Home Tour: A Designer’s Accessible Kansas City Abode
When we spotted the interiors of Jaclyn Joslin’s Kansas City home, we knew we had stumbled upon a design that perfectly combined down-to-earth accessories and carefully curated furniture to create a comfortable, yet stylish abode. Joslin, an interior designer and founder of Kansas City-based Coveted Home, moved to the three-bedroom, almost 1200-square-foot midcentury house after living in an apartment that was half the size.
The new larger home, which Joslin shares with her travel writer and author boyfriend, Nicholas Andriani, needed additional furniture and upgrades, By using a consistent color palette, exercising decorating patience, and filling in the gaps with affordable accessories, Joslin was able to create a unique and personal space, perfect for both entertaining friends and quiet nights at home with the couple’s dog Simone.
Inspired by the modern lines of the home’s architecture, Joslin sought to balance the innate contemporary feel of the house with her more eclectic aesthetic. Inspired by big names like Nate Berkus, Thomas O'Brien, and Angie Hranowsky, the designer layered a variety of textures and elements to create a cohesive design. “I tried to keep things feeling warm and comfortable with lots of textures, including leather upholstery, wood pieces, and woven shades,” Joslin tells us.
With a focus on creating a comfortable home that felt livable, Joslin started to develop a design that would work for entertaining and day-to-day relaxation. “I love the concept of ‘relaxed living,’” she tells us. “I want my friends and family to come over and feel like they can relax and have a good time— that nothing is too precious, which can make people feel uptight.”
Though the living room features a variety of furniture styles and textures, Joslin took great care to confirm they worked together in harmony. “I really took my time selecting items,” the designer tells us. “I was able to live with each purchase for a while before making the next investment, which gave me time to ensure that everything would flow well together.”
The living room’s bountiful bookshelf injects personality into the space and tells the story of the home’s residents.
“I think bookshelves need books. Stacks of books work great, both horizontal and vertical for variety and to break things up,” Joslin shares. “Color-coordinating the book spines is nice, but ultimately that didn't work for our ragtag collection of paperbacks. Balance it out and add personality with accessories, picture frames, and plants!”
A vintage lounge chair covered in on-trend mudcloth injects an eclectic flair into the living room’s neutral design.
Joslin opted to utilize area rugs to delineate the open-concept home’s different spaces. “Even though the kitchen, dining, and living rooms are all open to each other, I have four different rugs throughout, and somehow they all work together!” she says. “I even put an old kilim rug that my mother handed down to me at the front door, in between the dining and living areas. I think some people would be scared to mix like that, but I love it, so it works for me.”
A new oval-shaped wood top replaced the Saarinen table’s original circular white-laminate top to create a larger work and serving surface.
A bench used as a banquette in the dining area helps the space to serve dual purposes. “I love the banquette at the dining table.” Joslin tells us. “It’s comfortable for enjoying a good meal, or to sit at with the computer and get some work done.”
When they moved in, the home’s kitchen was a dark cave-like space with black tile counters, dark cherry cabinets, and track lighting. A faux wood-like finish on new cabinet fronts, white quartz counters, and a glass mosaic backsplash brighten the space, while paying homage to its midcentury roots.
The home’s consistent neutral color palette, paint selection, and woven window treatments also enable the differing but adjacent spaces to connect and flow.
“My house is truly a mix of high and low, and old and new,” the designer tells us. “The best tip I have for combining the differing looks is to take your time. It took me over a year to pull this house together.”
“I made sure to never make a rash decision on any of the pieces,” Joslin tells us about her slow-and-steady decorating style. “Sometimes the simple option is the better one, particularly in a smaller space like this. And I also wholeheartedly believe in the adage that if you love it, it will work.”