Come summer time, I’m sure we all wish we were living in a cabana… well, this living room certainly comes close. With soaring tent-like ceilings, and plenty of black and white stripes, the playful space lends a sunny yet styled disposition…

the black and white stripes in this playful living room give it a summery cabana feel | room of the week via coco kelley

There are a few key things about this space that called to me when I first spotted it – the use of natural fibers that lends to that ‘outdoor’ feel being one of them. But more importantly, the use of stripes that doesn’t feel heavy, overwhelming or dizzying. They achieved this by using the striped wallpaper on only one small area, continuing it through the painted shade pendants, and then switching it up with the stripes in the zebra print. It’s continuous, but not saturated, and I love that.

a playful black and white living room with stripes and modern furnishings | room of the week via coco kelley

Ok, so the coffee table might feel a bit busy, but it’s playful and so is the space!

a pink sofa is the perfect accent to this black and white living room - room of the week on coco kelley

The tall art behind the pink chair may seem a bit utilitarian, but it plays a purpose – to fill the wall without distracting from the other focal points in the room. Such as the big bold library wall!

modern red barn doors and a floor to ceiling library add color to this mostly black and white living room | room of the week via coco kelley

When in Spain… mount a few bull heads and call it a day! A few more cool details to call out here – the faux rope that’s ‘hanging’ the pendants brings a nice line to the room and and continues a rope detail that you’ll also find in the railing that you may have noticed in the first few photos. Then there’s those red doors! I love the way they graphically separate the space and lend a big hit of color to the room.

a playful vignette in black and white stripes makes this living room feel like a cabana | room of the week via coco kelley

Last but not least… what would likely be my most favorite spot in the room to perch for a bit (see what I mean about that cabana feel?). The way the stripes meet up from the base of the sofa to the wallpaper is genius attention to detail.

What are your thoughts on this space? It’s rather unconventional, and I love that about it, but do you think you could live in it all the time? What elements would you potentially change?

via elle espana

5 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK 5.19

  1. Taste of France

    I really like those sconces in the third picture.
    The zebra rug/zebra picture and black-and-white theme is a bit too much. It feels like they said, what else can we do in stripes? One zebra per room unless you’re under age 3. And if there’s a zebra, then let it be the only stripes.
    Of course, if they love it, good for them. Just my personal preference.


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Recipe :: Mint Pea Pesto Pasta with Spring Greens

At my family’s restaurant – Radici – we rotate through a seasonal menu, and I have to say that spring might be my favorite because of the fresh greens he puts on everything – especially PEAS!

mint and pea pesto pasta with spring greens | recipe by coco kelley-1

So I decided we needed to whip up our own pasta for you to join in on the goodness. And it’s not just green – it’s DOUBLE green with a pea and mint pesto that’s cool and refreshing, garlic chives that are vibrantly spicy, and the asparagus and fresh peas lend a nice green bite.

What I love most is that this dish can be eaten warm or cold, depending on the kind of noodles you use. The long tagliatelle that we used here is best served warm, but if you use something like farfalle or fusilli, it would pack really well as something to take out for a picnic in the summer sun.

mint and pea pesto pasta with spring greens | recipe via coco kelley

Green Pasta with Pea and Mint Pesto// serves 4

Pea and Mint Pesto

  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) green peas
  • A large handful of fresh mint, stems removed (about 2 cups of leaves, unpacked)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until well combined and not too chunky. This pesto is best when it’s smooth. It’s a versatile garnish for many things – from pasta to protein – and keeps for about a week in the fridge.

mint and pea pesto pasta topped with fresh spring greens | recipe by coco kelley


  • Asparagus, chopped
  • Fresh peas
  • Garlic chives, chopped
  • ~2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

(Ramps, fiddleheads, fava beans, watercress or any other green veggie would be lovely here as well)

For this pasta, I sautéed the asparagus in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil – if you loosely put the lid on it helps steam the stalks just a bit. Add the remaining olive oil followed by the garlic chives, and sauté over high heat to blister the chives and asparagus.

mint and pea pesto pasta with freshly chopped greens | recipe via coco kelley

Boil your pasta of choice accordingly. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of pasta water when you drain the pasta. Dress the noodles with the pesto and water. Before serving, add your mix of veggies, mix, and enjoy!

mint and pea pesto pasta topped with fresh spring greens | recipe via coco kelley

photography by meghan klein

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I’ve been going through a big debate between copper and brass accents in my kitchen. Funny enough – I don’t usually have a problem mixing certain metals, but doing both together seems excessive and weird in my head, so I’ve decided I can only fully commit to one. And while, of course, there are the obvious ways of incorporating either into my design plans (hardware, lighting, etc) I’ve been looking for other unique ways to bring in these metallic elements…

a metallic panel in a wood built in for this breakfast nook adds beautiful detail - coco kelley in the details

We happen to be building in a breakfast nook, but it won’t look quite as cool as this one with a big copper slab running through the wood built-ins! See how my mixing metals fear has already been disproven here? The brass light looks pretty good with it too.

a brass strip with pegs creates the coolest hanging storage weve ever seen - coco kelley in the the details

Not gonna lie – this one might be my favorite detail and one I’d be most likely to copy – a simple brass band with pegs for holding cooking utensils, herbs, whatever! I like that it’s subtle too – there’s a lot going on in a kitchen, so sometimes these little details do best!

a mirrored copper backsplash makes this hallway bar a cool focal point - coco kelley in the details

So, this isn’t exactly in the kitchen, but I know a lot of us have dead spots like this around our homes. Usually reserved for a piece of art or a mirror, I love how this homeowner turned it into a bar (and a spot for their doggie dishes!). The copper-mirror material gives this piece some stunning depth and character.

industrial style copper details in lighting hood and legs - coco kelley

I’ve seen some stunning brass hoods around lately, but not as much for copper. Perhaps it has to do with that lovely patina it gets? I can see how it might drive some type-A people crazy, but I think it’s pretty cool! The copper pipe lighting situation is also a really unique take on track lighting, and I love that they added the little bit of copper in the legs to the island too – so thoughtful in bringing the metal throughout the room!

a copper backsplash bring patina and detail to this rustic kitchen | in the details via coco kelley

A farmhouse or rustic style kitchen seems the obvious choice for some copper accents. Here, they opted for a copper backsplash to the range. The perfect place for this metal, I think – the history of your meals cooked will long be remembered in that copper!

brass banding in white subway tile - coco kelley in the details

And finally, taking a little inspiration from a commercial space, this patina brass band that cuts through the white subway tiles could easily be translated to an accent wall in the kitchen! Again, I love that natural aging.

images :: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 //


  1. Verena

    Aaamazing!!! I love this collection
    So much inspiration in one post ^^ so many nice kitchens and such amazing designs and ideas to use these materials
    I love how universally the materials are usable – vintage and modern – It looks amazing in every design ^^


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There’s something to be said about a fresh coat of white paint – it’s crisp, clean, and offers a completely blank palette. So, don’t get me wrong when I say I’m ready for a change of pace, because it will always be a classic. But, as much as I love the look, we’re definitely ready for something with a little more depth and added interest. Take the path less traveled and check out our guide to the best neutral paint colors that are anything but stark!

a guide to the best neutral paint colors for your home that AREN'T white!

Tones of green are always in my go-to palette. I’m attracted to the soft, neutral hue below…

Our the coco kelley Guide to the Best Neutral Paint Colors that AREN'T White | Green Grays

It adds color without really having to commit to something crazy and bold. It’s subtle and goes with pretty much any type of decor or finish. I’d style this bedroom with white, gray, or blush textiles. Organic wood tones would also look pretty amazing against this paint color!

Our the coco kelley Guide to the Best Neutral Paint Colors that AREN'T White | Beige

We live in a world where people automatically think “boring” when they hear the word beige. It kills me! Why? Because beige is so beautiful when done correctly!! It literally goes with anything and everything, but more importantly- it pushes me out of my comfort zone to find interesting decor because the possibilities are limitless. In that way, I guess it’s sort of challenging (in a good way), ha! Farrow & Ball sort of takes the guess work out of colors like these because their limited selection means each color is sort of amazing – try Elephant’s Breath for the perfect tonal beige.

Our the coco kelley Guide to the Best Neutral Paint Colors that AREN'T White | Cool Gray

Gray has been having a moment for a few years now. It’s chic, easy and looks amazing with metals. In my opinion, cool gray was created for rose gold, brass, or even nickel finishes for a tone-on-tone look. Restoration Hardware is an often overlooked source for paint, but we have to say they know how to nail greys!

Our the coco kelley Guide to the Best Neutral Paint Colors that AREN'T White | Pink and Blush

If you’re ready to commit to a feminine color and subdued hue, please please paint your space blush! Someday I dream of having a studio soaked in this gorgeous color. It’s just as bright as white, but with more attitude, interest, and personality. Try a shade like ‘Oyster‘ if you want to sneak an undertone in, or ‘Mauve Hint‘ if you really want to go for it!

Our the coco kelley Guide to the Best Neutral Paint Colors that AREN'T White | Warm Grays

Warm gray, otherwise known as greige, is exactly what the nicknames sounds like: gray and beige combined. The red and yellow undertones cause this color to be inviting, with all the trendiness that neutral gray has to offer. I’d paint my walls in eggshell or something similar with a really flat finish to exaggerate the soft, chic undertones.

If you’re still not convinced… what’s the plus side to painting your walls something other than white? These colors will also help add contrast to architectural elements like moulding and millwork! Even a subdued tone can make your trim look crisp and really pop.  Most people add fresh paint to their walls every 7 years, but I think I might have to jump on board a little earlier to take advantage of these gorgeous non-neutral hues. xo, Sarah

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  1. steph

    Is there a source for the image of the green bedroom? I’ve had a look through the blog archives but can’t find a post for it and wanted to see if there were any more angles of the lovely green decor 🙂


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Happy Friday all!! There was something about this week that had me feeling like I’ve hit the reset button on my energy levels, so some sunny, colorful links were in order!! It’s funny what a little extra sunshine and feeling like summer is just around the corner will do for a gal…

In other news, I’m excited to announce a new business and branding conference my friend Stephanie has been working on called Outspire. It will be held in Baltimore in August, and I will be one of the speakers (amongst a list that I feel insanely honored to be with!!). In her own words this is “an event focused on inspiring and escalating brands to reach their fullest potential—providing practical tools to take your business strategies to the next level.” On top of the summit itself, the events surrounding it will be absolutely luxurious, and I can’t wait! Early bird tickets are available now if you’re interested!

coco kelley loves and links weekend roundup!

1 // We have an awkwardly small main bathroom in our house, so I’ve been scheming up ways to make it more functional for us all. Instead of a row of hooks, I’d TOTALLY opt for this wood ring DIY instead!

2 // We can’t get enough of artist Hayley Mitchell‘s beautiful face series! Thinking of ordering a print for the kiddo’s bedroom, but really I’d love to commission something from her someday! Her use of color is fantastic.

3 // I can never get enough stripes, but I love the mix of color and black and white in this specific pillow –  makes it an easy one to slip in anywhere!

4 // Completely obsessed by this not-your-average-rainbow of colors by La Tavola linen that caught my eye on 100 Layer Cake. Their selection is stunning, but the presentation is even better! I’d love to recreate this for a dinner party (because, you know, we can all afford to upholster our chairs to match our napkins…)

5 // Sometimes you just need a dash of color in your menu, and these salad rolls are so fun for that very reason! I’m sure they’re quite tasty too. What a perfect way to offer up veggies at backyard gathering, right?

6 // How perfectly cheerful and bohemian is this yellow rattan side table? I could see this in a sunny beach home…

4 responses on “WEEKEND LINKS & LOVES // 5.13

  1. Verena

    I love this little collection ^^
    the wood rings are probably my fave – so simple but easy to do 😉 really nice
    the pillow is gorgeous and I love the idea of the multicoloured chairs – look so nice


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