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How to Create a Mood Board

Most of you are probably familiar with mood boards, but you might have some questions about how to create a mood board. Mood boards or inspiration boards are used by designers in every field. Interior designers often rely heavily on mood boards to convey an aesthetic vision to clients. No matter how well one communicates, the old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ rings especially true in the design world. If you are redecorating on your own or using an interior designer, creating a mood board is a great place to start. If you’re wanting a beach-y, modern, slightly traditional room (that could totally make sense) it might help to have some images of rooms or products that you could use to help achieve your desired style. Your mood board does not have to be specific, but rather it should convey the “vibe” and style of the look you want to achieve.

Create a Mood Board

Digital Mood Boards

There are many different ways to create digital mood boards.

You can use a Pinterest board as a place to collect assorted images and inspiration. This is the first place we start when designing new projects. You can make a “secret” board to collect inspiration for your project and share with your client if you want. After inspiration has been collected and you are ready to start looking at specific products, it’s time to start your mood board.

Olioboard and Polyvore are both great resource for creating mood boards. Polyvore is for fashion and interiors and Olioboard is designed for interiors only. Both have libraries of product you can choose from. On Olioboard you can upload your own images and Polyvore uses a system much like Pinterest to import product images.

Many professionals use programs like Photoshop to create their mood boards. Photoshop will give you the most creative freedom, but is expensive and there is a steep learning curve to the program, so for hobbyists and even some professionals, the previously mentioned tools are much easier.

Physical Mood Boards

If you want to go old school, that’s ok too! Maybe you’ve seen some gorgeous rooms in magazines and would like to borrow some of their design ideas. Feel free to cut them out and paste them on a piece of paper or poster board. You can even use a cork board to pin clippings or images. The idea is to visually convey a mood and vision, the medium isn’t necessarily important.

Mood Boards will help take you from an idea to a finished product. This isn’t the actual mood board that was used to inspire this project, but it pulls together elements that were used in the room. You can easily see how this mood board could be used to inspire a similar room.

Mood Board


A. Bar cart B. Landscape C. Sputnik Light D. Twig Lamp E. Boho Modern F. Stripped Towel G. Rug H. Simple

Finished Room

Sara Kerens, Being Elliott Home

Image by Sara Kerens. Design by Jaclyn Joslin.

Mood Boards are useful tools for professional and amateur designers alike. Now that you know how to create a mood board, you can use it to help you bring your abstract vision to reality. Our brick-and-mortar shop is full of new, modern furniture and accessories, and we also have a selection of fab vintage goods. We’ll help you select the right pieces to create your dream space.

Most items shown above are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their corresponding links. Follow us on PinterestInstagram, and Facebook for more design inspiration.

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Kansas City Vintage + Modern

Coveted Flea

Coveted Home Flea is quickly becoming a regular stop for vintage lovers in Kansas City. The Flea opened in March and is growing and changing every week. The Flea is built on our belief in the importance of incorporating vintage pieces into modern settings. What better way to put this into action than by offering vintage pieces in our modern furniture and home accessory shop?

We love Kansas City and being part of the design community. The Kansas City Star recently shared a piece about Coveted Home Flea. You can read it to learn more about Coveted Home Flea and to see more photos of our vintage goods.

Coveted Home Flea

Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

Pouf  / Langford Sofa / Art Glass Bowls / Knox Chair

Coveted Home Flea is located on our lower level, and it’s open Thursday through Sunday. The main shop is open throughout the week, and you’ll find a few of our Flea offerings scattered throughout the shop. You can also shop Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea online or on Instagram @shop_covetedhome.

Coveted Home Flea

Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

Turkish Rug / Glass Bowl / Glass Float

Most items shown above are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their corresponding links. Follow us on PinterestInstagram, and Facebook for more design inspiration.

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Shop the Look with Jaclyn Joslin, Founder of Coveted Home

With the trees blooming and the birds chirping, I always feel as though I’ve been given a fresh start, as if anything is possible. Spring is the season of newness and I decided to bring home a few of the new decor items from Coveted Home to test them out. I am loving the transformation they had on my living room! We all know what a little greenery can do for a room. So many times I go to clients homes and they say to me: “I just don’t know what to do to make the room feel finished.” Almost always one of my suggestions is, “add plants!” In this case, three of these plants were already in this room. I brought the snake-plant from my dining area and added the hanging plant and bushy guy on the fireplace and bam! Hello junglaow! I then added a few other decor items such as the woven tray on the coffee table and some fresh flowers — my living room never felt better.

I’ve broken down the items we have in the store with links to each at the end of the post. Some items are one of a kind (mainly the goods I brought back from Morocco) so I’ve listed a similar item.

For those of you that read our journal but do not live in Kansas City, we are offering free shipping on the website through April 15th! (excluding furniture and some large decor items) Just enter coupon code FREESHIP at checkout.

I hope this provides you some inspiration to freshen things up at home this Spring! As always, let us help you design your life.

Jaclyn Joslin Home

Jaclyn Joslin Home

Jaclyn Joslin Home

Jaclyn Joslin Home

Shopping links, from top:

Woven tray on coffee table

Zig zag woven planter on coffee table

Horn & Brass Coaster Set on coffee table

Coveted Home Heirloom Candle on coffee table (the perfect garden Spring/Summer scent!)

Brass vase on coffee table is vintage, shop our flea section for lots of brass & beautiful ceramic vases.

Planter on floor next to chair

Planter on side table

Planter on fireplace

Handmade ceramic bowl on side table

Pillow on sofa (this is on major sale, only 1 left!!)

Sofa. We have the smaller version of my sofa in the store and seriously, its so comfortable and its on sale!!

Moroccan pouf, similar

Moroccan rugs, similar: Beni Ourain runner, Handira rug/blanket

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Scents for Spring from Imaginary Authors

It doesn’t seem like a day goes by without a customer mentioning how good the shop smells. The delightful aroma might be from one of our candles, but it could also the scent of an Imaginary Authors Eau de Parfum.


Each team member at Coveted Home has her or his favorite scent. Our favorite scents often change depending on the season. And with spring around the corner, we’re changing over to our favorite lighter scents. A few of our favorite spring fragrances are from Imaginary Authors. Imaginary Authors is a perfume house ran by perfumer Josh Meyer in Portland, Oregon. They are not your typical perfume brand which is one of the reasons we were drawn to the line.

scent-1Each scent has its own unique story. In fact, the stories are always about imaginary novels by imaginary authors. The story behind The Soft Lawn is about Claude LeCoq.

“LeCoq published his first book, The Soft Lawn, in 1916 while still attending Princeton University. A controversial portrait of adolescent upper-class rebellion in New England, the coming-of-age story follows Hampton Perry, a charmingly snotty college tennis champ who, after years of having everything handed to him on a silver platter, finds himself handing it all back.”

The Soft Lawn is a wonderful spring scent! It is a great leisure fragrance to wear on the weekends or anytime you wish it were the weekend. Notes: Linden Blossom, Laurel & Ivy leaves, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Fresh Tennis Balls & Clay Court.

scent-6Cape Heartache is another shop favorite. Wear it for any new adventure including, but not limited to, beach bonfires, first dates, party crashing, or simply barhopping alone on a rainy night. Notes: Douglas Fir, Pine Resin, Western Hemlock, Vanilla Leaf, Strawberry, Old Growth, Mountain Fog.

All items are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their appropriate links. As always, let us help you design your life.

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Blue & White Home Decor

There is something about the combination of blue and white… it’s light, joyful, and downright gorgeous. Maybe it comes from a natural inclination to love the colors that are in the sky and water. Whatever the reason, we are a little obsessed with this combo and want to share some of our favorite blue and white pieces for your home.


Decorating with blue and white is easy. We carry many lovely blue and white home accents. We recently received a shipment of gorgeous blue and white woven baskets. The color combination is subtle and the woven baskets are perfect for adding texture to a room. And they are practical. We also have pillows and textiles, and some curated vintage decor for your home.


A. Striped Ceramic Planters  B. Blue + White Box C. Striped Bubble Vases D. Uteki Pillow  E. Meiro Pillow F. Blue Woven Bowls G. Blue + White Ginger Jar  H. Prism Throw I. Ponti Cushion  J. Lidded Round Bowls 

Most items shown above are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their corresponding links. Follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more design inspiration.

As always, let us help you design your life.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

February may be fleeting, but it’s what you do with it that matters. It is the month of groundhogs and gregarious winged babies. Shadow seekers and love makers. Punxsutawney Phil has completed his task of predicting the impossible so now it is onto Valentine’s Day. As much as people like to give St. Valentine a hard time, this holiday can be meaningful, a wonderful reason to be creative in expressing love for your significant other. If help is needed to find the perfect way of saying “I love you”, then we are here to assist.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her:

  1. Carmen Flap Clutch by Tracey Tanner | 2. Coco Rose Lip Tint from Herbivore Botanicals | 3. Verre Champagne Flutes – A Pair | 4. Bois be Balincourt Perfume Oil by Maison Louis Marie


Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him:

  1. Stay Gold Hip Flask from Ted Baker | 2. Aboukir Perfume Oil by Maison Louis Marie | 3. Cow Horn Whiskey Tumblers from Rose & Fitzgerald | 4. Well Groomed Manicure Set from Ted Baker

All items are available to purchase online and in-store at Coveted Home.

Let us help you design your life. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Decorating with the Pantone Color of the Year 2016

It’s interesting how culture and design are reflected in the Pantone Color of the Year. If you love design as much as we do, you have probably already heard about Pantone’s Color of the Year picks. That’s right, we said pick-S! The Pantone Color of the Year is not one, but a blending of two colors.  They have chosen two soft pastels: “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity”. Pantone says, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” We think Pantone’s choices are spot on. A quick scroll through our Pinterest page shows that we’ve been enjoying a lot of pastel eye-candy over the past few months. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite decorating ideas for incorporating “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” in your home.

jaf100_1_Suminagashi Glass Box $60

RoseBedRose Linens 

SerenityBedSerenity Bedroom

PastelsColorful Eclectic Pastel 

PinkSofaSoft Pink Sofa

BlueDoorBlue Door and Linens

PastelRugPerfect Pastel Combo Rug

pontiPonti Cushion

All items are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their appropriate links. As always, let us help you design your life.

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New Years Sale – Coveted Home

Happy 2016! We’re having a New Years Sale this week! We’re offering 16% off all regular priced items in the shop 1/7 – 1/9. If one of your resolutions was to fall in love with your home again, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy 16% off all furniture, textiles, candles, jewelry, and home accents. This sale includes new arrivals from Convivial Production, Happy Habitat, and Rose & Fitzgerald. And save 50% – 75% on all Holiday decor and ornaments! Limited quantities are available. 

Shop our New Years Sale // Thursday, January 7th – Saturday, January 9th!

New Years Sale

Coveted Home is an interior design and home decor boutique. Whether working on a home remodel or searching for the perfect accessory to perch on your mantel, we are here to help you design your life. Our current passion is finding small, well crafted, American made accessory lines to mix in to the boutique’s collection of new and vintage furniture. This is a story we love to tell and wholeheartedly believe in. Smaller is better. 

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Spend less time on Netflix. Eat healthier. Most New Year’s resolutions are made in the spirit of improving your health and quality of life. While personal New Year resolutions are wonderful, New Year’s resolutions for your home are also a great idea. Creating a more peaceful and organized external environment can help you stay strong while you’re working on making those internal changes. We’re sharing our top 5 New Year’s resolutions to keep your house safe, healthy, and beautiful.


Be more grateful for your abode – It’s easy to focus on your home’s flaws and imperfections. It’s easy to lose sight of what “home” really means. Your guests aren’t going to be complaining about the scratches on your table, they are going to be enjoying the delicious meal you cooked and the delightful after-dinner conversation. When they grow up, your kids aren’t going to remember the ugly tile in the bathtub, they will remember you washing their hair every night. This year, try to focus more on the positive things about your home.


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Be more mindful of your home – We often take our homes for granted. If something is not broken, we forget that it’s functioning. This is the perfect time of year to create a seasonal maintenance plan for your home. You can schedule HVAC maintenance or gutter cleaning on your phone and set alerts to remind you when it’s seasonally appropriate. If you don’t own your home, this might involve setting reminders to contact your landlord to change the air filters or schedule a carpet cleaning. This year, try to make regular maintenance a priority.


Be more organized – Your home should be a sanctuary. It’s hard to feel relaxed and comfortable when your home is in disarray. Get rid of what you don’t need and designate places for the things you need to keep. Just make sure you put things back where they go. Being organized isn’t a one time event, it’s a lifestyle.


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Create a safer home – One of the most important things you can do this year is to make sure your home is safe. You might need to change the batteries in your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms. If you have a fireplace, make sure to have that maintained as well. If you have children, you might need to put locks on cabinets or padding on the edges of tables. Creating a safer home will help make 2016 a wonderful year.


Be open to change – Don’t be afraid to try new things this year. Very few home upgrades can’t be undone. Don’t let fear stop you from making changes to your home. There’s no reason to live with blank walls or old, worn furniture. You can always fill nail holes if you make a mistake hanging your artwork, and you’ll probably love your new sofa for many years to come.

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Setting the bar

What says gracious, classic holiday entertaining like a fully stocked bar cart? If you love the idea of a bar cart but don’t have the space or need for the permanence of a new piece of furniture, may we suggest a temptingly close second? The bar tray is a simple way to get the look without rethinking your entire space for one evening of entertaining, and during the holidays, who doesn’t love ease and convenience? Whether you have a disused pair of decanters, a swizzle stick collection, or are starting fresh, putting together a drinks tray that expresses your look is fun, easy and surprisingly impactful. The first step is selecting your tray, then adding decanters and an ice bucket. While they need not match, its important that they be functional and not too heavy. Decking out your tray with the perfect bottle opener, garnish bowls and cocktail shaker is an opportunity to have some fun with mixing and matching and getting creative. The final step, of course: just add booze and watch your guests become their own mixologist.


From left: “Good as Gold” hip flask in polished brass, hand-carved bitters bottle, Crystal Cluster decanter, olive wood bowl with Batik inlay (sold as part of a set), Waxing Moon ceramic decanter, Curve medium marble nut bowl, Crest bottle opener, Bumpy vase, all on a Manchester tray in Chestnut finish.


“Good As Gold” hip flask, $58


Olive Wood bowl set with bone inlay, $154


Fort Standard “Crest” bottle opener, $60


Cranberry Whiskey Sour 

60 0z. (5 Bottles) Mike’s Hard Cranberry Lemonade

10 0z. Jim Beam bourbon

5 oz. simple syrup

1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved, plus more for garnish

3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

Mix all ingredients in the container or dispenser of your choice, add the herbs and cranberries, and serve neat or over ice.

All available for purchase in-store and online at Coveted Home. As always, thank you for letting us help you design your life.