THE BEST DECOR FROM NORDSTROM’S ANNIVERSARY SALE

July 27, 2016

Decorating

Modern Swedish living room via @thouswellblog(via Elle Decoration, photography by Andrea Papini)

Nordstrom is having a huge anniversary sale right now, and besides all of the incredible fashion deals to be had there’s a huge selection of home decor with huge discounts. I sorted through the selection and found some chic finds, from entertaining essentials to hide rugs and patterned throws. I’m currently loving all the Dash & Albert rugs (I’m using one in a project soon), and you know I can’t resist some good marble kitchen accessories like this wood and marble striped cutting board. Shop all my favorites from the sale below, and let me know what pieces you’re loving!


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THOU SWELL IN ATLANTA MAGAZINE

Atlanta

Kevin O'Gara, Atlanta Magazine, Thou Swell(Photography by Savanna Sturkie)

I’m so honored to be featured in the August issue of Atlanta Magazine! If you’re local, look for the issue on newsstands in Atlanta, but if not, you can find the article online. Seeing myself in print is thrilling (and makes my hands shake a bit), and couldn’t be a better way to say goodbye to Atlanta before heading up to Ithaca for my next four-year chapter. A huge thank you to Betsy Riley for a really engaging interview, Savannah Sturkie for the portrait, and of course all of YOU for supporting and spreading all that I create through Thou Swell!

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GRAND GLAMOUR IN A PARIS FLAT

July 25, 2016

Interiors

Red lantern and daybed in a glamorous Paris apartment via @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by Björn Wallander)

This week’s home tour picks things up a notch with traditional motifs, bespoke details, and an eclectic touch from designer Christopher Noto. He brought back the life and period embellishments to the neglected interiors of this flat in the 7th arrondissement, a home he stumbled upon after living in a Haussman-era apartment near the Palais-Royal. The apartment included some original architecture, such as the parquet flooring in the living room, but Noto added the stone floors in the entry and much of the molding and trim in the living spaces. From the red lantern above to the gilded doorway in the entryway below, there are some truly glamorous pieces in this pied-a-terre that reveal Noto’s eye for the extraordinary, even in the most stylish of settings.

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WATERCOLOR TABLE WITH STEVE MCKENZIE’S

July 22, 2016

Entertaining

Setting the table with Steve McKenzie, watercolor table setting via @thouswellblog

One of the most exciting parts (to me) about Steve McKenzie’s and the McKenzie’s design business is the original fabric line that Steve created from his own paintings. Taking his expressive brushstrokes and soft, watercolor paintings to fabrics and upholstery projects is such a fun way to bring an artist’s touch to interiors. When I saw Steve’s line with a soft, watercolor palette, I knew they would make great tablecloths as well. Inspired by the warm, faded palette, I designed a table setting using the McKenzie’s store as my prop closet. With a large, low-lying arrangement, acrylic goblets, mixed plates and hotel silver, the table took on an electic look that really speaks to the unique mix at the McKenzie’s shop. I set up the table at my neighbor’s house for a fresh setting, and lit the votive candles as the daylight faded, casting a glow on the rosy stripes running across the table. Get all the details of this tablescape after the jump!
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JULIA’S COLLEGE BEDROOM DESIGN BOARD

July 21, 2016

Decorating

College bedroom inspiration with wallpaper and simple bedding via @thouswellblog(via Lonny)

My older sister, Julia is moving off campus from a dorm to a bedroom is a house she’s renting with a group of friends. I was super excited when she turned to me for help decorating her new space, since she now has hardwood floors and room for a queen bed and dresser! I immediately got to work honing-in on an affordable bedroom design that was space and cost efficient, without sacrificing on style. I knew Julia would prefer a neutral color palette that leaned towards cool colors, so I chose a wallpaper pattern I could mount on hollow-core doors behind the bed for a removable pop of color that would be easy to install and remove. I found stylish smaller pieces from west elm that my sister could take with her to her next place, and hacked the dresser for a design solution that didn’t break the budget on the larger pieces in the room.

P.S. Save 30% off all bedding and get free shipping at west elm with code STAYINBED!

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