The Word is Out! Mesa Makes it’s Mark in Phoenix Home & Garden!

For years, we’ve all known how Wonderful it is living in East Mesa! It seems that the rest of the valley is finally catching on! Have you seen the December issue of Phoenix Home & Garden? Have you noticed that big bright shinning example of holiday design perfection on its Cover?? That’s CoCo Milano’s!! We’re so beyond thrilled and humbled to be able to share this exciting news with all of you! Read the full article below, and then go grab yourself your own issue at your favorite newsstand Today!


Phoenix Home and Garden

Deck the Halls

Author: Rebecca L. Rhoades
Issue: December, 2015, Page 67

Photography by David B. Moore

Natural Elements, Sparkling Accents and Southwest Inspired Colors Turn a Vacation Home Into a Holiday Wonderland

In his unforgettable 1943 standard, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Bing Crosby crooned, “Please have snow and mistletoe and presents on the tree.” While there won’t be any snow waiting for Eric and Teresa Knogler when they arrive at their East Mesa vacation house—they get their fair share of the white stuff at their home base in Canada—there will be trees and presents and enough shimmering decorations to instantly put them in the spirit of the season.

In a hallway niche, a wood rice grinding bowl from India rests beneath an original Dyana Hesson painting.The candles and glass spheres are year-round decorations. For the Christmas holiday, Milano accents them with greenery and pine cones. Strings of miniature LED lights  woven throughout the greens add a flickering glow at night.

“I’m a Christmas nut,” says Teresa. “I’ve always loved Christmas, and to see the house decorated so beautifully is great.”

From the inviting front entrance all the way through to the backyard with its jaw dropping views of the Valley, every corner of the 7,600-square-foot Tuscan-style home is given a festive face-lift. This holiday magic is courtesy of Denise Milano and her design team at Coco Milano’s. Like merry elves, each winter they decor-ate the home in preparation for the arrival of the couple and their two grown sons.

“We want the house to be understated and soft and elegant,” says Milano. “We style it with the desert as inspiration.” Pops of red mixed with brilliant greens and sunset oranges infuse indoor and outdoor spaces alike with an only in Arizona Yuletide ambience, while native flora, twinkling lights and glam baubles are scattered throughout. Milano designed the home’s year round European influenced interiors, and her holiday decor builds on those good bones, blending effortlessly with the natural decor.

Decorated in soothing spa-like colors, the master bedroom is the one room that doesn’t feature touches of red. Here, the addition of simple accessories, including a silver reindeer and a vase of frosted pine on the nightstand and a single pine cone on the chest of drawers, creates a holiday mood without being overstated.

Teresa agrees. “I like the understatedness of things,” she notes. “And everything has to be comfortable. We’re not fancy people.”

For Eric, a holiday home has to include three things: “You do a big tree, a decor-ated fireplace and a wreath on the door,” he says. After a long plane ride south, the family is greeted by an arrangement bursting with traditional red and green accents, as well as some surprisingly fun regional flair. Milano incorporates succ-ulents as part of the wreath’s greenery. “I love using them,” she says of the desert-friendly plants. “All of the wreaths have succulents, and we also put them in the smaller trees that flank the fireplace. When you add them to holiday decoration, they look like bows. They’re just fun, especially here in Arizona.” Potted red geraniums, another of Milano’s favorites, contribute to the festive panache on both the front and back patios.

Inside, a tree is tastefully bedecked in bright green ribbons and red and gold flowers, and crowned with a starburst of pear branches, complete with tiny fruit. The tree is nestled opposite a large cantera fireplace; a grouping of holiday stockings hangs from its garland draped mantel. “It’s all very under-stated, but it’s still warm and welcoming,” says Milano. “When I decorate for Christmas, I don’t like to make major changes. It doesn’t have to be a lot of work.” For instance, the candlesticks on the mantel are everyday accents; Milano simply changes out the color of the candles for added vibrancy.

Inside the front entry, a pair of plush collectibles adds a touch of holiday whimsy.

She uses that same design concept throughout, sprinkling jolly trimmings in unexpected places. In a hallway niche, a large wood bowl always holds candles and glass orbs. The addition of fresh greens and strands of tiny LED lights gives the vignette just the right amount of holiday cheer. In the master bedroom, the absence of red creates a tranquil atmos-phere. Here, silver seasonal accessories and mercury glass vases glow on glass shelves, while simple garlands of blue spruce and pine cones complement the room’s dark woods, earth toned fabrics, green Italian pottery and botanical-themed artworks.

“We’re in Phoenix, we’re in an area that is all desertscape, so we want the holiday decor to match,” says Teresa. “I don’t want to wake up and not know what house I’m in. This should look like Phoenix, and it should look like it’s in the desert. I especially like the use of the succulents in the trees and wreaths. It’s one-of-a-kind Southwest.”

For the Knoglers, spending their holidays in the Valley allows them to banish the humbugs and enjoy each other’s company. “We go pretty hard in the city. Phoenix is a place where we can slow down,” says Teresa. “Christmas is that way too. Our world kind of slows down, and it’s all about family.” And with its elegantly decorated interiors, their home truly is, as Crosby sang, a place “where the love light gleams.”

In the living room, as throughout the house, Milano pulls from the colors of the desert. Bright greens, golds, browns and reds adorn the shimmering tree, which is topped by a spray of tiny pears. Two smaller trees, embellished with succulents, flank the fireplace, which needs minimal decoration thanks to its grand cantera arch on which hangs a metal cross by artist Jan Barboglio.
Potted red geraniums and a wreath accented with desert-friendly succulents offer a festive welcome to this Mesa home.
A front patio that connects to a home office is the perfect place to greet guests while relaxing on all-weather wicker-and-aluminum seating. Designer Denise Milano incorporated the homeowners’ love of bright pear green in the furniture’s cushions, as well as in throw pillows on a bench near the front entry. The same color is echoed in ribbons on a pair of simple wreaths and in displays of decorative succulents.


A backyard seating area with a fireplace offers a warm spot to enjoy a winter sunset.  “I love the natural gas fireplace,” says Teresa. “You can come out with a glass of wine, light a fire and relax.
“When we’re in Mesa, we spend our time outside,” says Eric. “The nighttime view is absolutely spectacular. We’ve spent a few New Year’s Eves out here watching all the fireworks in the Valley.”
Homeowners Teresa and Eric Knogler unwind in front of a roaring fire in their master bedroom. A garland of blue spruce decorates the mantel, while elegant holiday curios mingle with the couple’s Italian pottery and mercury glass vases on custom-built alder and glass shelves.
“When I decorate for Christmas, I don’t like to make major changes,” says Milano. This sitting room is a perfect example of that philosophy. Everyday pieces, including a mirrored table tray and finials, a large glass bowl filled with glass spheres, and a wood rice grinding bowl from India, are accented with simple touches of greenery, red berries and pine cones, interspersed with a few small holiday knickknacks. The designer finishes the room with candy-cane-colored throw pillows.
Cantera columns frame the breakfast room, which is set for an intimate holiday meal. The gold-on-gold tablecloth, green napkins and ribbons, pear decorations on the sideboard, and fresh-baked loaves of bread play off the homeowners’ Italian pottery. Iron pieces, including floral napkin rings and a decorative angel by Barboglio, complete the vignette.

What’s Trending Now! As seen in Phoenix Home & Garden!

By now, you have probably heard that this month’s issue of Phoenix Home & Garden boasts a full cover story editorial featuring the design of an East Mesa home by no other than the amazing CoCo Milano’s Design Team!! But, did you also know that CoCo Milano’s has a Second feature in that same issue?!? We’re so proud of our fellow CoCo’s Designer, Rexanne Later for her noteworthy input on fabulously stylish pillows that are oh-so-hot right now!

Read the full article below, and be sure to grab yourself a copy of the December Phoenix Home & Garden Today!


Phoenix Home and Garden

Trending Pillow Talk
Author: Shawndrea Corbin
Issue: December, 2015, Page 26

During the holiday season and beyond, the Talitha collection of throw pillows from Jonathan Adler spices things up with sequins, metallic discs and more in shimmery golden hues. $255-$325 (

For fashion forward accents, rest your head on today’s stylish options

Pillows add a finishing touch to just about any room. Sure, they provide extra comfort, but today’s examples also bring eye-catching glimmer, handcrafted artistry and crisp, contem-porary color to spaces both inside and out.

Top: Trento Hair on Hide Pillow $130 ( Left: Gladiator Ivory Lumbar $149 ( Right: Faded Metallic Texture Pillow Cover $39 (

All That Shimmers
Metallics, including the ever-popular gold, silver, bronze and brass, have found fresh applications in the pillow arena. Whether applied to fabrics through light brush strokes, delicate pattern lining or attached embellishments, bling is back.

Designer Rexann Later of Mesa home decor store Coco Milano’s weighs in. “With the holidays upon us, we are seeing more and more pillows with brass and gold accents. These are a natural complement to the brass and gold finishes we are also seeing in furniture,” she says. “Animal prints are seeing a revival, too, especially when updated with metallic tones.”

Jonathan Adler’s new Metallic Cowhide Pillow  features a playful splash of gold spots over traditional cowhide, making for a contemporary update to the classic Southwest material. Similar examples set in giraffe, zebra and leopard prints abound.

“Gold pairs especially well with the unafraid reds and oranges popular in pillows this season,” Later adds. “Pillows are becoming works of art. Because they can be swapped out easily with the seasons and have the ability to instantly change the look of your home, they are the perfect accessory. They are an extension of you.”

Clockwise from top left: Aruba Frogs Clasp, $175 (; Floral Hibiscus, $115 (; Found Feather blue silk pillow cover, $44 (

Finishing Touch
Pillows with modern embellishments and unique textures add contemporary flair to a room. From innovative designs to new applications of traditional fabrics, these pillows double as works of art.

Whimsical origami pillows, for instance, take the popular geometric trend a step further by mimicking the look of folded paper with a series of felt cut-outs. Outdoor-pillow designer Elaine Smith says that the increased use of novelty yarns, handcraftsmanship and decorative embellishments support the popularity of textures in pillows used both indoors and out.

“This push toward new and exciting textures comes from fashion. Using these new types of pillows all over the home stems from our modern lifestyle in which we infuse our living spaces with items that meet our need for beautiful yet practical designs,” she says.

Drawing inspiration from Italy’s couture collections, Elaine Smith designed her Gladiator
Pillow to feature hand-twisted strips of fabric, a highly-textured concept that reveals inter-mittent peeks through to the pillow’s white insert. Elegant frog-clasp detailing and copper jewelry also adorn the designer’s collection of pillows.

 Zebra Tamale, $165 (

Bold And Bright
Dramatic and vibrant colors, such as coral, plum, navy and even lime green, have experienced a renaissance in today’s pillow market. The lively hues can be found in myriad styles ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Whether used to create a posh statement, as seen in the deep plum-hued Scallop Pillow by Jay Strongwater, or to infuse a bedroom with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, check out Levtex’s coral-and-gold “I’m not a morning person” pillow, bold colors speak volumes about a room’s underlying vibe.

Kendra Burham of The Linen Tree in Scottsdale believes the ongoing trend toward neutral-toned, tranquil rooms has given designers the freedom to use bright accents to add person-ality to spaces. “People have gone very contemporary with their environments. While it’s very soothing and calming, after a few years, they start to think, ‘I need to liven this up!’ Pillows are a great way to do that,” she says.

Later also attests to this trend, stating, “We’re seeing sunny yellows, the whole spectrum of blues, burnt oranges, figgy purples, olive greens and other great rich hues. Pairing these playful colors with clean contemporary lines gives these pillows a very strong presence
without overwhelming a room.”

Homeowners looking to dream up their own pillow styles can work with designers at Scottsdale-based Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings, where pillows are made on-site. (


Join us and our neighbors, and your friends for this Spectacular event!!

December 9, 2016

December 9, 2016

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! This year, we at CoCo Milano’s want to remind you to pause for a moment, (like, literally stop moving), and think about all of the experiences, the people, and the cherished memories that you are thankful for. Now more than ever we need to remember what is truly important in our lives. Let’s be thankful for who and what makes us happy. This Thanksgiving, as you prepare your home for your most cherished family and friends, look to CoCo Milano’s to help you effortlessly and expertly create a Thanksgiving tablescape that will be the centerpiece of your days festivities. Let us create the backdrop to your future memories!

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Like any good arrangement, when designing a Thanksgiving tablescape, you want to be sure to utilize varying heights. This can be achieved by introducing varying heights throughout the setting. Try radiating outward from the middle of the table, with the centerpiece possessing the tallest height.

The Endearing Home

The Endearing Home

Keep the highest point of your tablescape centered in the middle of your tables with taller pieces such as taper candles. Build out from the center using rustic, harvest inspired materials such as wood slabs to stack your guests plates.  Lastly, introduce a larger scale name card for an obvious setting that will bring more visual significance to the placesettings.

Country Living

Country Living

Whether you’re hosting a gathering of 4, or 40, make each one of your guests feel  welcomed and appreciated by creating personalized placesettings. How adorable are these simple, yet elegant cork and feather name cards?!

Country Living

Country Living

Looking for a solution to the same ol’ predictable placesetting? Try this unconventional take on assigned seating- Take a paint marker and draw out and name each guests placement around the table! The result is sophisticated and tasteful, and allows for a more candid and lighthearted approach to your Thanksgiving meal!

Country Living

Country Living

Don’t forget about the kiddos! Carry your placesetting theme to the kids table for a cohesive look. (This also helps the little ones to not feel left out!)

Country Living

Country Living

Never underestimate the power of a subtle, monochromatic tablescape. All too often a Thanksgiving table can unintentionally become cluttered with fall inspired accessories end up looking like Halloween leftovers! Sometimes less really is more. Let the vibrancy of your cooking be the color in your tablescape this Thanksgiving and opt for a simple, tonal theme.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

How long is your list of things to be thankful for? Come into CoCo Milano’s and let us help you create the perfect tablescape to show all of your friends and family just how much you appreciate everything they are to you this Thanksgiving!

Only a Few Spots Left!

Whether its your first time attending our Workshops, or you’re a repeat participant, the CoCo Milano’s November Sign Making Workshop is shaping up to be our best yet!!

CoCo Milano's November Workshop

CoCo Milano’s November Workshop

The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means more running around, more planning, more shopping, more baking, more family, more Everything! As things are starting to speed up, it’s important to remember to take a little time to slow down, and treat yourself. On November 19th, enjoy an evening of delicious food and wine, great company, and hand-crafted goodies!


Keep it Local! The evenings dinner will feature mouth-watering  jumbo spinach and cheese stuffed shells and crisp caesar salad from our neighbors, Red White and Brew, and desert from local Mesa bakery, Sweet Cakes! (You may remember seeing some of Sweet Cakes recipes on TLC’s Best Food Ever- now taste them for yourself!!)

Sweet Cakes Bakery, Mesa, AZ

Sweet Cakes Bakery, Mesa, AZ

At this Workshop- the possibilities are endless! Transform your favorite quote into an inspirational wall-hanging for your home of office! Create a rustic decoration using your favorite Holiday lyric or saying! Turn a family name into a cherished family keepsake! Use stylized images to create Art!

Mad in Crafts

Mad in Crafts

Cutting Edge Stencils

Cutting Edge Stencils

Space is limited! Sign Up Today and Secure your Spot for this very Special Event!




Ready for the Holidays?

Can it be? Are the holidays already (finally) upon us?? If you’ve started to feel the seasonal ‘heat’ then let CoCo Milano’s ease some of the holiday stress with some simple Holiday Do’s!


Make your first impression a lasting one! The front door is a perfect place to show your Holiday spirit, and really sets the stage for the Holiday design throughout the rest of your home.

Phoenix Home and Garden

Phoenix Home and Garden

When it comes to decorating for the Holidays, we say go all out! Use your entire space to create the warm, cozy feel of the holidays that you so deserve! Check out how the rustic decorations in this home office create a feeling of sophisticated Holiday elegance.

Interior Home

Interior Home

Flanking a window with decorated trees and centering a wreath creates a lovely vignette perfectly styled for the Holidays!

Traditional Home

Traditional Home

Always consider the architecture of your space as a platform for making a statement! A staircase is a perfect place to drape a lovely Holiday garland.

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Consider bringing in a few new chairs upholstered in a rich gingham or plaid for the Holiday season. Good pattern play can make any room feel warm and cozy!


It’s all about the Details! Swap out the accessories on your shelves for small wreaths, or other Holiday inspired decor. A buffet, or hutch can be the perfect place to showcase your favorite  Holiday collections!

Country Living

Country Living

Entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on your family and friends with beautiful Holiday inspired tablescapes and dining sets.

Real House Design

Real House Design

CoCo Milano’s specializes in Holiday and special Event Decor! Come by today and revel in our Holiday Splendor and be sure to speak with one of our Design Specialists to plan your Custom Holiday Decor TODAY!

Christmas Party GIVEAWAY!!

Have you Heard The News?!? CoCo Milano’s will be giving away these 3 Sid Dickens Memory Blocks at the 10th Annual Christmas Party on Saturday Novemer 7th. Don’t miss this opportunity to score one of these Exclusive Limited Edition works of Sid Dickens Art!

Whether your a devoted Sid Dickens collector or just looking to expand your art collection, you don’t want to miss this opportunity! We’ll see you in the shop on November 7th from 6-9pm for our 10th Annual Christmas Party !!

1 Week Christmas Party COUNTDOWN!

Can you believe it!! The CoCo Milano’s 10th Annual Christmas Party is in 1 WEEK! We’ve got 5 fantastic reasons why You should Not miss this Event!!

1: An On sight Vietri ambassador hand signing Vietri pieces with an Italian phrase! Have you started your Vietri collection yet?? Maybe you have already ordered from the new Vietri Old St. Nick collection for the 2015 Holiday Season? Are you looking to start your collection but haven’t found the right piece to do it with? Whether you’re just starting out, or adding to an existing collection, you are not going to want to miss this opportunity to have a Hand-Signed Vietri piece!

2: A Representative from Lady Primrose will present new products and samples! Lady Primrose is leading the market in creating the finest bath, body, and home fragrance products! Come share in their vision of creating luxury bath and body products!

3: Live Music by Valley Fever Band! An elite high-energy cover band performing a wide variety of music! Whether this will be your first time hearing this band, or your 100th time, this is one show you’ll want to make! Do we need to say anymore??

4: Catered Food and Drinks! If you’ve ever been to a CoCo Milano’s party- you know that your taste buds are in for a real treat! Enjoy delicious, mouthwatering cuisine and cocktails all night long at our 10th Annual Holiday Event!

5: It Only Happens Once A Year! Sure, at CoCo Milano’s, we’ve always got new fun and exciting things happening, but our Christmas Party is one event that that only happens Once A Year! Come spend the evening with us enjoying all of the Amazing sites, sounds, tastes, products, and good times that we have spent all year preparing!


Wood Plank Sign Making Workshop!

Have you been thinking about joining us for our next Workshop, coming up on November 19th from 6-9pm? CoCo Milano’s promises a spectacular evening involving the most thoughtful hands-on project just in time for the Holiday Season! Enjoy delicious local cuisine from Red, White, and Brew in the company of good friends during our exclusive Wood Plank Sign Making Workshop!

Each participant will receive a pre-assembled wood plank sign finished in their chosen finish. Each finished sign will measure approximately 26″ long x 14″ high, and be constructed out of 4 individual rustic wood planks, fastened together on the back and complete with ready to hang hardware!

(Front- unfinished)

(Front- unfinished)

(Back- unfinished)

(Back- unfinished)

Choose from either an Antique White, Tranquil Teal, Crimson, or Natural finish.

Finish Options: Antique White, Tranquil Teal, Crimson, Natural

Finish Options: Antique White, Tranquil Teal, Crimson, Natural

The class will explore different hand-lettering and stenciling techniques using both acrylic and metallic paints. Working with either a personalized saying, or by mixing and matching from different supplied letter and design motif stencils, each participant will create their own one-of-a-kind artwork to take home and show off! These signs are a great way to welcome guests, or can be personalized as a gift for a cherished friend or family member.



Be sure to register for our Wood Plank Sign Making Workshop and don’t forget to choose your finish when you register! Seats are limited, so reserve your spot TODAY!

See you there!!

November Workshop Now Open!

Looking for the perfect handmade personal touch for your home? Stumped on a gift to give a special loved one? We’ve got just the solution! Coming in November, CoCo Milano’s is proud to announce our Wood Plank Sign Making Workshop!!

November 19th 6pm-9pm.

Registration is Now Open- space is limited for this Exclusive Event!

Choose 1 of 4 finishes White, Teal, Red, Natural.

White Finish Option #1

Teal Finish Option #3

Teal Finish Option #2

Red Finish Option #4

Red Finish Option #3

Natural finish option

Natural finish Option #4

Feeling inspired? Be sure to Sign Up TODAY for our Wood Plank Sign Making Workshop on November 19th from 6pm-9pm! Delicious dinner and wine included! Be sure to choose your finish option when you register! See you there!

Our Philosophy

"We look for things that are both classic and different. We want to offer our customers their own distinct interior design that is second to none."

~Denise Milano

Coco Milano’s Can Help

Whether you want help with In Home Design Consultation Services, exquisite Floral Arrangements, or Holiday and Party Decorating... CoCo Milano’s can help you transform your home or space into the environment you desire!

Call (480) 641-2626 to setup a consultation with a designer today.

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2837 North Power Rd Suite 104
Mesa, Arizona 85215

Phone: (480) 641-2626

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