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Lovely in Lingerie

Sometimes, the key to perfecting the outfit is perfecting what you wear underneath, your lingerie. Breezy, summer dresses can be tacky in an instant if they are too sheer, or if your bra straps slip off your shoulders too much. We have gorgeous silk slips, comfortable bras, and light lacy shorts to make sure you...

End tables with incredible texture

The Benefits of Texture, Side Table Edition

At Coco Blanca, it is no secret that we like monochromatic, tone-on-tone color schemes, so texture is important in creating contrast. Texture has the ability to add a powerful and subtle dimension to any room. It appeals to our senses both visual and tactile, thereby making the room interesting and inviting. You can add texture...


Summer Inspired: More from Artist Martha Spak

I’ve written about the fabulous art by Martha Spak numerous times — love her work! — but we just got some new pieces in to our Bethesda store so thought I would share. Most of these pieces seem to be inspired by summer, which is just fine by me. I’d be happy to bring any of the pieces...

Scarves for fall
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How To Style Scarves this Fall

What is better than a soft, colorful scarf that you can throw on over anything? This upcoming fall season, Coco Blanca is focusing on printed scarves, worn just about any way you can imagine. With all these gorgeous options, you can bet that you’ll never catch us with a cold neck! Our first pick is...

Coco does color
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Coco Does…. Color?

Our trademark here at Coco Blanca is classic neutrals. We tend to stick to shades of white, beige, cream, and sometimes black. But recently we have been expanding our palette with little pops of color here and there. Here are some of the highlights… This gorgeous top is a beautiful cornflower blue with flattering bell...

Planning Ahead for Fall with Bernhardt

Planning Ahead

So it’s mid-summer and hopefully you are vacationing or planning to take off soon!  Most of us aren’t thinking about our home decor right now. But then September rolls around and we are starting to consider what we will do for the holidays, possibly having people over.  Then we start looking at our houses and...

Hostess Gifts at Coco Blanca

6 Great Gifts for a Great Hostess

Hopefully during the months of July and/or August you are having the chance to relax, catch up with friends, and vacation a bit. And if we are all lucky, we will be invited to a barbecue or maybe even an overnight house party last minute. Why not stock your gift closet so you are ready...


Summer Menu: Chilled Soups + Cold Cocktails

As you already may have guessed, I love to cook and entertain! It’s been quite hot recently, so I’m looking for some relief with nice cold drinks and refreshing cold soups filling my summer menu that pair well with a summer dinner on the porch. As is appropriate for the summer, I’m definitely going to be...

Fall trends at Coco Blanca
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First Look: Fall Trend Report

How is possible that I’m already seeing sweaters in shop windows? It feels like summer has just begun, but as any fashionista would know, fall lurks just around the corner in “Fashion World.” While I’d love to think about white eyelet sundresses, I can’t help thinking about the grays and blacks that are to come!...

Celebrate Independents Week

Independents Week Q+A: The Women of Coco Blanca’s “Second Life”

Next up on our Independents Week series, the women of Coco Blanca tell how they embraced the post-kid stage of their lives, developed a strong brand (“the soothing color palette of a coconut by the sea, with fresh clean whites, relaxing neutrals, rich browns, elegant blacks, and splashes of turquoise”), and opened a store with a unique...

Summer nights
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Summer Afternoon Relaxing + Evening Entertaining

It’s that late-June time in the summer where it’s nice and warm outside, but not yet the muggy August season that makes it hard to entertain outdoors. So I’m taking advantage of the weather while I can, whether it be a wine night with the ladies, a backyard barbecue with my family, or just a...

Amalfi Coast
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Packing for the Amalfi Coast

This July, my family is heading to the Amalfi Coast for vacation! My husband I are super excited and feel very fortunate to make this trip with our three grown children and their significant others. It has been years since we have traveled as a family and this will be a trip to remember! It’s...

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Jewelry Trend: Resin

A jewelry trend spotted on the Spring/Summer 2017 runways that really “resin”-ates with us is the fashion-forward style of resin. If you desire beautiful, luxurious, and classic jewelry pieces at affordable price points, this jewelry is the answer to your fashion prayers. Our resin pieces have contemporary, clean lines, offering a blend of classic and...


3 Swoon-Worthy Ceramics Collections

Celebrate the beauty of natural materials with home accent pieces crafted by artisans from around the world that are fresh and remarkable. Our three unique collections of ceramics, including platters, vases, votives, pitchers, and more, are classic but on-trend, subtle but bold, colorful but neutral, each offering a harmonious blend of urban chic and elegant rusticity....

Flower Power in London

Flower Power, Chelsea Style

Yes, Coco Blanca is all about the soothing color palette of a coconut by the sea, with fresh clean whites, relaxing neutrals, rich browns, elegant blacks, and splashes of turquoise. But who can resist Mother Nature’s color palette when it comes to fresh flowers…with a white background, their fabulous mix of colors simply pop! And...

Kitchen Islands

4 Tips To Style Your Kitchen Island

Most of our kitchens open to our  family rooms, making styling the kitchen island an important task — one that can be daunting since styling needs to work from all angles, especially if your kitchen island is larger. Here are a few simple suggestions. (And click here if you missed yesterday’s post about the best...

Stools for your kitchen

The 5 Best Stools for Your Kitchen Island

The party is at your house — specifically, in your kitchen. Have you ever noticed no matter the size of your kitchen, that’s where everyone gathers? A home can have an ample dining room and living area, but let’s face it, most everyone ends up gathered in the kitchen so we may as well have...

Bright ideas for your beach house lighting

Bright Ideas for Your Beach House

Memorial Day has come and gone, and the Summer of 2017 is upon us. Those of you with a beach house may be thinking about making some changes to freshen your home before the weekend guests start to arrive. Mosaic Seashell Lamp, $372.50 There is no easier and  less expensive way to brighten a home than...

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Coco Blanca Has a New Neighbor!

Just steps away from Coco Blanca on the Strand, the beautiful Hotel Indigo has been completed and has opened its doors for guests. This is a Kimpton Hotel with the fabulous amenities and style for which they are known – we are thrilled to welcome them as our new neighbor! Not only does it have...

A dress for all of your special occasions
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Special Occasions, Special Dresses

If you’re like me, the first thought that goes through your mind when you know you have upcoming special occasions is, “What am I going to wear?” Coco Blanca can dress you for that special wedding, graduation, birthday, and more! Celebrate in style with a beautifully constructed simple A-line dress, or dance the night away...

Graduation dresses
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Graduation! The First White Dress

One’s wedding day is not the only momentous occasion to wear the quintessential white dress … graduation day is on that list, too! And like a wedding, graduation is a major event that marks the end of something old and the beginning of something new, so of course it warrants special attire. With our palette of...

A sneak peak of Bernhardt at High Point Market

Sneak Peek: Bernhardt at Market

I only had a brief amount of time at High Point this visit, so I spent most of my time in the Bernhardt Showroom. With 15,000 square feet of showroom space, it takes a bit of time! They do an excellent job pulling together their spaces, borrowing art and accessories from other showrooms. Many of these...

Peter Bristol at Coco Blanca

Illuminating Form + Ingenius Function: Peter Bristol Lighting

I have expressed before how much I love going to High Point Market. I love seeing how all the talented furniture designers put together their showrooms, the luscious new fabrics, and discovering products I have never seen before.  One product that caught my eye this time was lighting by Peter Bristol for Visual Comfort. Peter has...

Cover Up at Coco
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Cover-ups? We’ve Got You Covered

One of the essential pieces in your summer wardrobe are the bathing suit cover-ups. Whether you are going on a cruise, a family beach vacation, chaperoning your child’s senior beach week, or embarking on a romantic get-away… the perfect cover-up up is key. Don’t have one? Last year’s missing?  Not to worry! Coco Blanca has you...

Graduation Gifts from Coco Blanca

Marking a Milestone: Graduation Gifts

While the formal definition of graduation is the award or acceptance of an academic degree, it is so much more than that.  It is one of life’s most hallowed accomplishments, providing evidence of academic drive and desire. But academics aside, graduation also marks attaining a key goal in life. It is about decisions a young adult...

It is all in the details with stunning embroidery and hand-beading
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Details, Details! Embroidery + Hand-Beaded Appliques

It’s all about the details this spring! Embroidery has been around for thousands of years — in fact, it can be traced all the way back to the Iron Age — but it’s back in a new, fresh way this spring. Whether on a casual pair of jeans or a sophisticated blouse, embroidered is everywhere and hand-beaded...

Spring and summer sheers
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How To Do Sheer (Tastefully)

The sheer trend isn’t going anywhere, but maybe you’ve wondered if you can wear the look…tastefully.  It can be done!  You can rock a sheer look in the most non-scandalous way, showing off a romantic silhouette day or night, and Coco Blanca can help you find the perfect piece for your spring/summer wardrobe. Batwoman Silk...

Serene Martha Spak art

5 Tips To Find That Perfect Piece of Art

Nothing finishes a room like a piece of art. Often the focal point, art can set the mood of a space, from calm and tranquil to bold and invigorating — depending on the piece, of course! — so selecting the right painting can feel like a daunting task. But no matter what, the right art...

Lariat Love at Coco Blanca
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Lariat Love

The lariat is the new statement necklace of the moment.  It has evolved beyond its western roots thanks to sleek metals and shiny gems.  Whether you prefer your necklace thin and simple for everyday wear, or fashioned with bold gold links to pair with a black evening gown, shop Coco Blanca’s picks for this spring’s...

Coco's favorite hard boiled eggs recipes

What To Do With All Those Hard Boiled Eggs

Easter is such a beautiful time.  The earth awakens with chirping birds, flowering trees, and pink cherry blossoms.  Families come together, the children dress for church, and Easter egg hunts abound.  However, the trappings of Easter linger long after it has passed.  Jelly beans, chocolate, and hard boiled eggs persist. The youngsters know what to do...

Easter pastels
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Pretty Pastels for Easter

With Easter quickly approaching, it’s the time of year to break out your spring wardrobe once and for all — finally! Pack away your scarves and mittens, and unpack those pretty dresses, linen pants, and feminine tanks. Easter is so often symbolized by images of new life – think eggs, bunnies, baby chicks – and...

Many Great Lighting Options at Coco Blanca

Bright Ideas for Functional Lighting

The best-lit rooms have layers of lighting; functional lighting is one of those layers. Functional lighting, as the name suggests, provides the illumination we need for the daily activities in our lives. Think lighting for your kitchen prep area, or the entry hall to light art or a console table, or the bedside table to...

Recent Bernhard Additions to my Home

Designers at Home: My Recent Additions

My house is definitely a work in progress, in fact I hesitate to share pictures because I have such a long way to go to the finish line.  But I suppose a house is never finished so I am biting the bullet today to show you some recent real-life pictures of how I have incorporated...

Happy Hour

How To Dress (Your Bar) for Happy Hour

It’s Friday! Hosting a happy hour? Having a party? We have everything you need to look stylish and fun – and we can dress up your bar, too! Whether you are serving a lovely champagne or a robust IPA, we have a wonderful selection of standout ice buckets, bar tools, and serving bowls in our...

Spring blooms (and coordinating pottery) at Coco!
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How To Show Off Those Spring Blooms

Ah, spring… I mean winter… I mean spring.  Actually, who knows? Poor cherry blossoms and dreary drooping daffodils — they just don’t know what to do. But we do! Spring is coming and with it? Fresh flowers! As the earth awakens with bursts of color, now is the time to come to Coco Blanca to...

Iris Setlakwe
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Introducing the Exquisite Fit and Superior Fabric of Iris Setlakwe

Coco Blanca is excited to announce the arrival of a new brand designer in our store, Iris Setlakwe! The Iris Setlakwe clothing brand hails from Montreal with one objective in mind: to create a women’s clothing line that fits perfectly in all the right places. Driven by her unwavering passion for design, Iris had the...

Spring sweaters
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‘Tis the Season for Coco’s Spring Sweaters

Well as of yesterday it’s officially spring and we are done with the snow, but we will be seeing less-than-warm weather for another few weeks. The silver lining to this cool, early spring weather is that it is easy to transition that winter wardrobe into spring by adding lovely spring sweaters. Glitter Fringe Sweater, $392.50...

Home Accessories

How Design Accents Transform a House into Your House

No room in your house is finished without adding accessories. Just like accessories make an outfit, accessories make a room.  Without accessories to tie everything together, the look will invariably fall flat. I also believe your home should feel collected, not decorated.  Adding carefully selected, appropriately scaled objet d’art that resonate with you ensures that...

Coco Blanca's Favorite Beds

The 7 Best Beds

Sometimes people put off pulling together their bedroom because it is the last place a guest would see, but since it is the space where you can leave the stress of the day behind, relax, and find serenity, I think it should absolutely be one of the first rooms designed. To help you find that...