Moving is never easy, but in little more than a year the owner of Coveted Home, Jaclyn Joslin, has completely updated her chic, new home. A clever combination of pieces from her store, family treasures and some clicking around on the Internet has made her midcentury modern Prairie Village home one-of-a-kind.
“I was lucky,” says Joslin. “The house really didn’t need a lot of work.” Still, she made the space her own. The kitchen had recently been redone, and while Joslin appreciated the quality of the materials, the room needed a little lightening up. “The cabinets were dark, and there was black granite on the countertop and the backsplash. I wanted it to be lighter, but I didn’t want a traditional white kitchen.”
She called in decorative painter Jason Newton to create a light, faux-wood finish on the cabinets. Moroccan-style tile in shades of crisp white, creamy pearl and rich vanilla adds interest and brightens the kitchen by reflecting light. Joslin had Matt Castilleja at DPolivka Studio, a custom-woodworking company, create both the kitchen peninsula and her dining table top. “I’ve been using them on a lot of projects and they are just great,” she says. The result is a light and airy space with sparkle and rustic sophistication.
Since she previously lived in a small apartment on the Plaza, Joslin needed to shift into acquisition mode when she moved. “I was fortunate to get some pieces from my grandparents’ house,” she says. “The coffee table that’s in my living room had been shoved into an upstairs corner. I love it. I remember it being in their living room when I was growing up. Fortunately, none of my siblings wanted it.”
The room is anchored by a structured Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa and flanked by a sculptural Barbara Cosgrove lamp on the left and an organic vintage number on the right. Her look is confident and appears effortless, though Joslin says this is not always the case. “I looked forever to find something to go over the fireplace. I tried a few different pieces of art, but nothing seemed right.” At market in New York, the designer stopped at a booth she’d been in before. “I’d always thought their juju hats were amazing, but never had the right spot or the right client,” she says of the African feather headdresses that symbolize prosperity. “I thought, ‘That’s it!’” Joslin bought one for herself and two more for the store. “We sold both of those to clients right away and had to order another.”
Part of the beauty of owning a shop is being able to buy things that Joslin likes, even if she doesn’t bring them home. “I can buy things for the store that I love and be happy that someone else loves them and takes them home.” Still, there’s a fair amount of overlap. In the master bedroom the bed is Mitchell Gold and her bedding is John Robshaw. For one of the vintage lamps there, Joslin went online. “I bought the blue lamp on Etsy,” she says. Some of her art finds have come from leads on Instagram. A few of her other favorite sites are Etsy and Chairish. “Chairish is nice because they’ve done the due diligence. It’s not just an open market like eBay.”
Joslin is happy to be settled at home as she is getting ready to move her shop soon. “I wanted to use as much floor space as I could at the new shop, so I’m moving my office here. This isn’t a big house, but it’s really all I need.”
ON THE MOVE Jaclyn Joslin opened her first store in the River Market in 2008 and moved to Corinth in 2012. Coveted Home is on the move again as Joslin takes advantage of the cachet of the Country Club Plaza. Her location, near Three Dog Bakery and Parlor, will open in May. “I love this street because it’s almost all local merchants,” she says. The new space will have more square footage, and Joslin will continue to carry favorite lines, such as Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and John Robshaw Textiles.
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