Design & Remodeling

On the Bright Side

Interior designer Jaclyn Joslin proves traditional doesn’t have to mean boring.

Story by Kelsey Cipolla  |  Photos by Sarah Sweeney

When clients came to Jaclyn Joslin, owner of decor and interior design boutique Coveted Home, to make their master bedroom feel fresh while incorporating their more conventional preferences and two existing large wood dressers, she knew just what to do. “We didn’t want it to feel stuffy, heavy or dated,” Joslin says, so modern elements were mixed in, creating a space with personality where the homeowners can still feel comfortable.

One of the first orders of business was making use of the large room’s ample square footage. The designer replaced the existing headboard, an old wooden door, with one upholstered in a soft, creamy fabric, and turned the extra room at the foot of the bed into a sitting area, using a rug to delineate the space. And to offset the dressers held over from the bedroom’s previous life, she incorporated another finish in the form of the large mirrored bedside tables.

“I love the mix of the traditional style wooden dressers mixed with a tufted headboard and abstract art,” Joslin says. “We had the art commissioned for the room by a local artist, Jennifer Bricker-Pugh, and it is definitely one of my favorite elements. I also adore the Mary McDonald lamps, which arguably tie the whole design together. Don’t get me started on that rug we found at The Knotty Rug…it is perfect.”

Finishing touches, like the printed duvet, striped curtains and colorful pillows, also help pull the room together without overwhelming it, thanks to the neutral walls and fabric on the headboard and chairs.

If you’re planning a bedroom makeover of your own, Joslin suggests staying away from busy patterns, especially in large areas, to make sure the space is restful. Another key consideration? Lighting. “Lighting is important in every room, and in the bedroom you need to think about reading at night and potentially picking out clothes without natural light. A mixture of overhead and lamp light is best for most scenarios.”

Then follow her lead and add vibrant finishing touches that make the room feel like home. “My top three ‘dos’ for designing any space are to have a plan, take your time and only purchase pieces that you love.”

Of course, finding pieces to fall for comes easier for some than others. If you’re struggling to find inspiration, consider working with a designer or stop by Coveted Home, which will soon be moving from its current location in Prairie Village to a bigger space on the Country Club Plaza.