Category Archives: Interiors

A SOUTH CAROLINA SHRINE TO SPACIOUSNESS

August 22, 2017

Interiors

Double-story living room with concrete fireplace chimney and gallery wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by William Abranowicz)

John Mellencamp’s South Carolina home on Daufuskie Island uses open spaces and neutral colors to emphasize an almost monk-like sense of solitude and clarity. As a home designed for a musician, the openness allows the notes of his imaginings to echo all the clearer. The Atlantic views and broad sky flow in and out of the home easily, bringing landscape and living space together. Decorated by Monique Gibson Interior Design and designed by Neil Gordon Architect, the structure and setting tightly intertwine with a neutral, almost severe palette and masculine silhouettes.

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A NEW ORLEANS HOME FULL OF COLOR

August 9, 2017

Interiors

Colorful New Orleans living room with modern art and pink Karl Springer coffee table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Garden & Gun, photography by Alison Gootee)

Inside a New Orleans home built in the 1860’s, a young family takes a fresh and energizing direction with a large dose of color while keeping some traditional Southern vernacular including uses of wallpaper, lacquer, and a beautiful set of bedding in the master bedroom. As you may already know, I love finding new examples of modern Southern style, and this home definitely shows a unique mix of periods, art, and color in the decorating. See the rest of this Big Easy home tour below!

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OUR SUMMER LIVING ROOM REFRESH

August 5, 2017

Decorating / Interiors

Summer living room refresh with new seagrass rug and RugPadUSA on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Things are always changing in our house (anyone else compulsively rearrange their furniture?!) and the living room has changed over the two+ years since I gave it a makeover for the fall One Room Challenge. The biggest change is one I’ve been wanting to make for over a year – adding a light, natural fiber rug to the room. Not only did the room need something to bring together the seating arrangement but it also provides a soft layer to the room that lightens the space with its pale color. It makes a traditional pairing with the hide rug and softens the room as well. I spent a while looking for a rug with a beige binding and a lighter color (with a low price) and finally settled on Safavieh’s Marcus area rug. Of course with a new rug I needed the perfect rug pad, so I looked through RugPadUSA‘s selection of pads engineered to last long and be used with different types of flooring and rug types. I chose the Super Lock Natural rug pad, their best gripping rug pad made with natural rubber that won’t stain, strip, or stick to floors, and it has a subtle cushion that makes the new rug a little extra comfortable. See what else changed in the living room below!

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A SOPHISTICATED GREY DORM ROOM DESIGN

July 11, 2017

Interiors

Small space bedroom dorm design with white trestle desk, blue Louis chair and black and white photography on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

About a month before the end of the school year, Home Depot invited me to completely redecorate my room with their huge selection of home decor. I – like always – said yes immediately and starting dreaming up a new look for my dorm room. After living in it for a year, there were a few tweaks that I decided to make and some major new pieces of furniture that I knew would add a high-design edge to the room. I started by infusing a bit of color: shades of blue, and a bit more contrast: dark greys to ground the room, which also go perfectly with my existing area rug. I chose a more functional indoor/outdoor area rug to layer, and I knew not to worry about the light color since it would be so easy to clean. I brought in more shiny chrome, with the trestle legs on my new desk, and added a large palm to bring some tropical green to, literally, breathe life into the room. I brought in luxe velvet from the curtains to the pillows on the bed, while enhancing the functionality of the room with more storage from the shelved nightstand and ottoman for extra seating and a secret shoe compartment. See the end result below!
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INDUSTRIAL VERVE IN AN UPTOWN LOFT

June 28, 2017

Interiors

Neutral industrial modern living room in New York City loft on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Monique Gibson)

In a spacious New York City loft, design Monique Gibson was tasked with creating “domestic bliss” for a creative couple – one-half writer, one-half filmmaker. Gibson kept the palette simple while balancing mix of industrial designs and a light modern touch that leaves each room varied yet simplified in its design. Natural materials – like linen sectional and the live-edge coffee table above – warm up the minimalist rooms, and the designer’s signature adds small moments of humor to the modern loft. Take a tour of my favorite rooms in this incredible home below.

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