“I love the fact that we’re becoming bolder with pattern and color,” says Graham & Brown designer Paula Taylor. “This year’s softer pastel palette works beautifully on the new geometrics, conveying a more feminine edge to a masculine style — particularly if you add a little metallic highlight.”
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!
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
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!
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.
I love my bookshelf, but if I’m being honest, I’ve had a really hard time styling it. My shelf is unique in that it leans against the wall so it’s not totally level and because it doesn’t have sides there isn’t anything to prop stuff up against. I’ve always struggled with the area outside the two rails on either end–always wanting to put things there but it never feels right when I do. Its gone through many iterations (you can see in my previous post how it was just a few weeks ago, click here), but about a month ago I had a light bulb moment. I knew it needed to be streamlined. I love design books as much as the next decorphile, but the time had come, I knew what my shelf needed and it wasn’t books. Plants, pottery and crystals–that was it I told myself. That was all I would put on the shelf.
I decided to write a post about it because shelf styling is one of the biggest requests I get from my clients. Its tricky and can be intimidating. Everyones challenges are unique, but with a few tips to guide you, you too can master the art of shelf arranging! I’m divulging a few things I’ve learned and I’ve reached out to a few pro’s to see how they create that perfect #shelfie.
One of my biggest pieces of advice is don’t be afraid to try new things! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-done this shelf. If you aren’t totally happy with it, move things around until you start to get somewhere. In my case I played around with accessories I already owned and then went shopping for a few pieces after I had an idea of what would finish it off perfectly. Having a vision and a plan kept things simple–I wasn’t to stray from my 3 items: plants, crystals and pottery. Then I found that lovely stone sculpture on the bottom shelf and I broke my own rule! But the color works with the palette and I love it, so rules be damned!
*tip: group accessories together and have variations in height, you typically want things balanced without being “matchy”
I’ve always admired interior designer Amanda Steiner’s ability to create beautifully edited shelfies. Her trick to turn some of the book bindings to the back is genius, it keeps the shelf from feeling too busy. The above photo is from her own home and she says: “I like to display a thoughtful selection of books, collections of meaningful objects such as handmade pottery or framed art, and of course live plants. Arranging items so that they are visually balanced, along with keeping a consistent color palette, will give you a well-curated look.”
* tip: lean art against the wall to help fill vertical space (above photo: interior design and styling by Amanda Steiner)
Another persons styling work I love is Kyla of House of Hipsters. She is always up to something at her house and she is no stranger to styling a good shelfie. Her collection of art is admirable so it was no surprise that when I asked her to chime in with a tip she recommended art: “Add artwork you love and adore. I found an oversized watercolor on Chairish. When it arrived, I researched the artist and Google told me he was an art teacher who recently passed away. A seller on eBay bought every piece from his estate sale, and I immediately snapped up two smaller pieces that I display on my shelf. Not only does each piece match my color palette perfectly, but they also have a fun story and I love them.”
* tip: layer art and accessories and don’t be afraid to use lamps as part of the composition! It all plays a part in perfecting a beautiful moment. (above photo: another great shelfie at Kyla’s house)
Last two photos by Emilia Jane Photography for House of Hipsters.
Whimsical and broody, moody and a bold statement. Dark walls are a force to be reckoned with. Been thinking of going dark but afraid you can’t pull off the trend? Done right, dark walls can make any space covetable.
While there’s an inherant masculinity, dark walls can be so much more. We’ve reached out to a few ladies that have used dark walls in their own homes to create spaces that thousands swoon over on the daily, over on Instagram.
Shavonda Gardner’s Instagram feed is full of dark wall inspiration. Her light sofa, rug and art are a bold and beautiful contrast with the dark paint. We asked Shavonda to chime in on living with dark walls, and she has no regrets. “I love the way the deep walls really play up the coziness of our little bungalow.” We couldn’t agree more!
If you’re looking for courage to go dark, check out Nadia’s home (@Artynads), she took it a step further with 24k gold duct tape. Definitely ups the glam factor!
Nadia’s dining room is just as stunning with her wood dining table, assortment of dark pillows and art. She proves you can go all in with dark colors and still pull off a gorgeous space. We asked Nadia why she chose to go with dark walls in her house: “I love dark walls because contrary to what people think, it’s not depressing and enclosing. It has a kind of infinity as well as a cozy welcoming feel. I team my dark colors with metallics, especially gold to give the rooms a lift and a bit of sparkle. Dark colors behind shelving makes your pieces of art work really pop, its a dramatic back drop.”
Another wildly popular dark accent wall can be seen in Liz Kamarul’s Portland pad. We asked Liz about her killer black 3 dimensional wall art to which she replied she had cut the triangles out of a thin piece of wood, painted and then nailed them to the wall (hello DIY goals!). Liz’s space is all about the texture, plants and boho vibes and we love how the dark wall gives off that cool girl aura.
Could dark walls help you sleep better? “I find that one area people are more comfortable with dark walls is in a bedroom. It creates an intimate and soothing feeling and is a great place to test out this trend.” –Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home
Have a dark wall you want to share with us? Use our hashtag #MyCovetedHome and Nadia’s #StyleItDark. We would absolutely love to see how you’ve embraced this movement.
As always, we are here to help you design your life.
Welcome to the reveal of one of my favorite projects, referred to as Starting Fresh. After relocating to Kansas City (Prairie Village) from California with their two young children and purchasing a new construction home, these homeowners reached out to me for help with furnishing the interior. We were starting from scratch–they literally had no furniture or accessories that they wanted to use from their previous house, so this project was a complete blank slate–so fun! Having clients that trust in your vision is so nice and always creates the best results. It also helped that the builders, Koenig Building + Restoration, had done a beautiful job on the home and had chosen great materials for the build out.
All photography by Sarah Sweeney — she killed it on this one, so many amazing detail shots!
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.
Recalling the work of famed Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, pencil reed bamboo decor adds just the right amount of organic glamour to almost anywhere in your home. While the material was a staple of 1970s and ’80s design, it is being re-discovered and utilized in every kind of interior and aesthetic, from streamlined midcentury, to Scandinavian minimalism, to an eclectic boho mix of all styles. The warm caramel color is versatile, and adds subtle texture to your space. As with many relics of that era, these pieces are ripe for a comeback, and it’s easy to see why.
We happen to have a few pencil reed pieces as part of our Coveted Home Flea inventory, both in impeccable condition.
A 1970’s pencil reed bamboo table lamp with brass base, generously sized and clean-lined enough to fit in anywhere. $149 (Shade sold separately) available at the Coveted Home
Pencil Reed Bamboo Side Table || Shop the look here
While we can picture it in any number of applications, this knockout pendant would look incredible over a breakfast nook or in a dining room. Midcentury pencil reed bamboo pendant lamp, $750, available at Jayson Home.
Fellow Instagram friend, Rosie Case, boasts these amazing pencil reed chairs in her living room and we could not be coveting them more. The warmth and texture they bring into the room is spot on. Tell us where you would use pencil reed furniture in your home, we’d love to hear from you!
As always, let us help you design your life.
I just can’t help but do another before and after with this project. I love the satisfaction of going back to the before pictures after a project has been professionally photographed to see the transformation! This space had several challenges–you might be able to tell that while the room is rather large, right down the center there are 2 large columns that could not be moved. The columns split the room up and made furniture placement a challenge. The clients wanted a comfortable space where they could entertain and watch movies with their teenage daughter and two dogs. We had a moderate budget to work with, considering the size of the room and the amount of items it would need to feel complete.
At my first visit, the room was full of mismatched pieces that were either hand-me-downs or had been around since college days. The original layout didn’t quite flow which left the room feeling choppy and unorganized. This led to a lot of dead space which wasn’t being utilized. At that time I was completely overloaded with projects, so I reached out to my sister, Amanda Steiner, who happened to have just launched her own design business in Portland, Oregon and was looking for work. We worked together to create a space that was welcoming, comfortable, stylish with a bit of zen–the clients requested a spot for their daily meditating.
By reorientating the sofa and the television and creating a sitting area by the fireplace, where they can read and drink their morning coffee, we really opened the space up.
We styled the books in the shelves with the spine turned in to create a more cohesive, clean and minimalist feeling. The art above the fireplace is so amazing and we didn’t want anything to distract from it!
The meditation area is a little oasis.
The entry is no longer a blank space but an inviting area with personality and interest.
A true blend of high and low items from vintage Coveted Home flea finds, accessories from Target, furniture from West Elm, CB2 and splurges on Moroccan rugs and the beautiful brushstrokes lamp from Jana Bek, the house is an eclectic mix that hits all the right notes.
All after photos by my girl, Sarah Sweeney.
Why should you learn how to mix metallic finishes? Mixing metallic finishes in your home is a great way to add depth and interest to any room. You can add warm or cool accents to create a well-rounded environment. Many people believe that mixing metals is faux pas. However, we are here to tell you that it’s ok to mix it up. In fact, mixing metals in your home is encouraged. We’re not alone in our love for mixed metallic finishes. Many designers and homeowners also embrace the mix!
There aren’t any hard and fast rules to mixing metallic finishes
Designers will often advise homeowners to choose a dominate metallic finish and supplement it with smaller pieces from a different metal family. In the modern room pictured below, there isn’t a dominate metal, and that’s ok. There is a polished chrome side table, a steel coffee table, and a brass bar cart. The incorporation of other materials, textures, and colors distract from the fact that three metallic finishes are intermingling in this room. Each metal piece holds its own and adds its unique qualities to the finished room.
If you’ve found yourself stuck with all brass or all chrome accessories or furniture, don’t fret. It’s easy to begin incorporating other metals. Below, you can see how we added a brass lamp and candle snuffer to the marble and chrome side table. It really starts with a change in attitude. The rest is easy! Once you’ve discovered the joys of mixed metals, you’ll never go back.
One way for beginners or non-believers can enter into the world of mixing metals is to purchase a piece that contains more than one metallic finish. Think of it as a transition piece. In the room below, a basket filled with decorative balls in different metallic finishes creates a unified and interesting look. Plus, the silvered mirror armoire with gold accents is also a great metallic transition piece.
This kitchen remodel by Sarah Sherman proves that mixing metallic finishes can be cool, unpretentious, and totally beautiful! We love how she has used (almost) every metallic finish known to man to create an organic and stylish finished kitchen. This might be making some of you metallic purists cringe, but let’s face it – it’s gorgeous!
We love how the Makerista chose to mix metallic finishes in her bathroom. She stuck to gold, silver, and polished nickel accents. The fixtures are all finished in polished nickel while the accents are a mixture of metallic finishes.
Now that you know how to mix metallic finishes in your home, what’s stopping you? Try out a few different textures and finishes. Matchy-matchy is boring. Step outside of your comfort zone and discover the world of mixed metals. Stop by the shop if you need more ideas or tips for mixing metals.
As always, let us help you design your life.