For Will Lansing, the founder of boutique urban development firm Valor Development, based in Washington, D.C., finding a modern home for a budding art collection meant investing in great architecture and furnishings too. Together with interior designer Christina Cole, they outfitted an old auto body shop with bespoke details like a floor-to-ceiling bookcase and an oversized hood in the living room. The designer kept the finishes luxurious but durable, choosing grey Fabricut upholstery for the sofa and solid walnut for the dining room table. While the project keeps a fresh, urban aesthetic with its industrial shell, Cole was able to beautifully finish the place for a polished, grown-up aesthetic that can easily carry over to Lansing’s future homes – and this synthesis represents a beautiful tenet of good urban development: responding to and enhancing the existing character and architecture of a building. Step inside this bold urban loft below!
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As my style evolves, I itch to complete projects that push me out of my comfort zone and involve more care to details and depth than my previous work. I took some design risks with this latest project in the twin bedroom at Tye Street Project, and it turned out to be one of my favorite results to date. The whole concept started with a beautiful shade of pink from Behr Marquee® called One to Remember. As you'll see in the before pictures below, with the room's tall ceilings and ample natural light, the all-white walls actually felt a little cold. I never really felt like the room had enough details to really make the space feel full and welcoming, so I went with this stronger yet playful and warm pink hue for the walls. I am absolutely in love with the results - it completely changed the feel of the room, and inspired a whole new approach to the decor. See all of the details below!
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This year’s HGTV Dream Home 2018 is a sleek modern lake house designed by Atlanta’s own Brian Patrick Flynn, a master at mixing high and low and a creative mind who brought his A-Game to this beautifully-renovated lakefront property. Filled with local touches and a color palette that reflects the natural beauty of the Washington landscape surrounding the home, the rooms inside are modern and inviting, with a rustic touch that ties the design back to the lakehouse look. The home is part of HGTV’s huge annual giveaway, in which you can enter to win the fully-furnished home located in Gig Harbor, Washington overlooking the Puget Sound, plus an all-new Honda Accord and $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. Enter to win the giveaway here and continue reading to take a tour of this modern lake house! Read More
I am so excited to share the reveal of the bold new dining room at Tye Street Project, completely reimagined with a dark high-gloss blue on the walls and a new approach to the dining layout. As you saw in the previous layout of the room, a huge table dominated the room. While it was perfect for entertaining (which my dad often does), I always found the table to be just a bit too big for the room, and prevented me from imagining any improvements to the space. We decided to move that table to my dad’s spacious sunroom and replace it with a smaller circular table. Now he can entertain larger groups in the back room and keep things more intimate in the dining room! We also made room for a few pieces that had moved out of his bedroom – the armchairs and area rug. All of the new red in the room was begging for a dramatic navy backdrop, so I channeled an old-world club vibe (perfect for the club chairs) with a modern edge (hence the striking chandelier) for the new look. Continue reading for all the details!
P.S. Just a few days left to enter to win $250 towards custom window treatments from Alva, the generous sponsor of the beautiful white Belgian linen curtains in this room!
(From the master bedroom designed by John Oetgen of Oetgen Design)
The day after Thanksgiving, my Momma and I kicked off the holidays with a visit to the inspiring Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays, an annual showhouse featuring the best in Southeastern design talents and stunning rooms fully decorated for the holidays – truly bringing ‘Deck the Halls’ to life. I shared many scenes on my Instagram story, but captured my favorite moments with my camera to bring these beautiful rooms to you, and start celebrating the holidays here on Thou Swell. Enjoy these vignettes below, and don’t miss visiting the holiday home before December 10th if you live in the Atlanta area to experience the designers’ visions for each room.
The home is an 8,800 square foot Buckhead estate situated on two acres, designed by Harrison Design and built by Sheehan Built Homes. The showhouse featured 20 different designers and all proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. See the home’s facade and step inside the dramatic rotunda entryway below. Read More