Category Archives: Decorating


August 28, 2017


Dorm room decor desk with removable wallpaper, silver task lamp, and large-scale artwork on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Set yourself up for a year of success. It might not be effortless, but having the right foundation, a good night’s sleep, and a set-up that makes it as easy as possible for you to work, clean, and get out (or invite friends in) will make your year go as smoothly as possible. This is going to be your home-away-from-home and also a fresh start—it should be fabulous!
Look forward to some home-grown dorm room designs coming up soon as inspiration. If you need a fix sooner, you can always take a look at previous dorm room reveals from first and second semester of my freshmen year.

I’m also sharing a giveaway to help one lucky reader with their back-to-school shopping (whether returning to class or not) – don’t miss all the details at the end of the post!
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August 20, 2017

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Nordic porch design inspiration with modern rattan chaise on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced the paint palette for my dad’s porch makeover, and today I’m excited to share the design plan for the porch decor. As you saw in the before photos the house is bright blue, and my dad’s neighborhood is full of colorful bungalows with eclectic front porches. I let the historic neighborhood’s style lead the design and pulled together a collected look with the help of lots of color and pattern from DecoratorsBest pillows and rug and sleek new outdoor fixtures from LampsPlus. For budget-friendly outdoor furniture, I mixed IKEA wicker and wooden furniture and made sure to pick up one of their lush palms for a touch of green. With this new furniture arrangement, the porch will feel like an entirely new room for the house that will come together just in time for cooler fall evenings. See the porch design plan below!

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August 18, 2017


Bright and colorful home office workspace with entry table piled with books and white-washed ceiling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via One Kings Lane)

Summer design in this seasonal decor edit brings out the best in the mood of the hottest season. Airy textiles and light silhouettes invite breezes (whether visual or real) to accentuate and complement the warm weather. Handmade touches and soft shapes evoke the spontaneity and casual ease that is the epitome of summer. Take your friends on an al fresco dining adventure or picnic, or embrace a gentle summer evening and its long, romantic twilight to savor the best parts of the season. The days are long, but the season isn’t — enjoy everything it has to offer!

All of these qualities are celebrated in my fourth home decor edit, a collection of the best in new furniture, decor, and tableware. Showcase the heart of the season around you with updates scaled to accommodate small renewals from season to season. Shop the edit below, and let me know what might make it into your home this summer!
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August 7, 2017


Metal canopy bed with green throw in a neo-traditional bedroom by Rose Uniacke on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Rose Uniacke)

When you think of a canopy bed, you may imagine an ornate baroque bed frame fit for a chateau, but slim down the look and you have a sleeker, modern bed that gives height and drama to your room – with or without drapery lining the sides. I love how a canopy, even just the frame, creates the feeling of enclosure within the bed, bringing a higher sense of privacy and intimacy to the space. It also gives a lot of height and a high-style sensibility to your room. I’ve scoured the web for chic canopy beds, ranging in price and with an eye for slimmer profiles that will blend beautifully with your furnishings, no matter the style. See another view of the glorious canopy bed above in a bedroom designed by Rose Uniacke plus more inspiration and my favorite beds to shop now after the jump.


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August 5, 2017

Decorating / Interiors

Summer living room refresh with new seagrass rug and RugPadUSA on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Things are always changing in our house (anyone else compulsively rearrange their furniture?!) and the living room has changed over the two+ years since I gave it a makeover for the fall One Room Challenge. The biggest change is one I’ve been wanting to make for over a year – adding a light, natural fiber rug to the room. Not only did the room need something to bring together the seating arrangement but it also provides a soft layer to the room that lightens the space with its pale color. It makes a traditional pairing with the hide rug and softens the room as well. I spent a while looking for a rug with a beige binding and a lighter color (with a low price) and finally settled on Safavieh’s Marcus area rug. Of course with a new rug I needed the perfect rug pad, so I looked through RugPadUSA‘s selection of pads engineered to last long and be used with different types of flooring and rug types. I chose the Super Lock Natural rug pad, their best gripping rug pad made with natural rubber that won’t stain, strip, or stick to floors, and it has a subtle cushion that makes the new rug a little extra comfortable. See what else changed in the living room below!


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