Posted in Articles On Design, Interior Design - Written by Keri Chartrand on August 26, 2015 - 0 Comments
For nearly all families, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. From casual entertaining and family dinners, to cocktail parties and gourmet cooking, the kitchen is where it all tends to happen. How is the busiest room in your home holding up? Looking for a little kitchen inspiration to tantalize your design taste buds? Join us as we drool over these delicious kitchen designs.
There are many components of a kitchen design that serve a function. This is not to say that they can not satisfy style at the same time. Take for instance a backplash. The function of a backsplash is to protect your walls from damage, but replace typical tile with copper sheeting, and you now have a functional kitchen design with off-the-charts style!!
A space that is all too often overlooked when designing a kitchen is the ceiling! Enhance your kitchen design with coffers and a combination of recessed and pendant lighting. The geometric repetition will create unity and your space will feel cozy and complete.
Maybe you want to showcase your ceiling as a focal element in your design. Install wood planks parallel to the angle of your ceiling and watch as the room wraps you in warmth every time you enter.
It’s always a good idea to work with the architecture of your home when designing it’s interior, and kitchen design is no different. Pitched or arched ceilings? Stair-step your cabinetry to match the elevation change of your ceiling. High, open ceilings? Hang a large-scale pot rack over an island to bring the scale of the design back to normal proportions.
Who doesn’t dream of having more usable space in a kitchen? Maybe your space demands to be a vision of grandeur with a massive drop down hood and built-in double oven. Maybe you prefer a softer design with open shelving for a lighter, more airy feel. Either way you slice it, installing an island will allow you the space and storage you need to keep the chef baking and the guests smiling!
Lastly, do not be afraid of rich colors for your cabinets. Feeling bold? Try Black!! Like the richest dark chocolate, these kitchens have our mouths watering!
So, how is that kitchen of yours holding up? Feeling inspired?? Come in to Coco Milano’s today and let our lovely design team help you create the kitchen of your dreams!!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on August 21, 2015 - 0 Comments
Wanting to design your home but unsure where to start? At Coco Milano’s we understand that design can be overwhelming, and we’re here to help! Sometimes in order to move forward, we need to take a step back and start from the beginning. Over the next few months, we want to bring it back down to the basics, and introduce you to the fundamentals of Color Theory! One surefire way to overcome designers block is to have a solid vision for your space, and what better way to achieve that vision than to start with a color scheme to build your entire design around!
The first color scheme we will explore is a Monochromatic. Although a monochromatic color scheme may seem straightforward, implementing the use of only one color throughout the design, it is anything but simple. By adhering to a few of our color theory tips, a monochromatic design can be elegant, cohesive, and visually stunning!
Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens
First and foremost, a monochromatic color scheme should not confined by using the exact same color throughout the space! By using tints (the base color + white) or shades (base color + black) a monochromatic design will come to life, bringing unexpected charm and interest to the space.
Second, play with different textures and patterns to break up the monotony of a one-color design. The variety of pattern will add excitement and delight to the space, while still keeping with the continuity of the design scheme.
Better Homes and Gardens
Lastly, choose finishes that compliment the color scheme. Warm, rich wood tones, or bold metallic finishes will add the finishing details that will tie the entire design together.
At Coco Milano’s, we understand that not everyone is a color theorist. I mean, really, how often to you use the word “analogous” in your everyday dialog?!? Come by today, and let our lovely design team of color experts help you choose a color scheme that is right for your space, and let the designing begin!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on August 14, 2015 - 0 Comments
Wallpaper has been used to create atmosphere in homes for decades. While the popularity for this material may vary from era to era, there is no denying the impact that it can have on a space. Wallpaper today is vastly different from what some of us may remember from our parents, or grandparents homes, and the applications are endless! Come with us as we delve into this versatile product and its many stunning applications!
Wall paper today is available in a variety of different materials ranging from vinyl, leather, glass, and plastics, to textiles, such as velvet or synthetic fur. Introducing a textured wallpaper showcasing beautiful flock, satin, or metallic accents will add interest and appeal to any space.
When choosing wallpaper for your space, it is important to consider the scale of the pattern. A light-colored wallpaper with a smaller scaled motif may work best in a small space, while a wallpaper with a large-scale motif might work best in a large space. Looking to make a statement? The possibilities are endless with thousands of unexpected and unusual patterns to choose from.
Wallpaper consisting of metallic material or motif banding will help bounce light throughout a space. The reflective qualities of the metallic material will allow you to get away with using darker or bolder colors in a small space without making the space feel boxy or overwhelming. Geometric or abstract repeat patterns will create a playful pattern for your eye to follow throughout your space.
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Using wallpaper in unexpected applications is a surefire way to create interest. The trick is to vary how and where you apply your wallpaper. Try choosing just one wall to feature an unexpected floral or modern patterned wallpaper. Feeling bold? Continue wallpaper onto the ceiling or floor to create a dramatic conversation-starter space for your family and guests.
Shake up your old ideas of what wallpaper is and how it should be used. Take a leap, and experiment with this timeless product. We at Coco Milano’s are positive that you will love the results! Need help making the jump? Come in today and let our design team help you decide on the perfect wallpaper design and application for your home. You’ll be so happy you did!
Posted in CoCo Milano's Drawing, CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on August 6, 2015 - 0 Comments
You’ve got the kids ready for school- a new backpack packed with the most adorable supplies, new shoes, and a fresh haircut. Lunches are packed, the bus is out front, and they’re off! But what about you? Are you looking around your house at the remnants of summer break? Maybe now is the time to replace that sofa that has doubled as a fort all summer. Curtains left you feeling drab? Bring in fresh, new light with upgraded window treatments! You’ve made sure everyone else is ready for a fresh start- why not do the same for your home?!! Let Coco Milano’s show you how!
Charleston Style and Design
Nothing says fresh like new furniture! Whether you want to stick with the style you are comfortable with, or break the mold with a completely different look, the design team at Coco Milano’s will help choose the perfect furniture to make sure your relaxing in style!
There is so much sun and sky in Arizona- a designers dream! Don’t let outdated window treatments keep you from cashing in on our most abundant resource. Choosing how and where to effectively harness the natural beauty of the sun can completely transform a space!
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Have you been looking around at your space wondering, “What was I thinking!!?” Styles change, and that is ok!! Coco Milano’s offers a huge selection of both timeless, and trending accessories and accent pieces to keep your space fresh and styled everyday, and for every season.
And for a finishing touch, bring in a few new floral arrangements for the center of your coffee table, or in the entry for a pop of fresh color.
Life can come pretty fast at times. Be ready for anything the world can throw at you with a clean perspective and a new design. Coco Milano’s can give you the space you need to keep your life fresh! Come by today and let our design team show you how!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Keri Chartrand on August 6, 2015 - 0 Comments
Congratulations to Karsynn for being our July Gift Basket Winner!!
Come in and see what’s New at Coco Milano’s, and be sure to enter into our drawing for the next Gift Basket giveaway!!
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.