Category Archives: Entertaining


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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January 5, 2017


This post is sponsored by World Market, but all text, images, and opinons are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

How to host a chic game night with canapés on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Although the holiday season may be over with the start of the new year, I’ve got a couple weeks before I have to go back to school, and I’ve been enjoying the extra time in town with my family. One of my favorite holiday traditions (especially to ring in the New Year) is having game night with my family, so when World Market invited me to share a game night on the blog, I was definitely up for the task! My family has a soft spot for the retro-style games, so their Sorry board game with the original artwork from 1939 caught my eye first. Along with an easy selection of canapés, sparkling rosehip grape juice, and entertaining essentials, we made a chic spread for enjoying a fun night in.


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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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July 28, 2016


This post is sponsored by Krylon®, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Black and white table setting with safari animals via @thouswellblog

We’ve been using our outdoor dining table frequently for dinners on the patio, but our stained and sealed hollow-core door tabletop was starting to show wear. Now that we added black metal side tables to the patio, I thought the tabletop would look nice with a coat of solid black paint as well. Since the tabletop is used outdoors and we take it on and off the patio often, I needed a spray paint that would stick well and stay durable so that the finish wouldn’t come off as we used the tabletop. I turned to the durability of Krylon SUPERMAXX All-in-One spray paint with Superbond® Technology (available at any Sherwin-Williams store) for its best-in-class adhesion, rust protection, and indoor/outdoor use. Since the spray paint is both a paint and primer, I was able to skip sanding and get straight to painting. You can see how it compares to other leading spray paints on their website (they show much paint a strong piece of tape pulls up after 7 days of curing).
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July 22, 2016


Setting the table with Steve McKenzie, watercolor table setting via @thouswellblog

One of the most exciting parts (to me) about Steve McKenzie’s and the McKenzie’s design business is the original fabric line that Steve created from his own paintings. Taking his expressive brushstrokes and soft, watercolor paintings to fabrics and upholstery projects is such a fun way to bring an artist’s touch to interiors. When I saw Steve’s line with a soft, watercolor palette, I knew they would make great tablecloths as well. Inspired by the warm, faded palette, I designed a table setting using the McKenzie’s store as my prop closet. With a large, low-lying arrangement, acrylic goblets, mixed plates and hotel silver, the table took on an electic look that really speaks to the unique mix at the McKenzie’s shop. I set up the table at my neighbor’s house for a fresh setting, and lit the votive candles as the daylight faded, casting a glow on the rosy stripes running across the table. Get all the details of this tablescape after the jump!
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