Because It’s Where Your Heart Is.

Creating a home, your haven, is our passion. From experienced interior designers to local boutique owners who select home goods, art, and furnishings that are truly special to nationally recognized real estate agents, our local experts have the tools, talent, and resources to transform a blank space into a place that’s truly your own.
06.05.14

turkish towels

The Turkish Towel craze has officially landed in Alexandria, although it started in Turkey in the 17th century. Turkish towels are oversized and made primarily of cotton or linen. They are and always […]
06.05.14

updating your home for summer

Rachel: I want to update my living space for summer but can’t afford an overhaul. Any suggestions? Elisabeth: Focus on a lighter palette and a coastal style to create a fresh look in […]
05.28.14

far fetched: from a remote time or place

Ann Scully and Lisa Herget, good friends and clients of Coco Blanca, have recently started a new business. They have cleverly named it “Far Fetched” because it is art they have curated from […]
05.14.14

west coast beauties

Imagine handcrafted furniture with award-winning eco-conscious designs made by a 40-year-old company in San Francisco. Meet Allan Palecek, the son of a Kansas farmer and a pilot for the US Airforce, who became […]
05.01.14

the dish on reupholstering

Ruth: I would like to get a chair recovered. Any tips? Big mistakes to avoid? Gayla, Coco Blanca: First decide if the piece is worth reupholstering. If it is an older piece from […]
04.29.14

trending: hair-on-hide

by Elisabeth, Coco Blanca 2014 is seeing a huge movement for a wide collection of hair-on-hide creations … and not just on the floor. Think upholstered benches, cushions, sofas, tables and consoles. At […]
04.24.14

bar carts at coco blanca

We can’t wait for spring entertaining! And the secret behind a great hostess? A great bar cart from which guests can serve themselves! All of these bar carts are either at Coco Blanca […]
04.22.14

furniture trends from high point

by Elisabeth, Coco Blanca It was like eye candy touring this year’s furniture market in High Point, NC. Gayla and I met so many fabulous designers showcasing gorgeous lines, rich textures, and several […]
04.15.14

turning a house into a home

by Gayla, Coco Blanca Spring has finally arrived in Alexandria! And as we dive into this gorgeous new weather and do a little spring cleaning, Coco Blanca recommends colorful art to refresh your […]
04.08.14

visual comfort

by Elisabeth, Coco Blanca Gayla and I headed to High Point and were blown away with the talent of interior designer, Alexa Hampton, and her stunning lighting collection. We were fortunate enough to […]
03.31.14

finding a signature color

by Susan, Zoe Boutique One of Stylebook’s favorite icons, Coco Chanel, once said “The best color in the whole world is one that looks good on you.” Do you eschew the “color of […]
03.28.14

design details: fabrics

Did you know Coco Blanca carries a slew of truly beautiful fabrics? From brands such as Duralee, John Robshaw, Calvin Fabrics, Perennials and Samuel and Son Trim. I have an antique chair in […]
03.25.14

the headboard challenge

Rachael: I’m not a DIY-er but I am looking for an affordable headboard. What do you suggest Gayla, Coco Blanca: Perfect timing! We are having a 30% off sale on our headboards this […]
03.21.14

design details: bringing nature indoors

These beautiful giclee reproduction shell prints are by Edward Donovan (1768-1837), born in Cork Ireland. Donovan was an avid collector of natural history specimens. He founded the London Museum of Natural History and […]
03.14.14

design details: the perfect dining room

For Coco Blanca (and the rest of the Stylebook team), this design collage makes up the perfect dining room. Luxurious and clean, it has everything a formal dining room needs to stand the […]


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