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Gather ‘Round the Table this Thanksgiving

We often hear people say that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. Something about the simple pleasure of gathering with friends and family over copious amount of food is so comforting. We had the pleasure of hosting our friends from Porter Teleo in the shop for a little photo shoot of their newly released table linens (just in time for Thanksgiving!), which are gorgeous and hand painted little pieces of art in themselves. We played around with styling some of our table top pieces with their linens and the result was quite lovely. We hope it provides you some inspiration for entertaining this holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Ideas, entertaining, kansas city, kcmo, missouri, decor, interior design

Porter Teleo hand painted linen napkins and placemats available here.

Thanksgiving Ideas, entertaining, kansas city, kcmo, missouri, decor, interior design

Feather plates available here and here.

Thanksgiving Ideas, entertaining, kansas city, kcmo, missouri, decor, interior design

Functional and beautiful serving pieces: brass servers, fruit bowl, napkins & runner. Add the ambiance with candle light–shop our amazing collection of new and vintage candlesticks here

Thanksgiving Ideas, entertaining, kansas city, kcmo, missouri, decor, interior design

Thanksgiving Ideas, entertaining, kansas city, kcmo, missouri, decor, interior design

Last but not least! We’ve received some new linen tea towels and napkins in the shop! They are so soft and we love the colors and patterns created by Jenny Pennywood, made in San Fransisco. 

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Top 10 Halloween Decorations | Step Away from the Cliche

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Top 10 Halloween Decorations

This year, step away from the cliche, with these thoughtfully curated accessories and yes, that does include a crystal ball! By mixing traditional Halloween decorations with these items, you can get away with a less theatrical and more elegant feel. Keeping the palette to a simple black and white (with the exception of pumpkins of course!) makes things easy. Stretch out a cobweb here, a cobweb there, whip up your finest witches brew and let the good haunts roll!

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Movements: Japanese Interior Design and the Art of Feng Shui

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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.

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On Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo

Recalling the work of famed Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, pencil reed bamboo decor adds just the right amount of organic glamour to almost anywhere in your home. While the material was a staple of 1970s and ’80s  design, it is being re-discovered and utilized in every kind of interior and aesthetic, from streamlined midcentury, to Scandinavian minimalism, to an eclectic boho mix of all styles. The warm caramel color is versatile, and adds subtle texture to your space. As with many relics of that era,  these pieces are ripe for a comeback, and it’s easy to see why.

We happen to have a few pencil reed pieces as part of our Coveted Home Flea inventory, both in impeccable condition.

 

A 1970's pencil reed bamboo table lamp, available at Coveted Home.A 1970’s pencil reed bamboo table lamp with brass base, generously sized and clean-lined enough to fit in anywhere. $149 (Shade sold separately) available at the Coveted Home

 

A beautiful pencil reed bamboo side or accent table, c. 1970s, $795, also available at Coveted Home

Pencil Reed Bamboo Side Table || Shop the look here

Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo Furniture makes a comeback in modern, eclectic, bohemian style home interiors. Get the scoop on applying this trend in your home.

Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo Furniture makes a comeback in modern, eclectic, bohemian style home interiors. Get the scoop on applying this trend in your home.

While we can picture it in any number of applications, this knockout pendant would look incredible over a breakfast nook or in a dining room. Midcentury pencil reed bamboo pendant lamp, $750, available at Jayson Home.

Rosie Case Living Room

Fellow Instagram friend, Rosie Case, boasts these amazing pencil reed chairs in her living room and we could not be coveting them more. The warmth and texture they bring into the room is spot on. Tell us where you would use pencil reed furniture in your home, we’d love to hear from you!

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Client Work: A Living Room Designed for Retreat

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.

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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.

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Interiors by Coveted Home

Interiors by Coveted Home

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!

Interiors by Coveted Home

Interiors by Coveted Home

Interiors by Coveted Home

The meditation area is a little oasis.

Interiors by Coveted Home

Interiors by Coveted Home

 

Interiors by Coveted Home

The entry is no longer a blank space but an inviting area with personality and interest.

Interiors by Coveted Home

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.

 

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How to Mix Metallic Finishes

Why should you learn how to mix metallic finishes? Mixing metallic finishes in your home is a great way to add depth and interest to any room. You can add warm or cool accents to create a well-rounded environment. Many people believe that mixing metals is faux pas. However, we are here to tell you that it’s ok to mix it up. In fact, mixing metals in your home is encouraged. We’re not alone in our love for mixed metallic finishes. Many designers and homeowners also embrace the mix!

There aren’t any hard and fast rules to mixing metallic finishes

Designers will often advise homeowners to choose a dominate metallic finish and supplement it with smaller pieces from a different metal family. In the modern room pictured below, there isn’t a dominate metal, and that’s ok. There is a polished chrome side table, a steel coffee table, and a brass bar cart. The incorporation of other materials, textures, and colors distract from the fact that three metallic finishes are intermingling in this room. Each metal piece holds its own and adds its unique qualities to the finished room.

Sara Kerens, Being Elliott Home

If you’ve found yourself stuck with all brass or all chrome accessories or furniture, don’t fret. It’s easy to begin incorporating other metals. Below, you can see how we added a brass lamp and candle snuffer to the marble and chrome side table. It really starts with a change in attitude. The rest is easy! Once you’ve discovered the joys of mixed metals, you’ll never go back.

Being Elliott Home + Coveted Home. Photo by Sara Kerens

One way for beginners or non-believers can enter into the world of mixing metals is to purchase a piece that contains more than one metallic finish. Think of it as a transition piece.  In the room below, a basket filled with decorative balls in different metallic finishes creates a unified and interesting look. Plus, the silvered mirror armoire with gold accents is also a great metallic transition piece.

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This  kitchen remodel by Sarah Sherman proves that mixing metallic finishes can be cool, unpretentious, and totally beautiful! We love how she has used (almost)  every metallic finish known to man to create an organic and stylish finished kitchen. This might be making some of you metallic purists cringe, but let’s face it – it’s gorgeous! Mixed metallic finishes in the kitchen

We love how the Makerista chose to mix metallic finishes in her bathroom. She stuck to gold, silver, and polished nickel accents. The fixtures are all finished in polished nickel while the accents are a mixture of metallic finishes.

Mixed Metal Interiors

 

Now that you know how to mix metallic finishes in your home, what’s stopping you? Try out a few different textures and finishes. Matchy-matchy is boring. Step outside of your comfort zone and discover the world of mixed metals. Stop by the shop if you need more ideas or tips for mixing metals.

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Astrid Insieme / What They Covet

coveted home headshot 1-3Astrid 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.

What Astrid Insieme Covets

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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.

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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.Settee Coveted Astrid

Astrid: I absolutely adore this settee from Madeline Weinrib, with its classical lines and boldly exotic upholstery. A perfectly sumptuous embodiment of “haute-boheme”.

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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.

Gold Mirror by Astrid Insieme

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!

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Gold Mirror WTC 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 hello@covetedhome.com for details about how to participate.

 

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Client Work: A Stylish & Functional Family Room, Before & After

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…

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Movements: Inside Scandinavian Design

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

On the shores of Northern Europe, tucked among fjords and immense blue skies where reindeer roam and coffee is virtually inhaled, lie a handful of Kingdoms and countries known as Scandinavia.

Scandinavian design, one of the most recognizable and resilient styles, stems from the political environment of a post-war Europe — when the Nordic Countries adopted Social Democracy and in doing so set the stage for lifestyles founded on functionality, comfort, availability and practicality. This philosophy merged with the Modernist aesthetic to form this effortless and lovely style.

Clean and sophisticated, there’s just so much to love about this minimalistic approach and it just so happens to be quite easy to adopt — especially for those of you who embraced the industrial or the “boho” look. Still, it’s organic, down to earth, functional and cozy. You could even say there’s something bucolic or farmhouse to the aesthetic.

So mix yourself a Swedish 60 (see recipe below) and check out some of the classiest damn “farmhouses” you’ve ever seen.

The Elements of Norwegian Design

  1. Functionality: First and foremost this is an approach to living within a practical environment. Simplicity and comfort are paramount.
  2. Organic Colors: Think light woods, blacks, browns, grays with a splash of color thrown in.
  3. Bold Colors: This can be a bit tricky. While the movement absolutely requires a more monochromatic, white-on-white-on-white look, there is something to be said for laying out a vivid Beni Ouarain rug or hanging some brilliantly colored tapestry.
  4. Natural Light: Now, this doesn’t mean demolishing an existing wall to achieve house-wide windows, it could be as simple as undressed windows and white walls.
  5. Textural Materials: Again with the woods, wools, natural fibers, glass.
  6. A Minimilists Sophistication: Clean lines, angles, open spaces. A less is more approach. This is a style that will allow you to dispose of that which you don’t truly love.

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design , kansas city, interior designer, furniture, art, vintage, antiques

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design , kansas city, interior designer, furniture, art, vintage, antiques

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

 

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design


The Swedish 60
Ice
1½ ounces aquavit
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
3 ounces sparkling wine
Lime peel twist, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the aquavit, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute.

Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with the twist of lime peel.

Serves 1


As our new feature Movements builds momentum we would love to hear back from you! What movements are you currently digging or feel motivated by?

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Apothecary Sale / 50% Off

Apothecary Sale at Coveted Home

Featuring Herbivore Botanicals and Imaginary Authors

The thermometer is unambiguously telling us that it’s still summer, but there is a sense in the air that the seasons are changing. What better way to celebrate the changing winds than with an apothecary sale? We’ve already begun receiving some of our new merchandise for the fall season. We are bringing in some new products from favorite, familiar product lines (think, Convivial Production) and bringing in some new lines (Hello, Vestige Home)! We’re going to need some more room for all of these new goods, so we’re discounting some of our current inventory. We have soaps, balms, and tonics from Herbivore Botanicals and scents from Imaginary Authors. They have all been marked down 50%. It’s a great time to stock up or pick up a few gifts. Grab some lip butter or a new scent to help you transition into the next season.

Memoirs of a Trespasser – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50 / Coco Rose Lip Tint $24 $12 / Violet Disguise – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50 / Rose Lip Butter $12 $6 / Beard Tonic $20 $10Yesterday Haze – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50 / Pink Clay $12 $6 / The Soft Lawn – Eau de Parfum $85 $42.50

View our Apothecary sale and all our Sale items

Plus, take an additional 20-30% off the discounted price of select clearance items in the shop. Hurry – while supplies last. 

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