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In Home Styling Services by Coveted Home

We talk to so many people that pass through the store and tell us they are 75-80% satisfied with their house but just can’t seem to finish it. The last bits of pulling together a room with the right accessories and art can be difficult. Thats why we are so excited about our new service, in home styling sessions! This is perfect for those that have the majority of items in a room but it still doesn’t feel quite right or finished. Give us a couple of hours and we will transform your unfinished room. Here are a few before/after pictures from our latest styling session. 

Before: this client really had some amazing pieces to start with! Lots of collectible mid century, but the room just didn’t feel pulled together–all of the accessories were a little haphazard and lackluster. 

After: By staying within a restrained color palate, adding well made pillows and some vintage accessories (plus one big plant!) the space is now cohesive and well thought out. 

Before: the console was definitely an after thought with a few random accessories and a lamp that was too small. 

After: We centered the console on the wall, hung the art, added better proportioned lamps and a few vintage and handmade accessories that fit our color palate and vibe. 

Before: the dining room felt unfinished and a bit bare. 

After: we added a few simple accessories that fit our vibe–the handmade table runner and vintage pottery piece on the table. 

After: the clients happen to have an amazing bar in another room so this bar cart is more for accessories and to look pretty. We added a plant and some vintage pottery as well as the African basket on the wall to help anchor the cart. 

After: One of our vintage Turkish runners in the hall helps bridge the two spaces. 

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Interested in learning more about our home styling service? Give us a call or shoot us an email, we’d love to hear from you! 

816.437.7958

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Happenings at Coveted Home

Happy Spring! The weather in Kansas City has been perfection these past few weeks and the door remains wide open here at the shop. You know what they say, the only constant is change and that couldn’t be more true for us! Location changes, employee changes and now a move towards more of a lifestyle store instead of a furniture store. Big box stores have really changed the retail landscape over these past few years and as a small business it has affected us in a big way. We are now adding as many “small batch” (meaning not produced in large quantities) lines that we can get our hands on, the more obscure the better. We are also focusing on our ever growing inventory of curated vintage and if you haven’t checked out our “flea” category be sure to get in here or shop it online here.  It seems to be the only way to stand apart from the ubiquitous big box retailers and as a bonus we know we are supporting another small business. The offerings are still mainly home focused, but we are adding a few more fashion items such as more leather goods and jewelry. 

The showroom floor has less furniture but more small goods. 

We added new light fixtures from Worley’s Lighting above the counter and in the center of the shop, this is their Colony fixture in oxidized brass. 

Everyone’s new favorite cozy corner. 

More Apothecary, books & candles are being added to the line up. 

We turned one of the back corner nooks into the kitchen & bar area and painted the wall black! 

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We added a bar! We now serve wine & coffee (we got an espresso machine!) and serve Meta Coffee. Wine & coffee is donation based, stop by anytime we’d love to have you! 

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We’ve got an amazing new art line in the store, Twyla. If you are looking for affordable contemporary art come see us! We’d love to help you explore the line and pick the right piece for your home. Twyla offers all kinds of services including mock ups of the art in your home. 

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A few of our new lifestyle geared pieces, perfect for gifts or to treat yourself. Shop online here or stop by and see us, we’d love to show you what’s new. 

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How to Style a Shelf, the Makings of a Great #Shelfie

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I love my bookshelf, but if I’m being honest, I’ve had a really hard time styling it. My shelf is unique in that it leans against the wall so it’s not totally level and because it doesn’t have sides there isn’t anything to prop stuff up against. I’ve always struggled with the area outside the two rails on either end–always wanting to put things there but it never feels right when I do. Its gone through many iterations (you can see in my previous post how it was just a few weeks ago, click here), but about a month ago I had a light bulb moment. I knew it needed to be streamlined. I love design books as much as the next decorphile, but the time had come, I knew what my shelf needed and it wasn’t books. Plants, pottery and crystals–that was it I told myself. That was all I would put on the shelf. 

I decided to write a post about it because shelf styling is one of the biggest requests I get from my clients. Its tricky and can be intimidating. Everyones challenges are unique, but with a few tips to guide you, you too can master the art of shelf arranging! I’m divulging a few things I’ve learned and I’ve reached out to a few pro’s to see how they create that perfect #shelfie

One of my biggest pieces of advice is don’t be afraid to try new things! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-done this shelf. If you aren’t totally happy with it, move things around until you start to get somewhere. In my case I played around with accessories I already owned and then went shopping for a few pieces after I had an idea of what would finish it off perfectly. Having a vision and a plan kept things simple–I wasn’t to stray from my 3 items: plants, crystals and pottery. Then I found that lovely stone sculpture on the bottom shelf and I broke my own rule! But the color works with the palette and I love it, so rules be damned! 

*tip: group accessories together and have variations in height, you typically want things balanced without being “matchy” 

I’ve always admired interior designer Amanda Steiner’s ability to create beautifully edited shelfies. Her trick to turn some of the book bindings to the back is genius, it keeps the shelf from feeling too busy. The above photo is from her own home and she says: “I like to display a thoughtful selection of books, collections of meaningful objects such as handmade pottery or framed art, and of course live plants. Arranging items so that they are visually balanced, along with keeping a consistent color palette, will give you a well-curated look.” 

* tip: lean art against the wall to help fill vertical space (above photo: interior design and styling by Amanda Steiner)

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Another persons styling work I love is Kyla of House of Hipsters. She is always up to something at her house and she is no stranger to styling a good shelfie. Her collection of art is admirable so it was no surprise that when I asked her to chime in with a tip she recommended art: “Add artwork you love and adore. I found an oversized watercolor on Chairish. When it arrived, I researched the artist and Google told me he was an art teacher who recently passed away. A seller on eBay bought every piece from his estate sale, and I immediately snapped up two smaller pieces that I display on my shelf. Not only does each piece match my color palette perfectly, but they also have a fun story and I love them.” 

How to style a shelf* tip: layer art and accessories and don’t be afraid to use lamps as part of the composition! It all plays a part in perfecting a beautiful moment. (above photo: another great shelfie at Kyla’s house) 

Have a great shelfie moment? We’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram and use our hashtag #mycovetedhome and as always, we are here to help you design your life

Last two photos by Emilia Jane Photography for House of Hipsters. 

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A Young Family Starts Fresh in a New Build

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! 

Living Room

living room Interior Design for young and modern family. Prairie Village

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

living room Interior Design for young and modern family

Kitchen

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dining room Interior Design for young and modern family

kitchen Interior Design for young and modern family

kitchen Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family dining room

Study

Interior Design for young and modern family

 

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Interior Design for young and modern family

Whether your seeking interior designer services or to shop our accessories, we are here to help you design your life

 

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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. 

To shop all of our table & kitchen, click here, and as always–let us help you design your life. 

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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.

Interiors by Coveted Home

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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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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Vestige Home Pop-up Shop at Coveted Home

Vestige Home Pop-up Shop – August 16

We first learned about (and fell in love with) Vestige Home‘s handmade goods on Instagram. Vestige Home makes small-batch wooden kitchen tools and accessories. It’s owners, Nicole and Luck, are a brother and sister team from Philadelphia. We simply adore their handmade cutting boards and other wooden kitchen accessories. And we are thrilled to bring their beautifully crafted goods to Kansas City! Since they have family ties to KC, they’ve offered to visit with us and you on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. They’ll be talking about their products, how to create tablescapes, and dessert and drink pairing ideas. Local company, Ashleigh’s Bake Shop will also be joining us for the Vestige Home Pop-up Shop. She’ll be bringing delicious treats! It will be a fun and tasty evening… Don’t miss it! unspecified

Contact us with questions: hello@covetedhome.com

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Instagram Interior Design Inspiration

Our go-to accounts for Instagram interior design inspiration

There are many social media apps on the market, but for us, Instagram is far and away our favorite medium for sharing and finding design inspiration. It allows us to keep up with trends, products, and connect with our audience. And we’ve met so many great people and designers through Instagram.

Every time we open Instagram, it is like we’re opening a new edition of our favorite design magazine. However, unlike design magazines, Instagram is free, and it is, well, instant. We can share and view projects instantly or in various stages of completion. Of course, there are also those fun photos of friends, family, and cute animals. Instagram allows us to see all the beautiful things that we want to see each day.

Interior design inspiration on Instagram is easy to find if you know where to look. Here’s our roundup of some of our favorite Instagram accounts. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and check out #mycovetedhome to view our followers’ “coveted home”s.

 Ball and Claw websiteBall and Claw

Homepolish / websiteHOMEPOLISH interior design instagram

Amber Interiors websiteAmber Interiors Interior Design

Decorist websiteDecorist

Block Print Social websiteBlock Print Social

Convivial Production /websiteConvivial production Instagram

Instagram Interior Design Inspiration Images: Top image by Sara Kerens, design by Jaclyn Joslin. All other images and photo credits can be found via their respective Instagram accounts.

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Styled at Home

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.

Jaclyn Joslin living room

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.

Navarro pillow

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!

Susan Connor Prism throw

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.

bar essentials

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.

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corn on cobb

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!

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