umbrella, or the intricate pattern in the garden stool, which makes for the perfect place to set a cool drink…

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

outdoor oasis makeover from coco kelley and pier1

I can’t wait to take advantage of this pretty little spot all summer long!

This post was created in partnership with pier1. All thoughts and opinions my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help support coco+kelley! 

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LOVES + LINKS 4.22

This weekend is already off to a great start as I met up with four of my college girlfriends yesterday to head to Sonoma! We try to schedule these little getaways every few years, and I’m so looking forward to catching up over wine tasting, hiking and just enjoying a little downtime with each other. Any suggestions for places we should be going? I’d love to know your favorites!

Hope you enjoy these links as much as I’m enjoying some wine! xo

coco kelley weekend links 4.22

1 // I’m totally smitten and floored by this beautiful spring tabletop by my friend Anne Sage. The hanging florals are simply amazing!

2 // Abalone has always been a favorite material of mine, so I love this modern take on them with these earrings from leif.

3 // I love the detail in this white pot from cb2! Perfect for doing some spring planting!

4 // This recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking basically takes all my favorite spring ingredients and dumps them into a pizza. What’s not to love (and devour!).

5 // You know I love me a little green and white, so I’m kind of dying over this house tour that has been making the rounds on a few blogs lately.

6 // I’ve been finding some really amazing stuff over on Etsy lately (I think I need to do a roundup soon!) and these gorgeous leather ottomans are among them. They are the most perfect shades of nude and brown! So good for extra seating in the living room or a spot to throw clothes on in the bedroom.

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  1. Taste of France

    You really mean it when you say oasis!
    What an amazing parasol. It wouldn’t survive the winds here, which is why we gave up on parasols and built a pergola. Two, even.
    I also know a certain adolescent who would kill for that crochet chair. Now to figure out a spot to hang it. Maybe from the disused swing set….

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