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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.

the most glamorous party

by Gayla, Coco Blanca The secret to having the most glamorous party of the holidays? Candles. The answer is that simple. In preparing your home for a party, if nothing else, turn down […]

aerin lauder comes to alexandria

by Gayla, Coco Blanca So I admit, it was a bit of a girl crush, or maybe I just want to be her.  Who can blame me?  She is a natural beauty with impossibly […]

layering rugs, a faux pas?

Reader: I have carpet in my apartment and want to invest in a rug for my living room. Is it a faux pas to layer a rug over carpeting? Is there a “right” […]

a proper introduction: coco blanca

Coco Blanca is a 3-1/2-year old company owned by three empty-nesters looking to fill a void with their creative energy, innate sense of style, spirited work ethic and desire to create a feel-good […]

coastal renovation with no time to spare

Elisabeth headed to the Grand Bahamas to oversee a renovation at her family’s condo after scheduling her trip in between two events being hosted by Coco Blanca. She had four days to get […]

investing in home furnishings

Reader: If a first time homeowner is going to invest in one item, what should it be? Susie: When purchasing a home for the first time, there are many important decisions to make. Price, […]

prepping for the holidays

Reader: I am trying to put together my holiday dining table centerpiece and was wondering if you have any tips or suggestions. Gayla: Coco Blanca is partial to a monochromatic look for the […]

how to style small spaces

Reader: I love the oversized wingback chair you wrote about this past week, but I have a small space. Any tips of decorating with pieces like that when you don’t have much room […]

look of the day: girlfriends’ lunch

It is hard to get the entire Stylebook team together since there are quite a few of us now and our schedules are all jammed pack. When we are able to make it […]

leather and grace

by Coco Blanca With the chill of Autumn upon us, we can’t help but think of Hemingway. Nothing like the smell of old books and leather and dim interior lighting to make a […]

how to decorate with neutrals

Question: I’ve always thought it was interesting that your color palette is so simple and neutral and would like to replicate that in my bedroom. How do I do it though without it […]

look of the day: art on the avenue

Many of you probably already know that Art on the Avenue is this Saturday. Del Ray’s annual music and arts festival always draws out the crowds–mostly locals. It’s a great opportunity to spend […]

Houseplant How-to

While we don’t spend a lot of our working hours outside – hence the title “interior” designer, we do love to incorporate plants inside a house as part of the design. There is […]

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