Category Archives: Decorating

5 BRILLIANT WAYS TO STYLE COWHIDE RUGS

March 22, 2017

Decorating

Batik patterned cowhide rug from ArtHide in modern living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(ISOLA rug, HERMEZ ottoman, and LUNETA cushion)

This post was written by Caroline Modig and sponsored by ArtHide where you can find originally designed and ethically sourced leather products of an heirloom quality.

Cowhide rugs have been all the rage these days – as opposed to the times when they were seen as a characteristic of country homes or western themed décor, today they are trending the must-haves list of people with varied design preferences. Be it a home with clean and minimalist, elegant, modern or even traditional décor, people are switching the conventional choices of rugs with this fresh option for rejuvenating the aesthetic of their homes. These rugs have also grown in popularity since they’re so versatile, durable and really easy to clean. They are available in numerous colors, patterns, prints, shapes, sizes and with a wide price range. Whether your preference is monochromatic and subtle or a bold statement like the Batik-patterned piece in the living room above, the options are endless.
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MAISON JANSEN’S BRASS PALM TREES

March 17, 2017

Decorating

Living room study with Maison Jansen brass palm tree lamp on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Espana)

After admiring the funky brass palm trees spotted in a couple of home tours I’ve shared on TS, I finally stumbled upon this grand chateau in Architectural Digest with a collection of brass palm lamps that sent me searching for the source of these fabulous 1950’s sculptures – a search which led me to the famous design firm Maison Jansen, a Paris-based interior decoration office considered to be one of the first global firms. It’s always exciting to stumble across a piece of contemporary design history such as this, and I quickly found many more examples of Jansen brass palm originals or reproductions featured in many stylish rooms while I’ve compiled below. You can find some Jansen originals on 1st Dibs and even Chairish, but I’ve noticed the brass palm motif making appearances in many new pieces from big retailers, like this catchall and even coat-rack. The closest out-of-box pieces I could find came from a surprising source, PB Teen, where I found this floor lamp and chandelier. I dig the unexpected sculptural statements the Jansen lamps make – find my favorite interiors featuring their lighting below.

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SWELL SHOPPING: BEDROOM IN PALE BLUE

March 14, 2017

Decorating

Modern blue bedroom with curtains across the wall and Bertoia desk chair on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by William Waldron)

This serene bedroom seems to take a cue from the serene horizon line of the ocean and sky, with colorblocked curtains softening an entire wall with pale blue and white folds. Designer Vincente Wolf mixed antiques and modernity with an approachable coastal style by using all-white bedding with grey accents from a cashmere throw and linen bedskirt, and mixes an Indonesian desk with a Bertoia chair as a multipurpose bedside table. I love the leaning photography on the desk and the functional task lamps flanking the bed. The room layers contemporary accents while keeping a spare aesthetic that allows the dramatic drapery application take center stage. See my design board below!

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WORLDLY HOME DECOR TO SHOP NOW

March 6, 2017

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Eclectic tropical bedroom design with canopy twin beds on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Tom Scheerer Decorates on Because It’s Awesome)

Although the weather’s still fluctuating between bitter cold and mildly cold here in Ithaca, I’ve been getting reports of spring weather (unusually early this year) from Atlanta and I’m living vicariously through my little sister as she enjoys the blooming cherry trees during her spring break this week. I am looking forward to my spring break too… in four weeks! In the meantime, I’ll be spring dreaming, and what better way to kick off the warmer weather than with a great sale from Cost Plus World Market. Their annual Friends & Family event means lots of big savings on their selection of worldly decor, some of which is highlighted by some of their newest additions – my favorites including the Jardin Anglais and Jaipur Season collections. Save an extra 30% off all furniture and decor and save 10% off of food and wine during the sale which lasts from March 10-13. To celebrate the sale, I’m sharing the best of their newest home decor additions, featuring worldly pieces from furniture to pillows and lighting handcrafted around the world.

Use the coupon at your local store or use promo code FRIENDS online!

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NOLI MID-CENTURY MODERN DESK GIVEAWAY

March 3, 2017

Decorating

Furniture Maison Noli mid-century modern desk on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I’m excited to wrap up the week with a giveaway from Furniture Maison – a mid-century modern furniture brand I introduced to the blog last year. Their Scandinavian furniture collection has continued expanding, and one reader will get to receive a brand new desk from their sleek Noli collection. If you love the look of this mid-century modern desk, make sure to check out some of my favorites from their collection including their Lilo dining chairs, I-stool, Thea chair, and their dreamy velvet tufted Steward sofa (on sale)! Their best-sellers also include many of their concrete pieces, and their more industrial style furniture pieces. Click through to see more of the Noli table and enter the giveaway!
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