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Hats Off

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I’ve always thought that large collections of straw hats look lovely when bunched together. Be it stacked on a chair or shelf, thrown on a hat stand or hung on a wall, there’s something pleasing about the mix of natural colors and textures. Plus, some of the most stylish people I know are hat fans: India Hicks stacks hers atop a doorway, Aerin Lauder hangs hers in her Southampton home, and decorator Tom Scheerer (whose new book is wonderful!) sets his… everywhere. Personally, I’ve been thinking about snatching up an expanding hat rack (similar to the one shown above) to hang over my bed as a headboard of sorts. Against my freshly painted peach-y pink walls, straw might look fantastic. I’ll keep you updated!

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Bringing Sexy Back

Our most coveted line in the shop, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, just launched the new fall collection last week. Their designs always impress me but this time they have blown me away! This collection is sexy, seductive and right on point. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

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The Fiona Sofa is actually a really good looking sleeper sofa. MG+BW has some of the most comfortable sleeper sofas on the market, both to sit on and sleep on.

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This bar is a beauty with its raised diamond parquet doors and brass hardware.

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The console is silver leafed resin reminiscent of a fallen tree. Love it and the sheep.

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They are calling this one the Frida Dining Chair, but with those lines I would totally put a pair in a living room.

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I’m a sucker for furry things.

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That coffee table will be mine. I love it so much. I am also really digging the modernized Chesterfield style sofa (named Claudette) with upholstered  legs and nailhead that goes to the floor. I can’t wait to get a few of these pieces on the floor so we can all revel in their beauty.

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End of Summer Sale–1 Week left!

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There is still 1 week left of our End of Summer Sale and plenty of goodies left to be had at ridiculously low prices! Everything in the shop is 20% off (excluding pieces on consignment) and lots of items have been marked down up to 75% off. Don’t miss out–the sale ends next Sunday the 11th.

Be sure to follow us on facebook, we will be posting daily steals throughout the week until the sale is over.

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For the Love of Dogs

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For being in the middle of “the dog days of summer”, we have had it made. At this time last year, I was planning my escape to cooler climates near much larger bodies of water to avoid what was left of one of the hottest summers I have ever experienced in Kansas City. Luckily, my Husky/Weimaraner rescue dog, Hazel, couldn’t care less about the weather as long as she is outside with space to meander and squirrels to chase. She lives for the outdoors, but she also loves to lounge. I cannot wait to get her one of our new Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor Woufs.

Dash & Albert has done it again with their new Fresh American Striped Indoor/Outdoor Poufs and Woufs. Made from nearly indestructible zipper-free 100% polypropylene, they can be used anywhere for anything. All are filled with polystyrene beads that make these Poufs and Woufs comfortable for dogs and humans alike. Dash & Albert has made it so easy to care for their indoor/outdoor products which also includes rugs and pillows. All are washable, most are bleachable, and can be used on porches, playrooms, or even boats! Just hose them down and let them air-dry. Come into Coveted Home today and our “Store Greeter”, Simone, would love to demonstrate how fantastic Dash & Albert’s Woufs are!

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Lavender Grows Up

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Though I love lavender, I have never been compelled to use it as an accent color in my home. I tend to opt for shades of pink instead (think berry, rose, and coral…). But then, I saw the above Ashley Whittaker-designed space on the cover of House Beautiful’s July/August issue. When paired with smart art and clean lines, lavender looks anything but childish. This is the space of a strong, independent, feminine woman. And I want what she’s having!

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We currently have a few beautiful Madeline Weinrib rugs on our showroom floor in various shades of lavender (which are SO beautiful in person). With neutral seating and complimentary throw pillows, one could easily achieve a pretty and sophisticated lavender-infused space. That is, unless I take these rugs home first : )

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As Lavender is a calming color, it’s perfect for the bedroom. Coveted Home will soon be carrying John Robshaw bedding, and we find his Lavender solid sheets and printed pieces to be quite lovely. Stop by the shop soon to what we have in store… I have a feeling you’ll be as enamored by his line as we are!

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Undercover Designer

I haphazardly came across an old ‘do it Yourself’ magazine from Spring 2012. While turning pages I came across an image that I recognized. A living room that I had seen published years before in another magazine. The reason why the image was so memorable to me was because I spent weeks in my rendering class around 7 years ago replicating the image.

The home featured was that of designer Kate Schintzius. Upon further inspection the room was not exactly how I remembered it, although a few stand out items were the same: coral drapery, beautiful sofa and of course that amazing tree mural. I was intrigued–how had I seen such a similar room so many years ago in another magazine–was it the same owner or did the new owner inherit that sofa along with the mural and drapes?

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I had to know so I started digging. (For the record, if you asked me what I would have been if not a designer it would be a detective. I love solving mysteries like this.) Luckily I had an easy place to start-the mural. Its stated in the article as being inspired by a mural done by the French fashion designer, Paul Poiret. It wasn’t long before I came across the image I had seen so many years ago, published in Elle Decor.

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And here is my rendering of it:

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You can’t even actually see that black and white inlaid bench in front of the coffee table in the photo. I spent hours drawing the details of that bench! Between that and the rug, I don’t remember which one was harder!

Upon further investigation I found out the designer of the room I rendered 7 years ago is a designer who’s work I admire greatly–Molly Luetkemeyer. The current owner/designer Kate is a Project Manager & Senior Designer at Molly’s firm!

It was a day full of lovely design discoveries and I will leave you with the image of the exquisit original mural by Paul Poiret done in 1924.

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Floored by Good Design

Madeline Weinrib once called her induction into the business of textile design “ironic”. Although her great-grandfather, Max Weinrib, was the founder of ABC Carpet & Home, Madeline became a painter and eventually taught drawing at CUNY before she ever found interest in handcrafted carpets and textiles. Inspired by the idea of modernizing “folkloric and traditional patterns”, she eventually launched her first carpet collection with ABC in 1997 and has since become a household name in the industry.

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Weinrib’s rugs exude an heirloom quality that is luxurious and sensible. We have several of her gorgeous styles showcased and available for purchase at the store. Something I have learned from Madeline Weinrib is that a rug should command attention without separating itself from the environment it dwells in. Keeping this in mind as well as practicality, construction, and design should help you in choosing the perfect rug for any space.

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Along with Madeline Weinrib, we also feature rugs from Dash & Albert. They have an amazing selection of high quality, affordable cotton, indoor/outdoor, and wool rugs in all sizes. Made from 100% polypropylene, I particularly adore their indoor/outdoor rugs for high traffic areas, if you have pets, or even small children in your home. Their hand loomed woven wool rugs come in gorgeous color combinations that are positively unexpected. What is equally impressive about both Madeline Weinrib and Dash & Albert is that they transition seamlessly in traditional to modern spaces.

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[Information and Images via The Style Saloniste, Madeline Weinrib, Dash & Albert, and Pinterest]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mud Cloth Trending

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I recently saw a post about decorating with mud  cloth on Apartment Therapy (full post here). We happen to have a few pillows made with mud cloth in the shop and now I am trying to get my hands on some more of it so I can do something custom like upholster a chair or use as a wall hanging or something else creative and fun.

Bogolanfini, referred to as mud cloth is a handmade Malian cotton fabric that is traditionally dyed with fermented mud. According to Wikipedia, traditionally the men weave the fabric and the women dye it. The dyeing process is apparently cumbersome and long as the cloth is soaked in a dye bath made from mashed and boiled, or soaked, leaves of the n’gallama tree. Then the cloth is sun-dried and painted with designs using a piece of metal or wood. The paint, carefully and repeatedly applied to outline the intricate motifs, is a special mud, collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in a clay jar. Thanks to a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown color remains after the mud is washed off. Finally, the yellow n’gallama dye is removed from the unpainted parts of the cloth by applying soap or bleach. [info via Wikipedia]

Quite the process, right?! I am constantly amazed by the techniques that go into making textile products such as this. Techniques that are easy for us to take advantage of here and not even consider the source or what went into making such a beautiful creation.

Mixing modern and contemporary furnishings with global textiles and art is hugely popular right now in interiors and demonstrated pretty well in these two photos from the Apartment Therapy post.

 

 

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 Here in the shop we have one of our mud cloth pillows on this mid century style leather sofa, paired with a vintage brass table and modern task lamp.

 

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 To some mixing the mud cloth pillow with this hand carved chair upholstered in gold mohair with nailhead would be a stretch. I happen to love unexpected combos like this.

 

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 Up close shot of the 2 pillows we have in the shop.

 
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What to expect from the unexpected.

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     Let me introduce myself. My name is Melanie Clouser. I am the new Creative Director at Coveted Home. And I love it here.

I consider myself unconventional. Proudly atypical. And my path to acquiring the position of Creative Director at Coveted Home was just that. With that being said, I also consider myself very lucky. Although I am still getting settled, I have never felt so completely impassioned, excited, and eager to grow like I do with Coveted Home. As most of you know already, I had an amazing mentor to help me transition into the role. It was bittersweet to see Amanda move to Portland last month. I looked forward to being the new Creative Director, but I also grew very fond of Amanda and I did not want to see her go. I am thankful for the time she spent with me so that when the time came to “pass the torch”, it felt seamless.

What an extraordinary feeling to love your job. I have already established such a sense of ownership to Coveted Home. When I am not working, I am still working, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to say that! Jaclyn’s vision is contagious. Not only is my background in Retail Merchandising, but I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, so naturally, I am a strong believer in self-expression through design. That personal space should mirror individual style without sacrificing comfort or quality. The first time I walked into Coveted Home, I could tell that Jaclyn was wanting to convey that exact approach to her customers.

Immediately after I became a part of this store, I started to reflect on my own personal style. What does my space say about who I am as an individual? Am I representing myself appropriately? Am I telling a story, and if so, are people listening? I contemplated on what truly inspires me by using tools like Pinterest and Houzz. I sifted through numerous issues of every major home furnishings magazine to get a solid feel of what my eye initially is drawn to. What I had concluded to was not surprising, nor would it shock anyone who knows me well. I am intrigued by the unexpected. I revel in contrast and differing forms. To marry unlikely objects that would otherwise never meet. This is my “style compass”. I will let it guide me as I begin this new and thrilling endeavor at Coveted Home.

Living room found on Houzz. Love the overlapping prints on the walls.

Bedroom inspiration found on Houzz. I am a sucker for tufting.