FRESHLY PICKED :: A WILD SPRING FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

With each spring I can’t help but think of these words by E.E. Cummings: “sweet spring is your time is my time is our time for springtime is lovetime and viva sweet love.”

Indeed, springtime is SO love time, and viva sweet love, FOR SURE! So for this floral how-to I went with bold colors and wild, reaching textures. Since this arrangement was being done for a mantel, I wanted it to almost look like open arms so that when you entered the room, you’d feel like you were getting a ‘viva sweet love’ hug!

learn how ot make this wild spring floral arrangement with our tutorial on coco kelley

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley

This time of year, there are so many gorgeous florals to choose from – I plucked my favorites keeping in mind a mix of neutrals and soft pinks with a pop from those garden roses and ranunculus!

Pro Tip: After purchasing and cleaning your roses, if after a couple days you find that you’d still like them to be bloomed more for your arrangement, you can gently separate those inner, tighter petals. Once done, be sure to give the stems a fresh, angled cut and then place them right into your arrangement in progress. Also, make sure to do this with clean hands, specifically clear of any oils.

vessel options for our spring floral arrangement - coco kelley

To begin, I wanted to choose a vessel out of this assortment of lovely, organic pots and vases.

to secure flowers, use a pin floral frog - spring floral tutorial from coco kelley

I chose the rectangle pot since it mimicked the elongated shape I wanted the arrangement to have. Instead of using chicken wire like I did in this post, I am using a traditional pin floral frog. These can be bought new at most nurseries, or next time you see them when you’re antiquing (which they’re always there, right!?!) swoop a few up.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from coco kelley and cozbi jean - start with helibores

When you begin adding your stems into the arrangement, place them all the way onto the pin floral frog, making sure to use the pins to securely hold the stems in place. I am using this Hellebore as the majority of my greenery filler.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley - add eucalyptus

Next, I am adding some Eucalyptus. Notice how I have left some areas of the arrangement with less greenery, while other spots are a bit more dense.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley - add airy branches for shape

Then – some airy, reaching branches for shape!

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley - a few roses for color

Now I’m going to add in a few roses as focal points for this arrangement. These garden roses are so intense, I’m only going to add a couple so that those few, perfect blooms really stand out.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley - final touch - rununculus!

How fun are these peach, antenna-like Ranunculus? These will really help pull color out in the ‘arms’ of this arrangement.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley - fill in the gaps

Time for the finishing touches! When nearing completion on an arrangement, I like to go through and fill any colorless or textureless holes with some of the blooms I initially started with it.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley  - a wild floral arrangement

And we’re done! I know, we make it sound so simple right? Just remember that putting together arrangements like this is a learning, organic process! Keep some basic design principles in mind like visual balance and color placement, and you’ll be a whiz in no time!

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley for the mantel

springtime floral tutorial for a mantel arrangement from coco kelley and CJP and co.

Don’t forget about your scraps! Blooms that have gotten too top heavy and perhaps fallen off or broken can be saved! Add a little water to this bowl and put these little floating left-overs in a guest room or on a side table.

spring floral arrangement tutorial from cozbi jean and coco kelley  - float your floral scraps in a bowl

Enjoy every last bit!

floral arrangement by cjp & co // photography by belathee

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ROUNDUP :: BAR STOOLS OF EVERY STYLE + PRICE

We get a lot of questions about bar stools. They really are a difficult item to source, yet they pull together a kitchen seamlessly. You definitely miss them if they aren’t perfectly positioned at a bar or counter. We’ve compiled a gigantic roundup of our most coveted bar stools of every style and price, so you don’t have to live without any longer!

french cafe woven bar stools in classic all white kitchen | via coco kelley

Rattan is certainly having a moment in design and I’m not at all sad about it. Having a background in weaving, I’m always up for a gorgeous woven piece…

bar stool roundup on coco kelley! | woven stools

WOVEN :: 1. rattan swivel bar stool | 2. st. martin bar stool| 3. white bar stool | 4. layla rattan bar stool | 5. rattan bar stool | 6. woven bar stool

a modern rustic kitchen with natural elements | via coco kelley

It doesn’t get easier than backless bar stools. Whether you’re sliding them under a counter or tucking them into a bar, they’re a real space saver!

bar stool roundup on coco kelley! | backless stools

BACKLESS :: 1. hairpin bar stool | 2. lucite bar stool | 3. fargo bar stool | 4. reverb bar stool | 5. gray velvet bar stool | 6. mellow bar stool

a chic modern kitchen in white with brass accents and a bold backsplash | via coco kelley

Who doesn’t love a sleek, fashionable and feminine bar stool? Sitting in one of these sipping a cocktail would pretty much be a dream come true in itself.

bar stool roundup on coco kelley! | chic glamorous stools

CHIC :: 1. milo baughman bar stool | 2. acrylic bar stool | 3. vintage 70’s bar stool| 4. black and gold bar stool | 5. gold bar stool | 6. chippendale bar stool

an all white kitchen gets a hit of industrial style from these bar stools | via coco kelley

For some reason, I’ve always been attracted to masculine and industrial furniture. Just when I tell myself I shouldn’t buy anymore, I end up with another piece. I love mixing it unexpectedly throughout my house. Im not sure if it’s because it’s simplistic and minimal, but it’s the most versatile (in my opinion).

bar stool roundup on coco kelley! | industrial bar stools

INDUSTRIAL :: 1. swivel bar stool | 2. leather bar stool | 3. gold counter stool | 4. bent metal bar stool | 5. mercury row bar stool | 6. black bar stool

a mid-century modern style kitchen with wood and terrazzo | via coco kelley

Mid century furniture may be trendy right now, but it’s a classic aesthetic that will remain relevant for years. Styling these stools accordingly would certainly make a hip statement that’s anything but boring.

bar stool roundup on coco kelley! | mid-century modern bar stools

MID CENTURY :: 1. bentwood leather bar stool | 2. leather and gold bar stool | 3. upholstered swivel stool | 4. twine seat bar stool | 5. tan and walnut stool | 6. mesh bar stool

a classic kitchen with transitional details | via coco kelley

Last but not least, transitional options… these pieces can be mixed into multiple scenarios. The upholstered options add a bit of luxury and comfort to the bar.

bar stool roundup on coco kelley! | transitional bar stools

TRANSITIONAL :: 1. jute bar stool | 2. bistro bar stool | 3. woven bar stool | 4. upholstered bar stool with detail welt | 5. patenaude bar stool | 6. oak bar stool

The great debate will now be what bar stool to choose… there are so many fantastic options! Favorites of the bunch? I’m realllllllly attracted to #2 from the mid century roundup, #3 from the chic options, and #3 from the backless bar stools. It really makes me want to either build a bar, or find a house that already has one. xo, Sarah

images :: woven | backless | chic | industrial | mid century | transitional

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  1. Taste of France

    Oh, that first photo is just what I want. I have something more like #2 in transitional–perfectly OK, but not the kind that makes everybody say they wish they had them, like the first photo.
    I really don’t like backless stools. Maybe if you’re working and just resting a hip against it, but not for sitting.

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APRIL MOODBOARD // WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

When it comes to my actual mood at the moment, April has had me allllll over the place. I don’t need to tell you that on the surface life can look really dandy, but behind the scenes can be a whole other story.

Most of you know that we’re on our way to a kitchen remodel starting this week, a wedding next year, and a new website launching next month (surprise!)! Yes, all of these things are super fantastic. They also require a TON of time, work, headspace and money to accomplish, which means that things around here have had me feeling crazy, scattered and (to be honest) the lowest on funds I’ve been in years.

the coco kelley april moodboard

Trust me – I know how incredibly lucky I am to have an amazing man beside me, and a kitchen – well, period. Let alone one that will be a total dream when it’s done. It’s the getting from A-to-B part that’s not always easy! But, I know that both of these big events will be amazing when it’s all said and done, so I’m doing my best to enjoy the process, and ignore the bottom lines.

modern ranch wedding with a farmhouse feel and black and white stripes | via coco kelley

Needless to say, looking at oodles of pretty pictures of the things that will eventually be has become a favorite evening activity and a nice way to chill out from the daily checklists (Cabinets, check. Appliances, check. Wedding venue? Not so much). Inspiring tabletops and perfectly finished kitchens are definitely giving me life! I’ve also been organizing the rest of the house like my life depends on it in an attempt to keep some calm in the chaos.

white room with green door and gold chair vintage casual | via coco kelley

styled gallery wall and console by coco kelley

leather headboard with tropical colors and pillows in the bedroom - hotel henriette | coco kelley

I’m used to juggling a lot of things on my plate, but this month has definitely got me in over my head. What tools do you use to keep organized or help save your sanity when you’ve taken on too much? any wedding planning tools out there that you current or former brides have been using? I’d love to know about them! I’ve just downloaded some meditation apps that I’m hoping will at least keep me conscious of taking breaks in my day to relax and refocus.

Who knew in January when I talked about my word for the year – invest – it would be SO literal! When life gives you lemons (or diamond rings, a new website and a kitchen remodel), well you better just be thankful, make some lemonade, and add plenty of vodka.

main images :: style me pretty // remodelista // hotel henriette

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  1. Julie

    Congrats on all the exciting adventures ahead, but I totally get you – they are adventures that will have serious ups with some downs along the way. My organizational life changed seriously when I bought my first Day Designer last year.

    Hopefully without sounding narcissistic, here’s a post I wrote about my love for it, along with my top organization tips: http://www.julesdutravail.com/blog/2015/11/28/the-organization-techniques-that-changed-my-life?rq=organization.

    And PS – Moleskin has a Wedding Journal that makes that organization so much more pleasant and creative! :-)

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  2. jo Pearson

    I adore how the dated “non design” chair, a la Frasier, gives the beautiful sitting room both

    humour & comfort & prevents the design elements from becoming pretentious. This is one

    is going straight on my pinterest board !

    Thanks Cassandra.

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THE LOFT, AMSTERDAM :: MY DREAM WORK SPACE

As someone who is a big fan of re-imagining spaces, I’m fascinated by The Loft – a stunning architectural space in Amsterdam that has been brought to life in many different forms over the past few years by interior designers, artists, and their in-house creative team.

After recently stumbling across their portfolio, I realized I had seen the space before, but not the most current version, which is what I’m going to share with you today. Starting with a suspended metallic shark…

the loft - shark art above an open bath via coco kelley

Yes, there are many inventive, unique details in this space, but this might be my favorite. This open bathroom moment that is defined by a tub on top of an area rug, and the shark above. SO COOL.

But let me show you the whole thing before you decide what your favorite is…

the loft - open plan living redesigned - via coco kelley

the loft - vanity and bath - coco kelley

the loft - open living room via coco kelley

the loft open floor plan with bed and living room - via cocokelley

The totally open floor plan is filled with items from the Loft’s furniture collection, as well as other new and vintage selections. I love that big open modern canopy bed…

the loft - bedroom - coco kelley

the loft a neutral living room space with quirky accents - via coco kelley

the loft - inspiration boards hung on panels of chambray fabric in a fashion work studio - via coco kelley

In this ‘version’ of the Loft (there have been three total, if you’re counting), the designer included this cool workspace, from which I’m absolutely stealing the idea of turning fabric panels into inspiration boards. The scissors installation is pretty cool too.

the loft - living room floats in front of the work space with the kitchen just behind - cocokelley

Behind the sofa and just around the corner is this very amazing kitchen…

the loft industrial kitchen with olive cabinets and black marble - via coco kelley

the loft - industrial chic kitchen with black marble and open shelving - via cocokelley

Talk about industrial chic. Love the use of black marble, and olive green – a tone that is carried into the other side of the space in the bench seats that extend under a curated black and white gallery wall.

the loft - bench seat and gallery wall - coco kelley

To see versions one and two of the space, head over to the Loft portfolio! I’m curious to know which version is your favorite! (I’m leaning towards #2 but I love this one as well!). I have to say I’ve always been a fan of this concept of creating a space that feels like a home, but is shoppable. I have a feeling we’ll be keeping this dream workspace in mind for future homes of coco+kelley!

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  1. Barbara

    I am like a dog off a lease looking over these images! So much visual yumminess to take in at once! So much pressure to chose one! There are elements from each one that I would like to combine, at the end of the day I will chose this version – the back of that sofa is making my heart beat faster)

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RECIPE :: RHUBARB ORANGE AND THYME CROSTINI

Rhubarb is always a spring and summer favorite for desserts and drinks, but did you know you can also use rhubarb in savory dishes?

rhubarb orange and thyme crostini recipe | paola thomas for coco kelley

I married the sharp crunch of raw rhubarb with the sweetness of orange juice and honey and then used it as a topping for smooth and salty goat’s cheese. The result is a flavor explosion on the tongue, crostini bursting with springtime prettiness, and an intriguing conversation starter for your next party.

rhubarb orange and thyme crostini recipe | paola thomas for coco kelley

Rhubarb Orange & Thyme Crostini // Makes 15-20 Active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 6 hours and 35 minutes (including marinating and baking time).

Ingredients:

  • 1 small baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Approximately 4 sticks fresh rhubarb
  • 2-3 scallions
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leavesSea salt and pepper
  • A couple of handfuls baby arugula or baby spinach
  • 1x 8 oz log of creamy goat’s cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream, half and half or milk
  • Fresh thyme leaves to garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut the baguette into half inch slices and brush both sides with the oil. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet baking sheets.
Bake until crisp and golden on both sides, 15 to 20 minutes, turning once. Cool on wire racks.

Trim the rhubarb sticks and then quarter them lengthwise before chopping them into small dice. Thinly slice the scallions, including plenty of the pretty green tops.
In a bowl stir together the olive oil, orange juice, honey, thyme leaves and salt and pepper, and then stir in the rhubarb and scallions. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

rhubarb orange and thyme crostini recipe | paola thomas for coco kelley

Place the goat’s cheese in a bowl and beat in the cream, half and half or milk until smooth and spreadable. Stir the arugula or spinach into the rhubarb, and spread each of the cooled crostini with the goat cheese mix and top each one with 1-2 teaspoons of the rhubarb mix. Sprinkle with a few fresh thyme leaves to finish. Enjoy (and impress!) with friends!

Recipe & Photography by Paola Thomas for coco+kelley.

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