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The Enigma of Aroma

Some people are visually stimulated, others roused by touch. For me, arousal springs from the airy scents of a passerby’s perfume: splashes of Moroccan rose water, jasmine stirred over a hot summer breeze.

Nothing get’s me going like a bottle of santal – sudden hint of cardamom, twist of amber and brightest iris: careening through the crowd, exposing itself on just the slightest shift in the air. What a sensation! To recognize, and be recognized by just the tip of the nose.

Sure, we’re in the business of beautiful things, exotic textiles, those endlessly charming ceramics with their little fingerprint indentations marking their maker. But c’mon, at the end of the day, we’re all animals compelled to action, first and most passionately by that mysterious old factory (olfactory system).

The enigma of arousal is but one mystery to the climax of live.

In the words of an old friend, I follow my nose, wherever it goes.

-Nick

Introducing: Tobali

Choose Wisely: One of Each Shall Do

As an added bonus, here’s our list on the effects of fragrance.

  • Scents to Relieve Anger: Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang-ylang.
  • Scents to Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium and Violet Leaf.
  • Scents to Increase Confidence: Frankincense, Jasmine, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
  • Scents to Ease Depression: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Tangerine and Ylang-ylang.
  • Scents to Improve Memory: Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary.
  • Scents to Ease Sorrow: Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Rosemary and Sage.
  • Scents Used as Aphrodisiacs: Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang-ylang.
  • Scents to Invigorate and Overcome Fatigue: Angelica, Benzoin, Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage and Spiced Apple.
  • Scents to Deal with Stress, Nervous Tension and Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Melissa, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, and Ylang-ylang.
  • Scents to Calm Irritability: Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, and Rose Geranium.

«The Binding of Jowa» tells the story of a 1100 year-old legendary perfume, purely extraordinary, formulated by emperor Ninmyō.

TOBALI, new perfume brand reinterprets this perfume in the form of an eau de parfum and candles.
TOBALI has chosen the theme « hidden beauty ». The hidden beauty, a mysterious beauty, such as the moon’s spectrum or in the shadows, the appeal expresses itself when hidden. For every perfume two opposite aspects coexist, such as  « Seductiveness and Intellect », « Strength and Affection» or «Elegance and Insanity ».
5 symbolic characters that highlighted Japanese history inspired TOBALI for its 5 perfumes, and 5 emblematic Japanese    landscapes for its 5 candles.
Furthermore, the allied design of different contrasts from the sacred color, white, and the visuals captured by the huge photographer Nobuyoshi Araki gives TOBALI an unparalleled identity. TOBALI unveils itself for you.

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For Sale Antique Rugs: Never Used Beauties from the 1970s

Oh, estate sales. At their best hit-or-miss, at their worst, total duds. Which is why we’re thrilled to share our recent finds, as discovered in the storage unit of an antiquities dealer. Buried deep within we uncovered a gorgeous collection of pristine rugs, purchased in Turkey in the 1970s. And if that’s not enough, they’re nowhere available to you.

These are investment pieces, the sort of accessory which is at once artful and collectible. The sort of rugs which become heirloom emblems and which distinguish thoughtful interiors from the same ole’ hum-drum mainstream.

All pieces are one of a kind, from the various tribal peoples of Turkey and Anatolia.

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Cause I’m A Mother-Lover: Mothers Day Gift Guide

What’s up mothers, lovers, and all you Coveteurs! We’ve compiled a collection of irresistibly delicious Mothers Day Gifts for yours truly – be-still-my-heart!

Featuring Sierra Winter’s statement “Mama” necklace among a collection of covetable ceramics, must-have jewelry, and choice vintage.

This year it’s all about stating your love with iconic, timeless, and delightful accessories.

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Rings: $150-395
Hufft Groove Table: $450
Agate Cuff: $550
*Mandarins: market price 😉

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What They Covet: Nicole Cole

Ever on the prowl for fresh minds, we set our eyes on the Philadelphia-based Nicole Cole. She’s one of those creatives who bring thoughtful action into a cookie-cutter world, an interior designer who provides time and time-again unique solutions to design questions. Her look? Soft, beautifully-curated, and admirably mindful. Nicole’s style is one you’ll remember. I’m grateful she has family in Kansas City, that we get to visit when she comes to town and that I can call her a friend in real life, not just online! I’m happy to share her story with you along with her gorgeous master bedroom and her design process.

https://www.vestige-home.com/


Hi, I’m Nicole!
Interior designer, and owner of Vestige Home, a design studio that focuses on creating spaces that are interesting, engaging, and encourages people to live well. My greatest joy is helping clients create homes that are thoughtful, functional with a style that makes them feel like their home is a sanctuary. 

My day to day is always different and can range from floor planning a 3-D model of a space, to selecting materials and finishes, to checking in on the construction of a project on site with contractors and trades, or I might be wading through the piles receipts and invoices that always need to be attended to 🙂 

How would you describe your style?

I like so many different things it’s hard to say for sure, but I can broadly describe my personal style as modern colonial with a strong nature influence.  I love historic homes and we are currently in the process of renovating our 1940’s stone house in Philadelphia, there are deep windowsills, large moldings and high ceilings which I think make the perfect backdrop to more modern elements.  But I am not afraid to throw a primitive colonial period piece into the mix though.  I think that all interior design should have a little tension and mixing periods and materials is a great way to achieve that.  I also grew up with antiques (often accompanying my mom to the shops) and pieces from the past still influence me today. 

What are you passionate about and why?

I am passionate about helping better people’s lives and love their homes.  When I was growing up, my dad was in the Navy and so we moved every couple of years.  Despite these frequent moves, my parents still took the time to try and make whatever house we were in feel special and personal, which I think made us feel safe in what could be a bit of a tumultuous life starting over every couple years. This experience strongly influenced my desire to do work that helps people to live better lives.  Having a home that functions well for you and your family and makes you feel happy and calm every time you walk in the door can extend to improving so many other areas of your life as well.

Show us What You’re Coveting

What’s on your wishlist right now?

Blackbird Incense
We bought some of this incense at Coveted Home on our last trip to Kansas City and we are addicted!  My husband lights it almost every evening when we settle in to watch our favorite TV show and says it reminds him of when he was a little boy in church.  As much as the visual of an interior play to our senses, the scent is also an important consideration in setting the mood. 

Vintage Pottery
I’m always on the hunt for good pottery whether newly made by a local artist or a vintage piece with an unusual glaze or form.  I display them as part of a larger grouping or our old butler’s pantry (used as a display case). This vintage tall jug caught my eye – the narrow, skinny form and the single squiggle line down the middle. Perfect for a fireplace.

Silk & Wool Throw
Another gem from the Coveted Home, this throw is one of my favorite pieces in our living room.  It’s sustainably made and pairs perfectly with our linen lounge chair

House Tour + Q&A

Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018
Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018

Jaclyn: You recently moved into a new home, and I’m so excited to see how it evolves. Your master bedroom is stunning! It looks like the first space you completed is the master. In my experiences, people often start with the living/dining/kitchen. Why did you choose to design this room first?

Nicole: Thank you!  We knew the renovations were going to be a long term project.  In other homes we have renovated we usually take a year or two to get things the way we want (mostly because we moved around frequently for my husband’s job).  With this house, we intend to stay here for a while, so we really want to take our time, see how the spaces function for us and save money before making any big decisions.

Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018

Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018

We wanted to ensure we had a sanctuary where we can go to while other parts of the house being renovated.  Since we have a large bedroom with a fireplace and reading area, we started here.  It’s also more secluded from other areas of the house so I didn’t have to think as much about how the design would impact the rest of the rooms, as compared to something like the living or dining room open to other rooms.  It was also one of the less expensive rooms to do and we were able to do all of the work ourselves which helped to save costs since we have expensive projects like central A/C and hardwood floor refinishing that we are planning on tackling pretty quickly.

Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018
Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018

Jaclyn: What was your design process like for the master bedroom: Did it come together quickly? Exactly how you envisioned? Did you run into any problems? Anything you would do differently?

Nicole: The design process what much like the process I use for my clients.  I put together a mood board and a 3D model of the space and laid out a floorplan.  I thought about what the different functions we would need in the space were and ensured that the design would support those needs.

The room came together very quickly as I did it as part of the One Room Challenge, which is a six week design challenge.  I did some of the planning in the weeks beforehand so we could order materials and furnishings, but it was a very quick process overall. 


Credit: Rebecca McAlpin 2018

The room came together just as I envisioned.  The biggest challenge was getting it together on the short timeline.  During the process I was continuing to work on client projects full time, as well as move into the new house, so there wasn’t a lot of time to spend on the actual work on the bedroom except for late evenings.  It was a very stressful and sleepless time, but it felt really good to have a finished space that I am proud of. 

After 6 months we still love it and it functions really well for us.  I’d like to add is a sliding or pocket door on the closet so that we can utilize the interior of the closet more efficiently, otherwise, we really love the room!

Jaclyn: What area will you be working on next? 

We’ve been slowly tackling our kitchen as part of a “mini-makeover” until we do a full renovation in a few years.  We’re having the hardwood floors refinished next month and I’m hoping we can have space completely in the next 6 weeks or so.  Our back deck and garden are also on the list since we can get outside and enjoy the warmer weather!


We’d love to hear what you think about Nicole’s work! Be sure to comment below, and if you dig what we’re dishing out –lifestyle and design inspiration, the odd recipe here and there, music reviews, and travel guides– be sure to subscribe!


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What They Covet & House Tour with Carmeon Hamilton

Interior designer and self-proclaimed modern bohemian, Carmeon Hamilton represents everything we adore in the design scene and we’re so thrilled to feature her this session.

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Gone. In. A. Flash Sale

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That does it, these pieces need to go and we think you have just the space! Our annual flash sale is back and this year we’re talking everything from rugs to original paintings, hand-thrown ceramics, all those objets d’art we love to admire, all for ridiculously low prices.
Just in time for Spring decoration.

Here’s how it works:


1: Follow us on Instagram @CovetedHome

2: Sign in at 3pm Thursday, March 14th as the sale goes live.

3: To claim an item simply send a message with the item, your email and shipping instructions if applicable

4: We will issue a paypal invoice that must be paid within 30 minutes, items will not be held

5: There will be 2 prices: one that includes shipping and one for local pick up, please indicate in your comment if item needs to be shipped and provide address (some large items will be local pick up only)

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Flashsale: Rugs + Vintage Accessories + Objects D’art + Up to 75% Off

Gone. In. A. Flash

That does it, we’ve had enough, these pieces need to go and we think you have just the space. Our annual flash sale is back and this year we’re talking everything from vintage rugs to original paintings, hand-thrown ceramics, and all those objets d’art we love to admire.

Just in time for your next Spring fling.

Here’s how it works:
1: Follow us on Instagram @CovetedHome
2: Sign in at 3pm Thursday, March 14th as the sale goes live. ‌

Not on Instagram? Stop in for your own private show.

Coveted Home on the Country Club Plaza
610 W 48th.
Kansas City. Missouri. 64112
816-437-7958

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Welcome to the World of Atl. Oblique: Introducing Our New French Perfume

MEET ATELIER OBLIQUE

Atelier Oblique is a fragrance house established in Berlin in 2015 and wholeheartedly dedicated to traditional scents. Developed in the centre of the perfumer’s art – Grasse, in the south of France – and composed only using the finest traditional ingredients, Atl Oblique’s scented candles are classics of our time.

MEET THE MAKER: MARIO LOMBARDO

Mario Lombardo is one of the most well-respected designers of our time and has influenced the national and international design scene for many years. His work is considered groundbreaking, demonstrates social relevance, and has been honored on hundreds of occasions with national and international awards as well as a monograph. From the outset, his work has playfully overcome stylistic boundaries and has performed a balancing act between different, seemingly mismatched, disciplines, creating new contexts in language, space, aesthetics, and materials. As a designer, Mario Lombardo has helped shape the style of an entire era, placed a focus on experimental and craft activities in the age of digital aesthetics, and has breathed new life into print media. It is a passion for craftsmanship that continues to this day. Clients including KaDeWe, JOOP!, Rosenthal, Mercedes-Benz, Absolut, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and others have gladly placed their trust in his work.

FRAGRANCES

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Your Kansas City Guide: The Locals Take on Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and More

Your Kansas City Guide: The Locals Take on Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and More

Whether you’ve come for The City of Fountains, Paris of the Plains or Cowtown, Kansas City is an innovative and inspired place, full of kinetic and potential splendor. People frequently ask us, What’s fun here? Where should we eat? drink? shop? We love talking about our city and thought it helpful to compile a list of our favorites. These are among the various places and reasons to make Kansas City your next Weekender

No longer the Midwest’s flyover town, KC is striding forward with newfound vigor and a burgeoning sense of self which has the world watching — as if to say, ooh, what’s all this? When juice bars replace steakhouses and the maker movement is now commonplace, you know something interesting is brewing. 

**disclaimer: this is a deep dive into locally owned and small businesses. Like us, these businesses are unique and non-mainstream. To us, that is what makes them the best places to patronize. 

Eat: It’s not all steak and potatoes

Port Fonda: Why we love it: Port Fonda is an absolute gem. Authentic, yet creative Mexican cuisine. Chicharrones and Salsa, Borrego, Jackfruit al Pastor. The brunch menu is one of the best in town. Their agave (tequila/mezcal) collection is monumental and arguably unmatched. {locale: Westport}

Rye: That rare quality of providing comfort food done right. A difficult task and executed masterfully. Upscale comfort food prepared beautifully. {locale: Plaza}

Extra-Virgin: Sure tapas are trendy, overblown, and often leave one feeling empty and cheated. Not the case at this lively eatery. A marriage of purposeful menu groups, meaningful bartending, and a rotation of fresh ingredients spearhead Chef Michael Smith’s bistro. He has a James Beard thingy so take note if your into that stuff. Regardless of accolades, Extra Virgin remains our favorite treat when the mood strikes — which is always. {locale: downtown/crossroads}

  • Room 39: Atmospheric ease. Room 39 is the kind of place you walk into and never leave. We love the small, intimate and all around low key vibe the space and staff provides. The farm to table menu never disappoints. {locale: midtown/39th St}                                                           

Worth noting: Novel, The Majestic.

The Campground rye rieger Novel

Drink: (Bars & Cafes) Early Mornings and Night Caps, something good is brewing about. 

The Campground: Why we love it: They do it all. We couldn’t decide which category to put this in. The drinks and the food are tops. And both are prepared with flawless execution. The cocktails are timeless yet full of nuance. Inspired, yet not highfalutin – and still not your fathers drink. Additionally, they offer a collection of naturally fermented Pétillant Naturel wines — also known as”PétNat” — which have become our drink of choice! {locale: West Bottoms}

Green Lady Lounge: A hallmark of the freshest Jazz Kansas City has to offer. That late night feeling. {locale: downtown}

Our Daily Nada: Boozy Bookstore – Enough said. Add to that an impeccable wine list, craft toasts (hello smoked salmon) AND a thoughtful selection must-read books: from the Greats to the hidden treasures. Our Daily Nada emerges ahead of the crowd in a movement to marry both liquor and literature, literary fancy and libated fun. Pouring coffee from one of our favorite roasters, the baristas-cum-bartenders never miss a beat. Lounge: this is the sort of place you can hang around all day.. {locale: River Market}

Ça Va: “Champagne for the People.” Ca Va features a list of bubbly from across the world specializing in Grower Champagne (wine produced in small batches by artisanal vintners). Those who like to indulge will love their menu with everything from duck fat kettle corn to caviar. P.S they offer the best absinthe service in town which I’ve indulged many a night!  (locale: Westport}

Worth Noting: Mildred’s. Nomad’s

Ca Va Champagne Bar Green Lady Lounge Ca Va Champagne Bar

Shops: Keeping it local 

River Market Antiques: Our go-to resource for past treasures and present whimsy. At 30,000 sq.ft. and boasting nearly 200 vendors, this remains one of the true resources for finding vintage gems. The Rivermarket stands its ground and we stand in solidarity. From vintage clothing to esoteric vinyl, Victorian ephemera, this is one of the funkiest, freshest collections of randomness through which to find some legitimately valuable and meaningful pieces. {locale: downtown/river market}

Foxtrot Supply Co: Owned & operated by two genuine and friendly guys, their leather goods are utilitarian and elevated (we happily represent their line here at Coveted Home). {locale: downtown/crossroads}

Shop Dear Society: Modern & Vintage. Thoughtfully curated pieces from centuries past and present. All things dear in fashion, accessories, and home. {locale: midtown/broadway}

Fine Folk: Shop high-end apparel and accessories as well as the beauty and wellness shop en shop, Within Apothecary {locale: downtown/crossroads}

George: A lifestyle shop after our hearts. George marries a beautifully curated arrangement of high-end accessories, apothecary, antiques and jewelry. {locale: south plaza/Crestwood shops}

Worth Noting: 45th & State Line Antique District houses many quirky and wonderful small shops filled with curiosities

George: A Lifestyle Shop

River Market Antiques Shop Dear Society

Do: Do/do not miss.

Nelson Atkins: Why we love it: Museum with a world-renowned collection. Everything from Monet to Lautrec. Reconstructed Hindi temples to regional exhibitionists. A brilliant Egyptian/Near East collection. If you visit during lunch hours, the Rozelle Court Cafeteria, located inside the museum is both beautiful and delicious and worth a visit in its own right. {locale: east plaza}

Country Club Plaza (home of the Coveted Home!): Why we love it. Touted as America’s, maybe the worlds, first modern shopping mall. Established in 1922, the Plaza boasts beautiful architecture and fountains. Don’t miss the last few standing locally owned shops (besides us), The Better Cheddar (with one of the biggest cheese selections in the country) and Made In Kansas City Marketplace, where you can get beer on tap, t-shirts, coffee and more that are all..you guessed it, made in KC. And if you’re in town for an event, Parlor, next door to us, does amazing blowouts/up do’s/braids and makeup. 

River Market: Shops, cafes, restaurants, mostly locally run businesses with a genuine spirit. Worth an entire day: Brunch, lunch or dinner at The Farmhouse, pick me up at Quay Coffee, Al Habashi Restaurant and Spice Market, Japanese Imports, and much more. Come Spring, Summer, and Fall Farmer’s Markets fill the square with produce grown everywhere from Kansas City to parts unknown, offering cheeses, flowers, produce, honey, and an abundance of repurposed goods (weekends only). If you have the chance we encourage you to check it out. {locale: downtown}

Union Station: Not that long ago KC was the end of the line, everything West belonging to the various tribes and nature herself. Schlepping itinerants since 1914, Union Station remains a KC icon. catch a train home or dine in the luxurious Pierponts Restaurant — an exquisite 1920’s steakhouse feat. an extraordinary wine list, oysters, the most detailed service. A number of shops, from chocolatiers to KC memorabilia, Science City  Imax, all great places to entertain kids. {locale: downtown}

Loose Park/Rose Garden: To “escape the city,” head just south of the plaza to discover 75-acres of rolling hills, expansive fountains, and secret gardens. A popular destination for weddings and picnics alike, you can truly lose yourself in the rose bushes or spend the day meandering the fields. Also, a great place to take kids, with a large playground and water splash park in the summer. (locale: South Plaza)

The Country Club Plaza The Union Station

Loose Park + Rose Gardens

Stay

The InterContinental: Legendary, swanky, conveniently South Plaza, the InterContinental plays host to celebrities and staycation-ers alike. Newly remodeled and we love the modern brasserie’s swanky new decor. (locale: Plaza)

The Crossroads Hotel: Downtown’s newest gathering place, for locals and out of towners alike, known equally for their hospitality, restaurant/bar, and accommodations. Enjoy a delicious upscale Italian meal at Lazia, located on premise. (locale: Crossroads)

The Bell Victorian: On a budget? Consider staying at our newly remodeled historic 100+ year old Victorian home, listed on Airbnb. We currently offer a guest room in a shared living space, suitable for 1-2 people. (locale: West 39th/Midtown)

Afterthoughts

Southwest Boulevard with its drag of authentic Mexican restaurants: menudo, lingua, and traditional dishes abound. A Kansas City past time and the best lineup in the Midwest. Try El Patron, La Bodega and Tropicana. 

The Majestic: Old World steakhouse meets 30’s Jazz club.  

A Note on BBQ: There is a dispute among local residents as to who remains the truest, most OG of all BBQ pits. These are among the most popular:

  1. Arthur Bryant’s: FRIED CHICKEN. Simply the best. 
  2. Q39 (a newcomer but immediate 1KO contender): Classic BBQ plates, from brisket to burnt ends.
  3. Gates. Known for their sauce and their friendly greeting. 
  4. Kansas City Joe’s (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s) Featured by every food critic on every food network covering KC BBQ. Charmingly located in a historic Shamrock Gas Station (still fueling the empty!) Try the Z-Man Sandwich or the pulled pork. Noteworthy vegetarian option: Portabella Sandwich 

Cheers, and welcome to Kansas City! We look forward to meeting you and know you’ll enjoy the beautiful people and businesses that make this a great city.