A SPRING PREVIEW FROM THE ADAC SHOWROOMS

January 22, 2017

Atlanta / Decorating

Christian Liaigre St. Barts house on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Christian Liaigre on Elle Decor)

Two weeks ago I stopped by Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for their annual Spring Preview, an event that features the best new collections from their top showrooms at the center. Although most products at ADAC are to-the-trade, they represent the “runway” design that has a major influence on ready-to-ship pieces from national retailers and often showcases the highest levels of detail and craftsmanship. I spotted some exciting new releases from some of my favorite showrooms, including Bradley, Janus et Cie, Jerry Pair, and Peacock Alley. Check out the preview event booklet, and see my product picks below.
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HIGH DESIGN FROM CB2’S NEW COLLECTION

January 18, 2017

Decorating

Glamorous black and gold dining room in kitchen with hide rug on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Shoreditch Dining Table)

I’ve been poring over CB2’s January catalog and their new collection is full of stunning new pieces with a high design look that’s particularly impressive for their price point. There’s a strong sense of simplicity in the furniture, which translates to a bold confidence that seems to be taking the brand in a strong direction for the start of 2017. Like west elm, I’m seeing an emphasis on luxe materials, but CB2 adds a unique spin with pieces like this burl dining table (under $1,000)! I also see a lot of detailed, sculptural pieces in the collection – see the Scissor console and Mosaico “statement” chair. Their pieces are showcased in interiors of traditional, modern, and eclectic global architecture for the catalog, and I think it gives a great sense of the range and versatility of the furniture when it comes to mixing styles in different settings. While the burl table was an instant favorite, the perforated brass tables and this heftier interpretation of the classic Ceusca chair also caught my attention. See more of the collection and catalog below.

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TOUR AN EDGY & MODERN ATLANTA LOFT

Atlanta / Interiors

Edgy modern loft living room from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles February 2017, photography by Mali Azima)

In Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, designer Minhnuyet Hardy brings an edgy, modern look to her downtown loft. With raw wood warming her greyscale palette, she brought a bold mix to the home, with statement light fixtures, sophisticated textures, and custom details, like a sliding barn door to the master bathroom. In the living room above, she mixed a settee from west elm with original artwork from Lindsay Cowles and Restoration Hardware’s shell pendant light. The “contemporary cool” space will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ February issue – make sure you’re subscribed here. To find out more about the rise of modern design in Atlanta, I spoke to AH&L editor Elizabeth Ralls. Read what she said about Atlanta’s dynamic design scene below.

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HONEYCOMB STUDIO’S NEW TABLEWARE COLLECTION

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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FIRST IMPRESSIONS IN THE ENTRYWAY

January 11, 2017

Decorating

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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