Category Archives: Decorating

A SPRING PREVIEW FROM THE ADAC SHOWROOMS

January 22, 2017

Atlanta / Decorating

Christian Liaigre St. Barts house on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Christian Liaigre on Elle Decor)

Two weeks ago I stopped by Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for their annual Spring Preview, an event that features the best new collections from their top showrooms at the center. Although most products at ADAC are to-the-trade, they represent the “runway” design that has a major influence on ready-to-ship pieces from national retailers and often showcases the highest levels of detail and craftsmanship. I spotted some exciting new releases from some of my favorite showrooms, including Bradley, Janus et Cie, Jerry Pair, and Peacock Alley. Check out the preview event booklet, and see my product picks below.
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HIGH DESIGN FROM CB2’S NEW COLLECTION

January 18, 2017

Decorating

Glamorous black and gold dining room in kitchen with hide rug on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Shoreditch Dining Table)

I’ve been poring over CB2’s January catalog and their new collection is full of stunning new pieces with a high design look that’s particularly impressive for their price point. There’s a strong sense of simplicity in the furniture, which translates to a bold confidence that seems to be taking the brand in a strong direction for the start of 2017. Like west elm, I’m seeing an emphasis on luxe materials, but CB2 adds a unique spin with pieces like this burl dining table (under $1,000)! I also see a lot of detailed, sculptural pieces in the collection – see the Scissor console and Mosaico “statement” chair. Their pieces are showcased in interiors of traditional, modern, and eclectic global architecture for the catalog, and I think it gives a great sense of the range and versatility of the furniture when it comes to mixing styles in different settings. While the burl table was an instant favorite, the perforated brass tables and this heftier interpretation of the classic Ceusca chair also caught my attention. See more of the collection and catalog below.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS IN THE ENTRYWAY

January 11, 2017

Decorating

Fresh entryway design with demilune bench and fiddle leaf fig on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The new year is the perfect time to consider the ‘first impression’ moment of your home – the entryway. Entryways can be tough places, especially for renters, to create a meaningful moment, but with the right pieces and a little bit of thoughtfulness they can be just as inviting as the living or dining room. I refreshed our little entryway with some key pieces from At Home, to make the space feel larger, more comfortable, and more functional for inviting guests in or getting ready to leave. With the addition of a tufted bench, a larger mirror, accent rug, new light, and a garden stool for a fresh plant, it became a refreshing vignette to say hello and goodbye to each day. See the complete makeover and get my tips for your best entryway after the jump!

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THE BEST JANUARY FURNITURE SALES

January 10, 2017

Decorating

White living room shelf with minimal styling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via MyDomaine)

It’s out with the old and in with the new, and January is the perfect time to find the ‘new’ to refresh those rooms that have been begging for attention all year long. I’m longing to finally finish my bedroom, or give my dad’s bathroom a makeover, or rearrange the dining room at my mom’s house… I’m not sure which projects I’ll realistically be able to tackle this month, but all I know is that it’s definitely the time to be shopping for furniture as the discounts can be substantial as brands clear out their inventory for new collections. Any big items on your home wish list?

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SHOP DWELL MAGAZINE’S HOME DECOR COLLECTION

January 4, 2017

Decorating

Modern dining chair and table from Dwell Magazine's collection for Target on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Target has launched their latest home decor collection, and it’s a sleek collaboration with modern design publication Dwell Magazine. For Dwell, it’s the next step in their evolution from simply a magazine to a lifestyle brand playing a larger role in their reader’s homes, and for Target, it’s another stunning example of their ability to democratize and create more accessibility to great design. The collection offers minimal designs with carefully curated materials and a Scandinavian influence that puts the collection in step with the style and price-range of IKEA’s higher-end pieces. “With Modern by Dwell Magazine, we’re excited to introduce modern design to more people than ever” say Chris Deam and Nick Dine, Co-Creative Directors of Product Design, Dwell. The collection will only be carried in select stores, but is available online. Shop my favorite pieces from the launch below.

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