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5 Habits of Highly Productive People: And How to Make them Yours

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If you’re human living in the Tech Age then chances are you’ve felt The Struggle. That hopeless feeling of being torn between what you have to do and what you want to do… on that note I wonder if we have any new likes…

Get this: Countless studies have determined that we, the modern people of social media and reality television, have shorter attention spans than goldfish! So let’s do something about it and show them goldfish who’s boss!

5 Habits of Highly Productive People

  1. Set Goals: Create a to-do list. Accomplish your less important goals first, then give yourself 110% to what’s important. This is contradictory to popular tips but just wait until all those little things you put off are actually done. Create your checklist with this in mind.
  2. NO Multitasking: Focus on one thing at a time. By scattering your mind, you may feel productive but you’re offering less of yourself to the task at hand. While you may accomplish more tasks in less time, the results are never as good as they can be with proper attention and care. I curb my tendency to multitask by following my to-do list!
  3. Keep the end in sight: This can be achieved by creating a vision board and displaying it in a prominent place. Dress up a poster board with images and words that will motivate you to reach those wild dreams of yours. 
  4. Stop! Meditate!: It’s super healthy to establish a regular habit of quieting your mind. Take a break from the endless noise of social media, email and work. This may be our most impactful tip. Many people like to sit in front of their vision boards. Others like to close their eyes, cross their legs and perch themselves atop mountains. There’s no wrong way to meditate, simply allow the mind to breathe and go with the flow. By practicing meditation you’re creating a focal point allowing your mind to center on your goals.
  5. Celebrate the little accomplishments: Whether it’s one step along the journey or a mile, rewards are a great way to keep up moral and boost productivity. A piece of chocolate here, a scoop of ice cream there, maybe a new gadget or pair of shoes! Celebrate yo’self! 

Tools for High Productivity

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How do you stay focused? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Off the Wall: How to Decorate Vertically

Think you’ve run out of space? Think again! Here’s a great idea – look up and decorate your walls all the way to the ceiling. We’ve put together some of the best ideas for decorating vertically.

If your motto is “more is more,” then you’ll love these ideas for adding even more great decor and artwork to your collection.  Take the elements of design and apply them to your walls…. all the way to ceiling. The sky is the limit!

We have so many things we love but often we run out of room. Instead of keeping decor eye level, try leading the eye up towards the ceiling with tips from these design envy rooms. If done properly, this can make a space seem larger and more interesting. 

Creating gallery walls is one of our favorite ways to decorate vertical wall space. Gallery walls are always chic. Try incorporating 3-D elements that pop, literally.

One of our own team members, @racheldeerhead, has a pretty enviable vertically decorated space. We asked her about how she utilized her vertical space. “Our ranch has a lot of windows but not a lot of open wall space.  I wanted to display as much of our art collection as possible, so I went with a gallery wall that extends to the ceiling. I also built the niches into our dining room wall (far right). The niches were a practical alternative to traditional shelving. We use them to display our favorite pieces, and they don’t disturb the flow of the house by intruding on valuable floor space the way traditional shelving would. “

One large statement piece can be used to elongate a room. Textiles or extra-large paintings are excellent large-format options. Oversized weavings or textile wall hangings can add interesting textures and warmth to a space. We found this stunning room in the #mycovetedhome gallery on instagram by @verysarie

Floor-to-ceiling shelving can be used to create a compelling tower of objects, art, books and mementos. This is especially useful when flanking existing arrangements, i.e. television. Try mixing a variety of textures and elements, you can create a cutting edge look that never grows old. We found a great example of this from @Amiraelgawly and asked her for advice on achieving this look. “Think of your walls as chapters of a story that you’re telling about yourself. Every frame, shelf, book connects to share a unique part of you. Don’t be afraid to get high! The more vertical space you use, the bigger and more airy your space feels.” 

Let us know how you decorate vertically in the comments and be sure to use the hashtag #mycovetedhome for a chance to be featured on our instagram page

 

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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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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Tips on How to Style Dark Walls

Whimsical and broody, moody and a bold statement. Dark walls are a force to be reckoned with. Been thinking of going dark but afraid you can’t pull off the trend? Done right, dark walls can make any space covetable.

While there’s an inherant masculinity, dark walls can be so much more. We’ve reached out to a few ladies that have used dark walls in their own homes to create spaces that thousands swoon over on the daily, over on Instagram. 

sgardenerstyle Whimsical and broody, moody and a hell of a statement. Dark walls are a force to be reckoned with. Done just right, make any space swoon worthy #styleitdark

Shavonda Gardner’s Instagram feed is full of dark wall inspiration. Her light sofa, rug and art are a bold and beautiful contrast with the dark paint. We asked Shavonda to chime in on living with dark walls, and she has no regrets. “I love the way the deep walls really play up the coziness of our little bungalow.” We couldn’t agree more! 

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If you’re looking for courage to go dark, check out Nadia’s home (@Artynads), she took it a step further with 24k gold duct tape. Definitely ups the glam factor! 

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Nadia’s dining room is just as stunning with her wood dining table, assortment of dark pillows and art. She proves you can go all in with dark colors and still pull off a gorgeous space. We asked Nadia why she chose to go with dark walls in her house: “I love dark walls because contrary to what people think, it’s not depressing and enclosing. It has a kind of infinity as well as a cozy welcoming feel. I team my dark colors with metallics, especially gold to give the rooms a lift and a bit of sparkle. Dark colors behind shelving makes your pieces of art work really pop, its a dramatic back drop.” 

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Another wildly popular dark accent wall  can be seen in Liz Kamarul’s Portland pad. We asked Liz about her killer black 3 dimensional wall art to which she replied she had cut the triangles out of a thin piece of wood, painted and then nailed them to the wall (hello DIY goals!). Liz’s space is all about the texture, plants and boho vibes and we love how the dark wall gives off that cool girl aura. 

 

Could dark walls help you sleep better? “I find that one area people are more comfortable with dark walls is in a bedroom. It creates an intimate and soothing feeling and is a great place to test out this trend.”Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home 

Have a dark wall you want to share with us? Use our hashtag #MyCovetedHome and Nadia’s #StyleItDark. We would absolutely love to see how you’ve embraced this movement.

As always, we are here to help you design your life. 

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How to Create a Mood Board

Most of you are probably familiar with mood boards, but you might have some questions about how to create a mood board. Mood boards or inspiration boards are used by designers in every field. Interior designers often rely heavily on mood boards to¬†convey an aesthetic vision to clients. No matter how well one communicates, the old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ rings especially true in the design world. If you are redecorating on your own or using an interior designer, creating a mood board is a great place to start. If you’re wanting a beach-y, modern, slightly traditional room (that could totally make sense) it might help to have some images of rooms or products that you could use to help achieve your desired style. Your mood board does not have to be specific, but rather it should convey the “vibe” and style of the look you want to achieve.

Create a Mood Board

Digital Mood Boards

There are many different ways to create digital mood boards.

You can use a Pinterest board as a place to collect assorted images and inspiration. This is the first place we start when designing new projects. You can make a “secret” board to collect inspiration for your project and share with your client if you want. After inspiration has been collected and you are ready to start looking at specific products, it’s time to start your mood board.

Olioboard and Polyvore are both great resource for creating mood boards. Polyvore is for fashion and interiors and Olioboard is designed for interiors only. Both have libraries of product you can choose from. On Olioboard you can upload your own images and Polyvore uses a system much like Pinterest to import product images.

Many professionals use programs like Photoshop to create their mood boards. Photoshop will give you the most creative freedom, but is expensive and there is a steep learning curve to the program, so for hobbyists and even some professionals, the previously mentioned tools are much easier.

Physical Mood Boards

If you want to go old school, that’s ok too! Maybe you’ve seen some gorgeous rooms in magazines and would like to borrow some of their design¬†ideas. Feel free to cut them out and paste them on a piece of paper or poster board. You can even use a cork board to pin clippings or images. The idea is to visually convey a mood and vision, the medium isn’t necessarily important.

Mood Boards will help take you from an idea to a finished product. This isn’t the actual mood board that was used to inspire this project, but it pulls together elements that were used in the room. You can easily see how this mood board could be used to inspire a similar room.

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A. Bar cart B. Landscape C. Sputnik Light D. Twig Lamp E. Boho Modern F. Stripped Towel G. Rug H. Simple

Finished Room

Sara Kerens, Being Elliott Home

Image by Sara Kerens. Design by Jaclyn Joslin.

Mood Boards are useful tools for professional and amateur¬†designers alike. Now that you know how to create a mood board, you can use it to help you bring your abstract vision to reality. Our brick-and-mortar shop is full of new, modern furniture and accessories, and we also have a selection of fab vintage goods. We’ll help you select the right pieces to create your dream space.

Most items shown above are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City and are also available to view through their corresponding links. Follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more design inspiration.

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