Category Archives: Interiors

SERENBE DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE 2017

October 16, 2017

Interiors

Serenbe Designer Showhouse 2017 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

You may have seen a glimpse of the Serenbe Designer Showhouse on my Instagram Stories last weekend, but I’ve got a full tour of the two townhouses at the heart of Serenbe’s new Mado community the made up the 2017 showhouse. This showhouse was special because the location was at the center of a new development for Serenbe (there were homes and townhouses being constructed all around it!) and featuring two compact townhomes gave visitors a chance to see two separate styles and layouts. This year’s showhouse benefitted The Art Farm at Serenbe, a 40-acre outdoor complex that serves as a central place for artists, the arts and culture at Serenbe. The Art Farm provides a physical space to ignite passion and imagination in nature and works in collaboration with the Serenbe Institute and other partners to amplify their work and makers.

Visiting the showhouse was part of a super special weekend I spent at the Serenbe Inn with my family for fall break. I’ll be sharing more of that trip in the next week, but for now, I can’t wait to take you inside the chic showhome(s)!

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INSIDE A MODERN LONDON ENCLAVE

October 13, 2017

Interiors

Cozy living room with lots of art and gallery walls in a modern London townhouse on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via T Magazine, photography by Carlotta Cardona)

It’s not a contradiction to call this townhouse British and leafy. It’s easier to associate London style with dark wood paneling and wingback armchairs. This remodel of a Victorian townhouse is completely of the moment, and speaks more to the multicultural influences of a modern London than to the stuffiness of yesteryear. The Donaldsons displayed a total lack of fear when they made bold choices to remodel, dousing everything in a bright coat of white and pouring a concrete floor to cement a space they opened up by tearing out walls. Traces of the townhouse’s origins remain in the glorious, enormous windows onto a verdant back courtyard and the wooden detailing lingering under the snowy coats of paint.

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TYE STREET BLUE PORCH DESIGN REVEAL

October 6, 2017

Interiors / Tye Street Project

This post was sponsored by KILZ® Complete Coat™ Paint as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Tye Street Project porch makeover reveal on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The front porch could be considered the most important room of the house at my dad’s place, a kind of open-air public living room. Cabbagetown is a neighborly kind of area, where people still spend time honoring the old tradition of hanging out on the front porch and chatting with their neighbors and friends as they walk by or come to visit. In the transitions of seasons and the day it’s a lovely place to spend time.
 Since it’s the face of my father’s house too, I knew that eventually I’d have to get around to making it shine as much as the interior.


The first step was to refresh the paint – a great tool I like to start with, in any project. I used KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ PAINT that I picked up at my local Walmart to get the whole job done in a single step. This was especially perfect for the ceiling, which hadn’t gotten love in years and was difficult to reach too! As an interior and exterior paint, we also won’t have to touch it up for a while.

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CAROLE RADZIWILL’S NEW YORK SANCTUARY

October 2, 2017

Interiors

Silver and blue living room in Carole Radziwill's New York City duplex on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Gieves Anderson)

A subdued silvery palette with glimmering drops of jewel-toned accents define this NYC oasis for Carole Radziwill’s home, decorated with John Bossard. I can’t help but be reminded of my grandmother’s all-blue home in Florida when I look at this living room. The soft, luxurious touches of velvet upholstery and the gorgeous huge floral arrangements bring me right to the smell of fresh lilies and the comfort of spending time in her space.

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COLESY’S BLUE MOOD DORM: REVEAL

September 19, 2017

Interiors

Blue and white bedroom dorm room design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

It has been such a joy to translate my friends’ personalities, tastes, and experiences into living space they love. While Olivia’s room featured blush and gold accents, Colesy wanted a cooler, blue and silver color palette for her dorm room in Cornell’s new Alpha Chi Omega house. It was fun to create two different schemes from the The Mine’s selection of furniture and decor, and curate the artwork for each room with Minted. The whole space is washed in blue, and I know it will be both a relaxing retreat and fun entertaining space that Colesy will be excited to come home to!

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