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I actually enjoy the hustle and bustle of a “last minute” holiday shopping.  There’s something to be said for the spontaneity of finding an item that will make a perfect gift for someone on my list.  I also like the fact that there’s little or no time to hem and haw over decisions to buy or not to buy.  Here’s my last minute holiday gift guide that meets standards of vintage appeal and classic style applied to modern aesthetics.   Maybe one of these gifts will be perfect for someone on YOUR list…

1.  Komono’s Winston Monte Carlo Croc.

2.  Schoolhouse Electric and Supply’s Half Oval Hoop Earrings.

3.  Zara’s Mixed Knit Gloves 

4.  Pendleton’s Chimayo Throw

5.  Lego’s  Architecture Series

6.  William and Sonoma’s Leather Clad Flashlight

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When winter is in full throttle, there’s nothing like a fire to warm the soul and body.  A fireplace is not only a focal point in a room, but the heart of a house:  a place to gather, rest and reflect.  I recently started pinning images of my favorite fireplaces.  While some are classic and elegant, others are funky and fun.  If you’re lucky enough to have a hearth in your  home, use it often and invite friends and family to bask in its light and warmth.  We certainly do! concrete glass windows psd holiday psd big mantle book shleves psd 9018cd01a290923818b662592313a2e3 b8456beb996daf1776f794464dd6c775 fireplace psd

Do you have a fireplace in your home?  Send us a picture!

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We’ve had a plethora of persimmons this season thanks to friends who must be farming them.  My usual approach to consuming these beauties is simple:  cut, peel and eat.  I haven’t experimented mixing them with other fruits or vegetables until now.  Inspired by a salad I ate at Pizzaiolo, I combined bitter greens, roasted hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds with this divine fruit.  The combination creates a dish that’s bitter-sweet, a little crunchy and seriously pretty.  A list of ingredients and instructions is provided below.  Take a look:

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2 Persimmons, 1 pomegranate, endive, radicchio, chicory, hazelnuts, olive oil, seasoned rice vinegar, honey and sea salt.

Instructions:

Spread a cup or so of hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.  Peel and thinly slice the persimmons.  Halve a pomegranate and knock out the seeds with a wooden hammer.  Place torn greens in a bowl and top with the fruits and nuts.  For the dressing, combine olive oil and rice vinegar  and then slowly whisk in honey to your liking.  Drizzle it on the salad and sprinkle sea salt on top.

Enjoy!

For those who may be new to Cocoon Home’s Blog Off The Counter feature,  I would like to warn you that I’m not one for measuring, especially when comes to a salad and its dressing.  I enjoy adjusting the ingredients to my own taste buds.  So to you I say:  go for it!

 

 

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We made the decision and the Kai Kristiansen chairs are here to stay!  Their angled legs and recessed backs complement the elegant base and brass finish of our Barbera table.  Not to mention the fact that they’re uber comfortable and period appropriate for our home.  Now there’s a clear balance between the kitchen’s modern renovation and our home’s authentic mid-century design.  Take a look:
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Many thanks to the readers who expressed their opinions on the chairs.    I really enjoyed reading all the comments!

 

 

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About this time last year I decided to make a wreath to hang over our fireplace.  Taking into consideration that our hearth is quite large, I went big and bold with an array of of protea, eucalyptus pods, lichen covered branches and pepper berries (see it here).    This year, I’m inspired by the wispy, minimalist look.  Keeping it big, I would like it to be a mix of seasonal greens.  Using different fir branches, fern fronds and some grevillea I hope to create a combination of the 4 wreaths posted above.  I best get wreathing!

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Last Saturday, Alex and I set out to find chairs to place around our new dining table.  After visiting a few Mid-Century shops we found 5 period appropriate contenders, all of which came with us overnight.  After studying the chairs, both from near and afar, we were able to narrow the options to 3.  One designed by Eric Buch, another by Kai Kristiansen and the third by Ole Wanscher’s.  Taking in account their comfort, shape and wood grain all 3 could work in the space and the table but only ONE can stay.  I have my favorite.  Which one is yours?  IMG_8986

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1.  Eric Buch

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Many thanks to the folks at Modernaire, Antiques and Modern and Klassik Living for working with us!

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The Power Of Simplicity

November 26, 2014

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I often leave books and magazines open to pages with images or texts that inspire or resonate with me on our coffee table.  One of my all time favorites is the cover page of  the November 3, 2013 issue of The New York Times Style Magazine.  The title:  “The Power Of Simplicity”  is as relevant today as it was a year ago when I first read it.

I’m not sure when it became a direct influence on how I’ve been approaching life lately, but regardless, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been applying its simplifying message to just about everything.  The daily expectations I create for my personal and professional life seem to subconsciously prioritize themselves in my mind.  This  allows me to organize tasks more efficiently or remove some altogether.  I must admit I’m not feeling any shame in doing less, I would rather be grateful for the ability to embrace more.

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,  let’s  all remember to keep things simple and enjoy the quieter, less frenetic times.  Simplify and allow them to happen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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November 24, 2014

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There’s an elegance and sophistication associated with the color black.  We recognize its dramatic effects on fashion, interiors and exteriors alike, home accessories and even in gift wrapping.  Black lends a dramatic, classic look to almost anything.  Art, knick-knacks, books and botanicals stand out against its rich depth, giving any space a contrasting, edgy feel.  Even simple recipes can appear more interesting when served on a dark plate.  I think I need to find an area in our house where black would feel at home.

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We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and I couldn’t be more excited.  Firstly, because it happens to be my favorite holiday and, secondly, because of my love for a well dressed table.  This year, gold tipped leaves inspired a table setting that turned out both earthy and sophisticated.  Vintage Russel Wright dishes, a colorful runner, berry filled twigs, wood and brass create a look and a feel that complement our home’s mid-century design well.  Take a look and find out below how to quickly gild leaves for the upcoming holidays.
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Himalayan pink rock salt decorates each setting and is also a take home gift for our guests. candle stick psd IMG_3756 IMG_3807

Clusters of berries tied to the gilded leaves serve as mini botanical arrangements that can become hanging ornaments for our guests.
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Gold Tipped Leaves

Supplies:

Magnolia leaves (they’re thick and won’t crack as the paint dries), gold paint and twine.

Instructions:

Tie twine to the leaf stem. Dip the tip directly into the paint. Hang and let dry for 1 to 2 days.

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Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.                                                                                                                                 

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Scenes From New York City

November 18, 2014

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We just returned from the East coast where we visited family and friends in both New York and New Jersey.  The timing for this trip was perfect.  The air was chilly but not frigid, the trees were still holding on to their Fall colors and signs of the coming holidays were all around us in a typically flamboyant NYC style.  Being back home feels really good and realizing that we got to spend precious time with people we love feels even better.  Here are a few images from this past weekend:

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