Interior designer and self-proclaimed modern bohemian, Carmeon Hamilton represents everything we adore in the design scene and we’re so thrilled to feature her this session.Continue reading What They Covet & House Tour with Carmeon Hamilton
I am sure you have noticed how white walls, black and white abstract art and rustic natural elements are trending in a major way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look too. But I can be fickle and become slightly bored with something that everyone is pinning, blogging and obsessing over (hello Moroccan white shag rug).
Looking at rooms with a bold use of color and a refined design sensibility has been my respite from the overload on the current trend that has saturated the design world. Who better to turn to than the majorly talented Nick Olsen?
This stunning dining room design landed him on the cover of the August World of Interiors issue.
I love this room. I bow before anyone that can use such a bold shade of yellow and make it look so chic.
As always, the #MyCovetedHome hashtag was brimming with excellent and inspiring moments this month, but what really got us going were the following spaces featuring everyone’s favorite trend that we hope never goes out of style: the gallery wall! While each of these were exceptionally personal and unique, they had one thing in common; absolutely gorgeous pieces that became something so much more when hung together.
This space by @studioplumb is just absolutely, jaw-droppingly good, and brimming with enviable style. From the eclectic gallery wall, to the jewel-tones and sculptural plants, this is one grand gallery wall.
From @k.laingdesign comes this light and bright gallery wall, replete with a living element, mirror, tribal art, fur, and a kitty portrait. The sculptural bench, fabulous pillows, and shaggy fur take this space to the next level.
This inspiring gallery wall, courtesy of @emilygradydodge, is a personal, fun and eclectic example. We love the basket, the pair of prints, and especially that gorgeous taupe vase below!
For a totally unexpected but VERY chic gallery wall, @tinkerabout hung books with their pages open to create this stunning moment. We especially love that clock and the antique card cabinet–that shade of blue is absolutely perfect.
As always, keep tagging #MyCovetedHome to show us your own take on inspired interiors and for a chance to be featured. Thanks for sharing!
“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.