AWESOMELY WILD :: A PARTY WITH THE ALISON SHOW!

So, what feels like forever ago now, I got together with a little blogger you may know by the name of Alison. You know. Of The Alison Show? Well, let me tell you, this girl knows how to bring the party. Which is probably why she and Bing got together to throw some parties around the country for the past few months, kicking things off with me in Seattle!

search for your awesome // bing party with coco+kelley

I was beyond excited to partner with her to throw a totally fun and crazy little shindig for some of our favorite bloggers and friends in my studio. What came out of it is exactly what happens when you mix her penchant for ‘tacky’  (good tacky, she notes) with my eye for classic with a twist. Welcome to ‘The Jungle’ ya’ll…

sophisticated jungle party // coco+kelley

sophisticated 'jungle' party // coco+kelley

Well, a very classy jungle. With a few small nods to a more exotic theme we transformed my little studio into the perfect setting for a dinner party with zebra overlays on the bar, wild palm leaves on the buffet, and plenty of other fun details…

Every guest was greeted by our mascot (every party needs a zebra piñata), a signature drink, and a little gift…

florals by mckenzie powell for coco+kelley

awesome party for bing with coco+kelley and the alison show

We chose to set the tables simply (you’ll see why in a minute) and fill the room with green balloons and wild arrangements done by my friend and florist McKenzie Powell

the 'jungle' party with bing and coco+kelley // florals by mckenzie powell

search for your awesome with bing // the alison show and coco+kelley

coco+kelley studio // party with bing and the alison show

black white and green 'jungle' party // coco+kelley

black white and green 'jungle' party // coco+kelley

One of my favorite details – the layered silk leaves that covered the bar which you can see a peek of above!

The premise of the evening? So glad you asked. As a part of the ‘Search for your Awesome‘ series, put together by Bing and The Alison Show, these events were made to encourage getting out of your comfort zone by creating something – duh – awesome.

awesome ring + nails // the alison show

So, Alison and I did what we do best – we put on a party and a show! She, the motivational speaker on awesomeness, and me, the host and instructor for the evening. The project? To give each girl the chance to create her own original place setting using a bunch of pieces from my personal prop closet…

how to set the table // coco+kelley

They had to choose between the rattan or gold chargers (which is why the tables were left simple!) and then build their own look.

black white and green 'jungle' party // coco+kelley

loved seeing what each of them came up with. It always pushes your boundaries in designing when you’re given a limited choice, and options you wouldn’t normally go with. Prints and patterns were mixed, even the centerpieces scavenged, for the perfectly styled look…

tabletop workshop // coco+kelley

tabletop workshop // coco+kelley

tabletop workshop // coco+kelley

And throughout it all, of course, we had incredible fun.

the alison show and coco+kelley // search for your awesome

A huge thanks to Alison and Bing for tapping me to launch these parties, and for bringing the awesome to our studio! I can’t wait for the next time I get to go all out in our little event space – every time we do it just gets better and better, and you know I love getting to share it with all these fabulous, creative people!

photography by belathee

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A STUDY IN SMALL LIVING :: SASA ANTIC

The first thing that caught my eye about this beautiful apartment was the perfect blue cabinetry in the kitchen…

blue apartment kitchen // sasa antic

I absolutely love the effect against the marble, with a touch of high gloss black. It wasn’t until I started peeking through the whole home that I realized it was a perfect study in small living space…

small space living // entryway to kitchen

The home has a small entryway that open right into a split kitchen and living situation, divided by a thin floating wall where the dining table acts as a bridge between the two spaces…

floating wall divider // small space living

 

Note the use of stools instead of dining chairs – it reduces visual clutter and is much more manageable in a small space.

kitchen details // sasa antic

On one side of the floating wall, some minimal shelves for storage and on the other…

small studio apartment layout // layered textiles and art

A simple little living space with layers of art, textiles, and books that prove you don’t have to be minimal in small areas – just thoughtful. It should come as no surprise that this home belongs to a stylist, with all the details involved…

small apartment living // sasa antic

Like the green ceiling that goes throughout the home. I love.

piles of books // small space living

Or that all the pieces in the living area really low making the room seem higher – and thus larger. It’s a good little trick! And so is this…

mirrors open up a small studio apartment // sasa antic

A great use of mirror makes a huge difference in the kitchen (on the left) where it seems to double its size, and across from the bed in the living area (on the right). They instantly expand both spaces, and reflect light back into the room. (And yes, the installed mirror approach should be used sparingly so as not to come off too early 90′s. Yikes.) 

bench as a bookshelf // sasa antic's studio apartment

A couple more exquisite little details. The use of a glass (or maybe it’s plexi?) ‘board’ above as a way to casually hang objects and create a reflective layer at the same time.

pattern mix through art + textiles // sasa antic

The ‘stitch two rugs together’ trick that stylists are reduced to at one point or another. It can be cool… or it can be awful. I think this time it works. And it’s a great way to cover more space on a small budget.

I’d be curious to know the exact square footage of the apartment… and where all the hidden storage is? I spy a closet in the entryway, but I am a bit surprised not to see more drawers or wardrobes anywhere. What do you think – could you manage living here?

images :: photography by Jonas Ingerstedt for Elle Interiör // styling by the owner,  Saša Antic

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT :: EMILY FERRETTI

Two things lately have increased my love, appreciation, and endless hunting for new art in my life. First – our hosting of art walks in the studio. When I see talent in my own city, I want to celebrate it and share it! And second, I’ve finally gotten to the point in my loft decorating process where I’ve got to finish the art wall. So, with all the cool art I’ve been scoping out lately, I thought it only fair to share…

three pencils // emily ferretti

Collecting art should be a never-ending process, but at the moment I need at least a few new pieces to fill these big ‘ol walls, and I would die for one of them to be from artist Emily Ferretti.

Table Top Home // emily ferretti

Pool Side // emily ferretti

This blue series is so right where my eye and aesthetic are right now. A modern take on the traditional still life, they’ve got that perfect mix of strong shapes and organic lines…

Fruit with Four Bananas // emily ferretti

Her newest collection is equally beautiful, more abstract in nature, and muted in color…

emily ferretti

Gesture1 // emily ferretti

 

I love the way these look all together, but they’re very strong on their own too. That beautiful natural linen gives it a bit of a retro style, don’t you think? So cool.

What new artists are on your radar these days? I’d love to know!

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GLAMOROUS IN THE GARDEN

In the last three weeks of travel I’ve gone from lounging by the lake in Michigan, to enjoying Manhattan rooftops and city parks, and both have made me realize two things. 1. I’m so happy to be home for a bit. And, 2. Wherever you go, and whatever the size, it’s so important to have a little outdoor space of your own…

small backyard patio in black and white

If I could completely re-do my rooftop garden, I think it would a little something like this. I love black and white and green together – whether done totally preppy or casual. But, I have to admit I’ve been spending much more time in my boyfriend’s yard this summer instead…

ikea outdoor kitchen set up

Which means I’ve actually, finally been getting into gardening. I come from a long line of green thumbs and I’ve always loved watching (and occasionally helping) my mom with all her flora and fauna – especially the vegetable garden! So, I think it’s high time I invested a little in my gardening attire and accessories. After all – there’s no reason we can’t get a little glamorous when gardening!

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Pink flamingos are a necessity for this former California girl, and gold Birkenstocks are the only way you’ll see these sandals on these Seattle feet. Some chintz garden tools, and high-shine hose and watering can will complete the look. Oh, and a woven visor of course. Getting dirty is much more fun this way…

images :: house & home // ikea via remodelista

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  1. Marie

    I love to garden; I find it really meditative although now with the heat and humidity we’re having in Montreal, I find it almost unbearable some days. Looking forward to slightly cooler days so that I can get back out there.

    On another note, the gold garden hose has caught my eye. I might just have to get one.

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JUST MY STYLE :: THE DESIGNER COLLECTIVE

Well, I was a bit of a slacker blogger this week to say the least. Running around NYC will do that to a girl! I always forget that the second my feet touch the ground in that city, I rarely get a chance to be on my laptop (not complaining about that one!). It also always makes me want to step up my fashion game a bit, so I spent half the plane ride home pulling together a few of my favorites from the new eBay Designer Collective

ebay-designer-collective-favorites-from-coco-kelleyNow these are pieces I can get behind!  If you haven’t heard, basically eBay has created a whole new section where you can now purchase items – still very much at a discount – via the designers themselves. Brands like House of Harlow, Cynthia Rowley and Rebecca Minkoff and more! And (obviously) we’re not talking about cast-offs here. That flask bangle bracelet was totally on my covet list last winter!

For all of the items above, head over to my eBay Collections Page where you can choose to follow any boards that speak to your inner treasure hunter. All of these pieces are under the ‘Just My Style’ board, but I also added a bunch to the ‘Wedding Season‘ and ‘On Vacation‘ boards  - all from the Designer Collective. Keep following along to see what other goodies I find, and do some hunting  yourself!

this post sponsored by eBay. all thoughts and opinions my own! 

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