OUTDOOR MOVIE PARTY WITH WEST ELM

April 29, 2016

Entertaining

Outdoor movie party with West Elm on @thouswellblog

When the weather is right, there’s not much better than enjoying a movie outdoors. All you need to get the experience of a movie theater in your own backyard is a movie screen (or taut white sheet) and a projector. Once you get the equipment set up, the fun begins! Setting up a comfortable seating area requires lots of pillows, blankets — and popcorn, of course! To set the scene, I used two small wool rugs and a picnic blanket on the ground and added another throw blanket to the sectional on our patio. I then filled in with lots of pillows—mixing patterns for a boho look so no one was without something soft to sit on. The highlight of the seating was the pouf, adorned with a colorful Moroccan pattern and a smattering of sequins, to double as seating or an extra surface to set out the popcorn. For food and drinks, I kept it simple with delicious Ginger and Cane Cola sodas and a big bowl of popcorn. For that great sweet and salty combination, I try mixing in some brown sugar and Himalayan pink salt. Finally, invite everyone out to enjoy a classic film under the night sky!
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK D. SIKES

April 27, 2016

Decorating

Draper James store interior by Mark D. Sikes via @thouswellblog

I’m so excited to share this interview with Mark D. Sikes, a multi-faceted designer who’s worn many interesting hats over his career. He’s in Atlanta this week for a presentation at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, for their annual Design ADAC week of fabulous speakers, panels, and showroom tours that happens each April. I can’t wait to hear his branding presentation about Breaking Boundaries. It should be pretty interesting, given that Mark has worked in retail, merchandising, and marketing before turning his focus to residential design and a chic blog where he shares his daily inspiration, ranging from “stripes, white jeans and military jackets to chinoiserie, wicker and of course anything that is blue and white.” Mark’s interior design work has been published across the print and digital shelter world, but his most recent projects will be released in his first book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: ART AND DETAILS

Decorating / One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge gallery wall and brass lamp via @thouswellblog

I can’t believe we’re only two weeks away from the spring reveal. I’m in my last few weeks of high school so time has really sped up, but the One Room Challenge never fails to surprise me with how quickly the weeks slip by. Make sure to catch up on my Design Plans and Blue Ceiling posts if you haven’t already. I’m very happy to say that I’ve finished placing orders and I’m just waiting on one or two last things to arrive, so I feel well organized to finish off the challenge with everything in place (hope I’m not jinxing myself here). This week I’ve got some great sneak peeks of some of the latest details that have made their way into the room, including the gallery wall, new chair, floor mirror, and curtains. The room is starting to fill in with a lot of the pieces that are adding weight and color to the space, but next week will be all the finishing touches that to really polish it off for the photoshoot. Get a look at the room’s details and catch up with all of the featured designer’s posts this week below.

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PREPARING FOR GUESTS WITH DYSON

April 26, 2016

Entertaining

Cleaning the house with Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner via @thouswellblog
Cleaning the house with Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner via @thouswellblog

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

Sometimes it feels like you don’t see just how dirty your house is until someone else is in it, which is why cleaning your home is one of the biggest tasks when preparing for guests. Making sure every surface is sparkling may seem like a daunting task, but I’m going to try to break it down today with the Dyson V6 Absolute cord-free vacuum. I’d never experienced the magic of Dyson vacuum cleaners until trying this one, but I was always curious why they looked so fancy and are a bit pricier. Here’s why: When it comes to innovative cleaning, Dyson is killing the game. All the things I hate about vacuuming – unraveling the cord, trying to clean under furniture, switching from the cleaner to the hose – are all expertly designed into their machines. Their V6 model is tiny (perfect for small homes), rechargeable (no long cord), and so easy to move around a room with its roller-ball technology. But enough with the technical stuff – let’s get cleaning!
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THREE BEDROOM STYLES: ECLECTIC

Decorating

Eclectic bedroom with gallery wall and glass prints via @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced a fabulous new way to experience wall art with Fracture’s glass prints in a modern bedroom. This week, I’m using my set of three prints in an eclectic setting, making the vibrant green in my photograph an accent in the bedding and decor. This room was so fun to put together because I mixed the Fractures into a gallery wall (adapted in part from my gallery wall with HP here). I used vintage prints, more of my photography, and a graphic pattern from a scrap of wrapping paper that all mixes so well with the modern, sleek lines of the glass Fractures. The eclectic room works so well with the photographs because it mixed modern and traditional elements to bring some storied history and unexpected twists to the glass prints.
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