Red, White, and Barbecue!

Invite your friends and family over, fire up the grill, and get the pool ready!

This weekend marks a few different reasons to celebrate; Graduations, Memorial Day and the “unofficial” beginning of Summer.

If you are entertaining this weekend, here are a few tips to help you set the stage and entertain your guests with a patriotic theme….

 
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A center piece mixed with red, white a blue flowers are a nod to the American Flag, while the mixture of long grass is reminiscent of a warm summer day.

 

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Start with a blue and white table runner or table cloth in a classic motif. Begin to layer your tableware. A nice way to introduce texture to your table is to incorporate woven plate chargers. They add a feeling of warmth and are a great way to convey the Americana vibe. Use decorative, unbreakable, polycarbonate cups and pitchers to add charm and durability. (TIP: Not everything has to be the American Flag pattern. Replicate the patriotic theme by incorporating the colors or shapes instead!)

 

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Add a fun twist to your theme by using a small bunch of faux cherries as napkin ring holders. Display cherries in a bowl, in a centerpiece, or printed on cockatil napkins to add a bit of whimsy to your festivity.

 

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Let guests take something home to remember the occasion. If you are celebrating a graduation, include a Thank You note to your guests for attending rolled up in the shape of a diploma. Or give each guest a miniature American Flag that they can take with them and display in a planted pot for the weekend or when the occasion should arise.

Still not sure how to decorate for your festivities this weekend? Come into CoCo Milano’s and our staff will be happy to help you put together that last minute centerpiece or find that unique graduation or teachers gift!

 

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Create Your Art Gallery Wall

 

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Collect

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Gather a collection of photographs you would like to frame. Or gather a collection of frames you would like to display.

If you have a mixed match collection of frames, create cohesiveness by keeping them all the same color.

If you would prefer to keep the frames in varying colors, unify the collection by keeping all the pictures black and white or sepia tone.

 


 

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Arrange and Center

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Arrange your pieces on the floor to create a composition.

Start by placing your largest piece in the center, then moving it slightly off center to the left or the right, arrange other pieces of artwork around it either vertically or horizontally.

Leave at least 3 inches of space in between the pictures.

 

 

 

 


 

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Create and Place Templates

 

 

Using newspaper or butcher’s paper, trace and cut out each frame in your gallery.

Be sure to mark the locations where the pictures will hang.

Label the templates so you know which template matches a particular frame.

Using painters tape. Arrange your templates on the wall. Hammer nails into the template where marked.

 

 

 


 

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Hang and Admire

 

Replace each paper template with the frame and hang where marked. Stand back and enjoy your hard work!

Update or restyle frames as needed. Or change out pictures time and time again.

 

 

 

 

Want to know a secret?

We have an even easier way of creating a gallery wall in your home. It comes with its own template and the frames are included as well!

Come into CoCo Milano’s to see what we have to make your gallery wall installation as easy as……

 

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New Sid Dickens – Exclusive Release

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Story Book Tiles

The Storybook Collection will be exclusively released to all our CoCo Milano’s customers.

You can start ordering these tiles immediately!

These tiles will not be officially released to the public until May 12th!

Accompanying the release of the new Story Book collection, Sid Dickens will be signing all Storybook tiles ordered before June 30th, 2015. It has been quite sometime since Sid has signed a full collection so this is something special.

 

 

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Call or Come into CoCo Milano’s ASAP to place your orders for the Newly Released or soon to be Retired Tiles!

How to Create a Vignette

What exactly is a Vignette and how can I create them in my home? That’s a question from one of our customers, Sandy J.

Well Sandy, in the world of Interior Design, a vignette is a small, harmonious grouping of several objects that are pleasing to the eye.

A vignette is the simplest and most attractive way to display accessories, objects of art, or lighting. It can easily be changed around holidays, seasons or special occasions.

Here are 5 simple ways to create your own vignette at home.

1. Choose your Space

There are lots of places in your home where you can create a vignette. Entry tables, night stands, kitchen islands, bathroom countertops, bookcases, dining tables, buffet table, and coffee tables, just to name a few.

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2. Anchor the Space

Choose a large item to anchor the space. Choose something of interest like a mirror, artwork, sculptural element or a lamp. This will be the largest item in your vignette and will help inspire the rest of your accessories.

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3. Formation

Once you have your large anchor piece in place, it is time to start layering your other object in. One of the most pleasing formations is in a triangle like grouping. Begin by placing the second tallest accessory in front of your “anchor” object; continue to layer from back to front. Position your shortest objects towards the outer edge. If you need to add height to an object, consider placing it on top of a small stack of books or a decorative box.

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4. Odd Numbers

Relate your accessories by color, texture, theme, shape, or pattern. Vignettes look best when grouped using odd numbers. Objects grouped in three, five or seven tend to be more visually pleasing than pairs of objects. Numerous objects, grouped together, say on a tray, can read as one object. As shown below on the coffee table.

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5. Variety

While it is important to relate your accessories together, it is also important to vary their heights as well as well as the textures of your objects. Mix hard and shiny surfaces with rough and dull accessories. Photo frames come in an array of textures and are a great way to add variety, as are plants and sculptural elements.

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Need more inspiration? Visit our Pinterest Board HERE for more Vignette ideas.

Need more direction on how to create a vignette? Or, need more accessories to add to your current vignette? Come into CoCo Milano’s and we will be happy to help you in the store or set up a consultation to help you in your home!

If you have a design question that you would like answered, we would be happy to help. Submit your questions to info@cocomilanos.com. Be sure and put “Design Question” in your subject line. Your question could be the subject in our next blog topic!

Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine

Phoenix Home and Garden magazine is a Must Read to us ladies here at CoCo Milano’s!

Every month we wait in anticipation for the latest issue. The month of May is especially exciting to us, as we are featured, along with other notable women in the valley, in their Celebrating Women section.

Get an inside look as to what inspires our leading ladies, Denise Milano and Cathi Sabin, as they share with you their inspiration and driving force.

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Not a subscriber to Phoenix Home and Garden magazine? Do you live in the Valley full time? Part time? It’s not too late; Click HERE, to sign up for print or digital access!!

In other news…

Phoenix Home and Garden just kicked off their 17th annual Grand Tour of Gardens on April 12th. Visitors were able to tour some of the area’s most charming and creative residential landscapes. Each private garden offered a different perspective on desert landscape design and outdoor living. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Here are a few snap shots from some of our favorite container gardens and landscape designs from the tour.

If you are out and about and see a container garden you love, snap a picture! Bring it in to CoCo Milano’s, we can help recreate that look for you. We can also assist you in any landscape design or outdoor living design questions you may have.

Don’t forgot to grab a copy of the May issue of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, out on newsstands now!

New to Love!!

At CoCo Milano’s, we are always looking for beautiful and unique products and gift ideas.

We are excited to announce the introduction of two NEW lines we will be carrying; Vagabond House and Capri Blue!

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Vagabond House specializes in Luxury Hand Crafted Pewter Tableware; exquisite jewels for your table and home.

 

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Vagabond House products are found only at the most amazing upscale retailers across the country. Each has its own unique and wonderful way of presenting Vagabond House with inspiring lifestyle displays and the latest Vagabond House products.

 

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Capri Blue has always been known for outstanding fragrances and quality in their candles.

 

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Capri Blue use artisan methods to hand pour each candle. Their unique super-refined, food grade soy wax formulation absorbs more fragrance oil than any other natural candle wax in the marketplace. This blend allows Capri Blue candles to burn clean and strong, lasting up to twice as long as normal candles and perfuming any space with the finest of fragrances.

Capri Blue candles use sustainable and recycled materials whenever possible in their products. From the recycled glass vessels to the recycled steel lids, their Signature Jars are a true answer to the reuse and recycle concept. Each of their glass vessels can be repurposed for household use as storage containers, vases or even luminaries with votives or tea lights.

 

Come into CoCo Milano’s today and see these wonderful new items. The amazing scents, texture and handcrafted nature of these products are best seen in person!

5 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

Amazing interiors do not happen by chance.

Often times, when you see an inspirational interior, an Interior Designer has been involved in the collaboration of that space.

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Interior Designers have extensive training and a gift of designing rooms that are not only pleasing to the eye but functional as well.

We take into account the Principles and Elements of Design with every plan; color, balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, texture, repetition, proportion, rhythm, contrast, unity, and harmony

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Many people are under the assumption that hiring an interior designer is too expensive or that they would lose control of your personal style and taste. This is absolutely not true.

According to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the oldest and largest national organization devoted to this profession, “When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create a space designed specifically to meet your needs.”

 

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer:

1. Project Management: Interior designers have the training and expertise to manage all the details of your project. From consultation to planning to the finishing touches, they can help you every step of the way, explaining your choices and adding value to your budget.
2. Interpretation: They know the importance of listening to your ideas and understanding your needs. An Interior Designer will help your home reflect your taste and your lifestyle.

3. Budget: A designer can save you time and money in the long run by managing your budget as well as the work of other professionals.

4. Trade Only Resources: With a wide range of resources at their disposal, interior designers can frequently obtain products you can’t find on your own, and they can also buy some products at a discount.

5. Define your Style: Most designers are also quite willing to help you make the best of what you already have. They realize to truly make a space feel personal; they need to incorporate some of your existing belongings. They will help you unify your existing objects with new ones to make the finished space feel unified and stylish.

 

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We’d like to take a moment and share some testimonies from a few of our own clients as to why hiring an Interior Designer was beneficial for them!

“We could not have created the exact look we wanted without the help of an Interior Designer. We were able to design not only what we envisioned, but improve upon that with suggestions and details from our designer. Our designer helped with color combinations we couldn’t have put together ourselves as well as other additional elegant touches.”
-Shelly D.

“It was nice to have an un-biased buffer between ourselves and the contractor and to have someone advocate on our behalf.“
-Mary S.

“You saved me both time and money. You helped me select furniture that was right for my style and that fit my space. You helped ensure that the materials selected were of good quality and taste. I am confident my home will be just as amazing 20 years from now as it is today!”
-Mike G.

Stop by CoCo Milano’s today for all your design needs. Whether you want help with In Home Design Consultations Services, exquisite Floral Arrangements or Holiday and Party decorating. CoCo Milano’s can help you transform your home or space into the environment you desire!

March Basket Winner

Congratulations to Lisa Flitsch for winning our March Basket give away!

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“Wow I never win anything! What a great welcoming gift!”
- Lisa just moved here from Cali!

Be sure to stop by CoCo Milano’s to say hi and enter our April Basket giveaway!

Phoenix Art Museum: Independent Woman Luncheon

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The Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the premier philanthropic events in the Valley, celebrating the contributions of creative, successful women as they support Phoenix Art Museum. This year’s keynote speaker was Alexa Hampton. She leads the famous New York design firm of her father, the late Mark Hampton.

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Known for her role on PBS’s This Old House, Hampton was named one of eight Female Leads in the design industry and awarded the American Spirit Award by the American Folk Art Museum for her work as the interior designer of the Trowbridge House, the official guest house of past presidents of the United States in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

 

CoCo Milano’s, as well as other Valley top designers, created centerpieces for each table that were available for purchase; all of the proceeds from the event went to benefit Phoenix Art Museum.

Below are the centerpiece and floral arrangements created by CoCo Milano’s. Table linens provided courtesy of Kravet.

 

Here are a few more tablescapes from the event!

This event is unlike any other in the Valley. CoCo Milano’s is a proud supporter of Phoenix Art Museum and Women philanthropists everywhere!

Do you have an upcoming wedding or party you are hosting? Come into CoCo Milano’s, we can help create the perfect centerpiece or tablescape for your next event!

A Room With A View: Why Every Room Needs Window Coverings

Window coverings have the power to transform a room!  They add color, texture, and functionality. They can set the tone for the entire design of your space.

Custom window treatments are tailor-made and will fit perfectly every time! They will elevate your homes level of beauty, comfort and style.

Choosing the right window treatment for your space involves analyzing the reason why you are choosing to put window coverings on the windows. For example: Privacy in the bedrooms and bathrooms, sound absorption in the living room, or ambiance in the dining room.

CoCo Milano’s uses only the highest quality of fabrics, materials and trims available to compliment the style and architecture of your home.

There are a variety of window covering options to choose, from; draperies, fabric shades, valances, swags, cornices, shutters, blinds, shades and even Tableaux’s.

Below are a few examples of custom window treatments CoCo Milano’s has created to add functionality, sophistication and style to our clients homes.

Another troubled and often overlooked window to address are transom windows. People often request to have them adorned but still want access to the natural light that they provide. A wonderful solution for this is with a Tableaux. Tableaux is a faux iron designer grill made from recycled wood fiber. They provide the look and feel or wrought iron without the weight or the cost.

They are completely customizable and come in a variety of shapes and finishes. The possibilities for their use are endless. Here are some examples of how they have been applied in a residential setting to create a unique and amazing design statement.

 

There are so many different options available for styling your windows!

Call or come into CoCo Milano’s and we can set up a design consultation to help you find the perfect treatment for you windows.

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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