Category Archives: Interiors

TOUR AN EDGY & MODERN ATLANTA LOFT

January 18, 2017

Atlanta / Interiors

Edgy modern loft living room from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles February 2017, photography by Mali Azima)

In Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, designer Minhnuyet Hardy brings an edgy, modern look to her downtown loft. With raw wood warming her greyscale palette, she brought a bold mix to the home, with statement light fixtures, sophisticated textures, and custom details, like a sliding barn door to the master bathroom. In the living room above, she mixed a settee from west elm with original artwork from Lindsay Cowles and Restoration Hardware’s shell pendant light. The “contemporary cool” space will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ February issue – make sure you’re subscribed here. To find out more about the rise of modern design in Atlanta, I spoke to AH&L editor Elizabeth Ralls. Read what she said about Atlanta’s dynamic design scene below.

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COLOR AND PATTERN AT PLAY IN LONDON

January 9, 2017

Interiors

Eclectic dining room with green chairs and Saarinen tulip table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ben Pentreath)

I was delighted to find the portfolio of Ben Pentreath a while back, an English architecture and interior design firm which has worked on a number of historical projects and brings quite a classical foundation to all of their work. For interiors, Ben is known for a traditional yet playful style that draws inspiration from the 1960’s and 70’s, but all infused with a “fresh modern sensibility.” In this flat in London, departures from the traditional furnishing through energizing color and pattern brought a modern buzz to the interiors and created an inviting escape for its owners. While background colors were kept “simple, airy, and neutral,” pattern and texture were added through smaller accent such as cushions, and lamps. I love the patterned lampshades used throughout the home, which provide whimsical markers in each space.

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A DESIGNER’S CHIC TOWNHOUSE RENOVATION

January 3, 2017

Interiors

Modern townhouse kitchen with dining table and window seat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Homepolish, photography by Claire Esparros)

When Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder found her Brooklyn townhome, it reminded her of the London townhome she grew up in as a child. The 1870’s Brooklyn brownstone has incredible historic details, with ornate molding and trim work in each room. The designer infused her high-and-low look into the new home, with a mix of modern, vintage, and heirloom furnishings. While each room has a spark of personality, they all feel polished and cohesive, with a clean, contemporary balance to the historic architecture. I love the black and white contrast in the kitchen above, with modern-industrial light fixtures that extend down from the tall ceiling. See the rest of this gracious townhouse after the jump.

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AN ELEGANT BLEND OF ART AND COMFORT

December 27, 2016

Interiors

Elegant living room with mix of modern and antique furniture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via AD France, photography by Jérôme Galland)

In a 17th-century mansion on the left bank of Paris, art lovers brought their love of collecting to the task of decorating the home with interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch. They expanded their collecting from fine art to vintage furniture, antiques, and one-of-a-kind decor. The well-trained eyes of the occupants and decorator created a beautiful mix of periods, styles, and finishes resulting in a comfortable home full of interesting contrasts. The home’s style leans towards mid-century but mixes Italian, Danish, and American pieces for a sophisticated mélange. In the living room above, the entire fireplace was designed by Yovanovitch himself, and a contemporary Stilnovo chandelier pops below the ceiling’s wide wooden beams. Continue reading to tour the rest of this elegant home.

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CONVERTIBLE GUEST ROOM DESIGN REVEAL

December 17, 2016

Decorating / Interiors

Blue and green guest room design with folding screen on Thou Swell

Reveal day is here, and I couldn’t be happier with how my guest room design turned out! I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t come together just how I imagined, but the details worked themselves out and the final result is something I’m super proud of. As you might remember from the original design board, I was really going for a soothing blue and green look that would inspire rest and relaxation for anyone lounging or sleeping in the space. I wanted to take full use of the daybed and make it a convertible piece that could easily transition between sofa and bed, and the lack of accent furniture in the before pictures below will also show how the room needed some help being a living room as well. Since the room was originally a movie room, the orientation of the room worked for watching movies, but wasn’t necessarily the most efficient or well-designed use of space. By placing the daybed by the stairs (my mom’s brilliant idea), it gave me much more room to expand the seating area. All improvements aside, the biggest impact of this project might be simply bringing a cohesive color palette to the room through a mix of blue and green hues and patterns. I couldn’t have done it without my mom for receiving all of the large packages and picking up pieces while I was studying away in Ithaca, and the amazing sponsors for this project. At Home for accent furniture, Dash & Albert for the area rug, DecoratorsBest for wallpaper and fabric, Home Depot for blinds, plants, and planters, Minted for art and pillows, Shelby Dillon Studio for pillows, and World Market for the daybed cover and… more pillows! Click through to see how the space came out.

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