Category Archives: Decorating


February 20, 2018


Layered mirrors in double-height living room with global bohemian style on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

There’s just no replacement for sunlight. As fun as it is to play around with colored LEDs and fancy light bulbs, I find that natural daylight has no substitute. It makes me cheerful, productive, and calm, and I love to fill a room with it as much as possible. Unfortunately, your architecture might not always cooperate! So in order to maximize the beauty of this clear light, filling the room with mirrors can be quite useful. Layered on top of one another, they have a dazzling, dimensional quality which is equally whimsical and sculptural.

From bright bathrooms to well-appointed living rooms, these interiors showcase some fabulous ways to implement this double-mirror look. Many of these spaces have mirrored walls, but you can also layer large and small mirrors on top of each other. Simply lean both mirrors against the wall, or hang the larger mirror behind and lean the second on top. When layering two separate mirrors, make sure that the larger mirror behind is more simple and architectural, and let the mirror in front contrast its shape and style with something more colorful or ornate. Take a look at some of my favorite ways to put mirrors together and let me know what you think in the comments!


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February 16, 2018


Blue console table in industrial modern hallway vignette decor with round mirror and hand sconces on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell – Industrial Verve in an Uptown Loft)

I love a good lighting update, as it’s really one of the foundational pieces of a space. However, it can be so hard to convince yourself as a renter to make that investment in a hardwired piece you know might be tricky to uninstall in a few years, or months, when you move. Renting also means that you’ve got to make any changes easy to reverse for the next inhabitant, which adds an extra little layer of challenge. One of my favorite fixes is adding ambient lighting, whether it’s a table or floor lamp — or a chic plug-in wall sconce. While sconces are harder to install for renters, they provide built-in light that gives a polished look to your room and provide light where you can’t necessarily use table or floor space for a lamp. They look great framing art, beside the bed (especially if you can’t fit a large nightstand), above the sofa, or even built into your bookshelves. See them all on the blog below!




February 6, 2018

Decorating / 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!
Inviting living room with blush decor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I updated the living room with a new layout, blush decor, and fresh accessories this month just in time for Valentine’s Day, and my whole family fell in love with the result! We lightened up the room by replacing the leather armchairs for our linen pair, and swapping our beige and teal sofas, creating a neutral canvas to completely redefine with the perfect accents. I headed to my local Cost Plus World Market Cumberland and picked up basically every pink thing I could carry (my cart was actually stacked about twice it’s height in pillows) and filled the room with the warm hue. While it was certainly inspired by the upcoming holiday, the look is something that we plan to keep around! See the living room layout before, and get all the details on the new decor after the jump.
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Contemporary kitchen design with freestanding kitchen island cart and modern brass chandelier on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Devol Kitchens)

Some of us have New Year’s resolutions about food; some of us even have lifelong resolutions about it. Cooking is one of the best ways to engage with a resolution. For tons of my family members, cooking is a meditative experience, and for me, preparing and sharing a meal with friends or family is an important way for us to connect. None of this is possible without a proper kitchen, and few kitchens are really complete without a good kitchen island! Far from being a place to be marooned and alone, it’s a multitasker ready to hold a floral arrangement and breakfast for two, hors d’oeuvres for a horde, or a fleet of cutting boards for any occasion. That’s not to mention that they’re a much more flexible way to add a personal touch and a clear expression of your personal style.

While many kitchen islands are built into a kitchen design, sometimes a kitchen is lacking in this department and may need support from a freestanding piece (large or small) to bring that extra functionality to this important workspace. Luckily there are some fabulous options out there, ranging in size and price, and even some that really do look built-in. Find my favorite freestanding kitchen islands and carts below!


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January 30, 2018

Decorating / Gardening

Potted indoor citrus trees in a white Scandinavian style room, plus how to care for indoor citrus trees on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Martha Stewart)

While 2017 was the year of the olive tree, I’ve turned my attention to indoor citrus trees for 2018. I’ve always lived around citrus trees — my mom bought four when I was little and put them in our kitchen garden. They would live inside during the winter, and the smell of the blooms in early spring and watching the fruit grow is a tiny and glorious joy. The flowers’ fragrance fills the house just at the time of winter I’m hoping for a sure sign of the weather turning around, and brings a sunny, zesty scent of the summer to come. I absolutely love to care for these low-maintenance trees, and these interiors certainly show off their style! Find more inspiration and how to care for indoor citrus trees below.


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