Tye Street Project: An Introduction & Before Pictures

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I am SO excited to introduce a huge new project to the blog: my dad’s new house needs decorating and Yours Truly will be tackling this project and sharing all the details on the blog. You might have noticed a new board for this project pop up on my Pinterest a couple of weeks ago where I started mood boarding… You can check out all the pins here. Here are the details – my dad’s a groovy guy and an avid biker, and lives in the artsy Cabbagetown neighborhood on the Eastside of Atlanta. He lived in San Francisco in the 80’s and loves industrial modern design, has a great collection of black and white photography, and has a few heirloom pieces I’ll be mixing in. I’ve started mood boarding a lot of dark, moody, masculine rooms with lots of charcoal, dark blues and greens, and wood accents.

His new pad is a bright blue house that needs a little landscaping but has an amazing back yard and the house has great bones — tall ceilings, fabulous crown moldings and original fireplaces. The Cabbagetown neighborhood is a super cool area of town which I can’t wait to share more of through my Atlanta city guide posts coming up this summer, but it’s basically full of cute and colorful cottages and artists and musicians. You can read more about it here!

I’ll be starting to focus in on the each room with product boards and inspiration soon, as well as revealing the final paint scheme for the place and some process photos. I can’t wait to share each step of the way with you guys and share my style through this original project! Click through for “Before” pictures of the house…

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Giveaway: Minimalist Screen Prints from FIELDS Print Shop

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I love finding new shops and artisans on Etsy who have great products. FIELDS print shop is a new print shop on Etsy created by Elaine Meese, who creates minimalist screen prints and hand bound sketchbooks. FIELDS is based in Chicago, IL and works with Baker Prints in Chicago to produce the designs.

FIELDS is an avenue for exploring the fundamentals of design. The prints and paper goods reflect restraint and simplicity. It’s about getting back to the basics, using only a few elements in each execution, and focusing on form. Each item is refined, artful and thoughtfully considered.

When Elaine emailed me about featuring her prints on Thou Swell, I was super excited to share her shop and I suggested a giveaway so that one of my readers could hang up either two small or one large geometric mint print in their home. Share a like and a follow for FIELDS and definitely watch this shop as I expect many more beautiful prints to come!

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New Orleans City Guide: One Day in Paris of the South

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My family and I spent New Years in New Orleans and enjoyed some amazing food and experienced the beautiful (crazy) city. Though it might not be as similar to Paris as the nickname suggests, New Orleans is an old southern city, so much like Savannah it has European-influenced design (as it was settled by both the French and Spanish) and beautiful live oaks that line the streets. We admired the architecture and explored the neighborhoods and restaurants of the city. I’ve put together some of my favorite restaurants, neighborhoods, and tips to create a mini city guide to New Orleans in case you ever visit!

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Find the best food. New Orleans is 8th on Food & Wine’s list of the top food cities in the world, and it definitely lives up to its fame with an amazing array of French, Creole, Southern and modern fusion restaurants, plus their seafood is super fresh. Here are some recommendations to get you started: Booty’s (for breakfast or lunch), Maurepas (for an amazing brunch), Superior Seafood (for an American & Creole lunch, see photos above and below), Borgne (for a delicious seafood dinner), and La Thai (for a highly-rated Thai dinner).

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Stay in an Airbnb. There’s nothing wrong with the hotels in New Orleans, but I highly recommend finding an Airbnb in the city. They’re great because you get to experience the city through its residential neighborhoods you can often get a better deal from an Airbnb than from a hotel (plus you get a kitchen and living room). We stayed in an adorable red cottage (see photo above) and I really enjoyed walking around and seeing all of the houses in the neighborhood we were in. Just make sure you do some research your neighborhood before you commit.

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Shop on Magazine Street. Magazine Street is the best street for shopping, especially for home decor and antique lovers. It also has great restaurants mixed in among the shops. I loved looking in Loisel (vintage & modern furniture), Red Arrow workshop (local home decor and apparel — see photo above), Aux Belles Choses, and Linens & Decor NOLA.

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Plan a stroll through the Garden District.
 The Garden District is famous for it’s well-kempt, beautiful old houses, with lush gardens and huge live oaks all along the streets. If you love houses as much as I do, you’ll want to stop and take a picture at every house! There are big traditional houses and sweet small cottages but they’re all so charming. I especially love the traditional one-story New Orleans home with 18-foot ceilings and tall floor-to-ceiling shuttered windows across the front. You can find a tour of the Garden District here.

DSC_2684DSC_2665Prepare for the French Quarter. This is New Orlean’s craziest, most touristy, and most beautiful part of town. You’ll definitely end up finding something to do in the French Quarter, if not ten things. The French Quarter is home to New Orlean’s beautiful old European architecture, their most famous beignet cafés, lots of art galleries, the French Market, and, most famously, Bourbon Street.

TIPS FOR NAVIGATING THE FRENCH QUARTER

· if you can’t find parking in the quarter, there’s a parking lot at North Rampart and Iberville that’s pretty convenient to the area.
· skip Café du Monde and head to Café Beignet for a classic NOLA beignet experience.
· for art lovers, you won’t want to miss the Martin Lawrence gallery – they have original works by Picasso, Dali, and other famous artists
· for hat lovers, head to Fleur de Paris for 20’s and 30’s fashion and handmade hats
· if you love architecture and interiors, head to the Beauregard-Keyes House and the Gallier House

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Sally King Benedict’s Charming Atlanta Home

Sally King Benedict is an Atlanta-based artist that I recently discovered through her home tour, shot by Brittany Ambridge for Domino Magazine. Sally and her husband moved back to Atlanta from Charleston, after the birth of their son and bought and renovated a french-style home in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. I love the collected mix in their home that creates a happy and inviting look, and the mid-century touches add a fresh and happening feel to the space. I’m just head-over-heels for the living room — it has a full mirrored wall which makes it look huge and feel super glamorous.

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You can visit Sally’s website and shop her artwork on her website.

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8 Smoothie Recipes to Try in the New Year

There’s nothing like the fresh start of a new year (and the dead of Winter) to get you pumped up about fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve been making tons of smoothies lately, and though I usually just throw in whatever’s in the refrigerator, I’ve been looking for some new recipes to shake up my regimen. Green smoothies are (usually) tasty – just remember some lemon and honey when using bitter greens, but I’m excited about making some of the “red” smoothie recipes below (maybe even the dragon fruit recipe – how exotic)! If you’re new to smoothie-making but want to get started, do make sure you’ve got a decent blender. There’s nothing more frustrating that pouring out a lumpy smoothie that’s not been mixed well. I’ve got a Magic Bullet and I’m a huge fan of it, especially because of it’s size and single-serving cups (not sponsored). Got any favorite smoothie recipes? Let me know in the comments below.

Superfood sunshine smoothie recipe via Love and Lemons on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
SUPERFOOD SUNSHINE SMOOTHIE (via Love & Lemons)

A citrusy smoothie to brighten any morning.

Goji berry smoothie recipe via One Simple Thing on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
GOJI BERRY SMOOTHIE (via One Simple Thing)

An exotic take on the classic red smoothie with goji berries.

Matcha kale peach smoothie recipe via Love and Lemons on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
MATCHA PEACH KALE SMOOTHIE (via Love & Lemons)

The trendiest green ingredients with a little peach.

Dragon fruit smoothie recipe via JChong Studio on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE (via Jennifer Chong)

A super colorful and tropical treat.


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KALE GINGER SMOOTHIE (via Oh My Veggies)

Packed with tasty nutrients that will leave you feeling great.

Green juice recipe via 101 Cookbooks on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
GREEN JUICE (via 101 Cookbooks)

Not a smoothie – but a simple must-have recipe.

Berry and oat smoothie recipe via Golubka Kitchen on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
BERRY OAT SMOOTHIE (via Golubka Kitchen)

Thick and hearty breakfast delight.

Ginger berry smoothie recipe via Real Simple on Thou Swell | 8 Smoothies to Make in the New Year http://thouswell.co/8-smoothies-to-make-in-the-new-year
GINGER BERRY SMOOTHIE (via Real Simple)

A fruity smoothie that packs a ginger punch.

Check out #SplendidSmoothies for the New Year

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Dark Chocolate Snickerdoodle Recipe

Dark Chocolate Snickerdoodles | Thou Swell x Common Comfort http://thouswell.co/dark-chocolate-snickerdoodle-recipeHello, it’s Izzy again! Today, I’m here to share with you a twist on one of my all-time favorite cookies: snickerdoodles. The name of this type of cookie sounds foolish, but I can assure you that the taste is not so. Let me give you some background on the snickerdoodle cookie. It is a cookie that is soft, chewy, and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Usually it has cream of tartar in the dough to make the cookies more fluffy, but in this specific recipe I omitted it entirely. Basically, snickerdoodles equal pillow-y heaven.

The cookie itself is very enjoyable on its own, but I thought I’d just give it that much more flare. So, I present to you dark-chocolate-stuffed snickerdoodles; because every cookie needs a little chocolate inside.

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for the snickerdoodles:
1 cup white whole-wheat flour (or AP flour)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup *warmed* almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (or white sugar)

for the coating + stuffing:
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

large handful of dark chocolate chunks

1. in a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, corn starch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. whisk together until incorporated.
2. in a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, and sugar.
3. slowly pour wet mixture into dry. use a spatula to carefully fold dough together. once the dough is mostly combined, feel free to use your hands to make sure that there are no unmixed sections.
4. roll dough into ball, cover with plastic wrap, and then refrigerate for 45 minutes.

5. preheat oven to 350 degrees F + spray a cookie sheet with canola oil.
6. roll a small piece (about 2 thumbs) of dough into a ball. break the ball into 2 pieces. stuff 2-3 chocolate chunks into the center of one half of the ball. press the two halves together again, having the chocolate chunks be inside the dough ball. roll again to make sure that there are no openings. repeat.
7. combine coating ingredients (turbinado sugar + cinnamon). roll each stuffed cookie dough ball in the coating until fully surrounded in cinnamon and sugar. it should sparkle.
8. bake cookies for 9 minutes. cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes before eating.
9. *do not leave cookies out overnight or for a long period of time as they will dry out. place in container. (can be either refrigerated or left out).
10. enjoy.

Happy new year everyone!

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Winter Style from New Orleans

Winter in New Orleans is definitely nothing to complain about, as much of the city is still green and can be pleasantly sunny. We visited New Orleans for New Years this year. It’s such a beautiful city, from the culture of the French Quarter to the new restaurants in the Bywater neighborhood, it’s got lots to explore. Speaking of restaurants, the food is incredible. It’s one of the top food cities in the world — it’s ranked #7 by Food & Wine). It was beautiful to visit, even in the Winter, because their majestic Live Oaks were still touting full green foliage. In our debut Winter style post for 2015, Kevin and I shot three Winter outfits – Winter in NOLA, mind you, so these outfits are not too cold-proof – around the neighborhood we stayed in, featuring cozy faux fur, a fuzzy sweater, and even a season-appropirate floral patterned skirt.

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We had a lot of fun walking around the city and enjoying the food and architecture (and the tons of fireworks on New Years Eve)! We found some great sights and delicious food that will be coming soon to Thou Swell in a New Orleans travel guide. Until then, you can find some shots of the trip Kevin’s Instagram!

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Cutting-Edge Classicism in Parisian Flat

From the sophisticated and accomplished Parisian design firm of Gilles & Boissier comes a striking and cutting-edge minimalist residence. The furniture is simplistic – in all neutrals, but with classical bones, echoing the apartment itself. The rooms are painted white, but the architectural detailing in the apartment is rich and ornate. What I might love most is their ability to create a space that feels relaxed and sophisticated at the same time. It might be the art collection, or how there is nothing “filling-in” the rooms, they simply focus your attention to the serious and well-crafted pieces that create the entire atmosphere.

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Solid white upholstery and an uncompetitive jute rug place emphasis on the pieces of furniture – the detailing in the wood, the careful proportions and the varying wood tones.

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This apartment certainly doesn’t feel lived-in, but it’s an interesting study in balance and intention. I also always appreciate a contrast in architecture and decor, which was accomplished beautifully in between the ornate detailing and simple furnishings.

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Happy New Year: Celebrating 2014 & Looking Ahead

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Happy new year! 2014, it’s been a wild ride. I’ve celebrated one year of blogging, had two amazing internships, became more in touch with my own sense of style, flew to the West Coast for an arts-focused first semester of Junior year, and completed a final project on interior design. I also enjoyed the love and support of an amazing readership and blog community. So thank you 2014, and thank you all for staying tuned to Thou Swell as the year progressed. I am super excited for what’s to come in 2015 – I’ve already got a HUGE project that I’m super excited to share, but first let’s wrap up 2014 with some highlights:

January: Shared photos of Winter Tea and my 2014 printable calendar was featured on COSAS MOLONAS.

February: Created three printable Valentines, was interviewed on STRIPES & PEONIES, and guest posted on Coco & Mingo.

March: Celebrated Sakura Spring with images of cherry blossoms and enjoyed ice-cream at Jeni’s Ice-Cream in Atlanta.

April: Shared tips on Dining Alfresco, was interviewed on THE LACQUERIE, and featured on Apartment Therapy’s article Decorating with Greens.

May: Hosted a giveaway for three beautiful pillows from Bunglo Home Decor and shared two DIY garden projects with Rust-Oleum.

June: Shared a DIY project for Animal Printed pillows, guest-posted on Buckets & Spades, shot some photographs at my grandparent’s beach house, and Thou Swell was added to favorites on A HOUSE IN THE HILLS.

July: Made a terrarium out of an Ikea lantern, shared photos from Aunt and Uncle’s home in Boston, and started a Summer Essentials style series with Grace, mentioned on Paper & Stitch in 7 Awesome Blogs You Should Be Following.

August: Made the switch to WordPress with the help of the super awesome Kory Woodard, and my DIY gilded agate coasters were featured on POPSUGAR Home and SOUTHERN BLOG SOCIETY.

September: Gave Grace’s bedroom a little refresh, and started a new desktop downloads series with contributor Naomi Dudas.

October: Thou Swell turned one and I got my blogging friends together to host an iPad Mini & NextIssue giveaway, new contributor Isabella Rael shared a delicious baked pumpkin donut recipe, and was mentioned in Notes from the Weekend on This Is Glamorous.

November: Painted a stump an unexpected shade of cobalt, and shared the introduction of my final paper for Oxbow on the blog.

December: Posted the artist statement and photos of my final show at Oxbow, rounded-up an exhaustingly thorough home decor gift guide, and shared five ways to give a gift card with Target.

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Five Ways to Give a Gift Card (Thoughtfully)

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Anyone else rushing to think of last-minute gifts for friends, co-workers, or hard-to-buy-for family members? Give them a gift card! I’ve teamed up with Target to share five fun and thoughtful ways to give a gift card as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign. Though there’s a gifting taboo against gift cards, they can be some of the most helpful gifts, as you give the receiver the freedom to find exactly what they need. No awkward strained enthusiasm. No awkward re-gifting. The best part? Give them a gift card from Target and they’ll be able to use it to buy anything from produce to décor to clothes (personally, I would hit up that Nate Berkus collection). Skip the envelope and pair your gift card with a more thoughtful accompaniment.

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Give it with a bottle of wine, and you can even pop the Target GiftCard® into a luggage tag for a fun bonus. Pop on a bow and you’re ready to bring peace and joy to any household.

How to Give a Giftcard (Thoughtfully) | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/Bundle the Target GiftCard® in a chef-friendly package to compliment the cook, and let it serve as a precedent for more good cooking through the following year…

How to Give a Giftcard (Thoughtfully) | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/Know a budding fashionista? A food-lover who hasn’t discovered Saveur? Give them the gift of the press to inspire future purchases with their Target GiftCard®.

How to Give a Giftcard (Thoughtfully) | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/The classic silver frame – perfect for a budding photographer or family reunion enthusiast. Slip in a personal note and the Target GiftCard®, and you’ve got yourself a solid (sterling) gift.

How to Give a Giftcard (Thoughtfully) | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/Christmas is a great time for flowers – in the Northern hemisphere we don’t see much of them this time of the year, so a colorful bouquet is sure to brighten anyone’s day (especially if there’s a Target GiftCard® tucked inside)!

TARGET_LOGO Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running! 

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