Category Archives: Atlanta


January 18, 2017

Atlanta / Interiors

Edgy modern loft living room from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles February 2017, photography by Mali Azima)

In Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, designer Minhnuyet Hardy brings an edgy, modern look to her downtown loft. With raw wood warming her greyscale palette, she brought a bold mix to the home, with statement light fixtures, sophisticated textures, and custom details, like a sliding barn door to the master bathroom. In the living room above, she mixed a settee from west elm with original artwork from Lindsay Cowles and Restoration Hardware’s shell pendant light. The “contemporary cool” space will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ February issue – make sure you’re subscribed here. To find out more about the rise of modern design in Atlanta, I spoke to AH&L editor Elizabeth Ralls. Read what she said about Atlanta’s dynamic design scene below.


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January 12, 2017

Atlanta / Entertaining

Honeycomb Studio tableware collection handmade in Atlanta, GA on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Photography: Whitney Ott)

If you’re not already familiar with Honeycomb Studio, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize the work of ceramicist Courtney Hamill – her cream and gold vessels are incredibly popular on Etsy and sell in many Atlanta stores (including west elm). Her signature 22-karat gold luster motifs, simple glazes, and straightforward shapes define the Honeycomb aesthetic, and her growing collection is about to include tableware. “Tableware has always been something I’ve wanted to do … for a ceramicist, it’s kind of like your bread and butter,” she told me from her studio in Midtown. The pieces have been in production for a full year, and the collection includes three designs, including classic white, metallic black, and white and gold stripe. The pieces launch at the end of the month, but they can be pre-ordered on the Honeycomb Studio website. If you live in Atlanta, you’ll also see the new pieces at The Lawrence, which will match the restaurant’s modern decor perfectly. While I love the whole collection, there’s a subtle gold reflection in the glaze of the metallic black pieces that’s just killer! Click through to see all three sets of tableware, plus get a peek into Courtney’s studio through my lens.


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December 17, 2016

Atlanta / Holiday

What to eat, shop and do in Atlanta for the holidays on Thou Swell(Pictured: Le Jardin Francais)

Unless you’re super strong and can bike anywhere in the city (like my dad), Atlanta’s a hard city to get around in without a car, partly due to our urban sprawl and partly due to an underdeveloped public transportation system. But needless to say, cars and car insurance are a pretty important part of living in Atlanta. Luckily, it’s easy to have peace of mind on the road with car insurance coverage you can count on – like the 24/7 customer service, mobile app, and money-saving features from Esurance. It’s nice to know that your auto insurance isn’t a hassle and that you can afford it too while spending so much time behind the wheel. My little sister Grace and I took some time this week to explore some of our favorite places in Atlanta to visit, eat, and shop during the holiday season. We stopped by Shops of Buckhead for a walk with Milou and a visit to Cacao and Corso Coffee, then swung by Westside Provisions for a peek into Le Jardin Francais. Inspired by the holiday spirit in the air, I pulled together some of the top activities, restaurants, cafés, and shops to explore this season in Atlanta. Although the holiday traffic may be bad, it’s reassuring to know that Esurance has your back with coverage you can rely on. Get a free quote for auto insurance here, and enjoy my holiday city guide after the jump!
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September 1, 2016

Atlanta / Decorating

Steve McKenzie's in Atlanta, home decor shop via @thouswellblog

I’ve had so much fun sharing shots of Steve McKenzie’s home decor store in Atlanta, sharing Steve’s tips for mixing patterns, and designing a tablescape around one of his original fabrics, so now I want to share the fun with one of my readers to win a $200 gift card to shop their store! Although if you live in Atlanta you’ll be able to shop all the products in their showroom, their online selection has some great finds (some of which I’ve highlighted below). Although their entertaining selection may be my favorite part of their products, I also love the mix of gifts and decor they have, from their throws to the extensive selection of home decor books. Find the giveaway widget below and enter to win $200 to shop their store!
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July 27, 2016


Kevin O'Gara, Atlanta Magazine, Thou Swell(Photography by Savanna Sturkie)

I’m so honored to be featured in the August issue of Atlanta Magazine! If you’re local, look for the issue on newsstands in Atlanta, but if not, you can find the article online. Seeing myself in print is thrilling (and makes my hands shake a bit), and couldn’t be a better way to say goodbye to Atlanta before heading up to Ithaca for my next four-year chapter. A huge thank you to Betsy Riley for a really engaging interview, Savannah Sturkie for the portrait, and of course all of YOU for supporting and spreading all that I create through Thou Swell!

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