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.


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.



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.



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.

Center of Table

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.


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!


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.







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.


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.
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.
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.

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

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!

At CoCo Milano’s we love our holidays! Especially when we get to decorate with all of our fun and creative decorations!

This year for Halloween we have some new and unique pieces that we haven’t had in the past.

We have all varieties of items, from wicked witches and cute Halloween characters, to

fabulous feathered masks and spooky table cloths!

If you haven’t been in the store yet, now would be the perfect time, especially with our fabulous sale happening!

Here are some of our favorite items below! Don’t forget to hurry in the store before your favorite items are gone.

Skull Photo

Day of the dead


Skull Garland


Haunted Candles


Halloween Cards


Sale Table


We hope you have a fun, safe and happy Halloween!

Don’t forget to RSVP for our Holiday Party, Saturday November 5th!

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Decorating for the Holidays


With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to start planning your parties and decor!

Take a look at some of our past projects to help get you in the spirit! 

Edwards Christmas

We had a great time incorporating these life size Santa Clause figurines into this holiday decor! 

Let us make this time of year more enjoyable for you! Using everything from your homemade ornaments or favorite heirloom decorations, to our custom creations. We can take care of any holiday decorating you need.


Have you considered reflecting the look and feel of your room on your tree? Check out the aqua ornaments used in this room!

Need help bringing some glam into your dining room?

We can help create custom place settings and centerpieces perfect for your holiday events.


CoCo Milano’s can bring your living room to life with elegant garlands and and specialty accessories.


Our books are filling up fast so hurry and schedule your holiday decorating with us!

Have any questions? Stop by the shop with your inspiration and speak to one of our designers about your Holiday Decor!


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Orange Hues are the New Muse

Orange is an amazing color for not only fall, but all year round! Depending on the shade, orange colors can add a myriad of effects to any room. Vibrant citrus hues liven a bedroom, while deeper orange color shades of pumpkin and fall leaves can add lovely warmth and coziness to a room.

Find your inspiration for adding this gorgeous, optimistic and warming color to your fall home decor. Lovely sunset orange colors look best with soft red and brown colors of natural wood. Burnt orange color shades and warm yellow or red color tones make bedroom decorating ideas warmer and enveloping. Take a look at the collection of ideas below!

untitledIn our clients home, we decided to make the shell of the room a neutral gray, with pops of orange and teal for some color! This neutral palette with pops of color is so transitional. The vibrant colors with the dark grays works well for summer or winter.



Introduce color via beautiful fabrics for a look that’s subtle, yet fetching. This formal breakfast nook is suited for dinner parties and Saturday brunch, thanks to drapes that sport a classic patterned in casual, cheery hues. The pretense of the traditional patterned is balanced by its use of coral oranges, butterscotch yellow, sage green and sky blue


In a room where textures do the talking, a brief sprinkle of color is all it takes. In this cozy bedroom, trimwork adds dimension to vanilla cream walls and a woven rattan headboard introduce even more texture. Minimal use of orange on the bedding (trimming on white shams and a comforter and a plush velvety throw) stand out while yielding to the other unique elements in the room.


Tangerine and hot pink combine to give this bedroom an energetic vice. Black and white are a neutral foundation for the bold color combo, and double mirrors multiply the light throughout the room.

Did we inspire you to use orange in your home? Let us know the ways you’re incorporating orange into your home!


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Jan Barboglio to Make Special Appearance at CoCo Milano’s

We are beyond thrilled to announce Jan Barboglio will be making a special appearance at CoCo Milano’s on Friday, October 7th from 1 pm to 4 pm!

Jan Barboglio isn’t your ordinary home decor designer, though. After  years designing clothing with her sister in their Barboglio Cristina & Jan Collection, Jan Barboglio decided to start sculpting accessories and furniture for her own home. She spent her childhood in north central Mexico, where her inspiration for her collection all started and every object created by her would carry the rich history and romance of old Mexico.

Barboglio’s original designs paved the way for her home accessories line she has today. The Jan Barboglio Collection has since transformed into crosses and crowns, fleur de lis and scrolls, wildflowers and roses, guardian angels and symbolic bleeding hearts. Throughout all her magnificent work, Barboglio is now well-known for bringing the spiritual part of old Mexico to home decor.

Jan Barboglio’s growing furniture and accessories collection is now widely recognized for great quality and style, and she is well known for her attention to detail. Her designs are a hit with collectors of all ages and are easily recognized for her quality and style. Barboglio has created this following through her rich history and magnificent story telling.

Come in to CoCo Milano’s today to purchase items from The Jan Barboglio Collection!


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Mad for Plaid

Don’t get even, get plaid.

Plaid is all the rave for Fall 2016, you’d be missing out if you didn’t incorporate it in to your home some way! If you go to any home decor store or even clothing store you’ll see it everywhere you look.

For the fall season, plaid is a great way to add a warm, cozy feel to your home. You can even use plaid all year around in your home if done properly. But, the key is to use it correctly because plaid can go wrong very quickly! The secret is to not overdo it – a little can go a long way and can make a bold statement.

Because we have a major crush on plaid, we decided to give you some ideas on how to use plaid in your own home!

1. Drapery

2. Foot Stools/Benches

3. Accent Pillows

4. Throw Blankets

Are you as excited about plaid as we are? We hope so! Come on in to CoCo Milano’s and see all of our fall home decor!

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


Transitioning Your Home Between Seasons

Just as we switch up our wardrobes each season, we should also switch up our home decor!  No matter your budget or style there are simple ways to help welcome the cooler weather into our homes. Take a look below at our tips on how to transition from season to season:

1. Swap out throw pillows
Swap out your living room throw pillows with fur pillows or pillows with a warm hue. A neutral couch is timeless because it lends itself to all the seasons with a quick change of the decorative pillows. Layering multiple kinds of pillows adds a dimension of texture that creates a feeling of warmth.

2. Change up your sheets
Make your bedroom cozier by removing the cool, crisp white duvets for cozier fabrics and warmer textures.
Sheets are relatively inexpensive now, so why not have a few different options on hand for the changing of the seasons?  Toss on a few blankets, even a faux fur throw to really get in the fall spirit!

3. Create Holiday Displays
Create pretty displays with decorative pumpkins or gourds or pine cones if you are able. Using natural resources, you can create warm and visually appealing displays. Combine candles with fruit, pumpkins, gourds or nuts and arrange them in wooden boxes and crates, plates, platters or trays and place them around your home.

4. Seasonal Plants
Buy some seasonal plants like mums or hydrangeas and place them by your entry way or mantel.
If you’re on a budget, go out to your yard and cut a few branches to create a beautiful fall-like setting as in the picture above. Hydrangeas in lovely glass jars, pitchers or baskets are the perfect transitional plant if you are in between the seasons.

5. Layer rugs and bring out the warm throw blankets.
An easy way to add warmth to your room without changing furniture or changing your color scheme is to simply add a few faux-fur throw blankets and layered area rugs! Adding some fur and layering rugs adds a feeling of warmth and texture. Who doesn’t love fur in their home for fall?!

So, are you ready for the fall season yet? We hope this post inspired you to start shopping for fall decor! Let us know what you think!

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


Ranch Home Redux

Ranch Home Redux
Author: Rebecca L. Rhoades
Issue: Phoenix Home & Garden August, 2016, Page 100

photography by Art Holeman

A taupe-gray wall color complements the dark wood flooring, light pine ceilings and industrial accents. The neutral palette allows the colorful furnishings and homeowner’s art collection to take center stage.

Building on a Previous Owner’s Renovations Gives Stunning New Life to a Simple Suburban House

When ranch-style houses first came on the market in the 1930s, they represented a radical departure from tradition. Modeled after the relaxed nature of true Western ranch homes, the open and casual structures featured all rooms on a single level, low-slung roofs, attached garages and sliding glass doors that connected the living spaces to the outdoors. The style had enormous appeal, and its car-friendly design was ideal for the post-World War II growth of American suburbs. By 1950, ranchers accounted for nine out of 10 new homes across the country.

Over the next two decades, large tracts of the houses sprouted up, especially in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, but by 1980, the style had fallen out of favor, replaced by larger, more ornate two-story homes, complete with pitched roofs, gables, bay windows, formal rooms and European design influences. Neighborhoods full of modest ranchers were viewed as lacking in style or creativity.

Today, ranch homes are enjoying a return to vogue. Homebuyers seeking simplicity in design and light-filled open spaces are snapping up the midcentury abodes, renovating them and taking them from retrograde to retro-chic with stylish updates and modern amenities.

“Staircase Picasso” (acrylic on canvas, 80″H by 60″W framed) by Brazilian surrealist painter Ferjo dominates the great room with its graphic imagery and bold, primary color scheme. The wall on which it hangs was originally designed to hold a TV, but homeowner Mark Shumate disliked the idea of having a TV in a room where people hang out and socialize.

In a South Scottsdale neighborhood, where streets and cul-de-sacs are tightly packed with the classic brick and stucco buildings, one stands out. Before they even pass through the front door, guests know they’re in for a special treat as they’re greeted with one-of-a-kind touches, including a front privacy wall of midcentury breeze blocks, a drive lined with corrugated steel panels, rusted steel roofing and a hidden entranceway in which wood platforms zigzag across a burbling pond.

“The minute I walked inside, I knew that this was a really great house,” says owner Mark Shumate, who first saw the home on the internet while on a three-week business trip in Asia. “I really wanted a contemporary house, and I had been looking all around the Old Town area, as I couldn’t afford one in Paradise Valley. I saw this online and had an agent go look at it for me. She said it was really cool and that I should tie it up.”

The house was the former residence of architect Robert Dean, who had been remodeling it prior to his death. Dean had doubled the original footprint from 1,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet and turned the home from a basic rectangle to a wide-open U shape, with a sizeable great room at its center. To the right of the great room, he had added an expansive master suite. On the left, he had carved out a secondary bedroom suite, another spare bedroom, a bathroom, a small library and a rectangular-shaped den/TV room with a sparkling metallic tile-clad fireplace. To complete the spaces, Dean had added all of the interior finishes, including flooring, cabinetry and lighting.

“Online, it looked like it had a lot going on,” Mark says. “It looked really busy with the wood ceilings and all the textures and materials, but when I went in there, I immediately had this vision of how I would decorate it.”

To make his vision a reality, Mark called on friend and interior designer Denise Milano. “The whole house had been gutted and remodeled, so when Mark found it, it was just this little gem sitting here,” she says. Mixing a variety of styles, including Modern, industrial and global, and using products and furnishings that were custom made or found at estate sales and consignment shops, Milano and her team breathed new life into the space, building on the former owner’s designs while making sure the space embodied Mark’s personality and passions. “Mark had five paintings that we worked off of to create the color palette for the house,” she notes.

Ideal for entertaining, the great room at the center of the home is split into two distinct zones: a seating area complete with an oversized yet low-profile leather sectional, and an open kitchen with clean-lined cabinetry that wraps around the back half of the room and a show-stopping concrete island with river rock detailing.

Milano painted the walls a rich taupe-gray, which allows the pine ceilings, high-gloss white cabinets, and silver and crystal light fixtures and accents to stand out while at the same time not clashing with the dark wood flooring or massive gray concrete island. “We were going for that industrial look,” she notes. “If we would have painted the walls a lighter color, the space wouldn’t feel as cozy as it does. It has a nice touch of drama.”

Mark agrees. “I’ve seen a lot of homes that have no color, and they’re very stark. I like color. It makes me happy.” This is evident in the large art pieces that decorate the walls. In the great room, an oversized surrealist painting by Brazilian artist Ferjo dominates with its bright primary colors, while a technicolor print of a grizzly bear anchors a wall near the TV room. A low-profile cream and red leather sectional on a dark-wood base freshens the room and keeps the focus on the art.

In the TV room, which is painted an even darker shade of gray, Milano pulled colors from an untitled painting of a ballerina by Kathleen Kinkopf to give the room a fun and funky midcentury vibe. Twin sofas in hues that match the wall color are decorated with pillows in vibrant shades of orange and teal, while a pair of metal-framed occasional chairs is upholstered in a fun orange hexagonal print. The textured metallic fireplace tiles dance in the natural light that floods the room through a large bank of windows, which overlook the front patio.

“This is just one of those places where every part is comfortable,” says Mark’s friend and frequent houseguest Skye Snyder. “Mark entertains a lot, and people can flow and freely talk in the great room as well as in the front patio. It’s all very accommodating and welcoming.”

In the bedrooms, Mark and Milano decided to go with a subtler monochromatic theme that harks back to the days of old Hollywood. In the master bedroom, a custom-made bed with a floor-to-ceiling headboard made of sleek, high-gloss black panels and silvery-black metallic vinyl is the focal point. Crystal chandeliers, plush bedding in shades of gray, dark upholstered furnishings and metallic accent pieces amp up the room’s star quality.

In the spacious master bedroom, rich, masculine colors are given a touch of glam with metal and crystal light fixtures and accessories.

“It’s modern elegance,” says Milano. “We started with the bed and went from there. Mark wanted a little glam. He likes metals and shiny items, so that why we have the chandeliers and velvets.” Adds Mark, “I like the mix of old and new. I also love crystals and those sorts of things. For example, I think that if you’re going to have a drink, you should use a crystal glass. It just makes the drink even sexier and more classy.”

On the opposite end of the home, in the secondary master bedroom, which is known as “Mom’s room,” Mark wanted a space that would be “more feminine, so Mom can stay there when she wants to visit.” Echoing the monochromatic feel of Mark’s bedroom, this room is decorated not in grays and blacks but in various hues of cream and gold, with mirrored furnishings, velvet and faux fur bedding, and plenty of shiny bling. “Overall, we wanted the bedrooms to be soothing, spa-like and a little more feminine than the rest of the house,” notes Milano.

From the front entrance to the bedrooms and every space in between, this remodeled ranch is anything but boring suburbia. “It took a lot of hard work and being very detail oriented to make something like this,” says Mark, reflecting on the previous homeowner and his design. “I think a house should be peaceful and should make you happy to be home. Whenever I travel for a few weeks, I’m so glad to walk through that front door. I feel very blessed to have found this house.”

The entrance to the master suite hints at the stylish elegance to come. A crystal ceiling fixture complements a pair of antique lamps that rest on a contemporary glass-topped console. The surrealist painting, “Diva Divers” (acrylic on canvas, 72″H by 40.5″W framed) by Kathleen Kinkopf adds a touch of colorful whimsy to the space.
The spa-like master bathroom is a symphony of a clean lines; cool, calming hues; and glistening accessories, including the metallic backsplash  and faceted mirrors that reflect light and shine like diamonds on the walls.
Known as “Mom’s room,” the guest bedroom is a lighter, more feminine version of the master bedroom.
Photos – Clock-wise from top left: Here, a monochromatic palette of pale creams and golds in sumptuous textiles, furnishings and area rug is accented by metallic accessories and similarly toned art.

The TV room features an eye-catching fireplace clad in textured metallic tiles. “They’re like little lights,” says Mark. “At first I wasn’t sure about them, but now I think they look great with the colors in the room.” Mark chose to decorate the space with bright accents of turquoise and orange—”I just love that turquoise color,” he adds. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flood the room, while a glass door opens to the front patio, which is decorated in a similar color scheme.

Comfy seating surrounds a linear fire pit on the private covered front patio. “It’s a great place to relax in the winter,” says Mark.

Hidden from the street by a wall of steel paneling, the Zen-like entryway transports guests to another world. A bridge made of wood platforms spans a burbling water feature. “I’ve been in places that have entrances like this, and I’ve always liked them,” says Mark.

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

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