5 PARTY THEMES TO SAY GOODBYE TO SUMMER!

Labor Day always signifies the end of Summer… and while I’m certainly hoping we still have a few weeks of sunshine left, who can pass up a parting-of-seasons party?

So, rather than throwing the typical BBQ this weekend, why not try one of these inspired themes instead!? From playful, to glamorous, to campy, one of these should suit your long weekend style just fine…

taco themed mexican party

Taco Night

Because we all need an excuse for more chips & guac in our life, right? But seriously, how cute are those balloons? Put together youw own taco bar and take a cue from the gals at Studio DIY to create the easiest centerpieces ever – cacti planted in salsa cans!

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Overboard!

If you’re too young to know the movie reference, know this: More is more and oysters are better than hot dogs, so do up your nautical decor to the max, and check out this Bon Voyage to Summer party we created last year!

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Tiki Time

Palm prints, bright colors, tiki torches, mai tais… what’s not to love about a tiki party!? So, this one from 100 Layer Cake just happens to be for a bride, but it also happens to be one of the best ones I’ve ever seen! Super mod and fun, with plenty of details to copy!

outdoor bohemian tabletop party summer entertaining

Backyard Boho

I love this idea (from eye swoon) for putting a big yard to good use! Creating the low tables might be the hardest part, but honestly, a few pieces of plywood, some cinderblocks, and a long runner of craft paper, and you’re set! Ask friends to bring pillows and throw down some affordable Ikea rugs, then settle in for a long evening on the lawn…

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Campy. 

Or, in this case, Glampy – hence the gilded mason jars (nice touch, right?). Our own camping trip got smoked out this year by the fires we’ve had around Washington, so I’m kind of thinking about surprising my dude with something along the lines of this set up. I love the tent over the food, or could be a cool entryway at the fence too!

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ON TREND :: MOON PHASE

There are many motifs  that come and go but this is one that has stuck with me lately – I’m calling it my moon phase. However, it’s not necessarily in the ways that you might think…

stella marie baer's art studio | moon trends via coco+kelley

Really, it all started with Stella Maria Baer‘s beautiful moon paintings – the colors so perfectly in harmony with where my own favorite palettes are right now. The Southwest influence in her paintings is apparent, and I love it.

gorgeous ceramics from HK Wurtz | moon trends via coco+kelley

The other side of the obsession is the texture – like this dish from K.H. Würtz ceramics, which I sadly cannot figure out how to get here in the US, but am dying over. The moon-like wash on the dishes is heavenly!

moon party place setting from designlovefest |  via coco+kelley

We’ve seen the motif pop up in parties, paintings, jewelry, and dresses, but these are a few of my favorites…

moon-phase-motif-cocokelley1. moon caftan | 2. michele quan moon sculpture | 3. pamela love moon ring | 4. moon phase bandana| 5. kelly lamb moon pendant | 6. half moon drop earrings | 7. ceramic moon tile wall hanging  | 8. stella maria baer moon paintings

I’m particularly into the work of artist Michele Quan who created that moon sculpture – I have one small trinket dish, but her pieces are beautiful in collections, which means I’m definitely looking to add some more – perhaps the moon will be next on the list?

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  1. Erika

    I am personally also obsessed with moons! they’re such a pretty pattern and shape for literally everything! love the items you’ve chosen, have added some to my mums and mine Christmas list (yay Christmas)!xx

    Erika | Just That DIY

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 9.2

I don’t know how many times I hear from friends and clients, “I don’t want to invest too much, this is a rental, after all.” And then three years later they’re still living in that same rental with that same ‘good enough’ decor…

modern global style living room | via coco+kelley

Well, this space is the opposite of that story. A rental-turned-home in less than a month, this room proves that it pays to invest in your home – whether permanent or not!

modern global style living room in a classic SF apartment | via coco+kelley

I love how soft and inviting this space is. The piles of texture in the pillows, rug and blankets, along with the warm white walls create a dreamy, relaxing seating area and the rugs do double duty in covering up a less-than-ideal wood floor.

The two more ‘masculine’ chairs flanking that ultra-feminine fireplace are a perfect juxtaposition, and the modern lines in the furniture help to ease the very traditional architecture.

modern global style living room in a classic SF apartment | via coco+kelley

There are some nice plays on scale here too with some of the accessories – like the miniature marble tables hosting an oversized vase. With the seating all low to the ground too, you feel like you’re sinking into the space…

modern global mantel styling | via coco+kelley

I’m also appreciating that while there are many ‘global’ accessories going on in the space, it still feels fresh and classic – a perfect combination in my book, and one that i’ll be going for in my own living room soon as well!

modern global style living room in a classic SF apartment | via coco+kelley

And how perfect is that little seating nook by the window – a great way to fill a space and provide its own little moment.

What are your favorite elements here? Want to see more? Check out the full tour on Rue.

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  1. Talia Roca

    Totally agree. After 18 years of home ownership, we decided to rent ,twice! Both times I bought furniture just for the space and consigned anything that didn’t fit. This current space, our landlord liked what we did so much that he decided to try to sell the place! We had similar issues about hiding not so great floors and bathrooms that weren’t our taste but we camouflaged what we could and embraced the rest. We’re in the middle of a renovation on our own home now so after we move from here, I’ll again consign and design our home in a way tha fits the space. If you want to see the current rental the MLS is
    MLS# 215029381. In columbus ohio.

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HOW TO :: STYLE YOUR KITCHEN SHELVES!

Open shelving in kitchens has proven itself to be less of a trend and more of a staple these days. While I definitely prefer to keep most of my items hidden behind closed doors, I must admit that having a few shelves to style with some of our prettier selections would be nice.

So, while I contemplate where those shelves might go (and what might go on them!) in our own home, I thought I’d explore all the options for how to style your kitchen shelves… by personality!

how to style your open kitchen shelving - the classic | via coco+kelley

Call this the new traditional or The Eclectic – whatever it is, it’s an instant classic. A mix of rustic and refined, modern and antique, these shelves are purely for displaying the prettiest serveware and selections – you won’t find any everyday staples here.

how to style your open kitchen shelving - the baker | via coco+kelley

The Baker has a one-track mind and a utilitarian approach to shelf styling. Each canister and bowl is meant to serve its purpose – to be at the chef’s immediate disposal for whipping up pies and pastries! The only thing missing from this photo is a happy mess and some neatly organized spices.

how to style your open kitchen shelving - the artisan | via coco+kelley

Your friend who knows all the cool small indie shops? That’s this shelf. A little bit hipster, with a fresh eye, The Artisan finds the balance between form and function and shows them both off here. Enamelware and mason jars are a must, along with locally-crafted cutting boards, of course.

styling essentials to fit your kitchen personality - part one | via coco+kelley

The Eclectic ::  s&p shakers | cake stand | cutting board |mortar & pestle

The Baker :: mixing bowls | spice jars | canisters | mixer

The Artisan ::  egg cups | gold spoons | dishware | ceramic pitcher

how to style your open kitchen shelving - the collector | via coco+kelley

The Collector (ie the entertainer, chef, or all around kitchen junkie) requires a look all their own… and a lot of extra shelving! There’s no room for styling here, just pure organization where every piece can be easily seen and found. The pieces may seem ‘basic’ at first, but each has their own character – carefully selected for expertly styling the table or plating perfect dishes.

how to style your open kitchen shelving - the purist | via coco+kelley

Modern lines and minimal styling is the nature of the The Purist. Their glassware is likely from Ikea, but don’t let that fool you. They prefer to save their budget for serious treasures from artists and craftsmen who create heritage pieces that shine on these simple shelves.

how to style your open kitchen shelving - the barista | via coco+kelley

For the true coffee aficionado, one method for creating the perfect cup is never enough. The Barista‘s shelves are lined with presses and carafes, the ideal mugs for every cup, containers for every bean varietal… and sweets to accompany! 

styling essentials to fit your kitchen personality - part one | via coco+kelley

The Collector :: glassware | marble & wood boards | bowls | dishes

The Purist :: s&p shakers | glasses | brass basket | ceramic container

The Barista :: mugs | espresso cups | espresso maker | french press | espresso machine

Which style suits your kitchen personality? I’m obviously a collector, but all my props stay in the studio, so for our home, I’d say I’m somewhere between an Eclectic with many classic options and the Artisan with the many ceramics that we have on display!

images :: design sponge // a couple cooks // smitten studio // domino // kitzellg // a merry mishap

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WEEKEND LOVES + LINKS // 8.28

I woke up this morning to a cool grey sky and the promise of September being just around the corner, and I’m kind of stoked. Fall is my favorite season, and September is my favorite month! I’m at my best when nesting season comes around, but this year is different because I have a whole house worth of projects to tackle! So, you can guess what I’ll be up to this weekend..

coco+kelley weekend links roundup for August 28th

1 // Justina Blakeney over at The Jungalow just revealed her total kitchen makeover, and of course I’m dying over the green tiles she used throughout!

2 // As if I didn’t have enough throws in my life – this graphic quilt is the perfect addition in black and white!

3 // I don’t think I need to tell you where this ‘boss’ pennant might end up…

4 // Some of you may know Maia McDonald from her blog, her pinterest, or her role as Art Director at Rue Magazine. But recently she added a new title to her list of achievements – shop owner. Check out Bitte, a beautiful curation of children’s goods with sustainable practices and modern design.

5 // This week, my good friend Anne Sage revealed her total home transformation on Rue. Talk about coming full circle! I’ve know this wonderful gal for years, but you’ll have to read the article to find out how our crazy connections landed her where she is today.

6 // I’ve been in love with this chair for a loooooong time, but recently they added even more color options to the leather lineup, and now I’m dying for this deep green-teal…

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