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

COLOR CRUSH // you're making me blush

I've long had a penchant for blush tones, but lately I've been embracing muted pinks more than ever.  Maybe it's the coming of warmer days on the horizon and the budding blossoms popping up all around.  Or maybe it's just the usual marketing push for all things pastel during these early weeks of Spring.  Either way, dusty pink is having a major moment in my book. 

From faded corals, to muddied pinks with a hint of lavender, to the softest of peachy nudes, I'm loving it all.  Here are a few lovelies on my wish list...(aka, gimme all the pink!)


1. ashed wall art  // 2. rebecca atwood woven fabric // 3. heather taylor home tea towels // 4. farrow & ball paint - setting plaster  // 5.  susan connor ny taza cushion // 6. takara earrings // 7. cuyana mini tassel bag // 8. pink marble cheese trays

p. s.  I'm looking forward to making the recipe for that beautiful Lillet Rose Spring cocktail pictured above ;)

xoxo - a. s. 


All images via Pinterest

COVET // the autumn edit

If you are like me (and like most people), you have a major love for fall. During this time of year with the cooler temperatures and shorter days, it's natural to gravitate towards warmer colors, cozier textures, and creature comforts at home. But before the twinkly lights go up and the garland comes out, we would be remiss if we didn't first embrace the changing of the seasons, the fall colors, and the tradition of the harvest season. So on that note, I've rounded up some images that are currently inspiring me how to decorate my home this fall. I'm thinking nature-inspired, earthy, and a bit of a rustic modern flair...

While we can't go about completely redecorating our homes on a whim every season, small changes like switching out throw pillows and bedding, adding warmer knit throw blankets, and adorning your tabletops or mantle with seasonal florals can make a significant impact to cozy up the vibe in your space.

::  get the look  ::

Sources: 1. mud cloth pillow // 2. vintage textile pillows // 3. storage basket // 4. wool blanket // 5. sandalwood candle // 6.  smokebush branch // 7. vintage pottery // 8. nakashima straight back chair // 9. icelandic sheepskin throw

Could your home use some sprucing up before the holidays? Don't hesitate to contact me for decorating, styling and accessorizing services! 

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COLOR CRUSH // moody blues


It’s official.  I’m obsessed.  For the past several months, I’ve been drawn to anything and everything in deep and saturated blue-green hues.  I love complex colors - the ones that you can't really define and that are ever changing with the light and their surroundings. 


Farrow & Ball recently introduced Inchyra Blue (directly above, left) and it looks amazing.  I’m excited to try it as I've been dying to get a deep blue-green shade like it into a client’s home.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Farrow & Ball paints, having sold them and used them throughout my own home.  Renowned for their highly-pigmented, clay-based paints which are made in Dorset, England, their colors and wallpapers are often sought after by designers and interior enthusiasts.

Here’s a few other paint options that would be great to consider if you too, like me have fallen hard for this color: 

I'd love to hear if you've used any of these colors and what you think of them! 

- a. s. 


All images via Pinterest


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