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New in shop: Handmade by Sara Cramer Jewelry

I am so excited about the new jewelry line we have picked up! I happened upon Sara Cramer’s jewelry at First Friday a few months ago and was instantly in love with it. A little bit edgy, a little bit glamor and 100% striking, Sara’s jewelry line is taking off. She has only been at this for a short time now and is already having a hard time keeping up with orders. There is so much local artistic talent in Kansas City and I love it when I come across someone who is a good fit for collaboration at Coveted Home. And of course, what’s a furniture boutique without a few fun fashion pieces?;)

Sara sent me a few photos of the pieces we have here, but there is much more–lots of great earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The pieces are made of glass beads and the prices are great. Stop by to see our full collection. 

 Double loop bracelets, $65 ea.

 Gold two toned striped bracelet, $125

Breast plate necklace, $115
Assortment of earrings: $25-$45
The first 3 images were taken by MKII Photography and the last photo was taken by me here at the store, which is why it looks awful in comparison. I just wanted to show some of the earrings as well though.
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Who We Are

I find myself explaining the concept of Coveted Home to quite a few people that walk into the shop. I suppose the variety of home decor displayed here is a bit different from what Kansas Citians are used to seeing so I thought I would take this opportunity to state our manifesto, if you will. 

Much to my amazement people walk into the shop on a daily basis and ask a question somewhere along the lines of “what is this place?” I realize that the style we create at Coveted Home is fairly new and modern for the majority of long lived Traditionalists that abound in Kansas City. But folks, the lines we represent are some of the leading brands in the industry and the products we carry are what you see when you turn the pages of Lonny, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Trad Home, et. etc.

I know it sounds like I am bragging here, but I assure you that is not the case. I take no credit for the lines we carry, except that I picked them because I find them to be the most beautiful products out there. The designers behind the lines are the real talent. I am merely trying to educate and expose the good people of Kansas City to some of the best lines in home decor that are actually pretty well known, recognized and quite popular in larger cities. In a large city a blog post like this would be irrelevant…but here I find myself writing this so I will attempt to provide an explanation/run down of “Who We Are”.

So, here goes for a run down of “Who We Are”:

We are a boutique home decor shop and we offer interior design/decorating services.

We sell furniture, lamps, rugs, pillows and a variety of other home decor items.

The larger pieces of furniture are usually special ordered, while the smaller goods of lamps, pillows and accessories rotate in the shop more frequently.

We believe our style cannot be coined “Traditional” or “Contemporary”; our style is current, comfortable and has timeless beauty.

We believe your life can be enriched by making your house an individual reflection of your personal style.

We believe your life can be enriched by bringing comfort and beauty to your home.

We believe you should invest in your home by adding quality pieces that will stand the test of time in construction and style.

We believe in investing in products that are made in America.

We believe in doing our part to preserve the environment.

We believe in supporting local businesses that give back to their communities.

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A Vintage Moment

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.

 Modern wallpaper mixed with a vintage table & lamp create a nice juxtaposition.
Photo by Roy Inman

 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.  

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Pillow Talk & Pinning!

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:

 I seem to be obsessed with yellow currently, I only learned that after looking at one of my pin boards and noticed the color kept repeating itself.
 Love adding a round pillow to the mix!
 Sweet and small for a chair

Subtle color, bold pattern
The new DwellStudio bedding and pillows have not yet arrived, but I couldn’t help myself from posting a couple of the pillows that will be coming, I am so excited to get them!
Lions in ink
Zebra’s in kelly green


All images were taken from the noted manufacturers websites.

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Eyes to the Sky

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.

 The Hagia Sophia ceiling
Second floor ceiling of Hagia Sophia
I love this photo. Taken from the 2nd floor of the Hagia Sophia you get a perspective on how huge and impressive the mosque is. Also I love how all the chandeliers below look like they are floating. 
  Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better know as The Blue Mosque


 Blue Mosque
Not a ceiling, but this photo of the Blue Mosque at night is pretty and I wanted to share. 
 This is one of my favorites. It was inside of a less popular mosque near the Blue Mosque and I did not record the name unfortunately. 
 Same mosque as the one above.
Pera Palace Hotel

Pera Palace Hotel
Translate this into modern day design and what do you get? 
Painted ceilings…
Wallpapered ceilings…
Fancy molding on ceilings…

Be creative and tell me, what will you do with your ceilings?
All Istanbul images are my own, the last 3 photos are from Better Homes & Gardens and Houzz. 
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On Sale Now…Dwell Studio

We are getting ready to receive a new shipment of Dwell Studio bedding and pillows! This line is particularly coveted by me because of the high style and moderate price point. The founder, Christiane Lemieux, is always setting new design trends and I love following her to see what she is up to.

Since our new shipment will be in soon, some of our current inventory is on sale:

 Draper Stripe Amethyst Throw: Was $165, now $99
 Vintage Blossom Throw: Was $355, now $213
Peacock Citrine Queen Duvet set: Was $310, now $217
Hurry in, these won’t last long!
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We are Pinning…Hillary Thomas!

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!

 Back In Black
 Green Tangerine
 Heart of Gold
 Marrakesh Express
 Purple Haze
Riders on the Storm


Dream Weaver

We put the Dream Weaver finial on our Basket Lamp by Barbara Cosgrove, they compliment each other perfectly!

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Coveted Home: Before and After Story

Our new space needed a little work before we could open the doors. While it was habitable enough for some, there left much to be desired by me in terms of style and character. If you ever visited Urban Dwellings Design, my former store that was located in the historic River Market of KC, then you know we had “built in” charm there. The tall ceilings, exposed brick walls and concrete floors were loved by all. I too loved these qualities but came to realize they were actually detracting from our merchandise (not a good thing when you are trying to run a retail business). Nearly everyone who entered our downtown shop had the same reaction: “Oh wow, cool space.” I never got comfortable with people saying that–while it was true, it was a bummer because I had invested a lot of money into beautiful furniture and home accessories, and yet people were unanimously commenting on the space.
With this in mind as I set out on the search of a new location, I kept an eye out for a more blank canvas and knew the store would sport white walls wherever we went. The following photos showcase how we transformed a boring suburban location with no charm and lots of dated and dirty fixtures into a bright and chic shop where everyone that enters now says “Oh wow, I love everything in here!”

 

 Before: shot from the rear of the store, looking at front door
The space had lots of box fluorescent lights, dirty ceiling tiles, wall slats to hang clothing racks on, gray rubber baseboard, and ugly laminate wood floors.

 

 After: shot from the rear of the store looking at the front door
 Although I wanted to take out all of the fluorescent box lighting my electrician objected. The space does not get very much natural light and the track lights are more for highlighting settings and merchandise, not overall lighting. I was able to eliminate all but about 4 of the box lights. The ceiling tiles got painted Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, a dark charcoal that really makes the lower ceilings recede. I had the walls stripped and the dry wall repaired and painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Over-sized wood baseboard painted in Black Beauty (Ben Moore) replaced the horrid institutional feeling rubber stuff. As for the floors we really lucked out. A little bit of downtown got to make an appearance as we peeled back the laminate to reveal concrete underneath. All it needed was a good scraping, cleaning and shiny epoxy coat.
Before: Taken from the front door.

 

 

After: Taken from the front door

 

 

 Before: Bathroom
I trust you can see why this would not work, I will not even bother describing except that the laminate floor was seriously grimy.

 

 

After: Bathroom
All the doors inside as well as the front door got painted Oregano by Benjamin Moore. The same black baseboard was installed with a large black tile and matching black grout. A snazzy new Kohler toilet replaced the 20 year old looking previous one. The real stunner is the wallpaper. A brand new print from Schumacher called Queen of Spain caught our eye in the catalog and was immediately the winner.
After: Bathroom
A new marble top vanity from Lowes and our mirror from the old shop complete the bathroom renovation.
Before: Future fabric wall/design consult meeting space
After: Fabric wall and design consultation meeting space

 

 Our custom sales counter was built with what our previous counter lacked: drawers and options for organizing sales materials, bags and tissue paper. The counter itself is a Cambria white quartz installed by Trendstone. The base of the cabinet was painted with a faux metallic finish by Jason Newton whom I use for all my faux finish needs with clients–he is amazing!

 

I love this setting! Amanda found the taxidermy head from a dealer in the West Bottoms. The blend of the modern leather Martin sofa from MG+BW with the rustic vine ottoman and Aoudad head is pretty awesome if you ask me.
Our new location provides exactly what we were lacking downtown–high traffic and increased visibility and exposure in the community. The interior provides a perfect backdrop to showcase all the amazing lines that we Covet!

-Jaclyn

 

 

 

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On Trend: Global Textiles

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.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/23/3623747/design-notebook-global-textiles.html#storylink=cpy

 First 2 images taken by Roy Inman for the KC Star. First image of the Lauralee chair by Mitchell Gold +Bob Williams in a global print called ikat. Second image of more MG+BW globally inspired fabrics.

 Remaining photos are my own.

 John Robshaw Duffle Bag & Dopp Kit sporting global prints
Some of my favorite global prints on pillows we currently have at the shop.
The above article was written by Jaclyn Joslin for the KC Star Magazine.