Interior designers find the biggest challenge comes in designing their own home. Jaclyn Joslin’s remodeled home, however, feels elegantly effortless
After a long day at her shop, the Coveted Home on the Plaza, local interior designer Jaclyn Joslin winds down in her Prairie Village home, a mid-century ranch filled with natural vibes. But her living room is where the relaxation begins.
Radiating personality and originality, this room, as well as the rest of her home, was remodeled in earth tones and organic textures, mixing her two favorite styles throughout. That’s why you’ll see a Khotan rug with a mud cloth chair and woven shades, a look that’s anchored by a stone fireplace with blank granite ledge.
“I am a very textural person,” she says. “A room just feels flat to me if there aren’t some natural fibers. I did the same woven shades throughout the house, and it is still one of the best changes I made.”
The rug, woven in Turkistan, is known for its pomegranate motifs and lattice designs with clusters of rosettes, Joslin explains, adding that the vintage mud cloth chair that sits atop it is a personal favorite — and rightfully so, as it’s the center of most conversations. After finding the chair in an antique shop, she took it home and replaced the mundane beige suede with mud cloth found on eBay.
But cherished as the chair might be, she can’t let her grandparents’ coffee table go unnoticed. Found tucked away in a corner of an upstairs bedroom in her grandparents’ home, it had been forgotten for years.
“I took one look at it and knew it was the perfect piece for my living room,” she says. The same can be said for all the fond pieces that seamlessly bring her room to life.
Why it Works
It’s simple: comfort. With beams of natural sunlight streaking across the room, she can either sink into the vintage accent chair, pop a squat on the ottoman, or curl up with a glass of wine or good book on the plush couch. The room might look good, but it’s also as cozy as can be, which is one of the room’s top attributes.
Though you might not be able to tell, it’s also quite dog-friendly. “The sofa is a blended fabric that I chose for its durability because my dog, Simone, is often found snoozing there,” Joslin says. With that Khotan rug, even the floor is a soft place to get some shut-eye.
It’s a space she describes as “stylish without being too trendy.” The couch is flanked by a Barbara Cosgrove lamp on the left side and a vintage find on the right. The ottoman, comfortable and chic, features a classic wooden frame and hair-on-hide seat with splayed legs adding interest. The greenery helps the room look clean and polished while providing cleaner air and noise control.
Get the Look
1. Imagine yourself curled up on Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ Gigi sofa, with sloping side wings, French seams, plush cushions and a supportive upright back.
2. This Oushak-style rug, found at the Knotty Rug, was made in India. At 8 feet, 10 inches in size, it’s an area rug that’s covered in earth tones and whimsical motifs.
3. A subtle, sleek addition to the arm of any sofa, Barbara Cosgrove’s monolith white table lamp in composite wears a silk drum well. With a gold liner, it provides a soft glow.
4. The handwoven Kelim pillow, from Plus Modern Design, features the traditional Punja manual loom with hand-dyed wool yarn, labeling it as truly one-of-a-kind.
5. Jackson Pottery’s Geometrix indoor planters at Van Liew’s Home & Garden provide movement, texture and visual interest in a solid concrete structure.