Category Archives: Interiors

STEP INSIDE A LUXE CHARCOAL PIED-À-TERRE

March 20, 2017

Interiors

Grey living room in Paris pied-à-terre with sunburst mirror and chevron flooring on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The Socialite Family, photography by Constance Gennari)

Home to the design-savvy Parisian couple David Chaplain and Alexandre Roussard, this luxe pied-à-terre takes shades of grey to sophisticated heights, showing off how subtle variations on a shade can produce a varied effect in a small space. While the walls may be monochromatic, the decor and accessories are colorful and eye-catching, producing lively, layered vignettes on every surface. The apartment is a joint project for the couple who are both interior architects – Chaplin works for Chanel and Roussard for Diptyque. With experience in retail, it makes sense that their shelves tell such intriguing visual stories. In the living room, I love how the sunburst mirror was layered and their contemporary furniture is mixed with classics like the Ceusca chairs flanking the stunning marble fireplace. Click through to see the rest of the space!

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MUSEUM STYLE LIVING IN A LAKESIDE HOME

March 13, 2017

Interiors

Modern lake house living room with fine art collection on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Douglas Friedman)

Home to a Manhattan couple and works by artists that include Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, and Félix González-Torres, this lake house feels like a residential museum, with large-scale proportions bringing lots of breathing space to a blue-chip fine art collection. When approaching the renovation of the Italianate, stucco structure, Architecture Research Office streamlined the classical bones of the home, bringing symmetry to the rooms and highlighting the large space like the living room above. Interior designer and curator Michelle Andrews was then brought on incorporate the couple’s collections and antiques into the spacious house. “I take a mixologist’s approach to high and low, geography and materials,” says Andrews. “It feels joyful. I like to call it ‘refined tumult.’” The result is certainly joyful, capturing the incredible light and views through the tall sliding doors surrounding the living spaces. Click through to see more of this art-filled retreat.

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LAYERS OF STYLE IN THE WEST VILLAGE

February 13, 2017

Interiors

Layered traditional West Village apartment with gray walls in New York City on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Sawyer Benson and T Magazine with photography by David Leventi)

It may be the winter weather or my appreciation for well-curated collections, but I love the warmth, personality, and sophistication brought to a room layered with special decor and memorabilia. The owner of this West Village apartment is one of the founding partners of Sawyer Benson, Brian Sawyer. He brought his incredibly adaptive ability to bring his clients’ personalities out through design to the design of his own apartment. “I love it here in the wintertime, in the firelight, when everyone sort of gets lost in the little nooks and crannies,” says Sawyer in the T Magazine article. From the slate lacquered walls to the eclectic array of birds, vases, art, and objects, the home has a strikingly personal quality that makes you want to explore the maze of rooms yourself. I also love the versatile, dramatic entryway, which doubles as a dining room when Sawyer entertains.

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GRAND GESTURES ON THE LEFT BANK

February 6, 2017

Interiors

Blue and white modern living room in Paris on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Matthieu Salvaing)

The Rive Gauche or Left Bank of Paris is known for its historic communities of philosophers, writers, artists at Montparnasse, the Latin Quarter of students attending the University of Paris, so it seems fitting that actress Hilary Swank took up residence in a grand apartment in this part of Paris. With the help of designer Axel Huynh, bold gestures of blues and a pop of red in the living room brought dramatic saturation to each living space. Much of the furniture was designed by Huynh, with custom details highlighted by the sparse decoration. This curated approach gives extra emphasis to the strong moments of color, such as on the velvet curtains and the custom paint color chosen for a teal accent wall in the dining room. I can’t help but call the mix of custom and contemporary furniture quite swanky, and often very sculptural, from the India Madhavi side table by the desk to the black and white oyster-shaped sconces in the dining room. See the rest of Swank’s Parisian home below.

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AT HOME WITH A DANISH FASHION STYLIST

January 30, 2017

Interiors

Stylish modern dining room in Denmark with leather chairs and LED light fixture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decoration Sweden, photography by Ditte Isager )

The apartment of model-turned-stylist-turned-influencer marketing entrepreneur Pernille Teisbaek is a fresh expression of savvy Scandinavian style, with the glamour of an eye for designer finishes. Just like the interiors of her apartment, Teisbaek leans towards a minimal aesthetic – but she loves to “mix it up with something urban like Balenciaga or Joseph for a classic, feminine look” as she explained in an editorial with Matches Fashion. In the dining room above, an angular LED chandelier hangs above the simple table, surrounded by leather chairs in the style of Arne Jacobsen’s classic Series 7 chair. I love the funky palm sculpture in the corner of the room, it adds a nice contrast of shape and texture to the modern furniture. Tour the rest of the home below.

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