CoCo Milano’s : Get to Know Our Team

The entire month of January we are dedicating our blog to getting to know our team.

Most of you may know all of us by now but we thought you might want to know a little more about who we are and what we do here at CoCo Milano’s. What better way to do that then to interview the team one by one!

Of course we have to start off our interviews with the two most important people at CoCo Milano’s, the ones who run the show, Cathi Sabin & Denise Milano.



Denise Milano

Denise Milano 


Tell us a little about yourself…

I was born in the bay area of California and moved to the Midwest where I attended high school and college.  At the age of 21, I moved to Arizona and worked at various high-end department stores because I enjoyed helping others and interacting with people, which a retail sales job afforded. I even spent three years as a flight attendant at America West Airlines. I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 23 years, and we have a wonderful son named Christian.  However, I always had a passion for interior design. That passion turned into a reality when I founded CoCo Milano’s in November of 2005. The boutique and design studio bear the name of “CoCo” our fur baby!

How did you get into design?

As long as I can remember, I have had a love for interior design. I remember always wanting to reinvent our home growing up and constantly rearranging the furniture. I would even envision different ways to change up the interiors of friends’ homes when I would visit them. It seems that everywhere I would go, albeit a restaurant, office, or home, I would imagine how I could improve upon the space. It wasn’t until we opened Coco Milano’s 2005 when my work and passion merged…and the rest is history.

What inspires & influences you and your work?

I have a great appreciation for and have been inspired by other designers’ work and creativity.  For example, I love the traditional work of Bunny Williams. I also love the eclectic works of Jean-Louis Deniot, to name just a couple of today’s designers. I also get a lot of inspiration from the rich history of interior design throughout the ages.

Do you have a favorite part of what you do?

Being creative is my favorite part!  I really enjoy the bond that is created when I am working with one of my clients in their home. I love taking a project from bare bones to a fabulous space.  The best part is when your client loves it even more then you do!

A side from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do in your free time?

Believe it or not, I take my work home with me and have a never-ending list of projects of my own that keep me busy.  I love spending time with my family and friends and taking in the arts and all that Arizona has to offer as often as I can! I am happiest when I am in my creative element.



Cathi Sabin

Cathi Sabin


Tell us a little about yourself…

I was raised in Scottsdale, AZ with five siblings and have lived here most of my life. My parents owned Tempe Marine and worked long hours until retiring.  I guess the small business thing was in my blood. I am married to Mike, have three children and two beautiful grand daughters. I enjoy many hours with my family. We live in Las Sendas and enjoy many friends within our community.

How long have you been with CoCo Milano’s now?

I became a partner with Denise in 2011, this year will make six years. I am the operations manager, I handle the day to day operations such as marketing and advertising. I strive to create a pleasant and productive work place where we can work as a team to become a well known and respected company in the design community.

What inspires and influences you and your work?

I wouldn’t say I have an “influence” per say, I would say I am motivated by goals. I’m a list person. I actually can’t go to bed without making a list of things I need to get done in the morning or checking off things I have accomplished. I like setting goals, I set three month goals, six month goals, nine month goals and of course yearly. Some of them will be challenging, but I rarely come up short.

Do you have a favorite part of what you do here at CoCo Milano’s?

My Favorite project is the Christmas party we put together each year. I enjoy creating something special for our customers, a special time that we can not only show our customers how much we appreciate them, put also get to know them on a more personal level.


Aside from having a passion for what you do, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my spare time I like photography, cooking and to take day trips.

I like to travel and take day trips around Arizona. On my trips I love to take pictures of the scenery, and I love photography in general. I also enjoy cooking and baking for my friends and family.

(In fact you can see some of Cathi’s photography in our store on canvases, mouse pads and metal art boards!)


That is our insider on two members of our team here at CoCo Milano’s. We will continue this month to interview two designers each week, so don’t forget to check back here next week to get the inside scoop.


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Our New Years Specialty Drink

Have you recovered from your Christmas Coma yet? Ready to Bring on the New Year?!

We wanted to share a little something with you before the celebrations begin.

This is a perfect twist on the classic Shirley Temple. We call it, Champagne Shirley.

This is great if you are the type of person that wants something a little classier than a beer or wine cooler, and it’s a little more exciting than a plain ole’ glass of champagne.


Ingredients :

  • Crushed Ice
  • 8oz pink Moscato champagne (regular champagne is fine too!)
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries  and an orange slice for the garnish

Instructions :

  • Fill glass half way with crushed ice and pour in champagne, add grenadine and garnish with orange slice and cherries.
  • Now Enjoy!


We hope you all have a happy new year & we will see you in 2017!


Denise, Cathi &

The CoCo Milano’s Design Team!



Our “Insider” Tricks for Christmas Decor

Don’t want to over do it like a Who in Whoville but want a little more than the Charlie Brown tree? Here are some simple tricks to decorating your home without it being overwhelming or complicated. This is really a simple and unique way to add a touch of green to spaces that seem to need that “little something”.

Adding green is a great way to spice up a space that just needs an extra touch. Our “insider” secret is adding sprays! We have a bunch around the store, some with pine cones, some with berries and some with glitter or even faux snow!


There are a many different ways to use these around your home. Our first example is creating swags instead of wreaths.


In this picture, there are three sprays wired together to create a fuller look, then add a bow and Voila! You have a beautiful swag! You can add as much as you would like to these, you can have a fuller look with more greenery, add some holiday berries or maybe even magnolia stems to create a more elegant look.



We’ve all seen the beautiful Christmas garlands going down the stair cases but have you ever thought about tying some sprays on to the outside of your staircase? This is a fun and unique way to add  a touch of Christmas to your home. In this photo they added some ornaments to the center ribbon which can tie in the colors of your home.



Simple goes a long way. If you have any cute jars sitting around but don’t know what to do with them, here is a simple way to add greenery without it being overwhelming. At CoCo Milano’s we always recommend adding green to a space, it keeps it fresh and alive, so by adding pine sprays, you still get that feeling while including it in Christmas look.

Center of Table

When it comes to center pieces we love to add little touches that make the piece one of a kind. In this photo we tied sprays together to create a garland around this candelabra. We also tied in glitter gold leaf sprays that went with the theme throughout this home. By doing so, it creates a finished and cohesive look, that translates from room to room.


Another fun idea for adding sprays to your decor, is to tie them with a decorative bow onto a package or lantern in your entry. Whether your taste is polka dots, purple, or traditional red and green, ribbon is a great way to tie your personal flair into your home decor!


Come by CoCo Milano’s for more fun tricks to help spice up your home this year for Christmas!

Look forward to seeing you!


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Stocking Stuffers & Hostess Gifts

If your December is anything like ours, you are probably spending your weekends bustling around getting gifts and trying to make it to all those holiday parties!

Lucky for you, CoCo Milano’s is here to help. We have been stocking up on some of your favorite go to gift items!

Here are some images of our one of a kind gifts!

From bottle stoppers,  mice cheese picks, holiday scented candles and unique fortune cookies, these are just a few of our many little hostess gifts we have around the store.







Come by the store today for more ideas on how to create a unique hostess gift or find that perfect stocking stuffer!

Look forward to seeing you soon.


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Transitioning from Fall to Christmas

Decorating for the holidays can be tricky at times but it doesn’t always have to be that way!
Transitioning from season to season is actually more simple than most people think. When going from Fall to Christmas, it is easy to reuse some of the decor for both seasons. Some examples are: Pine cones, Pines Sprays, and Berries. 
In this image bellow, we used pine cones, white berries and twig balls. These three items can also be used for Christmas, by adding red berries and a red table runner.
Using this same idea for the images bellow, we  were still able to use our usual end table items while adding a touch of that holiday cheer.
Just by changing the pine cones with Christmas flowers, switching out the rustic deer finial to a glitter deer, and using a different floral makes a simple change but a big seasonal difference.
You don’t have to deck out your entire house. You can keep it simple and clean while bringing that Holiday feeling into your home.
We hope this inspired you to decorate for the seasons. Stop by CoCo Milano’s for more fun and simple ways to add some Holiday cheer to your home.

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

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!

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

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

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

fabulous feathered masks and spooky table cloths!

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

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

Skull Photo

Day of the dead


Skull Garland


Haunted Candles


Halloween Cards


Sale Table


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

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

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Decorating for the Holidays


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

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

Edwards Christmas

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

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


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

Need help bringing some glam into your dining room?

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


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


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

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


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Orange Hues are the New Muse

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

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

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



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


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


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

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


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!


Jan Barboglio to Make Special Appearance at CoCo Milano’s

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

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

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

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

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


Denise, Cathi &

the CoCo Milano’s Design Team!

Mad for Plaid

Don’t get even, get plaid.

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

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

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

1. Drapery

2. Foot Stools/Benches

3. Accent Pillows

4. Throw Blankets

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

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


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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2837 North Power Rd Suite 104
Mesa, Arizona 85215

Phone: (480) 641-2626

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