30 MUST-READ INTERIOR DESIGN BOOKS

February 20, 2017

Decorating

Modern living room in Atlanta by John Oetgen with demilune sofa on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)

Design books have long been the design-lovers best friend – not only are they rich with imagery and text of beautiful spaces around the world, they provide a designer’s unique point of view, and are so highly visual that they make the perfect interior accessory. Coffee tables have long been graced with their presence, but they are vital to any vignette from console, side, and buffet tables to stools and benches or even stacked on the floor. I’ve shared a list of interior design books before on TS, but I wanted to update my wishlist with some more recent books and classics that every library needs. Shop my picks below!

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SWELL SHOPPING: LIVING IN WINTER WHITES

February 15, 2017

Decorating

Traditional white living room with black curtains on Thou Swell @thouswellblog Thou Swell(via Tom Delavan)

There’s something profoundly symbolic about the way the starkness of winter forces us to refresh our palettes for the rebound of life in spring. Winter whites can create the perfect landscape for wintry reflection, plus they help to bring as much light inside as possible. I love this stunning living room by Tom Delavan for its stark contrasts and minimal-traditional style with eclectic touches that bring a playful edge to the room. The simple furnishings and casual approach work so well with the soaring ceiling height and architecture of this room – I really love the pair of French doors behind the sofa. Bring the clean look home with my shoppable product guide below…

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LAYERS OF STYLE IN THE WEST VILLAGE

February 13, 2017

Interiors

Layered traditional West Village apartment with gray walls in New York City on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Sawyer Benson and T Magazine with photography by David Leventi)

It may be the winter weather or my appreciation for well-curated collections, but I love the warmth, personality, and sophistication brought to a room layered with special decor and memorabilia. The owner of this West Village apartment is one of the founding partners of Sawyer Benson, Brian Sawyer. He brought his incredibly adaptive ability to bring his clients’ personalities out through design to the design of his own apartment. “I love it here in the wintertime, in the firelight, when everyone sort of gets lost in the little nooks and crannies,” says Sawyer in the T Magazine article. From the slate lacquered walls to the eclectic array of birds, vases, art, and objects, the home has a strikingly personal quality that makes you want to explore the maze of rooms yourself. I also love the versatile, dramatic entryway, which doubles as a dining room when Sawyer entertains.

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THE PLANT OF 2017: INDOOR OLIVE TREE

February 10, 2017

Decorating

Indoor olive tree with vintage black leather chair and checkerboard floor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Bolig Magazine)

While I’ve loved seeing (and using) fiddle leaf figs in design projects with their big glossy leaves, I’m ready for a new plant trend to take over in 2017 – and it seems we have a strong contestant. The indoor olive tree has sprung up all over my Pinterest feed, and it’s always been a favorite since we had one in a terracotta pot in our living room for many years. Sadly, it passed away last year, but I’d love to replace it because olive trees have such versatile dusty green leaves that complement so many color palettes. You’ll find it works really well with neutral living spaces, injecting just enough ‘living’ color to bring the room to life. It’s also frequently paired with a wicker basket cachepot, giving it a laid-back look. Possibly the best reason to bring an olive tree indoors is the hint of Mediterranean sun it brings to a room, inviting visions of the European coastline… I also discovered that they can be pretty easy to care for – this article on Apartment Therapy gives a thorough breakdown of what’s required. Find my favorite spaces featuring this up-and-comer below!

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FOUR STEPS TO A VALENTINE’S DAY SOIRÉE

February 9, 2017

Entertaining / Holiday

Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to entertain – whether you’re a singleton or celebrating a relationship. Why not create a rosy-hued soiree and invite friends over for some delicious appetizers? I set out a spread with deviled eggs, salmon roe, root chips with creme fraîche, and lots of warm-toned entertaining accessories. With a vintage red and white tablecloth as my backdrop, I brought in blush NAPKINS and gold NAPKIN RINGS to add warmth to the table, keeping the dinnerware simple with the subtle patterns of the ECLECTIQUE COLLECTION from Williams-Sonoma. With the touch of gold from these CERAMIC SPOONS, it all came together in the evening sun’s warm glow. Check out my four steps for creating your own appetizer party below!

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