Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on April 23, 2015 - 0 Comments
Phoenix Home and Garden magazine is a Must Read to us ladies here at CoCo Milano’s!
Every month we wait in anticipation for the latest issue. The month of May is especially exciting to us, as we are featured, along with other notable women in the valley, in their Celebrating Women section.
Get an inside look as to what inspires our leading ladies, Denise Milano and Cathi Sabin, as they share with you their inspiration and driving force.
Not a subscriber to Phoenix Home and Garden magazine? Do you live in the Valley full time? Part time? It’s not too late; Click HERE, to sign up for print or digital access!!
In other news…
Phoenix Home and Garden just kicked off their 17th annual Grand Tour of Gardens on April 12th. Visitors were able to tour some of the area’s most charming and creative residential landscapes. Each private garden offered a different perspective on desert landscape design and outdoor living. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit the Desert Botanical Garden.
Here are a few snap shots from some of our favorite container gardens and landscape designs from the tour.
If you are out and about and see a container garden you love, snap a picture! Bring it in to CoCo Milano’s, we can help recreate that look for you. We can also assist you in any landscape design or outdoor living design questions you may have.
Don’t forgot to grab a copy of the May issue of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, out on newsstands now!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on April 6, 2015 - 0 Comments
At CoCo Milano’s, we are always looking for beautiful and unique products and gift ideas.
We are excited to announce the introduction of two NEW lines we will be carrying; Vagabond House and Capri Blue!
Vagabond House specializes in Luxury Hand Crafted Pewter Tableware; exquisite jewels for your table and home.
Vagabond House products are found only at the most amazing upscale retailers across the country. Each has its own unique and wonderful way of presenting Vagabond House with inspiring lifestyle displays and the latest Vagabond House products.
Capri Blue has always been known for outstanding fragrances and quality in their candles.
Capri Blue use artisan methods to hand pour each candle. Their unique super-refined, food grade soy wax formulation absorbs more fragrance oil than any other natural candle wax in the marketplace. This blend allows Capri Blue candles to burn clean and strong, lasting up to twice as long as normal candles and perfuming any space with the finest of fragrances.
Capri Blue candles use sustainable and recycled materials whenever possible in their products. From the recycled glass vessels to the recycled steel lids, their Signature Jars are a true answer to the reuse and recycle concept. Each of their glass vessels can be repurposed for household use as storage containers, vases or even luminaries with votives or tea lights.
Come into CoCo Milano’s today and see these wonderful new items. The amazing scents, texture and handcrafted nature of these products are best seen in person!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on April 6, 2015 - 0 Comments
Amazing interiors do not happen by chance.
Often times, when you see an inspirational interior, an Interior Designer has been involved in the collaboration of that space.
Interior Designers have extensive training and a gift of designing rooms that are not only pleasing to the eye but functional as well.
We take into account the Principles and Elements of Design with every plan; color, balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, texture, repetition, proportion, rhythm, contrast, unity, and harmony
Many people are under the assumption that hiring an interior designer is too expensive or that they would lose control of your personal style and taste. This is absolutely not true.
According to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the oldest and largest national organization devoted to this profession, “When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create a space designed specifically to meet your needs.”
Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer:
1. Project Management: Interior designers have the training and expertise to manage all the details of your project. From consultation to planning to the finishing touches, they can help you every step of the way, explaining your choices and adding value to your budget.
2. Interpretation: They know the importance of listening to your ideas and understanding your needs. An Interior Designer will help your home reflect your taste and your lifestyle.
3. Budget: A designer can save you time and money in the long run by managing your budget as well as the work of other professionals.
4. Trade Only Resources: With a wide range of resources at their disposal, interior designers can frequently obtain products you can’t find on your own, and they can also buy some products at a discount.
5. Define your Style: Most designers are also quite willing to help you make the best of what you already have. They realize to truly make a space feel personal; they need to incorporate some of your existing belongings. They will help you unify your existing objects with new ones to make the finished space feel unified and stylish.
We’d like to take a moment and share some testimonies from a few of our own clients as to why hiring an Interior Designer was beneficial for them!
“We could not have created the exact look we wanted without the help of an Interior Designer. We were able to design not only what we envisioned, but improve upon that with suggestions and details from our designer. Our designer helped with color combinations we couldn’t have put together ourselves as well as other additional elegant touches.”
“It was nice to have an un-biased buffer between ourselves and the contractor and to have someone advocate on our behalf.“
“You saved me both time and money. You helped me select furniture that was right for my style and that fit my space. You helped ensure that the materials selected were of good quality and taste. I am confident my home will be just as amazing 20 years from now as it is today!”
Stop by CoCo Milano’s today for all your design needs. Whether you want help with In Home Design Consultations 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!
Posted in Basket Winners, CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on April 3, 2015 - 0 Comments
Congratulations to Lisa Flitsch for winning our March Basket give away!
“Wow I never win anything! What a great welcoming gift!”
- Lisa just moved here from Cali!
Be sure to stop by CoCo Milano’s to say hi and enter our April Basket giveaway!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on April 2, 2015 - 0 Comments
The Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the premier philanthropic events in the Valley, celebrating the contributions of creative, successful women as they support Phoenix Art Museum. This year’s keynote speaker was Alexa Hampton. She leads the famous New York design firm of her father, the late Mark Hampton.
Known for her role on PBS’s This Old House, Hampton was named one of eight Female Leads in the design industry and awarded the American Spirit Award by the American Folk Art Museum for her work as the interior designer of the Trowbridge House, the official guest house of past presidents of the United States in Washington, DC.
CoCo Milano’s, as well as other Valley top designers, created centerpieces for each table that were available for purchase; all of the proceeds from the event went to benefit Phoenix Art Museum.
Below are the centerpiece and floral arrangements created by CoCo Milano’s. Table linens provided courtesy of Kravet.
Here are a few more tablescapes from the event!
This event is unlike any other in the Valley. CoCo Milano’s is a proud supporter of Phoenix Art Museum and Women philanthropists everywhere!
Do you have an upcoming wedding or party you are hosting? Come into CoCo Milano’s, we can help create the perfect centerpiece or tablescape for your next event!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on March 26, 2015 - 0 Comments
Window coverings have the power to transform a room! They add color, texture, and functionality. They can set the tone for the entire design of your space.
Custom window treatments are tailor-made and will fit perfectly every time! They will elevate your homes level of beauty, comfort and style.
Choosing the right window treatment for your space involves analyzing the reason why you are choosing to put window coverings on the windows. For example: Privacy in the bedrooms and bathrooms, sound absorption in the living room, or ambiance in the dining room.
CoCo Milano’s uses only the highest quality of fabrics, materials and trims available to compliment the style and architecture of your home.
There are a variety of window covering options to choose, from; draperies, fabric shades, valances, swags, cornices, shutters, blinds, shades and even Tableaux’s.
Below are a few examples of custom window treatments CoCo Milano’s has created to add functionality, sophistication and style to our clients homes.
Another troubled and often overlooked window to address are transom windows. People often request to have them adorned but still want access to the natural light that they provide. A wonderful solution for this is with a Tableaux. Tableaux is a faux iron designer grill made from recycled wood fiber. They provide the look and feel or wrought iron without the weight or the cost.
They are completely customizable and come in a variety of shapes and finishes. The possibilities for their use are endless. Here are some examples of how they have been applied in a residential setting to create a unique and amazing design statement.
There are so many different options available for styling your windows!
Call or come into CoCo Milano’s and we can set up a design consultation to help you find the perfect treatment for you windows.
Posted in CoCo Milano's News, Sid Dickens, Vendors - Written by Jennifer Lossing on March 17, 2015 - 0 Comments
We are very excited to announce the release of some very special Memory Blocks made especially to honor the most important people in our lives, our Parents.
After receiving some great feedback, Sid has decided to release two versions of the Mom tile as well as something special for Dads!
All three pieces make up the Family Collection, which will be joining the regular catalog and will be available to order immediately.
Call CoCo Milano’s or come into the store to place your order. Mother’s Day orders need to be placed before April 8th to guarantee delivery before May 10th. Father’s Day orders need to be placed before May 20th to guarantee delivery before June 21st!
Posted in CoCo Milano's News - Written by Jennifer Lossing on March 13, 2015 - 0 Comments
Think of an area rug as the largest piece of art in the room. It can set a mood, convey a feeling, and serve as both a function and an aesthetic. An entire room can be designed around this one single important element.
Figuring out the perfect area rug to compliment your home can vary in each room. Selection can be difficult; the right rug can finish a space and tie the room together, while the wrong one can make the space look and feel awkward.
So often our clients wonder where they should start when selecting and purchasing an area rug. Whether it’s the first item or the last item you purchase for your room, here are some professional tips on how to choose The Right Style of Rug for Your Lifestyle!
Let us start with the basics.
Unless you are having a rug custom made, rugs usually come in standard sizes (in feet). These are not the only sizes and shapes rugs come in, but they are among the most common.
2×3, 3×5, 4×6, 5×8, 6×9, 8×10, 9×12, 12×14.
3×3, 5×5, 6×6, 8×8, 10×10
2.6×4, 2.6×6, 2.6×9, 2.6×12, 2.6×20
3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15
The color or colors of your rug are almost certainly the most important consideration (next to how it’s made) when selecting an area rug. The combination of color and design all come together to create your own personal artistic statement. Area rugs don’t have to match the exact colors of the room. Great interior design often features combinations of color that either contrast or compliment a room’s color scheme. A good rule of thumb is to select a rug with at least one to two coordinating colors.
TIP: Use rugs of different patterns within the same room as long as the colors coordinate!
ROOM BY ROOM
Mud Rooms, Offices, Laundry Rooms and Foyers are all high functioning, multi use rooms. You will want to select a rug that is durable, resilient, and easy to clean
Choose a rug that extends beyond the coffee table and at least under the first set of legs on sofas or chairs. If you prefer the rug be placed in front of the couch, it should run the same width (or a little longer) than the couch. Rugs in the living room can be both practical and pretty!
Most dining room tables need at least an 8-foot wide area rug. The chair legs shouldn’t fall off the rug when people are seated at the table or pulling the chairs away from the table to seat themselves.
TIP: Measure the length and width of the table; add at least 2 feet to each measurement!
In a bedroom, rugs are a great way to make the room feel more cozy and provide a soft landing at your feet. Try runners at each side and even the foot of the bed, or place a rug one-third of the way under the bed so the rest of the rug creates a nice mat at the bottom of the bed.
Don’t forget about the little ones. Area rugs in a child’s room can add a much needed dose of color or help to complete the theme of the room. They should be stylish and durable, colorful and casual.
The outdoors can also be a great place for an area rug. You can experiment with shapes, patterns and textures. An area rug outdoors can help to anchor the furniture. Look for rugs that are made for outdoor use that provide strength and durability!
LEARNING THE LINGO
Here are some terms every rug shopper should know.
• Acrylic: Highly resistant to sunlight, stains and mildew. You’ll mostly find acrylic fibers in bath mats and rugs.
• Polypropylene / Olefin: The most stain-resistant synthetic fiber on the market today. Polypropylene repels water and is impervious to most stains. It’s usually less expensive than other fibers.
• Nylon: Versatile, durable, easy to maintain and clean. Nylon withstands heavy foot traffic.
• Wool: Known for its dyeability, durability, and softness. Wool is also very easy to clean. It’s the standard by which all other carpet fibers are measured.
• Cotton: Softer than wool but less durable, cotton is available in a variety of colors.
• Jute: The softest of all natural fibers. When exposed to direct sunlight, jute may fade or darken in color. With prolonged exposure to moisture, the fiber disintegrates.
• Sisal: Stronger and more durable than any natural rug fiber. Since sisal is static-free and colorfast, it’s perfect for just about any area.
• Blends: Two or more of these fibers combined in one rug.
Yarn or fabric is braided to form a continuous rope of brilliant colors resulting in the ultimate handcrafted floor covering. They are reversible and durable.
Woven on a loom with fibers threaded back and forth, flat woven rugs are offered in a variety of density’s and yarn styles. They are reversible for twice the wear and are an affordable option.
The crème de la crème of rugs, works of handmade art…single strands of yarn are looped around two adjacent warp threads and secured into place by highly skilled artisans who excel in their craft. A 9′ X 12′ hand knotted rug with an intricate pattern can take up to one year to produce.
Affordable luxury! A tufting gun that works similarly to a sewing needle pushes threads of yarn through the back of a pre woven foundation. The loops of yarn are then sheared to create a soft, plush pile. A cotton backing lends stability.
Loop hooked rugs are made in a similar fashion to hand tufted but the loops of yarn stay intact and remain uncut for the ultimate nubby texture. Combining cut and loop pile is also possible for a high low effect that creates textural interest.
Exceptional value! Made on mechanical looms with the front and back woven simultaneously, machine woven rugs offer resiliency, good pattern definition and color clarity.
Originally, area rugs were made from wool or cotton. Today, there are several natural or synthetic fibers available. What’s the best choice? It all depends on how much traffic the area receives, how easy the rug is to maintain and, of course, how much you’re willing to spend.
Often it’s all about personal preference. If you are still having a hard time choosing the perfect piece of art for your floor, come into CoCo Milano’s New Design Center and we will assist you in choosing the perfect style area rug for your lifestyle!
Posted in Basket Winners - Written by Jennifer Lossing on March 10, 2015 - 0 Comments
Our February Gift Basket winner went to Linda Davis. These gentleman came in to claim and deliver her prize! Visit us today for your chance to enter next months Gift Basket give away!