Category Archives: Decorating

SWELL SHOPPING: LIVING IN WINTER WHITES

February 15, 2017

Decorating

Traditional white living room with black curtains on Thou Swell @thouswellblog Thou Swell(via Tom Delavan)

There’s something profoundly symbolic about the way the starkness of winter forces us to refresh our palettes for the rebound of life in spring. Winter whites can create the perfect landscape for wintry reflection, plus they help to bring as much light inside as possible. I love this stunning living room by Tom Delavan for its stark contrasts and minimal-traditional style with eclectic touches that bring a playful edge to the room. The simple furnishings and casual approach work so well with the soaring ceiling height and architecture of this room – I really love the pair of French doors behind the sofa. Bring the clean look home with my shoppable product guide below…

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THE PLANT OF 2017: INDOOR OLIVE TREE

February 10, 2017

Decorating

Indoor olive tree with vintage black leather chair and checkerboard floor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Bolig Magazine)

While I’ve loved seeing (and using) fiddle leaf figs in design projects with their big glossy leaves, I’m ready for a new plant trend to take over in 2017 – and it seems we have a strong contestant. The indoor olive tree has sprung up all over my Pinterest feed, and it’s always been a favorite since we had one in a terracotta pot in our living room for many years. Sadly, it passed away last year, but I’d love to replace it because olive trees have such versatile dusty green leaves that complement so many color palettes. You’ll find it works really well with neutral living spaces, injecting just enough ‘living’ color to bring the room to life. It’s also frequently paired with a wicker basket cachepot, giving it a laid-back look. Possibly the best reason to bring an olive tree indoors is the hint of Mediterranean sun it brings to a room, inviting visions of the European coastline… I also discovered that they can be pretty easy to care for – this article on Apartment Therapy gives a thorough breakdown of what’s required. Find my favorite spaces featuring this up-and-comer below!

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12 (MORE) PINK ROOMS TO CRUSH ON

February 8, 2017

Decorating

Blush master bedroom suite with modern light fixture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via D Magazine, photography by Stephen Karlisch)

My love for dusty blush hasn’t died since the year of Rose Quartz ended – it may have even grown stronger! I’m determined to use it in my sisters’ bedroom on Tye Street (I’m imagining an accent wall behind the beds to warm up the gray headboards). I shared twelve striking rooms saturated in pink last winter and I’m back with more romantic rooms just in time for Valentine’s Day! Just like in the last roundup, I pulled from a variety of styles and types of rooms to showcase the versatility and pure magic of blush as a room’s neutral, accent color, or statement hue. From details like floor tiles to entire rooms, these spaces show many examples for bringing this charming color into your home. While I love it in a more traditional setting like the bedroom above, the color also brings a lot of warmth to minimal Scandinavian rooms as you’ll find in the second image below… Don’t miss last roundup of 12 pink rooms and explore my second edition below!

P.S. Don’t miss my edit of the sweetest pink and red Valentine’s Day gifts!

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TRENDING NOW: MODERN LED LIGHTING

February 1, 2017

Decorating

Traditional living room with modern LED chandelier on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Upton LED chandelier)

When you think of LED lighting you might think of Christmas lights or maybe high-tech light bulbs, but the highly-efficient light technology is making its way into light fixtures in high-end and middle market designs alike. As the technology and light color has improved, its proven to make a versatile alternative to conventional light bulbs, especially for sleek, detailed and circular fixtures. I absolutely love how the LED lighting has opened a whole new set of possibilities for the shape and profile of sconces, pendants, and chandeliers, and I can’t wait to see how the trend will expand! Check out my favorite pieces – many of them new releases for 2017 – in my product guide after the jump.

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SWELL SEASONAL: WINTER HOME DECOR EDIT

January 29, 2017

Decorating

Eclectic living room with patterned ottoman and Serge Mouille light fixture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Max Kim-Bee portfolio)

Now that it’s almost February it’s time for my winter home decor edit. It’s been nearly three months since I shared my very first “Swell Seasonal,” and there have been many new releases and collections launched since the fall. I learned towards cool, silver and grey-toned pieces in this edition, but it’s also infused with warmer tones and natural materials that a winter palette always needs. The cold weather always inspires a little cozying up, and I often feel the urge to bring more layers into the decor, whether it be dazzling lighting, a solid side table, or an infusion of dramatic velvet upholstery. If you want to simplify at the same time, choosing a pale, neutral palette can make a great canvas for an interior rich in detail. Take the living room above, with every surface attended to, whether it be floor pillows under the ottoman, art hung on the bookcase or decorative columns on the wall. Attending to these impactful elements can bring life to your home this winter. Shop the edit below!
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