Category Archives: Holiday

ETSY HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY 2016

December 20, 2016

Holiday

Etsy holiday giveaway with home decor, art prints, pottery, and a French press on Thou Swell

I’m excited to continue a little tradition I established two years ago, to collaborate with a handful of my favorite Etsy shops to bring a giveaway of handmade art, decor, and accessories to my readers to celebrate small businesses and artisanal makers that create some of the most unique products and gifts out there. This year’s giveaway is full of modern pieces for the home that caught my eye over the last year. From a glass French press to the organic shapes of gold-rimmed bowls, the subtle details in these items are beautiful reminders of what makes handmade items so special. Learn more about the shops that are participating in this giveaway below, and enter to win seven products – a French press, salt and pepper shakers, a calendar, and three art prints!

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ATLANTA HOLIDAY GUIDE WITH ESURANCE

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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SWELL GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE FOOD LOVER

December 16, 2016

Holiday

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

Gift basket with cheese, knives, tea towel, and champagne flutes from World Market on Thou Swell

Now that I’m home from college for Winter break, I finally feel like it’s the holiday season, and I get to really dig into the gift list for my family members! When I was little I really used to believe I was a Christmas elf, and I still love to channel North Pole spirit and give great gifts each year. Whatever your tradition, gifting is often at the heart of the holiday season, and giving thoughtful presents can be a tricky proposition. For my fourth gift guide of the year, I wanted to share a beautiful gift basket with Cost Plus World Market inspired by my mom and my family’s traditions in the kitchen and dining room. I grew up in a foodie family, and dinnertime was always a special time to share high points (or low points) and enjoy time together at the end of the day. For this gift guide, I channeled my love of family and food into a basket full of kitchen and entertaining tools that any food-lover will use and enjoy. Now that I’m in college, I appreciate our holiday mealtimes even more, and I wanted to capture that spirit in this selection. Find the perfect food-lover’s gift basket after the jump!

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50 UNIQUE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

December 7, 2016

Holiday

Small space Christmas tree in a wicker basket on Thou Swell(via Decoholic)

One of my favorite traditions awaits me when I return home next week after finals week – decorating the tree. I asked my mom specifically if she could wait until I get home because it’s one of my favorite holiday activities! We like to change up our holiday color palette year-to-year, so the tree always looks different every year. When it comes to a well-decorated tree, my advice would be to start with a traditional set of mixed round balls (Target often has a solid, affordable selection) to establish a consistent color palette, then begin layering in more unique pieces (like the ones below), which typically cost more but add the sparkle to the tree. Whether you choose an accent color or metallic to stay consistent through these pieces, find some way to connect them all since the shapes and finishes will most likely differ. I love finding special ornaments that have a personal meaning or significance or remind you of someone you love. Ornaments can also make a great gift, and a great way to give ornaments is to tie them around the bow as a present topper. Adding those special ornaments to your mix will give your Christmas tree a unique, personal touch that makes the magic of the holiday season come to life. Shop wreaths and live trees below, and find 50 of my favorite ornaments after the jump.

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SWELL GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE DESIGN LOVER

December 1, 2016

Holiday / 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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