“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over time, previous homeowners made renovations that were less than congruent with the style of the house and totally out of date.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.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared pictures of my home and I’ve made quite a few changes recently! Years ago I did a “Before and After” post of the house which showed the house shortly after I moved in and then after I did some renovations ( you can view the post here). So consider this the after the after post! One of the biggest changes I notice when I look back at the older photos is that I have incorporated much more vintage. Since we started Coveted Home Flea a year ago in the shop my love for vintage has grown and its creeping up all over my house!
Another big change has been the rugs. After our trip to Morocco in 2015 my love for African textiles has grown. I already had the vintage chair upholstered in mudcloth, but added the rug (purchased on my trip) and the mudcloth pillows on the sofa (shop our mudcloth pillows here).
Almost all the pottery in my house is vintage, from Coveted Home Flea. (shop our vintage pottery here)
Vintage chairs from CH Flea. Rug and leather pouf from my Morocco trip. (crazy enough there are still a few rugs and 1 floor pouf available in the store from this trip! (you can shop them by clicking this link.)
I just dreamt up big plans for restyling this bookshelf and its gonna be good! Loving my growing collection of pottery.
I’ve gone through several iterations of dining chairs and this might be my favorite combo. While it is kind of sparse, it is really versatile and perfect for our everyday use. When we have company we just pull chairs over if need be. The mismatched gallery wall of art got changed out for this large abstract. I also moved the jute rug that was here into the kitchen and brought in this vintage Persian rug.
Not huge changes in the kitchen–swapped the Crate & Barrel bar stools I had previously for some more unique vintage stools with backs.
I also changed out the pendant light over the sink. The old one was sleek and minimal but I love this one from Vestige Home and how it stands out against the tile.
Big changes in the bedroom! When I painted the walls “tan” before I thought the color looked like sand and was pretty. But after living with them for a bit I realized they were just beige and boring. I debated over a new color for forever, heavily contemplated going dark and then ultimately landed on Farrow & Ball’s “Lamp Room Gray”. Its the kind of color that changes throughout the day, sometimes looking gray, sometimes green and sometimes I even see some blue in it!
One of my favorite additions to the bedroom is the ceramic hanging moon chime. (shop here)
New bedside tables and all vintage pottery from CH Flea.
All three accent pillows available in the shop. (shop here)
Vintage lamps from Gold Dust Goods, because I love supporting other small businesses!
That’s the end of the tour! I’ve loved both versions of the house, I’m sure there will be more to come! Which version is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you and as always, let us 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!
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.
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
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
Every once in a while I like to take home some Coveted Home inventory and style it in my house. Its fun for me and I hope it helps provide you inspiration for your own home. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend I cleaned, styled and shot pictures and had a little company over! I’m including an easy recipe that we cooked on the grill.
If you happened to see the last style post I did at my home you may notice a change in my DwellStudio Silverado sofa. While I love a leather sofa, Simone and I never quite found it cozy for snuggling. I was always laying down blankets to sit on top of (Simone always preferred sitting on top of a blanket as well) so I finally decided to just have the seat cushion recovered in a washable cotton. I also had my upholsterer add feathers, making it more like a down pillow top mattress and it is unbelievably comfortable.
I’ve loved the texture and pattern of the smaller accent pillow and had a sneaking suspicion it would fit in perfectly in my living room. I can’t believe there’s still one of the larger animal print pillows left in the shop–this is a gorgeous $260 pillow on sale for $100! Snatch that up, someone please!
I made some big changes to my coffee table! Previously I had a round marble tray in the middle with a grouping of items. I’d been craving to get out some of my design books that were tucked away so decided to ditch the tray, put out some favorite books and add a few items on top. The little vase that the plant is in is vintage from Coveted Home Flea, the lovely handmade bowl is by Isabel Halley and can be found here. I also added the Susan Connor Prism throw to my sofa and I love the pop of indigo it adds.
A fully stocked bar can make quite the impression. We have so many wonderful bar accessories in the shop right now, stay tuned as they will be part of our June promotion! These items are staples at my bar: Coveted Home signature candle, coasters, bottle opener, wine bottle stopper, napkins, bowl (similar). I’ve decided that our Rosa Tote is a must have and we’ve marked it down to 30% off for this post! I’ve used it for groceries, lugging around work samples, my laptop, travel and although I haven’t used it for these purposes, I could see it being used for a workout tote, beach tote or baby bag.
Thai street corn on the cobb:
6 ears of corn
1/2 cup coconut milk, full fat
2 tbs. raw sugar
1 tsp ea. cinnamon & cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. ginger powder
dash of salt
Combine ingredients (except corn) and simmer on stove for 5 minutes.
Strip the husk back but don’t pull it off, and use 2 of the husk blades to tie back the rest and form a handle.
Baste the ears well and place on grill, continue to baste while grilling for 12-15 minutes or blackened.
This was a delicious new way to prepare corn that no one at our party had tried before but everyone loved!
As always, let us help you design your life.
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.
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 Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more design inspiration.
As always, let us help you design your life.
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.
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