Category Archives: Interiors

A WEST VILLAGE HOME TO WELCOME SPRING

April 24, 2017

Interiors

Colorful West Village living room with folk art and spring home decor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by William Waldron)

I’m finally starting to believe it’s spring (now that warmer weather has made its way up into Ithaca) and this West Village home tour full of spring spirit, from the latest issue of Elle Decor, certainly lifted my mood last week! From the playful applications of color and pattern to the floral touches in this cheerful apartment, there is something to be said about embracing color once more as the landscape does the same. It’s home to Erin Beatty, a fashion designer with a background under Tory Burch and then for eight years under her own label, who brought on Brooklyn-based firm Work+Sea, a creative duo that produces both interior projects and a whimsical wallpaper line, to lead the design. Their unique curation style fits perfectly with Erin Beatty’s love for color and pattern, and together they created a confident and comfortable family home.


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AN ARTFUL NYC APARTMENT TOUR

April 17, 2017

Interiors

Artful New York City apartment tour with brown velvet sofa and vintage furniture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Fran Parente)

In the elegant, curated apartment of designer Patrick McGrath and architect Reinaldo Leandro (of Ashe+Leandro), a simple approach to decorating places an emphasis on the couple’s collection of original art, storied furniture, and worldly decor. Eight south-facing windows with downtown views also take center-stage in this flat, pairing perfectly with its crisp, pared-down aesthetic. McGrath brought all their favorite objects and pieces to the new apartment, editing down to a dramatic mix, from the brown mohair velvet sofa to the Moroccan Tuareg rug in the living room above. Click below to continue the tour.

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A LAID-BACK RETREAT ON THE AEGEAN SEA

April 9, 2017

Interiors

Coastal living room in Greece with daybed and exposed beam ceiling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Simon Upton)

It’s been a bit quiet around here, but I took a break from the blog while I was at the beach for spring break (ICYMI on Instagram), soaking up some much-needed sunshine and warmth after escaping Ithaca’s harsh winter weather. I stayed at my grandparent’s beach house in Ponte Vedra which you can take a peek inside here. I just returned to campus today, but I’m still in a summer state-of-mind, and so I thought it would be the perfect time to share this serene escape on the coast of the Aegean Sea from designer Tino Zervudachi. The home is all-white, like many villas on the Greek coast, perched 150 steps above the port. Also like the last Mediterranean villa I shared on the blog, the home is filled with a fabulous mix of styles, from 19th-century antiques to the mid-century daybed in the living room above (which I love dearly). As you’ll find in the designer’s Paris home, each room often has a sculptural touch in it, whether it’s something small perched on a side table or a piece of furniture with an eye-catching shape. See the rest of this coastal home below.

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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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