COCO KELLEY LOVES + LINKS // 6.26

Goooood morning and happiest friday! The sun is shining and it’s going to be a hot one this weekend, so I’m ready to ring in the true arrival of summer around here while we work on our tans and sip some cocktails! It also happen to be Pride Weekend in Seattle, and what better timing could you ask for with the announcement this morning from the Supreme Court? I don’t know about you, but I will be celebrating LOVE this weekend.

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1 // I love pretty much any home tour, but find it particularly interesting to see what designers do with their own homes. I’m obsessed with the dining chairs in Lauren Nelson’s abode featured this week on Rue, along with a few more pretty little details.

2 // Sherbert is my favorite color. Therefore, THESE PILLOWS.

3 // Did you catch our serious sandal roundup at the beginning of the week? Adding these striped ones to the favorites list.

4 // I love this ‘live wood’ headboard DIY made out of plywood from In Honor of Design. A much more affordable – and lighter- option to the real thing.

5 // I mentioned last week how much I love nectarines, so I’m back at it with this Nectarine Prosecco Sangria which sounds absolutely heavenly. Especially in the almost-90-degree heat we’re about to experience this weekend!

6 // A very chic solution to my keys constantly getting lost in the bottom of my bag. I love the solid wood ball on this keychain with its artsy vibe.

Happy weekend all. Spread some hugs.

photography by katie parra

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 6.25

Sometimes a ‘room’ happens to be a breakfast nook, living room, and kitchen all in one – such is the life of the city dweller. Tackling these types of spaces can always be a challenge, and when I do them I tend to lean towards a lot of neutrals so that they space doesn’t overwhelm. But, in this small Chicago apartment, designer Summer Thornton takes a bold approach with patterns and colors that feel light and fresh.

colorful chicago apartment by summer thornton | coco+kelley

a bright breakfast nook by summer thornton design | coco+kelley

The breakfast nook is absolutely my favorite part in the home. I have a thing for shades of peach and lilac together, and that piping on the nook bench is so on point.

At some point in my life – when I have time and patience and money – I will own a piece of furniture covered in Quadrille fabric. Preferably in the exact pattern – Arbre de Matisse – that was used here in the roman shades. Although it would be pretty hard to pick a favorite out of their line.

colorful chicago apartment by summer thornton | coco+kelley

colorful chicago apartment by summer thornton | coco+kelley

Again, more orange + lilac love in that settee. Also, the choice to push the seating up against the kitchen island is one of my new favorite layout strategies for small space living. Unless you really love them, eliminating the whole uncomfortable stools-at-the-counter thing saves a ton of space.

The oversized pendants are an interesting choice, but I actually think they work. I’m guessing they provide a lot of extra light for the space.

colorful chicago apartment by summer thornton | coco+kelley

Another amazing trick if you can afford it is to keep the appliances a seamless with the rest of the open kitchen as possible, like making the refrigerating blend with the cabinetry and tucking the microwave under the counter (instead of on it or above). I love the Blue Star range being a crown jewel here though – that blue matches the window treatments perfectly, and the hood is stunning too.

Sidenote – I can’t wait to remodel our kitchen. I will so be looking for a range like this that will stand out and be a beautiful focal point.

colorful chicago apartment by summer thornton | coco+kelley

Benches are a small space dweller’s best friend and I love this cozy moment in front of the fireplace (isn’t that paint color gorgeous?). And I never say no to a little beach moment, so that mirror is definitely working for me too.

Are you inspired to do a little re-thinking of your living space after this? I am! Here’s how to get a similar look…

get the look of this new trad apartment with fresh prints and color | coco+kelley

1. brass lantern // 2. seashell mirror // 3. bookcase // 4. rebecca atwood shibori pillow // 5. john robshaw pillow // 6. blue fabric pattern settee // 7. ginger jar // 8. stripe ottoman // 9. side table

Just because their sofa is orange, doesn’t mean that yours has to be! I found this beautiful blue settee on One Kings Lane, and it substitutes for the blue elements in the room just perfectly. As for the lilac and tangerine, find some vintage chippendale chairs (or any style really) and upholster them in either color. Then add some accents via throw pillows.

To shop more ideas, scroll through these finds!

images :: summer thornton design as featured on lonny

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  1. Erin

    Love the color scheme!! Adds a little fun and gives a very homey appeal. Makes me want to go on a shopping spree to spruce up my living area. Thanks for sharing!

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RECIPE :: DARK CHERRY BUTTERMILK TART

In my kitchen, the making of a pie signifies a milestone. I’ve yet to truly master the art of decadently flaky crust, have yet to try my hand at a peach pie, and haven’t quite gotten around to topping a pie with a light and fluffy mountain of meringue, but the times that I have made pie stick out in memory like no other dish.

The first time, for example, that I endeavored to take on a recipe from start to finish was for “LouAnn’s Classic Buttermilk Pie”. I found the recipe, written on an old, yellowed note card inside of a book from the library (romantic, right?). It called for a cookie type crust, a lot of sugar, and a lot of butter, but I couldn’t refuse my intrigue. So I set to making the crust, set to making the filling, and then set to enjoying my first from-scratch baking project that I didn’t wish to be different in any way.

dark cherry buttermilk tart recipe | coco+kelley

There have since been other momentous pies: for birthdays, for graduations, and other celebrations, but I have a particularly significant one in mind. It’s this little beauty, which was actually the first recipe I ever made for coco+kelley; the catalyst to everything from “moldy cheese” to french toast, from Moroccan crostini to shaved brussels sprouts and all other yummy things in between.

And now, as I ready myself for a cross-continental move (!!!!) and bid au dieu to the lovely kitchen of 95 Yesler, I want to celebrate the year of crafting recipes beside Cassandra’s amazing styling and Meghan’s gorgeous photography with this momentous pie (but with a a personal twist, of course!): the buttermilk tart, topped with juicy, seasonal cherries.

I lightened up LouAnn’s recipe to make a summer tart that isn’t too sweet or heavy, where the plump cherries pop against the creamy custard filling for a truly lovely dessert. If, however, you’re looking for a true, southern buttermilk pie, increase the filling to 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk to put into a flaky pie crust.

Enjoy xx

Natasha

dark cherry buttermilk tart recipe | coco+kelley

Buttermilk Tart with Cherries // Serves 8

Crust 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1⁄4 cup extra fine sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten

In a food processor, pulse together the sugar and flour to mix. Add the butter, and pulse a few times until clumps start to form. Then, add the egg yolk and continue pulsing until well mixed. The dough will be sandy, resembling shortbread. Collecte and form the dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat your over to 350F and lightly flour your work surface. When dough has cooled, roll it out to fit your tart pan. If it cracks, use a little water to “glue” the dough back together. Press the dough into the pan, dock the dough with a fork, and bake for 15 minutes with pie weights. After 15 minutes, take the crust out of the oven, remove the pie weights, and bake for another 10 minutes without weights.

dark cherry buttermilk tart recipe | coco+kelley

Filling 

  • 1 cup extra fine sugar (can be reduced to 3/4 if you prefer it a little less sweet)
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract

Have your oven heat to 325F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. As you whisk, add in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Fill your crust with the custard, and bake for 35 minutes, or until the middle is set. Allow the tart to cool for 30-40 minutes.

dark cherry buttermilk tart recipe | coco+kelley

Cherry Topping 

  • Enough cherries to cover your tart
  • ½-1 tbsp honey
  • optional: 1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Remove the pits and halve your cherries (we used about a cup and a half). Combine the cherries with honey and vanilla. Allow the fruit to sit of a bit, then place on your tart before serving.

dark cherry buttermilk tart recipe | coco+kelley

dark cherry buttermilk tart recipe | coco+kelley

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

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A SCANDINAVIAN HOME WITH INDOOR-OUTDOOR CHARM

I will be the first to admit that my threshold for minimal Scandinavian design is nearing its limits. While part of me really truly appreciates the clean, minimalist style, sometimes it goes a bit too far and feels impersonal to me. But if there’s one thing that can remedy that problem… it’s an abundance of plants.

a black and white scandinavian home with indoor-outdoor charm | via coco+kelley

And a whimsical antique chandelier, too.

a black and white scandinavian dining room with antique chandelier | via coco+kelley

all white nook with cozy touches in this scandinavian home tour | via coco+kelley

For all the green outside, there’s an equal amount of white inside, but what I really love is the way the black exterior adds drama and contrast to the natural plants and the bright indoors.

a black and white scandinavian home with indoor-outdoor charm | via coco+kelley

all black patio with dining area in this scandinavian home tour | via coco+kelley

a black and white scandinavian home with indoor-outdoor charm | via coco+kelley

I’m kind of dying over this indoor/outdoor vibe here, not to mention the obvious green thumb the owner must have.

a black and white scandinavian home with indoor-outdoor charm | via coco+kelley

I would love to have a space like this where – rain or shine – I could feel like I was enjoying the outdoors. I’m also obsessed with the whole black-on-black thing lately outdoors.

a black and white scandinavian home with indoor-outdoor charm | via coco+kelley

And, of course, this fresh little workspace would be a welcome haven for tackling email, don’t you think? I’m just going to pretend I’m here for the rest of the day…

images via :: kml design

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  1. serwis

    I love scandinavian style, it’s so simple and plain, you can calm down in this interiors. I could spend all day long in such interiors.

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OUR PICKS FOR SUMMER KICKS!

Summer is officially here and I don’t know about you but my warm weather wardrobe could use a major update this year. That goes for shoes too. So I perked right up when I got an email this morning with a little sale alert over at Shopbop!

Since I was doing the hunting anyway, I thought I’d put together a little roundup of my favorite flats and sandals that are all on sale! Woop! Get ’em while they last kids! I’m thinking the yellow options might be my faves…

summer sandals and flats | Picks from coco+kelley

yellow :: flats // sandals | stripes :: flats // sandals | metallic :: flats // sandals | pattern :: flats // sandals

Those metallic mid-tops are pretty awesome too – shop some more favorites right here!

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