Contemporary Haven

Contemporary Haven

Keep it Eclectic

It’s generally known that the best, most interestingly designed spaces are a good mix of eclectic furnishings and accessories with a story behind them, and this charming old Cape-Cod style home is a perfect example. Planted in a charming little neighborhood in Kansas City, this contemporary haven belonging to our stylish friend A.J. Cosgrove (an excellent resource on all things K.C., check out A.J.’s dining & shopping picks in our Kansas City Guide!) is a solid assortment of bold modern design and soft, inviting touches, a combo we just so happen to love.

The home was purchased 10 years ago after a move from Los Angeles to Kansas City, because A.J. was longing for everything that she couldn’t get in LA: charm, character, a great location in the heart of the city, and big oak trees in the yard.  Instantly falling in love with the feel of the home, and realizing that it didn’t need much work, they painted the walls Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan to create a neutral canvas, and to reflect all of the natural light. A.J. did all the decorating herself, and while she humbly likes to refer to her style as the “beg, borrow and steal look,” we would call it contemporary ultra chic! Deftly weaving together bold color choices and whimsical, animal-themed pieces with plenty of smooth, modern white & wood, this home strikes the perfect eclectic note. Re-create a contemporary haven in your own home by shopping some of the featured products shown in this gorgeous space, along with some of our inspired product picks to go along with the design!

 

Contemporary Haven
PHOTO: c/o Kansas City SPACES Magazine
Contemporary Haven
PHOTO: c/o Kansas City SPACES Magazine
Contemporary Haven Collage

1. Counter Stool     2. X- Mirror Elegant     3. Woven Vase     4. Clear Diamond Ottoman     5. X-Snapping Turtle Shell     6. Foo Dogs Mini White Lamp     7. Angora Snow Leather     8. X-Dominos with Box     9. Tiger Art     10. Klismos Wrought Iron Bench     11. Pyramid Floor Lamp


Contemporary Haven
PHOTO: c/o Kansas City SPACES Magazine

What makes A.J.’s space unique?

“When we first got to town, my mother-in-law let me raid her basement for family pieces that were no longer being used, and also a lot of her artwork from grad school.  That was huge…I love original art and hers is amazing!  I, of course, have lots and lots of Barbara Cosgrove in the house–fixtures, lamps, mirrors, etc–things I have taken home over the years because I have loved them so much.  And then there are the little objects that I have collected from my favorite antique mall in Kansas City, or the many things that I have bartered or bought from my friends at market over the years.  I have some great friends!”


Contemporary Haven
PHOTO: c/o Kansas City SPACES Magazine
Contemporary Haven
PHOTO: c/o Kansas City SPACES Magazine

“The house is filled with things that I love, that have a story.  These are the things that make the house interesting, give it color and life!”


Contemporary Haven
PHOTO: c/o Kansas City SPACES Magazine

Kansas City, MO

816 221 3461

Barbara Cosgrove Lamps is a purveyor of fine lighting and home accessories for the sophisticated home.  The Collection offers clean lined, elegant, well-proportioned statement pieces and its companion BCL provides affordable classic designs.

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