ROOM OF THE WEEK // 5.27

I have some really really big dreams for when we remodel our upstairs attic. Currently in a state of patched carpets and exposed beams and insulation, I can close my eyes and see how amazing it could be. Possibly… something like this?

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An all white attic living room with collective style, a creative work space, and cozy details…

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I love that they simply put two of the same sofas next to each other instead of a sprawling sectional – perfect for movie viewing! And I could see them turned to face each other too. This space is so welcoming. There is nothing overly-designed or precious about it, which is just what a family room should be.

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The artist workspace is pretty fantastic. You can tell that everything in this collected space means something.

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And just down the hall is the master bedroom – a perfectly simple but dreamy space…

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Which once again has me questioning if the larger space we have to work with upstairs should be the bedroom, or just a huge room for all of us to enjoy?

If you like what you see here, check out the entire house tour – it’s lovely – right here. In fact, I just spent entirely too much time perusing this blog (appropriately called lovely life)  because it’s absolutely inspiring.

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IT’S BACKYARD SEASON!

I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend – and that some of you broke in your backyard and BBQ like we did! The fact that we’re on the verge of summer is making me super distracted, so I’m glad we got to indulge in a little sunshine and entertaining with friends as a way to kick of the first of many long evenings…

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I set up the fire pit complete with blankets and ‘crash sacks‘ for people to cozy into as the evening cooled off. I also put together that genius tray situation on a crate we had in the basement. Fancy, I know.

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Our bar was stocked with a bucket full of rosé and beer, and I threw together a little mixture of lemonade and mint for a refreshing drink (vodka optional!). Easy for everyone to help themselves to!

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Once friends started showing up, everyone got comfy on the lawn! (The BBQ wouldn’t have been complete without a little Noodle appearance. So stoked to have Joanna back in Seattle!)

Oh, and we made some fern and floral crowns. Because, why not? Our yard is bursting with flowers right now, and I also picked up some peonies at the store… it seemed like the perfect little activity.

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We strung a few up and wore them all night! Want to know the easiest way to make these? All you need is some thicker string, and some really thin wire. You just wrap the wire around the stem, and then attach the flower or fern with a second wire to the string and tie it around your head. Yep, it’s REALLY that easy.

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My friend Jess is a babe in this fern crown.

As the day turned into night, J got the fire going and I decided it was time we tried out some modeling poses in our crash sacks.

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I am obsessed with this thing. I will be wearing it and sleeping in it every camping trip we take this summer. I am a total wuss in the mornings when it comes to crawling out of the tent. I love that it tucks up in the back too, so no dragging the sleeping bag on the ground.

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The boys discussed the all-important topic of proper fire-building form while we cozied up to the flames and talked late into the night…

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I’m very certain this is just the first of many backyard moments we’ll be having this summer, and I cannot wait for more! All of the set up was made way easier with the use of our chairs, rug and table from evrgrn!

// photography by belathée

This post created in partnership with REI. Thank you for supporting the brands that help sponsor content at coco+kelley!

5 responses on “IT’S BACKYARD SEASON!

  1. Barbara

    Looks like a marvelous time indeed! Must have been a bit chilly up in your neck of the woods- Atlanta was sticky already!

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SHOP THOSE SALES + HAPPY WEEKEND!

Raise your hand if your inbox has been inundated with emails about Memorial Day Sales in the last 24 hours. (Me, me me!). It’s a little annoying, if not intimidating, but man there are some good deals out there… So I did a little rounding up this morning of some of my favorites for ya. Save yourself the time and effort – delete those emails, and start your shopping here instead!

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1. furbish pink geo pendant // 2. intermix off-shoulder tunic // 3. bauble bar mini icon studs set // 4. furbish bright marble napkins // 5. nordstrom silver espadrille // 6. asos mint sunglasses // 7. j.crew kiss kiss tee // 8. serena & lily round mirror // 9. loeffler randall iridescent sandals //  10. gap perforated clutch

My trick for avoiding the black hole of online sales is to skip anything that is an extra markdown off of sale items. If it’s already on sale, it’s probably on its way out the door, last season, or they won’t have your size. With that in mind… here are my favorite sites you should be perusing, with my favorite picks from above (that j.crew tee is already in my shopping cart!)

Furbish Studio // 15% off site-wide // CODE: SUMMER15

Intermix // 30% off select spring styles

BaubleBar // free shipping + 20% off sitewide // CODE: MEMORIAL20

Nordstrom// half-yearly sale, up to 40% off

Asos // 20% off // CODE: LONGWKND

J.Crew // 30% off your order // CODE: SUMMERLOVE

Serena & Lily // 20% off sitewide // CODE: ALLOUT

Loeffler Randall // 30% off resort and spring shoes and handbags

Gap // 40% off regular price styles // CODE: SUMMER

For all of my favorite picks, check out our ‘shop’ page – I’ll be adding to it all weekend long as I find anything on sale that strikes my fancy! I’ll also be soaking up some sun and relaxation time at home – I’m having one of those moments where I’m super grateful for a weekend with no plans for me and my guy to just dig in the garden, explore some new places around town, and just relax! Enjoy the long weekend all!!

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STYLING + PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN MARRAKECH!

It’s hard to believe it it was only a few short months ago that I flew off to Morocco on a fabulous adventure to join my friend and mentor Annette Joseph at one of her amazing photography and styling workshops. I shared a bit of our trip in a previous post, but today I wanted to share the images we took from the workshop portion itself because… signups are now available for next year’s trip!! (If you want all that info, skip to the end of this post!)

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If you were following along on my instagram, you already know that we stayed at the beautiful Peacock Pavilions – the perfect setting for styling, thanks to the collection of glasses, pottery and linens that our host Maryam already had on hand…

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Our first day started off with shooting some still life moments. Now, I consider myself a fairly adept stylist, but there is always more to learn when it comes to this job. Different styles, techniques, thoughts on lighting, spacing, and texture were just a few things that Annette touched on.

Combine that with the expert guidance from photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, and we were really diving into some new stuff that helped take my styling skills to a whole new level and photography to a point where I felt much more comfortable using my manual camera.

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After playing with props (this moody setup above was one of my favorites) , we moved on to interiors! Peacock Pavilions is unbelievably gorgeous and well decorated. I felt like I was shooting a room for some high end publication … which was kind of the point. After a bit of instruction Annette and Debra sent us off to shoot and style our own rooms.

Our assignment was to capture the essence of Peacock Pavilions as if we were shooting for a travel publication. Each space needed to be presented in vertical and horizontal formats. Then we were to add detail shots as well.

Here’s what I ended up with…

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  1. Stefanie

    this would really be a dream of mine to go. Morroco was my favorite place I’ve traveled with my mom, but sadly it rained the whole time and we were not able to stay in a place like this. I would really love to do a blogging/photography workshop like this though so hopefully there will be other US-based/more cost-efficient ones to attend in the future!

    -Stefanie
    http://www.thestylesafari.com

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A MODERN + ARTISANAL INSPIRED TABLETOP

Just two short weeks ago I was asked to design a simple but refined tabletop for a 20-person dinner at a new private space in Seattle. Since launching The Emerald Studio last year, we’ve been hard at work with interior clients, but – other than events hosted in our own space – have yet to design a setting for others. So I was thrilled to hop in on this project, even at the last minute, to put together something special for this dinner…

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The pastel and leather drop chairs set the tone for a more muted palette. The vibe the client wanted was ‘kinfolk-ish’ which we created with very simple dishes and rich linens. However – not being one for too much simplicity, I added abundant florals and touches of brass…

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There were a few extra guests who we sat at coffee tables, and I love the way the settings looked against the marble as well. After instagramming a few photos from the evening, many of you were asking for resources, so I thought I’d give you a quick little post to provide more details!

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1. vintage brass candlesticks // 2. red and white wine glasses // 3. porcelain tea lights // 4. brass napkin rings // 5. linen ‘suits’ napkin set // 6. black matte flatware // 7. ‘welcome white’ dinnerware

Had we had a bit more time to pull the table together, I would have loved to source a few more true artisanal items for the table, but as it was we had a quick turnaround time and to get 20 of anything in a week can be quite the challenge. So, we opted for the artisanal look at places where we could easily grab everything we needed. My favorite might be the linen napkins, especially paired with the super simple napkin rings we found.

These are the candlesticks we actually used – and sprayed brass because we couldn’t find brass ones that we liked anywhere. A collection of worn vintage ones would have been great too.

I’m hoping to get some professional photos of the night to share with you all too, but for now, I hope you enjoyed the peek! Shop more ways to get the look here:

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  1. Design Chic

    Your client must have been thrilled. The table is stunning! Love the floral arrangements and the silverware, dinnerware and napkins are the perfect complement! Would love to be a guest at that table…

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