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Curated Collection: Vintage Africa; Mud Cloth, Pottery, Relics and Textiles

Vintage African Goods: Kuba Cloth, Zulu Shield, Ceramics, Pottery

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. 




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zulu shield made of for hide in Africa




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african textile for nursery handwoven by women

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On Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo

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, available at Coveted Home.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


A beautiful pencil reed bamboo side or accent table, c. 1970s, $795, also available at Coveted Home

Pencil Reed Bamboo Side Table || Shop the look here

Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo Furniture makes a comeback in modern, eclectic, bohemian style home interiors. Get the scoop on applying this trend in your home.

Trend: Pencil Reed Bamboo Furniture makes a comeback in modern, eclectic, bohemian style home interiors. Get the scoop on applying this trend in your home.

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.

Rosie Case Living Room

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!

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Restore & Refresh

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.

Material: Wood

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.

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Kansas City Vintage + Modern

Coveted Flea

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.

Coveted Home Flea

Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

Pouf  / Langford Sofa / Art Glass Bowls / Knox Chair

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.

Coveted Home Flea

Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

Turkish Rug / Glass Bowl / Glass Float

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 PinterestInstagram, and Facebook for more design inspiration.

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A Swoon Worthy Space in the East Village

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.

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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.

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Taylor & Wes (with dogs Squid & Marbles)

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This home feature was originally posted via Apartment Therapy. Image credits: Nancy Mitchell; Taylor Fimbrez.

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Moroccan Rugs on Walls

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…

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Pro File: Kelly LaPlante of Trove Market on New Adventures

When Kelly LaPlante calls, I am all ears. We reconnected back in 2007 just as I was finishing up my degree in interior design. We hadn’t seen each other since we were children–we are cousins or second cousins rather and I happened to visit her mother with my parents, who informed me Kelly was an interior designer as well. I looked her up and therein began my secret obsession with Kelly–someone for me to look up to. She is whip smart, obvious from the moment you meet her but also a creative force to be reckoned with. You won’t find Kelly marching in line with the rest of us–she marches to her own beat and I greatly admire her for that. She is best known for her involvement in sustainable design, from her interiors work to the online magazine she launched and directed from 2010-2013. She is now on a new venture with Trove Market and we caught up with each other via a little “designer Q & A flip flop”. I got to ask her all of my burning desire questions about her career–which you will see here. To read her questions and my answers, head over to the Trove blog!
 Kelly with her adorable son, Stosh
JJ: I’ve watched you go from an amazing LA based interior designer to founding and being the editor of Standard Magazine, which was a favorite publication of mine. Can you tell us what inspired you to branch out into the media side of the design business?

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.

I was living in LA and was lucky to be working with a lot of interesting people— authors, actors, politicians—they had each come to me specifically because they wanted green design. A friend suggested that we start photographing the projects specifically with the goal of making a book that would illustrate how green design could coexist with any style, and I loved the idea. Then I started reaching out to people in other parts of the country to see if they wanted to participate and the response was really wonderful. My team and I would just travel all over the place, working on the homes of people we’d just met and becoming fast friends with them. It was a once in a lifetime experience.
JJ: You are a pioneer of the sustainable design movement. Using vintage is sustainable and is so hot right now in design–something I saw you implementing years ago in all of your projects. How has your design aesthetic evolved over the years and are you still loving vintage now as much as you used to?

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!

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Mid century chairs available on Trove

Trove vintage chests

Set of MCM chests available on Trove 

As I type this, I’m sitting in Round Top, Texas, during the antiques fair. It’s so much fun to see what people bring out and what people go home with. A lot of trends start here, out in the dusty fields. A few years ago we spotted some antique pommel horses that one vendor was selling and months later we saw them peppered into chic little shops all over the country! It’s funny to think that there are trends in vintage and antique, but there definitely are… especially with the quirky stuff!
Trove team at Roundtop
 The Trove team visits Round Top, Texas

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.

Being an Editorial Director for a brand like Trove is a little different than holding the same position at a magazine, so I’m getting to learn a lot of new things! There is some inevitable trial and error in finding Trove’s “voice” but it is such a fun endeavor—and I’m blessed to know so many talented designers (like you!) who will come and play with me in the sandbox as I create content.

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.

Lukas Machnik
Lukas Machnik
Thank you, Kelly for sharing a glimpse inside of your impressive work life, past and present! To read my answers to Kelly’s question, head over to the Trove blog.