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Coveted Gift Guide Part II: The Collector

The season of gift-giving and merry-making well upon us, we have prepared a beautiful selection of gift ideas for everyone on your list, with a twist: all our selections are suitable for any gender, separated into hard-to-shop-for categories. 

Today, gifts for the vintage fanatic, the person who has it all, the collector: a curated grouping of our choicest vintage pieces, sure to please anyone and everyone on your list. 

Ystad-Metall Lily Candlesticks

A favorite of the design world, these classic candlesticks were designed by Ivar-Alenius Bjork for the 1939 World’s Fair and have been a bona fide icon since. Freshly polished and ready to liven up a mantel or dining table. Made in Sweden. $149.

Walnut + Aluminum Box 

A well-designed box looks great on any tabletop, and this vintage, 1960’s Silvercrest example is no exception. Perfect for holding anything from matches to treasured mementos, this handsome and well-made box makes a stunning addition to any interior. $75

Art Deco Silver Vanity Tray

Dating from the 1920’s, this substantial and chic tray is a gorgeous way to corral perfume and jewelry in a bedroom or bathroom or as an accent on a console or cocktail table. It is in fantastic original condition, with light wear commensurate with age. Made in England. $72.

Modernist Bottle Opener

An elegant and well-crafted addition to any bar cart, this solid brass and chrome bottle opener is as sleek and modern as it gets. A true mid-century modern accessory, it was probably made in the 1950s or 60s. In excellent condition with light, age-appropriate wear. $64.

Horn Object 

An earthy but sculptural addition to any table or shelf, this sustainably-harvested horn was mounted on a wooden base by artisans in Uganda. A one-of-a-kind gift for anyone on your list. 

Carved Horse Sculpture 

A hand-carved, stylized horse’s head sculpture is just the accent for any coffee table, console or bookshelf. Works well in a variety of interior styles. In excellent condition. $48.

Abstract Nude Painting

A vibrant color palette and expressive, abstract brush strokes lend this mid-century modern painting an air of sophistication and fun. Framed in an antique wooden frame. $95.

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A Coveted Holiday: The Genderless Gift Guide, Part I

 

The season of gift-giving and merry-making is well upon us, we have prepared a beautiful selection of gift ideas for everyone on your list, with a twist: all our selections are suitable for any gender, separated into hard-to-shop-for categories. Our second gift guide installment will be released in a few days, stay tuned!  

This week, gifts for the tastemaker, the aesthete, the design-obessed in your life. What to get someone who curates every facet of their lives, you ask? Keep reading. Happiest of holidays to you and yours! 

Turkish Woven Towels

Ideal for everything from a chic, oversized scarf or wrap, to draping on a chair as a light throw, to using for its intended purpose as an absorbent, lightweight, long-lasting towel. They come in four on-trend color-ways and are perfect to mix and match. Linen & cotton, machine wash. $59.

 

Happy Habitat x Inspire Good Co. Notebooks (set of 3)

A thoughtful and useful stocking stuffer, this set of three notebooks are a collaboration between Kansas City’s own Happy Habitat and the Inspire Good publishing company, featuring covers inspired by Happy Habitat’s colorful knit throws. 60 pages each. $15. 

 

 

 

Palo Santo trays

Handmade, small-batch ceramic accessories for the of-the-moment home fragrances, Palo Santo wood! Crafted by local ceramics maker The Object Enthusiast in earthy, goes-with-anything neutrals . Pairs perfectly with both our Palo Santo bundles. Palo Santo trays, $35. Palo Santo bundle, $12 for five sticks. 

 

Simple Leather Card Wallet

Cut and sewn by the local leather goods line Foxtrot, a functional way to carry your cards and cash stylishly. Outer card sleeve and open pocket. Available in three chic shades of the highest quality leather. Made in Kansas City. $46.

 

Molten Brass Frames 

Perfect for gifting a photograph of yourself, these weighty and textural solid brass frames liven up any tableau with a bit of metallic shine. Perfectly complimentary to nearly any interior. Available in two sizes, 4″x 6″ and 5″ x 7″. $54 and $66, respectively.

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Party: TWYLA Launch at Coveted Home

Dearest Coveteurs,

We’ve got art, now let’s party.

Experience the newest way to discover and buy art by some of the worlds leading contemporary artists at affordable prices. 
Join us for cocktails and small bites on Friday March 31st to celebrate the launch of Twyla at Coveted Home

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RSVP HERE

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On Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo

Recalling the work of famed Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, pencil reed bamboo decor adds just the right amount of organic glamour to almost anywhere in your home. While the material was a staple of 1970s and ’80s  design, it is being re-discovered and utilized in every kind of interior and aesthetic, from streamlined midcentury, to Scandinavian minimalism, to an eclectic boho mix of all styles. The warm caramel color is versatile, and adds subtle texture to your space. As with many relics of that era,  these pieces are ripe for a comeback, and it’s easy to see why.

We happen to have a few pencil reed pieces as part of our Coveted Home Flea inventory, both in impeccable condition.

 

A 1970's pencil reed bamboo table lamp, available at Coveted Home.A 1970’s pencil reed bamboo table lamp with brass base, generously sized and clean-lined enough to fit in anywhere. $149 (Shade sold separately) available at the Coveted Home

 

A beautiful pencil reed bamboo side or accent table, c. 1970s, $795, also available at Coveted Home

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Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo Furniture makes a comeback in modern, eclectic, bohemian style home interiors. Get the scoop on applying this trend in your home.

Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo Furniture makes a comeback in modern, eclectic, bohemian style home interiors. Get the scoop on applying this trend in your home.

While we can picture it in any number of applications, this knockout pendant would look incredible over a breakfast nook or in a dining room. Midcentury pencil reed bamboo pendant lamp, $750, available at Jayson Home.

Rosie Case Living Room

Fellow Instagram friend, Rosie Case, boasts these amazing pencil reed chairs in her living room and we could not be coveting them more. The warmth and texture they bring into the room is spot on. Tell us where you would use pencil reed furniture in your home, we’d love to hear from you!

As always, let us help you design your life.

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Restore & Refresh

Finn Juhl “FD136” lounge chairs for France & Son, in the designer’s residence.

Perhaps there’s a chic but scruffy family heirloom in your basement. Maybe you’re on the hunt for the perfect vintage accent but wish to renew a less-than-prime piece. Or maybe you are an ardent vintage buyer who always needs a project. Regardless of the reason, breathing new life into a formerly undesirable piece is as satisfying as it is surprisingly simple. We’ve rounded up the most helpful methods and hints for doing just that.

Material: Wood

While some always practice the “If it’s rough, cover it with paint” mantra, it doesn’t have to be this way. Unlike a lot of furniture produced today, vintage and antique pieces were designed to last and made to be refinished. And with craftsmanship and materials like that, it’s easy to see why.

For many hardwoods, such as walnut, maple, teak and oak, a simple and breathtaking option is a rubbed-oil finish. Easier to achieve stunning looks with than a glossy and toxic-smelling varnish, only rudimentary skill is involved. Our favorite oil finishes include the Watco family of oils, and Tried & True Wood Finish, both noted for their easy application and durable, beautiful appearance. Even on veneered furniture, oil finishes impart a modern, smooth, gorgeous finish with a slight lustre all its own.

Maintaining piece finished with oil is simple as well. On tables and oft-used pieces, always use a drinks coaster, as most oil finishes are susceptible to rings. If piece shows wear, and to keep the finish resilient, it is necessary to re-oil occasionally.

Helpful Hint: Between coats of any oil-finish, a quick but thorough once-over with .0000 (ultra fine) steel wool not only enhances the final finish, it allows the wood to absorb more oil more deeply by opening the pores of the wood.

Material: Woven (Wicker/Rattan/Papercord/Bamboo)

A walnut & papercord Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner

You’ve found the most gorgeous, structurally sound rattan and iron side chair. It’s sturdy, it’s vintage, it’s perfect for your desk. It’s also filthy from decades of sitting in a dusty garage or basement. Luckily, this is yet another simple procedure. If the rattan has a clear finish, simply clean with water and a soft-bristle brush, and allow to dry. If the finish looks dull, it can be wiped down with lemon oil or refinished with a coat or two of clear spray lacquer. Wicker can be treated in this manner. If it is painted, it may be lightly scrubbed with soapy water, allowed to dry, and re-sprayed or touched up.

For papercord surfaces, a dry, soft-bristle brush may be used to clean between the cords. Avoid getting unlacquered or otherwise unsealed papercord wet.

Helpful Hint: Because seating materials like this are likely to be used frequently, it is usually a good idea to seal them to protect against spills and stains. Use either a brush-on or spray-on product, and remember to never leave woven seats in direct light for extended periods, as it can have a destructive drying effect.

This is the first installment of a series on how to best bring back to life hand-me-down or found vintage furniture and accessories. As always, let us help you design your life.

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Setting the bar

What says gracious, classic holiday entertaining like a fully stocked bar cart? If you love the idea of a bar cart but don’t have the space or need for the permanence of a new piece of furniture, may we suggest a temptingly close second? The bar tray is a simple way to get the look without rethinking your entire space for one evening of entertaining, and during the holidays, who doesn’t love ease and convenience? Whether you have a disused pair of decanters, a swizzle stick collection, or are starting fresh, putting together a drinks tray that expresses your look is fun, easy and surprisingly impactful. The first step is selecting your tray, then adding decanters and an ice bucket. While they need not match, its important that they be functional and not too heavy. Decking out your tray with the perfect bottle opener, garnish bowls and cocktail shaker is an opportunity to have some fun with mixing and matching and getting creative. The final step, of course: just add booze and watch your guests become their own mixologist.

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From left: “Good as Gold” hip flask in polished brass, hand-carved bitters bottle, Crystal Cluster decanter, olive wood bowl with Batik inlay (sold as part of a set), Waxing Moon ceramic decanter, Curve medium marble nut bowl, Crest bottle opener, Bumpy vase, all on a Manchester tray in Chestnut finish.

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“Good As Gold” hip flask, $58

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Olive Wood bowl set with bone inlay, $154

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Fort Standard “Crest” bottle opener, $60

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Cranberry Whiskey Sour 

60 0z. (5 Bottles) Mike’s Hard Cranberry Lemonade

10 0z. Jim Beam bourbon

5 oz. simple syrup

1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved, plus more for garnish

3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

Mix all ingredients in the container or dispenser of your choice, add the herbs and cranberries, and serve neat or over ice.

All available for purchase in-store and online at Coveted Home. As always, thank you for letting us help you design your life.

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We Love Lucite

Is there another material that transcends styles, eras and contexts quite like Lucite? Whether it be uber-glam Hollywood Regency, slick and sleek space-age modern, or an anything-goes mix, Lucite adds a polished and refined, yet unobtrusive element to any space. Used in the creation of everything from etageres to ice buckets, lamps and coffee tables, its applications are limited only by imagination. While many midcentury styles are inherently ‘of a look,’ employing a Lucite piece instantly adds crisp, timeless style to your space. In addition, many present-day designers have wholeheartedly embraced the Lucite trend, meaning you don’t have to rely on vintage pieces to get your fix.

 

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A 1970’s brass-and-Lucite table lamp sits on our Crossroads Kansas City ‘Tall Circle’ side table in hackberry & walnut.

 

 

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 A Lucite bar cart makes a subtle yet glamorous statement when paired with bright colors and warm metals (image courtesy www.furnishburnish.com)

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 Lucite obelisk pair, available through Chairish

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Jonathan Adler has a smattering of lucite pieces available. The Globo Boxes are some of our favorites.