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Off the Wall: How to Decorate Vertically

Think you’ve run out of space? Think again! Here’s a great idea – look up and decorate your walls all the way to the ceiling. We’ve put together some of the best ideas for decorating vertically.

If your motto is “more is more,” then you’ll love these ideas for adding even more great decor and artwork to your collection.  Take the elements of design and apply them to your walls…. all the way to ceiling. The sky is the limit!

We have so many things we love but often we run out of room. Instead of keeping decor eye level, try leading the eye up towards the ceiling with tips from these design envy rooms. If done properly, this can make a space seem larger and more interesting. 

Creating gallery walls is one of our favorite ways to decorate vertical wall space. Gallery walls are always chic. Try incorporating 3-D elements that pop, literally.

One of our own team members, @racheldeerhead, has a pretty enviable vertically decorated space. We asked her about how she utilized her vertical space. “Our ranch has a lot of windows but not a lot of open wall space.  I wanted to display as much of our art collection as possible, so I went with a gallery wall that extends to the ceiling. I also built the niches into our dining room wall (far right). The niches were a practical alternative to traditional shelving. We use them to display our favorite pieces, and they don’t disturb the flow of the house by intruding on valuable floor space the way traditional shelving would. “

One large statement piece can be used to elongate a room. Textiles or extra-large paintings are excellent large-format options. Oversized weavings or textile wall hangings can add interesting textures and warmth to a space. We found this stunning room in the #mycovetedhome gallery on instagram by @verysarie

Floor-to-ceiling shelving can be used to create a compelling tower of objects, art, books and mementos. This is especially useful when flanking existing arrangements, i.e. television. Try mixing a variety of textures and elements, you can create a cutting edge look that never grows old. We found a great example of this from @Amiraelgawly and asked her for advice on achieving this look. “Think of your walls as chapters of a story that you’re telling about yourself. Every frame, shelf, book connects to share a unique part of you. Don’t be afraid to get high! The more vertical space you use, the bigger and more airy your space feels.” 

Let us know how you decorate vertically in the comments and be sure to use the hashtag #mycovetedhome for a chance to be featured on our instagram page

 

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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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What They Covet / Karrie Kaneda from Happy Habitat

This week we sit down for a chat with Karrie Kaneda, owner and designer of Happy Habitat:  a line of eco-friendly throw blankets. We absolutely adore her work, both as an environmentalist and a fellow Midwest designer (Karrie is a local Kansas Citian!).

We hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we have.  

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On Trend: Art Inspired Wallpaper | Coveted Home Blog

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Not long ago it was said with declarative force that wallpaper was a thing of the past. Was outdated. A faux pa. A designers worst nightmare; more associated with mauve flashbacks to the 70’s than high art. Oh but the times have changed as we fawn over gorgeous wallpapered flats in NYC, in the trendiest L.A studios and, yes, even accenting the walls of Coveted Home! 

We’ve rounded up a few favorite producers of all American made wall coverings. These artists are trailblazing a rich path to prove once and for all that wallpaper is back, and better than ever.  Continue reading On Trend: Art Inspired Wallpaper | Coveted Home Blog

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Top 10 Halloween Decorations | Step Away from the Cliche

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Top 10 Halloween Decorations

This year, step away from the cliche, with these thoughtfully curated accessories and yes, that does include a crystal ball! By mixing traditional Halloween decorations with these items, you can get away with a less theatrical and more elegant feel. Keeping the palette to a simple black and white (with the exception of pumpkins of course!) makes things easy. Stretch out a cobweb here, a cobweb there, whip up your finest witches brew and let the good haunts roll!

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Movements: Japanese Interior Design and the Art of Feng Shui

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When I think of Japanese design, I think sleek, modern lines. Soft woods, plants galore. Beams of sunlight drifting through open windows, across pine floors with straw mats and low tables. Floor pillows and steaming cups of tea. Lanterns and water features. Peace and tranquility. There’s something inspiring about Japan’s tendency towards serenity — especially in this modern age, when we lead such busy lives. So, I present this issue of Movement’s as a sort of rebellion. A call to reserve our homes for rest and rejuvenation. And with the right touch, any room can be transformed into a zen oasis.

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Movements: Inside Scandinavian Design

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

On the shores of Northern Europe, tucked among fjords and immense blue skies where reindeer roam and coffee is virtually inhaled, lie a handful of Kingdoms and countries known as Scandinavia.

Scandinavian design, one of the most recognizable and resilient styles, stems from the political environment of a post-war Europe — when the Nordic Countries adopted Social Democracy and in doing so set the stage for lifestyles founded on functionality, comfort, availability and practicality. This philosophy merged with the Modernist aesthetic to form this effortless and lovely style.

Clean and sophisticated, there’s just so much to love about this minimalistic approach and it just so happens to be quite easy to adopt — especially for those of you who embraced the industrial or the “boho” look. Still, it’s organic, down to earth, functional and cozy. You could even say there’s something bucolic or farmhouse to the aesthetic.

So mix yourself a Swedish 60 (see recipe below) and check out some of the classiest damn “farmhouses” you’ve ever seen.

The Elements of Norwegian Design

  1. Functionality: First and foremost this is an approach to living within a practical environment. Simplicity and comfort are paramount.
  2. Organic Colors: Think light woods, blacks, browns, grays with a splash of color thrown in.
  3. Bold Colors: This can be a bit tricky. While the movement absolutely requires a more monochromatic, white-on-white-on-white look, there is something to be said for laying out a vivid Beni Ouarain rug or hanging some brilliantly colored tapestry.
  4. Natural Light: Now, this doesn’t mean demolishing an existing wall to achieve house-wide windows, it could be as simple as undressed windows and white walls.
  5. Textural Materials: Again with the woods, wools, natural fibers, glass.
  6. A Minimilists Sophistication: Clean lines, angles, open spaces. A less is more approach. This is a style that will allow you to dispose of that which you don’t truly love.

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Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design , kansas city, interior designer, furniture, art, vintage, antiques

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

 

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design


The Swedish 60
Ice
1½ ounces aquavit
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
3 ounces sparkling wine
Lime peel twist, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the aquavit, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute.

Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with the twist of lime peel.

Serves 1


As our new feature Movements builds momentum we would love to hear back from you! What movements are you currently digging or feel motivated by?

Enjoy this article? Explore more from our Movements Series

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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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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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Design and Cocktails in Cuba : Movements Blog

Beyond the Mambo, guitar strumming streets of Communism, Cuba hides one of the richest fields of design and interior inspiration. Earth tones merge naturally into bright pastels and woods and metals collide in a look that can only be called organic industrial.

Design elements throughout Cuba infuse native island culture, African sentiments and Spanish colonialism. All this and with a twist of Art Deco. What may appear gaudy on the surface, is far deeper and more charming in its depths and we’ve just begin to plunge into this extraordinary sea. We eagerly await for Cuban/American relations to soothe as more and more of the tiny Caribbean island comes into the spotlight

So pour yourself a Cuba Libre (recipe below) let the tunes flow* and dive into the world of Cuban design.

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A Creative Night at the Museum

There is a movement happening across the country. A grassroots movement of creative entrepreneurs setting out to make a living on their own terms. The lure of being your own boss, making your own rules and most importantly following your talent in pursuit of happiness, feels more popular than ever right now.

Enter Tyler Enders and Thomas McIntyre of Made in KC. Two guys that fell into running a retail store stocked full of products that are…made in Kansas City, simply due to their love of the creative talent they’ve watched blossom around them.

When Tyler approached me about joining forces and co-hosting a dinner that would be celebrating the makers of Kansas City it felt like just the kind of opportunity I had been waiting for. We love working with local talent at Coveted Home–whether we are representing and selling their wares or working together on a custom project. Having just opened the new shop with the help of several local makers, the timing couldn’t have been better.

A dinner party was born and realized mainly by Tyler, who’s talent seems to be bringing people together (and he might have also missed his calling as an event planner;)). We called it A Creative Convergence and I hope we can continue the tradition on by hosting more events in the future.

A list of the amazing people that helped make this dinner possible by giving their time & talent:

Ryan Hubbard: graphic design on invitations and printed artwork given to each guest

Sarah Terranova: appetizer dish and event photography

Ozzie Mendoza: main course dish

Mama Hoppers Baking: dessert

Blomma Floral Design: flower/greenery design

Brasstacks: dinner tables

Convivial Production: dinnerware and tabletop accessories

Picaro Photography: event photography

Summerhouse Films: event video (can be watched here)

Museum at Prairiefire: event space

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Sarah Terranova Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

Picaro Photography for A Creative Convergence

From left to right: Sarah Terranova, Ozzie Mendoza, Jaclyn Joslin, Tyler Enders & Thomas McIntyre

Seriously. Such a good night. Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate with us.

Cheers–Jaclyn

#acreativeconvergence

****UPDATE ON POST! *****

Our friend Ozzie Mendoza, the genius behind the evenings delicious main course has graciously shared his recipe for the Pollo relleno de Monfongo that he prepared for us. You won’t find exact ingredient amounts in this recipe. That is not the kind of chef Ozzie is. When he cooks Puerto Rican he sticks to his intuition and goes off taste and feel.

First, a note from Ozzie on his culinary roots:

“We grew up modestly though always had a spot at the dinner table for a last minute guest- often filled! I’d eventually leave home, continually move farther away (in both location and cooking style) and through subsequent years of poor health would often reflect upon my best times. It was when I realized that I prefer feeding friends and loved ones to the cooking itself that I truly understood what it means to live fully and create.” –Ozzie Mendoza

Pollo relleno de Mofongo

Ingredients for Pollo relleno de Mofongo;
Chicken:
– 1 whole chicken, deboned in style of Galantine
– 6 Tbsp olive oil
– 2 tsp annatto seed
– Goya brand Adobo seasoning with cumin; or garlic salt with additional cumin, black pepper, coriander seed to taste.
– Splash white wine vinegar
Mofongo:
– 1.5 plantains, green
– 1L Peanut or Canola oil, for frying
– 2 slices thick cut bacon, jowl is preferred if available
– 3-5 cloves of fresh garlic, minced or preferably smashed in mortar/pestle
– Juice from 1/2 lemon
– 2.5-3.5oz butter, best you can get
– 1/2 tsp anchovy paste (optional)
Optional Garnish:
– 1 bunch cilantro, blanched and dried in paper towel.
– 1/3 cup olive oil
– blend thoroughly and strain or simply chop fresh cilantro and sprinkle after serving
Preparation for chicken;
– Take olive oil and place it in double boiler with annatto on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or so, until deep red. A pot with water below a pan will work brilliantly. If annatto is unavailable, substitute with 1.5 packets Goya brand Sazon seasoning blend.
– Debone chicken in Galantine style. If unfamiliar, a quick Youtube search will yield accurate results.
– Season chicken to taste with Adobo by laying out flat and covering with a healthy dusting on both sides. Follow up with annatto oil/seasoning. If uncomfortable, purposely over-season and leave salt out of subsequent Mofongo.
– Note; one of the many secrets of Puerto Rican cooking lies in the seasoning- massage your chicken thoroughly with love!
– Place in bowl, rub with splash of vinegar and leave out, covered, for 30-40 minutes while preparing Mofongo.
Preparation for Mofongo;
 
– Render bacon or jowl on medium heat until crispy. Dry on paper towel and dispose of oil.
– Peel and slice plantain evenly (approximately 5 slices per plantain). Best to use all the plantain and have a nice little snack while waiting.
– Set heat to medium/med-high and deep-fry slowly (to test oil see if tip of  chopstick or small piece of plantain starts bubbling when contacting oil), leave on paper towel to absorb oil after frying until a deep, golden brown. Approximately 11-13 minutes (color is more important than time!).
– Mash plantains until all broken apart. This is the tricky part- unless you have proprietary equipment, I’d suggest a mix of chopping with a knife and smashing with a pot and cutting board!
– Mix with hands, your best kitchen tool, and introduce bacon, salt to taste, garlic to taste, butter slowly to taste. We’re looking for a hearty consistency without being dry. Once in check, add lemon to balance out said heartiness, supplying the final moisture/acidity needed. Too much lemon is better than too little. Bonus points if you add anchovy paste. Should be a bit crumbly, but easily molded into a 1.5inch-diameter cylinder.
Method;
 
– Lay seasoned chicken out, skin side on bottom.
– Lay Mofongo cylinder neatly in center, then wrap chicken around either side. Flip chicken over delicately in whichever direction the chicken folds over the top (this is to say that if the left side of the chicken is placed atop the right, spin over gently toward the left so that inside contents go undisturbed). You may need to taper ends of Mofongo cylinder to accommodate.
– Tie with a butcher’s knot (Youtube link here) 4 times horizontally followed by once vertically. At this time you can rearrange and make look beautiful as some of the stuffing will inevitably fall out, misshaping it.
– Roast uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. For a little extra crisp on skin, broil for last 5 minutes.
– Let rest for 10 minutes in pan before slicing, serving and garnishing.
Thank you for sharing Ozzie!
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