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Coveted Gift Guide Part II: The Collector

The season of gift-giving and merry-making well upon us, we have prepared a beautiful selection of gift ideas for everyone on your list, with a twist: all our selections are suitable for any gender, separated into hard-to-shop-for categories. 

Today, gifts for the vintage fanatic, the person who has it all, the collector: a curated grouping of our choicest vintage pieces, sure to please anyone and everyone on your list. 

Ystad-Metall Lily Candlesticks

A favorite of the design world, these classic candlesticks were designed by Ivar-Alenius Bjork for the 1939 World’s Fair and have been a bona fide icon since. Freshly polished and ready to liven up a mantel or dining table. Made in Sweden. $149.

Walnut + Aluminum Box 

A well-designed box looks great on any tabletop, and this vintage, 1960’s Silvercrest example is no exception. Perfect for holding anything from matches to treasured mementos, this handsome and well-made box makes a stunning addition to any interior. $75

Art Deco Silver Vanity Tray

Dating from the 1920’s, this substantial and chic tray is a gorgeous way to corral perfume and jewelry in a bedroom or bathroom or as an accent on a console or cocktail table. It is in fantastic original condition, with light wear commensurate with age. Made in England. $72.

Modernist Bottle Opener

An elegant and well-crafted addition to any bar cart, this solid brass and chrome bottle opener is as sleek and modern as it gets. A true mid-century modern accessory, it was probably made in the 1950s or 60s. In excellent condition with light, age-appropriate wear. $64.

Horn Object 

An earthy but sculptural addition to any table or shelf, this sustainably-harvested horn was mounted on a wooden base by artisans in Uganda. A one-of-a-kind gift for anyone on your list. 

Carved Horse Sculpture 

A hand-carved, stylized horse’s head sculpture is just the accent for any coffee table, console or bookshelf. Works well in a variety of interior styles. In excellent condition. $48.

Abstract Nude Painting

A vibrant color palette and expressive, abstract brush strokes lend this mid-century modern painting an air of sophistication and fun. Framed in an antique wooden frame. $95.

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A Coveted Holiday: The Genderless Gift Guide, Part I

 

The season of gift-giving and merry-making is well upon us, we have prepared a beautiful selection of gift ideas for everyone on your list, with a twist: all our selections are suitable for any gender, separated into hard-to-shop-for categories. Our second gift guide installment will be released in a few days, stay tuned!  

This week, gifts for the tastemaker, the aesthete, the design-obessed in your life. What to get someone who curates every facet of their lives, you ask? Keep reading. Happiest of holidays to you and yours! 

Turkish Woven Towels

Ideal for everything from a chic, oversized scarf or wrap, to draping on a chair as a light throw, to using for its intended purpose as an absorbent, lightweight, long-lasting towel. They come in four on-trend color-ways and are perfect to mix and match. Linen & cotton, machine wash. $59.

 

Happy Habitat x Inspire Good Co. Notebooks (set of 3)

A thoughtful and useful stocking stuffer, this set of three notebooks are a collaboration between Kansas City’s own Happy Habitat and the Inspire Good publishing company, featuring covers inspired by Happy Habitat’s colorful knit throws. 60 pages each. $15. 

 

 

 

Palo Santo trays

Handmade, small-batch ceramic accessories for the of-the-moment home fragrances, Palo Santo wood! Crafted by local ceramics maker The Object Enthusiast in earthy, goes-with-anything neutrals . Pairs perfectly with both our Palo Santo bundles. Palo Santo trays, $35. Palo Santo bundle, $12 for five sticks. 

 

Simple Leather Card Wallet

Cut and sewn by the local leather goods line Foxtrot, a functional way to carry your cards and cash stylishly. Outer card sleeve and open pocket. Available in three chic shades of the highest quality leather. Made in Kansas City. $46.

 

Molten Brass Frames 

Perfect for gifting a photograph of yourself, these weighty and textural solid brass frames liven up any tableau with a bit of metallic shine. Perfectly complimentary to nearly any interior. Available in two sizes, 4″x 6″ and 5″ x 7″. $54 and $66, respectively.

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Fall Essentials and the Brands You Should Know

Changes are brewing, summer to autumn. Patio’s, picnics and falling into piles of leaves. Who’s ready for fall! We’re here to equip you with the right tools to make the best of this coming season: Luscious apothecary to keep your skin soft and smooth, whimsical baskets, rings for yo’ finga’s and salts for the soaking. Plus a ton of sage and incense for those late night incantations.  Continue reading Fall Essentials and the Brands You Should Know

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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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Client work: Kitchen & Living Room Makeover

Welcome to our latest project reveal! This was a fun project for many reasons. The house is a beautiful old ranch-style with some really neat details. However over time, previous homeowners made renovations that were less than congruent with the style of the house and totally out of date. But luckily my client was ready to bring a fresh look to the interior, one that would honor the original style of the house. 

We chose KC Home Solutions to carry out the renovations and my client and I couldn’t have been happier with their work. Top notch work done in a timely manner is hard to come by these days, but these guys deliver just that. 

A few “Before” photos so you can see where we started.

All “After” photos by Sarah Sweeney

Design by Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home

Styling by Jaclyn Joslin & Addison Ford, both of Coveted Home

BEFORE
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Panelled walls in the living room and beams on the ceiling (providing no structural support) made the room feel dark and small, even though it is actually quite a large room! The wood floors were very rustic, country looking and part of the kitchen where the sink and stove are had a very unattractive vinyl on the floor. And don’t get me started on those kitchen cabinet colors, yikes! 

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AFTER-KITCHEN

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BEFORE LIVING

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I’m not sure what compelled the previous owners to put that stone on the wall because when we tore it out there was beautiful white brick underneath, all it needed was a fresh coat of paint. 

AFTER-LIVING

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A Swoon Worthy Space in the East Village

This New York apartment pulls at our heartstrings to the fullest extent. So many vintage pieces to love in Taylor Fimbrez and Wesley Moon’s 650 square foot home. Seriously, the amount of eye candy is spectacularly overwhelming and equally as inspiring. The fact that nearly everything in the apartment came from a thrift store, eBay or Craigslist is beyond impressive.

Sharing this amazing space is fitting with our recent opening of Coveted Home Flea. By shopping our Flea, your home could also look like a haven for all things vintage. Coveted Home Flea is open every Thursday thru Saturday during regular business hours or you can always shop our vintage finds online.

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Can you believe that the painting in the kitchen came with the apartment? It is perfect. And Taylor and Wes’ textile game is ridiculous with their wall hangings in both the living room as well as their bedroom.

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Taylor & Wes (with dogs Squid & Marbles)

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This home feature was originally posted via Apartment Therapy. Image credits: Nancy Mitchell; Taylor Fimbrez.

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Handmade Clutches and Bags

We love a great handmade purse and we love helping other women succeed. That’s why we carry Mercado Global’s handmade clutches and bags. They are beautifully designed, functional pieces, and the company is built around the philosophy of helping female artisans get ahead in life and work.

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When you buy a Mercado Global bag, you’re not just buying a beautiful accessory. You’re also helping empower women in developing countries. Mercado Global shares details on their website about why, how, and where the bags are made. We love knowing the story behind our products.

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We are most well-known for our home decor and furniture selection, but we also have a curated collection of handmade clutches and bags. We currently have a selection of clutches, handbags, shoulder bags, and pouches from Mercado Global and Tracey Tanner.

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Tracy Tanner is a Brooklyn based designer and maker of handmade leather wallets, pouches, cosmetic bags and handbags. Her leather goods are simple, yet stunning. We just can’t get enough of them! Her Cobalt Travel Bag is one our favorites.

 

A few more of our favorite handmade bags from Mercado Global

The Rosa Tote

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The Micaela Tote

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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.

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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.

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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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A Feminine Take on “The Cave”

It is safe to say that most of us are familiar with the term “man cave”. It is defined as “a room or other part of a home regarded as a refuge for the man or men of the household”. This designated area is reserved for only the male species to “do as they please” like a caveman. Women find this idea of a segregated space mysterious yet equally as intriguing. Why AND why not? What if we had a similar area of the shared home where men were unable or unwilling to inhabit? As challenging as it may be to envision, we believe our “woman cave” would look something like this. Masculine tones mixed with soft, feminine accents. A place for drink, play, and relaxation. Items not shown: pinball machine (is there a Sex and the City version?), a life size poster of Leonardo DiCaprio and the complete collection of E.L James novels.

WomanCaveLinked1. Spanish Model Oil Painting​ | 2. Ralph Lauren Wicker Chairs​ | 3. 1970’s Expressionist Watercolor​ | 4. Adana Throw in Mint + Gold​ | 5. Eve Sofa | 6. White Pixel Peace Corps Hamper​ | 7. Coral Silk Velvet Pillow 16”x16”​ | 8. Ramiz Pillow 20”x20″ | 9. Hans Wegner “Style” Counter Stools​ | 10. Wabash High Dining Table ​| 11. Bennett Coffee Table

Our inspiration subconsciously stemmed from our recent launch of Coveted Home Flea, a curated collection of vintage and reclaimed home accessories. We are currently coveting Murano glass in jewel tones, Spanish pottery, and all things Danish. Items featured below are available to purchase in-store and online at Coveted Home.

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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.

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PastelsColorful Eclectic Pastel 

PinkSofaSoft Pink Sofa

BlueDoorBlue Door and Linens

PastelRugPerfect Pastel Combo Rug

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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.