Mid-Morning Dance Party

Realizing that when September comes along, we'll all be busy with school and work again, I've decided to take an untethered approach to summer's end.  With no real routine in place, we find ourselves enjoying JUST being home.  There are, of course, the occasional outings to Lake Anza for a swim, spontaneous gatherings with friends and our legendary mid-morning dance parties.   Given the time and the opportunity to find something to do on their own, our kids have been pulling out their board games, matchbox cars, old books and  even building blocks.  There's often a request for screen time but we've been comprising on when and just how much.  My relaxed attitude toward it seems to have lessened its focus.

Within the next few weeks we'll be receiving lots of guests and even hosting a wedding party!  Things will pick up around here and we'll have plenty of dance partners to go around.  I guess we'll have to take the dancing outdoors when our dining room table arrives...

How are you spending the remainder of  this summer?  

Sunday Supper With Michael Aram Designs And A Reader Giveaway!

This weekend, Alex and I hosted a Sunday supper for a few friends.  While he did most of the cooking, I set a seasonal table with Michael Aram's fine paperware, melamine dishes and serving pieces.   The leaf patterns and woodgrain textures of the Fig Leaf Collection provided the perfect setting for a late afternoon autumn dinner.  Take a look at our gathering and find out below how you can win your very own Michael Aram Madhouse collection for your next dinner party.

Enter to win a Michael Arams Fig Leaf serving tray and coordinating paper dishes by doing 3 simple things:

1.  Visit the Madhouse site here and check out his amazing collection.

2.  Comment below on how you would use it should you be the winnner.

3.  Lastly, visit Madhouse’s Facebook page and give it a like.  If you haven’t already liked Cocoon’s FB page do so here.

Contest ends Friday November 15th!

A Garden Reunion

 Over the weekend, my mother-in-law hosted a get together dinner/bbq for my visiting sister, her 4 children, and a dear family friend from NYC.  With a grand total of 7 kids and 5 adults her home became a hub of activity and for the first time since her move we all got to enjoy her outdoor space.  Like her home, the garden is a reflection of  her love for botanicals, with lots of personal touches and ethnic details.  Take a look:

Thank you, Natalia, for having ALL of us over for dinner on a lovely California evening.

Summer Entertaining With Michael Aram And A Reader Giveaway!

When the folks at Madhouse found out that Cocoon was hosting a Botanical Trunk show, they sent a sampling of Michael Aram's new collection of dinnerware for the event.  With metallic and pearlescent finishes, unique textures and nature inspired shapes and designs, the series proved to be a perfect fit for our plant abundant evening.  Not only did they send enough product samples for the festivities, but also included plenty for giveaways both for our trunk show and for the blog.    Take a look at how we utilized the Olive Branch collection to entertain our guests and see below how to win your own Michael Aram Madhouse collection for your next party.

You can enter to win a Michael Aram's Lemonwood tray  with coordinating napkins and plates by doing  3 simple things:

1.  Visit the Madhouse site here and check out the amazing collection.

2.  Comment below on how you would use it, should you be our winnner.

3.  Lastly, visit Madhouse's Facebook page and give it a like.  If you haven't already liked Cocoon's FB page do so here.

Contest ends on midnight Wednesday June 19th.  Good luck!

Congratulations to Shirley S., our trunk show giveaway winner!

7 Cool Outdoor Spaces And Tips On Creating Your Own

Outdoor spaces can expand your everyday living experience.  Creating one, whether it's large or small offers you extra square footage and the opportunity to enjoy the longer days of spring, summer and at times, fall.   We're in the process of creating an additional one like this in our front yard.  Can't wait to show you what we've done. Until then, here are a few tips on how to chisel out one of your very own:

For more ideas check out Cocoon's Botanical And Outdoor inspiration board on Pinterest.

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