Our Favorite Design Trends of 2017

With a new year comes new trends in home décor. At CoCo Milano’s, we are always looking for the hottest trends to help you create your dream space. Here are a few new design trends that we are loving so far this year:

Warm Whites

In 2017, we’ve noticed a shift away from the crisp, cool white of years past and a move toward a more natural and organic white. This shade of warm white-meets-taupe creates a cozy vibe in your home that will feel fresh all year long.

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Butterflies

This year, butterflies are making their way into our homes. This symbol of buoyancy, optimism, and grace can be found in artwork, fabric, and even wallpaper and adds a luxurious, elegant touch to any room.

Sid Dickens Metamorphosis

Sid Dickens

Navy Accents

In 2017, navy is the new black. As a modern color with a traditional feel, navy pairs beautifully with almost every color scheme and is the perfect color choice for accent walls or statement pieces around your home.

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

Artisanal Décor

In 2017, designers are moving away from the shabby chic décor that dominated our Pinterest boards and home interiors for the past few years. Artistic statement pieces such as blown glass and porcelain are adding a touch of refinement to our homes this year. If you are looking for beautiful, trendy décor to elevate your environment in the new year, stick to artisanal designs over recycled wood.

Jan Barboglio

Jan Barboglio

Emerald Green Tones

We are seeing emerald green tones everywhere this year. Bright, exciting colors like this add life to your home but there is always the chance that a color this trendy won’t stand the test of time. To make this trend feel timeless, choose a subtle hue and incorporate it into your design through tasteful, chic pops of color.

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

If you are as excited as we are about the hottest design trends of 2017 so far, stop by CoCo Milano’s today to browse our collection of artisanal décor or set up a consultation with a designer to revitalize your home.

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Kitchen Counters

Elle Decor

Every February after Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and burrows back underground for another six weeks, we start to feel the effects of cabin fever. At CoCo Milano’s, we believe that the best way to freshen up your home and your life is by getting an early start on spring cleaning and organizing. You’d be amazed at how quickly your home can go from hideout to haven just by making a few changes.

One of the easiest changes you can make is banishing the clutter from your countertops. It seems like every time we throw out the junk mail, the mess creeps back up on us within a week. The solution? Create a storage system for all that mail. Sort your mail into categories using a chic envelope sorter. Label the sorter with the categories that make the most sense for you. We suggest including a place for bills, RSVP/correspondence, and other important information. By devoting one place in your home to all that paper, you eliminate the extra mess and clear your countertops.

Jones Design Company

Jones Design Company

What about the rest of the clutter in your home? Invest in stylish baskets, bins, and trays to makeover your storage and organize your home. Use pops of color to create a fresh look and liven up your living area.

The Every Girl

The Every Girl

Don’t forget about the clutter inside your cupboards and closets. Organizing your home means making decisions about what you actually need and what is just taking up space. We suggest emptying your cabinets so you can get a good look at everything you have. If you didn’t remember that you had it or you haven’t used it in over a year, get rid of it.

Real Simple

Real Simple

Finally, take a step back and inventory your home. Focus on one room at a time and try to picture your home as a spread in a magazine. What looks out of place? We tend to feel emotionally attached to all of the things in our home and as a result, the clutter starts to stack up. By looking at your environment with a fresh pair of eyes, you begin to see those things in your home that aren’t contributing to your overall happiness. If you want to take it a step further, move the furniture around and clear the room as much as possible so you can imagine it without clutter and then begin to edit the room back together using the best and most beautiful pieces you own.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

At CoCo Milano’s, we believe you deserve to live in your own unique haven and we have the experts and the tools to help you create that haven. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in a room or in your entire home, we will send a team to you to help you organize your space and create the environment you deserve. Call us to set up a consultation with a designer today.

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Getting to Know the CoCo Milano Family

CoCo Milano’s is a family based business.  With these interviews, we hope you will gain a better understanding of what we do here and our commitment to you, and hope you will always feel welcome and comfortable in the store.  We all have a passion for what we do and know that this will help us to serve you as our clients better.  We will go out of our way to give you the best experience possible.  We’re not just a team here at CoCo’s, we’re a family.  And we want you to be a part of our family, too!

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know us on a personal level, and hope this has helped you feel like you have a friend at CoCo’s. We appreciate all of you and would love for you to come in so we can get to know you better, too.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Karen

Karen Hengst

Tell us about yourself…

I was born in Illinois, but consider myself practically a native Arizonan since my family relocated to AZ when I was one years old.  I spent the majority of my youth growing up in Mesa, graduating from Mesa High and then later Mesa Community College. My sister and I became best friends with Denise Milano, one of the co-owners of CoCo Milano’s when we were right out of high school. It’s been a treasured friendship for over 30 years for which I will be forever thankful. I had an opportunity to work alongside Denise when we were both Beauty Advisors for Estee Lauder in the early 90’s. I met my husband, Mark in 1989, moved away to San Diego where we lived for five years and married in early 1998. Family bought us back to AZ in late 1998, and once again, I was able to work alongside of Denise as a make up artist for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty at Saks Fifth Avenue in Phoenix. In 2003, my husband and I made a move to Los Angeles to pursue my husband’s dream of acting. I continued to work for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty as a make up artist for Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and through my connections there, became a make up artist to celebrities such as Heather Locklear, Tanya Tucker, Jane Seymour, Catherine Bach to name a few. After spending nearly 15 years away from my family in AZ, and now going through a divorce, I have found the place I want to be is back in Mesa, AZ. Although I have always enjoyed make up artistry, I love retail sales and building relationships with people. In fact,it has always been my heart’s desire to work alongside of my dear friend Denise again. So, when I learned of an opening at CoCo Milano’s as the Store Manager, accepting the opportunity filled me with great joy. I now feel blessed to be surrounded by such great friends, who happen to be my coworkers and kind and caring clients in such an aesthetically beautiful work place. It is a dream come true.

 

What inspires & influences you and your work? 
Cathi Sabin and Denise Milano, co-owners of CoCo Milano’s and the entire design team each possess a genuine desire to not only please their clients but to far exceed their clients’ expectations in everything that they do. I am truly inspired by their keen attention to detail and their wide range of artistic talents with their main focus always being on customer satisfaction. I also love the fact that we promote and support local artists.
 Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy running, walking, hiking, rollerblading and  doing just about anything that allows me to be outside in the warm sunshine. I have always found volunteering with Hospice and nursing homes very rewarding and hope to do that again once I get myself settled here in AZ.

 

Cheyenne

Tell us about yourself…

I was born and raised in Arizona. I started as an intern at CoCo Milano’s in 2013. Within a few short weeks I was hired as a design assistant and have been working my way up to interior designer ever since.  I recently graduated college with a Bachelors in Interior Design. Also this year, my husband Brandon and I bought our first home, and in January welcomed our new baby boy, Barrette James, to our little family.  Needless to say, we had a very eventful year!  We also have two sweet fur babies, Rambo and Pearl, and two small turtles, Leo and Leah.  We have a very full and happy life.

 How did you get into design?

As far as I can remember, I’ve always had an interest in Interior Design. Whether it be reading about architecture, space planning my room over and over again, or sketching floor plans in my notebooks. When it came to High School electives I would always lean towards any art class I could take, and was able to go to The East Valley Institute of Technology for Interior Design. Which then just confirmed that I would be continuing on to college to get my degree and pursue a career in Interior Design.
What inspires & influences you and your work? 

 I believe I can find inspiration from anywhere, but I absolutely love finding inspiration in the  architectural details of historic structures as well as classical pieces. I personally love the classic furnishings with their beautiful lines that honor artistry and workmanship. I believe that by keeping the style simple it leaves the luxury to the details of the space, such as the furniture and accessories.

Do you have a favorite part of what you do? 

Can I say, everything? That’s one of the great things about working at CoCo Milano’s.  Everything we do, we have to be creative. I love staging vignette, finding that perfect piece for the client, custom florals, and organizing the new fabrics that come in, just to name a few.

 Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do in your free time?

I like spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and enjoying the outdoors. However, now that we have a little one, I’ll be spending the majority of my time with him!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

 

CoCo Milano’s: Getting to Know our Team

We hope you are enjoying getting to know our design team. Though we have just a few more interviews, we hope you feel like you know us on a more personal level when you come into the store.

 

Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Tell us about yourself…

I’m a transplant from Maryland where I lived for 25 years, so I have only been in Arizona for about 18 months and I love it!  I spent a career in the Air Force and have since switched gears into the Interior Design field.  I’ve been at CoCo’s now for a year, mainly working interior design and managing the design center. I have two sons, Cory an Architect in the DC area and Dylan a student at Roanoke College in Virginia.  I also have two fur babies Dexter and Daisy.

How did you get into Interior Design?

After the Air Force, I worked as a government contractor and decided I really wanted to do something more fulfilling and geared towards my passion of design.  I went back to school and proud to say you can teach an old dog new tricks.   

What inspires & influences you and your work?

Everything inspires me!! Arizona is so beautiful, open, and inspires healthy living which in-turn influences me to fresh and clean design.  I’m a little sponge and take in a lot of my surroundings and I feel that translates into my work whether I’m choosing fabrics, space planning, choosing accessories, ect…

What do you love most about working at CoCo Milano’s?

I’ll try and narrow it down to just a few… I always say it’s like Christmas everyday here!  It’s so much fun to see all the client orders come in and getting new merchandise for the boutique… I love when new fabric books come in, so exciting to see all the new looks. I also love working with the clients on their projects…it’s so fun meeting new people and working together to create something awesome!

Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do on your free time?

I enjoy reading and movies…I would like to get into the hiking scene here in the desert.  I enjoy spending time with my pups! I’ve also just moved to midtown Phoenix so there’s some fixing up my new place and exploring the city!

 

Missy Glover

Missy Glover

Tell us about yourself…

I was born and raised in Arizona, where I also raised my four children. I have an awesome grandson, who is five years old and so much fun!

How did you come to get the position you have now at CoCo Milano’s?

I was approached by Denise about coming to work for her several years ago when she first started the business. I was unable to take the position at that time. I ran into her at a social function a couple years ago and she was looking for someone… So here I am!

How has this job shaped you into who you are now?

I have always been a creative person and people pleaser by nature, so this career has become the perfect fit for me.

Do you have a favorite part of what you do?

One of my favorite aspects of the job is our Christmas decor. It is a lot of fun decorating clients homes and the shop for the holidays. Even if its not Christmas, I always enjoy staging the store for  the different seasons.

Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do on your free time?

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love hiking, biking, and eating out with my husband.

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi, & the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Getting to Know the CoCo Milano’s Design Team

Most of you may know all of us by now but we thought you might want to know a little more about who we are and what we do here at CoCo Milano’s.

 

Amanda Billings

Amanda Billings 
Tell Us About Yourself…

I am an Arizona Girl, born and raised in the East Valley! I have had the pleasure of growing up at CoCo Milano’s. I started here as an intern in 2007 and have been working my way up to “Interior Designer” ever since. During my time at CoCo’s I got married to my wonderful husband Zack and have had two amazing kids, Emmett and Jackson. 

How did you get into design?

Design started for me at a young age… I remember being in elementary school and being fascinated with architecture. I was always into puzzles and creating things, so when it came time to choose and elective in high school I chose Interior Design, and I loved it! So, I continued my journey through college and now into my career. I was always told that if you love something you can be successful at it, so I went for it and haven’t looked back! 

What inspires & influences you and your work?

I am constantly being inspired by the world around me! Each time I start a project I find out what the client loves and let that become my inspiration! Whether it is old world architecture or a quirky family heirloom I harness it and let the fun begin! I also enjoy seeing the new fabrics and materials being released, this helps me to advise my clients on how to achieve their look, while being current and timeless. 

Do you have a favorite part of what you do?

This is a tough question, because I am fortunate to love what I do. I love to put together the design, then see it all come to fruition! Making my clients visions come to life is very rewarding. I am a hands on person, I love doing floral arrangements! This is a fun and creative outlet for me.

Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do on your free time?

Lets just say I’m always up for an adventure! I grew up riding motocross, backpacking, and exploring. I have a minor in anthropology so I am a bit of a history buff. Any chance to get out and travel or see and do new things is well received!

Gina Hamel

Gina Hamel 

Tell Us About Yourself…

I’m originally from Montana but have lived here in Arizona for 33 years and have been working at CoCo Milano’s for 3 years now.

How did you get to the position you have now?

My dear friend Jamie told me about a position here at CoCo Milano’s. I started part time on the sales floor and helping Jamie with any painting projects she needed help on. Coming to CoCo’s every day, loving what I was doing, and being part of a great team just made me want to stay longer, so I eventually became full time and have loved it ever since.

 

Do you have a favorite part of what you do?

I love getting familiar with all aspects of the job. Although, I must say my favorite part is Christmas time. I love decorating for the holidays, especially for our clients.

Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do on your free time?

I enjoy yoga and exercise in my free time. However coming this spring I hope to be spending more of that free time by snuggling with my new grandbaby.

 

CoCo Milano’s : Get to Know Our Team

The entire month of January we are dedicating our blog to getting to know our team.

Most of you may know all of us by now but we thought you might want to know a little more about who we are and what we do here at CoCo Milano’s. What better way to do that then to interview the team one by one!

Of course we have to start off our interviews with the two most important people at CoCo Milano’s, the ones who run the show, Cathi Sabin & Denise Milano.

 

 

Denise Milano

Denise Milano 

 

Tell us a little about yourself…

I was born in the bay area of California and moved to the Midwest where I attended high school and college.  At the age of 21, I moved to Arizona and worked at various high-end department stores because I enjoyed helping others and interacting with people, which a retail sales job afforded. I even spent three years as a flight attendant at America West Airlines. I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 23 years, and we have a wonderful son named Christian.  However, I always had a passion for interior design. That passion turned into a reality when I founded CoCo Milano’s in November of 2005. The boutique and design studio bear the name of “CoCo” our fur baby!

How did you get into design?

As long as I can remember, I have had a love for interior design. I remember always wanting to reinvent our home growing up and constantly rearranging the furniture. I would even envision different ways to change up the interiors of friends’ homes when I would visit them. It seems that everywhere I would go, albeit a restaurant, office, or home, I would imagine how I could improve upon the space. It wasn’t until we opened Coco Milano’s 2005 when my work and passion merged…and the rest is history.

What inspires & influences you and your work?

I have a great appreciation for and have been inspired by other designers’ work and creativity.  For example, I love the traditional work of Bunny Williams. I also love the eclectic works of Jean-Louis Deniot, to name just a couple of today’s designers. I also get a lot of inspiration from the rich history of interior design throughout the ages.

Do you have a favorite part of what you do?

Being creative is my favorite part!  I really enjoy the bond that is created when I am working with one of my clients in their home. I love taking a project from bare bones to a fabulous space.  The best part is when your client loves it even more then you do!

A side from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do in your free time?

Believe it or not, I take my work home with me and have a never-ending list of projects of my own that keep me busy.  I love spending time with my family and friends and taking in the arts and all that Arizona has to offer as often as I can! I am happiest when I am in my creative element.

 

 

Cathi Sabin

Cathi Sabin

 

Tell us a little about yourself…

I was raised in Scottsdale, AZ with five siblings and have lived here most of my life. My parents owned Tempe Marine and worked long hours until retiring.  I guess the small business thing was in my blood. I am married to Mike, have three children and two beautiful grand daughters. I enjoy many hours with my family. We live in Las Sendas and enjoy many friends within our community.

How long have you been with CoCo Milano’s now?

I became a partner with Denise in 2011, this year will make six years. I am the operations manager, I handle the day to day operations such as marketing and advertising. I strive to create a pleasant and productive work place where we can work as a team to become a well known and respected company in the design community.

What inspires and influences you and your work?

I wouldn’t say I have an “influence” per say, I would say I am motivated by goals. I’m a list person. I actually can’t go to bed without making a list of things I need to get done in the morning or checking off things I have accomplished. I like setting goals, I set three month goals, six month goals, nine month goals and of course yearly. Some of them will be challenging, but I rarely come up short.

Do you have a favorite part of what you do here at CoCo Milano’s?

My Favorite project is the Christmas party we put together each year. I enjoy creating something special for our customers, a special time that we can not only show our customers how much we appreciate them, put also get to know them on a more personal level.

 

Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my spare time I like photography, cooking and to take day trips.

I like to travel and take day trips around Arizona. On my trips I love to take pictures of the scenery, and I love photography in general. I also enjoy cooking and baking for my friends and family.

(In fact you can see some of Cathi’s photography in our store on canvases, mouse pads and metal art boards!)

 

That is our insider on two members of our team here at CoCo Milano’s. We will continue this month to interview two designers each week, so don’t forget to check back here next week to get the inside scoop.

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

 

Our New Years Specialty Drink

Have you recovered from your Christmas Coma yet? Ready to Bring on the New Year?!

We wanted to share a little something with you before the celebrations begin.

This is a perfect twist on the classic Shirley Temple. We call it, Champagne Shirley.

This is great if you are the type of person that wants something a little classier than a beer or wine cooler, and it’s a little more exciting than a plain ole’ glass of champagne.

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Ingredients :

  • Crushed Ice
  • 8oz pink Moscato champagne (regular champagne is fine too!)
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries  and an orange slice for the garnish

Instructions :

  • Fill glass half way with crushed ice and pour in champagne, add grenadine and garnish with orange slice and cherries.
  • Now Enjoy!

 

We hope you all have a happy new year & we will see you in 2017!

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi &

The CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

 

 

Our “Insider” Tricks for Christmas Decor

Don’t want to over do it like a Who in Whoville but want a little more than the Charlie Brown tree? Here are some simple tricks to decorating your home without it being overwhelming or complicated. This is really a simple and unique way to add a touch of green to spaces that seem to need that “little something”.

Adding green is a great way to spice up a space that just needs an extra touch. Our “insider” secret is adding sprays! We have a bunch around the store, some with pine cones, some with berries and some with glitter or even faux snow!

 

There are a many different ways to use these around your home. Our first example is creating swags instead of wreaths.

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In this picture, there are three sprays wired together to create a fuller look, then add a bow and Voila! You have a beautiful swag! You can add as much as you would like to these, you can have a fuller look with more greenery, add some holiday berries or maybe even magnolia stems to create a more elegant look.

 

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We’ve all seen the beautiful Christmas garlands going down the stair cases but have you ever thought about tying some sprays on to the outside of your staircase? This is a fun and unique way to add  a touch of Christmas to your home. In this photo they added some ornaments to the center ribbon which can tie in the colors of your home.

 

spray-jars

Simple goes a long way. If you have any cute jars sitting around but don’t know what to do with them, here is a simple way to add greenery without it being overwhelming. At CoCo Milano’s we always recommend adding green to a space, it keeps it fresh and alive, so by adding pine sprays, you still get that feeling while including it in Christmas look.

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When it comes to center pieces we love to add little touches that make the piece one of a kind. In this photo we tied sprays together to create a garland around this candelabra. We also tied in glitter gold leaf sprays that went with the theme throughout this home. By doing so, it creates a finished and cohesive look, that translates from room to room.

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Another fun idea for adding sprays to your decor, is to tie them with a decorative bow onto a package or lantern in your entry. Whether your taste is polka dots, purple, or traditional red and green, ribbon is a great way to tie your personal flair into your home decor!

 

Come by CoCo Milano’s for more fun tricks to help spice up your home this year for Christmas!

Look forward to seeing you!

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

 

Stocking Stuffers & Hostess Gifts

If your December is anything like ours, you are probably spending your weekends bustling around getting gifts and trying to make it to all those holiday parties!

Lucky for you, CoCo Milano’s is here to help. We have been stocking up on some of your favorite go to gift items!

Here are some images of our one of a kind gifts!

From bottle stoppers,  mice cheese picks, holiday scented candles and unique fortune cookies, these are just a few of our many little hostess gifts we have around the store.

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Come by the store today for more ideas on how to create a unique hostess gift or find that perfect stocking stuffer!

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

 

Transitioning from Fall to Christmas

 
Decorating for the holidays can be tricky at times but it doesn’t always have to be that way!
Transitioning from season to season is actually more simple than most people think. When going from Fall to Christmas, it is easy to reuse some of the decor for both seasons. Some examples are: Pine cones, Pines Sprays, and Berries. 
In this image bellow, we used pine cones, white berries and twig balls. These three items can also be used for Christmas, by adding red berries and a red table runner.
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Using this same idea for the images bellow, we  were still able to use our usual end table items while adding a touch of that holiday cheer.
Just by changing the pine cones with Christmas flowers, switching out the rustic deer finial to a glitter deer, and using a different floral makes a simple change but a big seasonal difference.
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You don’t have to deck out your entire house. You can keep it simple and clean while bringing that Holiday feeling into your home.
We hope this inspired you to decorate for the seasons. Stop by CoCo Milano’s for more fun and simple ways to add some Holiday cheer to your home.

Cheers!
Denise, Cathi &
the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

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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The CoCo Milanos showroom is located in the Village at Las Sendas:

2837 North Power Rd Suite 104
Mesa, Arizona 85215

Phone: (480) 641-2626

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