Nods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home

In a Spanish home full of energy, classical elements are combined with modern art and midcentury pieces to create a space that exudes personality. It’s classicism… with a twist. You can find nods to periods and iconic styles through the home, but the overall look is anything but traditional. I absolutely love the studio space below – the concrete floors set the stage for rich, warm colors, sleek chrome chair legs and industrial style pendant lights. A built-in bookcase behind the desk keeps thing busy.

Nods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home | Thou SwellNods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home | Thou Swell Nods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home | Thou Swell Nods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home | Thou Swell
In the dining room, simple geometric patterns contrast each other in tan and grey, and matching dog lamps steal the spotlight, along with an AC/DC poster. The space feels young and energetic, but the lattice wallpaper grounds the design with a classic motif.

Nods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home | Thou Swell
A sleek pair of banquettes frame a matching white lacquered coffee table and teal carpet. In the sunroom below, color abounds and and iconic midcentury pieces perfectly reflect the design mentality of the 50’s.

Nods to Classicism in Eclectic Spanish Home | Thou Swell(via Nuevo Estilo)



The Week in Snapshots 11.14

The Week in Snapshots 11.14 | Thou Swell
Today I almost wrote a stocking stuffers gift-roundup post, but I decided against it… I’m definitely one to listen to Christmas music year-round but I’ll leave it to the department stores to start celebrating before Thanksgiving! Speaking of Thanksgiving, can you believe that it’s the second-to-last month of the year? Bye-bye 2014!! While you consider how quickly the year went by, here’s some inspiration from this week in the blogosphere. Enjoy your weekends!

1 / Amy Mellon is the super talented Creative Director of Calvin Klein Home. One Kings Lane takes us behind-the-scenes to see some peeks into her office life… and it looks fabulous! Her office is full of textiles, decor, and inspiration – definitely swoon-worthy.

2 / There’s nothing more classic than linen in the boudoir, especially on a tufted headboard. This DIY project from House of Earnest is simple and easy, and could definitely be improvised for any type of shape or design.

3 / Wit & Delight traveled to Savannah – one of my favorite East Coast destinations, and compiled a beautiful city guide. Included are some great recommendation for restaurants, bars, shops, and even recommendations for a day-cation on Tybee Island.

4 / Tis the season for festive table settings! One of the most exciting parts of the holidays is setting the table, and Justina Blakeney shows off her fantastically-eclectic styling skills with a fruity holiday tabletop.

5 / Domaine breaks down the process of commissioning your first piece of art with pro-tips and helpful hints to make the process much more approachable.

6 / The Brand Market is a workshop run by In Honor of Design for bloggers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Anna shares some snapshots from the last workshop in Atlanta on her blog, and it looks fantastic!

7 / One of my favorite new blogs, Habitually Chic, curated a gift list for One Kings Lane that’s pretty great. I especially love this book and these candleholders.

P.S. Hey Atlantans – have you heard about Waiting for Martha’s pop-up shop at Shops Around Lenox? I’ll definitely be stopping by during my break in Atlanta next week!



Fall Meals: Three Savory Galettes

Savory Galette via Cook Your Dream | Thou Swell

Roasted Vegetable Galette (via Cook Your Dream)

250g wholemeal flour
¼ tsp salt
115 g chilled unsalted butter, diced
¼ cup crème fraiche
2 tsp lemon juice
1 spring of fresh thyme, leaves chopped
5 small carrots (or 3 medium), peeled and diced
2 parsnips, peeled and diced
350g butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves chopped
1 head of garlic, outer layers peeled
creamy goat cheese, crumbled

For full directions, head on over to Cook Your Dream!

Savory Galette via What Should I Eat for Breakfast | Thou Swell

Tomato Galette (via What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today)

250g flour
110g butter
1 tsp salt
1 egg
3 tbsp water
500g cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp fresh thyme
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
50g cream cheese
50g parmesan
pinch of black pepper and salt
pine nuts, roasted

For full directions, head on over to WSIEFBT!

Savory Galette via My Name is Yeh | Thou Swell

Salt & Vinegar Potato Galette (via My Name is Yeh)

1 large onion
1/4 c butter
1 tb kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 medium potatoes (about 1 lb), thinly sliced (1/8 inch)
1/2 c white vinegar, plus more to taste
2 tb chopped chives
black pepper, to taste
1/2 lb your favorite pie dough
1 large egg
1/2 c shredded parmesan

For full directions, head on over to My Name is Yeh!

Check out 12 Savory Galettes

by Kevin | Thou Swell at


An Homage to the Man-Made Landscape

An Homage to the Man-Made Landscape | Thou Swell
(via Greige Design)

At Oxbow we are starting our month-long final project, which begins with a research paper. My passion for interior design has really solidified during my time here and I have devoted my whole project to exploring my passion for interior design and architecture and its psychological significance. The following is the introduction to my research paper.

The home was built by my great-grandfather, a New England style saltbox with grey clapboard siding and black shutters. The windows and doors were white, the surrounding magnolias and ornamental cherry trees reflecting varying shades of green. Long garden beds spanned the backyard, lined with boxwoods. Warm reds, oranges, and yellows fill the spaces of my memory, sunlight flashes through my mind’s eye, and the chill of the stone of the kitchen floor can almost be felt again. Many of my childhood memories are rooted in this house, the new occupants of a past reality. Our old home retains this emotional value that can only be contained within a built environment of architecture and interiors. It was our domestic landscape, to which all my experiences took hold. It reflected our family in the heirloom furniture and in the residue of our life that pervaded every space. It reflected the light that shaped my imagination, it held the air that suspended a symphony of smells that was uniquely ours. This house was more than just wood and cement and painted walls, for it represented much more than a family home. The house was represented a sense of place that can only take root in a built environment that exists in harmony with the emotional needs of its occupants.

Architecture and interior design are in a permanent relationship, one cannot successfully exist without the others’ support. The architecture interacts with its natural surroundings and the interior with both the surroundings and the architecture itself, in a synergy that comprises the manmade landscape. All of the elements of architecture and interior design fulfill psychological goals that stem from the intended purpose of the building. The office building is created to make the most efficient work space for employees. Though this efficiency sounds strictly utilitarian, it cannot be detached from the goal of optimal emotional health of the workers, which is closely tied to their conscious or unconscious reaction to their environment. Like any art, architecture and interior design are not necessary to life itself, but can enhance it in a way that make it necessary in a philosophical sense.

Architecture and interior design are the manmade skeletons for light and space, arguably the most evasive and mysterious substances. Our design are often our best attempts to harness their qualities in new ways and address in our psychological goals in the process. Light can be characterized in color, which is both physical and non-physical, found on every surface and in the warm streams of sunlight floating through a window. Though there is no common experience for color, many studies show that there are common associations with color that are ingrained in our subconscious from birth. Color is the language of interior design, a conversation with our psyche that manifests in spaces that can serve both common and individual needs depending on the purpose of the structure. Color psychology is the study of this emotional and behavioral response, a response that stems from a mix of instinctual and experiential interactions with color in our world. Given this power, color has deep symbology based on its context and can be used as a tool to craft spaces that address our emotional health, as well as aesthetic pleasure.

Architecture and interior design reflect not only psychological desires, but can reflect a whole culture through color trends and design elements. The 1950’s was a pivotal time in the shaping of our contemporary domestic form, as free standing houses started becoming more affordable due to mass-production of homes in suburb-style communities. As the highway system expanded with President Eisenhower’s Federal-Aid Highway Act, the house became detached from the workplace and homes became the centers of domestic life, with new suburban forms redefining home as semi-rural retreats. The home became more closely tied with nature and yards became standard. Midcentury design became simple, streamlined, smooth and shiny with chrome accents. The 1950’s flung imagination into outer space, taking modern design with it. This new “space-age” style represented the technological progress of the era and became iconic for the 50’s. Reflection of culture represents an important part of design, as it is constantly changing as social and technological progress marks new trends and sparks design innovations. A mix of historical elements and contemporary reflections ties tells a narrative of culture through the man-made landscape.

With a perspective on both psychological and historical significance, architecture and interior design weave together stories about both the user and their past, of contemporary culture and modern history. Whether a home is intentionally decorated or not, it is representational of a family’s culture and history and is symbolic of a starting point. Homes create a sense of place, which create the foundation for solidarity. I attribute my solidarity in character to the structure of my family home to provide the domestic context that I need to frame the rest of my life. Both architecture and interior design provide the foundation for our experiences, the structure to hold our dreams and the interiors for our memories to latch on to, and it is vital that these art forms are accessible so that the opportunity to ground oneself and our culture in design is not lost.



The Ultimate Interior Design Book Wishlist

As you’ve probably already learned, coffee table books are one of my latest obsessions. They’re sturdy, hardbound blogs of your favorite images from your favorite designers. And the best part? They make great decor! As the name suggests, you can stack them on your coffee tables, side tables, and bookshelves. This selection is not authoritative, but I offer it as a diverse and encompassing collection of both traditional and contemporary Western interior design books.

The Ultimate Interior Design Book Wishlist | Thou Swell

1 / Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People

2/ The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge

3 / Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers

4 / The Decoration of Houses

5 / Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan

6 / George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic

7 / Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors

8 / Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity

9 / New Paris Style

10 / A Passion for Interiors: A Private Tour

11 / Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises

12 / Elle Decor: The Height of Style: Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms



Graphic Elegance in Spain

Graphic splashes of color and bold accents make this spanish apartment really fantastic. I love how the classic modernist furnitures mingles with the traditional wall moldings in bright all-whites. Simple decor makes powerful statements, and warm wood and grey add homey textures. The detailing of the architecture in white keeps things classic and create the perfect canvas for simple, selective decor. I absolutely love this place – it feels so clean but has so much character. Its simplistic palette pushes each piece of decor into the spotlight, with emphasis on the interesting shape and texture.

Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou SwellGraphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell
Officially my favorite living room. Simple and understated, but with a spotlight on a dramatic golden wall embellishment and the beautiful detailing on the table. Also, this mix of dining chairs is fantastic!

Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou SwellGraphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell  Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell
This simple visually-light shelf unit packs is packed with color to create a barrier between the living room and kitchen. I love the cheerful assortment of ceramic pieces and books.

Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell
Now this is my official bedroom inspiration. Remember that I’m redecorating my bedroom? Yeah, I almost forgot too. But I’m hoping to finish it off before the year’s end. I really like this floating headboard look. And the grey and blue palette is so serene!

Graphic Elegance in Spain | Thou Swell
(via Mikel Irastorza)




Thou Swell Turns One! iPad Mini & NextIssue Giveaway

Thou Swell Turns One! - iPad Mini & NextIssue Giveaway
(graphic created by Corina Nika for Thou Swell)

I can’t believe it’s been a year! I’m so grateful for the support, comments, tweets, mentions, likes, shares, follows, and love that all of you have given me over the past year. It’s been an amazing journey to watch my blog grow, changing my name to Kevin’s Crumbs, redesigning my site (twice), and finally switching over from Tumblr to WordPress. I’ve made over 150 posts over the year and it’s been so fun to explore my passion for interiors, design, food and entertaining with a live audience. I can’t wait to see where my blog takes me in year two – but I already know it’s gonna be great! While I’ve been out in California I’ve been dreaming up projects to do and post when I get back to Atlanta in December!

Next, I’d like to thank this incredible group of bloggers who have joined me to celebrate my blog’s birthday and bring you an amazing giveaway! We’re giving away an Apple iPad Mini (16GB Wifi) and a three month subscription to NextIssue, which will give the winner access to over 135 top magazines on their new iPad!

This giveaway is brought to you by:

Buckets & Spades | Helarious | Of Trees & Hues | Cocorrina | Ex Vitae | Safaris & Sunsets | Lucky Number Seven | Pen & Peplum | Zoso Lights | Tara Victoria | Clear the Way | Nuance & Bubbles | Eavan Elizabeth | Oh I Design | Catalina Creative | Hello Lidy | J for Jamie
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Swell Shopping: Serene Townhouse Living Room

Swell Shopping: Serene Townhouse Living Room | Thou Swell
(via Brittany Ambridge for Domino magazine)

Ever wondered how keeping things simple could feel so classic? The neutral palette in this living room really works to create an inviting atmosphere, and the black-and-white-themed gallery wall and throw pillows ground the room with some solid black. I love the Moroccan rug in the center – it serves as a centerpiece to the room and provides a fantastic contrast to the french chandelier and petite coffee table. The yellow in the rug and sofas is cheery and warm, adding a homey touch. Looking for an elegant cast fireplace mantel to finish off the look? Check out François & Co.‘s selection.

Swell Shopping: Serene Townhouse Living Room | Thou Swell

Art selection from left to rightBlot, Crocodile 1, Point of View, Inked, Embrace  / Chandelier from Ethan Allen / Mirror from One Kings Lane / Throw pillows from top to bottom: Anthropologie, West Elm, Anthropologie / Sofa (and fabric) from Ballard Designs / Coffee table from Ethan Allen / Rug from West Elm



Fall Meals: Spaghetti Squash Cakes & Red Pepper Soup

Meatless Monday? Meatless Tuesday? Make it Meatless Whatever-Day-Of-The-Week-You-Want. Did you know that the meat industry is the most polluting industry out there? I’m not going vegetarian anytime soon, but I think that its good to cut back on meat and have some meatless days thrown in there. Also, eggs are a protein-eous substitute and great on pretty much anything… But these spaghetti squash cakes especially. Enjoy with some red pepper soup and you’ve got yourself a warm and cozy fall meal!

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Spaghetti Squash Cakes with Poached Eggs (via The Bojon Gourmet)

For the cakes:
1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds), halved and seeded
olive oil, as needed
fine sea or kosher salt
black pepper
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
3/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 large egg
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
1/4 cup sweet white rice flour (mochiko)
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
ghee or sunflower oil, for frying the cakes (as needed)

For the poached eggs and garnish:
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or another neutral vinegar)
4 large eggs
1 cup lightly packed spinach leaves, washed and spun dry
a few handfuls cilantro leaves, washed and dried
a few tablespoons of store-bought harissa

For full directions, head on over to The Bojon Gourmet!


Roasted Red Pepper SouP (via Plaid Fox, recipe by The Merry Thought)

2 red bell peppers
2 carrots, peeled
olive oil
freshly ground salt & pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoons onion powder (or substitute half a small diced onion)
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried thyme
dash or two of cayenne pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (use fire roasted tomatoes if desired)
2 cups gouda cheese, shredded
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons cornstarch, if desired for a thicker soup

For full directions, head on over to Plaid Fox!



Elegance en Gris

The chic apartment of Austrlian stylist Kristen Bookallil is a true testament to her craft – styled vignettes layer texture, color, and character in her home. She lives in the three bedroom flat with her two daughters and cat, in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. The apartment has a fresh modern feel, with European textures and accents. The living and dining rooms feature fabulous (and moody) grey walls, a color I’ve been digging lately! Grey can be such a cold color, but in a living room filled with warm neutrals, it feels cozy. The ceiling and trim provide a nice clean contrast to the grey. To the right, Kristen in her living room.



Below, a beautifully styled console table provides the backdrop for linen-covered dining table and wishbone dining chairs. A simple pendant light hangs above the table.

Elegance en Gris | Thou Swell

Elegance en Gris | Thou SwellElegance en Gris | Thou SwellElegance en Gris | Thou Swell

A warm grouping of accents decorate a restored French console table in the entry. I love the playful nature the glass lamp and crystal candle holders add, not to mention the fun gold piñata! All the classical elements are contrasted by a contemporary abstract painting above the table.

Elegance en Gris | Thou SwellElegance en Gris | Thou SwellElegance en Gris | Thou Swell
(via Home Life, photography by Prue Ruscoe)