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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! 

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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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House Tour with Coveted Home Founder, Jaclyn Joslin

It’s been a while since I’ve shared pictures of my home and I’ve made quite a few changes recently! Years ago I did a “Before and After” post of the house which showed the house shortly after I moved in and then after I did some renovations ( you can view the post here). So consider this the after the after post! One of the biggest changes I notice when I look back at the older photos is that I have incorporated much more vintage. Since we started Coveted Home Flea a year ago in the shop my love for vintage has grown and its creeping up all over my house! 

Another big change has been the rugs. After our trip to Morocco in 2015 my love for African textiles has grown. I already had the vintage chair upholstered in mudcloth, but added the rug (purchased on my trip) and the mudcloth pillows on the sofa (shop our mudcloth pillows here). 

Almost all the pottery in my house is vintage, from Coveted Home Flea. (shop our vintage pottery here)

 

Vintage chairs from CH Flea. Rug and leather pouf from my Morocco trip. (crazy enough there are still a few rugs and 1 floor pouf available in the store from this trip! (you can shop them by clicking this link.)

I just dreamt up big plans for restyling this bookshelf and its gonna be good! Loving my growing collection of pottery.

I’ve gone through several iterations of dining chairs and this might be my favorite combo. While it is kind of sparse, it is really versatile and perfect for our everyday use. When we have company we just pull chairs over if need be. The mismatched gallery wall of art got changed out for this large abstract. I also moved the jute rug that was here into the kitchen and brought in this vintage Persian rug. 

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Not huge changes in the kitchen–swapped the Crate & Barrel bar stools I had previously for some more unique vintage stools with backs. 

I also changed out the pendant light over the sink. The old one was sleek and minimal but I love this one from Vestige Home and how it stands out against the tile.

Big changes in the bedroom! When I painted the walls “tan” before I thought the color looked like sand and was pretty. But after living with them for a bit I realized they were just beige and boring. I debated over a new color for forever, heavily contemplated going dark and then ultimately landed on Farrow & Ball’s “Lamp Room Gray”. Its the kind of color that changes throughout the day, sometimes looking gray, sometimes green and sometimes I even see some blue in it! 

One of my favorite additions to the bedroom is the ceramic hanging moon chime. (shop here

New bedside tables and all vintage pottery from CH Flea. 

All three accent pillows available in the shop. (shop here)

Vintage lamps from Gold Dust Goods, because I love supporting other small businesses! 

That’s the end of the tour! I’ve loved both versions of the house, I’m sure there will be more to come! Which version is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you and as always, let us help you design your life

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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

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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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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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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!

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Interiors by Coveted Home

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The meditation area is a little oasis.

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Interiors by Coveted Home

 

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

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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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Reimagining Traditional in a Living & Dining Room

Some people want interior design done quickly. I find the best results when design is not rushed or put on an artificial timeline of having to be completed. If you want your home to feel like it evolved over time, then you have to let it do so. I always work off a plan, but if one element in a room design gets changed (which is almost inevitable) it almost always leads to more changes. When changes arise, I don’t always have the perfect solution right away, but I know if I let myself simmer on it, then the solution will present itself to me, naturally. Its like when you are trying to think of someones name but you can’t remember it– and you know as soon as you stop thinking about it, the name will come to you. This happens to me all the time with design, as it is a creative process.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with these clients, who love collecting and curating their personal art collection, for several years. We did their living room a few years ago and they recently came back to ask me to help complete the dining room. Between light fixtures being back ordered and waiting on the rings to come in for the custom draperies, the room took over 6 months to complete but it also allowed the room to evolve organically over time, resulting in a finished product that reflects their whimsical, slightly quirky style melding just right in their more traditional style Westwood Hills home.  Now they have a space they truly love spending time in that was  worth the wait. Suffice it to say, we’re all thrilled with the finished space!

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Styling by Jaclyn Joslin & Sami Paxton

Photography by Sarah Sweeney

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Mismatched Dining Chairs

Mismatched Dining Chairs are often looked down upon. I mean, why wouldn’t they just find a chair that looks good and fits and buy multiple matching chairs? Or at least matching side chairs and arm chairs? Most people go shopping for new dining chairs hoping to find a set of matching chairs that will go with their dining table. That’s fine and dandy, but there is an alternative way to think about choosing dining room chairs. *top image via Coveted Home

mismatched dining chairs coveted home A mixture of light and dark wooden chairs via Sulia/Brit.co

 Mismatched chairs can create an effortless look, but it takes thought and planning to make it work. When it looks good, there is usually a theme, color scheme, or some other common element that pulls the look together. Finding chairs that have a common color, texture, or style is key.

Mismatched chairs in dining room Coveted HomeMatching side chairs with different arm chairs via Design Sponge

Tradition mismatched chairsSome match. Some don’t. It works! via Harpers Bazaar

Mismatched dining chairs aren’t just for first apartments anymore. They can work in any room. Here are a few great dining rooms that show just how fabulous mismatched dining chairs can look. Some of these examples include mixed chairs in traditional, modern, and eclectic decors.

colorful mismatched chairs Coveted HomeSimilar chairs in different colors via Casinhacolorida-Simone

Mismatched wood chairsRustic Farmhouse via Jacquelyn Clark

wood and metal chairs - Coveted HomeMetal + wood via Design Sponge

mismatched patio chairsMismatched dining chairs on the patio via house of bliss

Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea are great places to begin your search for mismatched chairs!

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Shop the Look with Jaclyn Joslin, Founder of Coveted Home

With the trees blooming and the birds chirping, I always feel as though I’ve been given a fresh start, as if anything is possible. Spring is the season of newness and I decided to bring home a few of the new decor items from Coveted Home to test them out. I am loving the transformation they had on my living room! We all know what a little greenery can do for a room. So many times I go to clients homes and they say to me: “I just don’t know what to do to make the room feel finished.” Almost always one of my suggestions is, “add plants!” In this case, three of these plants were already in this room. I brought the snake-plant from my dining area and added the hanging plant and bushy guy on the fireplace and bam! Hello junglaow! I then added a few other decor items such as the woven tray on the coffee table and some fresh flowers — my living room never felt better.

I’ve broken down the items we have in the store with links to each at the end of the post. Some items are one of a kind (mainly the goods I brought back from Morocco) so I’ve listed a similar item.

For those of you that read our journal but do not live in Kansas City, we are offering free shipping on the website through April 15th! (excluding furniture and some large decor items) Just enter coupon code FREESHIP at checkout.

I hope this provides you some inspiration to freshen things up at home this Spring! As always, let us help you design your life.

Jaclyn Joslin Home

Jaclyn Joslin Home

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Shopping links, from top:

Woven tray on coffee table

Zig zag woven planter on coffee table

Horn & Brass Coaster Set on coffee table

Coveted Home Heirloom Candle on coffee table (the perfect garden Spring/Summer scent!)

Brass vase on coffee table is vintage, shop our flea section for lots of brass & beautiful ceramic vases.

Planter on floor next to chair

Planter on side table

Planter on fireplace

Handmade ceramic bowl on side table

Pillow on sofa (this is on major sale, only 1 left!!)

Sofa. We have the smaller version of my sofa in the store and seriously, its so comfortable and its on sale!!

Moroccan pouf, similar

Moroccan rugs, similar: Beni Ourain runner, Handira rug/blanket