INDUSTRIAL VERVE IN AN UPTOWN LOFT

June 28, 2017

Interiors

Neutral industrial modern living room in New York City loft on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Monique Gibson)

In a spacious New York City loft, design Monique Gibson was tasked with creating “domestic bliss” for a creative couple – one-half writer, one-half filmmaker. Gibson kept the palette simple while balancing mix of industrial designs and a light modern touch that leaves each room varied yet simplified in its design. Natural materials – like linen sectional and the live-edge coffee table above – warm up the minimalist rooms, and the designer’s signature adds small moments of humor to the modern loft. Take a tour of my favorite rooms in this incredible home below.

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HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR INTERIOR DOORS

June 23, 2017

Decorating

French interior with double doors and ornate moulding between rooms on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Marie Claire Maison)

Last year I introduced my favorite molding collection from Metrie, Fashion Forward, and the picture I shared of their beautiful interior doors in that Collection (see them after the jump) was one of the most popular pins from that post. Each of their five Then & Now Finishing Collections includes an interior door in both solid and glass construction, and with all the matching moulding from their Collections, it’s easy to transform the doorways in your home. One thing I’ve noticed from the interiors I share on TS is the beautiful attention to doorways in Parisian homes and apartments, like the one above. Of course there’s a much longer tradition of classical architecture and molding in these beautiful buildings, but the double interior doors between living spaces is common and creates beautiful transitions between rooms. It’s also inspiring to see how grand a space can become when you add beautiful architectural details – like Metrie’s moulding and doors! Besides doorways between rooms, doors in tight corners or the end of a hall that would improve with one of Metrie’s mirrored glass door designs. Consider how your home might change with some door upgrades and find more inspiring doorways after the jump.

P.S. Not sure of your molding style? Take Metrie’s Style Quiz to find out which of their five Collections is right for you!
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A NEW SMALL SPACE FURNITURE LINE

June 21, 2017

Decorating

Small space living room furniture, sectional with pink astrological artwork and brick wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(SoMa Harrison Square Arm Sectional)

It’s a new age for millennial decorators, who want accessible style that will fit in their urban apartment. I’m all about high-density living, so I’m excited to see retailers take their furniture smaller-scale to make apartment living easy and stylish. Pottery Barn recently debuted a new Small Spaces collection with affordable, functional pieces that not only save space but also make more efficient use of it. You’ll find a well-built sleeper sofa, multi-functional entryway pieces, gateleg storage table, and more modular storage options in the selection. While the style sticks to simple, transitional pieces, it certainly presents a line of thoughtful furniture designs for a new kind of customer. Find my favorite pieces below, and let me know what you think of this new collection!


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THE ULTIMATE RENTAL DECORATING GUIDE

June 19, 2017

Decorating

Rental decorating tips for a blue and blue guest room with daybed on Thou Swell

When it comes to rental homes and apartments, it’s not worth it (and often prohibited) to make permanent changes to your space. Luckily, there are some major tips and tricks that can help you personalize your apartment without breaking any rules – and hopefully not the bank either. Rental decorating is a challenge, but like any art form, challenge promotes creativity, and there are some pretty special ways to make your space your own that aren’t permanent. Both my parents live in rentals, but I’ve managed to find some great ways to decorate for them as well, without breaking the rules, over the years. In my article below, you’ll find some of my favorite tips for decorating your rental!

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CLEAN CUT GLAMOR IN A SPANISH APARTMENT

June 13, 2017

Interiors

Glamorous blue and gold modern living room in Madrid on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Nuevo Estilo, photographu by Pablo Sarabia)

Bright metallics light up the living room in this suave Madrid apartment, full of lots of velvet upholstery and sculptural, modern furniture that create this clean-cut mix. While the decor ventures into a saturated color palette with complementary pairings like the blue and yellow above, the apartment’s spacious floor plan and airy architecture lets these bold color choices breathe easy. I love the versatility of the modular sofa in this half of the living room. See the other half of the space and the stunning dining room after the jump!

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