It is summer time sale time! All of our in stock chairs and lamps are 25-50% off now through August 18th. Hope to see you soon!
I don’t know how long this movement will last, but vintage is definitely in right now. I am turning the pages of more and more home decor magazines to find the “well worn” look infiltrating where once only pristine spreads existed.
There is speculation on how the movement got started. Was it a result of the economic downturn and a necessity on the part of consumers to become more thrifty? Or did we all just become tired of the store-bought, semi-sterile look and start seeking a more personal and collected look?
There have always been the standby resources of garage sales, estate sales and antique malls. Years ago eBay popped up and then Craigslist followed. There are the more high-end websites such as 1st Dibs for the discerning antiques consumer. Even flash sale sites such as One Kings Lane have started featuring sales by designers that are curating collections including vintage and new items.
From what I can tell, the public is eating it up. Here in Kansas City, we have the very popular, almost pop-up-like vintage stores that only open up one weekend a month in the West Bottoms.
DIY projects have also seemed to reach a pinnacle of popularity. I find many people wear the title of “DIYer” as a badge of honor. Being able to say, “Look what I came up with and transformed on my own” is very empowering. I have run into my fair share of men and women who declare decorating a hobby and spend time in the eternal search for the perfect piece to fix up, put a personal spin on and add into their collection.
I have always been a fan of the mix of old and new. As with most things in life, moderation is key. All new or all old becomes boring. At Coveted Home we carry mainly new items, but there’s a small but growing inventory of vintage or antique pieces. A few years ago I traveled to Paris and brought back several antique pieces from the flea markets. These types of items are always the ones people “ooh” and “ahh” over. Mixed in with the new furniture, it is just the right touch.
Do you have any great sources for vintage or antique pieces? If so, join our conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/covetedhome and tell us about it! I know it is tempting sometimes to keep good finds to yourself, but the businesses you share with the rest of us will be so grateful you are spreading the word and keeping their doors open, trust me.
A vintage industrial table is successfully mixed with a modern rug and accessories in this setting.
Photo by Roy Inman
This article was written by Jaclyn Joslin and published in the KC Star Magazine on 7/15/12.
Ok, I know that title is cheesy..but I could not resist myself. We got a slew of new pillows in the shop with an array of hues and patterns to choose from. I know you have heard this a million times, but it is true, if you want to update your look with little cost, a beautiful pillow can do the trick. Every single pillow we have in the store is capable of accomplishing that task!
I have also started pinning products that we have in the store to my Pinterest board titled “The Coveted Home”, makes sense right? 🙂 Follow me there, my username is simply Jaclyn Joslin and I have even put a quick link to my profile page on the top right side of the blog. Besides The Coveted Home board I have some other awesome boards on Rooms to Covet, Things to Covet, Fashion and a few others.
A slew of new John Robshaw pillows:
All images were taken from the noted manufacturers websites.
It is my day off and I need to clean my closet out. I am procrastinating of course, but I have also procrastinated on making this blog post. So I guess the two cancel each other out.
It is often times noted by designers that the ceiling is an overlooked surface. I tend to agree. While not all spaces call for attention to the ceiling, for some spaces amping up the ceiling finish can really make all the difference in the room.
It was duly noted by me while on my recent trip to Istanbul, that they did not overlook the ceilings when building the mosques there hundreds of years ago. Every place I went I was amazed when I simply looked up.
One of the new lines we picked up is The Finial Touch by Hillary Thomas Designs. The idea behind these beauties was to create “jewelry for your lamps”. They really are just that, most all of them I would totally put on a chain and hang around my neck. The naturally shaped stones come in a variety of hues and can completely revitalize a lamp. Here are some that we have in the shop, check out the clever names they were given!
If there is one trend that I am loving, it is the use of global prints in textiles for the home, fashion and art.
I am not a formal person. I would go so far as to say I live an informal life. This spills over in the designs I create. Someone once said of me: “If you are looking for frou-frou, keep looking,” and they were right. I really love creating comfortable and casual yet beautiful rooms.
One thing I try to squeeze into almost every design is some sort of global element. It keeps the room from looking too matchy or stuffy and creates a layered and collected vibe. And I just love the casual and relaxed feeling these prints lend to a design.
Global textiles have been popular in interiors for some time now. Designers such as John Robshaw have built entire lines around global textiles and have been successful at doing so.
The patterns can appeal to applications in fashion and the home. Pillows, shower curtains and window treatments all look stunning in global textiles.
But the prints lend themselves well to fashion also. From bags to robes to shoes, the application is interesting and mixes well with solids and even other prints. For someone scared of color or wanting to keep a neutral color palate, using a global pattern in a neutral color can really add dimension and interest to a design.
In a recent House Beautiful article, Robshaw said, “Global textiles appeal to so many people — they’re fun, you don’t tire of them and they bring dimension to your life.” My sentiments exactly.