Design blogger, home furnishings designer, and Capel Rugs licensing partner Cococozy has been named to Forbes magazine’s Top Influencers list. Cococozy’s partnership with Capel Rugs started in 2013, when she launched a new program of 5 collections and 24 rugs. Since then, her COCOCOZY for Capel program has steadily grown to include a variety of styles, constructions, and price points. At the October High Point Market, the COCOCOZY for Capel Rugs line added four new collections, including the highly popular Finesse Tower Court design and the Color Block design. Cococozy—one of ten influencers singled out in the Home category, and one of only thirty influencers named in this first edition of the list—also has a licensing deal with Mirth Studio for painted wood floor tiles, and makes her own line of pillows, throws, home textiles and accessories.

“We’re so excited that Coco has been honored this way,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs. “She is an amazing blogger and communicator with inspiring, relatable messages and tips for today’s busy women. And she’s also a highly talented designer with a knack for creating fashion-forward rugs and textiles that are both livable and affordable.”

When Coco began blogging nearly 10 years ago, she said, her goal was simple: to provide design and style inspiration with a personal and sometimes humorous approach. On Bloglovin’ —an online aggregator that steers visitors to popular blogs of interest—the Cococozy blog has an audience of 140,000+ followers. On social media, her network includes 94,000 likes on Facebook, 65,000 followers on Instagram, 33,000 followers on Twitter, and 25,000 followers on Pinterest. In addition to the thousands who come to her blog each day, pop star Katy Perry and interior design guru Jonathan Adler both named Cococozy one of their favorite interior design blogs in InStyle magazine.

“Blogging is not easy, so you have to love what you do,” said Coco. “You have to love what you are talking about, you have to love to story-tell and you have to have dedication and consistency. I enjoy every minute of sharing my point of view on décor, design, fashion, entertaining and more. Through my blog, I also try to encourage other women to pursue their passions and dreams. Your passion doesn’t have to be something that could turn into a business. It might be a passion of spending time with friends, taking care of those in need, doing good in the community or loving the people around you. Regardless of what you do and love to do, I would give the same advice: Stick with your passion!”

Published for the first time in April, Forbes’ Top Influencers list will be published quarterly, ranking 10 superstars from each of three unique categories per launch, starting with beauty, fitness, and home.

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