During my stay in Cambridge last week, I did spend a few nights at a friend’s home (who had also been a client) and was reminded of how much I enjoyed working with her. Because our styles are so different, we challenged each other in areas that were out of our mutual comfort zones. Where I tend to be more miminalistic and tonal in color preferences, my friend has a more classic and traditional approach to decorating with bolder colors and prints. Together we collaborated in bringing together a mix of textiles and patterns that resulted in a refined, transitional space. The images below tell the story.
Thank you EVB for giving me the opportunity to work together on your beautiful home.
Most of us are looking forward to shedding that winter coat (even in Cali), but as warmer days approach, cooler evenings still demand one. The ease and elegance of the mid-length coat is perfect for those in-between seasonal periods. They’re light enough for the onset of Spring, yet roomy enough to accommodate Fall’s inevitable layers. Take a look at some of my favorite “it” coat images:
Be sure to check out more of my favorite looks here. Which coat are you buying?!?
Now that the walls and ceiling of our kitchen have been exposed, new electrical wiring and boxes are being installed. The valances, so typical of Mid-Century design, have been preserved and in some areas extended. In case of any late night entertaining, we added a pocket door to separate the dining area from the hallway leading to the bedrooms. This so that those who tend to go to bed early (mostly me) can fall sleep easily. On Tuesday, the concrete floor affected by the renovation will be sanded, smoothed and tinted. Things are moving right along. Take a look:
concrete floor treatment and color samples
fully exposed skylights let more light in now
Now and then architectural drawings of 2014 and 1950
Loki contemplating the plans before approving them.
Before my kitchen was demolished , I experimented with my favorite winter salad ingredients: blood oranges, avocado and red onion. Using Instagram to document my culinary exploits, I had few people ask what type of dressing I used. So here it comes:
Mind you, I’m not one for measuring ingredients, so depending on the size of the salad and your preference as to just how much dressing is enough, your own judgement should come into play.
Olive Oil, Orange Blossom Champagne Vinegar, Citrus Zest, and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. Whisk together and pour.
I’m looking forward to having a kitchen counter again. I suspect there’ll be some serious cooking in the new space.
I’m so grateful and inspired by the overwhelming support Cocoon Home Blog received in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. Making it all the way to the finals is just amazing. Thank you so much!
I look forward to more sharing of my design inspirations, special family moments and personal journeys with all of you.
Many congratulations to the other finalists, I feel honored to be among you.
Now, a huge thanks to Babik (my mother-in-law and editor) who has always encouraged and supported my creative endeavors. Her efforts and devotion to Cocoon Home Design brought us to the finals. Thank you!
On a recent trip to the San Fransciso Flower Mart I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight of these huge baskets. I fell in love with their size, color and potential functionality and immediately bought two for a design client. Whether one uses them to keep wood next to a fireplace, to store toys in a den or shoes in a mudroom, big baskets can add texture and interest to any room in a home, from foyer to bathroom.
Below are a few images from my Basket Pinboard that show just how versatile these large woven vessels can be:
Are you a fan of the over-sized baskets? Where and how would you use these big babies in your place?
While in Boston, I had the opportunity to spend a night at a dear friend’s place. I’ve always felt welcomed and comfortable in this home. My friend’s place is earthy, eclectic and classical at the same time. Little vignettes scattered throughout the house are meant to remind of exotic trips, special family memories or stories of a personal nature. There are seashells from a trip we all took to Vieques Island almost 9 years ago, her Nana’s favorite chair, seed pods collected on hikes in many faraway places and, of course, there is Henry (featured above). The walls are a feast for the eyes due to an amazing art collection. While music played faintly in the background, I snapped away trying to capture a brief moment of my life in her very special space.
Thank you JG for hosting me and for sharing your warm and cozy home with our Cocoon Home Blog readers.
One of my favorite things as a blogger is to feature people’s homes in “The Way We Live”
. Homes that aren’t overly decorated or styled, homes just as they are. It has been gratifying to photograph so many wonderful spaces. You can see more of them here.
I believe that Cocoon Home Blog inspires its readers to surround themselves with objects that speak to them and for them.
This week’s end was just as exciting as its beginning. The notable difference is that I am now on the East Coast working on a project. Being back in Boston as a finalist blogger in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards seems quite appropriate, considering this is where I began blogging 4 years ago. When I think about or scroll back to my older posts, I’m amazed at just how many and how much I’ve shared with you . It’s been an amazing journey, one that I could not have stayed embarked on without you. I’m SO grateful for your continued love and support! Let’s keep this exciting gig going by voting one last time for Cocoon Home as your favorite Home Design and Inspiration blog right here. THANK YOU!
Lately, there’s been a whole lotta of noise around the house and not just due to our kitchen renovation. With our twin boys practicing their brass instruments and the vinyl records spinning on their turntable, our home has become a symphony of sounds (not all necessarily in tune). We love music in our home, we always have. When the boys were infants, listening and dancing to our favorite music was definitely an outlet for the big lifestyle adjustment upon us. Max and Ben grew accustomed to the tunes of Led Zeppelin, Neko Case, Joao Gilberto, Al Green and Jill Scott from the time they were 6 months old (or maybe younger). Somewhere along the years they’ve become intrigued with jazz, and currently, it’s not uncommon to hear the faint sounds of Stan Getz or John Coltrane streaming from the turntable in their room.
Music appreciation at any age can lift one’s spirits and deepen one’s self awareness of space and time. I’m really proud of Max and Ben for wanting to learn to play an instrument on their own terms. I tried for many years to play the guitar. It may not have worked for me, but nevertheless, I never lost my passion for a good sound.
Have a great weekend! What will YOU be listening to?
I would like to take this opportunity to send a HUGE thank you to everyone that has nominated Cocoon Home as a favorite Home Design/Inspirational Blog on Apartment Therapy’s “The Homie’s Awards”. TODAY is the last day to vote for the final nominees. If you haven’t voted yet and like Cocoon Home Blog please show your support by registering here and voting here. Spread the word and thanks again!
Now that most of the pieces from this “room inspiration” have been received and placed in our clients’ home, it’s time to begin accessorizing. Having been inspired by this home, the neutral palette will likely be layered with tonal patterns in pillows, throws and maybe even in a pouf [or two]. By adding plants the space will brighten and extend from the inside to the outdoors. Stay tuned for its reveal.
1. Mañana Floor Lamp 2. Herringbone Hand-Knotted Flamestitch Rug 3. Paneled Armoire 4. Friday Lounge 5. Tyne Round Cocktail Table 6. Mota Wedge Sectional Sofa