Category Archives: Decorating

RENTER-FRIENDLY KITCHEN UPGRADES

October 18, 2017

Decorating / DIY Projects

Easy and inexpensive rental kitchen makeover on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

When it comes to rental decor, kitchens can be the trickiest spaces to customize. But when you consider it surface by surface, you can find some temporary solutions for dated or poorly designed kitchens. With a couple of personal touches and custom tricks for transforming your rental kitchen, you can easily decorate the room in your own style so the space can truly be yours. From my own experience redesigning our rental kitchen to the multitude of creative projects on other design sites, I’ve pulled together some of the best ideas for rental kitchen decorating. Read them all on the Apartments.com blog below!

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DEMYSTIFYING MIXING PATTERNS AT HOME

October 5, 2017

Decorating

The Home Depot provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own.

Colorful patterned throw pillows on the bed in a simple white bedroom on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I’ve been loving pattern-on-pattern looks more and more (especially for cozier fall/winter rooms), and most rooms full of pattern follow a simple formula that lets the craziest of prints and colorways live together happily. In fact, this layered look is somewhat of a designer trademark since it takes a bit more risk and a knowing eye to put the look together. I want to demystify this process so you can bring the look home with confidence and add sophistication to rooms with your pattern-mixing skills. I styled these fun pillows from Home Depot in a bedroom and living space, plus I’ve also broken down the mix with a fun GIF below. Read on to find my top tips for mixing patterns!
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MY FAVORITE COZY DINING BANQUETTES

October 4, 2017

Decorating

White kitchen with leather dining banquette on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

I find dining banquettes to be one of the coziest (and most comfortable) ways to dine, and while they’re often built into a kitchen or breakfast room design, it’s easy to get this look without a kitchen renovation with some of the dining banquettes on the market. Of course you can always just pull up a sofa or settee to your dining table (like I did in my dining makeover here), but there are several key elements to consider when incorporating a banquette into your dining arrangement. First off, there should be no arms on the piece (or extremely low arms). This makes it easiest to slide in and out of the seat. The other key sizing rule to follow is to make sure the banquette extends beyond the width of the table, to allow for scooching in and out of the piece. Find my favorite examples of cozy banquettes in dining rooms and kitchen, and shop my favorite pieces below!

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THE BEST OF: TARGET’S NEW PROJECT 62

September 21, 2017

Decorating

Modern sideboard and round mirror with blush slipper chair from Project 62 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Target has launched three exciting new brands this fall: A New Day for women, Goodfellow & Co. for men, and Project 62 for home. I’m thrilled about all of the launches (they’re all super stylish), but Project 62 is especially exciting because it expands Target’s selection of affordable modern furniture and decor. The new launch is sleek and mid-century inspired with some really stellar pieces. I really see this new collection taking inspiration from affordable European furniture design that has grown in popularity recently like Bloomingville, H&M Home, and Zara Home.

They kept the color palette simple with neutrals and some of my favorite colors: blue and blush. The materials are also on point: lucite, brass, marble, and linen. And did I mention affordable?! Accent tables are all under $150 and lighting starts at just $20. The collection seems to put some pressure on middle-market retailers like west elm (see the similarity of this Target and this west elm table) and Pottery Barn (small space collection). Check out my favorite pieces from the collection below in furniture, lighting, decor, and dining, and let me know what you think of the new launch!

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SWELL SHOPPING: LAYERED LIVING ROOM

September 14, 2017

Decorating

Birmingham loft with traditional and modern mix by William McClure on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The NeoTrad, photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez)

I just can’t get enough of this elegant living room in William McLure’s Birmingham loft. He’s one of my favorite ‘New Southern‘ designers with an extraordinary range of talent from decorating to his fabulous abstract painting. He moved from his apartment (as seen on One Kings Lane) in Birmingham to a stunning loft last year, and watching the design evolve on his popular Instagram feed has been super fun. I also love how he divided the open plan – see the curtains at the back of this shot, separating the bedroom from the living area. Every element is balanced just so, industrial rigidity against forgiving natural textures, modern textiles, and antique silhouettes.

Enjoy the product guide below to see how gorgeous pieces like the chic armless sofa and abstract artwork might add the same interesting conversation to your own home.

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