DULY NOTED :: 8.29

With this weekend marking the end of summer (although my fingers are still crossed for a beautiful September), I’m officially starting my mental transition to fall. I’m sure I’ll be spending more than a few hours cleaning out my closet and making a list of items I’ll need come October (hello boots!), recipes I’ll want to be cooking and baking for fall, and maybe even some cozying in the house. All of which feels much more appealing thanks to some of these links…

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1 // I’m kind of obsessing over the 3.1 Phillip Lim limited edition colors for Nars right now. My brain might not be ready for fall yet, but my fingers and toes sure are.

2 // This insane dining room was designed by my friend and talent Brian Paquette here in Seattle. I seriously can’t get over the ZAK + FOX wallpaper he used.

3 // I opened the mailbox yesterday and out tumbled the Vogue September Issue. I may consider hauling it around this weekend the equivalent of a trip to the gym. So far, from my quick flip through the editorial featuring Karlie Kloss shot by Mario Testino might be my favorite.

4 // I’m not exaggerating when I say that I always look forward to the seasonal additions at Serena & Lily, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed this time around. Go check out all their fall gorgeousness, including this side table (also available as a coffee table) that is classic glam.

5 // Summer sales are out of control right now, and J.Crew might be the best. Currently in my shopping cart – that clutch, the sheer-sleeved sweater baseball tee, and of course their classic PJ’s.

6 // Speaking of fall recipes… I may have to try this one out asap while our berries are still amazingly good. And because it’s millet, it’s gluten-free. Bonus.

4 responses on “DULY NOTED :: 8.29

  1. Patty Lauren

    This post is full of such beautiful colors! LOVE those nail polish colors. And, aren’t J.Crew sales awesome?! I love all of the great pieces I snag from their clearance sales.

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  2. Kate Zucconi

    The Serena & Lily table is to die for, I love the orange and brass it’s gorgeous! I would love one for my new house but I don’t know if they ship to Italy, I will have to check!
    The Vogue MarioTestino shoot is beautiful. The colours and most of all the outfits are stunning! I want them all!
    Great choices!

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CASS’ KITCHEN :: WATERMELON + COCONUT CRÈME

If you’ve been following my adventures the last few days, you know that I’ve been touring around through the Okanagan Valley in B.C. and by touring I mean eating and drinking to my heart (and belly’s) content.  I can’t wait to share more from the trip with you all (soon soon!) but in the meantime, my belly needs a break from heavy meals and desserts, so I thought this recipe was appropriate!

watermelon and coconut creme dessert recipe // coco+kelley

Perfect for any Labor Day weekend gatherings you may have planned, this super light dish makes for a healthy alternative to dessert, and is incredibly easy to prepare, even in large quantities.

watermelon and coconut creme dessert recipe // coco+kelley

Recipe // serves 2

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp preserved lemon syrup
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • mint for garnish

Before you start, you’ll want to use coconut cream that has been chilled or it won’t whip up properly! So, stick your can in the freezer for a couple hours or the fridge overnight. We used the Trader Joe’s version which is great because there’s no separation. You basically just scoop the cream right out of the can and into a bowl for blending!

watermelon and coconut creme dessert recipe // coco+kelley

Begin by chopping up some of the watermelon to suit your serving size. Next, you’ll want to toast the coconut up a bit by throwing it in a pan over medium heat, moving it around a bit until it starts to brown. If it’s already sweetened, it will brown a little faster. If you need to sweeten it, toss it with a bit of powdered sugar (better to err on the side of less is more here) and then toast.

watermelon and coconut creme dessert recipe // coco+kelley

Next, you’ll want to whip the coconut creme, lemon preserve syrup and powdered sugar in a bowl. If it’s chilled right, it will become the consistency of a whip cream…

watermelon and coconut creme dessert recipe // coco+kelley

Garnish the watermelon with the whipped coconut creme, coconut shavings and a bit of chopped mint! Easy and d’lish. We found our Preserved Lemon Syrup at a local specialty shop, but you can also purchase online, or check out stores like Williams-Sonoma if your grocery options are limited. You could also mess with the proportions using fresh lemon juice and zested lemon rind with a bit more powdered sugar in the creme.

photography :: meghan klein

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HOUSE TOUR :: A WHARF WEEKEND GETAWAY

I can hardly believe it’s nearly Labor Day weekend. The true mark of the end of summer, I’m determined to make it count, so we’ve been hunting around a bit for last-minute cabins and weekend getaway spots that we can at least take a little day trip to. But if I were on the east coast, I’m quite certain that this charming little cottage in Captain Jack’s Wharf might be the perfect escape…

small seaside cottage // captain jack's wharf

small seaside cottage living room + view // captain jack's wharf

Now, if you’re an east coaster, I’m sure you’ve heard of this place, but being from the other side of the country, the NY Mag feature of this little space was my introduction to this row of tiny bungalows in Provincetown that was once used for fishermen to store bait and tackle.

In the 40′s it was where writers like Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams hung out. And now, it’s a crazy little mishmash of well restored cabins that you can – yes – rent.

small seaside cottage bedroom loft // captain jack's wharf

small seaside cottage kitchen // captain jack's wharf

This cabin – Spindrift Hespurus – happens to be the one at the end of the dock, making it (I would guess) one of the most desired spots.

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small seaside cottage kitchen // captain jack's wharf

As you can see there is one bunk above the kitchen and the other tucked away just behind. I have to say even for a tiny kitchen, this one is very well done. In fact the whole space is decorating quite perfectly. Enough to feel cozy, without being overdone which would only make it feel more cramped.

small seaside cottage bedroom // captain jack's wharf

small seaside cottage bedroom + flag // captain jack's wharf

Yes, I have a feeling I’d quite enjoy it here! Do you have plans to make an end of summer getaway for this last long weekend?

To see more of the cabins, check out the Captain Jack’s Wharf site.  I may have to add this to my destination list next summer, but for those of you out there already, they’re open into mid-October!

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  1. kathy

    Love it! kitchenette – (1) countertop surface? is it zinc? (2) compact stove – searching for one for guest house and reading mixed reviews for some brands- what company makes the stove? Thanks so much!

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Kathy – I have no idea to either question! If it doesn’t tell me in the article, we’re both outta luck. You can try and see if you can get more info from the original article (linked to in the post) or from the designer? Thanks!

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SAY ‘BON VOYAGE’ TO SUMMER WITH AN OVERBOARD NAUTICAL PARTY

The sad truth about this summer is a) it went entirely too fast and b) I spent far too little of it on a boat. Which may explain why I felt the need to bid the sunshine goodbye with an over-the-top nautical party. It also may have had something to do with my obsession with bejeweled life-size lobsters…

coco kelley bon voyage nautical party

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

nautical glam tabletop with bejeweled lobsters // party by coco+kelley

Because clearly life is better with these gorgeous little creatures in them! I mean, what better way to top a lavish table of golden anchors, oversized clam shells filled with champagne, and red coral all topped with strands of ‘pearls’?

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

Not to mention some of my favorite pieces from L’Objet – I’ve always had a thing for that scalloped china… and the coral cocktail forks? Too good. Really.

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

But of course, we couldn’t stop there…

nautical glam tabletop  - ahoy straws! // party by coco+kelley

Customized straws that say ‘ahoy’ were absolutely necessary. What else do you drink your champagne out of?

nautical glam tabletop  - invitations // party by coco+kelley

The invitations were created out of a pattern of nautical flags. So fabulously graphic, don’t you think?

This little lobster is ready for a refill…

nautical glam tabletop  - bejeweled lobsters! // party by coco+kelley

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

While this one is obviously getting greedy with her sparkle. (That’s my Francesca!)

nautical glam tabletop - ahoy straws // party by coco+kelley

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

If you’re old enough to remember the movie “Overboard(unlike my interns who all stared blankly at me when I mentioned it) well then know you know my real inspiration behind this table. Can’t you see Goldie Hawn sitting here in her ridiculous oversized hat, yelling at Andrew for caviar? (For your reference…)

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

nautical glam tabletop // party by coco+kelley

It’s purposefully ridiculous, but still fabulously tasteful, which pretty much sums up the way I like to think about most of my life, frankly. So who’s with me? Are you ready to send off our summer in overboard style?

sources :: lobsters courtesy of the fabulous kara ross // l’objet aegean dinner plate in platinum // l’objet coral cocktail forks // sapphire glassware // red coral // salad plates // linens courtesy of pedersen’s // custom straws at krazy straws

credits :: photography by julie harmsen // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

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  1. kate Zucconi

    I love the overboard (no pun intended)!! theme of this party x
    Those bejewelled lobsters are so cute and the nautical flags do make a great graphic on the invites!
    It looks like fun! I hope there were no men overboard!!

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  3. Alycia Nichols

    I am old enough to remember “Overboard” and many of its predecessors!!! That was a greatly fun movie, and yes…I can totally imagine Goldie’s character dining in this fashion aboard her yacht! Heck…I can see ME dining aboard my imaginary yacht!!! :-)

    I really like the mix of colors and textures on this table, as well as the “bling” that abounds!!! My kind of table!!! That anchor is perfect, too, as a part of the centerpiece! The invitations are top notch, bar none!!! And the fanciful straws just take the cake. If you’re gonna do it, DO IT…right??!??!

    VERY cool! The ultimate in posh nautical!

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ROOM TO BREATHE…

Originally, I was going to share one room of this house with you all – a calm oasis of simplicity and architecture in this stunning living space…

fresh white living room with a view // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

fresh white dining room with a view // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

With a view I would very much like to be enjoying myself right now. All summer I had planned on making August my calm month. A month to enjoy the last bits of summer, soak up sun and time with friends, get organized in the office… but it’s been quite the opposite.

fresh white bedroom / prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

minimal bath with outdoor vibe // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

Which could be why both bed and bath are looking incredibly good for me right now.

Two weeks ago, we took on a fairly major project that I am very excited to share with you as soon as we can, but it’s been a bit all consuming this week, hence a little more silence on the blog, and an eruption of behind the scenes shots on my instagram.

staghorn on black wall // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

And why right now, these rooms and moments are totally all my overstimulated brain needs! I love the lines, the plethora of white, and sense of calm that encourages deep breaths and clearing of the mind.

clean modern living room // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

clean modern living room // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

(Although… the concrete could use some more cushions…)

clean modern living room // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

architectural step detail into kitchen // prue ruscoe via coco+kelley

I hope you all are enjoying the heck out of the last few days of summer if you haven’t already begun the move into fall and school schedules. I promise to rejoin the land of the living (and blogging) next week with a really fun party we put together to bid farewell to summer!

images :: prue ruscoe

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  1. kate Zucconi

    These images are stunning especially that ocean view!
    This interior has very clean lines.
    I like the mix of styles and the artwork on the first image.
    I live in Italy and here we feel summer is coming to an end!
    As my kids have three and a half months off I’m kind of looking forward to the back to school routines!
    It’s been great, but…..

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