WEEKEND LOVES + LINKS // 1.29

Happy weekend friends! This week has been a doozy for me and the team at The Emerald Studio, as we got to join in the fun (and crazy) of helping style up the Decorist Showhouse here in Seattle! If you’re in town, come see it in person on Saturday from 12-5pm (details here)!

brian paquette living room design for decorist seattle showhouse

If you don’t live here, don’t worry – I’m sure there will be plenty of instagrams to keep you satisfied! This room was done by my friend Brian Paquette, and it’s got one killer view of the city. Speaking of styling… we’ve got some really fabulous products and links this week to inspire!

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1 // Everything that Commune Design touches is gold, as far as I’m concerned. Do yourself a favor and check out their latest space… in PARIS.

2 // Since having more dinner parties lately, I’ve realized that sometimes a pinch bowl full of salt isn’t the most appealing (although pretty) way to let people season their dish. Hence my sudden obsession with finding the coolest salt & pepper grinders out there. These fit the bill (in a variety of colors!). 

3 // Have you heard of the company Umbra? They stock some of the most well-designed storage solutions I’ve ever seen. I just ordered a pretty (yes pretty!) stand-alone toilet paper holder, and am now debating on which of their jewelry organizers (like this copper one!) to add to the shopping cart.

4 // I want to make this bread so I can eat fancy leopard print bread in my leopard print pajamas every morning for breakfast. I mean REALLY.

5 // I thought we’d give you a little Friday Flashback from our own archives today as we head into (dum dum dum) Valentine’s Day season. A holiday in which I don’t normally participate, but I do love to use for inspirational shoots! This one incorporating a subtle Mexican theme and … wait for it … a churro bar.

6 // Any furniture piece that offers a two-in-one solution in this beautiful of a design has my vote. The tray lifts off and flips around to become a small side table or stool. Love it.

8 responses on “WEEKEND LOVES + LINKS // 1.29

    1. Meghan

      I have them in dark grey and beige and they are seriously awesome. They clean up super easy too. My fiancée accidentally melted one (left it too close to the hot stove) last week and I literally gasped in dismay…

      Now off to add that jewelry organizer to my cart!

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  1. Monica

    I would love to check out the Decorist Showhouse in Seattle. I can’t tell if you need a ticket? The site with the details indicates the sales have ended? Appreciate your help…

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A SIMPLE + INTIMATE ITALIAN DINNER PARTY

I’ve always taken pride in the inspirational and aspirational tabletops that we create here on coco+kelley, but if you want to see how I really entertain in my own home… well, it’s probably somewhat similar to you. I keep it simple, but meaningful, with a focus on quality. Quality time, interactions, food, wine, you name it. I like to add special touches, and make people feel like they’re family. Which can only mean one thing: PASTA.

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

For us Italians, gathering around the table with loved ones is essential to our existence. When hosting guests in my own home, I set a simple table, but – as we say around here – it’s all in the details….

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

My father always speaks of a vivid memory he has of coming home from school, walking into his home, and smelling our family red sauce recipe simmering on the stove. The kids would try and sneak a piece of bread to dip in the sauce, and his mother (and no doubt, aunties) would chase them out of the kitchen with a wooden spoon.

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

So, I decided it would be a sweet touch to leave a small wooden spoon on each place setting for this casual dinner party. A small expense, with a big impact, and the chance to tell a story about family and food. The ‘Grazie’ tags add the perfect finishing touch.

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

Next – the centerpiece. This required very little effort on my part – simply a few snips from our Camellia tree, and a few vases I already own, and we’re done.

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

And finally, of course, we set the table. This is where we go back to that part about quality that I mentioned in the beginning of this post. The quality of ingredients we put into our food, is just as important as the quality of items we purchase for our home.

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

Fortessa is a brand you may remember us talking about before on coco+kelley – remember this trip to Sonoma? Well, each dish and piece of stemware on this table is theirs, and is proudly being carried now at Williams-Sonoma.

To refresh your memory, Fortessa is a company who has been providing tabletop items to high end hotels and restaurants for years. Their product is as durable as it is beautiful, and now we can all own it.

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

an easy and intimate italian dinner party setting | coco kelley for williams sonoma and fortessa

And while I wish I could invite all of you to enjoy a place at my table, one thing you can enjoy is a chance to win the same trip to Sonoma that we took back in October! You’ll stay at the Fairmont Sonoma, enjoy a cooking class at the original Williams-Sonoma store, and – of course – there will be wine. You have until the end of the month to enter, so head over there now!

Also – the recipe for that yummy pasta dish is coming your way tomorrow!

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine.

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THIS ‘N THAT :: UMBRELLA PAIRINGS

You might not exactly need an umbrella right now (although some parts of the country could probably use one!), but it’s pretty hard to resist these fun umbrella stands and vessels that are sure add a little design moment your entryway! I’d leave these pretty pairings out year round… rain, shine or snow!

umbrella + stand pairings | coco+kelley

I’ve actually been dreaming of adding one to my front entryway. Aside from being practical, most have a cylindrical shape, allowing them to easily fill those odd negative spaces we all get in our doorways.

see our favorite umbrella stands (and umbrellas to put in them!) for your entryway | coco+kelley

These combinations have me dreaming of shopping; here’s to hopefully finishing my entryway vignette! this-n-that-umbrella-stands-and-pairings-from-coco+kelley-1

1. waiting umbrella stand + 2. stripe bubble umbrella // 3. vintage hollywood regency stand + 4. crystal handle umbrella // 5. industrial wire umbrella holder + 6. leopard ombre umbrella

The vintage brass vessel is super quirky and cool, plus the blue umbrella it’s paired with has a lucite handle. So glam! We love a ‘his & hers’ pairing like the industrial stand and the leopard print that’s a fun surprise inside that chic cream umbrella.

this-n-that-umbrella-stands-and-pairings-from-coco+kelley--21. tortoise umbrella stand + 2. clear bubble umbrella // 3. brass base umbrella stand + 4. blue diamond patterned umbrella // 5. porcelain umbrella stand + 6. doorman umbrella

There’s just something classic and timeless about the first and third pairings. I’ve always been a fan of tortoise print anything, and paired with a fashion-forward clear umbrella, it might be a real contender. In my opinion, the traditional elements of the chinoiserie and masculine umbrella will never go out of style. I can envision this combo perfectly balanced in an entryway.

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1. woven umbrella basket + 2. plaid wood handle umbrella // 3. graphic umbrella stand + 4. poppy wood stick umbrella // 5. golden twig umbrella stand + 6. floral umbrella

For some reason, the first pairing gives me a very cozy vibe. Can’t you just imagine these two tucked inside the doorway of a country cottage in Europe? The last pairing feels hip and trendy; I could maybe see this combo in an apartment in the city.

Which one is your favorite? I’m being so indecisive, I might have to put one at the front and back entryways in my home. xo, Sarah

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  1. franki

    We took an antique brass fire extinguisher (Woolworth’s!) cut the top off, crimped the raw edges and..voila…umbrella stand!! franki

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DIY :: COPPER OFFICE WALL ORGANIZER

Well guys it’s January, and that means it’s resolution time.  Time to start eating healthy, working out, and getting financially fit.  I don’t know about you, but that all sounds a little exhausting.  So better yet, let’s do something manageable and fun, like get organized with this DIY copper wall organizer.  It’s inexpensive, attractive, and easy to make (really, I promise!).

DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

I built my board out of a hog panel, but if you don’t happen to have a feed store nearby, then any metal fence panel or reinforcing panel would work.  You’ll need a couple of tools on hand along with the materials listed below.

DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

Tools //

  • Hammer
  • Bulk cutters (or have the store cut it for you)
  • Metal file or sandpaper

Materials //

Since hog panels come in 16′ length, I cut the panel using bulk cutters and then sanded down the sharp edges with a file.  Most feed stores or building supply stores should be able to cut the panel down to size for you if you don’t have bulk cutters at home!

DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

Now the board is ready to be primed and painted. Obviously this board is not actually MADE of copper – but we’re going to make it look like it is!  If you’re using galvanized metal like my hog panels, you’ll need to use a special bonding primer in order to adhere the paint (like the one on the material list).  I also painted my hangers and clips with the same paint to keep everything cohesive. Both the primer and spray paint I used are really stinky, so I’d recommend wearing a mask and spraying outside.

DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

Once the paint dries, it’s time to hang up your board!  You can get creative with what hooks you want to use, but I went with 50-lb picture hangers.  Nail the hangers to the wall and then hang the board on them.  Add on some inspirational images, to-do lists, calendar, and recipes with clips and you’re done.  Such a cooler vibe than that regular old cork board! And easier to hang lots of different types of items, too. DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

DIY copper office wall organizer - a great way to create an inspiration board! | coco+kelley

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m feeling more organized just looking at this board!

xoxo, Cathy

photography: meghan klein // DIY by cathy poshusta for coco+kelley

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ROOM OF THE WEEK 1.22

Last month, T Magazine released a list of ‘The Most Breathtaking Rooms‘ they had featured in 2015. Being one of my favorite sources for inspiration, of course I had to check it out. And I rediscovered a snippet of a space that I had saved away in my memory…

dark dramatic manhattan apartment | coco kelley

This dark dramatic moment comes courtesy of designer Fernando Santangelo and a moody film maker who enlisted his help in morphing this Manhattan home into quite the eclectic space. The layers of silks, mohair, marble, fur and other textures and textiles just in this one shot alone are enough to be rewarded with the Room of the Week title.

But I wasn’t satisfied with this one and only image of the living room – I couldn’t just post one image for the Room of the Week! So I hunted. And hunted. AND HUNTED. And then I discovered the portfolio of Nicole Cota who assisted Santangelo on this project, and whose photos were worthy of inclusion…

dark and dramatic west village townhouse | via coco+kelley

dark and dramatic west village townhouse | via coco+kelley

There are some very specific, interesting choices here that I know aren’t for everyone, but overall, I really enjoy the mood set here by the designer. Especially that long, mohair sofa. If you look throughout the whole house you’ll see a heavy mix of antiques that create this sort of mod art deco style that’s pretty unique.

dark and dramatic west village townhouse | via coco+kelley

The fireplace is my favorite feature. If you’re as into this kind of stuff as me, check out how the townhouse looked when it first sold (a mix of Japanese zen and steel) and what it is now, and try not to be impressed.  That mantle-to-ceiling mirror is also doing some amazing things for the space, reflecting the light from the huge windows and doors as well as the gorgeous art across the room.

dark and dramatic west village townhouse | via coco+kelley

While the rest of the home has its moments (the study is another favorite), this room nails it for me with its selections. If it were in my own home, I imagine it not to be the main room, but a cozy basement or library moment where the darkness would feel more appropriate to my mood.

Do you love it, or hate it? What elements would you pull from this luxurious space? Oh, and in case you’re in the market, you can see the whole townhome listed at Sotheby’s for a cool 12.5 milion. Just try not to fall down the rabbit hole of looking at Manhattan properties while you’re there (and happy Friday to you!). 

10 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK 1.22

  1. Monica

    Love! Love! The colours are beautiful. Aside from the fact that I love “almost” white walls I think these colours are gorgeous and nice to see from all the white wash in everything home related.

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  2. franki

    Truly “stunning”….for lack of a more superlative word!! THIS IS WHAT I LUV!! Now…off to find $12,498.00!! Wish me luck!! franki

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  3. Rebecca Brady

    The most AWESOME thing about this whole home is that picture on the living room wall, which is hung WAY TOO HIGH for my tastes!!

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  4. Ivy Lane

    Beautiful! Loving all the colours and textures. I do think the large painting above the sofa is hung too high… that could be purposeful to the designer… I would have to see the room in person to understand why… My 2 cents…

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