CONVERTIBLE GUEST ROOM: SNEAK PEEKS

December 6, 2016

Decorating

Modern neutral living room with plants and Moroccan style rug on Thou Swell(via CB2)

Although I was planning on shooting my convertible guest room project over my Thanksgiving break, my camera was unfortunately stolen from my car so I’ve had to hold off until Winter break to share the final design. So instead of a reveal, today I have some sneak peeks and updates on how the design has evolved since I first shared the design board. Not only have many of the key pieces been installed in the room, I’ve brought in some additional accents with the help of Home Depot, like fresh plants, blinds, and a floor mirror to fill out the look. I also have a selection of throw pillows I need sorting out – I’m not sure how I’m going to style up the daybed yet, and there are some great close-ups of some of the design details so you can get a sense of the direction of the design. The biggest hiccup in the project so far has been the curtains, which were made on a tight schedule, but the upholsterer forgot to ask which direction I wanted the stripes, so they were made with horizontal rather than vertical stripes. It’s not ideal, but I still love the fabric so I’ll make it work! Continue reading to get into the design details…

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NATURE’S TOUCH IN A FRENCH PIED-À-TERRE

Interiors

Natural finishes and neutral colors in a modern Paris apartment on Thou Swell(by Studio Razavi, via D Pages)

A natural touch was brought to the restoration of this 19th century Paris apartment by Studio Razavi, whose pre-Haussmanian architecture is quite remarkable (see the hardwood floors especially). These incredible floors were restored, and instead of white, the walls got a white-washed treatment in most rooms. Simple, modern furnishing adorn the spaces, while touches of green and a large trompe l’oeil mural stand out in the living spaces. In the living room below with the landscape mural, a long linen slipcovered sofa creates an inviting place to relax, while a preserved tree stump coffee table continues the motif of natural motifs in the apartment. Some of my favorite moments of modern contrast come from the light fixtures, see the dining room and kitchen in particular.

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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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