Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on July 29, 2015 - 0 Comments
Living in Arizona has its challenges when choosing what materials should be used in the design of your home. Factors such as high temperature and humidity need to be taken into consideration when determining the longevity of a design. One product that stands as a force to be reckoned with in both function and style is tile. There are several different options to choose from when using tile in a design, and the applications are endless! Join us as we explore some tempestuous tile inspiration!
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in a variety of neutral tones that work well with a number of different design styles, and create an elegantly textured finish to your space. Love the look of wood, but don’t want to deal with the maintenance? Choose a wood-like ceramic tile for the perfect, low-maintenance, rustic yet refined look!
Limestone is another natural stone that inhibits a beautiful texture in a variety of soft, natural hues. Mix and match different tile cuts in similar hues for a calming and cohesive design. The details will be subtle, but the impact will leave a lasting impression.
Glass tile can be the ideal way to bring color and visual texture into any space. Glass tiles are a must-have when wanting to incorporate mosaic designs, and create opulent, marvelous patterns with a variety of applications.
Why stop the tile at a corner? This design incorporates the same pattern used on the wall motif and carries it across the floor- Talk about DRAMA! Amazing!
Looking to make a bold statement in your home? Leather wall tiles can transform any space into one of pure luxury.
Marble has been praised for its beauty for centuries. The natural veining of this stone gives it unique properties, making no two pieces of marble the same. Eliminate the grout grid consistent with a tiled backsplash, and instead choose a marble slab to create a spectacular focal element in your kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to cook with that beauty as a backdrop??!
If you are looking for different ways to create drama and luxury in your home, let Coco Milano’s show you the many ways in which tile can transform your space. Come by today, and let’s explore the endless possibilities together!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on July 24, 2015 - 0 Comments
With the start of a new school year quickly approaching, it is important to make sure that your little scholars have the proper space to work in. Creating a dedicated work area that your kids will enjoy spending time in will relieve stress and help to make homework fun!
photo by Donna Griffith
Built-in shelves or cabinets above a work area will accommodate additional storage and keep the workspace organized and free of clutter. A place for everything, and everything in its place makes working on projects a fun and easy task!
Accessorize with artwork that your child has created for a more personalized atmosphere. Showcase their collections as decoration and allow them to feel confident and proud of the things that they cherish.
Think outside of the box when creating a workspace for your kids. Use a table as an unconventional desk and accessorize with fun, vibrant fabrics to keep the space young and full of life.
In addition to using unconventional furniture when creating a workspace for your kids, think of unconventional spaces within your home where a pop-up office may work. Maybe your kids room is not the best location for a workspace. Why not redesign an unused closet into a work nook. Maybe you enjoy working on projects as a family. Create a workspace in the kitchen and help your kids work though a difficult math problem while you prep dinner.
Lastly, let the architecture of your home dictate your workspace. Windows allow natural light into a space, and by facing your workspace toward the light source, you minimize glare on computer screens. Use repeating colors and shapes throughout the space to create a cohesive design scheme and unified workspace that your kids will love being productive in for years to come.
Let Coco Milano’s help you create a space that your little scholars will enjoy spending time in. Treat your kids to a space that they can feel proud of, a space that represents your style, compliments the rest of your home, and still feels personalized and unique to your child’s tastes. Stop by today and let us show you how!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on July 17, 2015 - 0 Comments
The new Sid Dickens Fall and Holiday 2015 Collections are being released to Coco Milano’s Customers!!
These new pieces are available to order IMMEDIATELY!!
Fall 2015- The Kingdom Collection tells of a bygone era, of the kings and queens we may have been in another time.
The 2015 Holiday Collection envisions the world as seen through a child’s eyes, and sends a message of peace and love around the world, speaking both to the young and those young at heart.
***The Holiday 2015 Collection RETIRES on December 1st, 2015.***
Come into Coco Milano’s Today to place your orders for these new, and soon to retire, collections! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of handcrafted history!
Posted in Articles & Tips, CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on July 9, 2015 - 0 Comments
As the summer months continue to sizzle, Coco Milano’s wants to make sure you are staying cool by offering a few tips for creating fresh and exciting outdoor living spaces. Whether you’re entertaining a poolside cocktail party with a dozen friends, or relaxing alone with a good book while listening to the rumble of the monsoons, this short reference will ensure that you stay in high style throughout the dog days of summer.
Make your exterior an extension of your interior. Think about the entire space, including the ceilings and floors, and add finishes that reflect your tastes. Details are just as important on the outside as they are on the inside. Designing vignettes throughout your space will create focal areas and dictate function and direction.
Layer different textures and patterns to create excitement in your outdoor lounge areas. Start with a textured area rug to ground the space. Next, play with different patterns and materials in your seating to add drama and delight. Lastly, introduce fresh accessories and potted plants to finish the space. The result will be polished and inviting, and keep you and your guests cool and comfortable even as the temperatures soar.
Using multiple levels of lighting throughout your outdoor space will be the final key in melding your interior and exterior spaces. Utilize architectural lighting to showcase specific features of your space, such as uplighting groups of trees, or built-in step lights along a walk way.
An overhead light on a dimmer switch will add functional lighting that can be customized to your specific needs. Do not be afraid to add floor or table lamps to create a second layer of task lighting. Lastly, use candle lanterns, either stationary or hanging to create one last glimmering source of light. Now sit back, and watch the stars dance beyond the flicker of the candle flame, as you relax in style in your freshly designed outdoor living space.
Your style does not have to stop at your door. Use your outdoor space to create functional and sophisticated living areas that reflect your design tastes, and expand your home. Invite the indoors out, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and lifestyle that only Arizona can offer!
Need help in creating the perfect outdoor living space for you, your family, and your guests? Come by Coco Milano’s today and let us help you create the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on July 2, 2015 - 0 Comments
Choosing art for your home is a personal and exhilarating decision. People often get overwhelmed with the many options and styles available. We have complied 6 easy steps to help relieve your stress, and help make choosing art for your home a joyful and rewarding experience!
Art is classified into different genres based around the subject or style in which the piece was created. These genres include but are not limited to modern, abstract, and landscape. While it is important to remain true to your particular tastes, do not be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone and use art that represents a genre that you may not have considered in the past. If your style encompasses heavy traditional elements, it may not make sense to hang a clean line, modern print for instance. However, hanging an abstract landscape painting with loose brush strokes and unexpected pops of color might be the perfect complement to the design and will create a refreshing and unexpected break from the norm.
Source: Dyana Hesson (Limited edition print available at CoCo Milano’s)
Color is one of the most powerful and persuasive design elements when used correctly. Warm colors, such as yellows and reds, can create excitement, while cooler colors, such as blues and greens can create a more serene atmosphere. Use the existing colors in your design to help guide your art selections. By selecting art that uses colors that are complementary to those of the rest of your design, you can create a focal point which will draw users into the space. On the contrary, if you prefer less contrast in your space, choose art that displays similar colors to the rest of your design. This will create continuity and repetition throughout the space.
Source: Leftbank Art (Available through CoCo Milano’s)
Work with the shape and scale of your walls. Choose where you want to display art, and do not be afraid to fill the area appropriately depending on the scale of the space. A large wall deserves a large piece of art. Another approach to filling a large area with art is to group smaller pieces together into a “gallery”. Tall, vertical walls, like those that flank windows, deserve tall, vertical art, while longer, more horizontal walls require horizontal art. While not every wall within a space should be filled with art, meaningful and thoughtful placement of art can greatly enhance the overall design of an interior.
Source: CoCo Milano’s
Do not let the architectural style of your home dictate the type of art that you use in your space. Contemporary art can create a wonderfully bold and beautiful impact in a traditional setting. Do not be afraid to move outside of your comfort zone when choosing art for your space. The results in using contrasting styles are unexpected and dynamic.
Jillaine Jurchuk (Available at Coco Milano’s)
Use artwork to bounce light throughout a space. Artwork behind glass can help brighten a space, especially if the artwork is placed on a wall that does not receive much natural light. The glass will act as a mirror and help bounce light throughout the space. Use caution when hanging art that is behind glass on walls that receive direct light, as this can create undesirable glare. With proper placements, art that is displayed behind glass can make for a lovely addition to a space.
Source: Leftbank Art (Available through Coco Milano’s)
Framed art can create unity among other elements of your design. Adding a frame to a piece of art may be just the thing that ties a room together. Use a wood frame that compliments the color of your flooring to bring the eye up from the ground and onto the walls. If you use a certain finish throughout the space, such as chrome, or antique bronze, use a frame with the same finish. This level of detailing will be subtle at first, but will create a cohesive and unified mood throughout the space that homeowners and guests alike will appreciate.
Source: Keri Chartrand (keriNicole designs) Information available at Coco Milano’s
Art is a broad term, and encompasses many different elements which can be used in your design. Choosing the right art will enhance your space, and turn your house into a home. If you are still unclear or need help in selecting art, call or come in to CoCo Milano’s and we can help you make the perfect selection for your home and your style!
Posted in Articles & Tips, Articles On Design, CoCo Milano's News, Interior Design - Written by Jennifer Lossing on June 26, 2015 - 0 Comments
Source: C.R. Laine
Our client, Kendra W, asked us the other day, “How much pattern is too much pattern?”
Like many things in design, it is often about personal preference. What is beautiful to one person may be overkill to another. While I can’t answer on behalf of someone’s personal preference, I can answer; “How do I mix and match patterns?” Although there isn’t an exact formula to mixing and matching different patterns in your design, there are a few rules of thumb to follow.
Layering patterns usually involves four main elements: Color, Scale, Shape and Texture.
The easiest way to start mixing patterns is with Color. This doesn’t mean they all have to be made up of the same colors; they just have to share some similar colors and tones. A large floral pattern, a stripe, and a check, can work beautifully together if they are in the same hue.
Source: C.R Laine
You should have at least 3 different patterns minimum for one space to make it interesting. If you choose more, be sure to use odd numbers.
Vary the Scale from large, medium, and small. For example: The size of the pattern (a large geometric pattern vs. a small polka dot), as well as how much it is used in the room (an entire chair or sofa vs. a decorative pillow or throw.) Be sure to spread the pattern around the room and not just on one side of the room for a more cohesive look.
One of the most commonly asked questions when mixing and matching fabrics is: “What patterns work best with each other? There are many different Shapes in patterns that work well together. Here are just a few suggestions that when used together will help create a unified look.
TOILE, GEOMETRIC, AND STRIPE
Source: Design Manifest
FLORAL, STRIPE, AND GEOMETRIC
Live Love DIY
FLORAL, STRIPE, AND HOUNDSTOOTH
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
PAISLEY, PLAID, AND FLORAL
STRIPES, ANIMAL PRINT, AND TEXTURED SOLID
You don’t have to use only patterns in a room to be visually stimulating. Mixing and matching patterns doesn’t always have to be about bright bold color either. You can mix and match patterns using muted tones and Textures for a high design impact that is stimulating to both our visual and tactile senses.
Source: C.R. Laine
Many fabric companies have made mixing patterns an easier process by creating “companion fabrics.” They have designed an odd number of patterns to combine harmoniously in one room. You simply choose your color palette and the patterns are already coordinated for you.
If you still can’t master the mixing and matching skills of pattern play, come into CoCo Milano’s. One of our designers will be happy to calm your fears and frustration and help you create perfect pattern harmony in your home!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News, Design Trends, Interior Design, Quick & Easy Design Tips - Written by Jennifer Lossing on June 11, 2015 - 0 Comments
People downsize their homes for many different reasons; relocating, retirement, expenses, empty nesters, reduce maintenance, or to merely simplify their lives.
Whatever the reason may be, sacrifices will have to be made, and style is NOT one of them!
We have put together some tricks of the trade to help you maximize your space and create an Upside to Downsizing! Here are a few helpful tips on how to have big style in a small space.
DUAL PURPOSE ROOMS
Source: Shea Home No Cal
A dual purpose room is going to serve more than one function. In larger homes you may have had a room for each task. When utilizing space efficiently in a smaller home, it is important to maximize those functions in the space allowed. For example: The picture above (left) has an open space plan that encompasses a kitchen, a table and a living room. The picture on the right combines a laundry area with a craft/office area. With proper space planning, beauty and function can be achieved.
CREATIVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Source: Jeanne Finnerty
Source: Apartment Therapy
When downsizing your home, organization is the key! People often have years worth of items they have collected. Creative storage solutions will play a large role in being able to hang on to those belongings with out cluttering up your new smaller home. Built-ins will be your best friend. Customized furniture will ensure that all pieces fit perfectly in your new space.
Source: Jado Decor Pty Ltd
Rooms tend to feel larger when decorating with mirrors. Mirrors help to reflect light and square footage, giving the appearance of a larger room. You might try replacing solid closet doors with mirrored doors or prop an over-scaled mirror against a wall to reflect the entire room and it’s contents. Use mirrored furniture to give a suggestion of more light and space.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Just because you down size homes doesn’t mean you down size guests. It is important to have additional seating, but keep the flow of the room open and not obtrude your focal points or your flow of traffic.
Stools or ottomans work wonderfully in small spaces. Put a pair of small, backless seats, i.e.; stools, X-benches, or ottomans in front of the fireplace in a small living room to sneak in some extra seating without blocking the room’s focal point.
Utilize other wise wasted corner space with the use of built in banquettes.
There will be many challenges when moving from a large house to a smaller one. You will have to be creative and make wise decorating decision. If you are not confident in this journey by yourself, call or come into CoCo Milano’s and we will be happy to set up a consultation to help you with the decorating and organizing transition.
Posted in CoCo Milano's News, Design Trends - Written by Jennifer Lossing on June 11, 2015 - 0 Comments
Most people hear the word “Trend” and think of something short-term or momentary, but a “Trend” can also mean a general direction in which something is developing or changing.
Some trends are often reinvented to stay relevant to the times. This makes them timeless and classic. Weaving is an age-old craft, but it has boundless potential!
Image Source: Elle Decor
With neutral color palettes on the rise, incorporating texture is a must to keep the room from becoming stale. Woven materials add richness, texture and warmth. They can be formal, elegant, or rustic. Woven materials are the perfect for indoor and outdoor decorating.
There is an array of options available when decorating with woven materials or patterns. There are fabrics, furniture and accessories, just to name a few.
Some people often group rattan with wicker together, however, rattan is a specific material, hence rattan furniture is crafted out of rattan only, but wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and even rattan. These can be both natural or synthetic. Natural and synthetic woven furniture can look interesting and inviting, adding handmade charm to any room. A little wicker goes a long way! The key is to use updated silhouettes.
Image Source: Gary Riggs
Below are some examples of traditional and nontraditional woven pieces you can incorporate into your room for a wonderful transitional look that will add elegance and effortless style!
For more woven design trend inspiration, check out our Pinterest board HERE!
Remember; it’s a mix of styles that help make a space your own! Let CoCo Milano’s create a signature look that is all about YOU! Call or come into the store today and we will help you get started.
Posted in CoCo Milano's News, Press Releases - Written by Jennifer Lossing on June 5, 2015 - 0 Comments
We are excited to announce Dyana’s latest creation for immediate release; a new limited edition print.
Night Song, white cactus bloom 30×30 giclee on canvas, edition of 50
This very speical print depicts a very special blooming cacti. It is a torch cactus whose blooms open at night and only last a day.
Anyone who purchases this print between now and January 1 2016, will receive a complimentary signed copy of Dyana’s hard bound coffee table book Radiance: the Paintings of Dyana Hesson upon it’s release in early January 2016.
Hurry in to purchase this stunning and exquisite print available for purchase and/or order at CoCo Milano’s!
We are also pleased to have Dyana’s Arizona Hot Shots on display and available for purchase.
Arizona Hotshots – giclee – 32″ x 40″ – edition of 50
Posted in Basket Winners - Written by Jennifer Lossing on June 3, 2015 - 0 Comments
Congratulations to Mary Weishaar. She won our May Basket Giveaway!
Mary’s day just got a little bit better.
Come into CoCo Milano’s and say hi. Be sure to enter for next months giveaway!