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#MyCovetedHome August 2017 Roundup

 

August came with a sweeping arrangement of styles, each more diverse than the last.  From midcentury to traditional, take a look at what caught our eyes this month. 

We hope this month’s featured accounts inspire and fuel your own creativity. If you don’t already follow these talented individuals on Instagram, be sure to check them out–each description is linked to their page. 

You can follow us on Instagram (@covetedhome) and use the hashtag #mycovetedhome for a chance to be featured! 

 

A stunning display of Traditional design by @vicentewolfdesigns

Taking on Eclectic and nailing it,  @hotelette

The darling of Global Bohemian, @carlaypage

Mid Century with those desert vibes by @atomic_furnishing

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Client work: Kitchen & Living Room Makeover

Welcome to our latest project reveal! This was a fun project for many reasons. The house is a beautiful old ranch-style with some really neat details. However over time, previous homeowners made renovations that were less than congruent with the style of the house and totally out of date. But luckily my client was ready to bring a fresh look to the interior, one that would honor the original style of the house. 

We chose KC Home Solutions to carry out the renovations and my client and I couldn’t have been happier with their work. Top notch work done in a timely manner is hard to come by these days, but these guys deliver just that. 

A few “Before” photos so you can see where we started.

All “After” photos by Sarah Sweeney

Design by Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home

Styling by Jaclyn Joslin & Addison Ford, both of Coveted Home

BEFORE
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Panelled walls in the living room and beams on the ceiling (providing no structural support) made the room feel dark and small, even though it is actually quite a large room! The wood floors were very rustic, country looking and part of the kitchen where the sink and stove are had a very unattractive vinyl on the floor. And don’t get me started on those kitchen cabinet colors, yikes! 

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AFTER-KITCHEN

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BEFORE LIVING

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I’m not sure what compelled the previous owners to put that stone on the wall because when we tore it out there was beautiful white brick underneath, all it needed was a fresh coat of paint. 

AFTER-LIVING

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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New Years Sale – Coveted Home

Happy 2016! We’re having a New Years Sale this week! We’re offering 16% off all regular priced items in the shop 1/7 – 1/9. If one of your resolutions was to fall in love with your home again, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy 16% off all furniture, textiles, candles, jewelry, and home accents. This sale includes new arrivals from Convivial Production, Happy Habitat, and Rose & Fitzgerald. And save 50% – 75% on all Holiday decor and ornaments! Limited quantities are available. 

Shop our New Years Sale // Thursday, January 7th – Saturday, January 9th!

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Coveted Home is an interior design and home decor boutique. Whether working on a home remodel or searching for the perfect accessory to perch on your mantel, we are here to help you design your life. Our current passion is finding small, well crafted, American made accessory lines to mix in to the boutique’s collection of new and vintage furniture. This is a story we love to tell and wholeheartedly believe in. Smaller is better. 

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We are Coveted Home

We are Coveted Home

The Coveted Home team is a small group of enthusiastic individuals, who possess an array of expertise and talents and share a common goal. Our goal is to help people better design their lives. We do this by providing  high-quality, unique furniture and home accessories and outstanding service to our customers and clients. Kansas City has not always been on the forefront of the design world. However, it is steadily growing a reputation for being a fashionable, innovative, and creative hot spot. We’re excited to be on the front line of the design revolution that is happening in this city.

Our clientele is intelligent and discerning. They are not satisfied with the generic products or impersonal service that they find at chain stores. Our customers want to shop where they can find something new and original. They want to talk to real, knowledgeable people who care about them and the community. Without trying to sound too self-congratulatory, we are proud of who we are, what we do, and the products that we carry! Without further ado, these are the people who make Coveted Home, Coveted Home:

Jaclyn Joslin // Owner + Interior Designer

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Jaclyn’s style: modern – organic – comfortable

“Jaclyn is one of the most original and stylish women I know. Her incessant hunger for the new and the intriguing inspires me every day. Her spaces are the embodiment of comfortable, tasteful, livable design. Working for her is the best hands-on education I could ask for.”  – Addison

Jaclyn is the heart and soul of Coveted home. It’s fascinating to watch her seamlessly handle the ins-and-outs of owning a successful retail and interior design business. She is continuously seeking out new products and methods in order to offer the best goods and services to our clientele. She also has an ability to find and foster her team members’ talents. Jaclyn became interested in interior design while working towards a degree in the Humanities. She had a natural aptitude for design, and eventually went back to earn an associates degree in interior design. When she’s not at work (or working from home), Jaclyn can be found “laying low” at home with Simone and her boyfriend Nick, going on walks or hikes, and riding her bike. She also enjoys hanging out with family and friends and traveling.

“I love creating solutions for people’s design problems. One of my favorite things to hear is “I love that idea, I would have never thought of that.” I know I’ve done something good when a client makes a comment along those lines. I also love seeing clients rooms transformed, the before and after thing is pretty awesome. ” – Jaclyn

Jaclyn’s inspiring space via angiehranowsky.com 

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Melanie Clouser // Creative Director + Lead Stylist

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Melanie’s style: quirky – collected – chaotic

“Melanie is a visuals visionary and Coveted Home’s all-around can-do gal. Her knack for functional and beautiful merchandising makes the shop chic and inviting. Her unmatched customer service, knowledge, and attention to detail are inspiring.” – Rachel

Melanie is a well-rounded creative director and mentor. One minute she is placing orders online, the next, she is styling new merchandise while chatting with a customer. Melanie has an amazing ability to make customers feel at ease and welcome in the store. She is a caring person and is genuinely interested people. Her appreciation for design and the “history of things” was cultivated by her mother, who took Melanie to antique shops and flea markets when she was child. She believes, “design is not only an outlet for personal expression, but a way to tell a story through environmental connection”. Melanie enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her free time is usually spent “on a bike, in a bar, or on someone’s back patio”.

“I love establishing long term relationships with our dedicated customer base. But I absolutely LOVE merchandising the shop floor. My favorite days are when we receive new product which, in turn, requires me to restyle the showroom. FAVE!” – Melanie

Melanie’s inspiring space via lonny.com

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Addison Ford // Sales Associate + Stylist

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Addison’s style: warm – sculptural – austere

“Addison has an uncanny knack for uncovering the most obscure and interesting design artifacts and collectibles. His passion for all things design related is admirable and contagious!” – Jaclyn

Addison was exposed to design and collecting early; he attended his first auction at six weeks old! He says, “design piqued my interest as a way of integrating the disparate eras and contexts I adore, and objects I’ve collected, into a cohesive and beautiful finished space”. We are all in awe of the breadth of knowledge that Addison possesses in regards to all things design and especially vintage design. He gets excited about helping customers select the perfect pieces for their homes. When he’s not at Coveted Home, Addison can be found antiquing, out and about with friends, or relaxing at home with his partner Nicholas and their Russian Blue cats.

“The best part of my job is helping to give our clients and customers the most inspiring, unexpected and beautiful place to shop for their homes in Kansas City. Another favorite part is the non-stop learning process that happens when any group of creative and talented people work together for a common cause. A very real sense of family, not just within the team, but with our customers and clients, means very much to me.” – Addison

Addison’s inspiring space via michaelhaverland.com

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Rachel Kauffman // Sales Associate + Social Media Specialist

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Rachel’s style: juxtaposed – relaxed – Collected

“I so admire Rachel’s ability to troubleshoot situations. She doesn’t give up and is quick to learn how to remedy any issue. And her eye for vintage is fantastic!” – Melanie

Rachel joined the Coveted Home crew shortly after our move to the Plaza. Like many of her co-workers, her love of interior design was sparked by her interest in all things vintage. Her educational background is in sociology and psychology, which she finds useful in her day-to-day work. “Interior design is a multidisciplinary field; it combines art and design, ergonomics, psychology, and history. It’s important to understand the aesthetic intention as well as a room’s purpose and the people who are going to be using it”. Rachel usually spends her free time hanging out with her husband, son, and pets. She can also be found thrifting or at home working on her mid-century ranch.

“When I’m at Coveted Home, I’m surrounded by good people and beautifully curated objects; honestly, it doesn’t even feel like work. I get to help others improve their quality of life through good design and learn something new every day.” – Rachel

Rachel’s inspiring space via imamuseum.org

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Simone // Shop Greeter

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“Simone is such a character! She charms customers and passersby alike with her adorable face and sweet disposition.” – Rachel

Simone is a Brussels Griffon and has been with Coveted Home for almost eight years! She has grown up in the store and loves the shop dog lifestyle. She is a total extrovert and enjoys meeting new people and other dogs and getting lots of attention. She also enjoys sunbathing and going for walks.

“I am so honored that each of these talented and beautiful people have chosen to be a part of the CH team! “ – Jaclyn

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We Love Lucite

Is there another material that transcends styles, eras and contexts quite like Lucite? Whether it be uber-glam Hollywood Regency, slick and sleek space-age modern, or an anything-goes mix, Lucite adds a polished and refined, yet unobtrusive element to any space. Used in the creation of everything from etageres to ice buckets, lamps and coffee tables, its applications are limited only by imagination. While many midcentury styles are inherently ‘of a look,’ employing a Lucite piece instantly adds crisp, timeless style to your space. In addition, many present-day designers have wholeheartedly embraced the Lucite trend, meaning you don’t have to rely on vintage pieces to get your fix.

 

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A 1970’s brass-and-Lucite table lamp sits on our Crossroads Kansas City ‘Tall Circle’ side table in hackberry & walnut.

 

 

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 A Lucite bar cart makes a subtle yet glamorous statement when paired with bright colors and warm metals (image courtesy www.furnishburnish.com)

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 Lucite obelisk pair, available through Chairish

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Jonathan Adler has a smattering of lucite pieces available. The Globo Boxes are some of our favorites.

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Chinoiserie: Curated

We love mixing and matching styles, finishes, and patterns; it keeps things interesting! Our goal is to help you design your home in a way that feels organic and natural rather than artificial – forced. Jaclyn’s portfolio and the Coveted Home shop are confirmation of our inclination to choose elements that work in harmony with one another rather than ones that mirror each other. One style that is perfect for adding a little interest to a room is chinoiserie. Chinoiserie style (i.e., art and design that reflects Chinese qualities or motifs) has been popular in Western design for centuries, and it is easy to see why! Lacquer, dragons, bold colors, pagodas, and beautiful depictions of flora and fauna – what is not to love about chinoiserie? We’ve pulled together a few fabulous pieces that have a “Chinese-esque”  feel and style. 

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Tennyson Stool $900

(available through Coveted Home)

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Barbara Cosgrove Foo Dog Table Lamp (Pair) $690

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PAGODA SHELF

(Price available upon request through Coveted Home)

Chinese Deco Rug

Chinese Art Deco Rug $4,600

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Asian Dragon Green Stone Lamp Finial $49

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Red Lacquer Butterfly Cabinet, 19th Century $3,600

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Ming Dynasty Horse $200

Chinoiserie in Action

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Images (left to right)  via: 1 – isuwannee.com 2 – Angus McRitchie @ Style at Home 3 – fromental.co.uk 4 – Liz Carroll 5 – Werner Straube

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Copper: Curated

Humans have been making things out of copper for thousands of years, and people are still coming up with creative and beautiful new ways to use this wonderful material. Copper is such a nice and easy way to add a little warmth and glow to any room. If you have the visited the shop recently you might have noticed that we have a crush on copper. We adore our Tom Dixon pendant lights, and while the lights are not for sale (you’d have to pry them from our cold, dead hands), we do carry a variety of copper accents for your home. We’ve rounded up some our favorite copper furniture and home decor items that we think you’re going to love.

 

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Tom Dixon’s pendant lights
 ($430) from his Bronze Copper Collection are wonderful statement pieces and look good individually or grouped together for a larger impact. We love ours!

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We love Native Line’s Diamond weaving ($1,250 – sold out). The artist, Justine Ashbee, uses copper wire threads and other metallic and natural fibers to create these gorgeous handwoven wall hangings.

Arteriors’ Malika stainless-steel accent table ($810) is plated in copper and has a mirror-like finish. The tray top is removable which makes this piece not only beautiful but also extremely practical.


Cuivre Copper Candle -Lark ($36) is a favorite around the shop. It has notes of burnt redwoods, smoke, tobacco leaf and neroli, and the exterior is a lovely pink hued copper.

We think Blu Dot’s Copper Real Good Chair ($299) is REAL GOOD! This chair is shipped flat and easy assembled. It is thin, but quite sturdy and the natural patina that develops with use on the finish is stunning.This lovely painting from the Zoe Bios Collective (price upon request from Coveted Home) features copper foil accents which add depth and warmth to this piece.

This Copper Crumple Planter ($90 – extra large) has a traditional feel and a lovely patina. It is the perfect size for larger plants and a great way to add some life warmth to any area in your home.

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Ummm… Yes, that is a copper bed! Who wouldn’t love to sleep on this!? We are head-over-heels in love with the Coppa Bed Frame (price upon request) from Domayne.

Follow our “Curated” collections on the blog to see some of our favorite interior design and home design trends. Most items are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their appropriate links. As always, let us help you design your life.