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sofa so good!

Posted by Cobi on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 10:26 AM
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Please welcome the latest member of the cobistyle furniture collection! Her name is Hollyhock and she’s made by Silva Custom Upholstery.

cobistyle Silva sofa dead-on

With only one sofa style in the collection, we decided it had to be our all-time favourite - a classic English roll arm, that works just as well with modern and traditional interiors.

cobistyle Silva sofa - angle

I love the turned leg, tight back and single seat cushion, although these features can be customized as you like. At Silva, they make each frame by hand from kiln-dried hardwood. The joints are securely glued, screwed, and doweled together for extra durability. The inside construction is web and coil and no-sag springs, and there are a number of cushion-fill options ranging from foam to feather.

Of course I’m most excited about the fabric options! Have a look….

cobistyle Silva fabrics for upholstery and cushions

Now just imagine your sofa in a handsome brown or a beautiful pink

2 sofas - pink and brown

Or maybe you’re brave enough to try a bold red

red sofa

Or a sunny yellow

yellow sofa

Or soft blue like Soffia Coppola enjoys …

pale blue sofa

I love these royal blue sofas trimmed with white piping …

blue and white sofa

And of course white is stunning if you don’t mind the maintenance …

white sofa

Look how great this one is with a crisp skirt trimmed in black ribbon …

white and black sofa

To be honest, any colour looks great on this style sofa, even beige!

beige sofa

The cobistyle sofa retails for approximately $3,000.00 which is a very good price for a top-quality, Canadian-made sofa with the styling details of some of the greats like the British George Sherlock and American George Smith.

Click here for a list of Canadian Silva retailers who carry the cobistyle collection of furniture.

the dawn of Daybreak bedding

Posted by Cobi on Friday February 27, 2015 at 08:41 AM
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Let me Introduce you to the newest cobistyle bedding pattern - Daybreak!

cobistyle Daybreak bedding at Sears

cobistyle Daybreak is now in Sears stores across Canada and on

cobistyle daybreak bedding @sears

Sometimes a new bedding pattern is all you need to inspire a bedroom makeover with a few new carefully selected pieces!

Like this mirror - every bedroom needs a few great mirrors…

cobistyle turquoise mirror

And drapery makes a huge difference - our Stevenson pattern comes in two colours and both would work well with Daybreak bedding…

cobistyle stevenson drapery

Of course we need a cozy throw and this one is perfect!

cobistyle mohair throw

Boxes for trinkets and accessories…

cobistyle lacquer boxes

Love this new inlaid one!

cobistyle yellow inlay box

Pretty woven baskets for scarves, shoes or magazines…

cobistyle turquoise woven basets

Great lamps are key to any bedroom…love this glass one:

cobistyle yellow glass lamp

These ceramic beauties - available in perfect colours - cast a soft glow.

cobistyle ceramic lamps

The grey background of cobistyle Daybreak makes it a natural for some silver and mercury glass accents

cobistyle mirrored and mercury glass accessories

Add more yellow accessories to create a sunny start to the morning…

cobistyle yellow accessories

Of course every bedroom needs a vase for flowers…

cobistyle clay vases

And lots of books

cobistyle birdcage bookends

And even more jewels! Oh yes, lots of jewels!

cobistyle jewellery box

Paint the walls white or a soft dove grey, add some fresh white furniture or paint what you have…

cobistyle white drum table

And lastly, add a huge glass hurricane for some candles.

cobistyle large glass hurricane

You’ll be all set to welcome the Day in your beautiful new bedroom!

cobistyle Daybreak bedding at Sears

cobistyle bedding is available at Sears Canada stores and on

all accessories above are cobistyle and available at boutiques across Canada please let me know if you are interested in anything specific and we will try to connect you with a store near you!

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flat out pattern

Posted by Cobi on Friday February 06, 2015 at 08:12 AM
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Pattern makes plain things more interesting.

durrie carpet in kitchen

I like a room that has pattern either on the walls, furniture, accessories OR floor. In other words, ‘choose your weapon’.

dhurrie carpet in urban loft

Colourful, exotic carpets are a great way to add life and interest to an otherwise basic room design.

colourful kilim in family room

They immediately bring character, warmth and colour to the space.

oriental carpet warms up white kitchen

They also bring age and authenticity to something a little ‘too brand new’.

great old carpet brings character to  living room

I love the look of a carpet that appears to have a story to tell….

old carpet under kitchen table

…one of exotic travels and a long journey from a faraway land.

oriental carpet warms up white bathroom

Carpets from the Old World bring the look of age and wisdom with them, to the New World.

oriental carpet doesn't have to match (bedroom)

They also bring the warmth of those countries through their colours (usually on the warm side of the colour wheel).

oriental carpet in old world kitchen

The best part is you don’t have to worry about matching these carpets to anything.

Persian rug in black living room

Or getting the size exactly right. Consider them a “piece” just as you would a “piece” of art.

Persian rug layered groups furniture

They can move from room to room, house to house, generation to generation…

hard-wearing persian rug in galley kitchen is a classic

Just as life does. The only thing constant is change, journey on my friend.

Layered rugs in screened porch

colour of the year cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Thursday January 08, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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As you may have already heard, “Marsala” has been declared by Pantone the “colour of the year”.

red wine

Pantone is the international agency of colour. By using the Pantone numerical colour system, people can look at the same colour (in a book or on the screen) regardless of where they are. It sure makes explaining a deep winey red with brown undertones, to someone across the pond, easier.

red grapes

Colour inspiration can come from anything.

chicken marsala

If you’re interested in colour, click here to watch a video of the design directors of Pantone discussing this year’s colour choice.


This year’s colour looks great in fashion and of course makeup.

marsala dressed stars

It’s a classic colour that suits many skin tones…

marsala outfit

In the home, I see it in carpets for sure…

carpet in blue kitchen

marsala coloured carpet

And as a fun accent or dramatic focal point in paint

red exterior door

At cobistyle we love many shades of red. Here are a few current pieces with a Marsala state of mind…

cobistyle red vase

This vase, lamp

cobistyle red lamp

and chopsticks are available at boutiques across Canada.

cobistyle chopsticks

This Trellis drapery pattern is right on trend and very affordable at

cobistyle trellis drapery at sears

The cobistyle red lantern is available in lighting stores across Canada and the US.

cobistyle red lantern

And so if you’ve always wanted to ‘do red’, this is your year! I mean come on - your home will look like a shoot from vogue magazine …

marsala drapery

12 trees of christmas 2014

Posted by Cobi on Thursday December 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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I recently participated in the Gardiner Museum’s 12 Trees of Christmas event. 2014 was called The Toronto Edition and each designer was assigned a neighbourhood to reflect in our tree. Mine was Mirvish Village and so I called it Bright Lights, Big City to showcase the celebration, excitement and nightlife of that vibrant part of town.

It all started with a Santa sleigh full of supplies …

load of supplies

The trees were pre-lit 7’ tall and I added frosted, flashing coloured lights to bring home my theme…

coloured lights

The first ornaments to go on were large (8”) mirrored disco balls for reflection and glitz. I wired them deeply into the tree so they filled the holes and didn’t weigh down the branches.

disco ball ornament

Then large balloons with ribbon tails were added. The colours happened to be perfect - lime, red, turquoise and fuchsia.

green balloon

red balloon

I added glittery musical notes to continue the celebratory theme…

sparkly musical notes

And champagne glasses filled with mini disco balls…

mini disco balls

Hershey’s kisses…

Hershey's kisses

And noise makers…

noise makers

The topper is a bunch of silvery sprays…

spray topper

Around the bottom I laid a silver quilted skirt with 12 acrylic ice buckets filled with silver ornaments and tinsel and a frosty-coloured bottle in each with a battery pack of lights fed down inside so they glowed. I pushed another spray into the top of each to mimic the spray of champagne.

orange ice bucket

green ice bucket

The tree is lots of fun and I truly hope it brightens the hearts of people who find themselves at the new Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto this Christmas - the location where the generous Black Foundation chose to donate my tree.

Cobi Ladner's tree for The Gardiner

For a better look click here to see a video segment from Global News showing me ‘n my tree.

Click here to see a video clip of the trees as they appeared on the CBC (Steven & Chris). I’m glad she enjoyed the chocolate kisses!

rose-coloured christmas

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
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Last weekend I hosted a brunch for my oldest and dearest BFF’s (well they may not want to be called the ‘oldest’ but you know what I mean).

longer view of table

I wish I’d taken more pulled-back pictures to show off the table in context of my dining room, but I was so enthralled by the rosy glow of the set table that my pics appear to all be close range.

brunch from head of table

I layered all kinds of things in crystal, silver and rosy cranberry, and it created such a pretty effect in the daylight for a ladies luncheon.

brunch close up

A few bunches of boxwood snippets from the garden in white cobistyle tea glasses gave a touch of colour relief.

brunch - glass with boxwood

The tray from my mom’s silver tea service came in handy to corral votives and ornaments in the centre of the table and add some vintage charm.

brunch silver tray

I love it when it’s my turn to host our annual brunch because the rule is that the host provides only beverages and the rest bring the food.

brunch from corner angle

I almost feel guilty having all the fun!

overhead, light streaming

Cheers to setting many more tables for old and dear friends this holiday!

to market, to market, for a new bedroom

Posted by Cobi on Friday October 10, 2014 at 01:22 PM
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Introducing the latest cobistyle bedding pattern at Sears.

Camden bed

We called it Camden because the fresh take on an old-world damask reminded me of the exotic and lively markets in London, England. An exciting mash-up of East meets West and everything in between.

Camden pillows close up

The decorative pillows feature embroidery and ruching in deep jewel tones of plum and teal (both huge in fashion this year).

Camden sheets close up

But the sheets are more sedate with a light geometric design and ribbon detail on the cuff.

striped jewel box

This pattern is perfect if you are looking for a new colour palette for your bedroom. It will bring instant interest to the room and give you lots of great hues to inspire paint colours and accessories.

purple orchid

Like this cute little potted orchid.

stacked turquoise boxes

Or these lacquered boxes with covers - great for stacking and storing scarves and jewellery.

purple linen throw

A light-weight linen-look throw is perfect to pull over your shoulders when reading in bed.

gold leaf lamp

And gold is definitely the right metallic finish to pair with these colours. It works with the Eastern influences and keeps everything warm and inviting.

turquoise candle

A scented candle is a personal treat with no calories in the evening.

purple candle

And so there’s no reason not to indulge!

(All accessories above are cobistyle by the way.)

Salinger blue drape

I also think these drapery panels would work beautifully with Camden. Check out cobistyle Salinger Blue on


Or how about adding a lovely upholstered chair? This one is a great scale for the bedroom: cobistyle Petunia.

turquoise water carafe

You’ll never want to leave the bedroom at this rate! Cuddle up and enjoy the sparkle of your new jewel tones.

cobistyle premium ‘drapery plus collection’ now available online!

Posted by Cobi on Friday September 05, 2014 at 09:18 AM
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Launched last year, the cobistyle premium drapery collection by Q Design has expanded and is now available online.

Introducing the new cobistyle drapery plus! collection on!

The expanded collection includes more products - six beautiful new drapery fabrics have been introduced to make a total of 18 patterns! Plus table linens - cloths, napkins and table runners - and anything else you desire can be custom sewn in matching fabric ~ perhaps a new bed skirt to match your new drapery?

The entire collection is now available across Canada and the United States in the cobistyle drapery shop through

CLICK HERE to visit our online shop now!

ps. If you’re worried about choosing fabric online, just request a fabric sample to be sent out free of charge - now that’s service! Plus, all panels are available for customization (lining fabrics, heading styles, specific lengths, etc.).

Check out our six new fabrics (all draperies are fully lined, 50” wide and come in three standard lengths - 84”, 96”, 108”) :


SALINGER BLUE : Salinger Blue

STEVENSON GREY : Stevensen Blue

STEVENSON CITRINE : Stevenson Citrine

THOREAU : Thoreau

WOLFE : Wolfe

LEWIS : Lewis

WILDE : Wilde

TABLE RUNNERS : Wilde runner

PLACEMATS : Wilde placemats


AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN DREAM OF! Q Design is a custom shop and so they can sew anything out of our carefully chosen cobistyle fabrics - a matching bedskirt, window-seat cushions, duvet cover, seat pads, the list goes on!

I am thrilled with the value this collection offers - designer fabrics; professionally hand-sewn in Canada; and reasonable prices - it doesn’t get better than that. Have fun shopping!

fabrics on one slide

cute cottage decor “do’s” list

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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I’ve decorated our little cottage in PEI on a shoe-string. Here are a few easy ideas…

10. Framed maps of the area as affordable art.

framed map

9. Tin-topped kitchen tables from flea markets clean-up great for empty corners or porches. I painted this one with high-gloss marine paint.

tin top table

8. Trays add character to cookie-cutter, thrift-store dressers.

tray on dresser

7. Garage sale vases grouped with one or two wild flower stems make a statement.

milk glass vases

6. Paint-by-numbers are surprisingly cute and fun to do at the cottage!

paint by number

5. Choose a theme to work with your cottage and start an art collection.

ship prints

4. Put an old worn chair to work by holding towels.

red chair with towels

3. Let mundane supplies double-duty as pretty little moments.

jars of toiletries

2. Use large pickle jars half filled with local sand/stones/shells for porch lanterns.

pickle jar candle holders

1. Forgo plastic chairs for a pair of porch rockers - guests will fight over them!

porch rockers

red + turquoise = gorgeous

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday July 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM
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I wasn’t the least bit worried when I purchased my cobistyle headboard and ordered it in turquoise velvet. I knew it would go with lots of other fabrics and patterns I love.

turquoise headboard and red chest

But when I ordered two cobistyle red cabinets (no longer available) to go on either side, I did start to wonder if I was pushing my luck. But as is often the case when we listen to our gut, I love the look and it’s easy to live with the cream walls and lots of other colour accents.

cobistyle red chest + turqoise stool

I was working on instinct with those colour choices (not a formulated plan) but there are many wonderful examples of rooms using the combination of turquoise and red.

framed scarf on turquoise shelves

Of course that now makes me feel validated - goodness knows why we need that! - but it does.

red + turquoise

There’s something about the equality of the colours that looks really attractive together.

great dining room

Like a fabulously fashionable couple, red and turquoise bring out the best in each other.

retro kitchen

The robustness of the red and the cool, calm of the turquoise.

laundry room with red w+drier

If you’re looking to jazz up a room, I highly suggest you consider inviting this couple into your home.


Or if you already have a room with one of the two colours, try adding the other for a punch of fun.

bedroom with twin beds

Here are some options that would give you a nice jolt:

cobistyle poppy stool cobistyle Poppy stool, $430.00

cobistyle daisy chair cobistyle Daisy chair, $1,090.00

red lamp cobistyle red glass lamp, $270.00

turquoise glass vessel cobistyle large glass hurricane, $270.00 red platter cobistyle enamel tray, $32.00

turquoise mirror cobistyle mirror, $260.00

red poof cobistyle knitted poof, $200.00

Another way to try a colour in a room is to buy some flowers.

red flowers

It might just inspire you to take the leap with something more permanent.

front door with roses

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red raspberries in turquoise dish

in praise of the lowly garden stool

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 06:59 AM
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1,000 years of history can’t be wrong. That’s how long barrel or drum-shaped garden stools have been used in China.

blue stools fave

They may have evolved out of the Buddhist garden tradition, where natural elements like tree stumps and smooth rocks were used as seats.

cobistyle white stool and throws outdoors

Traditionally, Chinese homes were built around a courtyard, with an emphasis on landscape and gardens, so outdoor furniture was essential.

chinese stool to raise up plants

By the Song Dynasty (960-1279), these types of stools were used both indoors and outdoors as casual seating.

perfect drinks side table

Indoor stools were typically made out of wood, while outdoor furniture, needing to withstand the elements, was made out of stone, glazed stoneware, or porcelain.

on deck

Although ceramic stools have been exported to the West for about 300 years, it’s only since the mid-20th century that they gained much currency in North American interiors — and exteriors.

Cobi's backyard black chairs/white stools My own backyard.

Their uses are endless - bathrooms are a natural:

chinese stool beside the tub

bathroom contrast

As are patios, decks and terraces:

cobistyle blue and white in backyard

compact stools on a terrace

Love them clustered:

clustered garden stools

Excellent for extra seating or drinks tables when entertaining:

chinese stools tucked for extra seating or drinks tables

beautiful living room through arch

For books or a beverage in a quiet spot:

at end of a chaise longue

beside blue chair - for books

Or at a vanity:

vanity stool

Perfect poolside:

poolside stools

They’re a compact, sturdy little surface that tucks in neatly, even in a high-traffic zone.

blue and white with colour

They add a pop of colour!

yellow drinks table

And a worldly look wherever they pop up:

works in any style

Even in the garden!

garden stools in the garden

There will always be Chinese Garden stools in the cobistyle accessory line. I think they’re one of the best multi-use, portable, pretty-yet-practical accent pieces you can own.

yellow stool in Cobi's bedroom

Here are the current styles in our lineup (they change over the seasons):

yellow pierced stool cobistyle Pierced yellow, $240.00

yellow patterned stool cobistyle Yellow patterned, $180.00

turquoise stool cobistyle Turquoise stoneware, $180.00

white pierced stool cobistyle White cutout, $200.00

blue and white stool cobistyle Blue and white, $190.00

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neutrals get the blues too

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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I had to share this….it’s a table setting on display at the wholesaler I work with for my decorative accessory line. They often set things up so that the retailers you shop with, get inspired for their displays. I thought this table was particularly well done…

overall table setting

You know how I love blue and white as a decorating scheme, both is porcelain and in textiles…

blue and white cups

Well I think people often struggle with how to blend it in at home, but look how great it works here with beautiful neutral tableware similar to what many of us own.

one place setting

It just pops against the white, wood, silver, stainless and natural fabrics.

place setting with pillow

This is a great lesson in how things often work together that don’t necessarily “match”.

place setting close up

So next time you’re setting a table and cursing you don’t have everything matching, try adding something a little unexpected. It may give you the biggest surprise.

The cobistyle items above are the blue and white porcelain pieces, large blue glass vessels, everlasting flowers, mercury glass votive holders and decorative cushions. They are for sale in boutiques across Canada. Just drop me a line if you need help finding something.

cobistyle drapery at sears!

Posted by Cobi on Monday May 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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Looking for drapery panels at a great price? Look no further than Sears! cobistyle has launched drapery at Sears stores, and in the Sears catalogue starting this month. In fact, I see they are all on sale until June 1st!

Here’s a sneak peek at the launch designs…

Trellis is a fresh-looking grommeted and lined drape made of 100% cotton with a slight texture to give it a linen look. It comes in two choices of length: 50” x 84” ($49.99) and 50” x 95” ($54.99) and three choices of colour: Gun metal, Marine and Burnt Orange (shown here).

trellis drapery

Thermal Tweed also has a grommeted top but is unlined as the fabric has a thermal back - great for drafty windows or the cottage. It’s made of super hard-wearing polyester and comes 50” x 84” ($39.99). Currently this drape is available in Chocolate, Marine and Moss; with Terracotta and Taupe coming in June.

Thermal tweed drapery

Paradise is a grommeted, lined, 100% cotton floral print in a lovely, subtle aqua and taupe combination. It comes in two lengths: 50” x 84” ($49.99) and 50” x 95” ($54.99).

Paradis drapery

I love this ‘burn-out’ sheer called Hourglass. It’s perfect for a window where you just want sheer coverage or layered with another drape. As you can guess, the pattern appears to be burned out to give a tone-on-tone affect. It’s made of a rayon/polyester blend and constructed with a 2” rod-pocket. There are two lengths: 54” x 63” ($34.99) and 54” x 84” ($39.99) and three neutral shades: White, Ivory and Taupe.

Hourglass drapery

Coming in June online and in catelogue…

Framework is a practical yet handsome polyester jacquard (meaning it has a woven design) with a foam back to make it sturdy and light resistant. It comes in 54” x 84” ($49.99) and 54” x 95” ($59.99) with either back tab or grommet heading styles. There are four colours to choose from: Sage, Spice, Taupe and Black (shown here).

Framework tab

Stitched Sheer is a light sheer with a vertical stitched look to give it enough interest for it to stand alone, but it’s also simple enough to layered with another drape. This polyester sheer has a 1.5” rod pocket and comes in 50” x 84” ($24.99) and 50” x 95” ($29.99). Available in Ivory, Terracotta, Moss and Marine.

stiched sheer drape

Why not switch up your drapes for summer? Try a simple sheer for a light and airy look or if you need sun protection, a thermal tweed in a pretty colour will keep the heat out as well as it keeps the heat in in the winter. At these prices you can afford to have some fun!

laurie loves cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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My friend Laurie is a multi-talented lady. She helped me to realize the cobistyle decorative accessory collection right from the beginning when it was nothing more than magazine clippings, a long wish-list and me blabbing in her ear. It gave me confidence that she actually ‘got it’!

She has now branched out on her own doing a number of things including writing her own blog called Laurie Loves and hosting events where she sells some of her favourite products, in her beautiful home in Oakville, Ont.

table with ranunculas

These are a few pictures from her last event that feature cobistyle products (some are no longer in stock but I thought it was fun to see them in action anyway).

on plate plus napkin ring

For example the ranunculus napkin rings - they were a huge hit for their blowsy, Springy feel and I still have people write to me looking for them.

charger plates

These porcelain bird vases look wonderful empty or filled with a few fresh flowers tucked in as Laurie has done here.

birds with read flowers

Laurie has a natural talent with flowers (both real and imposters) and I understand she comes by it honestly from her mom!

peonies in window

Notice how she cut the stems of these cobistyle peonies so the heads just hit the top of the vase? That way they look full and not floppy!

light pink peonies in glass

Who doesn’t like peonies? These look great all summer long and no arranging required as they come in a square white pot.

tea table with potted peony

Thank you for your constant support of cobistyle Laurie. We’ll be watching as your own Laurie Loves story takes flight.

flower market

patio party ~ cobistyle!

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 07:04 PM
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I am so excited about the new cobistyle patio-ware collection at sears!

patio display

Not only is the product terrific ~

patio green check plates and white jugs

But the packaging is too!

boxes cropped

Which means it’s great for gifts - Spring showers, Mother’s day, birthdays…

patio white and turquoise plates

patio - overall

The placemats are 100% cotton and reversible (lime/navy or lime/turquoise).

patio - placemats

And the plates all mix and match - fresh gingham prints with solids.

patio - turquoise and white plates

Think of what fun you’ll have setting a summer table!

patio - table set

Dishes and drinkware are all dishwasher proof (top rack) and microwave proof.

cobistyle patio bowls

The only tough part is choosing between the navy combination…

cobistyle navy and white

Or the turquoise combination…

cobistyle turquoise and lime

Which is my cue to remind you of what a terrible winter we just endured and say, “Why not treat yourself and get it all?!”

patio overall display

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