Vintage lovers and curiosity seekers rejoice! We’re always hunting for the next wave of vintage goods.
Here’s what’s good.
Our newest hoard of vintage goods hail from the continent of Mama Africa. Actually, they’re more special than any old collection of vintage. These pieces are full of wondrous stories from meaningful places. Kuba Cloth from the Kuba Tribe. Mud cloth from Mali. Along with face-masks, statues and a gorgeous Zulu Shield.
AND MORE PIECES IN THE LINK BELOW!
Recalling the work of famed Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, pencil reed bamboo decor adds just the right amount of organic glamour to almost anywhere in your home. While the material was a staple of 1970s and ’80s design, it is being re-discovered and utilized in every kind of interior and aesthetic, from streamlined midcentury, to Scandinavian minimalism, to an eclectic boho mix of all styles. The warm caramel color is versatile, and adds subtle texture to your space. As with many relics of that era, these pieces are ripe for a comeback, and it’s easy to see why.
We happen to have a few pencil reed pieces as part of our Coveted Home Flea inventory, both in impeccable condition.
A 1970’s pencil reed bamboo table lamp with brass base, generously sized and clean-lined enough to fit in anywhere. $149 (Shade sold separately) available at the Coveted Home
Pencil Reed Bamboo Side Table || Shop the look here
While we can picture it in any number of applications, this knockout pendant would look incredible over a breakfast nook or in a dining room. Midcentury pencil reed bamboo pendant lamp, $750, available at Jayson Home.
Fellow Instagram friend, Rosie Case, boasts these amazing pencil reed chairs in her living room and we could not be coveting them more. The warmth and texture they bring into the room is spot on. Tell us where you would use pencil reed furniture in your home, we’d love to hear from you!
As always, let us help you design your life.
Finn Juhl “FD136” lounge chairs for France & Son, in the designer’s residence.
Perhaps there’s a chic but scruffy family heirloom in your basement. Maybe you’re on the hunt for the perfect vintage accent but wish to renew a less-than-prime piece. Or maybe you are an ardent vintage buyer who always needs a project. Regardless of the reason, breathing new life into a formerly undesirable piece is as satisfying as it is surprisingly simple. We’ve rounded up the most helpful methods and hints for doing just that.
While some always practice the “If it’s rough, cover it with paint” mantra, it doesn’t have to be this way. Unlike a lot of furniture produced today, vintage and antique pieces were designed to last and made to be refinished. And with craftsmanship and materials like that, it’s easy to see why.
For many hardwoods, such as walnut, maple, teak and oak, a simple and breathtaking option is a rubbed-oil finish. Easier to achieve stunning looks with than a glossy and toxic-smelling varnish, only rudimentary skill is involved. Our favorite oil finishes include the Watco family of oils, and Tried & True Wood Finish, both noted for their easy application and durable, beautiful appearance. Even on veneered furniture, oil finishes impart a modern, smooth, gorgeous finish with a slight lustre all its own.
Maintaining piece finished with oil is simple as well. On tables and oft-used pieces, always use a drinks coaster, as most oil finishes are susceptible to rings. If piece shows wear, and to keep the finish resilient, it is necessary to re-oil occasionally.
Helpful Hint: Between coats of any oil-finish, a quick but thorough once-over with .0000 (ultra fine) steel wool not only enhances the final finish, it allows the wood to absorb more oil more deeply by opening the pores of the wood.
Material: Woven (Wicker/Rattan/Papercord/Bamboo)
A walnut & papercord Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner
You’ve found the most gorgeous, structurally sound rattan and iron side chair. It’s sturdy, it’s vintage, it’s perfect for your desk. It’s also filthy from decades of sitting in a dusty garage or basement. Luckily, this is yet another simple procedure. If the rattan has a clear finish, simply clean with water and a soft-bristle brush, and allow to dry. If the finish looks dull, it can be wiped down with lemon oil or refinished with a coat or two of clear spray lacquer. Wicker can be treated in this manner. If it is painted, it may be lightly scrubbed with soapy water, allowed to dry, and re-sprayed or touched up.
For papercord surfaces, a dry, soft-bristle brush may be used to clean between the cords. Avoid getting unlacquered or otherwise unsealed papercord wet.
Helpful Hint: Because seating materials like this are likely to be used frequently, it is usually a good idea to seal them to protect against spills and stains. Use either a brush-on or spray-on product, and remember to never leave woven seats in direct light for extended periods, as it can have a destructive drying effect.
This is the first installment of a series on how to best bring back to life hand-me-down or found vintage furniture and accessories. As always, let us help you design your life.
Coveted Home Flea is quickly becoming a regular stop for vintage lovers in Kansas City. The Flea opened in March and is growing and changing every week. The Flea is built on our belief in the importance of incorporating vintage pieces into modern settings. What better way to put this into action than by offering vintage pieces in our modern furniture and home accessory shop?
We love Kansas City and being part of the design community. The Kansas City Star recently shared a piece about Coveted Home Flea. You can read it to learn more about Coveted Home Flea and to see more photos of our vintage goods.
Photo by Tammy Ljungblad
Coveted Home Flea is located on our lower level, and it’s open Thursday through Sunday. The main shop is open throughout the week, and you’ll find a few of our Flea offerings scattered throughout the shop. You can also shop Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea online or on Instagram @shop_covetedhome.
Photo by Tammy Ljungblad
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.
As always, let us help you design your life.
This New York apartment pulls at our heartstrings to the fullest extent. So many vintage pieces to love in Taylor Fimbrez and Wesley Moon’s 650 square foot home. Seriously, the amount of eye candy is spectacularly overwhelming and equally as inspiring. The fact that nearly everything in the apartment came from a thrift store, eBay or Craigslist is beyond impressive.
Sharing this amazing space is fitting with our recent opening of Coveted Home Flea. By shopping our Flea, your home could also look like a haven for all things vintage. Coveted Home Flea is open every Thursday thru Saturday during regular business hours or you can always shop our vintage finds online.
Can you believe that the painting in the kitchen came with the apartment? It is perfect. And Taylor and Wes’ textile game is ridiculous with their wall hangings in both the living room as well as their bedroom.
Taylor & Wes (with dogs Squid & Marbles)
This home feature was originally posted via Apartment Therapy. Image credits: Nancy Mitchell; Taylor Fimbrez.
It was an eleven-day expedition across Morocco. In the high mountains, we discovered the silken, milky-white Beni Ouarain. In the south, the poppy-red flat weaves said to be hurling towards extinction. The central mountains introduced us to the colorful Azilal while the Sahara showed off her more understated carpets, like those of the nomadic Tuareg people. Over those two weeks, with our brows furrowed, we studied, haggled and made lifelong friends in the various market towns…
KLP: I like to say that journalism is in my blood. We’ve got lots of journalists in the family, so I figure it is my birthright to put words down on a page. I caught the editorial bug while writing my book and there was no going back. I started Standard a couple of years later and adored being the Editorial Director… since we closed in 2013 I’ve just been missing that kind of work so much! So when the opportunity came to be the Editorial Director of Trove Market—how could I resist?
When I lived in LA, there were lots of opportunities for on-camera designing and now for Trove we produce videos that are similar to that (but much faster!). I love designing with the challenge of cameras rolling.
I wear a lot of hats—designer, writer, editor, producer. In the same day I can be both on camera and behind the scenes. But somehow it all comes together to form a fairly seamless career and I’m really grateful for that.
JJ: These days it seems as if everyone has a book out! When you published your book, écologique back in 2008 did the market feel as saturated with design books as it does now? What was the process of putting the book together like?
KLP: There weren’t as many design books—and certainly not as many about sustainable design! I truly felt like there was a need for a book like écologique because there were many misconceptions about green design, at the time.
KLP: I’ve always loved vintage and I still do! I believe the greenest (and often, the most stylish!) thing you can do is to use something that is already existing. There’s no new environmental footprint—and that’s pretty fantastic!
JJ: Your career path has been an inspiration to watch. Can you tell us more about your current venture with Trove?
KLP: Thank you! Like everyone, I’ve had my ups and downs and, truthfully, I was a little lost after closing Standard a couple of years ago. It took me some time to find my way to something that was a perfect fit. It was the first time I hadn’t just catapulted from one adventure to the next and I was incredibly frustrated by that.
Trove and I found each other organically, through mutual friends, and one thing lead to another. I was Guest Editor for a couple of months and then was offered the opportunity to stay on as Editorial Director, which just felt right to all of us. I deeply identify with our mission of helping people connect to vintage and other unique pieces that are local to them. There are so many cool technological bells and whistles that we make use of at Trove that encourage the local shopping experience—that means a lot to me because shipping has such a huge impact on the planet.
JJ: Since minimalism is the current topic on the Trove blog can you share with us what minimalism means to you and possibly a favorite minimalist space?
KLP: I’m definitely a less-is-more kind of person. I’ve always under-consumed and thought a lot about what I buy and what role it will play in my life. I want the pieces I own to bring me joy, every day—that’s a tall order and it sort of makes me a minimalist by default, although my personal taste is a bit more eclectic what one typically thinks of when they think of minimalism.
A designer who does a fantastic job of capturing my aesthetic is Lukas Machnik, who won American Dream Builders with his beach house design. It was a controversial win—his look definitely pushes the envelope and not everyone can envision themselves living in a space like that. But, to me, it was so spot on! He layered textures and merged styles to create an eclectic space but also kept everything relatively monochromatic, which gave the overall design a more minimal aesthetic.