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Invest in Your Home

Three families that I’ve done design work for put their houses on the market recently. All three of the houses sold within a week! I’m not afraid to say I believe the quick sales were not coincidences.

I know a lot of things contributed, such as the neighborhoods, real estate agents and listing prices. But what I also know is that each family took the time and effort to collaborate with me on a design plan and invested in quality pieces of furniture that they will continue to use. I helped these families pull together their new homes by using pieces from their previous homes and adding or altering where needed.

What has been really neat about it is that we used the same furniture and accessories, but in a new home the location of each piece was reworked. Chairs that were once used in a dining room got used in the living room of the new house. A settee that was once in the kitchen now got worked into a home office. With new paint colors and a new perspective on where everything is placed it all feels new without actually purchasing all new pieces.

I am amazed sometimes by how little some people are willing to invest in their homes. Yet many people will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for designer handbags, shoes or clothing. I have absolutely nothing against expensive designer clothing, but I am of the opinion that  most of your furniture should have a longer lifespan than most of your clothing. A well thought out and designed space will stand the test of time–just look at anything Dorothy Draper, David Hicks, Billy Baldwin (take your pick of A list designers) did 40 plus years ago. Their work serves as endless inspiration for designers because even after all these years it is still chic and looks current. In many cases their designs have remained untouched and still exist as originally created, in homes and hotels, today.

Although I initially helped these families choose their furniture several years ago, there was not even a small discussion about replacing the pieces for any of them. In fact they were all pretty adamant that it get reworked into the new homes because they loved it so much. Heed the advice of Billy Baldwin: “Stick to things you really love. An honest room is always up to date.”

Let your home be a reflection of your personal style and a place you are proud of. Let your home be a  place to rest your mind and body after a long day of work or a place for your family to spend quality time together, or a place to entertain your friends and family. Don’t be afraid to invest in your home, even if you do it over time.

I believe a comfortable and beautiful home can change your life… and will certainly help should you ever decide to sell!

Photo by Roy Inman
This homeowners previous dining room was much larger so we had space to use these great comfy black and white striped upholstered chairs on the ends. In their new home we easily moved these chairs into their living room since they no longer fit in the new dining room.  
Here is a shot of the chairs in the new living room. We are still waiting for a few pieces to come in to finish off this room–a new sofa and rug. I can’t wait to see it all put together though, it is going to be beautiful! 
The above article was written by Jaclyn Joslin for the KC Star Magazine.
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The Special Order Event

Thinking about updating your home a bit before the hustle of the holidays this year? Now is the time! Not only will your furniture arrive in time for your big Thanksgiving gathering you will save 20% off any Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams special order placed now through October 8th.

We are here to help you design your life.

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New in Shop: Natural Curiosities

I love how art can transform a room by infusing color, wit, emotion, pattern and personality. I have never seen a well designed home that lacked art; it is a key component in pulling a room together. 

Since I opened Urban Dwellings Design (our shop name prior to opening Coveted Home) in 2008 I have been in love with the art collections from Natural Curiosities. I remember walking into their booth at the NYIGF on my very first buying trip for the store. My friend Court who was helping me, looked at me and said “you have to have this line”. I knew he was right, I was completely struck by how elegant and beautiful yet completely unpretentious and natural their art collection was–“flawless” as we like to say. 

Over the years their vision has only gotten stronger and the collection more complex. Now almost anytime I open House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Lonny Mag, etc., I see their art on the walls of featured homes. I love what Christopher Wilcox, the founder of Natural Curiosities, says on their website: “Born from a deep love of the arts, and what art is capable of representing in culture and society life, Natural Curiosities is one of my proudest achievements. I consider it an accomplishment made possible by the love and loyalty of incredibly creative clients, both old and new, who believe in our journey and have become loyal supporters to the belief that art is not a decorative accessory, but an essential part of design and, in our case, work full of soul made by people who love what they do.” How honest and beautiful, exactly like the art collections they curate.  

We just got a new assortment of pieces at Coveted Home:

The Fernando Boher collection was inspired by the concept of “Collections of a Traveled Mind”.
Each has a different frame. I love their simplicity. 
Easy to display in a grouping or on their own. 
The prints are $185 each.

Their collection of Paule Marrot’s textile archives has captivated me for some time. She was a Frech engraver, painter and textile artist during the 1920’s-1950’s.

“Doves” is mounted on linen and framed in acrylic and is $1985. 

I love the movement and color, it captivates me.

I am sure you caught this NC, Paule Marrot print on the cover of the September 2011 House Beautiful issue. The room is stunning, but that art is what really sets it off. 

Now you would think that after all this gushing over how much I love NC art I would have several pieces at home. I don’t know how or why but it just so happens that I finally got my first piece a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it! 

It is a small Paule Marrot piece called Midi. 
Bright and cheery it makes me happy and it looks perfect on the wall in my sunroom. 
Check out all the complete Natural Curiosities collection HERE.

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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 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!