A DOZEN HOME ACCENTS TO GET YOU READY FOR FALL

As if the coming of fall wasn’t reason enough to start thinking about nesting, some of my favorite home stores have already begun changing their collections over to some gorgeous goodies for my favorite season. This past weekend I got lost online for hours dreaming of potential updates for the house… and these are my favorites!

top 12 picks for fall home decorating // coco+kelley

 

1. glass disc chandelier // 2. black & white canisters // 3. metallic stripe linen napkins // 4. marble shelf with brass brackets  // 5. captain’s settee with contrast piping // 6. marble flush mount sconce // 7. scalloped edge gold leaf mirror // 8. black rolling rack // 9. gold and white zebra head // 10. gold foil matchbooks // 11. high shine vases // 12. linen throw

I’m particularly in love with the piping and shape of the Captain’s settee from West Elm, and all the fun possibilities that come with a zebra head that bears its own crown (just think of how you could decorate the crown seasonally! fresh flowers! holiday baubles!). I’m also fairly certain that my home will be graced with those marble shelves in the near future… and I’m definitely looking for an excuse to incorporate the marble sconce as well (ps – it comes in brass too!)

 

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  3. kate Zucconi

    I love your choices! I’m really into marble and gold at the moment.
    As I live in Italy not far from Carrara, I love the white Carrara marble, I think it’s amazing and am trying to incorporate some into my new house build!
    I also really like the shape and the piping on the settee!

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CASS’ KITCHEN :: SUMMER WATERMELON SALAD

Some of us are blessed with the ability to open the fridge, pull out a few ingredients and whip up something decently (or sometimes surprisingly!) tasty. Growing up with a chef for a father, I’d like to think that I inherited a bit of this ability.

And it seems - judging by requests on instagram when I post these type of meals – that there is always room for more simple recipes. So… from here on out I’m sharing these dishes straight from my fridge to you, starting with this Summer Watermelon Salad!

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

When temps start to seriously spike in the summer, my appetite totally dwindles. That’s when I get a craving for a good watermelon salad! Despite eating half a watermelon while I make this dish (what? it’s hydrating!) it never fills me up too much, and is completely refreshing.

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

Ingredients // serves 2

  • half a small watermelon
  • 1- 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/3 cup feta
  • 1-2 tbsp mint – roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro (optional!)

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

Truth: everyone makes watermelon salad. It’s not like I’m reinventing the wheel here, but I do think that we can reinvent the way the wheel looks! I like to get creative with the way I slice and dice my ingredients – it changes the way you taste a dish (yes, seriously).

Mixing up the way you chop and serve is a whole other level of cooking. I prefer the melon in thin strips and the cucumber shaved using a peeler. The cucumber in those ribbons makes it extra light, which is exactly what we want with this kind of salad!

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

love mint on this dish, so I tend to put in quite a bit and chop it up very roughly. The mix of sweet watermelon, tart berries, savory feta and refreshing mint together is so divine. If the ingredients are ripe, you don’t even need a drizzle of anything on top, but if you’d like feel free to experiment with citrus fruits, balsamic or a very light olive oil. I prefer it bare though!

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

summer watermelon salad recipe // coco+kelley

The best part of this dish is that is not only easy to whip up as a quick meal for two, but super simple for larger crowds! The best time of year for berries is now, so make it while you can!

Enjoy!

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley

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  1. Lisa

    Love this salad. Looks delicious. I make a similar one with black olives in place of the blackberries. The salt in the olives compliments the watermelon well.

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  2. kate Zucconi

    I’m reall into watermelon at the moment!
    As I live in italy its so hot and watermelon is so refreshing!
    This combination looks amazing with the feta and mint. I don’t know if I can get blackberries where I am, is there another berry that would work well?
    Many thanks!

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DULY NOTED // 8.8

Usually August is quiet for blogs, but this week there seemed to be so many good stories out there I had to add a few more spots to our usual weekend links roundup! I myself have been picking up the pace around here with some really fun projects that we’re getting to reveal this fall…

In the meantime:

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1 // This dark indigo pillow with stripes of bright pink and orange is right where my decorating mind is at right now.

2 // It’s been too long since I’ve taken some fashion risks that feel a little silly, but 100% me. Cue inspiration from Natasha Goldenberg. Check out this roundup of some of her best outfits (including rocking a baby bump in serious style) for some fun ideas.

3 // Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with art right now, but being an art curator for a place as cool as the Wythe Hotel seems pretty much like the best job ever. Read all about it here.

4 // I’m constantly on the lookout for chic ways to store my piles (and piles and piles) of magazines. This one is winning.

5 // Hootie’s Home! (That’s what I wanted to write as the caption for this house tour belonging to Darius Rucker,  AKA Hootie and the Blowfish.) But seriously. This place is gorgeous. I’d move right in.

6 // I love when textiles are made into something unique and lovely… like, um, moths? Oh the irony…

7  // When was the last time (ever?) you invested in some pretty underpinnings? Me? It’s been eons. I don’t even know how long that is, but it sounds right. I think it’s time to splurge on some lacy little things

8 // Not gonna lie. This is my most favorite party and tabletop idea I’ve seen in quite a while. Serious celestial love!

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 8.7

As much as I hate to admit it, my thoughts lately turned towards fall. I’ve made it a goal of mine to spend August really trying to get organized before things start to pick up around here, so rather than having my nesting focused on the home, it’s actually all about the office right now…

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So it’s no surprise that the Room of the Week be an inspiring workspace! Well… it’s actually not a real workspace. Or a home for that matter. It’s the result of a collaboration between Vitra + Artek named the VitraHaus, created with Ilse Crawford of Studio Ilse who is one of my absolute favorites.

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I love the way these work tables lead into an area that feels more livable, all in one small space. The bench tucked up against the table is what creates this transition, but obviously it could also be functional as extra seating, so, well, that’s just genius.

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So yes, that’s why you’re seeing so much of their product here, but the point is really in the creative use of space. These little workstations lining one wall. Which – in case you missed – it is one ginormous corkboard. This detail pretty much sealed the deal for me having to talk about the space.

But what I really love is how this space – despite all the modern furnishings – really does feel warm.

And because these are too good not to share…

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The ‘dining room’. Which is really just an amazing excuse to throw a party, right?

Vitra-Artek-Studioilse-Yellowtrace-11And I love the bright green against those charcoal walls. And all the plants. Seriously so good.

You can see the rest of the house right here (via Yellowtrace) 

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LEATHER + NEON + FRINGE… OH MY.

What could possibly go wrong when a creative mind brings together neon and leather? Absolutely nothing. Which is why I’m totally energized by the super fun designs of boo+boo factory out of Chicago…

iridescent leather fringe necklace // boo + boo

I mean, I’m not sure how you couldn’t possibly be happy and inspired crafting in this fun workspace every day!

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boo and boo factory leathery jewelry

 

Geometrics. Feathers. Tassels. And crazy eyes too of course. These ought to perk any outfit right up…

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I’ve actually had a bunch of leather scraps sitting around waiting for a really rad DIY project, and this may have just inspired me to try my own hand at a little piece! Even the smallest scraps could get put to good use… hmmmm….

 

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