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As Coco Blanca plans to close doors at the end of January in Alexandria, we want to thank all our patrons for being so loyal to us. Please come visit us at our other store in Bethesda at Wildwood Shopping Center, 10241 Old Georgetown Road! We want to make sure you all know that we...

Savannah House Tour

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Alexandria, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia are two of my favorite towns. It just so happens I have a small house in each city. They are so similar in so many ways. Just like Alexandria, many of the streets in Savannah are cobblestone. Each is on a river, they have a ton of history, complete with ghost...

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I thought it would be fun to take a look at some pieces of Bernhardt furniture in real life rooms. The following pictures are how designers have placed some beautiful pieces of Bernhardt into their clients’ homes. As always, we offer Bernhardt at 40 percent off retail prices. Looking for a great desk for your office? This...

DC Design House

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There has never been a DC Design House that I didn’t like and this one is no exception. This house has so many beautiful pieces of art and furniture put together by fantastic designers. It was difficult to come up with one room that I loved the most so I have put together a list...

Cutting garden and fresh flower arrangements

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July through September on Cape Cod is always a beautiful thing. And what a perfect place to experiment with a cutting garden! The biggest challenge is to choose flower arrangements with all-season blooms and produce a varied palette of color, shape, texture, and height. I loved photographing my flowering treasures as much as cutting and...

Fall porch and patio feature

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Entertaining on your outside porch this fall can be easy and worry-free. Light a fire, burn some candles, set the table with the Chilewich table top collection and throw some Perennials pillows and cotton throws on your outdoor seating and you have instant outdoor setting that is elegant and calm. The Chilewich collection, with their distinctive...

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Coco Blanca is excited to once again be a part of the 2017 DC Design House, an annual designer show house that benefits Children’s National Health System. As one of four boutiques invited into the show house, we are excited that our pop-up shop, with fashion, jewelry, and home decor items, will give the DC Design...

Re-think seating in your home

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I saw this very cool sectional sofa at High Point Market and haven’t forgotten about it, the concept is so fun and the look is so chic. Called Format, it’s new from Bernhardt for Fall 2017, and is designed for people who want creative seating options. @vikkileftwich Let’s say the guys are coming over to...

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Needless to say buying trips are the most fun part of owning a store. We take an early train to New York on Monday, hit the Javits Center, where either the gift show or other market is held, then treat ourselves to a very nice dinner at night, and always stay at the ink 48,...

Some of our favorite cigar tables at Coco Blanca

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Bringing an elegant dash of style yet utterly practical, cigar tables may be the most versatile piece of furniture in a room. These tiny side tables — smaller than an end table or a nightstand — have special elements that add a little drama without overpowering a room. An elegant final touch to a space,...

London new textile designers

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When it comes to inspiration, there’s nothing quite like the energy generated from design school graduates showcasing their creative work under one roof. So earlier this summer I went to check out one of the most important exhibitions in the UK for emerging textile design—aptly named, “New Designers”—at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London....

End tables with incredible texture

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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...

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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...

Planning Ahead for Fall with Bernhardt

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

A sneak peak of Bernhardt at High Point Market

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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

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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...

The best desks from Bernhardt

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Tax time always puts me in a cranky mood.  I would imagine most of you all can relate to that!  As I spent several hours at my dining room table, pouring through papers, trying to get organized, I decided that I need to create my own home office.  I’m thinking a few of you out...

Serene Martha Spak art

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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...

Many Great Lighting Options at Coco Blanca

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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

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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...

Coco Blanca's Favorite Beds

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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...

In search of the perfect dresser

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I simply don’t have enough storage space in my closet — it is really difficult to stay organized when you are constantly stuffing clothes in an overcrowded space — so I have been on a hunt for the perfect dresser. There are so many beautiful options out there, almost too many, so it’s important to...

Kitchen Pendants

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So often we reserve our special lighting for the dining room chandelier and maybe the foyer of our homes. But where do we spend most of our time, even when we entertain? The kitchen! These days there are so many beautiful lighting options that your kitchen can easily be transformed into a much more stylish,...

Bernhardt nightstands at Coco

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It’s the first thing you see in the morning and holds everything from your phone and your favorite book to a piping hot cup of coffee. Besides your bed, of course, the most essential pieces of furniture in your bedroom are the nightstands (both literally and figuratively, ha!) and I would venture to say it...

Choose fantasy decorating over fantasy football!

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With the Super Bowl in just a few days, we are deep into Fantasy Football at my house, and have been for a while. My husband seemed to enjoy the whole process so much I was eager to learn.  I do know a bit about football, after all — I grew up in Georgia and...

Bernhardt Living Room

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Thinking of redoing a room? Now is the time! This beautiful living room designed by Paloma Contreras is quite stunning. When I looked closely I realized that a couple of the pieces are by Bernhardt, which of course is available at Coco Blanca, so I am going to show you how we can help you...

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Bonus? Take 40% off ALL Bernhardt Furniture in January! I find the start of a new year so exciting and this year is no different.  While 2016 brought many wonderful events and accomplishments for Coco Blanca, I always like to look forward.  And I especially love to find all the new products that our vendors...

Fair Trade Baskets

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As you have noticed by now, our mild fall temperatures have come to an end!  Old Man Winter literally blew in overnight and I don’t think we’ll see many more sixty-something degree days.  But I love the change of seasons and appreciate the coziness that winter brings. I love making a pot of beef cheek...

Swoon-worthy dining rooms

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Let’s face it, dining rooms are pretty much ignored the majority of the year…then the holidays roll around and suddenly they get a lot of attention.  The holidays bring out our nesting instincts; we start thinking about setting beautiful, welcoming tables to make our loved ones feel happy, relaxed, and comfortable as we gather. For...

High Point Market

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I love going to High Point for the furniture market. I could walk around aimlessly in and out of all the beautiful showrooms for days, and that is what it would take: High Point furniture market is vast.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t go this year. Owning a business is always a juggling act and something had...

How to style a console table

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Earlier this week, I posted my top ten console tables, now here’s a formula to beautifully style them into a welcoming vignette. You can customize with your own personal collection, and of course Coco Blanca offers plenty to help you achieve the look you love. 1) Add Art or a Mirror I always like to add...

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Almost every house can use console tables.  They are perfect for a foyer, behind a sofa, or filling that blank wall.  When placed in a foyer, they provide the perfect spot to create a beautiful welcoming vignette to set the tone for your home.  Of course wherever they are placed we really love their functionality —...

DC Design House 2016

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We shared the save-the-date recently, and now is the time: the DC Design House opens this weekend, and Coco Blanca is thrilled to once again be a part of it. As one of four boutiques invited to participate in the annual charity designer showhouse, we are delighted that the Coco Blanca pop-up shop will give...

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Saying goodbye to summer is never easy.  Suddenly we are back in the routine of pressure filled days, meeting work deadlines, making sure your kids getting homework done, and soon, even thinking about planning for the holidays. Everything seems to move at a faster speed now, but we still must make time a few times...

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Styling an étagère or any shelf is an art, yet should look effortless. It should be elegant and personal.  What goes on the shelves should be things that you love to look at and have meaning for you.  I like collections of your favorite and most interesting books, albums, pieces of art, or items that remind...