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Bringing Sexy Back

Our most coveted line in the shop, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, just launched the new fall collection last week. Their designs always impress me but this time they have blown me away! This collection is sexy, seductive and right on point. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

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The Fiona Sofa is actually a really good looking sleeper sofa. MG+BW has some of the most comfortable sleeper sofas on the market, both to sit on and sleep on.

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This bar is a beauty with its raised diamond parquet doors and brass hardware.

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The console is silver leafed resin reminiscent of a fallen tree. Love it and the sheep.

FridaChair

They are calling this one the Frida Dining Chair, but with those lines I would totally put a pair in a living room.

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I’m a sucker for furry things.

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That coffee table will be mine. I love it so much. I am also really digging the modernized Chesterfield style sofa (named Claudette) with upholstered  legs and nailhead that goes to the floor. I can’t wait to get a few of these pieces on the floor so we can all revel in their beauty.

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End of Summer Sale–1 Week left!

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There is still 1 week left of our End of Summer Sale and plenty of goodies left to be had at ridiculously low prices! Everything in the shop is 20% off (excluding pieces on consignment) and lots of items have been marked down up to 75% off. Don’t miss out–the sale ends next Sunday the 11th.

Be sure to follow us on facebook, we will be posting daily steals throughout the week until the sale is over.

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Floored by Good Design

Madeline Weinrib once called her induction into the business of textile design “ironic”. Although her great-grandfather, Max Weinrib, was the founder of ABC Carpet & Home, Madeline became a painter and eventually taught drawing at CUNY before she ever found interest in handcrafted carpets and textiles. Inspired by the idea of modernizing “folkloric and traditional patterns”, she eventually launched her first carpet collection with ABC in 1997 and has since become a household name in the industry.

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Weinrib’s rugs exude an heirloom quality that is luxurious and sensible. We have several of her gorgeous styles showcased and available for purchase at the store. Something I have learned from Madeline Weinrib is that a rug should command attention without separating itself from the environment it dwells in. Keeping this in mind as well as practicality, construction, and design should help you in choosing the perfect rug for any space.

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Along with Madeline Weinrib, we also feature rugs from Dash & Albert. They have an amazing selection of high quality, affordable cotton, indoor/outdoor, and wool rugs in all sizes. Made from 100% polypropylene, I particularly adore their indoor/outdoor rugs for high traffic areas, if you have pets, or even small children in your home. Their hand loomed woven wool rugs come in gorgeous color combinations that are positively unexpected. What is equally impressive about both Madeline Weinrib and Dash & Albert is that they transition seamlessly in traditional to modern spaces.

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[Information and Images via The Style Saloniste, Madeline Weinrib, Dash & Albert, and Pinterest]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mud Cloth Trending

Mud cloth drying in the sun
Mud cloth drying in the sun

I recently saw a post about decorating with mud  cloth on Apartment Therapy (full post here). We happen to have a few pillows made with mud cloth in the shop and now I am trying to get my hands on some more of it so I can do something custom like upholster a chair or use as a wall hanging or something else creative and fun.

Bogolanfini, referred to as mud cloth is a handmade Malian cotton fabric that is traditionally dyed with fermented mud. According to Wikipedia, traditionally the men weave the fabric and the women dye it. The dyeing process is apparently cumbersome and long as the cloth is soaked in a dye bath made from mashed and boiled, or soaked, leaves of the n’gallama tree. Then the cloth is sun-dried and painted with designs using a piece of metal or wood. The paint, carefully and repeatedly applied to outline the intricate motifs, is a special mud, collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in a clay jar. Thanks to a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown color remains after the mud is washed off. Finally, the yellow n’gallama dye is removed from the unpainted parts of the cloth by applying soap or bleach. [info via Wikipedia]

Quite the process, right?! I am constantly amazed by the techniques that go into making textile products such as this. Techniques that are easy for us to take advantage of here and not even consider the source or what went into making such a beautiful creation.

Mixing modern and contemporary furnishings with global textiles and art is hugely popular right now in interiors and demonstrated pretty well in these two photos from the Apartment Therapy post.

 

 

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 Here in the shop we have one of our mud cloth pillows on this mid century style leather sofa, paired with a vintage brass table and modern task lamp.

 

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 To some mixing the mud cloth pillow with this hand carved chair upholstered in gold mohair with nailhead would be a stretch. I happen to love unexpected combos like this.

 

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 Up close shot of the 2 pillows we have in the shop.

 
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Summer Entertaining Essentials

I love having intimate gatherings at my apartment with a handful of friends. My apartment is small at 600sf so we cant fit more than a handful of friends in at one time! I am not a great cook and I honestly just don’t care to spend much time in my tiny kitchen preparing elaborate meals. But a party with cocktails and finger food..I am always game for that and pretty much have a fool proof method for hosting a memorable evening among friends.

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 Melanie and I styled this table with food made by me and accessories from the shop for a night of cocktails at Tobe’s (the popular blogger of Because It’s Awesome). The night was centered around the drinks courtesy of Smirnoff Vodka, see the full post here. I got to thinking that this would be the perfect opportunity to offer some great entertaining tips.

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Cheese is a must at my place for a low key gathering. I have both a wood and stone board at home and it just depends on the rest of the mix and how I want it to all lay out on which one I use. We used the long marble boards at Tobe’s and I put all of the meats on one and all of the cheese on another. To make things feel more upscale I highly recommend buying quality blocks of cheese and letting your guests cut their own pieces. My boyfriend works at a cheese shop and admittedly I have turned into a bit of a cheese snob because I now totally scoff at the regular sliced variety from the grocery store.

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Whats a nice cheese board without some fancy knives? I love this Gold Feather set that we have in the shop.

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These mercury glass votives have a silver lining that really makes a pretty sparkle in a dimly lit setting. We scattered these on just about every table surface at Tobe’s party. I don’t think you could over-do it with these!

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Want to really class things up and also be a good steward of mother earth while you’re at it? Switch from paper napkins or paper towels to cloth napkins. I don’t just use these on special occasions, they are an every day staple at my house.

 

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For an alternate to the predictable flower arrangement try using succulents instead. Smaller sized pots like these hand thrown, raku fired, terra cotta vessels are the perfect size for using as a center piece or accent on any surface. For the party we clustered about 3 on the main table and then scattered the rest on the bar cart, side tables etc.

Although we didn’t get to use the hang forged iron forks at the party I think they would be perfect for a multitude of purposes. Obviously great for grilling, how about roasting hot dogs or marshmallows in a fire pit? I’ve had several customers tell me they would just use them in their kitchen cooking steaks or other meats on the stovetop.

Here are some great finger food ideas that always go over well when I use them: deviled eggs, figs or dates wrapped in prosciutto, cheese tray, meat tray, hummus with veggies & crackers, roasted & seasoned nuts and the ultimate lazy persons go-to, frozen spanakopita from Trader Joe’s.

Lastly but arguably most importantly, music. In my opinion good music with good audio goes a long way for setting the mood. I can’t tell you how many gatherings I’ve gone to where the music has been either non-existent or barely audible. Make a play list, put it on Pandora or Songza, whatever you need to do, but make your guests feel like they are at a bar with good music just not as loud and with only their favorite people.

The second photo is by Jason Hanna Photography, the remainder of photos are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Anniversary to us!

May 1st was our 1 year anniversary at Coveted Home and also marks being in business for a total of 4 years now!  The previous 3 years were under a different name, Urban Dwellings Design, located in downtown Kansas City–my first business endeavor.   I became very excited when I realized I was going into my 5th year of business…it just feels like a good sign and I have a feeling that the best is yet to come for the Coveted Home brand!

I thought this was the perfect opportunity to reminisce and show some photos that have never been published before. They are mostly all from Urban Dwellings–we had such a cool space down there in a beautiful old building and I do miss being downtown! The first 5 or so photos were taken right when we opened in 2008. You can just tell how fresh everything was, all in its perfect spot!

The last 5 are from Coveted Home. I love looking back at these photos to see how things have transformed and evolved over the years. Next month in June the store will be transformed once again. A brand new shipment of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture will be arriving (including a bed, sofa, chairs and tables) along with lots of new accessories, so stay in touch and be on the lookout for the exciting news when everything arrives!

 

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Photo Credits:

1-8 Patrick Andrew Adams Photography

9-11 Landon Collis Photography

12-16 Forester Michael Photography