HOUSE TOUR :: A LITTLE LA IN NYC…

I should really know better than to try and leave my posts until the last minute when I’m traveling in New York! There are far too many distractions here that keep me off my laptop! So today’s post is a quickie… but a goodie. Infusing two of my most favorite things together – a laid back west coast approach to design in a beautiful Manhattan apartment…

mid century modern in chelsea // robert mckinley shot by nicole franzen

mid century modern in chelsea // robert mckinley shot by nicole franzen

I totally love the modern furniture in such an old space, and how crafty the owner – Robert McKinley gets with using each little corner. Note the low side tables pushed together above, and the cornered seating below!

mid century modern in chelsea // robert mckinley shot by nicole franzen mid century modern in chelsea // robert mckinley shot by nicole franzen

It makes all sorts of sense to lean towards low-profile mid-century style in a smaller space like those found all over New York City, and this Chelsea apartment really hits it out of the park in showcasing just how well it works. But I have to say, my favorite part might be this incredible pattern mix in the bedroom…

layered tropical patterns in the bedroom // robert mckinley shot by nicole franzen

layered tropical patterns in the bedroom // robert mckinley shot by nicole franzen

 

I mean… now I absolutely need banana leaf curtains in my life!

credits :: shot by nicole franzen for t magazine

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DULY NOTED :: 7.18

This has been one of the busiest summers I remember, and I feel like we’re just getting started around here, so this week’s roundups are all very much a reflection of the many places my head has been lately…

coco-kelley-friday-links-7.18

 

1 // Yes, I know. Shoes – how deep. But, it’s wedding season, and I’ve been in the mood for some sassy heels. I love the combo of black leather and bows in these heels.

2 // Proof that exposed brick doesn’t have to be masculine, I love this glam loft design from Caitlin + Caitlin. While my own loft won’t be headed in this direction, I will definitely taking a piece of inspiration from this for our office space which has the same black windows and brick!

3 // My girlfriends are my girlfriends because of things like this: a new series from my bestie Erin at Apartment34 about real women, our real lives, and how we’re doing it all. A lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about too. I can’t wait to read more.

4 // I’ve been loving all of Nordstrom’s Pop-In shops, the latest of which is with Poketo. I need to make an in-person visit so I can snatch up some goodies, including this gingham tray.

5 // As a card hoarder, and paperie obsessor, I’m always looking for new lines to add to my favorites list.  Enter Ashley Buzzey. If you’re looking for super fresh event or wedding invitations, you should be checking her out now. That ‘it’s about to go down’ card is exactly how I’m feeling right now too.

6 // This sweet little flower shop caught my eye with its beautiful dried floral ceiling installation and these exposed root vessels. Too bad it’s halfway across the world, or I’d be popping in for a visit! But I’m gladly take the inspiration for my next fete…

As for me, this weekend I’ll be unpacking and repacking as I head to NYC on Sunday for a fun little project, and some visits with my favorites! See you all next week!

 

 

 

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  1. Sara H-B

    The last photo of the plants with the exposed roots has been circling Pinterest like crazy and I have to tell you, I re-pinned it as well, they look awesome. Great selection of things, and no matter how “deep” or not, a good pair of shoes is always nice – and seem to inspire entire outfits so thanks for posting these!

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COCKTAILS AT SIX :: THE RUBY ROUSER

Last week’s cocktail recipe installation started a bit of a trend for me, I think: creating drinks inspired by my favorite summer adventures and pastimes. This week? In homage to many a day sitting on the deck by the lake lately… I give you The Ruby Rouser.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

First off, you have to know that this cocktail was also inspired by one of my favorite summer fruits – cherries! Here in Washington we have some of the best, and my friends east of the mountains sent me this new varietal to taste called the Orondo Ruby (hence the name of the cocktail!) which are absolutely delicious.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

So I hunted for some cocktail inspiration when I came across the suggestion of using Lillet – another summer favorite – with the cherries. And thus, the Ruby Rouser (because it refreshes you on a hot summer day!) was born.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

Ingredients // serves one

  • 5 Orondo Ruby cherries, pitted
  • 3 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz of 3 Howls Navy Strength Gin
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Splash of seltzer water
  • Orange twist to garnish, if you so desire

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

To make // Muddle the cherries in a cocktail shaker, then add the Lillet, gin and bitters. Fill with ice, and shake! Pour the mixture into a lowball glass, including some ice. Top with seltzer water. If you like a bit more orange, add more bitters, and then a twist of orange peel garnish! You can experiment with different types of Lillet too (Rosé or Rouge) for different flavors. I think they’ll all taste delicious with this mix of ingredients.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

Sip responsibly! This ones a strong one!

credits :: photography by meghan klein // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 7.17

I’ve been paying an absurd amount of attention to kitchens lately. Why? Well, on top of the small remodel we did in our office studio, I’ve been slowly updating the kitchen in my loft, and of course daydreaming of remodeling the one in my guy’s house too. It’s an overwhelming task, and the more I look the more I find inspiration…

thomas obrien west village loft kitchen

But lately, it’s been this kitchen that’s caught my eye. Not my typical style with its light wood and a bit of a colder feel, but there are plenty of features to swoon over. Like the insane amount of storage against the far wall – which opens up the rest of the space for cabinets only.

Or the gorgeous marble backsplash and especially that half wall leading up to a single floating shelf. An interesting design choice, but one I really love. You can’t tell from the photo, but the counters are marble inlay as well…

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But back to the details here. One thing I’ve been struggling with is different hardware finishes in my own kitchen. I’ve been leaning towards brass hardware all along, but with all the grey and the stainless steel appliances, I’ve suddenly been wondering if a nice nickel finish might be the way to go. But I love what’s going on here – brass pulls, but nickel lighting. The same high shine finish pulls them together, and somehow the bar stools seem to help round things out too.

I’m intrigued by the funny little flush mounts dotted across the ceiling – I wonder if that was intentional, or a way to convert previous canned lighting? My parent’s kitchen (yet another one needing a major makeover) has canned lighting and I’ve been trying to think of ways to easily disguise some of them. What do you think of the ones here?

In fact, what do you think of the whole thing?

images via decor magazine // design by aero studios

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  1. Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke

    I love how casual that kitchen is. And the color of the cabinets are different from what you see every day. It is a beautiful space. I agree with you I have been loving brass pulls lately too, but wonder how it would be with the stainless steel. Good luck!

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A CRAVING FOR (SUMMER) CAMP

When I was little, I had a day camp I went to in the hills of Malibu (I know, it sounds like such a charmed life) where we rode horses, practiced archery, and – of course- took part in many craft days. So, the past week of vacation – swimming in lakes, painting rocks, building forts, and reading in the sunshine – brought back a major summer camp nostalgia for me!

hammock by the lake

I mean, friendship bracelets and campfires? How could you not crave the pure delight of such simple activities!? I’m ready to re-live my childhood and bring back those carefree summer vibes…

grown-up-summer-camp1. herschel backpack // 2. paddle ball paddles // 3. campfire popcorn popper // 4. friendship bracelets // 5. pendleton towel // 6. to cool for school swimsuit // 7. fold-out camp stool // 8. polaroid digital instant camera // 9. karla pruitt playing cards

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  1. Tanya

    Carefree summer vibes. I too grew up in SoCal so summers were spent outdoors and mostly at the beach. No school, nothing to study, no cares — I don’t think the longing for those days ever really goes away…at least not for me. Thanks for the little toss back to easier times.

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  2. Stephanie

    That polaroid camera looks so. fun. If I had to choose one summer splurge, that would be it.

    I grew up with NorCal summers (where the water is a tad colder than it was for Tanya :)) – so this makes me want to grab friends, wood, marshmallows, and head to the beach for a bonfire like I would in high school this time of year. Santa Cruz sweatshirts and Converses were the uniform, and someone would always bring a guitar to sing Jack Johnson songs. :)

    Thanks for a great dose of nostalgia!

    xo Stephanie
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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Oh, I had those same days and memories up here too! We had our spot at the closest beach on the lake that was all ours during summer nights in high school! SO fun! Thanks for sharing your own summer memories!

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