Category Archives: Decorating

HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR INTERIOR DOORS

June 23, 2017

Decorating

French interior with double doors and ornate moulding between rooms on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Marie Claire Maison)

Last year I introduced my favorite molding collection from Metrie, Fashion Forward, and the picture I shared of their beautiful interior doors in that Collection (see them after the jump) was one of the most popular pins from that post. Each of their five Then & Now Finishing Collections includes an interior door in both solid and glass construction, and with all the matching moulding from their Collections, it’s easy to transform the doorways in your home. One thing I’ve noticed from the interiors I share on TS is the beautiful attention to doorways in Parisian homes and apartments, like the one above. Of course there’s a much longer tradition of classical architecture and molding in these beautiful buildings, but the double interior doors between living spaces is common and creates beautiful transitions between rooms. It’s also inspiring to see how grand a space can become when you add beautiful architectural details – like Metrie’s moulding and doors! Besides doorways between rooms, doors in tight corners or the end of a hall that would improve with one of Metrie’s mirrored glass door designs. Consider how your home might change with some door upgrades and find more inspiring doorways after the jump.

P.S. Not sure of your molding style? Take Metrie’s Style Quiz to find out which of their five Collections is right for you!
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A NEW SMALL SPACE FURNITURE LINE

June 21, 2017

Decorating

Small space living room furniture, sectional with pink astrological artwork and brick wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(SoMa Harrison Square Arm Sectional)

It’s a new age for millennial decorators, who want accessible style that will fit in their urban apartment. I’m all about high-density living, so I’m excited to see retailers take their furniture smaller-scale to make apartment living easy and stylish. Pottery Barn recently debuted a new Small Spaces collection with affordable, functional pieces that not only save space but also make more efficient use of it. You’ll find a well-built sleeper sofa, multi-functional entryway pieces, gateleg storage table, and more modular storage options in the selection. While the style sticks to simple, transitional pieces, it certainly presents a line of thoughtful furniture designs for a new kind of customer. Find my favorite pieces below, and let me know what you think of this new collection!


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THE ULTIMATE RENTAL DECORATING GUIDE

June 19, 2017

Decorating

Rental decorating tips for a blue and blue guest room with daybed on Thou Swell

When it comes to rental homes and apartments, it’s not worth it (and often prohibited) to make permanent changes to your space. Luckily, there are some major tips and tricks that can help you personalize your apartment without breaking any rules – and hopefully not the bank either. Rental decorating is a challenge, but like any art form, challenge promotes creativity, and there are some pretty special ways to make your space your own that aren’t permanent. Both my parents live in rentals, but I’ve managed to find some great ways to decorate for them as well, without breaking the rules, over the years. In my article below, you’ll find some of my favorite tips for decorating your rental!

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HOW TO GIVE YOUR HOME A BRAIN

June 12, 2017

Decorating

Morning breakfast with blue hydrangeas and Hive smart home devices on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I think homes should be considered just as heavily as our cars, appliances, and personal devices in the wave of smart technology, and luckily there is a brand bringing homes into the digital age with SMART HOME devices that connect you with the functions of your home like never before. I’ve always wanted to try out this new technology, so I jumped at the chance to take Hive’s family of DEVICES out for a run, testing out their capabilities in my mom’s house. HIVE the leading smart home brand out of the U.K. recently expanded into Canada and the U.S. Their devices and mobile app let you control your heating and A/C, lighting, and appliances wherever you are so you can leave hassle-free in the morning and come home to the perfect setting. Click through to find out my favorite Hive features!
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18 STYLISH REMOVABLE WALLPAPER DESIGNS

June 4, 2017

Decorating

Green malachite removable wallpaper on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Malachite)

Removable or “repositionable” wallpaper has become a new norm for wall treatments, bringing the high-impact of patterned walls to the ease and convenience of peel-and-stick varieties of wallpaper than make installation approachable (and are renter-friendly too). While the removable wallpaper market is flooded with pop-y graphic designs, there are also companies translating more traditional patterns (even de Gournay-esque chinoiserie) to this type. Although I haven’t shared a project with removable wallpaper on TS, I’ve used removable wall stripes on our hallway ceiling, and the ease of application makes it possible to transform a room in one weekend – especially with the stylish designs below. Click through to see some of my favorite patterns, and let me know which catch your eye!

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