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Curated Collection: Ystad Metall Sweden

 

As proponents of incorporating choice vintage into both the shop and our own homes, we especially enjoy learning more about the origins of the vintage objects and ephemera that catch our eye and, sometimes, reappear time and again in our antiquing and sourcing adventures. We also adore a good backstory. Take, for instance, the Swedish firm AB Ystad’s Metallindustri, which began in Sweden in 1833 and came to produce some of the most notable designs in bronze and brass home accessories of the twentieth century.

Eventually, the firm’s name was changed to Ystad-Metall, and it was during the decades before and after World War II that some of the most iconic of the firm’s designs were developed. In the late 1930’s, Ivar Ålenius-Björk (1905-1978) designed what would become the company’s most iconic and timeless product, the “Liljan” candlestick, for the 1939 World’s Fair, depicting a stylized pair of lily leaves that rather stylishly hold a taper candle. Using old-world techniques and craftsmanship to produce decidedly modern objet, Ystad employed some of the era’s most prolific and talented Swedish product designers. Other notable artisans of the era included Gunnar Ander, who also developed iconic lighting for the firm.

While somewhat rare to find, it is always a delight to be able to offer our clients a curated and covetable selection, and we currently have several of the most iconic pieces from the firm available in-store, including the aforementioned “Liljan” candlesticks, Ålenius-Björk’s iconic tubular vase resembling a skyscraper, Gunnar Ander’s sharp and minimalist star-shaped candlesticks, as well as his famous flower-form miniature candlesticks, and a rather rare bronze catch-all dish depicting a rearing horse.  To view our entire collection visit the store or click here. 

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How to Mix Metallic Finishes

Why should you learn how to mix metallic finishes? Mixing metallic finishes in your home is a great way to add depth and interest to any room. You can add warm or cool accents to create a well-rounded environment. Many people believe that mixing metals is faux pas. However, we are here to tell you that it’s ok to mix it up. In fact, mixing metals in your home is encouraged. We’re not alone in our love for mixed metallic finishes. Many designers and homeowners also embrace the mix!

There aren’t any hard and fast rules to mixing metallic finishes

Designers will often advise homeowners to choose a dominate metallic finish and supplement it with smaller pieces from a different metal family. In the modern room pictured below, there isn’t a dominate metal, and that’s ok. There is a polished chrome side table, a steel coffee table, and a brass bar cart. The incorporation of other materials, textures, and colors distract from the fact that three metallic finishes are intermingling in this room. Each metal piece holds its own and adds its unique qualities to the finished room.

Sara Kerens, Being Elliott Home

If you’ve found yourself stuck with all brass or all chrome accessories or furniture, don’t fret. It’s easy to begin incorporating other metals. Below, you can see how we added a brass lamp and candle snuffer to the marble and chrome side table. It really starts with a change in attitude. The rest is easy! Once you’ve discovered the joys of mixed metals, you’ll never go back.

Being Elliott Home + Coveted Home. Photo by Sara Kerens

One way for beginners or non-believers can enter into the world of mixing metals is to purchase a piece that contains more than one metallic finish. Think of it as a transition piece.  In the room below, a basket filled with decorative balls in different metallic finishes creates a unified and interesting look. Plus, the silvered mirror armoire with gold accents is also a great metallic transition piece.

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This  kitchen remodel by Sarah Sherman proves that mixing metallic finishes can be cool, unpretentious, and totally beautiful! We love how she has used (almost)  every metallic finish known to man to create an organic and stylish finished kitchen. This might be making some of you metallic purists cringe, but let’s face it – it’s gorgeous! Mixed metallic finishes in the kitchen

We love how the Makerista chose to mix metallic finishes in her bathroom. She stuck to gold, silver, and polished nickel accents. The fixtures are all finished in polished nickel while the accents are a mixture of metallic finishes.

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Now that you know how to mix metallic finishes in your home, what’s stopping you? Try out a few different textures and finishes. Matchy-matchy is boring. Step outside of your comfort zone and discover the world of mixed metals. Stop by the shop if you need more ideas or tips for mixing metals.

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Astrid Insieme / What They Covet

coveted home headshot 1-3Astrid Insieme is truly a global designer. She’s worked and travelled around the world which has distinctly influenced her interior design aesthetic. She is currently living in the US and is an interior decorator and founder of Insieme House. One of her most popular projects is the A-frame cabin that she and her husband remodelled. They took an adorable but neglected A-frame cabin and turned it into a tiny, magical dream home. They are currently working on an addition to the A-frame cabin. Be sure to follow Astrid Insieme on Instagram to see her lovely home and eclectic design work. Astrid keeps busy with her own projects and client work, but she also offers some of her fun, eclectic finds for sale on her Chairish shop, Insieme House. When she’s not decorating interiors or working on her modified A-frame, Astrid can be found “spending time with loved ones, traveling whenever possible, cooking in general (but especially spicy, unorthodox fare…the more bizarre, the better!)”.

 

Astrid describes her style as “global and eclectic, with a subdued, chic flair.”  We think this room she covets is a great representation of Astrid’s style.

What Astrid Insieme Covets

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Astrid: This incredible living room belongs to Los Angeles-based designer, Kim Salmela, and speaks to most everything I appreciate in design. It is worldly, irreverent, sophisticated and yet invitingly unfussy. All while maintaining a subtle adherence to traditional form. With its unexpected mix of gorgeous colors and myriad styles, it feels perfectly lively and effortlessly well-curated. Not an easy feat, but accomplished with intoxicating panache in this glorious space!

Here are a few pieces that Astrid is coveting. We think these would look fantastic in the new addition to her A-frame.

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Astrid: Seriously loving the asymmetrical graphic on this Moroccan-inspired, woolen rug from Coveted Home…it feels loose and tribal and would make an ideal, neutral grounding for any room.Settee Coveted Astrid

Astrid: I absolutely adore this settee from Madeline Weinrib, with its classical lines and boldly exotic upholstery. A perfectly sumptuous embodiment of “haute-boheme”.

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Astrid: Could this trio of Chinese baskets from Coveted Home be any more covetable? Such beautiful patina resulting from age-old craftsmanship, and those multi-hued tassels are absolutely darling. They would add so much personality and texture to any surface, whether it be a tabletop or shelf.

Gold Mirror by Astrid Insieme

Astird: Gilded, unabashedly opulent, and Napoleonic… if you want a statement-making mirror, this antique beauty from 1st Dibs is as good as it gets!

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Gold Mirror WTC Astrid: Poufs are always a winning addition to any space for their duality of providing beauty and function, and this elegantly ethnic Moroccan pouf from Coveted Home is truly superlative, with its muted, desert-toned palette.

Thanks for sharing what you covet with us, Astrid! We’re looking forward to seeing more of your professional work and progress on your own home.

What do you “covet”? That is the question Coveted Home is asking our favorite makers and tastemakers for our  blog feature called “What They Covet”. Want to share what you covet with our readers? Send us an email at hello@covetedhome.com for details about how to participate.

 

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Apothecary Sale / 50% Off

Apothecary Sale at Coveted Home

Featuring Herbivore Botanicals and Imaginary Authors

The thermometer is unambiguously telling us that it’s still summer, but there is a sense in the air that the seasons are changing. What better way to celebrate the changing winds than with an apothecary sale? We’ve already begun receiving some of our new merchandise for the fall season. We are bringing in some new products from favorite, familiar product lines (think, Convivial Production) and bringing in some new lines (Hello, Vestige Home)! We’re going to need some more room for all of these new goods, so we’re discounting some of our current inventory. We have soaps, balms, and tonics from Herbivore Botanicals and scents from Imaginary Authors. They have all been marked down 50%. It’s a great time to stock up or pick up a few gifts. Grab some lip butter or a new scent to help you transition into the next season.

Memoirs of a Trespasser – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50 / Coco Rose Lip Tint $24 $12 / Violet Disguise – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50 / Rose Lip Butter $12 $6 / Beard Tonic $20 $10Yesterday Haze – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50 / Pink Clay $12 $6 / The Soft Lawn – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50

View our Apothecary sale and all our Sale items

Plus, take an additional 20-30% off the discounted price of select clearance items in the shop. Hurry – while supplies last. 

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Vestige Home Pop-up Shop at Coveted Home

Vestige Home Pop-up Shop – August 16

We first learned about (and fell in love with) Vestige Home‘s handmade goods on Instagram. Vestige Home makes small-batch wooden kitchen tools and accessories. It’s owners, Nicole and Luck, are a brother and sister team from Philadelphia. We simply adore their handmade cutting boards and other wooden kitchen accessories. And we are thrilled to bring their beautifully crafted goods to Kansas City! Since they have family ties to KC, they’ve offered to visit with us and you on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. They’ll be talking about their products, how to create tablescapes, and dessert and drink pairing ideas. Local company, Ashleigh’s Bake Shop will also be joining us for the Vestige Home Pop-up Shop. She’ll be bringing delicious treats! It will be a fun and tasty evening… Don’t miss it! unspecified

Contact us with questions: hello@covetedhome.com

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Auditory Aesthetics / Beirut

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

Beirut’s eclectic sound is the inspiration for this installment of Auditory Aesthetics. We’ve been spending some time in the shop listening to their 2015 album No No No. It is full of interesting, catchy tunes. The sound on No No No is more stripped down than on some of their previous records. But it is still layered with piano, brass, and strings. Beirut seamlessly fuses musical styles from various cultures and time periods. We especially love the Latin and Eastern European musical influences.  Beirut’s musical style is eclectic, and we also enjoy interiors that incorporate design elements from different times and cultures. The music on No No No reflects an appreciation for the beauty that can be found in the “other”.  We’ve rounded up some rooms that include cultural artifacts that have deep meaning and timeless beauty.

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Konya Turkish Rug

Interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, and we think music is a wonderful source of creativity. Follow our “Auditory Aesthetics” series on the blog as we share with you some of our favorite albums and home decor finds. Most items are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City, our online shop and are also available to view through their appropriate links. As always, let us help you design your life.

 

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Summer Lovin’

We’re sharing some Summer Lovin’ with a few of our favorite summer images 

It’s the middle of summer, and it’s hot and humid! But we’re trying to stay positive and be grateful for this warm, wonderful season. In an effort to “soak” in all the great things about summer, we headed over to Pinterest to roundup a few of our favorite summer images. Really, other than the unbearable heat, the kids being out of school, and the bugs, summer is awesome! It’s the perfect time to travel, catch up with family and friends, and drink lots of cold beverages. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good pool day? Living in a temperate climate has its challenges. However, it can also be amazing. Nothing makes you appreciate 12 feet of snow more than a 90 degree day. Soon it will be winter again, and we’ll look back at these dog days of summer with longing.

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summer images poolThis great Pool Scene has us dreaming of taking a cool dip…

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WatermelonsaladIf it wasn’t for summer, we wouldn’t have Watermelon salad

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We hope you’re having a wonderful summer! Be sure to stop by our nice, air-conditioned shop to view our summer selection and new clearance items. Share your favorite summer images with us @covetedhome

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Instagram Interior Design Inspiration

Our go-to accounts for Instagram interior design inspiration

There are many social media apps on the market, but for us, Instagram is far and away our favorite medium for sharing and finding design inspiration. It allows us to keep up with trends, products, and connect with our audience. And we’ve met so many great people and designers through Instagram.

Every time we open Instagram, it is like we’re opening a new edition of our favorite design magazine. However, unlike design magazines, Instagram is free, and it is, well, instant. We can share and view projects instantly or in various stages of completion. Of course, there are also those fun photos of friends, family, and cute animals. Instagram allows us to see all the beautiful things that we want to see each day.

Interior design inspiration on Instagram is easy to find if you know where to look. Here’s our roundup of some of our favorite Instagram accounts. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and check out #mycovetedhome to view our followers’ “coveted home”s.

 Ball and Claw websiteBall and Claw

Homepolish / websiteHOMEPOLISH interior design instagram

Amber Interiors websiteAmber Interiors Interior Design

Decorist websiteDecorist

Block Print Social websiteBlock Print Social

Convivial Production /websiteConvivial production Instagram

Instagram Interior Design Inspiration Images: Top image by Sara Kerens, design by Jaclyn Joslin. All other images and photo credits can be found via their respective Instagram accounts.

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Another Way to Shop Coveted Home

Do you ever find yourself drooling over our Instagram photos and wishing you could get first dibs on our one-of-a-kind items? Well, we’ve just made shopping online easier for you! We’ve created a special Instagram account so you can shop Coveted Home’s unique inventory from your mobile device. We’re posting a few select items from Coveted Home Flea and discounted new inventory on our new account @shop_covetedhome. Simply leave your email in the comment section of the product image and we will email you an invoice. Pay within 1 hour of receipt and we will ship your item within 48 hours. One-of-a-kind items will be updated with SOLD in the description when no longer available. We hope this makes it easier for you to make your online purchases with us! You can also visit our online store to shop a variety of  Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea items. Join us for our next Flash Sale on 6/26.

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See it. Love it. Buy it.Shop Coveted Home Flea

Shop Coveted Home Flea

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Negronis on the Plaza

Celebrate Negroni Week (June 6-12) with negronis on the Plaza or whip some up on a vintage bar cart with barware and bar accessories from Coveted Home! The Negroni is a classic cocktail that contains equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth.  It’s served with an orange peel as a garnish. Campari is a bit of an acquired taste, and Negorni Week is your perfect opportunity to develop a taste for this classic aperitif. We’re celebrating Negroni Week by mixing up some of these delicious aperitifs Coveted Home style. And this month, we’re offering 25% off any new bar accessory from Coveted Home. BrassBarCart

DIY Negroni

1 ounce gin

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce Campari

Orange twist, for garnishing

Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice and/or serve in a chilled old fashioned glass over ice.

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We have a variety of fabulous new and vintage barware and accessories that will help you keep your bar cart game strong. AND all of our new barware is 25% off this month!

Barware at Coveted Home

Imbibe Magazine and Campari are teaming up with these venues on the Plaza and thousands of other venues across the world to celebrate the negroni and give back to their communities. $1 from every negroni that is sold during Negroni Week will be donated to each venue’s charity of choice. Also, Campari will donate $10,000 to the highest grossing venue’s charity. Woohoo. Drink negronis this week for a good cause!Visit a participating Negroni Week venue on the Country Club Plaza

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