“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.”
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over time, previous homeowners made renovations that were less than congruent with the style of the house and totally out of date.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.
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.
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.
Astrid Insieme is truly a global designer. She’s worked and travelled around the world which has distinctly influenced her interior design aesthetic. She is currently living in the US and is an interior decorator and founder of Insieme House. One of her most popular projects is the A-frame cabin that she and her husband remodelled. They took an adorable but neglected A-frame cabin and turned it into a tiny, magical dream home. They are currently working on an addition to the A-frame cabin. Be sure to follow Astrid Insieme on Instagram to see her lovely home and eclectic design work. Astrid keeps busy with her own projects and client work, but she also offers some of her fun, eclectic finds for sale on her Chairish shop, Insieme House. When she’s not decorating interiors or working on her modified A-frame, Astrid can be found “spending time with loved ones, traveling whenever possible, cooking in general (but especially spicy, unorthodox fare…the more bizarre, the better!)”.
Astrid describes her style as “global and eclectic, with a subdued, chic flair.” We think this room she covets is a great representation of Astrid’s style.
image via onekingslane.com
Astrid: This incredible living room belongs to Los Angeles-based designer, Kim Salmela, and speaks to most everything I appreciate in design. It is worldly, irreverent, sophisticated and yet invitingly unfussy. All while maintaining a subtle adherence to traditional form. With its unexpected mix of gorgeous colors and myriad styles, it feels perfectly lively and effortlessly well-curated. Not an easy feat, but accomplished with intoxicating panache in this glorious space!
Here are a few pieces that Astrid is coveting. We think these would look fantastic in the new addition to her A-frame.
Astrid: Seriously loving the asymmetrical graphic on this Moroccan-inspired, woolen rug from Coveted Home…it feels loose and tribal and would make an ideal, neutral grounding for any room.
Astrid: I absolutely adore this settee from Madeline Weinrib, with its classical lines and boldly exotic upholstery. A perfectly sumptuous embodiment of “haute-boheme”.
Astrid: Could this trio of Chinese baskets from Coveted Home be any more covetable? Such beautiful patina resulting from age-old craftsmanship, and those multi-hued tassels are absolutely darling. They would add so much personality and texture to any surface, whether it be a tabletop or shelf.
Astird: Gilded, unabashedly opulent, and Napoleonic… if you want a statement-making mirror, this antique beauty from 1st Dibs is as good as it gets!
Astrid: Poufs are always a winning addition to any space for their duality of providing beauty and function, and this elegantly ethnic Moroccan pouf from Coveted Home is truly superlative, with its muted, desert-toned palette.
Thanks for sharing what you covet with us, Astrid! We’re looking forward to seeing more of your professional work and progress on your own home.
What do you “covet”? That is the question Coveted Home is asking our favorite makers and tastemakers for our blog feature called “What They Covet”. Want to share what you covet with our readers? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about how to participate.
This space was so fun to work on, my clients were so excited about transforming the space and had a great vision for how they wanted it to feel: light, bright, comfortable with a bit of a California vibe. We only did one room together, so the process went quickly but their space did present some challenges. For the size of the house, the kitchen and adjoining family room are actually on the small side. This is a family with teenagers and this spot is a highly trafficked area for relaxing, watching tv and eating meals. We needed to fit a lot of comfort and functionality into a relatively tight space. And that funny little fireplace on the wall wasn’t doing this room any favors…
After photos by Sarah Sweeney
Finn Juhl “FD136” lounge chairs for France & Son, in the designer’s residence.
Perhaps there’s a chic but scruffy family heirloom in your basement. Maybe you’re on the hunt for the perfect vintage accent but wish to renew a less-than-prime piece. Or maybe you are an ardent vintage buyer who always needs a project. Regardless of the reason, breathing new life into a formerly undesirable piece is as satisfying as it is surprisingly simple. We’ve rounded up the most helpful methods and hints for doing just that.
While some always practice the “If it’s rough, cover it with paint” mantra, it doesn’t have to be this way. Unlike a lot of furniture produced today, vintage and antique pieces were designed to last and made to be refinished. And with craftsmanship and materials like that, it’s easy to see why.
For many hardwoods, such as walnut, maple, teak and oak, a simple and breathtaking option is a rubbed-oil finish. Easier to achieve stunning looks with than a glossy and toxic-smelling varnish, only rudimentary skill is involved. Our favorite oil finishes include the Watco family of oils, and Tried & True Wood Finish, both noted for their easy application and durable, beautiful appearance. Even on veneered furniture, oil finishes impart a modern, smooth, gorgeous finish with a slight lustre all its own.
Maintaining piece finished with oil is simple as well. On tables and oft-used pieces, always use a drinks coaster, as most oil finishes are susceptible to rings. If piece shows wear, and to keep the finish resilient, it is necessary to re-oil occasionally.
Helpful Hint: Between coats of any oil-finish, a quick but thorough once-over with .0000 (ultra fine) steel wool not only enhances the final finish, it allows the wood to absorb more oil more deeply by opening the pores of the wood.
Material: Woven (Wicker/Rattan/Papercord/Bamboo)
A walnut & papercord Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner
You’ve found the most gorgeous, structurally sound rattan and iron side chair. It’s sturdy, it’s vintage, it’s perfect for your desk. It’s also filthy from decades of sitting in a dusty garage or basement. Luckily, this is yet another simple procedure. If the rattan has a clear finish, simply clean with water and a soft-bristle brush, and allow to dry. If the finish looks dull, it can be wiped down with lemon oil or refinished with a coat or two of clear spray lacquer. Wicker can be treated in this manner. If it is painted, it may be lightly scrubbed with soapy water, allowed to dry, and re-sprayed or touched up.
For papercord surfaces, a dry, soft-bristle brush may be used to clean between the cords. Avoid getting unlacquered or otherwise unsealed papercord wet.
Helpful Hint: Because seating materials like this are likely to be used frequently, it is usually a good idea to seal them to protect against spills and stains. Use either a brush-on or spray-on product, and remember to never leave woven seats in direct light for extended periods, as it can have a destructive drying effect.
This is the first installment of a series on how to best bring back to life hand-me-down or found vintage furniture and accessories. As always, let us help you design your life.
Some people want interior design done quickly. I find the best results when design is not rushed or put on an artificial timeline of having to be completed. If you want your home to feel like it evolved over time, then you have to let it do so. I always work off a plan, but if one element in a room design gets changed (which is almost inevitable) it almost always leads to more changes. When changes arise, I don’t always have the perfect solution right away, but I know if I let myself simmer on it, then the solution will present itself to me, naturally. Its like when you are trying to think of someones name but you can’t remember it– and you know as soon as you stop thinking about it, the name will come to you. This happens to me all the time with design, as it is a creative process.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with these clients, who love collecting and curating their personal art collection, for several years. We did their living room a few years ago and they recently came back to ask me to help complete the dining room. Between light fixtures being back ordered and waiting on the rings to come in for the custom draperies, the room took over 6 months to complete but it also allowed the room to evolve organically over time, resulting in a finished product that reflects their whimsical, slightly quirky style melding just right in their more traditional style Westwood Hills home. Now they have a space they truly love spending time in that was worth the wait. Suffice it to say, we’re all thrilled with the finished space!
Design by Jaclyn Joslin
Styling by Jaclyn Joslin & Sami Paxton
Photography by Sarah Sweeney