I’ve had major baby brain lately, but not for the reasons you’d think! While I’m nowhere near ready to be pregnant at the moment, there has been a little baby boom amongst some of my oldest friends and closest bloggers – but one of them happens to be both.

Erin Hiemstra (of Apartment34) and I have been inseparable since 7th grade – we’ve been each other’s confidants, and champions for so many years now it’s hard to remember life without her! So when she told me she was having a little babe… well you can imagine how excited I was!

chic menangerie nursery inspiration

neutral + cozy kid's room with gingham and wovens // via coco kelley

I immediately started planning her baby shower in my head – we came up with some inspiration and ideas that were based off of her aesthetic and pins from her pinterest board for the nursery. Lots of neutrals led the way, and then a theme emerged…

sissy + marley star wallpaper nursery // via coco kelley


fly to the moon mural // nursery inspiration via coco kelley

And moons.

neutral kids room with cloud bedding

And clouds.

I mean, how could you have a baby shower in Seattle without clouds? You can’t. And thus our inspiration board was born. (No pun intended.)

chic baby shower inspiration with a star + moon theme // coco kelley

And this weekend … it all comes together! I’m sure there will be plenty of instagrams and reveals of our decor, so stay tuned!

images ::   ashley capp // jelonko // sissy + marley // saartje prum // our love nest


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  2. RC

    I am SO looking forward to seeing your usual impeccable execution of this beautiful idea! Hurry up! so I can get inspired right before my son’s birthday party. As the theme is moon & stars as well. Keep us posted while you are in the process of making things :)


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Moving in with someone always has it’s bumps – and, my friends, I’ve just discovered our first one. My man’s aversion to brass. *gasp*.

Now, I’ll admit that he has a pretty open mind when it comes to designing and updating the house, and he’s starting to come around to the idea of my favorite finish used in a few select places, but because of this conflict of design interest, I’ve actually be pushing myself to open my own eyes to what else is out there and I’ve suddenly found myself drawn to matte black hardware and fixtures for the kitchen and bath…

white kitchen with oil-rubbed bronze hardware // litchfield designs via coco kelley

First – some context. This is not our kitchen (I wish) but the coloring in ours is similar. White cabinets with dark the dark oil-rubbed bronze knobs. This comes off a bit like modern farmhouse, which I’m ok with. But it also go me thinking… maybe this contrast of creamy white and black isn’t so bad…

modern black and white kitchen with leather stools, marble counters, black fixtures

The challenge, of course, is that the matte black faucets I’ve been looking at are way better off in a more modern setting. However – do you spy the cabinet pulls in this kitchen? Totally traditional. So there may be hope after all.

black and white kitchen with industrial fixtures + black faucet + dark wood cabinets

Here, the faucet mixes with classic elements like white subway tile and a more rustic wood finish done in modern black. The key to this stark contrast is – of course – to add warm elements like wood and wovens.

Which makes this kitchen my favorite inspiration thus far…

wood + white kitchen with black sink + faucet // design files wood + white kitchen with black sink + faucet // design files

Just one problem for us – we don’t have wood cabinets, so we might have to achieve this look with warmer paint – maybe just on the bottom cabinets and island…

I’m also considering a similar option for the bath!

white marble + black fixtures in the bath // via coco kelley

Again – the fixtures happen to look stunning in a modern setting with marble…

small bath with white subway tiles and black fixtures and touch of wood

And are better with a touch of wood (this also looks like a much more affordable version of a remodel).

white bath with moroccan tiles and black fixtures and vanity // amber interiors

And this might be my favorite because it livens things up a bit with that great tile and rug.

What do you think? Could you replace your love of brass with black? I’m still trying to talk him into this brass kitchen faucet fixture which I already have in our office, but in the meantime, some sources for black fixture inspiration…

kitchen and bath design trends - black faucets // coco+kelley

1. kohler purist // 2. delta trinsic // 3. dornbracht tara wall mount // 4. brizo solna // 5. dornbracht tara // 6. delta trinsic single handle // 7. kohler purist wall mount

I’m actually really dying for that last faucet – the kohler wall mount in black – for the kitchen in the basement which I’m hoping to turn into my own little wet bar / shooting area in the house! (That’s a whole other project!) Of course, I’ve managed to pick the most expensive one…

If you’re more of a high-shine kind of decorator, Ikea surprisingly has this one in stock.

images :: litchfield designs // hecker guthrie // skona hem // the design files //  no glitter no glory // terence chin // amber interiors

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  2. Julie

    I couldn’t agree more! I recently toured a newly renovated home and the first thing that caught my eye in the kitchen was the matte black faucet. Intriguing, unique and glorious!

  3. Heather

    These matte black fixtures are hot and so is matte brass. As a designer I have found that brass is a hard sell to most dudes, including my man. We compromised with brass allowed upstairs and oil rubbed bronze or black downstairs. Good luck -Divide and conquer!

  4. Kristin

    I always thought black and white in combo looked very timeless and elegant – and you can definitely play up the look and feel with more modern fixtures and sleeker finishes. I absolutely love that kitchen – those windows!!!


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  6. Laura Dunn

    Although I hate to admit it. Sometimes its the collaboration between my husband and I that ends up with the best result. If I had it all my way we would have a peach bedroom instead it is a dark blue grey that looks amazing with my black and white obsession. It is hard for a head strong interior design girl like me to give someone else an opinion, but it’s worth it to have a space we both love. Best wishes to you on this big project!

  7. franki

    There WILL BE challenges….fortunately, this time, the matte black is cool (I’m a tarnished brass kinda gal so that didn’t come easily.) franki

  8. Megan

    You should look into Newport Brass. Their Matte Black finish can applied to all their faucets! Beautiful options and made in California too!

  9. Kevin | Thou Swell

    I was looking at hardware recently for a project and I didn’t even consider going with matte black, but this post has convinced me that its great looking and can go both modern and traditional!

  10. Elizabeth

    I would present him with divorce papers right away.. kidding! I love brass, however I admit the matte black looks amazing. If it starts looking a bit dull, how about covering the floor with patterned tiles in your favourite green? That way you’ll get close to the style that goes with brass and away from the farmhouse… :D


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When pastels first made their way back into mainstream fashion, I was doubtful that they would last too long. Even for someone like me who enjoys a little powder blue here and there, the saccharine, somewhat traditional color palette is a bit much. But given a new, modern shape, or unexpected twist (like kilim!) suddenly these feminine colors have a whole new edge…

modern mint and white kitchen with pastel rug

touches of pastels + stripes // living room via coco kelley

The trick for me, with pastels, is to pair them is saturated tones – bright yellows, rich teals and corals come to mind – with touches of black and white.

Also featuring these softer colors on more industrial pieces, like the coffee table above, helps make them a little less sweet.

modern pastel home inspiration // via coco kelley

1. pendant lights // 2. ceramic bowl // 3. bar cart // 4. yellow pillow // 5. kilim pillow // 6. coral chair // 7. teal ottoman // 8. pink and marble light // 9. pastel moroccan rug // 10. chevron rug

pastel pinks + teal wall hangings // nicole franzen

modern furniture in pastels paired with leather // via coco kelley

I also love pastels with darker woods and leathers – not what you would typically imagine pastels being paired with, but they add a little contrast…

modern pastel home inspiration // via coco kelley

1. industrial pendant // 2. leather stool // 3. mint shelves // 4. ceramic vases // 5. pastel dinnerware // 6. pink chair // 7. black & white rug // 8. yellow throw

pastels and pink bedroom with marimekko print

Of course there’s still plenty of room for pastels to stay sweet – like this bedroom doused in pink! But you can see that the room still involves modern prints and colorful lighting making it a little bit more digestible.

How would you incorporate pastels in your own home? Me, I’ve always loved the pink walls, and the idea of an icy blue chair…

images :: clare cousins // elina dahl // nicole franzen // desire to inspire // karin ratata

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  2. Alexa~FurnishMyWay

    I love everything about this post! I really do! I couldn’t agree more on how incorporating pastels with richer, darker colors can create such a lovely color scheme– especially on modern and industrial furniture.


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When I moved into my loft, I didn’t want to let the style of the home dictate too much of what the interior would look like… but it’s hard not to let that happen with brick walls and an open floor plan. So, now that I’m about to have a whole house to decorate, I’m revisiting some of my old favorite spaces to gain some new inspiration rooted in the designs that feel timeless to me…

fresh cottage style by stephen shubel via coco kelley_2

This sweet cottage space belonging to Stephen Shubel has always stood out to me – specifically the living room. A bit preppy, but relaxed, the use of light neutrals and dashes of black are intriguing. Those stools especially!

fresh cottage style by stephen shubel via coco kelley

The piping on those linen chairs is one of my favorite elements, as are the roll up shades. I also love the use of natural materials – always a must for me in my own home.

fresh cottage style by stephen shubel via coco kelley3

The house feels very European to me, with all its antiques, and I think I’d prefer a few more modern touches in my own home, but it’s a beautiful reminder to me of how they can all work together…

fresh cottage style by stephen shubel via coco kelley4

fresh cottage style by stephen shubel via coco kelley5

It takes a brave – and usually experienced – designer to work with scale in such a small space. This oversized pedestal and bust, however, are simply awesome in the way they divide the living room from the dining room.

fresh cottage style by stephen shubel via coco kelley6

Mismatched dining chairs are always a favorite too. But how does one get the look when there are so many unique antiques? Well, luckily, there are always options…


1. white studded pillow // 2. green pillow // 3. leather tray // 4. white slipcovered chair // 5. plaster bust // 6. modern lamp // 7. striped drapes // 8. hide rugs // 9. black sculptural side table // 10. basket

It’s all about recreating the base elements. The hide rugs that lay over the whitewashed floor, plenty of black and white, a pop of colored stripes, and natural materials. I’m especially obsessed with the option of those linen striped curtains where the color won’t be so saturated, and I won’t have to put stripes on a sofa…. hmmmm…


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DULY NOTED // 1.15

Welcome to the first round of weekend links in 2015! I guess this means I’m finally back in my routine… ish. The year has kicked off for me with some awesome projects around here, and my schedule is bursting with interior design projects, moving into a new house, and planning a few parties too…


1 // I’ve gotten the green light from my guy on revamping our bedroom. Top of the list? Striped sheets. Yes please!

2 // Just like everyone else, I’ve been attempting to eat better in the new year – or really just find recipes that are satisfying and healthy. This Kale & Chicken Salad is on the list to try this weekend!

3 // Big news alert! I’m heading to Morocco for a week at the end of February to join my friend Annette for her food & prop styling workshop. AND, we’re staying at the fabulous Peacock Pavilions. I don’t think it’s sunk in that this is actually happening. And now that I’ve booked my ticket, I’m already wishing I’d made it for longer, but oh well. There will be more time for travel… I’ve got a new house to get home to!

4 // This green fedora was at the top of my Christmas list, and of course it sold out… but it’s baaaaaack! So get it while you can if you love it!

5 // Talk about classic pieces – this mirror is one of those can can go in any home. Anywhere. I love the tone of the wood and the simple shape. Now I just have to find a spot to put it…

6 // Along with everything else going on at the moment, I’m in the midst of throwing a little (or maybe not-so-little) shower for my best girl Erin at Apartment34 (evidence of bump and her favorite pregnancy pilates moves here!) so I’ve been hunting for some more grown-up inspiration for the party. This moody dinner party (and yes, shower) might be my favorite yet.

Here’s to a stellar weekend for all! I’m off to style a client’s home today, which sounds like the perfect Friday to me. Followed by packing and birthday celebrating for my guy tomorrow! Oh, and lest I forget… Go Hawks!

Until Monday…

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  1. kate Zucconi

    I’m also trying to eat more healthily so that salad looks delicious!
    Your Moroccan hotel looks amazing, I have always wanted to go there so I look forward to your trip! Green hat is stunning, such a rich colour!
    Thanks, Kate.

  2. Chloe Logan

    Oh my gosh, I’ll be in Morocco at the same time!!!! I’m starting in Marrakech, then Chefchaouen and Fes. You’re going to absolutely love it–this will be my second time. Who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other in the souk. ;) But I think if there’s one souvenir you should get, it’s a classic Moroccan teapot. They’re not too expensive (I’m a horrible bargainer yet only paid 18€ for one that serves four) and are beautiful, don’t rust, and make an excellent piece of home decor. To check that the quality is good, flap the lid a few times. If it feels super super light, then it’s no good. Look for nickel. Okay, rant over, but seriously, have so much fun!

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest


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