Category Archives: Tye Street Project

PLANTING BOXWOODS ON TYE STREET

June 22, 2016

Gardening / Tye Street Project

Front yard with Monrovia boxwoods on @thouswellblog

This past weekend we took some time to take care of Tye Street’s curb appeal, and bring in some new plants that would create the foundation for a beautiful, classic garden in the two beds that line the front of the house. One of my favorite plants and a bush that makes a great backdrop or border for garden beds is the boxwood. While they take a bit of investment and patience to grow, their small leaves and branches make them a beautiful hedge bush and easy to shape. Since they’re so dense and have a broader shape, they were perfect for placing against the porch as eventually they will grow in to cover the old lattice and cinderblocks at the base of the house. The Winter Gem boxwoods we planted from Monrovia are also ideal since they’re one of the hardiest boxwood varieties. Boxwoods are one of my favorite shrubs because they’re very versatile, and can mix well into contemporary or cottage style gardens. For my dad’s house, I wanted it to keep a more simple, contemporary style in the garden while using all of the classic Southern plants I explored my last post with Monrovia. I also wanted to celebrate Monrovia’s 90th anniversary – that’s a long time to be growing beautiful plants for our gardens!
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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: BEDROOM REVEAL

May 11, 2016

Decorating / One Room Challenge / Tye Street Project

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

INTRO | DESIGN | PAINT | ARTWORK | STYLING

It’s been a whirlwind of six weeks, with my first rodeo in the One Room Challenge designer group and my last few weeks of high school! It’s definitely been crazy, but I’ve had so much fun tackling this bedroom makeover. Having the support of such an amazing group of sponsors absolutely made this room shine and let me stretch my limits. It’s so amazing to see how my designs have progressed through each One Room Challenge season, starting with my dad’s back room, then my mom’s living room, and now my dad’s master bedroom… I’m so lucky my parent’s let me redecorate all the time! My dad’s bedroom was the last room to be decorated in his home (see the rest of the house on Design*Sponge). His bedroom definitely got the royal treatment with custom drapery, a high-gloss ceiling, and a custom-cut rug. I am thrilled with the final result, and hope you like it as well! A huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for believing in me and including me in the designer group this year, and to the other designers and readers who have commented and cheered this project each week. Make sure to check out all of their room reveals below, and the linking participant rooms tomorrow on CIH.

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TYE STREET BEDROOM UPDATE

February 23, 2016

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Colorful bedroom makeover with faux taxidermy and graphic accessories via @thouswellblog

It’s been awhile since I’ve worked on any projects for Tye Street, but I’ve been wanting to finish decorating my sisters’ bedroom since the project was published. You may have noticed that all of the photos of their bedroom were closely cropped to hide the bare walls, and the most colorful thing in the room was definitely the flower arrangement. So when Fab.com reached out to partner, I immediately knew that their vibrant collection of modern home decor and graphic artwork would add the perfect pop to the room. I started with the faux taxidermy, as I knew I wanted something matching above each headboard (and I’ve been eyeing these fabulous heads for years now), and then brought in accessories to spruce up the beds. The artwork is my own, you may recognize it from my last One Room Challenge project. Continue reading for a chance to win $1000 to shop Fab.com!
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TYE STREET PROJECT REVEAL ON DESIGN SPONGE

October 9, 2015

Interiors / Tye Street Project

Charcoal grey walls and silver accents in a moody modern living room

It’s been four months since my last update from the Tye Street Project (you can see the project introduction here), but I’m so excited to finally post the reveal and share that it was published on Design Sponge yesterday! The DS team put together an incredible article, so to get all the details of the reveal and lots of photos (including some before and afters), head on over to Design Sponge. Have a great weekend, swell friends!

Living room coffee table details
Moody charcoal entry hallway with black and white gallery wall
Behr Lotus Leaf green dining room
Bright sunroom solarium with plants

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TYE STREET PROJECT: ENTRY FLOOR & UPDATE

June 7, 2015

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Painted checkerboard floor on Thou Swell

(Catch up the the Tye Street Project: Introduction, Paint Palette, Sneak Peek) Now that things are all settled with Tye Street’s back room “solarium“, I am starting to wrap things up with the rest of house. I’ve only got one room to go now that the entry is almost done: my sisters’ bedroom. You got a sneak peek of it in this post with bunglo, but as you can see, its got a long way to go (headboards, art, bedside table and lighting). I’ve got some pictures of the new entry floor and a couple more sneak peeks with progress, but I don’t want to share too much until I can reveal the whole house in full!

For the entry floor, we decided against a runner, but I still wanted to add an extra element of drama to the long hallway. The walls are dark gray and there’s a black and white gallery wall on one side, and five mirrors on the other to reflect light and add a little glam. The floor needed something to distract from its worn out wood, and though I was risking darkening the space even further, I decided a checkerboard floor pattern on top of the wood would make a great statement (inspired by this entry). The project turned out to be much harder to carry out than we expected, because it required doing all the math to figure out the size of the squares, drawing the squares using a right angle, taping off the squares, trimming the corners where the tape met with an x-acto knife, sanding the squares, then finally painting them all and waiting 72 hours to fully dry. That being said, I don’t have a instructions for anyone else to carry out this project because my dad did a lot of the hard stuff (perks of being a teenager??), but here, here, and here are some great tutorials!

Tye Street Project Entry BeforeTye Street Project entry

Checkerboard painted floor pattern
Checkerboard painted floor pattern

Painted checkerboard floor on Thou Swell

And now for a little update! Enjoy these sneak peeks… I can’t wait to share more!!

Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell
Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell

Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell
Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell

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