January 12, 2017

Atlanta / Entertaining

Honeycomb Studio tableware collection handmade in Atlanta, GA on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Photography: Whitney Ott)

If you’re not already familiar with Honeycomb Studio, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize the work of ceramicist Courtney Hamill – her cream and gold vessels are incredibly popular on Etsy and sell in many Atlanta stores (including west elm). Her signature 22-karat gold luster motifs, simple glazes, and straightforward shapes define the Honeycomb aesthetic, and her growing collection is about to include tableware. “Tableware has always been something I’ve wanted to do … for a ceramicist, it’s kind of like your bread and butter,” she told me from her studio in Midtown. The pieces have been in production for a full year, and the collection includes three designs, including classic white, metallic black, and white and gold stripe. The pieces launch at the end of the month, but they can be pre-ordered on the Honeycomb Studio website. If you live in Atlanta, you’ll also see the new pieces at The Lawrence, which will match the restaurant’s modern decor perfectly. While I love the whole collection, there’s a subtle gold reflection in the glaze of the metallic black pieces that’s just killer! Click through to see all three sets of tableware, plus get a peek into Courtney’s studio through my lens.


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January 11, 2017


Fresh entryway design with demilune bench and fiddle leaf fig on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The new year is the perfect time to consider the ‘first impression’ moment of your home – the entryway. Entryways can be tough places, especially for renters, to create a meaningful moment, but with the right pieces and a little bit of thoughtfulness they can be just as inviting as the living or dining room. I refreshed our little entryway with some key pieces from At Home, to make the space feel larger, more comfortable, and more functional for inviting guests in or getting ready to leave. With the addition of a tufted bench, a larger mirror, accent rug, new light, and a garden stool for a fresh plant, it became a refreshing vignette to say hello and goodbye to each day. See the complete makeover and get my tips for your best entryway after the jump!

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January 10, 2017


White living room shelf with minimal styling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via MyDomaine)

It’s out with the old and in with the new, and January is the perfect time to find the ‘new’ to refresh those rooms that have been begging for attention all year long. I’m longing to finally finish my bedroom, or give my dad’s bathroom a makeover, or rearrange the dining room at my mom’s house… I’m not sure which projects I’ll realistically be able to tackle this month, but all I know is that it’s definitely the time to be shopping for furniture as the discounts can be substantial as brands clear out their inventory for new collections. Any big items on your home wish list?

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January 9, 2017


Eclectic dining room with green chairs and Saarinen tulip table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ben Pentreath)

I was delighted to find the portfolio of Ben Pentreath a while back, an English architecture and interior design firm which has worked on a number of historical projects and brings quite a classical foundation to all of their work. For interiors, Ben is known for a traditional yet playful style that draws inspiration from the 1960’s and 70’s, but all infused with a “fresh modern sensibility.” In this flat in Chelsea, departures from the traditional furnishing through energizing color and pattern brought a modern buzz to the interiors and created an inviting escape for its owners. While background colors were kept “simple, airy, and neutral,” pattern and texture were added through smaller accent such as cushions, and lamps. I love the patterned lampshades used throughout the home, which provide whimsical markers in each space.


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January 5, 2017


This post is sponsored by World Market, but all text, images, and opinons are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

How to host a chic game night with canapés on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Although the holiday season may be over with the start of the new year, I’ve got a couple weeks before I have to go back to school, and I’ve been enjoying the extra time in town with my family. One of my favorite holiday traditions (especially to ring in the New Year) is having game night with my family, so when World Market invited me to share a game night on the blog, I was definitely up for the task! My family has a soft spot for the retro-style games, so their Sorry board game with the original artwork from 1939 caught my eye first. Along with an easy selection of canapés, sparkling rosehip grape juice, and entertaining essentials, we made a chic spread for enjoying a fun night in.


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