5 BRILLIANT WAYS TO STYLE COWHIDE RUGS

March 22, 2017

Decorating

Batik patterned cowhide rug from ArtHide in modern living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(ISOLA rug, HERMEZ ottoman, and LUNETA cushion)

This post was written by Caroline Modig and sponsored by ArtHide where you can find originally designed and ethically sourced leather products of an heirloom quality.

Cowhide rugs have been all the rage these days – as opposed to the times when they were seen as a characteristic of country homes or western themed décor, today they are trending the must-haves list of people with varied design preferences. Be it a home with clean and minimalist, elegant, modern or even traditional décor, people are switching the conventional choices of rugs with this fresh option for rejuvenating the aesthetic of their homes. These rugs have also grown in popularity since they’re so versatile, durable and really easy to clean. They are available in numerous colors, patterns, prints, shapes, sizes and with a wide price range. Whether your preference is monochromatic and subtle or a bold statement like the Batik-patterned piece in the living room above, the options are endless.
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STEP INSIDE A LUXE CHARCOAL PIED-À-TERRE

March 20, 2017

Interiors

Grey living room in Paris pied-à-terre with sunburst mirror and chevron flooring on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The Socialite Family, photography by Constance Gennari)

Home to the design-savvy Parisian couple David Chaplain and Alexandre Roussard, this luxe pied-à-terre takes shades of grey to sophisticated heights, showing off how subtle variations on a shade can produce a varied effect in a small space. While the walls may be monochromatic, the decor and accessories are colorful and eye-catching, producing lively, layered vignettes on every surface. The apartment is a joint project for the couple who are both interior architects – Chaplin works for Chanel and Roussard for Diptyque. With experience in retail, it makes sense that their shelves tell such intriguing visual stories. In the living room, I love how the sunburst mirror was layered and their contemporary furniture is mixed with classics like the Ceusca chairs flanking the stunning marble fireplace. Click through to see the rest of the space!

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MAISON JANSEN’S BRASS PALM TREES

March 17, 2017

Decorating

Living room study with Maison Jansen brass palm tree lamp on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Espana)

After admiring the funky brass palm trees spotted in a couple of home tours I’ve shared on TS, I finally stumbled upon this grand chateau in Architectural Digest with a collection of brass palm lamps that sent me searching for the source of these fabulous 1950’s sculptures – a search which led me to the famous design firm Maison Jansen, a Paris-based interior decoration office considered to be one of the first global firms. It’s always exciting to stumble across a piece of contemporary design history such as this, and I quickly found many more examples of Jansen brass palm originals or reproductions featured in many stylish rooms while I’ve compiled below. You can find some Jansen originals on 1st Dibs and even Chairish, but I’ve noticed the brass palm motif making appearances in many new pieces from big retailers, like this catchall and even coat-rack. The closest out-of-box pieces I could find came from a surprising source, PB Teen, where I found this floor lamp and chandelier. I dig the unexpected sculptural statements the Jansen lamps make – find my favorite interiors featuring their lighting below.

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(FINALLY) LAUNCHING MY PORTFOLIO

March 15, 2017

Uncategorized

Kevin O'Gara Interior Design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

You may have noticed a new link pop-up in my navigation bar last week – a link to my newly launched portfolio. For a while now I’ve wanted to put my work (so far) up in a digital portfolio that I could link to the blog, because Thou Swell is just a (major) piece in my creative work thus far. The categories in my portfolio include design work – most of which I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without my blog (and my amazing readers), but I’ve also included photography, art, and consulting work, which I don’t share on my blog. I’m excited to be able to celebrate these parts of my work in relation to my blog, where I was able to cultivate my design, marketing, and photography skills over the past few years!

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SWELL SHOPPING: BEDROOM IN PALE BLUE

March 14, 2017

Decorating

Modern blue bedroom with curtains across the wall and Bertoia desk chair on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by William Waldron)

This serene bedroom seems to take a cue from the serene horizon line of the ocean and sky, with colorblocked curtains softening an entire wall with pale blue and white folds. Designer Vincente Wolf mixed antiques and modernity with an approachable coastal style by using all-white bedding with grey accents from a cashmere throw and linen bedskirt, and mixes an Indonesian desk with a Bertoia chair as a multipurpose bedside table. I love the leaning photography on the desk and the functional task lamps flanking the bed. The room layers contemporary accents while keeping a spare aesthetic that allows the dramatic drapery application take center stage. See my design board below!

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