Category Archives: Decorating

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BEDROOM LIGHTING

April 26, 2017

Decorating

Master bedroom with modern crystal chandelier and black sconces - how to choose bedroom lighting on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ryan Street & Associates)

We spend more time in our bedrooms than any other room in our homes… Well, most of that time is spent sleeping of course, but regardless, the boudoir is one of the most personal spaces in the home. Investing in this room creates such joy, because the more personalized it becomes, the more at ease you’ll feel in your bedroom. Making sure it’s well lit is one of the top priorities, as these key light fixtures on the ceiling, by the bed, and on the dresser, instantly upgrade your room into a personalized, relaxing environment, giving you greater control over the ambiance and mood in the room. Plus, there’s the very practical side of good lighting that ensures safety, comfort, and customization. Whether you’re ready to replace that dim flush mount with a chandelier or jazz up your nightstands with some sleek new table lamps, check out my guide for picking the right pieces from west elm’s stunning lighting collection for each area in your room below.

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BLUE & WHITE LIVING ROOM DESIGN FOR WISTERIA AND DWELL WITH DIGNITY

April 24, 2017

Decorating

White, blue, and gold living room with Wisteria and Dwell With Dignity #WisteriaMood contest on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I’m excited to enter into Wisteria and Dwell With Dignity’s #WisteriaMood contest, where four entrants will get the chance to design a product, of which the proceeds go to support Dwell With Dignity, a non-profit agency who transforms lives by designing and installing “complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness.” I met the lovely founders of DWD at the Design Bloggers Conference in 2015 and I am always so moved seeing how they change the lives of families by giving them a supportive home. I created a blue, white, and gold design with Wisteria’s collection of worldly contemporary furnishings! Continue reading to find all the details.
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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: BEDROOM TEXTILES

April 20, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

Green tufted headboard with blue trio bedding and gold lamp on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced Julia’s bedroom project during week two of the spring 2017 One Room Challenge (I was a week late this season), but I’m up and running and have some good sneak peeks of the textiles in the room to share today. After settling on a dramatic tufted velvet headboard for the room, I set out to bring some pattern and whimsy to the room with the bedding, rug, and roman shades. The bedding is one of my favorites with a classic, three-line border embroidery from Annie Selke that I used in my dorm room as well. This time around I chose a bright French blue for the color to bring in some classic blue and white. I took a DIY approach with the drapery in the room and sourced these sheets for a pattern without the hefty pricetag (a King sheet was just the right length and width when cut in half)! My mother helped line them, and the window was professionally finished off with a woven wood shade from The Shade Store. On the other window, a larger-scale pattern in a blue-grey takes center-stage. Oh, and don’t miss the glamorous ArtHide hide rug – just click below to see these additions to the room!

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DESIGNING CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS

April 19, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

(Roman shades in Linen Ivory via The Emerald Studio)

I’m thrilled to be bringing custom window treatments to my older sister’s bedroom for my One Room Challenge project. To design the perfect shades for her room, I headed to The Shade Store to pick the style and material of my shades. Their showroom in Atlanta in the Westside Provisions District helped me visualize all the options for custom window treatments that The Shade Store offers. Although you can get custom blinds, shades, and drapery, I decided on roman shades for my sister’s bedroom – one for the window by the bed and one for the smaller window above the desk. Since I already had curtains made for the room, I decided to pair the pattern with a woven wood shade and opted for a patterned fabric on the smaller shade to bring a bit of color to the desk area. Find out how I narrowed down all my options, and which swatches I loved most below!
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FIRST LOOK: FRAMEBRIDGE AND CB2

Decorating

Kate Worum modern art print gallery wall, Framebridge for CB2 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Art by Kate Worum)

A special collaboration launched this week between Framebridge and CB2, featuring five contemporary artists from photographers to painters for an exclusive print gallery full of lively modern pieces. Many of the artists I was already familiar with (and whose work I love), but it was fun being introduced to a couple new faces and seeing their work together as an expansion on CB2’s art selection. Framebridge clued me in on this exciting partnership a few weeks ago, and I’ve been so excited to share it all with you now! I also got the chance to choose one print to style myself, so stay tuned to my Instagram to find out which piece I chose (hint hint: it’s one of Benjamin Grant’s mesmerizing aerials). Click through to see all of the artists in the collaboration and shop my favorite pieces.

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