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.

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10 PINCH-ME SWIMMING POOL MOMENTS

July 20, 2016

Gardening

Lush swimming pool inspiration via @thouswellblog(via LifeStories Photography)

It’s been hot and humid lately (as it often does in Atlanta by mid-July), and I’ve been on a swimming pool kick on Pinterest. Not only is the heat fueling this interest, but also the wanderlust of tropical settings and far-away places where you can find many of these pools. I’m inspired by many of the Moroccan designs, especially after sharing this riad on TS earlier in the week. The intersection of simple, elegant archways and lush equatorial flora creates truly breathtaking surroundings for many of these swimming pools calling my name. So why not cool off and dive into some of these stunning private pools…

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GRAPHIC STYLE IN A MOROCCAN RIAD

July 18, 2016

Interiors

Graphic dining room in a Moroccan riad via @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by Richard Powers)

Riads have become quite a favorite concept for me, as I’ve shared one before on TS and find the idea of a home with an indoor courtyard in the heart of Marrakech quite appealing! This home is yet another stylish riad with interiors that bring a contemporary twist to the traditional Moroccan architecture. This home in particular is partial to bold, graphic accents in each room that offer both color and contrast to the soft edges and finish of the plaster walls. The dining room above is the most modern room by far, with a crisp half-painted wall, a grid of color-blocking prints, and sculptural side chairs at the table. In most rooms, Moroccan textiles allude to the home’s setting, such as the lumbar pillow on the banquette above. Click through to see the stunning interior courtyard!

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HOW TO STYLE A BEDSIDE BOOKCASE

July 15, 2016

Decorating

This post is sponsored by World Market, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
Bookshelf styling tips via @thouswellblog

Bookshelves are staples in living spaces. From dining rooms to studies and beyond, bookshelves have the ability to bring intimacy and a certain kind of lived-in comfort to rooms. They bring personal objects, meaningful books, and lots of great texture and color to a wall. But what about bringing this intimacy to the bedroom? Placing bookshelves on either side of a bed is one of my favorite tricks for creating a cozier bedroom, with the top of the bed enveloped in a nook of your favorite books. I recently brought this layout to my little sister’s bedroom with the help of the chic Campaign Bookshelf. The warm wood and rustic French-country style brought definition to my sister’s room, and she now loves using her new bedside bookcase.

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