ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 2.19

With my impending trip to Marrakesh at the end of the week, it’s safe to say I have Moroccan style on the brain. While I will admit that I am thiiiiiis close to refusing to order another Beni Ourain rug for a client, there is a way to infuse Moroccan style into a room that still feels unexpected and heavenly, and my friend and designer Brian Paquette did just that when it came to this house.

dramatic wallpaper dining room by brian paquette // via coco+kelley

The room in question, funny enough, doesn’t have a hit-you-over-the-head Moroccan vibe. But it did inspire the quiet touches of Moroccan influence throughout the home – the turned legs on the dining table leading the charge.

dramatic wallpaper dining room by brian paquette // via coco+kelley

With a beauty like that, the ghost chairs (and ghostly chandelier) are a nice touch – allowing the bold lines of the dining room table to stand out. But how I have not even mentioned the wallpaper yet!?

dramatic wallpaper dining room by brian paquette // via coco+kelley

It’s stunning, no? I love that the rest of the room feels very modern with some worldly touches. And for those wondering about the Moroccan vibe in the rest of the house…

moroccan inspired nook by brian paquette // via coco+kelley

Well, this just happens to be my favorite corner. In fact, I’m suggesting that chaise to a client tomorrow because it’s so good.

moroccan inspired nook by brian paquette // via coco+kelley

The touch of industrial is unexpected and light, which I love.

moroccan inspired nook by brian paquette // via coco+kelley
See more of the project right here. Me? I’ll be counting down the days until I’m curled up in a corner like this one… in Morocco.

photogaraphy by belatheé

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REVIEW :: J.CREW FALL 2015 RTW

In the drabbest of months, we often struggle to infuse color into our wardrobe in a way that’s not too evocative of Spring.  Leave it to J Crew to solve this dilemma for AW15 with a rainbow of sumptuous textures and blingy options, all displayed yesterday morning at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York.  Curse the fashion cycles for teasing us so – you’ve got a good six months before you can own any of these pieces yourself, but at least they know how to keep us longing for more (#takemymoney).  The positive aspect – and there is always one – is the style inspiration is free.   We’ve highlighted the details for easy interpretation back to your own cold weather looks below…

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - pink and violet // coco+kelley

jcrew fall 2015 RTW furs + fringe skirts // coco+kelley

Color + Lip + Accessory = Fresh.  This means pick up a heavy sweater or jacket in a color of the maximal spectra – many good finds are on sale at this point in the season – and pair it with some sunnies, a big earring or scarf with some presence.  Then layer on a lip, because your sweet, creamy, mid-winter face is no match for this bold look without it.

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - oversized sweater + feather mini // coco+kelley

If the idea of a bare leg seems many moons away, we’re with ya.  However, glitter and bright feather details do not have to be.  Winterize the look above with stockings or a leather pant, and your minis magically become tunics when layered with a cozy sweater (disclosure – this look best reserved for ladies with some height on them!).

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - bold sweater + metallic bag // coco+kelley

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - khaki with bold yellow +  blush pinks // coco+kelley

A heavy midi skirt in a light neutral, paired with that bright wooly top we discussed in scenario one, finished off with a bold metallic bag is siiiiiiiccckkk.  If you are one of those people who does not yet own said bold metallic bag, the time is now.  You do not need a new black/brown/navy/tan/neutral bag prior to this happening.  Carpe Diem. Or rather, Curate Diem.

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - denim top + sequined skirt // coco+kelleyGiven the on going love affair that Americans have with denim shirts, were betting you’ve got a version or two of these in your closet.  Potentially stored for the winter, they’re ready for action.  And so is that sequin (or lace?) skirt that you’ve tabled till Spring.  Obviously the longer the better with materials as stunning as these.

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - new denim cuts + tasseled heels // coco+kelley

Do you love skinny jeans?  Mmm, us too.  But if you’d prefer not to resemble the rest of the world, then entertaining some new denim shapes is a good place to start.  This ankle length slim-straight jean with its wide cuff perfectly offsets the ankle detail on this shoe and the sequin detail on this coat.  If you’re worried about cold tootsies at this time of year, a sheer stocking (with a denier of 15 – 30) will give you coverage that doesn’t compete with the look.

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - embellished top + wide leg trousers // coco+kelley

We find that many people have picked up a fabulous pair of wide legged trousers somewhere along the way, and a now are at a loss for how to “pull them off.”  Let these to beauties – and Jenna Lyons – be your guide.  You’re going to need a heel, maybe even a platform, unless you’re over 5’8.”  We need to see your waist/high hip, so make sure your top doesn’t hang too long.   Other than that, you’ve got this in the bag.  The look is awesomely head turning without much work.  And who doesn’t like that on a cold winter morning?!

jcrew fall 2015 RTW - fair isle and jaquard // coco+kelley

This last look is the kicker – one that many love but have no confidence in replicating.  To start, pull out the fair isle sweater that you already own.  Next, procure a printed (jacquard?) midi skirt in complimentary colors.  If your sweater is red, black, green and white, your skirt needs to have those colors too.  Now, throw on a nice short leather jacket.  Your shoe just needs to be slim – we need the balance of your leg to offset the rest of the volume (calf grazing boots are perfect here).  And don’t forget some color in your face, for pete’s sake.

Ready to shop now? Check out these selections to get the looks above.

This post was put together by my good friends Sara & Allison – the ladies at Le Curate who have been attending all the shows and throwing their favorite looks my way this week! Follow along for more of their cheeky advice on my instagram

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INTERIORS TO INSPIRE :: A BOHO CHALET

What’s a girl to do this time of year when her heart is dreaming of sunny California escapes, but her feet are firmly planted in piles of snow? Well, decorate of course….

a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

Thankfully, I’m skipping the snow at the moment since I traded my usual Fashion Week trip for one to Morocco (5 days and counting!), but were I to be stuck in the weather on the east coast, I have a feeling I’d be making the most of it by taking a cue from the bohemian inspired decor in this traditional chalet.

a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

This space is a glowing example of the mantra ‘There are no rules’. With layers of brightly colored textiles and plenty of modern lines, this mountain cabin embraces an overall style that would be more at home in sunny Los Angeles instead of the French Alps.

a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

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The only acknowledgement of the home’s snowy climate are the piles of furs and hides covering some of the furnishings.

a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

Even the kitchen has joined in on this unconventional, cheery decor. Although… I’m not sure I love it in this all-wood environment – the mosaic tiles don’t really shine the way they could in a more simple backdrop.

a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

There are also touches of asian influence throughout the home in the lighting and some textiles, giving this home a truly eclectic style. While the main seating area in front of the huge fireplace and the outdoor (brrr!) dining area are probably my two favorites in this home, I’m applauding the look all around for its completely unconventional take on cabin living.

Here’s how we would recreate it for our own home…

get the look: a french alps chalet decorated in boho style // via coco+kelley

1. rattan peacock chair // 2. blue chair // 3. sheepskin rug // 4. lantern // 5. dining table // 6.  modern vases // 7. sunnee pillow // 8. phulkari lumbar pillow

What do you think of this bold style? Would you err towards more traditional decor for a cabin escape, or do you like the new energy this brings to a usually-predictable space?

images :: design by lionel jadot via wave avenue 

11 responses on “INTERIORS TO INSPIRE :: A BOHO CHALET

  1. Jodi

    Wow…this space is amazing. The natural woods and bright colors are paradise. I can’t get over the space and how tall the ceilings are. It’s truly a site to see in person I’m sure. The inside Cali-boho vibe with a beautiful winter white on the outside screams America.

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  2. Diane

    Hard to believe and I fear for my life saying this (lol) but those of us in sunny and hot southern California would love to have a bit of weather! An endless summer is no fun when you are a skier and lover of the seasons. I would love to live in these photos right now and that chalet boho chic look is so comforting.

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Diane, I totally remember that feeling when I lived in LA. Seattle is a happy medium – we’re getting some nice mild sunshine at the moment, but we definitely get our seasons too. But I miss snow now and again!

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  3. PerfectFitSystem

    This is indeed such a unique take to home styling. Though for us, there are some misses like that of the kitchen island and counter but the bold and fearless approach is endearing in itself. It’s refreshing.

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VALENTINE’S DAY COCKTAIL :: TWO LIPS + A ROSE

Valentine’s Day. On one hand, a sweet excuse to showing your honey a little extra love. On the other hand, an over-commercialized holiday you can’t wait to pass.

I’ve been on both sides of the coin, both honoring and avoiding St. Valentine, and I think I’ve found a middle ground suitable for your preferred way of celebrating: alcohol. Think of this as Valentine’s Day in a glass. A splash of rose water gives a festive floweriness to the cocktail, while sparkling wine add a little romance. On the flip side, a shot of vodka and Chambord are there to help numb the pain of cupid’s arrow. See? Everybody wins.

valentine's day cocktail with rose water, chambord and champagne // coco kelley

Whether you’re determinedly avoiding V-Day, cozying up with your sweetheart, or are just in the mood for something tasty to jump-start your Saturday night, this little rosy number should hit the spot.

valentine's day cocktail with rose water, chambord and champagne // coco kelley

Two Lips & A Rose // serves 2

  • 3 oz Vodka
  • 3 oz Chambord
  • 1 tsp Rose Water
  • Sparkling wine, to top
  • Edible or candied rose petals for garnish

valentine's day cocktail with rose water, chambord and champagne // coco kelley

Prep ::

Measure the vodka, Chambord, and rose water into into a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake vigorously to chill. Strain the contents evenly amongst two coupes. Top the cocktail off with a liberal splash of sparkling wine or prosecco. We garnished ours with some rose petals, but the edible variety can be hard to find, so candied rose petals or raspberries will also work!

valentine's day cocktail with rose water, chambord and champagne // coco kelley

The best part? All you need to enjoy this drink is two lips and one rose. No hot date required.

photography :: meghan klein for coco+kelley  // recipe :: natasha snowden

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10 WAYS TO #TREATYOSELF FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine or no Valentine, there’s one thing that’s for sure about this holiday – it’s all about indulging. So whether or not you’ve got a main squeeze to squeeze come this weekend, I suggest finding a little (or big!) way to treat yourself to something sweet, sparkly, or fabulous…

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1. ted baker portable speaker // 2. pink gem stud earrings // 3. ‘you’re cute’ calling cards // 4. diptyque ‘rosafolia’ candle // 5. porcelain arrows // 6. intax mini camera // 7. heart flats // 8. burnin’ for you matches // 9. candy striped tote bag / 10. gold lips

My personal favorites? For a little weekend flirting, why not stock up on those ‘You’re Cute’ calling cards, and slip someone your number? That ban.do striped canvas bag is also the epitome of Valentine’s day treating yourself. Just be sure you fill it with flowers, bon bons and champagne! If you’re anything like me, a relaxing night at home with those few items is gift enough after the week I’m about to have.

A few more of my favorite to shop below…!

8 responses on “10 WAYS TO #TREATYOSELF FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

  1. emily

    those calling cards are seriously too cute. i love cute, impractical things like that. i would probably never use them to plan date nights haha, but they would be fun to write like little nice messages on for the hub! you have good taste in treat yoself gifts :)
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  2. David Carter

    The reason Cassandra shares so much of herself in her work and life is because she
    is a beautiful, giving soul. I should know because I’ve known Cassandra since the day
    she was born and she has been that way from the beginning. A beautiful soul who becomes more beautiful the older she grows. A beautiful, growing soul and we are all blessed to have her in our lives. Happy Valentine Cassandra from one, and all. David

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