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!)

prop styling in morocco // coco+kelley

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…

prop styling in morocco // coco+kelley

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.

prop styling workshop in morocco // coco+kelley

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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2 responses on “STYLING + PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN MARRAKECH!

  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…

simple artisanal inspired tabletop with modern chairs and rustic wood table | via coco+kelley

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…

simple artisanal inspired tabletop with modern chairs and rustic wood table | via coco+kelley simple artisanal inspired tabletop with modern chairs and rustic wood table | via coco+kelley

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!

simple artisanal inspired tabletop with modern chairs and rustic wood table | via coco+kelley

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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DULY NOTED // 5.15

Another week come ‘n gone and I’m about to extend this work week right into the weekend with two events (!!). One is a workshop we’re hosting with Local Haven that is sure to be awesome, and the other is a private dinner that I feel incredibly lucky to be designing for a very select and amazing group of Seattleites. More on that soon… But now it’s time for our weekend links!

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1 // Ricotta and basil seem to be a tasty theme these days (see our recipe for basil rhubarb and ricotta french toast!) and I love the idea of this sweet take on bruschetta that combines Lemon Ricotta and Basil with a touch of honey. Such a perfect anytime of day snack or appetizer!

2 // Now that I’m not in my 20’s anymore I’m quite a bit more appreciative of two things. A) Investing in a bathing suit – because not every bikini at Target fits me these days. B) One-pieces that still feel sexy. And this Mara Hoffman number is definitely fitting both of those categories.

3 // I am such a sucker for gorgeous, simple, quality camel leather like this. This bag must be mine.

4 // I’ve been debating a *bit* of pink paint possibly for my closet makeover, but have been feeling a bit timid on doing a whole room. So when I saw Kelly’s office makeover at Design Crush, I instantly pinned what I’m calling her ‘pink sunshine’ moment (check out the post to see why). I love the idea of a geometric paint accent not being so high contrast – this is soft and subtle. (PS – you also have to check out my girl Anne’s kitchen paint makeover – so good!). 

5 // I could write a whole post (and maybe I should) on the pressures one feels to build more of brand empire when you’ve been in the blog world as long as I have. The ‘c’ word (comparison) is often to be blamed, so I loved Erin Loechner’s quick, candid post about being an UNboss. It’s not for everyone to build a product line, write a book, create a shop, give birth, be a mother, be a wife, be a boss, be it all. The very thought exhausts me. I’d rather just be good at what I do. Who I am – to myself and to others. Anyone out there relating on this?

6 // And finally – for the truly insane, aesthetically driven, and marble obsessed… I may or may not just have ordered this marble trash can. Because sometimes a girl just needs some retail therapy after a long ass week.

Happy weekend my friends, readers, stopping-by-ers and whoever else is out there today. xo

PS – wanna hear me ramble on about the blog biz? Check out the podcast interview I did with the lovely Jennifer Snyder, who asks the BEST questions. 

8 responses on “DULY NOTED // 5.15

  1. Kevin | Thou Swell

    That trashcan is a beat, and I love Erin’s words on staying true to your most authentic role… Have a great weekend – it looks like you’ve got some exciting work going on!

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  2. admirer

    cool things here, ahh, i am so ready for summer and a swimsuit season! (:
    i remember when i first visited your blog, it was quite a few years ago (abt 3-4 years back, i guess). and here i am again, clicking and browsing through your fresh articles. beautiful, chic, modern and breezy!

    -zoui
    http://xzouix.etsy.com

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HOUSE TOUR :: REFINED + RUSTIC IN HOLLYWOOD

Now that our dining room makeover is (somewhat) complete, I’ve started filing away inspiration for the rest of the house. On the top of my list? Leigh Herzig‘s West Hollywood home

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

First off – I love California architecture like this, it reminds me of growing up in LA, so when I saw the outside of the house, I was already in love. But as for the inspiration…

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

This room is where it’s at. Rustic woods, black and white accents, a refined global feel, and what happens to be one of my most favorite chandeliers (I really wanted this one for the dining room but it was too big – and not exactly on budget!).
Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

I love the built-in shelves and cabinets on either side of the fireplace too. We need more open display areas like that. The addition of the acrylic and nickel bar cart is a nice touch to add just a hint of glamour. I love those leather chairs for their mix of masculine / feminine.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, the entire house is just as amazing.

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

The other living space is also right up my alley, style wise. Mostly I just want to steal those woven chairs, though. The windows throughout the home are also just perfection. All that natural light everywhere!

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

Hello gorgeous kitchen. Hello airy dining room. The mix of materials throughout the house is really just on point. And all the doors leading outside! Such a California thing to design around that indoor / outdoor lifestyle where really your outdoors is just an extension of the home.

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

And when your outside looks like this, why wouldn’t you??

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

Sidenote – I’ve been trying to convince a client lately that butterfly chairs can be chic. Case in point.

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

And then – finally – the bedroom. A serene escape if I’ve ever seen one…

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

Leigh Herzig's refined rustic hollywood home | via coco+kelley

I won’t lie – getting this look on a budget isn’t easy. When you decorate so precisely, and a bit more on the sparse side, every piece matters even more. But here’s how I’d do it…

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1. circa choros chandelier // 2. modern teak woven dining chair // 3. kuba cloth pillow // 4. belly baskets // 5. acrylic bar cart // 6. black + gold  accent mirror// 7. reclaimed wood dresser // 8. ikea rug

There are a few keys here to this look – one is rustic and organic elements, but the other is keeping thing refined, which is why the addition of a little drama – like the chandelier, bar cart or mirror – is totally necessary. The textiles are also essential in adding some visual interest! Remember when you’re hunting for affordable pieces to mimic the look that it’s more about the materials than anything. So, if that chandelier is out of reach, do what we did and find another piece that mimics that black and brass combo, like this.

photography by laure joliet for remodelista

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