Trim The Tree

At CoCo Milano’s, we have everything you need to get inspired to decorate the centerpiece of your holiday home: your Christmas tree. Just like every other room in your home, you should approach your tree with a specific design theme. Whether you have a traditional, contemporary, or shabby chic design style, a specific color scheme in mind, or gorgeous ornaments you have been waiting all year to use, you can decorate your tree around any theme or style that works for you, your home, and your holiday mood. Here are a few of our favorite festive ideas to help you trim your tree and deck your halls this holiday season:

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Gorgeous Gold

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

When deciding on the ideal decor for your Christmas tree, gather inspiration from the room around the tree. For example, in a dining room, choose festive gold and silver ornaments and accents to match your silver flatware and your holiday place settings.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Mix metallics to create sparkle and introduce a touch of glamour to your holiday decor. Use a mix of matte, shiny high-gloss, and glitzy gold ornaments and ribbon to create a stunning effect when the tree is lit. These metallic accents will dance with sparkle and sheen in the twinkle lights.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

White Winter Wonderland

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Create a snowy winter wonderland in your living room with the pure sophistication of gorgeous white ornaments, sparkly silver accents, luxurious ribbon, and snow dusted branches tucked throughout the tree.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Neutral Noel

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Earth-toned neutrals are a perfect fit in almost any interior, making them ideal for holiday decorating. Your tree is anything but bland when trimmed with modern neutral-colored ornaments and minimalistic garland. Make a stunning, modern statement in your holiday home with this less-is-more approach and mix in flat matte or glossy metallic ornaments to balance the casualness of a neutral tree with formal elements for a warm, chic aesthetic.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Nature-Inspired North Pole

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Celebrate the winter season with a rustic chic nature-inspired Christmas tree. Use an eclectic mix of ornaments with natural touches such as pinecones, winter berries, and sprigs of juniper.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, and animal accents such as antlers make beautiful, rustic alternatives to traditional ornaments that can be enjoyed all season long.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Floral Fa-La-La

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

At CoCo Milano’s, we can’t get enough of the hottest trend of the 2017 season: beautiful blooming flowers on the Christmas tree.  This floral trend is stylish, feminine, and adds a stunning, soft touch to your Christmas decor. Mold these silk flowers into a lush garland, or scatter them throughout the branches with an assortment of smaller ornaments. Hang the larger blooms on the tree first to create a graphic focal point, then decorate the rest of the tree with other trinkets, baubles, and winter berries in complementary hues.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Reindeer and Ribbons

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Create an eclectic, fun Christmas tree by tying ribbons to the branches. Use a single, bold shade of ribbon in varying textures for a stunning, classic look, or mix and match holiday designs for added flair.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

For added whimsy, accent the ribbons with a decorative, swirling tree topper and add springs of berries and even holiday candy such as candy canes to the branches of the tree. Satin ornaments in saturated hues and tinsel garland adds a playful touch to your tree for a whimsical yuletide design that will delight children and adults alike.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Classic Christmas

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

If you prefer traditional Christmas tree decor, dress your tree with a mix of jingle bells, silver ornaments, frosted branches, and red ribbon. The traditional theme never goes out of style and looks stunning in traditional, rustic, or modern-style homes. For a twist on the traditional tree, play with oversized ornaments in the classic color scheme, giant bows, snowflakes, and stars. To add depth to your tree, cluster similar, smaller ornaments together along the tips of branches inside the tree. From a distance, the clusters help to fill the void throughout the tree and look graphically pleasing.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Which Tree Will You Choose?

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to design the perfect tree for you with help from our expert design team. We have everything you need, from ornaments, gorgeous ribbon, faux florals, and sparkling tree toppers, to create the Christmas tree of your dreams!  Accent the centerpiece of your holiday home with candles, vases, poinsettias, Sid Dickens Christmas tiles, and other decorations from CoCo Milano’s for a beautiful, unified look throughout your home!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

Meet Hayley Gibbons of Help From Hayley

CoCo Milano’s is thrilled to introduce Help From Hayley: a line of delicious cooking sauces created by Hayley Gibbons that allow you to elevate even the simplest meal to a spectacular gourmet occasion.

 

Help From Hayley

Help From Hayley

 

Hayley Gibbons is a culinary-trained hospitality, cooking, and DIY coach who followed her passion after 20-plus years in the restaurant industry by sharing her healthy yet decadent sauces with others. Hayley regularly worked grueling 60 to 70 hour workweeks in restaurant management but when her mother died after a hard-fought battle with cancer, Hayley started evaluating her own life and what she wanted to do with it. So, in 2011, Hayley left behind her secure, well-paying career, and though she had no particular plan, she was determined to follow her passion. Her goal: to share simple ways people can make everyday an occasion. Hayley knew all too well the time constraints of modern lifestyles but she wanted to find a way to keep the special touches of dinner and entertaining in days past alive.

 

Help From Hayley

Help From Hayley

 

Hayley started tinkering with recipes, home décor projects, and party planning, finding ways to make them easy to implement for busy people. For Halloween, she set up a caramel apple station at her home for trick-or-treating children and made butternut squash soup in bread bowls that looked like pumpkins for the hungry parents accompanying their children. By thinking outside of the box, Hayley had elevated a holiday for children into a special night for adults, too. That night, someone took a picture of Hayley’s caramel apple and butternut squash soup station at her home and sent it to Fox 10 in Phoenix.

 

Lemon Caper Chicken

Lemon Caper Chicken, Help From Hayley

 

Hayley made her first appearance on the Thanksgiving Edition of Fox 10 that year, sharing her recipes and tips for party planning and home décor on TV. The segment came naturally to Hayley and she loved sharing her ideas with a wider audience. On that first episode, the show’s host asked where people could follow-up and learn more about her ideas. In response, Hayley gave out her home phone number! Shortly thereafter, it was clear that Hayley’s ideas were becoming larger than life. Hayley started Help From Hayley and built a website filled with recipes and ideas and continued making TV appearances in Phoenix on Channels 3, 5, 10, and 12. The appearances were an enormous success. In fact, other television stations in 15 markets across the nation also featured her recipes. From there, Hayley went on to be a celebrity judge for season one of the television show “Foodball,” a teenage cooking competition that used football rules. The show filmed ten episodes and was nominated for a regional Emmy award.

 

Help From Hayley

Help From Hayley

 

Inspired by the public response, Hayley returned from the studio to the kitchen to create seven Help From Hayley cooking sauces. Having worked her own brutal schedule in the restaurant industry, Hayley knew that today’s families and busy singles eat on the run, shoveling down food full of preservatives and unhealthy additives for the convenience of a quick meal. Hayley set out to change this by giving everyone, from the busy working public to the cooking-impaired, the ability to create a gourmet healthy meal at home.

 

Mushroom Marsala Chicken, Help From Hayley

Mushroom Marsala Chicken, Help From Hayley

 

Hayley selected the best ingredients for her sauces, from low-sodium vegan stock, to fresh and organic vegetables and herbs, and limited preservatives. Four of her sauces are even gluten-free and all are low in cholesterol, fat, and sodium so even homes with culinary restrictions can enjoy meals made with Help From Hayley sauces. By bringing the sauces to market and helping to take the stress out of family dinners and entertaining, Hayley created more meaning and satisfaction in her own life. Hayley gets true joy when she hears that her sauces helped others to enjoy good food while still having time to enjoy and connect with each other. In fact, Hayley has even received marriage proposals from customers after they tried her Mushroom Marsala sauce!

 

Help From Hayley

Help From Hayley

 

Help From Hayley’s seven sauces (Chipotle Agave, Cognac Steak Sauce, Herbed White Wine, Lemon Caper, Mushroom Marsala, Poblano, and Tequila Lime) are versatile. Each sauce pairs perfectly with beef, chicken, pork, and fish, and can be used with any style of cooking from baking, to simmering, slow-cooking, and grilling. These sauces can even spice up salads or appetizers and side dishes.

 

Chipotle Agave Wings, Help From Hayley

Chipotle Agave Wings, Help From Hayley

 

While Hayley is an expert in the kitchen, she also throws a fabulous party. Recently, she threw a wine-tasting party where she used her sauces to create decadent appetizers and paired each appetizer and sauce with a glass of wine representing each of a single vineyard’s wines. Hayley also believes that the plate you put your food on is just as important as the food itself. Good food deserves a beautiful plate and stunning décor adds an artistic flair to every meal. At dinnertime, we often make do with whatever food and dishware we have on hand, but we shouldn’t have to. A breathtaking tablescape for events and holidays or even a nice table setting for every family dinner creates the atmosphere for an extraordinary meal and fosters memories for the future.

 

Help From Hayley

Help From Hayley

 

Hayley describes herself as a very emotional cook. For her, cooking conjures up memories and emotions. She is inspired by the knowledge that her sauces create similar emotions in her customers. When they sit at the table, the food in front of them isn’t just an everyday meal, it is a throwback to their mother’s marsala. The meal came from a Help From Hayley jar, but the food brings families and cultures together.

 

Help From Hayley

Help From Hayley

 

Hayley’s best advice for hosting events and even for planning a family dinner is to keep it simple so you can enjoy your own event, your own meal, and your company. You can still host an elegant affair without all of the work. By keeping a few Help From Hayley sauces in your cupboard at all times, you will always have a delicious, gourmet meal ready in minutes for your family or your guests. Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to stock up on all of Help From Hayley’s mouthwatering sauces for you and your family, or put together an assortment of sauces as the perfect, thoughtful hostess gift for this season of celebration!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

CoCo Milano’s Holiday Roundup

With Halloween only days away and Christmas right around the corner, we rounded up all the sales, reminders, and delicious delicacies to get you through the transition to Thanksgiving and Christmas in style:

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Have you been putting off decking your house in Halloween décor this year? Then you are in luck! All Halloween items are now 50% off!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

This year, bejeweled and bedazzled metallic accents, colorful sugar skulls, and glamorously gory Halloween décor is all the rage. Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to pick up the perfect item to complete your Halloween mantle or tablescape at 50% off!

 

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

 

Stock up on the perfect holiday hostess gift early this year so you don’t have to scramble to find a hostess gift before every event this holiday season. We are now taking pre-sale orders for Chocolate and Caramel Candy Covered Holiday Pretzels. There are three different varieties of candy coatings: Butterfinger, Toffee, and Oreo. They retail for $3.95 each. Place your order now and take the stress out of a season of celebration!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Finally, we only have a few slots left for our holiday home and party decorating service this season. Let us take the headache of decorating for the holidays away from you by creating the chic, cozy holiday space you deserve. We tailor your holiday decor to your needs and your unique style using our custom creations, elegant garlands, themed accessories, your heirloom decorations, and even your homemade ornaments from over the years. Take a look at our Christmas Project Gallery to see past holiday projects and find inspiration for your holiday décor this year.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Don’t wait! Our books already filled up fast and we only have a few slots left so call today to schedule your holiday decorating with us or stop by CoCo Milano’s to speak with one of our designers about your custom holiday décor before the slots book up completely!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Fall Floral Arrangements

The autumn harvest provides a bounty of fruits and vegetables and lucky for us, it delivers stunning flowers as well. Deep red dahlias, decorative gourds, and cheery mums are at their prime and ready for picking, providing us with a colorful crop of creative and lush autumnal floral arrangements for your home or your Thanksgiving table. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for decorating your home with beautiful fall florals:

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Wild and Free

Tall floral arrangements in traditional fall colors and florals look stunning in an entryway or on your dinner table. Cascading amaranthus and wild eucalyptus create a more relaxed look to match your mood as you wind down for the winter months with a pumpkin spice latte.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Magnificent Mums

Mums come in a variety of colors to match the decor in every room of your house, making them fall’s version of a peony. Monochromatic mums in smaller arrangements create a sleek look while still embracing the fall spirit. Even better, mums symbolize longevity, joy, and optimism, making these blooms the perfect pick for a bountiful Thanksgiving table.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

All Orange Everything

Orange is a wildly popular fall hue that works for Halloween decor and continues to look festive and fresh through Thanksgiving. Show your appreciation for this double duty dye with gerbera daisies, orange roses, snapdragons, or Chinese lantern plants.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Bare Branches and Cotton Clusters

Take advantage of your surroundings as the leaves fall and gather bare branches in varying heights to add seasonal drama to your decor. Cotton stems or pussy willow branches also create a quick, natural, and striking arrangement that works with any decor. The neutral tones complement all other fall colors and blooms, but these stems look perfect when grouped alone in odd numbers, as well.

 

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

 

Farm-to-Table 

Nothing represents the fall harvest quite like an arrangement full of your favorite fall fruits such as apples, pears, blackberries, and grapes, mixed with brightly colored cauliflower, artichokes, rosemary sprigs, and even mushrooms. This rustic arrangement looks striking and original and perfectly represents the cornucopia of the season.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Gorgeous Gourds

Embrace a floral alternative for your dinner table with ultra popular heirloom pumpkins arranged in a stacked topiary. For an ombre look, stack light to dark pumpkins and adorn the bottom of the arrangement with loose magnolia leaves and pinecones.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Go Green

Make a statement with in-season greenery such as eucalyptus, frosted explosion grass, magnolia leaves, and succulents. These subdued tones work perfectly with fall linens and decor while still looking sophisticated. As a bonus, greenery can last up to two weeks with regular maintenance.

 

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

 

Whether you are hosting a festive fall event, planning a wedding, throwing an intimate dinner party, or decorating your home, CoCo Milano’s has all the inspiration and expertise you need to create the perfect floral arrangements for your home or event. Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to bring your fall floral dreams to life!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Introducing Tamaura Schulter

CoCo Milano’s is pleased to introduce Tamaura Schulter’s Honeydip’t Jewelry: artisan handcrafted jewelry as unique as every woman’s style and sold exclusively at CoCo Milano’s. Each piece is completely original and handmade using the highest quality materials.

 

CoCo Milano's, Honeydip't Jewelry

CoCo Milano’s, Honeydip’t Jewelry

 

Tamaura Schulter first became interested in jewelry design when the anklet she was wearing at her friend’s house broke all over the floor. Her friend gathered up the broken pieces and promised Tamaura that she would repair it for her. In that moment, Tamaura realized that she should not only be able to fix her own jewelry, but design and create her own jewelry, as well.

 

Waterfall Necklace

Waterfall Necklace

 

From there, Tamaura started taking jewelry construction classes to hone her craft. She took wire wrapping classes, one of the oldest techniques for making handmade jewelry in which a wire is bent into a decorative shape such as a loop and then the wire is wrapped around itself to make the shape permanent. Tamaura also took precious metal clay classes to learn how to sculpt silver and gold. Precious metal clay is versatile and allowed Tamaura to craft her jewelry to appeal to every woman in a uniquely artistic way. Three years later, Tamaura began working at Montana Avenue Jewelers in Santa Monica, California.

 

Pearl Flowers And Drops

Pearl Flowers And Drops

 

Tamaura’s jewelry combines many different elements. She primarily uses the wire wrapping technique and is very particular about creating a perfectly round loop, rather than allowing the loop to slant to one side. This attention to detail sets Tamaura’s work apart and her jewelry is the result of her careful expertise and use of high quality materials. For example, Tamaura once created a necklace using wire and pearls to create tiny flower clusters. She wire wrapped the entire necklace in this way with links of stone and connected the flower clusters link to link. As a result, the entire necklace was painstakingly handcrafted rather than simply strung.

 

Turquoise Nuggets and Aquamarine Focal

Turquoise Nuggets and Aquamarine Focal

 

Tamaura loves using natural, organic elements that are unique and irregular rather than uniform in shape and size. Her favorite stones have minerals running beautifully through them. She also loves to work with Swarovski crystals to create an additional shine in each piece and blending elements, such as mixing metals. In many of her pieces while working at Montana Avenue Jewelers, Tamaura would wire wrap with silver, gold fill, and copper to create a stunning three-toned metal effect.

 

Carved Jade Pendant on Apple Coral

Carved Jade Pendant on Apple Coral

 

Tamaura’s jewelry is largely influenced by fabrics. She would notice women’s outfits out on the street or in Montana Avenue Jewelers – dresses with unique color combinations or interesting patterns – and she would feel inspired to replicate them. She also draws inspiration from color combinations in nature. She finds herself looking at her surroundings, noticing flowers with oranges and yellows and black details, and is spurred to create jewelry that reflects those natural elements.

 

Turquoise and Gold Filled Coin Dangle

Turquoise and Gold Filled Coin Dangle

 

Unfortunately, the storeowner of Montana Avenue Jewelers had to close the business after fifteen years but in the last five years the store was open, Tamaura was the in-house jeweler. Because of this, the bulk of Tamaura’s work started with custom work for the high-end shoppers and celebrity clientele that frequent the infamous Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Customers often came to the store with jewelry they had not worn for some time and would ask Tamaura to disassemble the piece and use the materials to create something completely new. Drawing on her inspiration from fabrics, Tamaura would also ask customers if they had an outfit in mind. Tamaura would then create a piece of jewelry that paired perfectly with the patterns and colors of their favorite outfit.

 

Russian Amazonite on Gold Filled Chain

Russian Amazonite on Gold Filled Chain

 

Tamaura’s jewelry is as unique as every woman’s personal style because every woman has completely different tastes. Her pieces are both big and bold with chunky, organic pieces and bright colors, and also delicate, daintily wire wrapped masterpieces made with precious metals, pearls, and Swarovski crystals. Whatever your personal style is, you will be able to find the perfect piece for you in Tamaura’s Honeydip’t Jewelry collection. To take home your own piece of Tamaura Schulter’s handcrafted artisan jewelry, stop by CoCo Milano’s today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Our Favorite Halloween Trends Of 2017

Halloween is a holiday decked out in décor staples like pumpkins that will never go out of style. But this year, it is time to leave the bags of fake spider webs and skeleton cut-outs in the closet in lieu of more fashionable décor ideas that are sure to scare and delight all of your guests this Halloween season. Here is our list of the Halloween pieces that have taken over trendsetters’ homes this year:

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

 

Ghastly Glam

 

Pop Sugar

Pop Sugar

 

Bejewled, bedazzled, and glamorously gory Halloween décor is all the rage this year. From gold-studded pumpkins, to velvet-lined cloches, to sparkling skulls, this trend is taking up a prominent spot on mantles and tablescapes. To add to the glam look, colorful sugar skulls are the perfect element for your dazzling décor.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Monstrous Matte

 

Etsy

Etsy

 

Black is a Halloween classic but this year it is getting a new spin with the very trendy matte finish. All year long, we have seen a spike in the popularity of darker hues which only makes ink-black décor all the more popular for the holiday that has always embraced it. Get the goth glam look with moody matte pumpkins, cow skulls, beeswax candles, and even dinnerware balanced with shiny gold accents.

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

Sophisticated Spiders

 

Etsy

Etsy

 

Spiders and other creepy crawlers have always been a Halloween motif but this year we are seeing more of these eight-legged critters in more realistic representations stripped from vintage scientific illustrations. These shuddersome figures are found among elegant, metallic webs this season, making for spooky yet sophisticated décor.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Petrifyingly Pretty Pastels

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

The strength of the millennial pink trend has seeped into Halloween décor this year, overtaking the quintessential color combo of black and orange with a softer, sweeter palette. Candy-colored pumpkins, skulls, and even Halloween treats are so adorable you may even consider keeping them on display until spring. Pair this trend with vintage lace, antique bird cages, and cream-colored candelabras for a gorgeous, unexpected twist on Halloween décor.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Creepy Costumes

 

Etsy

Etsy

 

Costume trends this year are cheeky, scaled, shimmery, salty, and sweet. The good news for those of us that don’t love planning a costume in advance is that minimalist Halloween t-shirts are more popular than ever this year. Cheekily clever slogans and trendy graphics allow you to join in the Halloween fun without all the makeup, sequins, and elaborate planning. This trend is perfect for parents wandering the neighborhood with their trick-or-treating children and for infants who refuse to put up with fluffy, miniature outfits. However, if you still love to go over-the-top with your costume, mythical creatures such as mermaids and unicorns are trending everywhere. From clothing, to makeup, to hair up-dos, to shimmering fanny packs, these enchanting, iridescent costumes are coming to life all over town. Finally, snack-themed costumes will make you the life of the party this year. We are seeing lots of taco, pizza, donut, and ice cream costumes trending for Halloween. These creative and colorful costumes bring new meaning to the phrase “you are what you eat.”

 

Etsy

Etsy

 

Etsy

Etsy

 

Spooky Succulents

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

The succulent trend is showing no sign of slowing down. Instead, it is getting more creative with seasonal touches perfect for your Halloween décor. While there is no true “modern” Halloween look, a mix of succulents, pale pumpkins, green eucalyptus, hints of rose gold and antique brass, and an array of monochromatic whites is a natural, delicate, and unexpected look for Halloween. This beautiful fairytale look centered around the very trendy succulent is sure to entice your guests.

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

 

Ghoulish Gourds

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

This year, ditch the toothy carved jack-o-lantern designs of Halloweens past in favor of more luxe pumpkin designs like velvet and chic metallic finishes. Decorate your home with gold confetti pumpkins, color-blocked gourds, glittery galaxies, celestial zodiac signs, and punny vinyl decals. For a more understated but still polished look, stick to chic, monochromatic pumpkins in soft white.

 

Etsy

Etsy

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

 

For help incorporating these stunning and fresh Halloween trends into your décor this year or to pick up a few statement pieces to finish off your design, stop by CoCo Milano’s today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Do’s And Don’ts For The Season Of Entertaining

Fall and winter offer many opportunities for entertaining with all of the holidays this time of year and even in between the holidays with cozy, casual gatherings with friends. Whether you plan to entertain a lot this season or just attend events as an honored guest, knowing the do’s and don’ts of modern party etiquette can take a lot of the stress out of planning, throwing, and even attending a party. We compiled a list of all the party-planning pesky details you won’t want to forget this season:

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Don’t Overlook The Invite

 

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

If you are hosting, be sure to extend your invitation with enough time for your guests to plan for the day. In the modern era of parties and etiquette, even Emily Post would agree that email invites or Evites are perfectly acceptable, or for a more casual party, a phone call to your guests will do. Of course, paper invites will never go out of style if you aren’t ready to go paperless just yet. Make sure you are specific in your invite about time, location, and the formality of the event. Finally, while email invites are definitely in, failing to RSVP as a guest is still out. No matter the formality of the event or the invite, you owe the host a clear answer about whether or not you will be attending. If your plans do happen to change after you have RSVPed, let the host know rather than simply not showing up.

 

 

Don’t Arrive Early

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

A holiday dinner party is one event where “fashionably late” is not only acceptable, it is preferred. Of course, you should try to arrive within fifteen minutes of the start time. But, if you do show up at the party before the time stated on the invitation, give your hosts a little extra time to finish up any last minute cooking and cleaning and take a walk around the block. Showing up early puts the host in the uncomfortable position of frantically readying everything for their event while also trying to play host to you. Make the night easier on everyone and show up at the time stated on the invite or within a few minutes of that start time. In the event that you are running more than “fashionably late,” be up front with the host about your estimated time of arrival and give the host permission to start the cocktails, dinner, or games without you. Finally, as the host, make sure you are ready when you said the evening would begin. It sounds simple, but it is easy to get caught up in party prep and then find yourself still needing to finish making the hors d’oeuvres when your guests arrive.

 

 

Do Bring A Gift

 

Target

Target

 

The same sentiment still holds true today – never show up empty handed. However, make sure your gift doesn’t create more work for the host. While a bouquet of flowers is a lovely gesture, your host will have to immediately divert attention away from the party to find a vase and get the flowers in water. Instead, bring flowers that are already in a vase. Alternatively, perishable or disposable gifts are wonderful because they don’t take up too much space in your host’s home but can pair nicely with the season. For example, a delicious jam or preserve is a great idea in the fall when apples are in season, or olive oil, artisan salts, a candle, scented soap, or themed cocktail napkins are all fun and different gifts that will be sure to make your host smile. An interesting coffee table book is a great idea if you know your host well or even tea towels are a more permanent gift that your host can enjoy for years to come. Finally, wine is always a good choice if your hosts enjoy it.

 

 

Do Stock The Bathroom

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Make sure your bathroom is as ready for a party as the rest of your home. Put out extra hand towels, soap, and at least three extra rolls of toilet paper to ensure your guests have everything they will need. Lighting a candle in a safe location is a nice touch that will make your bathroom smell great and create a soft ambiance for your guests.

 

 

Do Place Bowls Out For Pits, Shells, And Tails Near Appetizers

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

If you are serving shrimp, pistachios, edamame, cherries, or any other food that creates some form of waste, make sure you provide bowls for guests to dispose of the parts of the food that they can’t actually eat. There is nothing worse for a guest than carrying a cherry pit around with them during cocktail hour. Set the tone by being the first to dispose of something in the designated bowl and spare your guests the awkwardness of trying to find a place to stash the extras.

 

 

Do Provide A Variety Of Drinks

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

While you may have planned a delicious specialty cocktail for your guests to enjoy, make sure you also have an equally festive non-alcoholic option available for your guests that don’t drink alcohol. Display non-alcoholic options on the bar or trendy bar cart next to the alcoholic options so your guests can help themselves to drinks all night long without having to make a special request. To avoid confusion and add a touch of style, label the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and decorate the bar with themed elements to set the tone for the evening.

 

 

Do Assign Seats

 

Brit+Co

Brit+Co

 

Assigning seats may not be necessary for an intimate affair, but determining where to sit at a large soiree can be daunting. Assigning seats eliminates any potential awkwardness during dinner and will help your guests feel more at ease. Additionally, seating quiet guests next to the life of the party and splitting up couples can help facilitate conversation.

 

 

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

 

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Houzz

 

Whether you are the guest or the host, deal with any spills quickly and calmly. If a china plate breaks, for example, clean it up with good humor and instead focus on making sure the guest is not embarrassed. The point of bringing your china out for a meal with friends is to share its beauty and by definition, beauty is not permanent. Of course, if you are the spiller, consider offering to pay for cleaning or for a replacement if the damage is serious. No matter what, move past it so both the host and the guests can continue to enjoy the party.

 

 

Don’t Use Your Phone

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

The point of a dinner party is to detach from the outside world for a few hours with friends. So, stow your devices and enjoy the company of others. Casual parties with lots of mingling are more forgiving of the occasional peak at your phone, but as a rule, you should keep your phone in your pocket or purse with the ringer turned off while at a party. Of course, if you have a situation where you must be reachable by phone, let the host and the other guests know in advance that you may need to take a call or respond to a text. Then, excuse yourself from the table to do so.

 

 

Do Check With The Host Before Sharing On Social Media

 

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HGTV

 

Before you post the perfect picture of the stunning party décor, make sure the host is comfortable with sharing their party on social media. They may have reasons to keep the event private such as mutual friends that weren’t invited and you don’t want to be the reason for putting the host in an awkward position. These days, your host may even have a hashtag for their party to encourage social media posts. But, just in case, be considerate and ask your host first.

 

 

Do Keep Things Real

 

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Houzz

 

Last but certainly not least, remember that your guests are there to enjoy your company, not to judge your home or your cooking. If you are still setting the table when guests arrive and are feeling overwhelmed, ask for their help. Most guests will be more than happy to pitch in by lighting candles, stirring a pot, or pouring drinks. If you are a guest, try saying “What can I do to help?” to encourage the host to dole out a task rather than simply saying “Can I help with anything?” which is vague and invites a “no.” Finally, take a deep breath, have a sip of wine, and remember that this is the season for fun and friendship. If you do that, then every party you host or attend will be a smashing success.

 

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

From setting the table to setting the scene, ‘tis the season to celebrate your friendships in addition to all of the holidays that keep us so busy this time of year. If you remember these do’s and don’ts, your season of entertaining will be off to a great start. Don’t forget: the CoCo Milano’s design team is here to help with finding the perfect gift in our showroom for the hosts of a party or with the planning and decorating of any party this season, from a small, casual gathering to a large, elegant affair. No one can do it all alone and we are experts at taking the stress out of party planning to make sure you can enjoy the moment and help everyone else do the same. Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to start planning the event that will have everyone talking until the next season of entertaining rolls around!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Festive Fall Decorating Ideas

The year’s coziest season is finally here with pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, firewood, fall foliage, and plaid in tow. At CoCo Milano’s, we love transitioning homes and offices for the fall season to bring the warm colors of fall into your space and decorate with a theme that will carry you through the tailgate, Halloween, and Thanksgiving seasons. Here are some of our favorite ideas to decorate your home in a tasteful and festive way for fall:

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

Front Door Fundamentals

 

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Country Living

 

Mums in traditional fall colors perfectly compliment piles of pumpkins and gourds along every step of your front porch. To boost curb appeal, use vinyl house numbers or marquee letters to spell out autumnal words on tall pumpkins or add purple ornamental cabbages, English ivy, and pansies to your front entry floral arrangements for a cheery pop of color that will last through the entire season.

 

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HGTV

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

Swap Out Summer

 

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House Beautiful

 

Give an open living room a warm, cozy feel by swapping out pillows and throw blankets in lightweight summer fabrics like cotton and linen with blankets and pillows in luxe fabrics such as velvet and faux fur in rich shades. These warm accents will keep you snug next to the fire through fall and winter.

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

Cozy Candles

 

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HGTV

 

Dim the lights and opt for candles instead to set the tone for a cozy fall night or a spooky Halloween dinner. Adorn lanterns or glass hurricanes with pillar candles in fall colors. For added autumnal charm, fill the bottom of your chosen candleholder with fall favorites such as candy corn and acorns, or for an unexpected look, repurpose candleholders in varying heights to display small pumpkins and gourds.

 

Midwest Living

Midwest Living

 

Elegantly Earthy

 

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HGTV

 

Embrace the fall harvest by incorporating organic elements and earthy tones into your décor for a simple yet sophisticated look. Set the table with a linen tablecloth and napkins and pair with weathered terra cotta urns, moss, and even artichokes for an earthy yet charming touch. Or, skip the centerpiece and hang fall leaves from your chandelier to bring the outdoors inside and create more room on your table.

 

Midwest Living

Midwest Living

 

Magically Metallic

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Accent spooky Halloween décor with metallic touches to add sophisticated glamour to your space. Decorate with masks, antique objects, and candelabras to create a mysterious vibe in your space and opt for moody hues like black, pink, and purple with glitzy gold and jeweled accents.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Fall Florals

 

Midwest Living

Midwest Living

 

Shake up your traditional autumn bouquet and branch beyond mums by adding unexpected elements such as small gourds, cabbage heads, oak branches, pears, kale, and berries among your choice of flowers to your fall floral arrangements. Create a garland with fresh magnolia and oversized pinecones for a lush look along the center of a table or draped over a fireplace mantle. Don’t forget to embrace the robust reds of fall among the greens and oranges typically found in this season’s floral décor.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Painted Pumpkins

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Carving isn’t the only way to dress up a gourd this fall. Replace your traditional pumpkin décor with an easy-to-do and super chic paint design. Glow paint is vibrant during the day and lights up your front steps by night with a fun pop. Give your pumpkins an edge with all black acrylic paint and add a metallic touch with gold pyramid studs. Alternatively, an all-white pumpkin goes from rustic to glam with polka dots, chevron, or even multi-colored dripped paint. Finally, try taking a cue from a popular fashion trend by painting your pumpkins in color-blocked hues to surprise and delight your entire neighborhood from your front steps.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

White Bells and Whistles

 

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Country Living

 

When all else fails, opt for classic, chic white décor. White pumpkins and mums are a natural and stunning look for décor inside or outside your home. A painted ladder or stool can add to a rustic vibe while white candles with clean lines can create a crisp, modern fall look that won’t overwhelm your space.

 

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HGTV

 

Halloween Hutch

 

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Country Living

 

Fill a hutch, bookshelf, or bar cart with autumnal décor that can be switched out with every new season. For a spooky, gothic theme, use decorative skulls or creatures of the night such as bats, crows, or spiders in ornamental cages or display black and gold books and stacked pumpkins under domes or cloches for a touch of thematic elegance. But beware: use these eerie elements sparingly throughout your house to keep your décor from looking too much like a haunted house attraction.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Autumn Accessories

 

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HGTV

 

Use the natural hues of fall to decorate your space. A tall vase filled with branches of scarlet leaves, cotton stems, or an assortment of colorful feathers creates a show-stopping arrangement in any room of your house. Sprinkle dried leaves on your dining table, mantel, or bookshelves for a quick fall fix.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Perennial Pumpkins

 

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Country Living

 

Use the ultimate fall figure to hold your autumnal arrangements. Simply scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin, line it with aluminum foil or a plastic bag, fill with potting soil and plant pansies, violas, green and red leaf lettuce, rosemary, or thyme. Alternatively, fill the bag with water and a fresh floral arrangement. Succulents in a pumpkin vase look modern while still creating a harvest aesthetic to match your fall décor.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Get Your Festive Fall Fix

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to pick up all the fall and Halloween decorations you need to transition your home or office for the season and talk to our expert designers to create the fall floral arrangement of your dreams or for tips to decorate your unique space!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Fall Trends In Wedding Decor

As the weather starts to cool down, wedding bells are in the air in Arizona. At CoCo Milano’s we love weddings because they combine our favorite things into one: stunning floral arrangements and decor, party planning, and love! We rounded up our favorite fall wedding trends to take advantage of the season’s gorgeous colors and climate in order to plan the autumnal wedding of your dreams.

 

Phoenix Bride and Groom

Phoenix Bride and Groom

 

Fresh Florals

 

The Knot

The Knot

 

Freshly picked, wild-looking bouquets reign supreme in floral wedding trends this fall. In Arizona, sunflowers, dahlias, and hydrangeas are popular for the season – especially when accented by berry sprays, eucalyptus, and ivy. Bouquets are getting bigger and striking bouquet styles like the cascade and pageant bouquet are making a major comeback. Vines of ivy elongate the shape of a traditional bouquet and give them a whimsical appeal. For tabletops, arrangements are all about greenery. Leafy arrangements made up of wheat greens, acacia, bay leaf branches, and succulents give wedding décor an organic but still beautiful vibe. Instead of colorful blooms, add pops of color to your arrangements with berries and other natural, unexpected add-ins.

 

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Arizona Weddings

 

For an extra touch of fresh greenery, vibrant flower garlands can brighten up your ceremony and reception venues. Garlands can be made out of anything, allowing you to create a playful atmosphere, or a lush, traditional ambiance. Garlands of twinkling lights provide a soft glow over the head table, ribbon garlands can brighten a blank corner, or strings of flowers and foliage can outline linens and pull the look of the room together. Drape green garlands over signs and tables for a garden party aesthetic or tie them to the backs of chairs to dress up boring rental chairs. Wedding garlands are a fun and trendy way to fill your space with florals and personalize your special day.

 

Arizona Weddings

Arizona Weddings

 

Eyes On The Sky

 

Bridal Guide

Bridal Guide

 

This fall, bring your wedding décor to new heights. Take advantage of the space between the tabletop and the ceiling with this new trend and introduce an instant wow factor to your venue. Towering candelabras and tall, organic centerpieces like autumnal branches will get your wedding guests to look up. If you want to take this trend even higher, dangling décor is a truly stunning way to brighten the space and create more room on the table for candles, lanterns, and of course, food. Suspend floral arrangements or string lights from ceiling beams or rafters to surprise and delight your guests.

 

Phoenix Bride and Groom

Phoenix Bride and Groom

 

Color You Mine

 

Arizona Weddings

Arizona Weddings

 

For fall wedding color inspiration, the overwhelming popularity of neutrals and blush pastels paved the way for a return to vibrant color in wedding décor. Pops of bold shades and bright color pairings are making their mark this season in rich plum and deep burgundy. Pastels are still popular accent colors and their neutral appeal makes them both trendy and timeless. Soft, romantic ivory has replaced crisp white in wedding décor and green hues are perfect for all seasons and venues. Greenery in décor is both vibrant and earthy and works perfectly in all décor elements from floral arrangements to colored linens.

 

Arizona Weddings

Arizona Weddings

 

Accenting your color palette with a reflective metallic adds multidimensional depth to your décor and brightens all the elements of your wedding design. Sparkling gowns in gold, silver, and copper metallic beading flooded bridal runways this season and even work well in linens to make the head table stand out. Using shine strategically in your color palette adds a breathtaking touch to any wedding.

 

Bridal Guide

Bridal Guide

 

Playing With Food

 

Inside Weddings

Inside Weddings

 

This fall, the presentation of carefully curated menus filled with local specialties and favorite eats is upstaging the food itself. Weddings are showcasing food with creative installations such as doughnut walls, self-serve sundae bars, oyster bars, popcorn in rustic barrels, and even hanging terrariums filled with cheese for a cocktail hour wine and cheese pairing. These interactive details add a touch of whimsy to a special day and give guests something to talk about long after the vows are exchanged.

 

Bridal Guide

Bridal Guide

 

Inventive Invitations

 

Woodsy Weddings

Woodsy Weddings

 

Fall weddings are all about embracing the whimsy in the air and these stationary trends do just that. This fall, brides are ditching the paper invites in favor of Plexiglas invitations, wood and linen correspondence, and glow-in-the-dark calligraphy. Cute and casual blackboards as welcome signs continue to score décor points at weddings of all seasons. To add a romantic touch to your signage, add a garland border made of eucalyptus or other floral vines.

 

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

Textural Revolution

 

Arizona Weddings

Arizona Weddings

 

It is easy to overlook wedding linens when you are planning your wedding reception. However, linens have a huge impact on the overall presentation of the space. How you dress your tables sets the tone for the evening and establishes a solid foundation from which you can incorporate the other aspects of your décor. This fall, we have seen a rise in modern cut out linens and more traditional lace linens. Velvet linens add a luxe feel to your venue – even if you only incorporate this fabric in napkins. For a more glam look, mix and match colorful linens with subtle sequined linens or more vibrant metallics. Dressed up linens add more dimension to your wedding decor and make your tablescapes pop.

 

Arizona Weddings

Arizona Weddings

 

Making Trends A Reality

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

At CoCo Milano’s, we love all aspects of a wedding. Our custom florals and forever bouquets are perfect for your big day or for your bridal shower. We will make sure that your florals represent your style and embrace any trends that speak to you.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

We have expert designers available to help you plan your wedding or any additional wedding events from start to finish. Stop by our showroom to talk to our designers and start planing your wedding, bridal shower, or custom florals, and even pick up a unique wedding gift for the newlyweds in your life today!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Start Planning Your Holiday Decor Today

Apple cider, pumpkins, pine cones, and pumpkin spice flavored everything have taken over the shelves of every store in the country and the holiday season is finally right around the corner. At CoCo Milano’s, we love the holidays because it means we get to spend lots of time doing what we do best: decorating your homes and designing your parties!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

While the holiday season brings lots of joy, it also brings lots of headaches for home and business owners. Let us make this time of year more exciting and enjoyable for you by taking the stress of decorating away from you. We tailor your holiday decor to your needs and your unique style using our custom creations, elegant garlands, themed accessories, your heirloom decorations, and even your homemade ornaments from over the years.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

If you are hosting a glam holiday party or even a casual dinner party for family, we can update your dining room with custom centerpieces and place settings for all of your holiday events from a spooky Halloween party to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner event to gorgeous Christmas decor in every corner of your home to ringing in New Years Eve in style. Leave a lasting impression on your guests with stunning, custom tablescapes and decor designed by CoCo Milano’s.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Let us take the stress out of the season by creating the chic, cozy holiday space you deserve. For more holiday inspiration, check out our Christmas Project Gallery.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Don’t wait! Our books are already filling up fast so call to schedule your holiday decorating with us or stop by CoCo Milano’s to speak with one of our designers about your custom holiday decor today!

 

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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Phone: (480) 830-2626
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