SWELL GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE DESIGN LOVER

December 1, 2016

Uncategorized

Modernica bentwood tray table in ash and phone stand in walnut on Thou Swell

When furniture maker Modernica reached out about their line of mid-century modern furniture and accessories, produced in their four-acre campus in Los Angeles, I knew their iconic fiberglass chairs, modern ceramics, and streamlined accessories would all make beautiful, thoughtful gifts for the design lover on your gift list. I got to try their bentwood tray table and phone stand, perfect accessories for my dorm room. The tray table is great for studying in my bed, while the phone stand holds my phone perfectly on my nightstand or desk. Look out for the giveaway below to win your own bentwood tray table! I rounded-up some of my favorite gifts for the design lover in your life below – find all of my picks from Modernica after the jump.
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A SIMPLE SILVER HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE

November 30, 2016

Entertaining / Holiday

Simple silver holiday tablescape via Thou Swell

For this year’s holiday tablescape I embraced cool silver and blue tones, with a natural centerpiece in shades of mossy green, all discovered at my local At Home store. I started with the electroplated wine glasses, whose silver stems set the predominate metallic hue on the table. From there, I found silver chargers and votives, then layered glass and white plates (with a snowflake-like look) to create an ice-inspired finish to each setting. The focal point of the table is definitely the frosted pine-cone trees, under which I stacked books to stagger the heights of the three trees. I covered the base of the centerpiece in preserved moss, which looked beautiful on our wooden dining table. It gave a natural finish to the piece, and brought in some traditional holiday greens – and some brighter shades as well. With such a straightforward color palette, it was easy to bring in simple touches to make the table shine, but keep the overall feeling cool and serene. Once the votive candles were lit, the table took on a warm holiday glow! See the rest of this tablescape below.
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A PARISIAN LESSON IN ECLECTICISM

November 29, 2016

Interiors

Living room in an eclectic French apartment via Thou Swell(via Architectural Digest and T Magazine, photography by Oleg Covian and Francois Halard)

I love when I discover the work of an artist or designer through their home tour in a publication (or two, in this case). The whimsical, surrealist work of fashion and graphic designer Vincent Darre brings a zany, and totally French perspective on eclectic style in his apartment in Paris. Many of the fabrics he recently created for Pierre Frey are on full display, my favorite being on his living room settee. As described on his website, Vincent’s work is extravagant, dadaïste, with influences of cubism, surrealism, and Dali-esque shapes as seen in his home. In his work in particular, I find the interiors treated as canvases, with color and shapes convalescing to form a space defined by the design rather than the walls. His work is playful and bold, and shows no restraint when combining bright colors, busy patterns, and sculptural shapes. See more of his apartment after the jump!

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SMART LIVING WITH TP-LINK SMART HOME

November 27, 2016

Decorating

Smart light bulb in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell

It’s been interesting to watch the smart home trend take off over the past couple of years, with technology slowly making its way into our homes and even our decor. My take on interior design is that it’s all about our control of our immediate environment, and any of these smart home devices are making it easier and easier to take control of our surroundings to create a home that fits us perfectly. I recently got to try out two of TP-Link’s new devices, their Smart Plug and Smart Light Bulb. I quickly set-up both in my bedroom, with the light bulb beside my bed and the sconces above my desk controlled by the Smart Plug. Both are such helpful products, but I did love all of the fun settings with the light bulb, like changing the color, brightness, and light schedule for the bulb with the Kasa app on my phone. Another great feature of these devices is the fact that they save electricity by both tracking use, allowing you to control them remotely, and the light bulb uses LED lighting which only takes a fraction of the power for an incandescent bulb. See my new smart light bulb in use after the jump!

P.S. Use code TPLinkSmart for 20% off your next smart home purchase.
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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY HOME DECOR SALES

November 25, 2016

Decorating

Modern credenza with books and artwork on Thou Swell(via Escapade, from Creative Spaces)

It’s been a long day of lounging, cooking, eating, and eating some more, but before I doze off I wanted to share the very best of the home decor sales hitting stores tomorrow for Black Friday. It can be hard to keep track of all the discounts, promo codes, and promotions at each store this weekend so I’ve compiled a reference list to use as you kick off your holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for your own home or finding the best home decor gifts to give others, strategic sale shopping is always helpful – especially during the holidays. Find all of the best home decor sales to shop now below!
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