HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BEDROOM LIGHTING

April 26, 2017

Decorating

Master bedroom with modern crystal chandelier and black sconces - how to choose bedroom lighting on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ryan Street & Associates)

We spend more time in our bedrooms than any other room in our homes… Well, most of that time is spent sleeping of course, but regardless, the boudoir is one of the most personal spaces in the home. Investing in this room creates such joy, because the more personalized it becomes, the more at ease you’ll feel in your bedroom. Making sure it’s well lit is one of the top priorities, as these key light fixtures on the ceiling, by the bed, and on the dresser, instantly upgrade your room into a personalized, relaxing environment, giving you greater control over the ambiance and mood in the room. Plus, there’s the very practical side of good lighting that ensures safety, comfort, and customization. Whether you’re ready to replace that dim flush mount with a chandelier or jazz up your nightstands with some sleek new table lamps, check out my guide for picking the right pieces from west elm’s stunning lighting collection for each area in your room below.

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BLUE & WHITE LIVING ROOM DESIGN FOR WISTERIA AND DWELL WITH DIGNITY

April 24, 2017

Decorating

White, blue, and gold living room with Wisteria and Dwell With Dignity #WisteriaMood contest on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I’m excited to enter into Wisteria and Dwell With Dignity’s #WisteriaMood contest, where four entrants will get the chance to design a product, of which the proceeds go to support Dwell With Dignity, a non-profit agency who transforms lives by designing and installing “complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness.” I met the lovely founders of DWD at the Design Bloggers Conference in 2015 and I am always so moved seeing how they change the lives of families by giving them a supportive home. I created a blue, white, and gold design with Wisteria’s collection of worldly contemporary furnishings! Continue reading to find all the details.
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A WEST VILLAGE HOME TO WELCOME SPRING

Interiors

Colorful West Village living room with folk art and spring home decor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by William Waldron)

I’m finally starting to believe it’s spring (now that warmer weather has made its way up into Ithaca) and this West Village home tour full of spring spirit, from the latest issue of Elle Decor, certainly lifted my mood last week! From the playful applications of color and pattern to the floral touches in this cheerful apartment, there is something to be said about embracing color once more as the landscape does the same. It’s home to Erin Beatty, a fashion designer with a background under Tory Burch and then for eight years under her own label, who brought on Brooklyn-based firm Work+Sea, a creative duo that produces both interior projects and a whimsical wallpaper line, to lead the design. Their unique curation style fits perfectly with Erin Beatty’s love for color and pattern, and together they created a confident and comfortable family home.


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ATLANTA’S ECLECTIC BON TON RESTAURANT

April 21, 2017

Atlanta

Eclectic restaurant design in Bon Ton in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Over spring break I had the chance to get to know Atlanta’s new Bon Ton restaurant, a “NOLA-style spot with a Vietnamese twist” in Midtown. The restaurant is a collaboration between Darren Carr, who previously operated Top Flr in the same building, Eric Simpkins of The Lawrence, and Hieu Pham of Crawfish Shack on Buford Highway. Inspired by the influx of Vietnamese immigrants to New Orleans during the 70’s, the restaurant marries Pham’s Vietnamese flavors with Cajun seafood dishes for a modern twist. This narrative also inspired a fictional backstory for the restaurant, which in turn shaped the eclectic design of the space. Wanting to bring a sense of history and a layered design to the space inspired by the old, storied buildings in New Orleans, Carr brought designers Christopher Knowles and Jacob Anderson onto the team, who brought the backstory to life. Knowles describes the restaurant’s aesthetic as “layered, nuanced, and bizarre.” Take a tour and learn more about this new restaurant after the jump.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: BEDROOM TEXTILES

April 20, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

Green tufted headboard with blue trio bedding and gold lamp on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced Julia’s bedroom project during week two of the spring 2017 One Room Challenge (I was a week late this season), but I’m up and running and have some good sneak peeks of the textiles in the room to share today. After settling on a dramatic tufted velvet headboard for the room, I set out to bring some pattern and whimsy to the room with the bedding, rug, and roman shades. The bedding is one of my favorites with a classic, three-line border embroidery from Annie Selke that I used in my dorm room as well. This time around I chose a bright French blue for the color to bring in some classic blue and white. I took a DIY approach with the drapery in the room and sourced these sheets for a pattern without the hefty pricetag (a King sheet was just the right length and width when cut in half)! My mother helped line them, and the window was professionally finished off with a woven wood shade from The Shade Store. On the other window, a larger-scale pattern in a blue-grey takes center-stage. Oh, and don’t miss the glamorous ArtHide hide rug – just click below to see these additions to the room!

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