THE NEW PASTEL

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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ONE ROOM INSPIRATION :: FRESH COTTAGE STYLE

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…

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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…

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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.

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  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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ROOM OF THE WEEK 1.14

I have a new obsession you guys. ATTICS. Remodeled attics to be exact.

See, the home I’m moving into with my boyfriend has one that is completely unfinished… and ripe for dreaming! Someday (if all goes well and I still live there in another year), we’d love to renovate it and make it our master bedroom and bath.  So naturally, I’ve already started pinning inspiration. But nothing has made me so enamoured with the idea of an attic bath as this insanely stunning remodel from designer Tamara Kaye Honey

glamorous white and gold attic bathroom by tamara kaye honey // via coco kelley

While our ceilings are definitely not that high, we do have the width, and potential for some larger windows and great natural light. But what I love about this space is how much of it is dedicated to the bath. And of course the plethora of white and brass with touches of wood. My most favorite combination.

 

glamorous white and gold attic bathroom by tamara kaye honey // via coco kelley

THAT HARDWARE.

glamorous white and gold attic bathroom by tamara kaye honey // via coco kelley

Using the dormer for the shower is also an amazing idea. I’d pretty much lock the door to this space and never leave. I also think the subtle storage is fantastic. And where’s the master bedroom? Oh just tucked over here.

cozy white and neutral attic bedroom by tamara kaye honey // via coco kelley

Think I can convince my boyfriend to flip flop our attic plans and make the bathroom the majority of the space? Yeah… me neither. But a girl can dream.

images via lonny magazine

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  1. Pam WhimsicalVintage

    Love everything about this space! To me, attics are a decorator’s dream…they have great light, wonderful angles and a coziness you just can’t find in any other room!
    All the best in your new home:)

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  2. franki

    GREAT photos!! Hmmm…two days in a row I can’t “get in” to your blog from “bloglovin” and do the “back entrance” through Google…hmmm. franki

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  3. Kevin | Thou Swell

    I absolutely LOVE an attic bathroom! I’ve got a friend in SF who’s bathtub in smack-dab in the middle of her attic bedroom and it’s fantastic (even has a skylight above it). Definitely a dreamy space :)

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  4. clayton gray home

    What great ideas for attic! We have similar attic that I’ve dreamed of doing something with. This certainly gives me something to think about. The white and gold combo are perfect for smaller spaces with angles . Love!!

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5 WINTER STREET STYLE LOOKS TO TRY RIGHT NOW

I woke this morning in a total winter funk… typical for this time of year. Not that I can complain – the sun is shining today, and we haven’t had a drop of snow on the ground! But, I’m simply not a winter person. But – c’est la vie. We do have a few more months to get through, and I figure we might as well embrace it, right? Right. 

So I spent the morning culling through some winter street style looks to inspire my wardrobe choices for the coming months… which also goes along with my resolution to make more an effort actually style myself a bit more when leaving the house.

winter street style inspiration - short sleeved sweaters // coco kelley

Inspiration 1: short sleeved sweaters. Or sweater dresses for that matter. I’m taking major note of this easy look for days when I’m already running late for a meeting because I think this falls into the category of big style return for minimal effort.  Thinking this one would do the trick.

winter street style inspiration - pinstripe coats // coco kelley

Inspiration 2: Pinstripe coats. I’m obviously loving me a little menswear style these days, so a navy blue pinstripe coat should be a pretty obvious choice for my wardrobe. I have a feeling I’ll be hunting the vintage stores for something like this asap, but you can also get the coat right here.

winter street style inspiration - lots of layers // coco kelley

Inspiration 3: Crazy Good Layers. I love layering. In fact, our weather kind of requires it all year long, so I’d say I’ve gotten pretty good at it! The trick is not looking like a marshmallow by the end of the process. Maja Wyh is pretty much the queen of this style (on the right) so if you want to know how to it off, look no further than her blog. My first rule of layering? Grab a really great vest.

winter street style inspiration - monocromatic pieces // coco kelley

Inspiration 4: Go Tonal. Another look that’s fairly easy to pull off, the monochromatic scheme is great if you have a signature color in your wardrobe. I have quite a bit of army green myself (and of course tons of black) but maybe I’ll add some pants in a similar hue to top things off… something like these.

winter street style inspiration - plaid on plaid // coco kelley

Inspiration 4: Plaid on Plaid. I mean, as if you needed an excuse to add more to your wardrobe. Whether it’s adding a coat (loving this one), sweater, or scarf to the mix, totally do the plaid on plaid thing. The trick is finding patterns in different scales so as not offend your friends’ or coworkers’ eyeballs.

most images via elle magazine and stockholm street style

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Thank you for such an awesome compliment! I’m not very good at motivating myself to get into a dress in the middle of winter, and I don’t expect most people are either – I like to keep things real and attainable! So I appreciate you noticing!!! xo

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  1. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    I think I could really hop on the short sleeved sweater bandwagon! What I really need to work on is perfecting my layers. I have a bunch of coats, but they aren’t coats that I can wear on top of each other, so I need to work on that aspect of my wardrobe. For now, all I can afford to worry about is which items of clothing will keep me the warmest! I aspire to one day dress as well as these stylish women :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      well my dear, you can add those but how are you supposed to know what to wear under if i just show a bunch of bundled up girls in each photo!? also, there are those whose ‘winter’ is a balmy 65. so a little of something for everyone, eh?

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