Q+A | Amanda Steiner, creative director, Coveted Home

Updated: 2012-12-16T04:04:12Z


The Kansas City Star

JOB DESCRIPTION: Creative director at Coveted Home, a home furnishings store, 4113 W. 83rd St., 913-385-0788, CovetedHome.com

Q. Tell us about your home.

A. It’s a Craftsman bungalow built in 1925. My husband and I live there with our cat, Nico. It’s in the Westwood Park area, which is a nice walk to the Plaza or to Hi Hat Coffee in Westwood Hills.

Q. What’s your favorite room in your house?

A. My living room. I like the way it turned out. It has the most design energy. It’s the first room you see when you walk into the house. It’s really pretty. It has a Chesterfield sofa and a Turkish antique rug. I love looking at and living in it.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. I collect vintage and antique items. Most furniture I have comes from the store mixed with old decorative pieces: mirrors, candlesticks, artwork and rug.

Q. What’s your next home project?

A. I have a nook in my bedroom that’s kind of sparse. I’m working on getting a collection of art in a grouping where I have a lounge chair.

Q. What’s the color palette in your home?

A. Most walls are a cream color with white trim. The dining room is a grayish green. The master bedroom is a pretty dove gray. It was hard to achieve. I went through lots of swatches, which all looked purple because they had so much brown in them. That can be the downside to gray.

Q. What design trends are you spotting?

A. White interiors. It doesn’t look stark because I’m seeing them mixed with well-worn furnishings and wood beams. It’s a rustic modern style. Also, people are gravitating to items that have more of a handmade quality. The overall look is still polished, less cluttered. Shelves are well curated instead of chock full of stuff.

Q. Do you have any favorite design books?

A. I love “Undecorate” by Christiane Lemieux — I have that in my home. There’s a really lovely coffee table book I have, “Country” by Jasper Conran.

Q. Who do you follow on Pinterest?

A. Mrs. French, a design blogger from Portland. And photographers who have a really awesome design eye.

Q. What’s your design mantra?

A. I’m a proponent of buying fewer things but buying nicer things from reputable sources who care how they treat people and the environment. But at the same time, I tell people not to take design too seriously. People overthink decorating their homes and it stresses them out. I know people struggling with the same choices two or three years later.

Q. What’s on your holiday wish list for your home?

A. Cream-colored natural stone lamp finials by Hillary Thomas. Each has a flaw because they’re natural materials so no two are alike. Small touches like finials show that you’ve put some thought into a room, that you’re mindful of your environment. We’ve heard it a million times, but details are the jewelry of the room, the icing on the cake.

To reach Stacy Downs, House + Home editor and writer, call 816-234-4780 or send email to sdowns@kcstar.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/stacykc.

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