Remember last year when everywhere you looked you saw banana leaf prints? Everything from bikinis to espadrilles to iphone cases were covered with the iconic style. While the trend has died down a bit (and I do mean a bit) I for one will never tire of this tropical style in the home.

And, just in case your on the same wavelength, we’re kicking off a new series around here that’s all about prints, patterns, and how to combine them! Starting with this fresh combo…

dining room banana leaf with stripes and wovens // coco+kelley

Now, just for a little education on the subject, there are actually two iconic patterns that have inspired all the rest of the banana leaf lovers over the years.  Martinique and Brazilliance have competed for favorite status over the years, and it’s merely a matter of preference.

How you use the pattern is up to you. I love the way it looks here with the addition of stripes and the a woven texture. Plenty of white lends to the tropical vibe, as does a darker wood table.

banana leaf print with dots and block print // bedroom styling via coco+kelley

This is how I’ve styled the fabric in my own home (yes, that’s my bed!). I made the small addition of a single pillow to add punch to my other patterns – a small organic dot and a black and white block print duvet. The fabric on that pillow, by the way, is a really great affordable option if you’re looking to order – it’s a Tommy Bahama indoor/outdoor fabric called Swaying Palms.

Now, if you’re more of a glamour girl (or guy), you’ll want to take the Hollywood Regency approach to this print…

banana leaf print wallpaper + pink dining room chairs + black lacquered bamboo

Remember this dining room? Yes, it belongs to Nicky Hilton, but let’s focus on the real important piece here – the use of the black piping on those divine pink chair cushions.

Ok, so technically this is cheating because there’s no other print in the room, but it’s such a good example of how to use that all-over print, I couldn’t resist! Combining the banana leaf with bamboo is a no-brainer. Black or white preferred. And yes, this room is a complete nod to the Beverly Hills Hotel where the wallpaper has been a staple for decades.

banana leaf wallpaper with brass and malachite // powder room via coco+kelley

Now if you really wanna go big… first may I suggest starting small? I mean that as in the size of the room.  If you’re afraid of mega print like this, try it in a space that you don’t spend a lot of time in – like a powder room. Then go a little crazy with it. Here, combining it with brass elements and malachite isn’t too overwhelming because it’s tone-on-tone.  The elements all sort of blend together, even though they’re all very strong (and glam!).

banana leaf watercolor art + greek key + moroccan blanket // bedroom styling via coco+kelley

Last but not least – combining banana leaf with a bit of greek key (or any form of black trim really) lends itself to a regency vibe, while the Moroccan wedding blanket brings in a bit of boho. Keeping the rest of the room basic black and white makes it all fresh. And in case you’re wondering where to get those framed prints? They’re right here.

Which way would you style your banana leaf?

images :: zeke ruelas // belathee // instyle // marjorie skouras // mint love social club


  1. Nan

    Just like probably everyone else I have loved seeing banana leaf prints everywhere but I had no idea how to incorporate it into my own home with out getting new curtains or wallpapering a space. I love how you simply added the pattern by a pillow on your bed, it looks wonderful paired with your other patterns!
    xo Nan
    Simply Elegant Blog

  2. Maria

    I love both the bedroom mixes! I like how the bold print can be included in a room without overpowering it. I think I am in need of some banana print for this upcoming summer in the southern hemisphere! Thanks for the ideas. :)

  3. Molly {Dreams in HD}

    oh my gosh i absolutely love the banana leaf prints. we visited the greenbrier earlier this year and they were everywhere. i haven’t been sure how to style them so i truly appreciate your picks…i adore every single room you have chosen.


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As much as I love hopping on a plane to travel, come August there is nowhere else I’d rather be than the Pacific Northwest. And in following with yesterday’s dreams of a weekend getaway, I thought it high time that I shared with you a weekend my guy and I took together in the beginning of the summer to Eastern Washington…

road trip to cave b

Oh, how I love a good road trip! And for Seattleites, getting east of the mountains is essential when you’re ready for some sunshine and a whole different terrain. This time, we were setting our sights on visiting the Cave B Inn. Technically in Quincy, Wash what’s cool about this place is it’s right next to the Gorge Amphitheater, so chances are if you’ve ever seen a concert there, you know that this place exists.

Cave B Inn at the Gorge

What you might not know is how awesome it is. A working winery, with a small garden that feeds the restaurant, the inn is set up above the Columbia River and boasts a variety of lodging for every type of experience (and budget!).

view of the gorge from cave B

The Cliffehouses that you see above are tucked into the terrain, and offer the most luxurious experience (hello soaking tub, privacy and view!). While the Yurts are on the opposite end of the spectrum, offering a fun quasi-camping vibe. We tried them both, and loved them equally!

vines and yurts at cave b inn

But let’s get down to the most important stuff. Yes, there’s wine tasting. Yes, there’s a pool. Yes, you can hike down to the river. And, yes the restaurant is fantastic.

dinner at the restaurant at cave b

So fantastic, actually, that we ate there both nights without a single complaint because we wanted so badly to try the whole menu! Oh, did I mention the spa? Yep, there’s that too – a very small one that could use a little updating, but hey, to have the luxury of all these amenities and this walk to dinner each night? You won’t hear me complaining…

walking to dinner

On top of everything else, the key ingredient to our fabulous stay was the GM, Mark Nudelman who not only treated us like royalty, but from what I observed while we were there, and experiences that my friends have had since, simply goes above and beyond for every guest to make their experience the best it can possibly be. Something that we see far too little of these days, and something that makes a nice little weekend getaway into an amazing weekend getaway. Thank you for spoiling us, Mark!

On our way home, we extended our trip over to Wenatchee so that we could pop into Pybus Market. I was so impressed by the renovation of this historical steel warehouse into a thriving market space. The dining options were awesome (we indulged in some pizza at fire!) and the market merchants too!

pybus market

pybus market pastas


If you’re passing through, I highly recommend the detour for a bite and some foodie shopping!

A big thanks to everyone who made the weekend so enjoyable! And if you’re heading east of the mountains, and have any questions, let me know. Personally, I can’t wait to get back to Cave B again this fall to stock up on some more wine and a little R&R…


  1. kelley

    This is beautiful and in a million years I would have never heard of it. Thank you for posting! It’s beautiful, would love to plan a visit with my sister from Vancouver, Wa.!


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I must be getting a bit more traditional in my old age… or maybe just seeing the cozy comfort that comes with a bedroom that looks like this. Either way, I’m finding it amazing that I’m actually into this floor-to-ceiling wallpaper and printed carpet!? Since when?emilia-fanjul-pfeifler-locust-valley-05_145715576070 But there’s something about it that seems like the perfect spot to make a weekend getaway. You know. To your house in the country… emilia-fanjul-pfeifler-locust-valley-02_145713677228 emilia-fanjul-pfeifler-locust-valley-06_14571633237 I love how, despite the sense of classic design here, I’m far from bored with these spaces. They are calm without them being predicable, which I like.  The blue palette lends itself well to a peaceable sensibility, which is something I’m craving at the moment. The patterns and details keep it interesting, livable, and cozy. Although in my everyday life, I’d probably take the oversized art and pattern in the rug over the wallpaper and carpet in the bedroom, I certainly wouldn’t mind if my weekend at a country B&B involved a space that looked like either. images :: oberto gili for vogue magazine

5 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 8.14

  1. Rachel Follett

    I’m not usually a fan of floor-to-ceiling wallpaper but they did a really nice job keeping it stylish and up to date. All the patterns and colors work well together. Beautiful spaces!

  2. Chichi Furniture

    I agree, it actually looks really cosy doesn’t it. I think because the bed is such a bold block of colour and a real central feature, it allows the heavy pattern to work and not look too overbearing.

  3. Rebecca Hively

    I agree with Chichi, the bed makes a big difference. Not my style by any means, but I could sleep a night there! lol


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As if the coming of fall wasn’t reason enough to start thinking about nesting, some of my favorite home stores have already begun changing their collections over to some gorgeous goodies for my favorite season. This past weekend I got lost online for hours dreaming of potential updates for the house… and these are my favorites!

top 12 picks for fall home decorating // coco+kelley


1. glass disc chandelier // 2. black & white canisters // 3. metallic stripe linen napkins // 4. marble shelf with brass brackets  // 5. captain’s settee with contrast piping // 6. marble flush mount sconce // 7. scalloped edge gold leaf mirror // 8. black rolling rack // 9. gold and white zebra head // 10. gold foil matchbooks // 11. high shine vases // 12. linen throw

I’m particularly in love with the piping and shape of the Captain’s settee from West Elm, and all the fun possibilities that come with a zebra head that bears its own crown (just think of how you could decorate the crown seasonally! fresh flowers! holiday baubles!). I’m also fairly certain that my home will be graced with those marble shelves in the near future… and I’m definitely looking for an excuse to incorporate the marble sconce as well (ps – it comes in brass too!)



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  3. kate Zucconi

    I love your choices! I’m really into marble and gold at the moment.
    As I live in Italy not far from Carrara, I love the white Carrara marble, I think it’s amazing and am trying to incorporate some into my new house build!
    I also really like the shape and the piping on the settee!


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Some of us are blessed with the ability to open the fridge, pull out a few ingredients and whip up something decently (or sometimes surprisingly!) tasty. Growing up with a chef for a father, I’d like to think that I inherited a bit of this ability.

And it seems - judging by requests on instagram when I post these type of meals – that there is always room for more simple recipes. So… from here on out I’m sharing these dishes straight from my fridge to you, starting with this Summer Watermelon Salad!

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

When temps start to seriously spike in the summer, my appetite totally dwindles. That’s when I get a craving for a good watermelon salad! Despite eating half a watermelon while I make this dish (what? it’s hydrating!) it never fills me up too much, and is completely refreshing.

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

Ingredients // serves 2

  • half a small watermelon
  • 1- 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/3 cup feta
  • 1-2 tbsp mint – roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro (optional!)

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

Truth: everyone makes watermelon salad. It’s not like I’m reinventing the wheel here, but I do think that we can reinvent the way the wheel looks! I like to get creative with the way I slice and dice my ingredients – it changes the way you taste a dish (yes, seriously).

Mixing up the way you chop and serve is a whole other level of cooking. I prefer the melon in thin strips and the cucumber shaved using a peeler. The cucumber in those ribbons makes it extra light, which is exactly what we want with this kind of salad!

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

love mint on this dish, so I tend to put in quite a bit and chop it up very roughly. The mix of sweet watermelon, tart berries, savory feta and refreshing mint together is so divine. If the ingredients are ripe, you don’t even need a drizzle of anything on top, but if you’d like feel free to experiment with citrus fruits, balsamic or a very light olive oil. I prefer it bare though!

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

The best part of this dish is that is not only easy to whip up as a quick meal for two, but super simple for larger crowds! The best time of year for berries is now, so make it while you can!


photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley


  1. Lisa

    Love this salad. Looks delicious. I make a similar one with black olives in place of the blackberries. The salt in the olives compliments the watermelon well.

  2. kate Zucconi

    I’m reall into watermelon at the moment!
    As I live in italy its so hot and watermelon is so refreshing!
    This combination looks amazing with the feta and mint. I don’t know if I can get blackberries where I am, is there another berry that would work well?
    Many thanks!


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