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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Requirement for my dream home #1: Light airy spaces. Preferably with elements to keep those spaces feeling even more open, like these fantastic screens...

As you can tell just by looking at my banner, I love simple repeated designs like the screens used in this home by Philip Galanes. Much more visually interesting than a wall!

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While many cultures use this concept in their own traditional styles, the funny thing is that I'm drawn to them because it's such a Southern California thing (like the entrance to the Parker in Palm Springs!). The designs remind me of the cinder block fences and entrances around the neighborhood in Venice Beach where I grew up.

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So, maybe it's an element of nostalgia that makes me really love this look? What do you think? Is it too retro for you, or just as cool as ever?
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Fall Palette

Im loving this by Pantone's Fall 2009 Fashion Color Report this year. Maybe it's because the color combinations are endless and exciting? Or perhaps it's because a few of these palettes match some of my absolute favorite interiors...

This combination of colors has to be one of my all time favorites - in fact, it's exactly what I've been going back to in my bedroom! Earthy, warm shades with a touch of grey. Done to perfection above, and interpreted with a few other colors below...

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room by jay jeffers

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room via aussie vogue

I also love this unexpected grouping of a deep teal blue with an old-fashioned rose colored pink and a dash of modern olive green (more like a chartreuse if you ask me!) And, of course, a neutral cream to balance them all.

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room via domino

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room via domino

And, we cannot forget the red and purple hues that will continue to be strong this year. My favorite is actually to pair them together, like this room above. Such royal richness!!

Vogue living..

This room is for the love of all things light and airy...

light & fresh aussie vogue living

There is a ridiculous amount of lucite in this retro-inspired space from Vogue Living, and I secretly think I love it (even the piano legs are lucite! insane!). The way this material works to allow us to 'see through' a room always amazes me - such a good tactic for small spaces, but in a large space like this you can still see the impact. And what are your thoughts on the change between the tiles? It achieves a similar impact as a rug would but keeps the space cool. Interesting? Or weird?


I've long loved these 'interiors' from Gloss Creative, but I don't think I've ever shared them here on coco+kelley.

Designers of runways, sets and store windows, my favorite specialty of theirs is the marquees they've created in the past for Moet Chandon at the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival...


green draping? yes please.


(how simply fantastic is that 'chandelier'? this is my favorite!)


the circle motif was carried throughout - like champagne bubbles!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mary McDonald

Love the rich feeling of deep colors


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Brocade Home - Patent Leather Stool - $169

Looking for that perfect accent stool, ottoman or bench for your living room...normally they are upholstered in fabric, leather or suede...not this one...try white patent leather. Feels kind of kitcsh and 70's - new millennium mod!

Lovely Sofa for small spaces!

Original Couch Sofa

The Original couch sofa combination is a piece of furniture designed to optimize any small space. I find the design of the Original to be quite striking. Flexibility is a critical element when shopping for a piece of furniture which may be the cornerstone for a loft, flat, or small apartment. I love the flexibility in this couch sofa combination. The genius around Original is centered in the four round pieces that make up the seating area. Moving one of the pieces to the front creates a small couch perfect for two people with the ever important ottoman in front to stretch the legs out onto. Keeping all four pieces of the couch sofa in one line create a larger sofa that can accommodate comfortable seating for up to 3 people and if need be 4 people.

Another neat feature is that by turning the pieces you can change where the backrests are. Like in one of the pictures you can see where the backrests are in opposite directions. Though I am not sure how often I would use the feature, I am thankful that I have the opportunity for the multifunction capability. I find the Original couch sofa to be quite attractive. I am a fan of the black-white contrast and feel that adds flair to many room settings. Original features leather upholstery, wooden frame construction, and metal tubular legs. Available at: Original Couch Sofa. Price: $6,800.

Space Savers

French designer Stephanie Perruchon has created some new concept furniture that can work in many settings where space saving is crucial to overall design. As I looked at the pieces I saw possibilities for lofts, small apartments, kids rooms, office lobbies, and likely many others. It's great to see a fresh design that is multifunctional where the furniture can serve more than a singular purpose. Called the Range Studio, I like the fact that you have a cool coffee table, ottomans, stools, and extra seating all in one package. Via - Stephane Perruchon

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Stephane Perruchon design furniture

multifunctional furniture

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dramatic Style:

Natural scheme with vintage twist

Modern minimalism:

Classic with goth effect

Modern country


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Moroccan Style

WOW! Danish Architecture

‘Playful’, ‘controversial’, ‘cheeky’, ‘innovative’ and ‘provocative’ are just some of the terms used to describe BIG. Headed by Bjarke Ingels, this architectural company has in the space of a few years created prize-winning projects, a long list of innovative buildings and an international reputation, as well as taking an active part in current debates in society

This exhibition forms part of a pilot project called ‘Close up’, which through exhibitions, debates, seminars and teaching sessions takes a long, hard look at new tendencies, theories and challenges within Danish architecture.