Behind the Blog

About Atlanta Lifestyle Blog Thou SwellKevin O’Gara is editor and founder of Thou Swell. He’s inspired by a mix of traditional and contemporary design, and loves dogs, dinner parties, and big windows. Kevin is the brother of two sisters and the best friend of one spunky wired-hair fox terrier. After voraciously pinning and reblogging interiors throughout his early teens, Kevin decided to write and produce his own content. In 2013, he created Thou Swell, named after the famous jazz standard and inspired by the song’s spirit and nostalgia. In just a few years Thou Swell has become a destination for interior lovers and entertaining enthusiasts. Sharing home and garden, decor, food and entertaining, and a little of his hometown Atlanta, Kevin shares his fresh eye for design and passion for beauty. As Thou Swell has gained a loyal following, Kevin is proud to have had the opportunity to work with many national brands (see list below).

Kevin was recently admitted to Cornell University’s Design and Environmental Analysis program. With a passion for history, english and design, he is most interested in the area where the built world and social and environmental impact overlap. Accompany him on his journey by staying tuned to Thou Swell with Bloglovin, Feedly or email.

Past Partnerships

Recent Features
Atlanta Magazine: August 2016 Issue
Apartment Therapy: Kitchen Makeover
Apartment Therapy: Kitchen Upgrades
Apartment Therapy: Pool House Makeover
Apartment Therapy: Living Room Makeover
Apartment Therapy: Hallway Makeover
Apartment Therapy: Master Bedroom Makeover
Apartment Therapy: Standing Desk Workspace
Apartment Therapy: Dorm Room
BHG: 6 Ways to Paint a Boring Hallway
Buzzfeed: Hostess Gifts
Buzzfeed: Ikea Hacks
DecoratorsBest: One Room Challenge 2016
Design*Sponge: Before & After Bungalow
Design*Sponge: Before & After Master Bedroom
Design*Sponge: Best of the Web
Domino: Ikea Hacks
Floor Coverings International: Interview with Kevin O’Gara
Fracture: 19 Interior Designers You Should Be Following
France & Son: Sitting Down with Kevin O’Gara
High In Style Magazine: April 2016 Issue
House Beautiful: Ikea Hacks
House Beautiful: One Room Challenge Reveals
Lonny: IKEA Hacks
MyDomaine: Home Decor Experts on Snapchat
MyDomaine: Small Room Ideas
Real Simple: Mid-Century Bookcase Hack
Style Me Pretty Living: Pool House Makeover
Trulia: Local Love Atlanta Edition

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