In just a couple of weeks we’ll be hosting our second coco+kelley workshop here in Seattle, and I’m pretty darn excited about it. The design team who helped me put together this blog – CooperHouse – is coming to teach a two-day course for small businesses who need a little extra help in the graphic design department. And, just so there’s no confusion on how amazing and awesome this could be for you and your own biz – they put together this amazing infographic to spell it all out…


Here’s what your fearless workshop leader, Erin Cooper, has to say about the class:

“When a small business invests in a website and a brand, they may not always have the funds to hire a designer long-term to help reinforce the brand. Lots of businesses DIY their design for promotions, and we believe that teaching them the right way to design, and giving them the tools they need, will help eliminate poor layouts, ineffective visuals, and embarrassing mistakes. Learning to be a professional graphic designer does take years and years, but the fundamentals necessary to learn basic promotional design using Photoshop & Illustrator can be taught in a workshop, especially if the student is diligent with practice.

Ultimately, our goal is to reach out to our community and offer something that could have an immediate effect on the success of these small businesses, and empower non-designers to create visual messages that are effective & help elevate their brand.”

Sounds like something you could use? Good! Because we’re giving away ONE SPOT for the workshop! If you can join us April 25th-26th in Seattle, then leave a comment below letting us know how you’d benefit from attending, and then tweet about the giveaway with a link to this post and include @casslavalle or @cooper_house in the tweet. The winner will be drawn on Thursday! Good luck!

UPDATE: The giveaway is over and the winner has been chosen, but we’ve still got a few spots left, and we’re practically giving them away. Use the code “cocokelley” to receive 40% off! 

for more info on the workshop, or to purchase tickets, please check out the eventbrite page


  1. Acanthus Nichole

    This is such a great opportunity!

    I could benefit from this because from day one starting my brand I have been self taught and done just about everything on my own. I’ve had to try and figure things out, and often coming to a round about, less than ideal solution because I’m winging it! There are so many ways learning these skills would benefit my business from marketing, website maintenance, product photography and editing, packaging-you name it! A large reason why I started my business was because I was so excited about all of the new skills I could learn, graphic design being one of them.

    Plus, it would be so much FUN! xo

  2. sarah sutin

    That would be amazing! As a recent college grad trying to balance a day job and pursuing a design career this would be an awesome boost. I would love to learn so much more and fine tune the skills I picked up on my own along the way. Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Tania Arceo

    I’m fairly new to blogging and would love to learn about graphic design and help make my site vibrant and fun. I would love the opportunity to learn and have the hands on training that the workshop provide. There is so much information out there that sometimes kind be confusing. This would help me focus and learn what it is I should be doing rather than guessing.

  4. Kate

    I’d really love to take this workshop! I would really like to take ownership of both the design elements of my brand as well as the complementing photoshop skills. I have no experience with graphic design or photoshop and I am overwhelmed and confused when attempting either. I’ve been looking for the right place to learn and this seems like a great place to start!

  5. Chelsey

    The best giveaway of the year – experience! My entire career (8 years) has been a frustrating long haul trying to learn blogging, social media, website, photography, photoshop, etc. I know you should spend money to make money, but sadly bills come first and I haven’t been able to do any branding. (My company name isn’t even my name anymore!) This would be such an amazing experience to win a chance to learn and better yourself+your business.

  6. Stephanie Wilborn

    I would absolutely love to take part in this work shop. I’ve had more than a few trial and errors and have tried relaunching only to get frustrated as I make the same mistakes again and again, albeit in different ways. Like so many other small businesses trying to get off the ground I am doing this “on the side” while I keep my paying day job, but would one day like to call my dream job my day job.

  7. Giana

    As a representative of TerraCotta Properties, a residential design-build firm, we find it extremely important for Interior Design and Architecture businesses to pay attention to the choice of graphics and photographic representation of their brands. As a small business, we’d love to join your team and workshop attendees in Seattle to learn more about how we can strengthen our brand and stand out within our local design community.

  8. Melanie M.

    I do PR for a living and studied English and journalism but I would like to expand my knowledge in the design area. I take a lot of photography as part of my job and have a personal passion and interest in quality images and visual storytelling. I’d love to join you and grow professionally!

  9. Ursula

    This would be an awesome event to attend! I’m staying home with 3 active beautiful children and budget is tight for traveling. But hey, if I can I would have to go ;)

  10. Kim

    As a small business owner who does all of her own branding/design/etc., your workshop would be the perfect opportunity to work on my skills and better my brand while also meeting other creatives.

  11. Shamila

    Immersing in a workshop with the Cooperhouse Team seems like the ideal match for me and my design business as I consider elevating the brand further.

  12. Cozbi

    I have meandered through the past 7 years exploring various creative fields. Primarily, I’ve spent my time nursing my small, professional wedding photography business. Now, I am interested in taking my experience and my aesthetics and building a deeper knowledge in two main areas:
    First, clear and cohesive concept development.
    Second, executing strong visual communication.

    I’ve not signed up for other larger-scale blogger/photography/software shops because those have not felt like the correct fit for someone looking to intimately pursue equal parts education in artistry and technical skill. I think this CooperHouse workshop could be spot-on both in timing and course topic for this primed creative!

  13. Mandi

    I am always trying to grow my skill set. Many of the things taught in this workshop I have been trying to master for the the past couple of years on my own time. I think an intimate environment with access to expertise would enable me to be more confident approaching the creative side of things!

  14. Sylvia O'Leary

    Cassandra I’m so mad I missed this. I am a Home Stager. My business is fairly successful but I really need to bring it to the next level and I truly would have benefited from this workshop. I work in South Orange County (home of the first Real Housewives)…I was forced to reinvent myself when my husband’s job went sideways. Unfortunately my computer skills aren’t the up to par with my Staging skills. I love your blog. I’ll try next time.


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If I never hear the term ‘festival style’ again in my life it will be too soon, but there is something to be said for the overall aesthetic of this genre. Usually defined by bohemian, flowy tops and dresses in lace, embroidery and a more ethnic influence, this mesh of worldly influences can be quite beautiful…

seams for a desire indian jacket


But once you’ve left the festival grounds (or the California coast), how do you wear these looks in a more everyday environment? I prefer a chic, polished take on these ethnic elements. I’m especially smitten right now with the use of beaded belts and Indian textiles (I mean, how often do we get to rock mirrors on our body?). It’s all taking that one beautiful piece – new or vintage – and letting it make a statement.

While ethnic prints and styles have been trending in fashion for a while now, I really like this turn its taking to be even more true to the original cuts and styles of the sources for these inspirations. The return of kimonos, huipil, and jackets like the one below are proof that some traditions are best left untouched… and allow us to take these traditional garments and really make them our own.


1. jacket // 2. denim // 3. leather skirt // 4. necklace // 5. heels // 6. cami

Finding that one piece can be hard – this jacket is from Zara – but there are some really beautiful vintage ones to be discovered on Etsy! I love the idea of pairing it with edgy denim, or a mini skirt for warmer weather. If something like this is a bit too bold for you, find your own way of incorporating some more simple accessories into your everyday look.

inspiration images :: seams for a desire // unknown  // lady addict

7 responses on “GET THE LOOK :: ETHNIC CHIC

  1. Toby

    Love the bohemian look. Cost Plus usually has some nice, flowy tops and kaftans that I love to pair with a nice pair of jeans!

  2. Courtney

    I’ve been looking for those Dolce Vita shoes in my size everywhere! They are the perfect summer heel in my opinion.


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Since moving into my loft, I’ve been consuming inspiration for open plan living like crazy. It’s such a different form of decorating.

Granted, my little urban oasis is nowhere close to being as grand as this converted barn in Malibu belonging to cinematographer Darius Wolski and his wife Rebecca – who happens to be a set stylist…

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malibu barn neutral living room

Their living area is actually multiple areas – with plenty of room to spare, as you can see. I love that they kept the upper floor open to below too, with little nooks that look back down into the kitchen, living room and dining areas…


What a dream it must be to entertain guests here! I love how the space feels very well put together, and yet very collected from over the years. And, while I normally don’t love this neutral of a palette, there is something very soothing about it. I think it would be far too much dark grey for a home here in Seattle, but in sunny LA, a space like this would be a welcome oasis on hot summer days.



I have a feeling if this were my home, this little nook would be one of my favorite spots to perch. The decor in this home is some of the most consistent I’ve seen – the combination of hide rugs, raw woods and baskets, layers of linen textiles, and plenty of well placed art is the theme throughout.

To see the entire home, visit photographer Martin Lof’s site, and read the article at Elle Decoration. 

8 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK 4.10

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Last week we showed you a quick and fun DIY for a housewarming party (or any party, really!) but what happens with these sweet (or humorous!) Post-it Notes after the party is over? Well…

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I love the idea of asking your guests to find some fun places to tuck their notes for you to discover later, or you could gather up all the messages yourself and place your favorites around the house for a fun little reminder of the evening!

The Post-it Notes layered over artwork add a fun dimension to the pieces, and are a nice reminder of not to take anything – not even art – too seriously.

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I could also imagine them layered into a booklet, stuck to the fridge, or even framed into their own little pieces of art!

coco+kelley for post it housewarming party notes wall_11

What creative ways would you keep these memorable messages around?

*this post sponsored by post-it brand. all styling and ideas my own


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I have a bad habit of getting a bit ‘matchy’ in my decorating (and wardrobing for that matter) and there’s no place that this bothers me more than when it comes to art. Sometimes I see pieces I love only to think ‘well, that’s not going to work in my house’.

Of all things, art purchases should not be based on color schemes, but purely on emotional response. So, I’ve  been spending more time lately hunting down pieces I truly love, which brought me to this site – Tiger Flower Studio….

tiger flower studio // art

The variety of artists – and colorful selections is one of my favorites right now. It helps that their selections include some for the more fashion and interior inclined. But my favorite pieces are actually these imaginative chinoiserie scenes by Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard // The Coral Grove art

Harrison Howard // The Courtship

The colors and scenes make me smile, and that is what art is all about – eliciting some kind of emotional response. It doesn’t always have to be happy, but some sort of reaction should always be felt when picking out pieces for your environment.

Kazumi Yoshida // la belle et la bete

I also like the ridiculousness of this little gem – it seems to perfectly capture some form of crazy in my life that I adore.

You can choose from several sizes of giclée prints, framed or unframed. Check out the entire gallery of artists on the Tiger Flower Studio site.


  1. franki

    Personally, I believe it takes “all of the above” to enjoy art…first..I gravitate to the scene and then I has all the colors I adore…and then it has to “fit in” with the surroundings. Done deal!! franki

  2. Life On Hill Street

    I love the idea that art should be purchased based on an emotional connection to the piece, not the fact that it matches your couch. Good point!! As we finish up our renovation and start to think about decorating, I will definitely keep that in mind! This was a helpful (and adorable) post – thanks!


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