A CRAVING FOR (SUMMER) CAMP

When I was little, I had a day camp I went to in the hills of Malibu (I know, it sounds like such a charmed life) where we rode horses, practiced archery, and – of course- took part in many craft days. So, the past week of vacation – swimming in lakes, painting rocks, building forts, and reading in the sunshine – brought back a major summer camp nostalgia for me!

hammock by the lake

I mean, friendship bracelets and campfires? How could you not crave the pure delight of such simple activities!? I’m ready to re-live my childhood and bring back those carefree summer vibes…

grown-up-summer-camp1. herschel backpack // 2. paddle ball paddles // 3. campfire popcorn popper // 4. friendship bracelets // 5. pendleton towel // 6. to cool for school swimsuit // 7. fold-out camp stool // 8. polaroid digital instant camera // 9. karla pruitt playing cards

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  1. Tanya

    Carefree summer vibes. I too grew up in SoCal so summers were spent outdoors and mostly at the beach. No school, nothing to study, no cares — I don’t think the longing for those days ever really goes away…at least not for me. Thanks for the little toss back to easier times.

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  2. Stephanie

    That polaroid camera looks so. fun. If I had to choose one summer splurge, that would be it.

    I grew up with NorCal summers (where the water is a tad colder than it was for Tanya :)) – so this makes me want to grab friends, wood, marshmallows, and head to the beach for a bonfire like I would in high school this time of year. Santa Cruz sweatshirts and Converses were the uniform, and someone would always bring a guitar to sing Jack Johnson songs. :)

    Thanks for a great dose of nostalgia!

    xo Stephanie
    http://msmelange.com/

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Oh, I had those same days and memories up here too! We had our spot at the closest beach on the lake that was all ours during summer nights in high school! SO fun! Thanks for sharing your own summer memories!

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HOW TO :: STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE

Now that I’m back from vacation, my big summer project of finishing up my loft continues! I’ve been slowly adding pieces, the latest of which is the perfect coffee table and a few new accessories from HD Buttercup. All of which is a great excuse to give you a peek at how things are progressing, and do a little styling!

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

I’m sure you recognize my old sofa which is still right at home in the new loft, but I’ve taken off the back cushions and replaced them with layers of pillows, and covered the bench seat with a bit of unfinished fabric, which I love. It gives it a more casual feel.

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

This is how the new coffee table usually looks on a typical day. Stacks of mags, sometimes my little succulent garden (it also lives on the dining table) and room for snacks, drinks, whatever. So, I thought I’d step things up a notch and show you how I’d style it for a shoot like this and lend a few tips in the process!

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

Not a ton of changes but a cleaner, prettier look for sure! I started with a few things here – a color palette, a mix of textures, and always a natural element or two. I love the contrast of the modern faceted vase (also from H.D. Buttercup) with the natural texture of the tray…

style items in threes! // coco+kelley

The florals felt very garden to me, and I like that the style is a little wild. It suits the room. And just as the room is casual and eclectic, so is the coffee table. We’ve got a little midcentury, a little traditional and a little modern…

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

You can see how the colors in the table really pull from the pillows in the sofa too!

The tray lends structure and a textural layer to the groupings – always three elements together in each space. It’s a great general ‘rule’ to keep in mind when styling. Oh, and did I mention my favorite part?

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

All my table linens tuck into the drawer nicely! The bottom shelf I use for extra throws and magazines, of which I have entirely too many sitting around.

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

I’m a big fan of having a floating stool or small table in a space for people to set drinks, food or even feet on. This industrial stool again adds a new style element but is also pretty practical. Of course I also use it all over the house for reaching things too.

how to style your coffee table // coco+kelley

All together, they set a perfect – but casual – scene. Styling, in my opinion, should always look a little more on the livable side than the staged side, don’t you think? Showing off your home in its best light is no different than getting yourself all dolled up for a big event – it takes a little more thought and time, but what a difference it makes!

credit :: photography by meghan klein // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley // post sponsored by hd buttercup

pssst – do you have styling questions for your home? send them our way or leave a comment below! we’ll be taking on more styling challenges soon! 

15 responses on “HOW TO :: STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE

  1. lifeonhillst

    Great tips! And I especially like the use of the tray, I think that’s exactly what my living room coffee table is missing – thanks for helping me figure that out!

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  2. Stacia

    I love the storage your coffee table offers! I wish I could style my coffee table more often, but my cat is always knocking everything off of it.

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  3. Tammie B

    Cassandra, the loft is looking SO good! I am head over heels for your dining room chairs. Green happens to be my youngest son’s favorite color too. We are redoing his room right now and I’ve been looking for green accessories with a masculine touch. Not easy to find. Perhaps I’ll send you a pic once we’re done. And…I have an old sofa that still works but isn’t “me” anymore. I’ve been debating on taking off the back cushions and replacing with comfy pillows instead. You’ve given me the inspiration to move forward! It just may be the facelift it needs.

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  4. Emlly

    Just discovered your blog and I am obsessed! Your sofa is so lovely. Can you share information about the pillows and throw?

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  5. Chichi Furniture

    A lovely coffee table set-up. Im English, therefore drink a lot of tea and therefore love the whole coffee/side table thing to allow me to indulge in tea drinking whilst in the lounge!! But, I find they can become so cluttered and messy after a while. I love how you’ve incorporated the items on the table into the design of the whole room. Whilst still having books/mags you’ve also added some lovely features, e.g. I love the tray. It all looks really neat but very stylish too. Thanks for fab ideas on how to incorporate a necessary/useful item as a design feature.

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  6. Missy

    In love with the chairs around the dining table. Any chance you can point me in the direction of where to find them?
    Thanks!

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VACATION!

Because we all deserve a true vacation every now and then…

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Coco+kelley will be taking a little hiatus for the next few days as I enjoy some lake time with my guy and his family from the shores of Torch Lake in Michigan. It’s absolutely gorgeous and relaxing here, and I’m looking forward to a little reading (you know, the actual book kind), napping in the sun, swimming in the lake, and serious downtime. We’ll be back next Wednesday with new posts for ya’ll!!  Have a fabulous weekend!

 

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  1. jess

    Torch Lake is so gorgeous!! LOVE Northern Michigan. Don’t know how long you have or how much you want to venture from your spot on the lake, but Sleeping Bear Dunes is a little over an hour away, and so amazing…Shorts Brewery in Bellaire is great…cute wineries on the Peninsula…so many fun things. Have a great vacay..you picked the best time to visit Michigan!

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COCKTAILS AT SIX :: THE BELLA ROSA

What’s more inspired than a summer cocktail? A cocktail inspired by one of my favorite summer destinations of course! It’s been three years now since my last escape to the Amalfi Coast, but I can still imagine myself sipping on something cool and refreshing, sitting high up on the cliffs overlooking the sea…

the bella rosa cocktail // coco + kelley

So, I pulled out a favorite indulgence one cannot go without during a stay in in Southern Italy - Limoncello – for a pretty twist on this classic digestif, and named it for the pretty blushing color that’s given by adding a splash of rose lemonade…

the bella rosa cocktail // coco + kelley

Ingredients // serves one

  • 1 oz limoncello
  • 1/2 oz. rose lemonade
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice or fresh lemon
  • prosecco
  • tarragon cocktail spice
  • fresh thyme

the bella rosa cocktail // coco + kelley

I’m pretty obsessed with the cocktail ‘spices’ from a local Seattle company called Addition – they have selections like cinnamon, rosemary, different types of peppers and more, and are a great way to add a kick of flavor to drinks without having the actual spices on hand. For this recipe, I decided to go for the tarragon - but really you could also go with rosemary, thyme, or whatever your preference!

the bella rosa cocktail // coco + kelley

To make // Pour the Limoncello, rose lemonade, and fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. You can crush a little thyme in too, if you want a bold flavor. Shake and pour into a champagne coup. Add a few drops of tarragon (or your spice of choice), top with prosecco, and garnish with fresh thyme.

If you like things on the sweeter side, add more of the rose lemonade. For a bit more bite, go the reverse and do a bit more fresh lemon juice! The addition of the spices goes a long way – play with how many drops you use depending on how subtle (or not) you wan that flavor to be. Now close your eyes and picture yourself on the beaches of Sorrento…

cred :: photography by meghan klein // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

8 responses on “COCKTAILS AT SIX :: THE BELLA ROSA

  1. kate Zucconi

    This looks gorgeous, so refreshing!
    Any ideas of a substitute for the rose lemonade?
    I live in a beautiful mountain town in northern Italy so the prosecco (my favourite)! and the limoncello are not a problem but I don’t think rose lemonade has hit the streets of Borgotaro yet! Any ideas?

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HIGH SHINE IN THE KITCHEN!

I like shiny things. I love hanging out in my kitchen. So, I should probably really really love this mini metallic trend of super glamorous cabinets in materials like brass and mirror…

mirrored kitchen cabinets greg natale

brass kitchen island

But the practical side of me just sees little babes running around putting their fingerprints all over these beauties and me constantly right behind them with the rag muttering about what a poor decision this was…

gold kitchen cabinets fiona lynch

Of course the solution to that could be just putting the upper cabinets in high shine gold. But then I think about all the residue that comes from cooking and I just can’t imagine that this could possibly end well! But, damn is it gorgeous…

high shine gold kitchen floating cabinet cupboards

mirrored kitchen cabinets herringbone floors graphic wallpaper

This could be a very good case for never having children… (Just kidding. Kind of.) What do you think? Do you even like the look of this for a kitchen? I’m a pretty big fan of the gold upper cabinets contrasted with wood and marble…

images :: via emma’s design blogg // greg natale // fiona lynch // via skona hem // unknown

9 responses on “HIGH SHINE IN THE KITCHEN!

  1. Linda

    Maybe best not to have a husband either if you want to keep these pristine. i don’t feel like these are kitchens that see actual use but they sure look nice in pictures.

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  2. ABC Dragoo

    These kitchens are beauties – I agree with you though, they are apparently made for looking at not actually cooking in.

    (Same finger print idea goes for black kitchen cabinets too.) From experience, husbands don’t always use the hardware on cabinets either – which makes for finger prints in the most unlikely of spots.

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