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Auditory Aesthetics / Beirut

Movements: Scandinavian Interior Design

Beirut’s eclectic sound is the inspiration for this installment of Auditory Aesthetics. We’ve been spending some time in the shop listening to their 2015 album No No No. It is full of interesting, catchy tunes. The sound on No No No is more stripped down than on some of their previous records. But it is still layered with piano, brass, and strings. Beirut seamlessly fuses musical styles from various cultures and time periods. We especially love the Latin and Eastern European musical influences.  Beirut’s musical style is eclectic, and we also enjoy interiors that incorporate design elements from different times and cultures. The music on No No No reflects an appreciation for the beauty that can be found in the “other”.  We’ve rounded up some rooms that include cultural artifacts that have deep meaning and timeless beauty.

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Interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, and we think music is a wonderful source of creativity. Follow our “Auditory Aesthetics” series on the blog as we share with you some of our favorite albums and home decor finds. Most items are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City, our online shop and are also available to view through their appropriate links. As always, let us help you design your life.

 

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Auditory Aesthetics: Neko Case

Neko Case….what more should be said? She is a rockstar in more ways than one. A talented musician. An advocate for animal rights. A saucy feminist who inspires us all with her songs and unique sense of humor. A Neko Case album favorite? Fox Confessor Brings the Flood released in 2006. With songs like ‘Hold On, Hold On‘, ‘John Saw That Number‘, and ‘That Teenage Feeling‘, Fox Confessor was AND still is a stunning collection of work. Her country twang easily evokes romance and despair with equal amounts of eery in each. She is one of a kind. We would like to think this room inspired by the album cover of Fox Confessor is just that…

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Dark. Industrial with a hint of glam. Slightly romantic. Literal in color and, obviously, the fox. Couldn’t help it. The fox had to be a part of the story. Most pieces shown can be purchased through Coveted Home. Items listed below. Let us help you design your life.

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Clockwise from top left: Ramsey Lamp |  Antique Lake 2 | Mounted Red Fox | 1970’s Sputnik Chandelier | Rumi Rug | Black Leather Dining Chair | Jagger Dining Table | Lucite Handkerchief Bowl | Bookcase Unknown | Stack of Vintage Books

 

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Christmas: Auditory Aesthetics

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I’ve been a fan of the band Low for many years, but somehow, I missed their 1999 Christmas album. I heard one of their Christmas songs on the radio last year and immediately recognized Mimi Parker’s unique vocals. The album, aptly titled Christmas has quickly became one of my holiday favorites. The album contains more original songs than covers, which is refreshing. The first song, “Just Like Christmas” (an original) is my favorite song on the album. It has a wonderful retro, lo-fi feel and is the poppiest track on the album. One of the classic songs they cover is Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley), and it is the most despondent sounding version that you could ever imagine. It’s not the type of Christmas album that you’d want to play a party, but it is perfect for listening to on quiet nights, while sitting around the fire, drinking toddies. The traditional yet slightly unconventional feel of the album as well as the references to Sweden in the song “Just like Christmas” helped inspire this Auditory Aesthetic collection.XmasLarge You can find Low’s Christmas album on Spotify or YouTube. We hope you enjoy listening to it while you shop this Auditory Aesthetics post.

A.  Dean Mitchell Early Snow painting $8,500  // B. Saint Lucia Ornaments $22 // C. Crystal Snowflake Chandelier $3,500 // D. Walden Sofa $999 (available through Coveted Home) // E. Nordic Star Rug $91- $1,167 (available through Coveted Home) // F. Gold Antler Bowl $100 // G. Fort Standard Bottle Opener $44 // H. Black Stripe Reverse Blanket $195  // I. Puff Balls Organic Throw $205 // J. Gnome Ornament $11 // K. Vienna Twig Tree $40  // L. Brass Starburst Ornaments (trio) $10.50

Interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, and we think music is a wonderful source of creativity. Follow our “Auditory Aesthetics” series on the blog as we share with you some of our favorite albums and home decor finds. Most items are available to purchase through Coveted Home in Kansas City, our online shop and are also available to view through their appropriate links. As always, let us help you design your life.