August 22, 2017


Double-story living room with concrete fireplace chimney and gallery wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by William Abranowicz)

John Mellencamp’s South Carolina home on Daufuskie Island uses open spaces and neutral colors to emphasize an almost monk-like sense of solitude and clarity. As a home designed for a musician, the openness allows the notes of his imaginings to echo all the clearer. The Atlantic views and broad sky flow in and out of the home easily, bringing landscape and living space together. Decorated by Monique Gibson Interior Design and designed by Neil Gordon Architect, the structure and setting tightly intertwine with a neutral, almost severe palette and masculine silhouettes.


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August 20, 2017

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Nordic porch design inspiration with modern rattan chaise on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced the paint palette for my dad’s porch makeover, and today I’m excited to share the design plan for the porch decor. As you saw in the before photos the house is bright blue, and my dad’s neighborhood is full of colorful bungalows with eclectic front porches. I let the historic neighborhood’s style lead the design and pulled together a collected look with the help of lots of color and pattern from DecoratorsBest pillows and rug and sleek new outdoor fixtures from LampsPlus. For budget-friendly outdoor furniture, I mixed IKEA wicker and wooden furniture and made sure to pick up one of their lush palms for a touch of green. With this new furniture arrangement, the porch will feel like an entirely new room for the house that will come together just in time for cooler fall evenings. See the porch design plan below!

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August 18, 2017


Bright and colorful home office workspace with entry table piled with books and white-washed ceiling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via One Kings Lane)

Summer design in this seasonal decor edit brings out the best in the mood of the hottest season. Airy textiles and light silhouettes invite breezes (whether visual or real) to accentuate and complement the warm weather. Handmade touches and soft shapes evoke the spontaneity and casual ease that is the epitome of summer. Take your friends on an al fresco dining adventure or picnic, or embrace a gentle summer evening and its long, romantic twilight to savor the best parts of the season. The days are long, but the season isn’t — enjoy everything it has to offer!

All of these qualities are celebrated in my fourth home decor edit, a collection of the best in new furniture, decor, and tableware. Showcase the heart of the season around you with updates scaled to accommodate small renewals from season to season. Shop the edit below, and let me know what might make it into your home this summer!
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August 10, 2017

DIY Projects / Tye Street Project

This post was sponsored by KILZ® Paint & Primer as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Porch refresh paint palette with @KILZbrand COMPLETE COAT indoor/outdoor paint and primer in one on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #KILZGetStarted #IC #ad(via Tinek Home)

I haven’t shared any updates from Tye Street (my father’s house) since the patio makeover last summer, and although I’ve been dreaming up some decorating projects indoors, the front porch design has been long overdue. The first thing you notice about his house is definitely the bright blue paint – one of the many happy colors on the little bungalows in his neighborhoods. But beyond that, his porch needs some attention. As you’ll see in the before pictures below, the white paint on the ceiling, doors, and windows needs to be scraped and repainted. Luckily, I’ve got just the paint that to cover these areas – KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ Paint, a paint and primer that will make repainting easy and will hold up to the elements out here (It’s both an internal and external paint). This brand of paint is for DIYers that want to start their projects right so that they’ll have that perfect finish the first time – and I’m definitely in that camp! I’m channeling the traditional Southern porch with a ‘Haint’ blue on the ceiling, a fresh coat of white for the railing and windows, and cool dark grey for the front door. Click through to see the condition of the porch right now and see the KILZ Paint colors I’m using!
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August 9, 2017


Colorful New Orleans living room with modern art and pink Karl Springer coffee table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Garden & Gun, photography by Alison Gootee)

Inside a New Orleans home built in the 1860’s, a young family takes a fresh and energizing direction with a large dose of color while keeping some traditional Southern vernacular including uses of wallpaper, lacquer, and a beautiful set of bedding in the master bedroom. As you may already know, I love finding new examples of modern Southern style, and this home definitely shows a unique mix of periods, art, and color in the decorating. See the rest of this Big Easy home tour below!


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