Category Archives: Atlanta


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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February 29, 2016

Atlanta / Interiors

Modern living room with white sofas, teal pillows, grey floors via @thouswellblog

In a stunning contrast to the house’s traditional Georgian architecture, Kay Douglass used white walls, grey-washed floors, and simple pops of bright colors throughout the interiors of her Atlanta home. In the living room, an antique table (from Douglass’ own South of Market) breaks up the arrangement of slip-covered sofas and tufted armchairs. In the entry below, a grand staircase takes center-stage, with a large piece of artwork and pink throw pillows providing hints of pink. With spring in the air, it seemed the perfect time to share this spare home with such a fresh spirit. Perfectly coordinated flower arrangements mark each sunlit room, bringing an optimistic reminder of a new season…


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December 4, 2015

Atlanta / Holiday / Interiors

Atlanta Holiday Home front door

A beautiful way to celebrate the holiday season is to explore Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ annual Holiday Home. Touring the festive rooms and experiencing each designer’s individual vision for the home is fun for holiday lovers and design enthusiasts alike. This year’s sprawling home was designed by Harrison Design (William H. Harrison, AIA) and was inspired by Stonefield Castle in Scotland, with aged limestone and a slate roof. Eighteen designers took part in the showhouse, envisioning the lifestyle of this home’s future inhabitants. This past weekend I visited the home, and today I’m sharing a preview of the home through my lens on the nousDecor blog!

Kids bedroom with holiday decor
Blue slate kitchen cabinets with mirrored backsplash

Head over to nousDecor’s blog The Accent to see the rest of the images, and stay tuned to their Instagram feed for a takeover this weekend!



September 9, 2015

Atlanta / Interiors

Lee Kleinhelter's modern home in Atlanta.

In the Brookwood Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Kevin and Lee Kleinhelter transformed a traditional home into a clean-cut modern abode for their young family. Lee’s signature design style – a minimal mix of mid-century modern and sleek metals with a playful use of texture – is infused throughout the project. Lee is the owner of the iconic storefront Pieces, a modern boutique where you can find sleek mid-century pieces curated in an almost all-white palette and Atlanta’s fair share of Kelly Wearstler decor. Her modern sensibility is certainly unique to the traditional Southern design world, and her new home is an elegant testament to her keen eye and sense of proportion. I don’t usually share many exteriors on the blog, but the inside and outside of this home are so beautifully integrated that I couldn’t resist!

Lee Kleinhelter's modern home exterior in Atlanta.
Modern black staircase with faceted pendant lamps.
Modern black living room with bright white porch.
Elegant white bathroom with worldly lantern pendant and modern wood vanity.
Modern kitchen with aqua lucite stools, marble island, and brass range hood.

One of the first pictures I saw from this home tour was of the kitchen – it’s one of the most striking features of the home. From the brass range hood to the beautiful black cabinetry, this kitchen is a show-stopper and characteristic of Lee’s aesthetic.

Modern bedroom with black walls and aqua mid-century chairs and gold chandelier.
White tile bathroom with aqua pendants.
(via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, photography by Sarah Dorio)

The pops of aqua throughout the house are cool and calming in the stark modern spaces. I also love the chandelier in the bedroom above – it reminds me of this one in CB2’s fall collection. I’m eyeing it for above our dining table!