For sisters Jaclyn Joslin and Amanda Steiner, creativity runs in the family. Both have found success as interior designers, Jaclyn with Coveted Home in Kansas City and Amanda with her eponymous firm, based in Portland. When Jaclyn was approached by new clients, yet had a full plate, she knew just who to ask. “I opted to maximize my time and their budget by handing off the living room to my sister,” she says. “We’ve collaborated on projects in the past, so I knew that this would yield gorgeous results that the homeowners would be happy with.” Throughout the entire process, the pair shared concepts to ensure consistency with the design. The result is a beautiful and calming space that features an effortless mix of pattern and texture, not to mention just the right amount of color. We’re chatting with the sisters to learn more about the project:
Tell us a bit about this home! Where is it located, and what did your clients have in mind when they reached out to you?
Jaclyn: This home is located in Leawood, Kansas, which is a quiet suburb of Kansas City. The home was built in the 1990’s and hadn’t been updated since. The homeowners will soon be empty nesters and were looking for a fresh look that merged traditional elements with coastal inspiration.
Could you tell us a bit about what each of you did in each space?
Jaclyn: The family room, which is open to the kitchen, is where the homeowners spend quite a bit of time. In its previous iteration, it had a round dining table in front of the brick fireplace for dining. I started by swapping out that table for a rectangular option so to fit the space better. Then I added a sectional for maximum comfort while lounging or watching television. The mirror wall is a design element that I suggested to balance out the fireplace and windows on the opposite side of the room. I brought in a teak root coffee table and light fixture give a jolt of style in the center of the room. I love how each piece leads your eye to the next, and they all complement each other.
Amanda: The living room was a complete blank slate, which made the design really fun! I started with a big, comfortable slipcovered sofa and then selected pieces that I felt would speak to the homeowner’s taste and desired look. When I presented the ideas, they loved all of it, and didn’t stray from the plan even a bit, which was fun, so I’m pleased at how everything came together so beautifully.
Mixing pattern and texture can often look too busy — but you make it look soothing and neutral. What did you do to make it work in this space?
Jaclyn: I kept the color palette focused mainly on grays, blues and creams, and did a lot of editing. The family room looks better with less because of the two big pieces in a smaller space.
Amanda: Knowing that the homeowners wanted a fresh, calming aesthetic, I added subtle pattern to the room through the upholstered loveseat, which is a modern take on an African mud cloth textile. From there I layered in some really pretty block printed throw pillows, which added interest without being loud.
People are often intimidated by pattern mixing. What would you suggest for someone who wants a similar look in their own home?
Jaclyn: Pattern mixing is always a hot topic. I personally don’t find that every room needs a mix of patterns to be interesting. In the family room, the only real pattern is in the rug, but because I used so many other elements to bring interest to the space, such as the art, mirrors and sculptural furniture pieces, the room has soul. And that, in my opinion, is more important that a mix of patterns.
Amanda: If mixing patterns seems overwhelming, try layering a subtle, smaller scale pattern that complements your color palette or other elements in the room with a larger scale print, such as a stripe. In my opinion, scale plays big factor when mixing patterns, so when selecting fabrics try to incorporate a good mix of large, medium, and small scale patterns.