Meet Leah Williams of Ruby Mae Jewelry

CoCo Milano’s is pleased to introduce Ruby Mae Jewelry: one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry created with buttons, beads, brooches, pendants, charms, and trinkets by Leah Williams.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Leah loved creating all kinds of things as a child and made beaded jewelry for many years as a hobby. In 2011, she came across a jar of vintage buttons at a friend’s house. The buttons, which belonged to her friend’s grandmother, had a shank on the backside so from the top, the buttons looked like works of art. Leah and her friend tipped over the button jar and gathered the beautiful buttons for Leah to make bracelets for Mother’s Day gifts. The response was overwhelming. Her friends began bringing her jars and drawers full of their family’s vintage buttons, earrings, chains, brooches, and crystals, and together they picked out their favorite items in order to make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for the special women in their lives. From there, Ruby Mae Jewelry took off. Leah loves creating each and every piece. In doing so, she is able to revive the treasures of the past for each of her customers.

 

Leah Williams

Leah Williams

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Leah is a no harm button artist. Many artists and jewelers alter vintage buttons by flattening them with hammers, spray painting them, and punching holes in them but Leah believes in preserving the integrity and the history of each button. Her goal is to use all buttons in the form that she finds them so she always finds creative ways to attach them to bracelets, necklaces, and charm pulls. Because she collects buttons for her jewelry, people often hand over their family button tins to Leah. They tell her that they assume there is nothing special in the collection but she almost always finds buttons that tell a story. Button tins are now a thing of the past, but the generations that kept button tins kept almost everything they came across in case the objects held some value. In button tins, Leah has found shirt buttons from fathers, clasps from women’s lingerie, and even belt buckles that once belonged to grandfathers. Of the over 260 classifications of buttons, Leah loves Lucite buttons from the 1930s and Victorian male and female profile buttons from the 1800s the most. To her, it is incredible to hold a button that may have been surrounded by ball gowns on a dance floor in England over a century ago, to truly hold a piece of history in her hand.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Leah loves the stories people tell about their lives and their loved ones. In fact, she collects stories on her website tellrubymae.com along with stories she has heard from meeting people at jewelry shows, from her friends and relatives, and from college English classes. On Leah’s website, customers can share photographs of their loved ones that are missed, admired, and respected. Her business model is built around people and their stories and that is what makes it work.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Patty Mae and Ruby, Leah's Mother and Grandmother

Patty Mae and Ruby, Leah’s Mother and Grandmother

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry is a family business. Leah’s mother, Patty Mae Snedigar Jacobson, was born in Montana. Shortly after high school, she married Leah’s father Jake, and together they raised seven children in Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Arizona. She was an incredible seamstress and her creativity and belief in herself continues to inspire Leah in business today. Leah’s grandmother, Ruby Ione Collins Snedigar, was also a gifted seamstress from Montana. Leah’s grandmother had an entrepreneurial spirit. She had an incredible sense of style and loved to wear necklaces and throw jewelry parties in her home. She was a strong woman, like Leah’s mother, and like Leah is today. Ruby Mae Jewelry is named for both Leah’s mother and her grandmother and continues to embody all of the qualities that they instilled in Leah in their lifetimes. Leah thinks that her mother and grandmother would be thrilled to know that she is playing with buttons to create beautiful and unique jewelry that touches the soul today.

 

Patty Mae and Jake, Leah's Mother and Father

Patty Mae and Jake, Leah’s Mother and Father

 

Leah also uses Ruby Mae Jewelry as a platform to spread awareness for ovarian cancer. Leah’s mother passed away from ovarian cancer. Her ovarian cancer was initially undiagnosed after her doctor ignored her symptoms. Since the beginning of Leah’s business in 2011, she has handed out over 2,000 symptom cards from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition through every jewelry shipment, at her jewelry workshops, and at each of her events. Her hope is that they might clarify some of the misinformation available to the public surrounding ovarian cancer and that they might help a customer or a friend of a customer to seek help for a symptom without brushing it off as nothing, and in doing so, save a life.

 

Jake, Leah's Father

Jake, Leah’s Father

 

Hand Stamped Charms, Ruby Mae Jewelry

Hand Stamped Charms, Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

In 2012, Leah severed her thumb while opening a can of artichokes. She was unable to use her arm for four months but her jewelry orders continued to pour in. Her father, Jake, wanted to help her and told her he could be her hands. He moved in with Leah for seven months and they sat side by side filling orders together. Leah would lay the jewelry out and Jake would put the pieces together the way Leah envisioned them. When a customer asked for a date on a charm, Jake spent one hundred hours designing and building a tool to hand stamp the charm so that the characters were evenly spaced. As a result, Jake’s hand stamped charms look professionally made.

 

Hole In My Heart Collection

Hole In My Heart Collection

 

One day, Jake came by Leah’s home with a new charm he had made with a heart stamped on it and a hole in the heart. He told Leah that the Hole In The Heart charm was for people like him who are missing a loved one every day the same way he misses his wife, Patty Mae. Leah posted the charm on Instagram and within an hour, people were driving to her house to buy it.

 

Leah and Jake in Montana

Leah and Jake in Montana

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Today, Jake travels with Leah to jewelry shows and customers come by just to meet him. The meetings are often full of emotion because of the charms Jake creates and what they mean to people. Every time a customer buys one of Jake’s hand stamped, stained, and polished charms, they are giving him the inspiration to make more. The charms are created in eight steps from start to finish. They are truly a labor of love.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Two years ago, Leah and her father took a 4,400 mile road trip to Montana. They visited Jake’s hometown, met with ten families, went to his high school reunion, and toured places from Leah’s parents’ love story. Her parents met at eleven years old so she was able to see where they worked as teenagers and where they went out on dates. The eighteen days on the road were precious for both Leah and Jake and strengthened the family backbone of Leah’s business.

 

Leah and Jake in Montana

Leah and Jake in Montana

 

The Hole In The Heart collection touches everyone because so many people have experienced loss. The meaning behind the charm, the idea that it commemorates those we love and miss every day, is unifying. Despite our differences, we all miss people in this same way. In fact, Leah has had customers buy dozens of the Hole In The Heart charms at once. They keep them and slip them into sympathy cards in lieu of flowers because they are an everlasting and meaningful gift for anyone who has experienced a loss.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry On The Runway

Ruby Mae Jewelry On The Runway

 

Leah and Jake’s charms are available in sterling silver, nickel silver, and red brass. She buys all of her materials locally in Arizona where she lives with her husband and three sons. She travels to art shows throughout the year including the Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market in Scottsdale in September.

 

Phoenix Home and Garden

Phoenix Home and Garden

 

In addition to her stunning handmade jewelry and hand stamped charms, Leah creates custom jewelry. She has a huge architectural desk with drawers filled with treasures. When a customer requests a custom, personalized gift for a friend or family member, Leah will take the time to get to know the recipient of the jewelry. She will ask the customer questions about who the gift is for and what interests them and will find charms in her drawers that perfectly reflect that person. Simply contact CoCo Milano’s to place a custom order and begin working with Leah to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for your loved ones.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Leah's Drawers of Buttons

Leah’s Drawers of Buttons, Charms, and Beads

 

Many of the pieces Leah makes start out as requests from a single customer. She makes hair ties, bridal bouquet charms, charm pulls, and even therapy beads for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Leah’s business is constantly changing and evolving because she is open to new ideas and is always seeking out new things that will connect with people and provide sentimental value.

 

Ruby Mae Jewelry

Ruby Mae Jewelry

 

Over the years, Leah has learned that buttons connect generations. For some, it may be surprising that buttons can make gorgeous jewelry. In fact, in some of Leah’s jewelry you can’t even tell that she used buttons at all. But more importantly, buttons tell the story of a family over many years and many generations. Leah’s jewelry brings these buttons to life by creating handmade wearable works of art that are deep in meaning and serve as a constant reminder of family and your personal history. To take home your own piece of Leah’s beautiful jewelry, to fill a Hole In Your Heart, or to start creating a custom piece that reflects your own family history, stop by CoCo Milano’s today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Sid Dickens: The Infinity Collection

The newest Sid Dickens collection is available for pre-order from CoCo Milano’s today!

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

The Infinity Collection touches on sentiments of mindfulness, commitment, and individual responsibilities to move forward in a world of limitless possibilities and choices. It is through our personal determination that we all can make a difference to ensure our world is nourished and everlasting.

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

Take a look at the Infinity Collection:

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Cryptic

Navigate the mysterious way of life
through the patchwork and diversity of all cultures.

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T-420

T-420
Celtic Thistle

Noble in character, honouring strength, devotion, and determination.
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T-421

T-421
Adorned Cuff
My heart holds true, awaiting my future and fortune.
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T-422

T-422
Heart Song
The whole of many parts is found in the harmonized melody of our song.
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T-423
Peace
Soaring to great heights,
our messenger brings us
peace and promise.
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T-424

T-424
Infinity
There is no limit, there is no end
to the changes witnessed in the world and in ourselves.
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T-425

T-425
Primrose
Patience and kindness nurture our soul and our heart.
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 T-426
Vitality
Your spirit influences your truth,
your wisdom shapes your ambition.
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T-427

T-427
Commitment
Forever and ever, our love is eternal.
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T-428

T-428
Myriad
For each stride we make,
take another step.
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T-429

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Amulet
Your sacred power grants extraordinary protection;
the symbol of eternal life and rebirth.
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Ancient Pear

In life, we find wisdom in the purity of our heart and our well-being rejoices in its abundance.

 

 

Introducing the 2017 Holiday Collection: 

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

This holiday season, add four new Memory Blocks to your collection. This collection symbolizes a spiritual affinity and affection for celebrating Christmas. These Memory Blocks add colour and vitality to a joyful collection that is traditional and inspired in spirit. The Holiday Collection will retire on December 1st, 2017 so place your pre-orders today!

 

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T-431

T-431
Holly
Celebrating life’s joys and sorrows, cultivating a place of peace and calm.
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Rejoice
As they stand innocent before us, the existence of angels is joyful and prosperous.
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T-433

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Icon
Our Mother gives Her heart;
child of mine, protected and adored.
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Christmas Joy

‘Twas Christmas Eve
as Santa rushed to create lasting memories for the children.

 

Retiring Memory Blocks:

 

Every year, Sid selects tiles that he feels no longer fit into the larger collection. Retired tiles instantly gain collectibility and value. The following tiles will be retired on Friday, December 1st. Place your order today to add these tiles to your collection before they are gone!

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

Give us a call or stop by CoCo Milano’s to pre-order this beautiful new collection today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Meet Catherine Haggerty of Legendary Love Candles

CoCo Milano’s is thrilled to introduce our newest vendor: Legendary Love Candles!

 

Legendary Love Candles

Legendary Love Candles

 

Catherine Haggerty created Legendary Love Candles in February of 2009 after the candle company she worked for at Neiman Marcus dissolved. Customers continued telling her that they missed the candles so she decided to make her own candles for a cause. Every candle sold benefits the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism and the Ride On Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, which welcomes all children and adults with various special needs.

 

Catherine Haggerty

Catherine Haggerty

 

When Catherine had the idea to start her own candle making business, she immediately knew that she wanted to use it as a way to raise awareness and give back to charities that spoke to her heart. Catherine has a horse and a passion for animals, so she knew that she wanted one of her causes to involve horses. She also has a good friend who has a son who is severely autistic. Ride On provides equine related therapy for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, including autism, through therapeutic riding and physical, mental, and occupational therapy. The program combined her two passions and allowed her to be more hands on with her charity efforts through volunteer work, annual fundraisers on location, and small events at Ride On where she can sell her candles. 

 

Legendary Love Candles

Legendary Love Candles

 

Catherine also supports the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism which seeks to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by autism. Doug Flutie played football for Catherine’s rival Boston College when she was in school so when she learned of the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism it immediately spoke to her heart. The Legendary Love logo ties in Catherine’s inspirations and reflects the hand-drawn cross to represent the two charities near and dear to Catherine’s heart and a symbol of the idea from God to manufacture candles for a cause. As a result, every candle sold makes a difference to these charities.

 

Legendary Love Candles

Legendary Love Candles

 

Catherine is self-taught in the art of candle making and over the years has learned which materials are the safest and healthiest to use. All of Catherine’s candles are handmade and hand poured with pure soy blend wax and all cotton wicking.

 

Legendary Love Candles

Legendary Love Candles

 

The candle making process is a two step process that takes six hours start to finish. First, Catherine melts the wax and adds oils to create delicious scents. She then pours the wax into tempered glass to withstand the heat and lets the wax cool. The wax can fall in the middle of the glass, similar to a cake as it cools, so Catherine lets the candle dry for four hours to allow it to sink and then does another wax pour on top of the cooled wax to fill in all the gaps. In all of her work, Catherine is conscious of recycling materials if possible.

 

Legendary Love Candles

Legendary Love Candles

 

Catherine loves making candles. She finds the process very peaceful and describes it as a therapy on its own. Candles are soothing and uplifting because candle scents recreate memories or create new memories that transport you to a happy place. Vanilla, for example, is a soothing, relaxing scent while citrus scents are uplifting and helpful in covering animal scents. Citrus is also perfect in the kitchen because it covers baking smells. Candles have therapeutic properties due to the emotional triggers associated with the sense of smell. Catherine’s Blueberry Vanilla candles are very popular in homes due to their unique, luxurious smell.

 

Legendary Love Candles

Legendary Love Candles

 

To find your favorite scent and fill your home with new memories while supporting two wonderful causes, stop by CoCo Milano’s to pick up your handmade soy blend candles from Legendary Love Candles today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

 

Independence Day Soiree

The Fourth of July is the perfect excuse for an American summer soiree. This Independence Day, decorate with red, white, and blue in new and unexpected ways to set the stage for a patriotic party that creates fireworks for all of your guests. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to salute our nation in style:

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Modern, Mixed Patterns

While we love stars and stripes, switch things up this year with modern, graphic patterns in your Fourth of July decor. Add extra layers to your Independence Day tablescape by mixing patterns in patriotic colors. Use prints in varying scales in your linens to keep the assortment of patterns from looking too busy.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Daytime Delights

For a casual picnic, toss throw pillows and blankets in your yard to match the modern American patterns making up your decor. The mixture of patterns and textures introduces a level of romance to your traditional party. Use a small area rug in the center of your largest blanket to create a serving space in your picnic area for your guests to lounge around.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Sun Station

Make sure your guests are comfortable, hydrated, and UV-protected in the summer heat with a sun supply station at your party. Stock a patriotic bucket with towels, sunscreen, and ice cold water in an effort to keep outdoor essentials nearby in a chic, stylish, and thematic way.

 

BHG

BHG

 

Red, White, and Blue Refreshments

Decorate your bar area with beverages that fit with your color scheme. A Bloody Mary Bar is perfect for a brunch celebration or fill a galvanized tub with berry-flavored soda bottles. To step your bar up a notch, use red, white, and blue mason jars to hold straws and garnishes and freeze all-American cherries in ice cubes for an extra touch of chic Americana.

 

BHG

BHG

 

Festive Florals

Give traditional white and blue hydrangeas, creamy peonies, and red roses the patriotic treatment by arranging them in a decorative vase. Line a glass vase with an American flag pattern for a quick tablescape that showcases your gorgeous florals.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Vintage America Tablescapes

Adorn your table with nostalgic pieces of American memorabilia. Old-fashioned Coca Cola bottles, worn baseballs, and buckets of tiny flags mixed with stunning floral arrangements make a chic yet unique statement at your Independence Day celebration.

 

Glamour

Glamour

 

Light The Way

Alternatively, use painted lanterns and natural rope for an American celebration with a hint of nautical nostalgia in your tablescape.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Salute In Style

Use sparklers or poppers to create fun and interactive placeholders for your guests. Tie the sparklers with ribbon and paper tags to lead your guests to their seat at the table. Your guests will love that they have individual supplies to kick off the firework festivities after dinner. Finally, top your dessert with sparklers to really wow your guests and celebrate the Fourth of July in spectacular fashion. (Of course, keep the safety of your guests in mind and only use sparklers if your outdoor celebration is taking place in an open space).

 

Real Simple

Real Simple

 

Finally, fill your dinner table with all-American eats like hamburgers, potato salad, and a smorgasbord of sweet treats. If you need help creating the perfect tablescape or floral arrangements for your kicked up backyard barbecue, stop by CoCo Milano’s and let us help with the decor so you can relax and enjoy the fireworks with your guests.

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Finishing Touches: How To Style Your Bookshelf

Bookshelves in homes are the perfect solution for adding functional storage to your home while also adding aesthetically pleasing height to your room to balance out the space. Bookshelves also add style to your surroundings. Books and collectibles create warmth and personality in any room in your home. From your living room, to your dining area, to a bedroom or a home office, a bookshelf communicates what you read, what you collect, and what you love to all of your guests. They are a window into your passions and create an opportunity to display your favorite items.

 

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Houzz

 

However, bookshelves also present a challenge. Maximizing utility and aesthetic appeal is difficult when you are also trying to avoid clutter or monotony. Styling a bookshelf is truly an art. Here are a few tips to help you style a bookshelf that both shows off your personality and maintains the style and design of the rest of your space:

 

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Houzz

 

Empty Your Shelves

First, clear everything off your shelves in order to start your project with a clean slate. Many designers love adding contrasting paint or wallpaper to the back of a plain bookshelf to add more appeal and style to the structure itself and to make the objects you will later place on your shelves really pop.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Start With Something Tall

Before adding books and personal items, we suggest first adding a tall, slender vase, a textured sculptural object, or a ceramic jar to give your shelf vignette a little height. Adding the tallest object to your shelf first allows you to establish the overall scale of your entire vignette and it ensures that your bookshelves will feel full without the clutter. Tall objects also help to break up the hard angles of the books that will be added later by adding a little movement to the shelf. While bookshelves are linear by design, your shelf vignette doesn’t have to be.

 

Vogue

Vogue

 

Add Your Books

Obviously, books are the building blocks of your bookshelf. But beyond that, they are also a very useful styling tool. Books add pattern and color to your shelf. Vary your placement of them to add more visual interest. Stand them up or stack them in a group of odd numbers in order to vary the height of your shelf while still keeping with traditional design guidelines. Select the books that make the most sense for your design. This may not be the best storage location for your favorite worn paperbacks or your old college textbooks. Instead, look for volumes that fit with the style and color of your room. Look for decorative spines, both new and vintage, or even bound photo albums that will coordinate with the other objects you plan to add to the shelf.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Anchor and Accessorize

A bookshelf is the perfect location to showcase your favorite personal items, travel souvenirs, keepsakes, and personal photos. But before you load your shelves with all of your personal items, choose just one impactful object per shelf. This will serve as a visually weighty anchor as you build out each vignette that will be a focal point in your design.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Create Layers

Then, fill out the space with smaller mementos that can be refreshed with each season. Keep balance in mind as you fill out your shelves. Be sure to overlap some objects and place others at an angle in order to create a more natural look. As you add each piece, take a step back to take in the vignette as a whole. Look for areas that need more color, rounder or taller shapes, or areas that are starting to look too cluttered. Continue to edit as you go to make sure that the design is pleasing to your eye.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

A Hint Of Green

Finally, finish your shelves off with a bit of green. Plants can add visual appeal to a room and their organic shapes balance the clean lines of a bookshelf for the perfect finishing touch.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

At CoCo Milano’s, we believe the finishing touches are just as important as the overall design of a room. Adding the final layer of a room means arranging and styling all of the surfaces in your room and while it may seem like a small task, the end result can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your space. Like stunning jewelry to compliment an outfit, a perfectly styled bookshelf with always catch your eye. A bookshelf offers you an opportunity to display your favorite books and objects while adding a layer of polish to your home. For help designing your shelves in order to make sure they are stunning and not too cluttered, stop by CoCo Milano’s today to meet with our expert design team and finish your space in style!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

Making Your House A Home

From agonizing over which wall color will look best in your living room to pondering whether you made the right decision on the couch fabric you chose, there are many decisions about physical elements that go into decorating a home. While designing your space, it is vital to understand storage and decor tricks and have a basic understanding of design principles in order to make your home enjoyable and livable. However, don’t get so caught up in decorating that you forget to infuse your space with the other very important elements that make your house a home. That’s right, we are talking about that almost tangible feeling you sense when you walk into some homes, the feeling we can best describe as warm, inviting, and captivating. Take a look at the most important (and often forgotten) things to remember while decorating your home:

 

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Houzz

 

A Home Is Not A Home Without You

The act of designing a home is a subjective and deeply personal act. In designing your home, you should fill it with art, furniture, and other items that you love. Everything in your home should reflect your personal style, it should remind you of who you are, where you have been in your lifetime, and where you have yet to go. In this sense, your home is something that should be painstakingly curated over time. You are always evolving and your home should reflect that fact.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Let The Light Shine In

A little light can instantly improve your mood. Letting the light flow through your home, whether from open windows or gorgeous lamps that match your decor, always brings an extra ounce of beauty and style to your space.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Comfort Is Key

While designing our homes, it is easy to choose form over function. However, the most important thing when it comes to decorating a livable space is that it is comfortable. Better yet, find pieces that provide both form and function. After all, we spend a lot of time in our home and if we can’t feel comfortable, cozy, relaxed, and happy, then what is the point?

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Treat Your Home Like You Treat Yourself

If you really think about it, our home is the only place where we have complete control over all of the elements inside. Our homes can stay the same or they can constantly change. We move furniture, rethink the color of a room, move a trinket, rework and fix the space. Our homes are exactly like us. If we are messy, our homes reflect that. If we are happy, our homes are happy, too. Because of this, it is important to remember to treat your home like you treat yourself, or more specifically, how you treat the inside of your mind. Dust your space off, clear out the clutter, fill your home with flowers and plants to bring new life into the areas that need it, and open the windows to let the light in. Your home is important. For some, it is where you raise your children, where you create memories, and where you keep your family safe and warm. For others, it is where you work, where you let your creativity soar, where you lay your head at the end of a long day. It is where you take your shoes off and relax, it is where you grow. Your home evolves to support your growth and reflects the changes in your life, so take good care of it and give it the love it deserves.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Create The Culture You Desire

It pays to be conscious of your home’s culture because your home reflects your values. If you want to encourage reading in your home, fill your home with books. If you want to set the tone for a party or for a relaxing evening, play some music. Design the layout of your home to reflect the things that are important to you. Position your couches and chairs so people sitting on them can see each other’s faces if you want to create space for conversation. Open your space up if you want to entertain your friends and family. If you want your family to spend more time together, create space for work to be completed in communal areas.  You control the culture of your home through the choices you make while decorating your home.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Tell Your Story

Design and decorate your home with the personal items that make you happy. Don’t take your space too seriously. Your home doesn’t need to be cookie-cutter or fit the current trends to be beautiful. Instead, creating a home is all about mixing and matching furniture, artwork, and other elements based on color, texture, scale, and line. You have an eye for design that reflects your unique style. Trust it, train it, and follow it to create a cohesive look that reflects you. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you fill your home with as long as it tells your story.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

At CoCo Milano’s, we begin every custom design with your individual style and personality in mind. We begin with an on-site consultation to discuss your preferences, ideas, and needs. Our expert design team takes the time to get to know you and what you need. We take great pride in the fact that the finished product reflects your unique story and the culture you desire in your home. Contact CoCo Milano’s today to start designing the home of your dreams and a home that is warm, inviting, livable, and uniquely you.

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Beautiful Blooms and Custom Creations

This year, florals are all the rage. You can find them everywhere: in fashion, on phone cases and accessories, in artwork, and of course, in home decor. Whether you are hosting a huge 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. Take a look at the floral trends that we are loving this year:

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Gorgeous Greenery

Potted succulents continue to reign supreme in 2017 but this year we are also seeing simple arrangements featuring elegant greenery. Opting for budget-friendly foliage makes a beautiful statement when arranged in glass vases, or styled on your tablescape as a natural runner with low-lit candles.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Hanging Floral Installations

From giant wreaths to flower sconces to lush floral chandeliers, this trend encourages us to keep our eyes on the sky. Hanging arrangements are the perfect choice for a wedding or a dinner party. By hanging the arrangement above the table, you free up room on the table for more food while creating an unforgettable ambiance for your guests.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Let It Bloom

This year, floral arrangements are showcasing beautiful textures and containers with a less is more approach. A blooming plant in the center of your table is the perfect way to accent your tablescape without distracting from the rest of your decor. Try adding touches of moss, twigs, or succulents to add more interest to the base of your arrangement while still embracing the natural vibe that blooming plants creates in your space.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Color Combinations

Bright, bold blooms make a big statement in floral arrangements. This year, buttery yellows are gorgeous on their own or paired with very trendy blush toned florals. Red wine hues are also extremely popular for wedding bouquets and pair beautifully with a variety of color palettes.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Bright Whites

While bold colors paired with muted pink tones are hot right now, white flowers continue to rule. Classic white flower arrangements perfectly accent the very trendy grey decor we’ve seen in homes over the past few years. To mix this classic with a new trend, try mixing white blooms with lush greenery for a truly stunning look.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Heirloom Blooms

One of the most surprising trends of the year is the return to grace of flowers typically used as filler in traditional arrangements. Think baby’s breath, mums, and even carnations. These classics are making a huge comeback this year when paired with higher end flowers and beautiful greens.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Farm-To-Table Flowers

While farm-to-table food has taken the restaurant industry by storm in recent years, more and more people are now seeking out farm fresh flowers for their centerpieces, as well. Local varieties picked recently by farmers in the United States are more popular than ever and lend themselves to gorgeous, lush arrangements for your home.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

Tropical Bouquets

Exotic, colorful blooms are back this year in floral arrangements. Designs featuring orchids, caladiums, and bougainvillea will dazzle your dinner party guests and dress up your home decor.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

At CoCo Milano’s, our primary focus is creating one of a kind designs to fit your desires and that includes creating custom florals for any and all events in your life. We have everything from contemporary orchids and succulents to more traditional peonies and roses to the best faux florals on the market if you don’t have the time or the green thumb to keep an arrangement looking fresh. We will help you select the perfect pot or vase for your florals to match the decor of your home or your event. If you are feeling inspired by this year’s floral trends, stop by CoCo Milano’s today or give us a call to get your custom project started and bring your floral arrangement dreams to life!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Make An Entrance

Making a grand entrance is exciting at a party, but it is even more important when that entrance is the entryway to your home. Even if you prefer to come and go with less fanfare, your entryway serves a functional purpose and deserves your attention. Your entryway is the space in your home where you take off your shoes and set down your keys. Most importantly, it provides the first impression of your home to your guests and sets the tone for the rest of your space. Here are a few tips for decorating this high-impact space in your home:

 

HGTV

HGTV

Light The Way

To quickly change the vibe in your entryway, switch out your lighting for an elegant chandelier or pendant light. Overhead lighting brightens and transforms your space without creating additional clutter. For a cozier look, add a table lamp to your entryway to cast a low glow throughout the room. Choose a slim lamp for a slender console table to make sure the lamp doesn’t feel overwhelming in the space.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Mix And Match Decorative Layers

Creating a stunning entryway it is all about putting together furniture, decor, and lighting to charm your guests the moment they walk in the door. A console table is a classic piece in any entryway. It provides a place to drop your keys but it also provides a platform for your personal style. Layer mirrors, artwork, family photographs, gorgeous vases, and light fixtures to create intrigue in the space. Remember that items arranged in odd numbers (for example, three small vases or a stack of books, a sculpture, and a picture frame arranged closely together) are more appealing, memorable, and effective in your decor than even-numbered arrangements. As a guideline, varying heights and textures of your decor also adds to the intrigue of the space. Try a tall lamp, a fresh bouquet, and a stylish catch-all for the mail if you want your decor to be both practical and stylish in your entryway.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Wipe Your Feet

An easy yet effective upgrade is right at your feet. Swap your old welcome mat with a new, clean mat that matches the rest of your decor or try an antique rug for a more classic look. Changing out your welcome mat will instantly change the feel of your space and contribute to that wow factor you are looking for in your entryway.

 

HGTV

HGTV

Size Up And Scale Away

Large, oversized art is always in style in a wide open entryway. It provides a point of interest to start conversations the second a guest steps inside your home. For a more modern look, white walls provide a sleek backdrop for large, abstract art or stunning statement pieces of furniture. Large artwork is bold without the clutter and creates the perfect vignette upon entry into your home.

 

HGTV

HGTV

Lay The Foundation

Choose bright, bold colors in your entryway to make a statement about your style and create a warm welcome to your home. In a smaller space, try graphic patterned wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling to keep guests eyes moving around the room to the decorative points of interest you have created. Patterns can give the room a cozy, intimate feel and create visual interest throughout the space. 

 

Real Simple

Real Simple

Pull Up A Seat

Positioning a chair in your entryway is a simple way to make your guests feel at home. Benches and chairs are both practical – they provide a place for your guests to sit while taking off or putting on shoes. Accessorize your seating with throw pillows and plants to showcase your personal style.

 

HGTV

HGTV

Take A Moment For Reflection

A mirror creates the illusion of extra space in a small entryway and also catches the light from windows nearby to bring the sun into a darker hallway. Make sure that the mirror you choose is the proper size for the space. For example, if you have a smaller mirror on a larger wall, consider instead hanging a trio of mirrors to fill the space.

 

HGTV

HGTV

Whether your entryway is a formal foyer or a muted mudroom, following these simple tips will greet your guests with the ultimate wow factor from the moment they walk in the door. For help mixing and matching your decor, finding the perfect lighting, or creating a custom piece of furniture for your entryway to set the tone for the rest of your home, stop by CoCo Milano’s today to meet with our expert design team!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

How To Style A Buzzworthy Caffeination Station

At CoCo Milano’s, we love the whimsical elegance and potential for effortless entertaining of a fully stocked bar cart. However, for us, caffeine is king (after all, the day doesn’t truly start until we’ve had our first sip of java) and the coffee cart is the new bar cart in the home décor scene. Not only does a coffee cart streamline your morning routine by keeping everything you need for the perfect cup o’ joe in one place, it displays all of your caffeine gear in a trendy way. Here are a few tips to style the perfect coffee cart or station:

 

Elle Decor

Elle Décor

 

Of course, you can’t have a coffee station without first finding a cart or other space to store your java. If space is at a premium in your home, carve out a corner of your countertop for all of your coffee essentials. Use a tray on your counter to group the elements of your coffee station together and to decrease clutter.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

If you have a little more space in your kitchen, a cart offers the option of portability. At the end of a dinner party, you can move your coffee cart to your guests, allowing them to serve themselves as the party winds down. For added sophistication and a modern look, choose a gold or silver framed cart and add a touch of glamour to your space.

 

Creating With KLC

Creating With KLC

 

If you don’t plan to move your coffee station, a sideboard, dresser, or even a repurposed bookshelf offers the counter space and drawers or shelves necessary for extra storage. Make sure you have the right amount of storage for your coffee needs. Too much storage space and your cart may look bulky and out of place, but too little space and your cart will look cluttered and anything but chic. Assess how much storage you need before deciding on the right kind of coffee station for you.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

When it comes to stocking your coffee cart, you likely already have what you need. Most important, of course, is the coffee machine of your choice. Single serve coffee makers work perfectly or choose a french press for an extra chic look.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Mugs are the crucial vessels for your caffeine. Use your coffee cart or coffee station to display an artsy mug collection, mugs you have collected on your travels, matching mugs for every season, or even mugs you have decorated yourself.  Mugs can provide a pop of color to your space, or they can blend in with your decor for a more refined vibe. In addition to mugs, you will need printed napkins and coasters to set the tone for the space. Finally, store your coffee, tea, stirrers, syrup, sugar, and creamer in stylish containers that perfectly accessorize your cart.

 

Natalie Creates

Natalie Creates

 

Next, decide how to store your mugs in a chic yet functional way. We love the idea of hanging them from a shelf above your cart to create extra counter space and keep your cart looking clean and simple. If a shelf on the wall isn’t an option because you plan to move your cart around your home, designate a shelf on the cart itself for mug storage.

 

 

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

 

Think of your coffee cart as a vignette in your home. Function is important, but adding a fresh bouquet or plant to your cart brings your style out and adds a touch of whimsy to the design of your cart. Personalize the cart even further with original artwork, a chalkboard in a frame, or stunning photographs. Update your cart seasonally to fit your hosting needs. Add an ice bucket or pitcher for iced coffee or sweet tea in the summer and hot chocolate and marshmallows in the winter. To spice up a party, store Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, or your whiskey of choice on your cart to mix with coffee for the ideal after dinner cocktail. Make the cart your own and match it to the décor of the rest of your home for the marriage of functionality and style. 

 

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Finally, to really step up your caffeine game, wheel your coffee cart into your master bedroom or bathroom. Enjoy your master suite and your morning routine to the fullest by creating a private oasis that you never have to leave (at least not until you have finished your morning cup of coffee).

 

 

The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room

 

For help creating the perfect caffeination station, stop by CoCo Milano’s today to pick up accessories for your cart in our showroom or get style tips from our expert design team.

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

 

Turn Your Backyard Into An Outdoor Oasis

Your backyard is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or to host an outdoor celebration. If you are going to spend a significant amount of time relaxing in your backyard, you will want to make sure it is as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips to decorate your outdoor space like you would your interiors in order to turn your backyard into a dreamy oasis:

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

When designing a cohesive outdoor space, start by defining its function and thinking about how you plan to use your yard. If you plan to spend your summer dining al fresco, design your yard around a large outdoor dining table. If you plan to take long naps in the sun, make sure you carve out a space for a plush seating area. Depending on the space available, consider either planning the entire space around a single function or breaking the space up into separate areas.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Privacy is key when creating the perfect outdoor space. Making your space feel private and closed off from the rest of the world (or at least your neighborhood) will put you at ease and help you relax. Fences, lattices, pergolas, and garden walls are great ways to ensure privacy. If these structures aren’t an option for you, use tall plants or smaller privacy barriers covered in creeping vines to make your space feel secluded and lush at the same time.

 

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

 

In addition to providing privacy, foliage enhances the atmosphere of your yard. If you want your space to feel tropical, add exotic plants to your outdoor space to make your backyard feel like you have been transported to your favorite getaway spot.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Add drama to your outdoor space with a water feature such as a pond, small rock waterfall, or fountain. The sound of running water makes your yard feel more tranquil while simultaneously blocking out any unpleasant outside noise. Plus, a water feature enhances your decor and makes your backyard look unique.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Lighting is one of the easiest ways to cast an enchanting spell on your outdoor space. Lighting is both functional and beautiful and instantly boosts the feel of your yard. Plan your lighting based on how you plan to use your space. Highlight a secluded bench, stairs, or a path in your yard with solar accent lights or low-lit lamps. String beautiful bulbs over your seating area for a cozy space or choose a a stunning lighting fixture to hang in a covered outdoor area. You can’t go wrong with a little lighting to set the tone for your oasis.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

A fire pit is the ideal place to bring your friends and family together at the end of the night. Stay warm with fire tables that match the aesthetic of your outdoor space. From cool stone to beautiful metal sculptures, spectacular fire features are a great way to turn your backyard into a stunning, yet cozy locale.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

To truly upgrade the vibe in your yard, consider investing in outdoor speakers to set the mood in your space and transport you to the oasis of your dreams.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Add pops of visual interest to your yard with bold colors. Just as you would inside your home, bring color to your outdoor space through throw pillows and cushions. Blooming flowers are another way to naturally adorn your yard with color. For a polished look, focus on two or three colors and design your entire outdoor space with a uniform color scheme.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

Finally, don’t forget to create pockets of shade in your yard for those hot summer days outside. A chic umbrella that matches your color scheme is a great way to provide a touch of shade.

 

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

 

There are many small things you can do to instantly enhance the vibe in your yard. But, most importantly, your outdoor space should have a clear décor scheme and feel private and personal. For help designing your perfect outdoor oasis, call CoCo Milano’s today to set up a consultation with our design team and start relaxing outside in style.

 

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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