COVET // natural wood kitchens

I've been so attracted to natural wood kitchens lately.  In a sea full of painted kitchen cabinets in every color conceivable, a natural wood kitchen feels like such an unexpected and refreshing departure from the norm.  I've rounded up a few recent favorites that showcase the raw beauty of unpainted wood, and combine traditional with clean-lined aesthetics with a heavy dose of rusticity for good measure.  

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The dream kitchen above is such a gorgeous example of natural wood cabinetry and defines that rustic-meets-modern look to a T.  Major kitchen goals to be sure! 

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The warmth of the walnut wood in this kitchen exudes such a cozy vibe, not to mention how perfectly it pairs with the gorgeous stone countertops and farmhouse sink. 

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Interior designer Antonio Martin's kitchen blends classic vintage appeal with a weathered wood island and beautiful white oak cabinetry.  

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This kitchen is a brilliant combination of rustic country and clean-lined modern.  The integrated cabinetry pulls are a fantastic detail on the natural wood cabinets.  

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This beautifully sleek kitchen by Lil Jencrantz Design is made warm and inviting with the use of the mid-tone wood cabinets. 

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Having an element such as this hood in natural wood finish would be a nice way to incorporate the look without fully committing to all wood cabinetry. 

What do you think? Would you consider having a natural wood kitchen instead of traditionally painted cabinetry? 


images via: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

NEWS // rue daily feature

I'm excited to say that my coastal fresh in the midwest project was recently featured on Rue Magazine's blog, Rue Daily. Hop on over to their site to see the feature and read more about how I worked in tandem with Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home, who designed the client's adjacent family room (it's reaaaal good). 



See all the photos and read the full story here

photography by Sarah Sweeney Co.

PROJECT REVEAL // coastal fresh in the midwest

I'm excited to share this lovely living room that I just wrapped up. You may be surprised to learn that I designed this room via my e-design service (you can learn more about how that works here). Although e-design is super convenient for both the client and designer, and the process goes relativity quickly, the downside to it is that you rarely ever get to see your design come to fruition in real life.  Since my client happens to live in my hometown of Kansas City, I thought why not combine a visit home with a little styling and photoshoot of this space?! Luckily, my awesome client was totally game and allowed me to come invade her home for a day.  

Just two journal posts back, you can see the concept board for this room, and as you can tell, it really did come together just like the original design plan! My client's inspiration rooms were bright, California classic, with even a bit of coastal influence. I wanted to be careful not to go too far into "beachy" territory, and make sure it was appropriate for her traditional style home in the Midwest. I love how fresh and modern the end result feels. 

My client did such a good job following the furnishing design plan, that all I needed to do was bring in accessories, do a little mantle and coffee table styling, and the room went from good to great. Eventually, a set of triptych artwork will go on the wall behind the sofa, and sconces will be added to the walls to create another layer of beauty and interest in the room. 

Huge thanks to my amazing client for trusting me to design the space and inviting me into her home! If you have a design project near or far, don't hesitate to reach out, I'd love to hear from you! 

- a. s. 

photography by Sarah Sweeney Co.

JOURNAL // legends 2016 + my LA guide

I had a great time attending the Legends design conference at La Cienega Design Quarter in Los Angeles earlier this month. This event gives interior designers and architects the opportunity to attend a variety of informative discussions that are moderated and paneled by the industry's leading professionals. As a bonus, the talks are hosted at noteworthy showrooms and shops throughout the design quarter where inspiration abounds.


One of the highlights for me was a  keynote discussion titled, "Collected: Living with the Things You Love in a Well Curated Home," which was moderated by Nate Berkus. As someone who loves incorporating vintage pieces and believes in making careful selections for the home, the discussion amongst the incredible designers really resonated with me, and I felt very inspired by their wisdom and candor. Such a great experience!

I traveled with my awesome sister and interior designer, Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home - we had such a fun time checking out West Hollywood and Venice Beach, and packed in as much as we could in the few days we were there. Here are just a few snippets of the trip...

I already can't wait to go back! And for all of you fellow design lovers out there, I complied a mini guide of my very favorite spots we visited during our trip:

++ A.S.D. Guide to Los Angeles ++ 

Stay: Palihotel - Melrose / The Charlie Hotel

Eat/Drink: Palihouse West Hollywood / Fig & OliveMelrose Umbrella Co. / The Butcher's Daughter - Venice / Gjusta - Venice

Shop:  Nickey Kehoe / Hollywood at Home / Nathan Turner Consort Design / Le Labo - West HollywoodCuyana - Venice

See: Lee Stanton Antiques / Natural CuriositiesHarbinger / Lawson Fenning / Cisco Brothers / Cote Jardin Antiques / Rooftop terrace at Restoration Hardware - go to lounge and enjoy the view 


- a. s. 

first image used with permission by JL Photographers

all other images by Amanda Steiner - be sure to follow me on instagram if you aren't already! 

JOURNAL // what i covet...

I recently had the very cool opportunity to participate in Coveted Home's "What They Covet" series on their journal. Every month, Coveted Home invites a guest blogger, designer, or tastemaker to share a room that they find inspiring and curate a selection of goods that embodies the style and mood of the room. Sounds like fun, right?! (Read more on Coveted Home below)

I chose the sunroom of a 1920s Portland Tudor, designed by the ever talented Jessica Helgerson and her team. Head over to Coveted Home's journal to see how this inspires me and check out my style round up for the room! And while you are here, feast your eyes on this drop dead gorgeous home...

So good, right? 

- a. s. 


More about Coveted Home:  Coveted Home is a home furnishings + lifestyle shop located in Kansas City, Missouri. They are seriously nailing it these days with their awesome selection of goods and stellar design work. Lucky for us, they have an online store chocked full of goodies, and ship anywhere. It also happens to be owned and operated by my sister and designer, Jaclyn Joslin! I began my career in interior design working alongside Jaclyn at her first store, Urban Dwellings Design back in 2008. A few years later, we underwent a rebranding and a new location, and through this evolution, I became the Creative Director of buying and merchandising for Coveted Home. I owe much of my design experience and knowledge to the years I spent working in this atmosphere, and so it is without reservation that I shamelessly plug them :) For a daily dose of design awesomeness, follow them on instagram, facebook, and pinterest! You'll thank me later. 


 images via Lonny &  Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

photography by Lincoln Barbour

JOURNAL // now offering e-design!

I'm excited to announce that I've created an e-design program so that I can offer design services for smaller scale projects, and to clients that don't live in the Portland area. This is a truly affordable option to receive a custom room plan and designer recommendations. 

                                                   example of an e-design story board

Keep in mind that there are many benefits of working directly with an interior designer, and not every project can be done through e-design. For example, interior designers are able to guide you through the often overwhelming process of furnishing, decorating, remodeling, or building a home. We offer very personalized service, access to trade only products, custom furniture and finish options, custom window treatments, project management, and much more.

However, many people fall into the category of not wanting or needing full service interior design. Maybe they only need help decorating a room through furniture, accessories, and color - or they have an idea of what they want, but they don't know how to pull it all together. This is where e-design comes in! The ideal candidate for e-design is someone who enjoys a collaborative process, and is able to implement the design plan on their own. 

Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to learn more about the process and rates or if you want to get started! 

- a. s.