Gift Show

Glimpses from the Gift Show

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 the show is held, […]

Dash & Albert New Introductions + Sale!

All, this is going to be a short post full of pretty things. I’m in New York for market, buying for both Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post. Seeing all these beautiful things […]

The 10 Best Cigar Tables

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 […]

Street Style: Kate Hougen

I first met Kate Hougen over a decade ago when we both worked at The Nature Conservancy. She is one of the most delightful and genuine people I know. What you see is […]


Not too long ago I hosted a dinner party and received a wonderful hostess gift…a lavender-scented pillow insert.  Now I’ve heard of such inserts, but never had I thought to treat myself.  Well, […]

3 Lessons from a Realtor Who Just Bought Her First Home

Having worked as a real estate agent with The Patterson Group for four years, I’ve had the privilege of helping several clients purchase their first homes. Earlier this year, it suddenly came time […]
New Textile

New Textile Designers + Beyond

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 […]
The Pouf

Spotted in the Wild: The Pouf

“A what?” you ask.  A pouf, the perfect and most versatile accent piece I know.  When Cisco Brothers first introduced the Pouf I was a little unsure, but I quickly became a convert.  […]
Sidewalk Sale Sneak Peek

psssst….Your Sidewalk Sale Sneak Peek

You read here all about the annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale, but what kinds of deals can you really expect? Well we have the special insider scoop for Stylebook readers…see below for details! Plus, […]

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kingstowne

We often talk about how much Old Town has to offer, but Old Town certainly is not the only place to have a good time in Alexandria. Just about fifteen minutes away sits […]
Six Picks 08-07-2017

The Alexandria Stylebook Six Picks

From pearl details to a more modest cold shoulder, we’ve got several on-trend style options to transition you right into fall today, plus a purifying cleanser for all and a cozy swivel glider […]
Textured Side Table Edition

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 […]
Artist Martha Spak

Summer Inspired: More from Artist Martha Spak

I’ve written about Martha Spak’s fabulous art numerous times — love her work! — but we just got some new pieces in to our Bethesda store so thought I would share. Most of […]
Six Picks 08-07-2017

The Alexandria Stylebook Six Picks

Everything is just a little extra today. From amazing accessories to the Spite House (Google that backstory!) to adorable flats that are literally the cherry on top, it’s all about making a statement. Elizabeth: The […]

Introducing Cisco Brothers’ Essentials Collection + Semi-Annual Upholstery Sale

Balance, timelessness, and comfort inform Cisco Brothers’ Essentials Collection, a collection of some of their finest frames that epitomize these notions.  The Essentials Collection was created to provide our customers more value by […]


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