COCKTAILS AT SIX :: THE RUBY ROUSER

Last week’s cocktail recipe installation started a bit of a trend for me, I think: creating drinks inspired by my favorite summer adventures and pastimes. This week? In homage to many a day sitting on the deck by the lake lately… I give you The Ruby Rouser.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

First off, you have to know that this cocktail was also inspired by one of my favorite summer fruits – cherries! Here in Washington we have some of the best, and my friends east of the mountains sent me this new varietal to taste called the Orondo Ruby (hence the name of the cocktail!) which are absolutely delicious.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

So I hunted for some cocktail inspiration when I came across the suggestion of using Lillet – another summer favorite – with the cherries. And thus, the Ruby Rouser (because it refreshes you on a hot summer day!) was born.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

Ingredients // serves one

  • 5 Orondo Ruby cherries, pitted
  • 3 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz of 3 Howls Navy Strength Gin
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Splash of seltzer water
  • Orange twist to garnish, if you so desire

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

To make // Muddle the cherries in a cocktail shaker, then add the Lillet, gin and bitters. Fill with ice, and shake! Pour the mixture into a lowball glass, including some ice. Top with seltzer water. If you like a bit more orange, add more bitters, and then a twist of orange peel garnish! You can experiment with different types of Lillet too (Rosé or Rouge) for different flavors. I think they’ll all taste delicious with this mix of ingredients.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

Sip responsibly! This ones a strong one!

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

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 7.17

I’ve been paying an absurd amount of attention to kitchens lately. Why? Well, on top of the small remodel we did in our office studio, I’ve been slowly updating the kitchen in my loft, and of course daydreaming of remodeling the one in my guy’s house too. It’s an overwhelming task, and the more I look the more I find inspiration…

thomas obrien west village loft kitchen

But lately, it’s been this kitchen that’s caught my eye. Not my typical style with its light wood and a bit of a colder feel, but there are plenty of features to swoon over. Like the insane amount of storage against the far wall – which opens up the rest of the space for cabinets only.

Or the gorgeous marble backsplash and especially that half wall leading up to a single floating shelf. An interesting design choice, but one I really love. You can’t tell from the photo, but the counters are marble inlay as well…

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But back to the details here. One thing I’ve been struggling with is different hardware finishes in my own kitchen. I’ve been leaning towards brass hardware all along, but with all the grey and the stainless steel appliances, I’ve suddenly been wondering if a nice nickel finish might be the way to go. But I love what’s going on here – brass pulls, but nickel lighting. The same high shine finish pulls them together, and somehow the bar stools seem to help round things out too.

I’m intrigued by the funny little flush mounts dotted across the ceiling – I wonder if that was intentional, or a way to convert previous canned lighting? My parent’s kitchen (yet another one needing a major makeover) has canned lighting and I’ve been trying to think of ways to easily disguise some of them. What do you think of the ones here?

In fact, what do you think of the whole thing?

images via decor magazine // design by aero studios

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  1. Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke

    I love how casual that kitchen is. And the color of the cabinets are different from what you see every day. It is a beautiful space. I agree with you I have been loving brass pulls lately too, but wonder how it would be with the stainless steel. Good luck!

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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! 

16 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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  7. jdk

    Oooh, can you tell us more about the pillows and how you styled the sofa? I love those blue dotted pillows. Will this trick to replace the back pillows work on all types of sofas?

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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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