November 29, 2011

CoCo Designs in Oregon Home Magazine

I have been on pins and needles waiting for the December/January edition of  Oregon Home Magazine to come out. Why you ask. Because CoCo Designs is featured in an article on tabletop design, baby!

When I got the email from the adorable Lucy Burningham about being in the magazine, I was beside myself with excitement. Hello... Two page spread, tabletop decorating, holidays, creative freedom. It all seemed to good to be true. Lucky for me, it wasn't. 


We did this photo shoot at John Valls' studio, smack dab in the middle of record high heat. It certainly isn't easy to look fresh-faced when you've been sweating profusely. My hair got flat, my eyeliner ran, pretty sure I had B.O. But, the show must go on and that's what we did. I'm generally not one to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty happy with the way the article and photos turned out. 

Thank you Lucy Burningham, John Valls, Sammy's Flowers and Jon Taylor Carter! You guys were awesome to work with.


November 25, 2011

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Part 4

1. Who doesn't love to use the word shuttlecock?
2. This fixture is genius!
Another exciting edition of CoCo's favorite things. You should see the folder on my desktop with things for the this post. So many good things, so little time.
I'm guessing this will probably be the last post I write for awhile that isn't holiday related. Who knows, I could be wrong. Speaking of holidays, for those of you that don't know me, I am a Christmas FREAK. So much of a freak in fact that some people (including my sister) think I have serious problems. Since I can remember, I have always loved every single thing about Christmas. That being said, even I feel like the Christmas commercials started too early this year. I actually saw them start before Halloween. WTF???

Portland fabulousness!
2181 NW Nicolai Street


Do I really have to say anything? Gorgeous!


I want this so bad. I would
have it filled in no time.
Seriously. No time.

The color and pattern combinations in this photo are spot on.



Can't you totally see yourself in front of the fire with some hot cocoa or
champagne? Sounds like heaven.



November 23, 2011

Turnip, Turnip, Who's Got The Turnip?

As if you don't know, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. As I write this post, I am waiting on cream cheese and butter to soften so I can whip up some delicious pumpkin bars. After that, homemade cranberry dressing and if I'm feeling really ambitious, Pinwheels. Off topic, back to my point. 

If you're still trying to come up with some clever table setting ideas, but haven't found anything you like, check out CoCo on AM Northwest this morning. One of my favorite Thanksgiving decor shopping spots is the produce department at the grocery store. I kind of wander around aimlessly looking for colorful and interesting produce. I'm pretty sure the guys that work there think I'm either really particular about my fruit or just really dumb. If they only knew...

I collected a few small vases and a goblet from my cupboard. Grabbed some candles from my stockpile and went to work. I just sat and cut and placed until things looked right. Make sure you use your gardener's twine for anything you need to tie together (like the asparagus). You can also tie some around vases and candle holders to incorporate it throughout the design. 

Probably the easiest holder ever made. Grab a turnip that sits flat and has nice color. Take a piece of cardstock or pre-made placecard, add a fun sticker, flower, something cute and write the person's name. Next, glue on a toothpick to the back and let dry. When all dry and ready to set the table, give the turnip a good stab with the toothpick and you're all set.

(Yes, that's my dog's name. So what!)

You should also hit up Crate & Barrel at Bridgeport Village if you're looking for some festive dishes, glassware and flatware. They have all of those goodies on sale for 25% off until 11/28/11. 



November 21, 2011

Savage Beauty Courtesy of Lonny Magazine

I got the best news I've had in a long time when I received an email from The Lonny Mag Team. No, they didn't ask me to come work for them or to redecorate their office or anything like that. BUT, they did email me to tell me that I had won a copy of Savage Beauty!!! 

I'm sure if you ever read my blog, you notice that I include a ton of photos from Alexander McQueen's designs. It's safe to say that he is one of my inspirations. Original, innovative, always pushing the envelope and making people think. I was devastated when he passed away. It still makes me sad to think what the world is missing out on because he left us too soon. 


Anyway, back to the good part of the story, I won this book that I have been lusting after forever. Did I mention that I NEVER win anything? Seriously, NEVER! The combination of never winning and then winning something that I adore was fan-freakin-tastic. 

Thank you Lonny Mag!!! If you were a single boy, I might marry you.


November 18, 2011

Shine by S.H.O


I can honestly say that every single time I see something new from Shine by S.H.O., I am giddy. This is by far one of my all time favorite lines. The photos speak for themselves...


November 16, 2011

Looking For a New Idea in Hard Surfaces? Check out Pyro Lave.

I saw this super cool product a few months ago and knew that I had to spread the word. Pyro Lave comes in bright and neutral colors, gloss and matte finishes, high heat resistant, stain resistant, frost resistant, scorch resistant, etc, etc, etc.  And most important, it's so pretty. Below is what the company has to say about the product...

"Extracted from the Nugere Crater at the heart of Auvergne's volcanoes, Volvic lava, this consistent and dense stone has exceptional qualities created by time. The extremely resistant blocks are extracted by hand from open-air quarry. They are then cut into slabs, processed and glazed."

 A few of their many color options:


November 10, 2011

Kelly Wearstler

As you may have noticed, a lot of my posts include pics from the amazing Kelly Wearstler. Without a doubt, she is an inspiration to me. Ms. Wearstler isn't afraid to use bold colors and unique materials. She has the gift of pushing the envelope without being obnoxious and gaudy. That gift creates some stunning spaces.

In the general design loving population, Kelly Wearstler would be a tad over budget for most of us. As she should be. Greatness isn't cheap. But, lucky us... She has her own line of home goods, fashion and accessories. I swear I would buy one of everything if I could.

P.S. If you don't have her book HUE, you must buy it. That is an order.