Valentine’s Day Gifts and Décor

Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, CoCo Milano’s has everything you need to express your affection for your Valentine or set the table for a romantic dinner.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Red Roses

Introduce drama to your Valentine’s Day table with the traditional Valentine’s Day flower: the rose. Raise the stakes of your décor by using lush pinks and reds throughout your table to complement your gorgeous rose centerpiece. Let CoCo Milano’s craft the perfect floral arrangement for your intimate dinner or lavish Valentine’s Day party so you can focus on the food and the celebration.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Creative Accessories

Unexpected elements bring interest to your Valentine’s Day décor and to your tablescape. Add a little whimsy to your table with heart-shaped table settings and red bowls to hold romantic desserts such as chocolate-covered strawberries. Metallic candle holders and candelabras create an easy, dramatic centerpiece that instantly changes the tone of your tablescape. Other small details such as velvet ribbon tied around a napkin or utensils make the table feel extra luxe.

Give The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Dress up a bottle of champagne for your Valentine or the host of a Valentine’s Day party with a dazzling silver bottle collar. Or, give your sweetie the Cork Pops Legacy Bottle Opener to keep the wine flowing on Valentine’s Day and every day after it with fast and easy cork removal.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Think Outside the Chocolate Box

Raise the bar on Valentine’s Day with these hand-painted wine glasses. These are perfect for your heart-themed tablescape or as a gift for your favorite Valentine or hostess.

Festive Paper Products

Use red disposable paper products to set the scene for a larger gathering this Valentine’s day. Bold reds and heartfelt styles capture the style of the season and refresh the romance in your home.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Make A Statement

Put your Valentine’s Day desserts on display with this uniquely beautiful cake stand and pour your wine into these fun and festive candy heart stemless wine glasses for a truly spectacular evening.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Glamorous Linens

Use this lush and lovely holiday as an excuse to pull your finest linens out of storage. Indulge in crisp, white linens and stunning china table settings that are too fancy for everyday use. Complement the striking white palette with pink peonies, roses, or other delicate blooms and keep the bubbly chilled for a night of celebration.

 

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Country Living

 

Cozy Up For A Night In

For an intimate, cozy night in, set the stage with a customized hot cocoa bar and drape blankets and pillows on your chairs to settle in for a cozy dinner to celebrate love this year.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Set the mood in your home for a romantic, whimsical, or cozy Valentine’s Day with decorations and gifts from CoCo Milano’s. Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to start planning your perfect Valentine’s Day celebration!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

Simplify Your Life and Home In 2018

The best way to usher in a new year is to simplify your life and your home. Start fresh by purging your space and freeing your home of clutter. Decluttering your home can be a massive undertaking and it can be difficult to know where to start. To make it more manageable, we put together a list of tips to help you succeed at decluttering your home and simplifying your life for the new year.

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

Start With The Aerial View

Assess all of the rooms in your home by walking through your home with a pen and paper. Write down all of the activities that take place in each room and the items associated with those activities. Then, give your space the listed purpose by removing any items that do not relate to each proposed activity. For rooms with several purposes, think of your room as a series of smaller spaces so it is clear where items should be returned after they are used or where they belong if you stumble upon an item in a room where it doesn’t belong. This strategy lays the foundation for long-term decluttering. By looking at your home from an aerial view, you will be able to see how certain activities and their supplies are strewn unnecessarily around the house and you will be able to tackle your clutter in a productive way with your priorities and a usable organizational plan in place.

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

The Entryway

Establish drop spots for items that tend to create clutter in an entryway. The key here, and with decluttering in general, is to make sure that everything in your space has a very clear home. Use key hooks at your front entryway to keep from misplacing your keys, a change jar to clear your pockets, a sunglasses tray, and an umbrella holder. A boot tray at the front door also creates boundaries for footwear. Finally, create a system to work through your mail and magazines. We suggest using a visible tray to encourage you to get to your mail quickly. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t file it (important documents or bills) or frame it (kid’s artwork or a heartfelt note) then you should toss it. Toss junk mail right away to immediately cut down on clutter in your entryway and file important documents or take note of upcoming events as soon as possible to keep mail and papers from building up in your space.

 

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Martha Stewart Living

 

The Closet

Between gifts and holiday sale purchases, our closets are often stuffed to the gills by the new year. Take the time to shop your closet again for the first time. Try on all of the items in your closet and if the item is not one you would buy again, donate it. Remove all old, worn-out items, pieces that no longer fit, or anything that doesn’t fit the current fashion trends or your current lifestyle. Give items in good condition to a local non-profit charity or sell items at a consignment shop. To keep balance in your closet, every time you bring a new item home, aim to give an item you won’t wear away. For added order in your closet, hang all of your clothes so they face the same direction. Arrange like items together so you can easily take inventory of what you have and what you need in your closet. Finally, prevent the dreaded clothing pile on your bedroom chair by placing a basket next to the chair. When you feel inclined to throw a clothing item on the chair, place it in the basket instead so it lands out of sight until you have time to sort through the basket.

 

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

The Bathroom

Discard unopened or barely used travel-sized toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or shaving cream that you haven’t used in over a year. Any unopened items are often welcome donation items at homeless or women’s shelters. Store bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths at eye level on a shelf or in the linen closet so they are easy to reach when needed. Roll your towels and stow them in baskets to prevent stacks of towels from toppling and creating more clutter in the bathroom.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

The Kitchen

Store food items you buy in excess in labeled bins in your pantry to keep the space organized. This will also make it easier for you to find ingredients for new recipes and will prevent overbuying when you can’t remember if you have an ingredient hidden in the back of your pantry or not. In the kitchen itself, think of your countertops as prime real estate. Only appliances you use every single day should live on your countertops to prevent unnecessary clutter. Everything else can be stashed in the pantry, cabinets, or a nearby closet.

 

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

The Living Room

Clearing out toy bins after the holidays is much less painful for kids when they have new gifts to play with. Use this to your advantage this month and go through toy bins to let go of toys that were impulse buys, have missing or broken parts, or that your child has outgrown. Use clear bins to store toys so kids can see what goes in which bin, or, for a look that blends in with a carefully decorated room, use stylish baskets that match your decor. Keep bins small so that they don’t become a dumping ground. Organizing by type of toy creates an organized system that your kids can keep up throughout the year. When it comes to your junk drawer in your home, use divided inserts to compartmentalize the drawer and keep it from becoming a black hole for your batteries, office supplies, or any other odds and ends that need a home.

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

The Bookshelf

Take this opportunity after the holidays to get your bookshelves under control if you added any new books over the last month. Corral books on your “to-be-read” list on a single shelf for easier access and give away or sell books your have read and don’t love. Consider your cookbooks and take note if you are keeping any books for a single recipe. If that is the case, photocopy the recipe and file it for later use. Then, donate or sell the cookbook.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home in the new year is to clear it of clutter. For help evaluating each room in your home and organizing your space in a way that simplifies your life and creates the beautiful space you’ve always dreamed of, stop by CoCo Milano’s to meet with our design team and take the first step into a clutter-free 2018.

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

Design Resolutions for the New Year

With the new year underway and last year’s design trends behind us, we are finally setting goals for self-improvement and home-improvement in 2018. Here are our design-centric resolutions for the new year:

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Resolution #1: Start Some Drama

We have been living in a world of neutral hues and straight lines in 2017. And while monochromatic spaces will always have a place in contemporary design, in the new year, we have resolved to add some drama to our homes through bold colors and unique patterns. It is easy to shy away from color because when it is used incorrectly, the results can be disastrous. However, with the CoCo Milano’s design team on your side, we will help you add splashes of color to your home through innovative and eclectic accessories or perfectly planned paint. Adding color is an easy way to modernize your home and add some healthy drama to your life in 2018.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Resolution #2: Explore Your World

In our experience, the most enticing, inviting homes are those with carefully curated memories. This year, look for unexpected statement pieces and accessories in your travels to add character to your home. Or, if travel is out of the question for the year, search local shops for artisan and antique pieces to add to your home. These memory-filled items can become the inspiration for a living room or bedroom redesign in the new year.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Resolution #3: Slow Down

The end of the year is always a hectic blur. So, in 2018, take the time to slow down and enjoy your home. Sparse décor is out in 2018 and luxuriously cozy updates are in. Plush throw pillows or a velvet sofa will entice you to snuggle up by the fire with a good book. Splurge on silky bedding or add soft accent chairs to the kitchen or dining room to sit down and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with family. Take the time in the new year to make updates to your space so your time at home will be relaxing throughout the rest of the year.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Resolution #4: Streamline Your Life

Every year, we collect items in our home. Some of the items are one-of-a-kind pieces that add to our space, but most of the items are duplicates or other unintended purchases that add to the mountain of clutter in our homes. This year, our resolution is to streamline our homes and our lives. We recommend going from room to room and making the choice to throw or donate any item that you don’t need, won’t use, or forgot you even owned in the first place. Toss the broken, outdated pieces and make room for the accent pieces in your home that truly excite you. You will be much happier in 2018 once you have made the conscious choice to love and appreciate every item in your home.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Resolution #5: Tell a Story

In 2018, design with a narrative in mind. Every piece of art, vase, or textile tells a story. As designers and homeowners, we have the ability to set the scene in a room and bring the character of a home to life. By keeping the stories of every piece in a room in mind, we will embrace an original design process and a richer outcome in our updated homes in the new year.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Resolution #6: Take Big Risks

This year, push the envelope and take the design risk that you have always secretly loved. While you may love an accent wall with geometric wallpaper, a brightly colored sofa, or even matte black kitchen cabinets, you likely admired these design trends from afar, never considering implementing them in your own home. In 2018, stop holding back and start making your design dreams come true. Be brave and break away from the norm. Indulge in your instincts and make your home a reflection of you.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

To make your design resolutions a reality in 2018, stop by CoCo Milano’s or give us a call to schedule your consultation with our design team today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

The Best and Worst Design Trends of 2017

2017 will forever be the year of millennial pink in interior design. However, there were plenty of other tends that made their way into and out of our lives over the last year. Which are the worst offenders that we hope will see their way out in 2018? Join us as we take a look at some of the best and worst design trends of 2017.

 

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Houzz

 

Our Favorite Trends of 2017:

 

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Houzz

 

Warm, Bold Colors

The beginning of 2017 flooded our interiors with cool whites and stark, extreme styles. But, at the end of 2017, warm tones such as yellows, oranges, reds, and corals entered the interior design scene. In addition to these cozy colors, textures became ultra-popular over flat, matte paints. After playing it cool with neutrals, we are loving the bold colors and warm vibes 2018 has in store.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Artisan Furnishings

The trend of one-of-a-kind pieces has taken over the design industry. From gorgeous furniture, to luxurious custom curtains, to handmade light fixtures, artisan pieces that speak to you and your unique home took interiors to the next level in 2017 and we are sure that this trend will stick around long past 2018.

 

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Houzz

 

Minimal Décor

This year, designers embraced a more minimalistic look within every kind of style. From modern homes, to shabby chic, to farmhouse style, as life gets crazier and busier, we have started to crave a simple, streamlined look in our homes of all decorative styles.

 

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Houzz

 

Brass Hardware

Upgrade your cabinets or light fixtures with trendy brass hardware in the kitchen, bathroom, or throughout the rest of your home. Brass is very warm and adds a bit of glam to any space. This easy upgrade will instantly make your home feel more custom.

 

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Houzz

 

Velvet Accents

The look of velvet was a huge trend in 2017 and while we can’t promise that it will stick around for years to come, we are sure that it will continue to cast its spell over interiors in 2018. If you aren’t ready to swap out your leather couch for a velvet sofa, you can still embrace this trend in 2018 by introducing a velvet throw pillow or blanket to your décor.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Two-Toned Cabinets

Color started coming back to the kitchen in 2017. One of the colorful trends we loved most in 2017 focused on cabinets. Painting the lower cabinets a darker color than the upper cabinets keeps the space feeling open but effectively warms up the kitchen. And a kitchen should be warm – after all, it is the gathering place of your home. Expect this trend to grow in 2018.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Geometric Shapes

2017 saw the resurgence of geometric patterns in interiors, especially in wallpaper. These shapes add a contemporary, polished vibe to any space in your home. Try it out in a bathroom or laundry room first, or stick to geometric shapes on curtains before embracing the look throughout your home in 2018.

 

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Houzz

 

Lovely Florals

We loved the renaissance of feminine, big florals in 2017. This casual, boho trend quickly caught fire and this combination of boho vibes and feminine details will create a warm, inviting environment in any room in 2018.

 

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HGTV

 

Trends We Won’t Miss In 2018:

 

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Houzz

 

Rose Gold

With the comeback of brass hardware, rose gold is finally on its way out after reigning supreme for many years. In 2017, rose gold was everywhere, from your dishware to your clothing to your iPhone. As a result, it no longer feels special. In 2018, designers are adopting a mixed metal palette and more muted colors when it comes to accent pieces.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Open Shelving

While open shelving looks stunning in carefully designed pictures, it doesn’t hold up in day-to-day life. For most of us, the space in our cupboards is precious so stacking decorative items up on open shelving creates a cluttered look. To pull this trend off, get the experts involved. CoCo Milano’s design team can help strike the balance of visually appealing and functional shelving all at once.

 

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Houzz

 

Chevron Prints

While geometric prints are in, chevron, a simple zigzag pattern that incorporates two colors, is finally out in 2018. This pattern has been inescapable for several years and while it can be adorable in children’s spaces, it doesn’t hold up quite as well in adult living spaces. If you aren’t ready to let go of your chevron curtains and lampshades in 2018, try using more ornate versions of the pattern, such as herringbone, to upgrade this trend for the new year.

 

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Houzz

 

Green Chairs

Green accent pieces were all the rage in 2017, but, like many ultra-popular trends, it quickly became oversaturated. Use this fun, bold trend sparingly in 2018 to keep it exciting.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Tropical Prints

2017 was the year of the flamingo, the pineapple, and the philodendron leaf. While this whimsical, exotic trend made us feel like we were on a permanent vacation for most of 2017, it quickly fizzled out by the end of the year. These loud patterns are perfect for warmer seasons, but unless you live in a tropical locale, this trend starts to feel out of place once summer has passed.

 

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Houzz

 

White On White

The all-white look has dominated the design world for the past few years, but luckily, times are changing. Yes, crisp, white bedding is a beautiful idea, but in the real world, kids, pets, and red wine pose a serious threat to your gorgeous décor. In 2018, designers are embracing rich shades of brown, black, and dark green. A single black wall in your space adds a level of sophistication and earthy tones make for elegant accents.

 

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Houzz

 

Pastel Everything

With interior colors trending toward the bold in 2018, full rooms of pastel colors are out. And while we love the occasional touch of millennial pink or robin’s egg blue, an entire room starts to feel like the Easter Bunny lives there. We look forward to balanced colors and bold décor in 2018.

 

Houzz

Houzz

 

To start updating your space for 2018, or to find or create custom furnishings, artwork, window dressings, and handmade light fixtures, give us a call or stop by CoCo Milano’s to meet with our expert design team today!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Tablescape

From an intimate holiday dinner to a rowdy family gathering, from ultra-modern decor to traditional table settings, entertain your family and friends in style this Christmas with our favorite ideas to make your holiday table sparkle. These dazzling tablescapes are fancy, fun and of course, festive:

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Red is a traditional color choice for a festive table that is always in style. Red packs a huge punch and will have your guests instantly reminiscing about holidays past. For an understated look, stick to a single-color floral arrangement at the center of your table with roses, tulips, or carnations, or choose no-fuss poinsettias. Accent your centerpiece with holly jolly sprigs of red berries, green garlands, and frosted pinecones.

 

 

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Good Housekeeping

 

Dreaming Of A White Christmas

Use white china on gorgeous white linens with silver or gold tableware to create a winter wonderland at your holiday table. Create an upscale tablescape with sparkling crystal glassware and tall white pillar candles to set the mood with twinkling candlelight. Delicate white blooms such as hydrangeas, roses, gladiolus, or chrysanthemums create a stunning centerpiece for your white dinner table. For a touch of whimsy, use tiny gingerbread houses to hold place cards and delight all of your guests, both young and old.

 

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Silver Bells

Create a chic silver centerpiece with a silver holiday serving dish filled with greenery, such as sprays of eucalyptus branches, and glass ornaments. Drape cordless starry string lights among the sparkling ornaments to add a seasonal highlight and create a unique, warm ambiance for your holiday dinner.

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

O Christmas Tree

Use greenery along the center of your table for a burst of holiday rustic charm. Use evergreen branches in a galvanized bucket with wooden beaded garlands for a simple centerpiece that will get your guests in the spirit. Or, for more sparkle, choose a mercury glass or crystal vase to hold your christmas tree greenery.

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Deck The Halls

Use your gorgeous Christmas ornaments to decorate more than your tree this year. Scatter ornaments on your table to mirror your decor and the color choices you have made throughout the rest of your room or home. Use bold colors such as blue, green, and gold for a twist on the traditional red and green holiday table of years past. These sparkling colors are sure to wow your guests.

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

Jingle Bell Rock

Have some fun with your place settings this year by using large gold jingle bells to hold each place card. Wrapped faux gift boxes in your color scheme fill an empty dinner plate and a single ornament adds a festive twinkle to each plate. Or, go for a simple look with a sprig of holly, rosemary, or holiday berries on top of a starched linen.

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

Blue Christmas

Use robin’s egg blue, white, and silver to create a frosted winter wonderland in your dining room. Glittered ornaments, white stockings, icy candles, snowflake accents or linens, and frosted pinecones complete the look.

 

 

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HGTV

 

All I Want For Christmas

All anyone wants for Christmas is a little bit of gold. And nothing says elegance on your Christmas table like glamorous gold tones throughout your tablescape. Pair gold and deep burgundy for a striking display that looks both traditional and extravagant. A decorated garland centerpiece with berry sprigs adds holiday flair. For added intrigue and to create more space on your table for food, try hanging the garland, gold shimmering tinsel, red beads, and red and gold ornaments from the chandelier above your table.

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Nothing says home like a simple, chic table design. Subtle seasonal touches like sprigs of holly, garland wreaths hung on the wall, door, or sideboard near your table, and mini poinsettias give your tablescape a touch of quiet sophistication for a delicious dinner. Use a neutral table runner for added simplicity to achieve a gorgeous, understated holiday look.

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Stop by CoCo Milano’s on Saturday, December 23rd for 25% off holiday decorations to finish designing your holiday tablescape just in time for Christmas dinner. Exclusions will apply such as Sid Dickens and Vietri Christmas items. Set the tone for the best holiday dinner yet with effortless elegance and fun and festive tablescapes with help from CoCo Milano’s!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Our Favorite Christmas Design Tips

When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, it is easy to go overboard. However, no matter how stunning your holiday décor items are, if they compete with your room instead of complementing it, that beautiful effect will be lost. Here are our favorite tips for keeping your holiday décor festive and elegant at the same time:

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Keep It Simple

Never underestimate the power of lush greenery with dainty accents. Drape pine, spruce, and juniper on your mantel and your banister, or use wreaths made of evergreen and bay leaves for a simple, but elegant holiday look. Nestle mercury candle votives among the greenery for a shimmering glow and accent with pinecones or winterberries. Or, dangle ornaments or other baubles from your garland for added shine.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Work In Layers

Use decorative objects of varying heights to add interest to your holiday décor. Start with a large, tall object on your table or mantle and build around it.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Think Outside The Box

Use unexpected colors for traditional décor with a twist. Instead of green and red decorations, use mixed metals for added holiday sparkle and other decorative accents like dipped pinecones, candle holders, clusters of ornaments, and gorgeous ribbon in gold and silver. Neutral hues, such as white or taupe, create a wintery vibe without distracting from your home décor and act as the perfect backdrop for a few statement pieces in your holiday home.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Make A Merry Bar Cart

Dress up a bar cart or a hot cocoa station in your home with all the essential items you will need. Start with spirits and mixers, or cocoa, marshmallows, and candy canes. Then add decorative glassware or mugs to keep with the holiday theme. Finally, accessorize with greenery and dazzling string lights for a festive and functional design element.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Mix In Tradition

Traditional elements such as poinsettias, cinnamon, and candy canes will always be in style for the Christmas season. Add these elements into your décor in unexpected ways as place settings on your holiday table or even displayed in glass vases on your mantel next to a mix of ivory, cranberry red, and forest green candlesticks.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Look Up

Hang greenery or even ornaments from you chandelier to create a stunning, unique tablescape while freeing up the table for place settings and your delicious Christmas meal.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Deck The Shelves

Use your bookshelves as an opportunity to add to your holiday décor without taking up too much space in your home. Tabletop trees, festive bowls filled with pinecones, citrus or pomegranate fruit, glass ornaments, or holiday ribbon add additional flair to your space without being overbearing.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Cozy Counts

Faux fur or quilted throws are always a welcome addition to the home in the winter season. Keep throws on hand for guests to cozy up after a meal or to settle into the couch to watch your favorite holiday movie. Pairing varying materials through throw blankets, pillows, rugs, and furniture adds warmth to the look of your space.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Transform your home into a festive gathering place this season with these simple tips. For elegant holiday décor and additional tips from our expert design team, stop by CoCo Milano’s today! Don’t forget to enter your name into our in-store holiday raffle for the chance to win a Sid Dickens Memory Block just in time for Christmas!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

‘Tis the season to celebrate, decorate, and coordinate hosting and attending a seemingly never-ending list of holiday parties. Everyone knows that hosting any event during the holiday season can take your stress level from 0 to 60 in no time at all. But this year, you can relax. At CoCo Milano’s, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite tips to make this season of holiday hosting as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests:

 

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Food Network

 

Dinner or Cocktails?

First, decide if you want your party to be a formal sit-down dinner with a small group of friends or a more casual cocktail party. Once you’ve decided what kind of party you want, start making the guest list and send out the invitations. We suggest sending invitations out at least two to three weeks before your event to allow your guests time to plan their evening commitments in advance during this busy holiday season.

 

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

Make Your Game Plan

Once you’ve decided on the guest list, it is time to start sketching out the details. We suggest making a list with a timeline of when tasks need to be completed before your party. To prevent last-minute scrambling, handwrite dish names on slips of paper and set them on serving platters you plan to use for each dish. Pull out serving utensils and set your table in advance, as well. These small tricks will prevent unnecessary chaos as you pull dishes off the stove or out of the oven on the day of the party. Keep in mind that the hour prior to the party should be reserved for last-minute details like reheating appetizers, lighting candles, and filling the ice bucket at your bar. Major cooking and cleaning should be completed earlier in the day or week leading up to your party. Trust us, this will make you much calmer when your guests start to arrive and there is nothing better than greeting your guests as a happy, relaxed, and gracious host. Planning ahead ensures that you are in your element and ready to celebrate with your friends and family.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Decide On Decor

When it comes to decorations, keep it simple. It is easy to go overboard as a holiday host, stringing lights all over your home in the hopes that your guests will be wowed by your decor. However, understated decorations for your party will look classically gorgeous and will keep you relaxed. Save space for food on your table by displaying low arrangements of monochromatic blooms in lieu of a large centerpiece. Or, use simple poinsettias embellished with gold ribbon for added sparkle and shimmer to create a festive atmosphere without the fuss. Fill empty spaces on your table with seasonal greenery or fresh cranberries in jars or votives with springs of rosemary for added pops of color. Remember, the delicious smell of your holiday dinner will add ample ambience to your holiday home and your guests will enjoy your stress-free company at your party far more than they will notice a perfectly curated, magazine-worthy space.

 

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

Stock The Bar

Set up a self-serve cocktail bar with pre-cut garnishes, liquor, and cocktail recipes so your guests can help themselves to drinks. This will free you up to mingle with your friends and family rather than fix drinks all night. Chilled bubbly is always an easy, festive choice. If you want to start the night off with a pre-made drink, you might consider a sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco topped with cranberry juice, simple syrup, Grand Marnier, and a sprig of rosemary. Another easy alternative to bartending the night away is to set out non-alcoholic punch with a variety to spirits to allow your guests to spike their punch any way they see fit. If you have your heart set on mixing individual cocktails for your guests, consider asking a friend to be the mixologist all night or simply ask them to refill drinks to take the burden off of you while you greet guests or prepare dinner.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Plan The Menu

If you are famous for a recipe or dish, this is the time to make it. This will take pressure off of you because you are familiar with the dish and you know it will be a hit with your guests. Of course, there is nothing wrong with trying a new recipe for your party, but we suggest giving it a trial run before the big day so you know it will turn out the way you want it to before serving it to a crowd. To make the night even easier on you, pick dishes that get better over time or that can be served at room temperature. Think lasagnas, quiches and tarts, and even long braises. If you are planning for a lot of company, a buffet-style dinner might be your best option. Buffets are an efficient way to serve a large number of people. Put your food and drinks on opposite sides of your buffet table to avoid bottlenecks and keep your guests moving as they pile up their plates before dinner.

 

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Prep Ahead Of Time

Make as much food ahead of the party as possible. Choose appetizers that will welcome your guests and allow them to nibble before dinner is served, but be careful not to fill your guests up on appetizers. Make things easy on yourself by choosing a show-stopping cheese, like a beautiful baked brie, fancy bread, or colorful crudités with a simple but delicious dip to greet your guests at the beginning of your party. If you choose simple appetizers and prep your food in advance, you will feel organized and relaxed on the day of the party and you will be better able to mingle with your guests.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Add A Personal Touch

Take the time to wow your guests with personal additions to your holiday celebration such as handwritten place cards, or small party favors like homemade spiced pecans in decorated mason jars. Or, embrace a new signature tradition like a special signature holiday drink or appetizer at your holiday party this year. The holidays are all about traditions so starting a new one that your guests can be a part of will make this year, and all future holiday parties in your home, extra special.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Don’t Forget The Christmas Tunes

At CoCo Milano’s, we love all things holidays, and that includes Christmas music. However, an entire night of holiday tunes can get to be a bit much for you and your guests. We suggest creating a holiday playlist filled with some of your favorite classic Christmas tunes mixed in with smooth jazz or R&B favorites to help set the mood without going overboard.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Nail The Final Details

Before your guests arrive on the day of your holiday party, arrange dessert plates, coffee cups, and silverware on a side table so you don’t have to fuss with it when dinner is finished. Add coffee and fresh water to your coffee machine so you can simply flip the switch as you clear dinner plates. Finally, don’t rush to the finish. Nothing signals the end of a party like the host quickly clearing dishes. Instead, drop plates and silverware in the sink and allow them to soak in hot, soapy water until the end of the party. Enjoy the last moments of your party with your guests and put the food away after everyone leaves. After all your planning, cooking, and celebrating, you deserve a few moments of relaxation to soak up the holiday cheer with your guests.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to pick up all the decorations you need to throw the holiday party of the season or meet with our design team to help you plan the details of your day to perfection and take the stress out of this season of holiday hosting!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

 

Sid Dickens Memory Block Holiday Raffle

Calling all Sid Dickens fans! At CoCo Milano’s, we are getting in the holiday spirit. So, to spread our holiday cheer and show our appreciation for our clients this holiday season, we will be doing a special in-store raffle to give away Sid Dickens Memory Blocks to three lucky winners! Enter the raffle before we name the winners on December 22nd, just in time for Christmas!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Sid Dickens’ Memory Blocks are affordable pieces of art that look great alone and even better in a collection. Each decorative 6″ x 8″ Memory Block holds a special meaning to inspire memories and connections in your home. The Memory Blocks are made individually from hand-poured plaster. They are then hand painted and stained. Every year, Sid Dickens retires Memory Blocks that no longer fit in the larger collection. When these blocks are retired, they instantly gain value and collectibility. Because Sid Dickens is constantly retiring Memory Blocks and introducing new collections, every single Memory Block is a special collector’s item. Plus, they make great gifts just in time for the holidays!

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

Sid Dickens’ Memory Blocks have been at the forefront of contemporary decorative design since the early 1990s due to their unique, timeless beauty with the power to transform any environment. Sid Dickens finds inspiration for new collections from his travels and research around the world. Each Memory Block reflects iconic imagery from the past, historical moments, or whimsical motifs. Sid Dickens’ Memory Blocks are recognized worldwide by fans just like you and celebrity collectors such as Sir Elton John, Liv Tyler, Dolce & Gabanna, Bono, Sting, Hilary Duff, and Phil Collins.

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

Take a look at the latest Sid Dickens collections available at CoCo Milano’s:

 

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

 

The Voyage Collection aims to show the value of exploration and new experiences. Whether it be by sea or air, the world is more accessible than it has ever been before. We are the creators of our own pathways in life and it is our human spirit that connects us. The growing global mosaic is an opportunity to recognize the beauty in our differences. The Voyage Collection celebrates the belief that our world is to be shared and unified as one.

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

This season’s Holiday Collection symbolizes a spiritual affinity and affection for celebrating Christmas. These Memory Blocks add color and vitality to a joyful collection that is traditional and inspired in spirit. The Holiday Collection retired on December 1st, 2017 so stop in to add these Memory Blocks to your collection before they are gone!

 

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

 

Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to see Sid Dickens’ Memory Blocks in person and enter your name into our in-store raffle for a chance to be one of three lucky winners to take home a Sid Dickens Memory Block for the holidays!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

 

 

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Don’t go to your holiday soiree empty handed! Stop by CoCo Milano’s to pick up a unique, thoughtful hostess gift and guarantee yourself an invite back next year. Or, stock up on one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers, holiday gifts, and decorations for yourself and all of your loved ones. At CoCo Milano’s, we have everything you need to make this a holiday season to remember. Here are a few of our favorite go-to gifts:

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Sid Dickens Holiday Collection

This holiday season, add four new Sid Dickens Memory Blocks to your collection or gift them to your favorite Sid Dickens collector. This holiday collection symbolizes a spiritual affinity and affection for celebrating Christmas. These Memory Blocks add color and vitality to a joyful collection that is traditional and inspired in spirit.

 

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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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T-432

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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

T-433
Icon

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

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T-434

T-434
Christmas Joy

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

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Sugar Rush

Stock up on Chocolate and Caramel Candy Covered Holiday Pretzels and give the gift of sweet treats this season! These Holiday Pretzels come in three different varieties of candy coatings: Butterfinger, Toffee, and Oreo. They retail for $3.95 each and make the perfect stocking stuffer or last minute hostess gift!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Snowflakes and Signature Scents 

These peppermint striped decorative candles look and smell great in any holiday home. Give your host the gift of a signature scent to get him or her in the holiday spirit.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Celebrate With Cocktails

These gorgeous Jan Barboglio shot glasses are fun and festive gifts that keep giving all year long. These handcrafted glasses are inspired by the rich history and romance of old Mexico. Pair these unique glasses with a mercury glass vase, a stunning serving tray, or an adorable silver cheese wedge with mice picks for a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or holiday surprise your friends and family won’t forget!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Reindeer and Reed Diffusers

These Archipelago Botanicals reed diffusers are a blend of holiday pine, bayberry, and clove that will make your entire home smell seasonally delicious. A mercury glass vase makes this gift both functional and fashionable.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Poinsettia Place Settings

Set your holiday table with help from CoCo Milano’s! These poinsettia bowls and beautiful plates look perfect on any table and a silver and pearl bottle collar adds sparkle to any place setting.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Winter Wines

Wine or champagne is always the perfect choice for a gracious gift. Dress it up with these dazzling silver bottle collars!

 

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CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Pine Trees and Painted Glasses

Raise the bar this season with these hand-painted wine and champagne glasses. These are perfect for a winter-themed tablescape, wine around the fire on Christmas Eve, or a Grinchy holiday celebration!

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

These adorable doves look incredible on a bookshelf, a table, a windowsill, or nestled among a holiday garland.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Christmas Cookies and Cocktail Napkins

Bring these festive cocktail napkins, winter candle holders, woodsy ornaments, and Santa plates to your next holiday soiree to win over the heart of your host or hostess. These holiday accents make the perfect gift for friends both old and new.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

If your holiday season is anything like ours, you will be spending the next month running from party to party, celebrating the season in style. Take the stress out of the season by stocking up on lovely and festive hostess gifts at CoCo Milano’s. Let our expert design team help you find one-of-a-kind trinkets, candles, glassware, and sweet treats to stuff the stockings of your loved ones and show your gratitude for an unforgettable day or night of holiday celebration!

 

Cheers!

Denise, Cathi

& the CoCo Milano’s design team!

Give Thanks For Tablescapes

Whether your taste in tablescapes is subdued or extravagant, traditional or modern, it is an undeniable fact that a beautiful presentation makes any meal extra flavorful. Thanksgiving dinner should be no exception. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to make your table the talk of Thanksgiving meals for years to come:

 

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Festive Fall Florals

 

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Elle Decor

 

Give a floral centerpiece a touch of Thanksgiving flair by adding mini pumpkins and berries to a stunning arrangement of yellow, orange, and red flowers. However, if traditional Thanksgiving colors aren’t your style, switch things up with flowers in colors that match your dining room decor or your personal taste. Softer, cooler hues like the pale greens, grays, and whites found in ultra-trendy heirloom pumpkins introduce a fresh look to your Thanksgiving table. Alternatively, purple cabbage rosettes add a layer of dark sophistication and gorgeous texture to your tablescape.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

Simple and Subdued

 

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Sometimes less is more when it comes to your Thanksgiving table. Let the food be the star of the show with neutral candles and subtle fall elements such as pinecones and nuts scattered over the table for a look that is understated, yet elegant. Alternatively, try a single color or flower for a polished arrangement at the center of your table.

 

CoCo Milano's

CoCo Milano’s

 

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Embrace the Harvest

 

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HGTV

 

Use a mix of natural elements to easily and elegantly decorate your Thanksgiving table. Use a pear or an artichoke as a simple yet thematic place card holder. Skip the flowers and stack pumpkins in varying shades and sizes to create a simple focal point with a rustic Thanksgiving topiary. Add texture and color to the centerpiece around the base with fresh greenery such as magnolia leaves or evergreen branches.

 

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Or, invoke the harvest season and earth’s bounties with an arrangement of grains tied with a satin bow and a metallic centerpiece filled with cotton stems, or for a more traditional look, hydrangeas.

 

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Martha Stewart Living

 

Layered Elements

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

For added interest on your Thanksgiving table, layer plates in different finishes, textures, and colors. Start with an elegant charger, followed by a dinner plate, a small glitzy bread or dessert plate, and top with a folded cloth napkin or place card. Introduce more color into your table with unexpected, bold linens instead of the typical white or ivory table runner and napkins.

 

 

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HGTV

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Stunning Symmetry

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

For an extra-long dining table, a single centerpiece may feel too sparse. To fill out the table, line the center with several small arrangements. Position the small arrangements symmetrically for a balanced look. Or, run the length of the table with a single long arrangement such as a lush, green garland interspersed with gold accents and tall white candles for a whimsical glow.

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Pastel Palette

 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

For a look of relaxed elegance, stick to a brass and pastel color scheme and accent your table with heirloom pumpkins and a bay leaf garland. Choosing a color scheme, whether it is traditional or modern, is a helpful starting place for creating the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape.

 

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HGTV

 

A Lasting Impression

 

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HGTV

 

Stick to faux greenery, succulents, and mini pumpkins for a centerpiece that will last for many Thanksgivings to come. Pinecones, dried grasses, and cotton stems perfectly exemplify the bounty of the holiday and look stunning on your table, plus, they take the stress out of creating the perfect tablescape for future Thanksgivings.

 

Pretty Place Cards

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Place cards don’t need to be extravagant to leave a lasting impression on your guests. Little tricks, like hand-written cards and unexpected colors, add to a memorable holiday meal. Try fresh rosemary wreaths or mini pumpkins for place cards that look beautiful and make the whole dining room smell delicious.

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Stop by CoCo Milano’s today to start crafting the perfect floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving celebration. Our expert design team will help you pick a look that fits your home and your planned meal. Get ready to give thanks 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.

Reach Out To Us!

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

CoCo Milano's Design Center

2837 North Power Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85215

Phone: (480) 830-2626
Email: info@cocomilanos.com
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