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Mismatched Dining Chairs

Mismatched Dining Chairs are often looked down upon. I mean, why wouldn’t they just find a chair that looks good and fits and buy multiple matching chairs? Or at least matching side chairs and arm chairs? Most people go shopping for new dining chairs hoping to find a set of matching chairs that will go with their dining table. That’s fine and dandy, but there is an alternative way to think about choosing dining room chairs. *top image via Coveted Home

mismatched dining chairs coveted home A mixture of light and dark wooden chairs via Sulia/Brit.co

 Mismatched chairs can create an effortless look, but it takes thought and planning to make it work. When it looks good, there is usually a theme, color scheme, or some other common element that pulls the look together. Finding chairs that have a common color, texture, or style is key.

Mismatched chairs in dining room Coveted HomeMatching side chairs with different arm chairs via Design Sponge

Tradition mismatched chairsSome match. Some don’t. It works! via Harpers Bazaar

Mismatched dining chairs aren’t just for first apartments anymore. They can work in any room. Here are a few great dining rooms that show just how fabulous mismatched dining chairs can look. Some of these examples include mixed chairs in traditional, modern, and eclectic decors.

colorful mismatched chairs Coveted HomeSimilar chairs in different colors via Casinhacolorida-Simone

Mismatched wood chairsRustic Farmhouse via Jacquelyn Clark

wood and metal chairs - Coveted HomeMetal + wood via Design Sponge

mismatched patio chairsMismatched dining chairs on the patio via house of bliss

Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea are great places to begin your search for mismatched chairs!

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Back to School: Apartment & Dorm Decor

The summer is coming to a close and I am getting ready to back to head back to school.  Though I am more than upset to leave Coveted Home, I decided to focus on the sweeter side of the bittersweet end and use the knowledge I’ve gained here at the shop to create a rough, but helpful, Back to School interior guide.  I took queues from the simple and tasteful style that has (hopefully) rubbed off on me during my time here, thanks to Mel and Jaclyn, and combined it with the lessons I’ve already learned about small-dorm/apartment living.

What I have learned from years of dorm living is everything (if possible) should have more than one purpose.  I have chosen the wire stackable storage for it’s thin frame and versatility. Multiple can be stacked on top of each other  for maximum storage, but it is short enough on it’s own to be stacked on top of a dresser if you find that you are rapidly running out of floor space. The baskets can be used as intended or turned upside down if you’re in a pinch for table space.

The nesting tables are perhaps the most versatile and space-efficient pieces (as well as some of the most stylin). They can be used all around an apartment or dorm. When your done they slide right up under one another, making them useful and space efficient.

I have chosen a stool for similar reasons. The stool can be used in place of a desk chair or as extra seating when friends come to visit with out taking up an entire corner of your room. (Also, another table surface in a pinch!)

Additional, indispensable forms of storage, for me, are trunks and built-in bed drawers.  The trunk pictured below is lightweight but big enough for things you want to hide. The bed is white with side drawers making it useful and easy to decorate with colorful pillows and throws, as opposed to committing to one duvet and pillow color scheme for who-knows-how-long.  Keeping large pieces like the bed and bedding simple allows for customizability based on personal style changes and trends.  Don’t wanna get stuck with a coral chevron duvet for all for years of college (We’ve all been there).

Remember when I said everything should have more than one use? Check out that bangin headboard.  It’s actually a rug! Invest in a good rug that will last you all through college. Rugs always make a school dorm or apartment feel like home whatever way they are being used!

Lastly, accessorize with small personal touches and it will make all the difference. When it comes to small dorm/apartment spaces personal style is easily expressed through the accessories since the large pieces typically need to fit a budget and double as storage. That being said, I think we’ve done a pretty solid job of finding stylish pieces big and small to fit the college student budget while staying stylish.

Good luck to all students on the upcoming semester! Stop by the shop and we will hook you up with your dream dorm/apartment decor on a budget.

Happy decorating!

Dorm&Apt

 

Two Story storage – CB2 | Surplus Stool – CB2 | Sari Pillow – CB2 | Flower Cushion – Ikea | Purple Cushion – Ikea | Diamond Rug – Dash and Albert | Woven Hanging Tapestry – Etsy | Stowaway Bed – CB2 | Storage Bench – Ikea | Baskets – Ikea | Cedarwood and Vanilla Candle – Sydney Hale Co. | Aloe Vera Plant – Ikea | Nesting Tables – CB2

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Back to School: Apartment & Dorm Decor

The summer is coming to a close and I am getting ready to back to head back to school.  Though I am more than upset to leave Coveted Home, I decided to focus on the sweeter side of the bittersweet end and use the knowledge I’ve gained here at the shop to create a rough, but helpful, Back to School interior guide.  I took queues from the simple and tasteful style that has (hopefully) rubbed off on me during my time here, thanks to Mel and Jaclyn, and combined it with the lessons I’ve already learned about small-dorm/apartment living.

What I have learned from years of dorm living is everything (if possible) should have more than one purpose.  I have chosen the wire stackable storage for it’s thin frame and versatility. Multiple can be stacked on top of each other  for maximum storage, but it is short enough on it’s own to be stacked on top of a dresser if you find that you are rapidly running out of floor space. The baskets can be used as intended or turned upside down if you’re in a pinch for table space.

The nesting tables are perhaps the most versatile and space-efficient pieces (as well as some of the most stylin). They can be used all around an apartment or dorm. When your done they slide right up under one another, making them useful and space efficient.

I have chosen a stool for similar reasons. The stool can be used in place of a desk chair or as extra seating when friends come to visit with out taking up an entire corner of your room. (Also, another table surface in a pinch!)

Additional, indispensable forms of storage, for me, are trunks and built-in bed drawers.  The trunk pictured below is lightweight but big enough for things you want to hide. The bed is white with side drawers making it useful and easy to decorate with colorful pillows and throws, as opposed to committing to one duvet and pillow color scheme for who-knows-how-long.  Keeping large pieces like the bed and bedding simple allows for customizability based on personal style changes and trends.  Don’t wanna get stuck with a coral chevron duvet for all for years of college (We’ve all been there).

Remember when I said everything should have more than one use? Check out that bangin headboard.  It’s actually a rug! Invest in a good rug that will last you all through college. Rugs always make a school dorm or apartment feel like home whatever way they are being used!

Lastly, accessorize with small personal touches and it will make all the difference. When it comes to small dorm/apartment spaces personal style is easily expressed through the accessories since the large pieces typically need to fit a budget and double as storage. That being said, I think we’ve done a pretty solid job of finding stylish pieces big and small to fit the college student budget while staying stylish.

Good luck to all students on the upcoming semester! Stop by the shop and we will hook you up with your dream dorm/apartment decor on a budget.

Happy decorating!

Dorm&Apt

 

Two Story storage – CB2 | Surplus Stool – CB2 | Sari Pillow – CB2 | Flower Cushion – Ikea | Purple Cushion – Ikea | Diamond Rug – Dash and Albert | Woven Hanging Tapestry – Etsy | Stowaway Bed – CB2 | Storage Bench – Ikea | Baskets – Ikea | Cedarwood and Vanilla Candle – Sydney Hale Co. | Aloe Vera Plant – Ikea | Nesting Tables – CB2

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Stripe Tease | Interior Design Kansas City

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Now that the holidays are over (can’t imagine that I speak only for myself when I say that I couldn’t be more pleased…) and the new year is fast approaching, I’m looking for fresh ways to liven up my little studio apartment. I think black and white cabana stripes could be the answer. Something about this classic print makes everything around it look clean and new and incredibly stylish. If I could, I’d totally recover my modern lounge chair in black + white stripe upholstery fabric (see last image). Until I can do so, I settled for a few stripe throw pillows : ) How do you incorporate stripes into your home?

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

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The team at Coveted Home has a soft spot for original, whimsical furniture. Especially when it has little feet. We probably discuss how much we love the store’s Oly footstool, seen above, once a week! It’s an instant conversation piece and very easy to love– we think everyone should have something like it. So, here’s a little round up we created of a few tried-and-true footed favorites.

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One: Oly Studio’s Petite Kedan Footstool. Two Oly Studio Arthur Bench. Three: Arteriors White Lola Accent Table. Four: Oly Studio Ferson Half Round Table. Five: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ Black Sheep Life-Size Statue. Six: Oly Studio Ajax Ottoman.

Like what you see? Come visit us at Coveted Home for more!


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Invest in Your Home

Three families that I’ve done design work for put their houses on the market recently. All three of the houses sold within a week! I’m not afraid to say I believe the quick sales were not coincidences.

I know a lot of things contributed, such as the neighborhoods, real estate agents and listing prices. But what I also know is that each family took the time and effort to collaborate with me on a design plan and invested in quality pieces of furniture that they will continue to use. I helped these families pull together their new homes by using pieces from their previous homes and adding or altering where needed.

What has been really neat about it is that we used the same furniture and accessories, but in a new home the location of each piece was reworked. Chairs that were once used in a dining room got used in the living room of the new house. A settee that was once in the kitchen now got worked into a home office. With new paint colors and a new perspective on where everything is placed it all feels new without actually purchasing all new pieces.

I am amazed sometimes by how little some people are willing to invest in their homes. Yet many people will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for designer handbags, shoes or clothing. I have absolutely nothing against expensive designer clothing, but I am of the opinion that  most of your furniture should have a longer lifespan than most of your clothing. A well thought out and designed space will stand the test of time–just look at anything Dorothy Draper, David Hicks, Billy Baldwin (take your pick of A list designers) did 40 plus years ago. Their work serves as endless inspiration for designers because even after all these years it is still chic and looks current. In many cases their designs have remained untouched and still exist as originally created, in homes and hotels, today.

Although I initially helped these families choose their furniture several years ago, there was not even a small discussion about replacing the pieces for any of them. In fact they were all pretty adamant that it get reworked into the new homes because they loved it so much. Heed the advice of Billy Baldwin: “Stick to things you really love. An honest room is always up to date.”

Let your home be a reflection of your personal style and a place you are proud of. Let your home be a  place to rest your mind and body after a long day of work or a place for your family to spend quality time together, or a place to entertain your friends and family. Don’t be afraid to invest in your home, even if you do it over time.

I believe a comfortable and beautiful home can change your life… and will certainly help should you ever decide to sell!

Photo by Roy Inman
This homeowners previous dining room was much larger so we had space to use these great comfy black and white striped upholstered chairs on the ends. In their new home we easily moved these chairs into their living room since they no longer fit in the new dining room.  
Here is a shot of the chairs in the new living room. We are still waiting for a few pieces to come in to finish off this room–a new sofa and rug. I can’t wait to see it all put together though, it is going to be beautiful! 
The above article was written by Jaclyn Joslin for the KC Star Magazine.
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Coveted Home: Before and After Story

Our new space needed a little work before we could open the doors. While it was habitable enough for some, there left much to be desired by me in terms of style and character. If you ever visited Urban Dwellings Design, my former store that was located in the historic River Market of KC, then you know we had “built in” charm there. The tall ceilings, exposed brick walls and concrete floors were loved by all. I too loved these qualities but came to realize they were actually detracting from our merchandise (not a good thing when you are trying to run a retail business). Nearly everyone who entered our downtown shop had the same reaction: “Oh wow, cool space.” I never got comfortable with people saying that–while it was true, it was a bummer because I had invested a lot of money into beautiful furniture and home accessories, and yet people were unanimously commenting on the space.
With this in mind as I set out on the search of a new location, I kept an eye out for a more blank canvas and knew the store would sport white walls wherever we went. The following photos showcase how we transformed a boring suburban location with no charm and lots of dated and dirty fixtures into a bright and chic shop where everyone that enters now says “Oh wow, I love everything in here!”

 

 Before: shot from the rear of the store, looking at front door
The space had lots of box fluorescent lights, dirty ceiling tiles, wall slats to hang clothing racks on, gray rubber baseboard, and ugly laminate wood floors.

 

 After: shot from the rear of the store looking at the front door
 Although I wanted to take out all of the fluorescent box lighting my electrician objected. The space does not get very much natural light and the track lights are more for highlighting settings and merchandise, not overall lighting. I was able to eliminate all but about 4 of the box lights. The ceiling tiles got painted Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, a dark charcoal that really makes the lower ceilings recede. I had the walls stripped and the dry wall repaired and painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Over-sized wood baseboard painted in Black Beauty (Ben Moore) replaced the horrid institutional feeling rubber stuff. As for the floors we really lucked out. A little bit of downtown got to make an appearance as we peeled back the laminate to reveal concrete underneath. All it needed was a good scraping, cleaning and shiny epoxy coat.
Before: Taken from the front door.

 

 

After: Taken from the front door

 

 

 Before: Bathroom
I trust you can see why this would not work, I will not even bother describing except that the laminate floor was seriously grimy.

 

 

After: Bathroom
All the doors inside as well as the front door got painted Oregano by Benjamin Moore. The same black baseboard was installed with a large black tile and matching black grout. A snazzy new Kohler toilet replaced the 20 year old looking previous one. The real stunner is the wallpaper. A brand new print from Schumacher called Queen of Spain caught our eye in the catalog and was immediately the winner.
After: Bathroom
A new marble top vanity from Lowes and our mirror from the old shop complete the bathroom renovation.
Before: Future fabric wall/design consult meeting space
After: Fabric wall and design consultation meeting space

 

 Our custom sales counter was built with what our previous counter lacked: drawers and options for organizing sales materials, bags and tissue paper. The counter itself is a Cambria white quartz installed by Trendstone. The base of the cabinet was painted with a faux metallic finish by Jason Newton whom I use for all my faux finish needs with clients–he is amazing!

 

I love this setting! Amanda found the taxidermy head from a dealer in the West Bottoms. The blend of the modern leather Martin sofa from MG+BW with the rustic vine ottoman and Aoudad head is pretty awesome if you ask me.
Our new location provides exactly what we were lacking downtown–high traffic and increased visibility and exposure in the community. The interior provides a perfect backdrop to showcase all the amazing lines that we Covet!

-Jaclyn