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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!

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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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TYE STREET PROJECT: SNEAK PEEK

March 21, 2015

Tye Street Project

Tye Street Project: Sneak Peek (image via Remodelista) | Thou Swell  http://thouswell.co/tye-street-project-sneak-peek/
(via Remodelista, photography by Brooke Holm)

Well I’m excited to announce that we’re closing in on completion with the Tye Street Project! (if you missed it, read up on the introduction and paint palette) I’ve still got some finishing touches (and one huge monster of a DIY project for the entry floor), but all of the big furniture is in and I’m getting geared up to style and shoot it by the start of summer – it feels so far away but I know it will be here in a flash! I thought I would share some sneak peeks of what’s really going on in the project. These shots are from the living room and entry (sorry dining room!) and as you can see, there’s lots of charcoal, some muted blue, a splash of citron, wood, and black and white gallery walls. It feels a little moody masculine but with a modern edge. Look out for some diamond floor action coming soon to the entry…

Tye Street Project sneak peek

Have a great weekend!

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CAFE CHAIR TRANSFORMATION

March 17, 2015

Decorating / DIY Projects / Tye Street Project

CAFE CHAIR TRANSFORMATION | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/cafe-chair-transformation/

Remember that website I shared last month where you can shop estate sales online? Well bought these two bentwood-style cafe chairs for only $18 and decided to give them a little facelift. They came in a worn-out cream color and funny stitched seat pads and I wanted to give them a more dramatic touch for the Tye Street Project front entry (sneak-peek of the project coming soon!). I chose to give them a high-gloss back finish and a new seat cushion – much more squishy! The seat fabric is a fun raised-velvet pattern of citron and grey bursts from Lewis and Sheron.

When the chairs arrived, I was surprised to see how small they were, but I think they’ll work well as small-profile accents flanking the entry way table. I loved the bentwood style, and their unique size added to their eclecticism! They just needed a little love to make them shine… Upholstering tiny little triangle-shaped seat cushions was definitely a challenge – as an amateur I found it pretty impossible to avoid wrinkles. As you can see from the photos, this DIY upholstery job is far from perfect, so I really can’t offer any tips except to avoid using a thick fabric!

CAFE CHAIR TRANSFORMATION | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/cafe-chair-transformation/

CAFE CHAIR TRANSFORMATION | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/cafe-chair-transformation/

CAFE CHAIR TRANSFORMATION | Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/cafe-chair-transformation/

So what do you think – do you think the fabric adds enough of a punch? Also, you can see some sneaks of one of the Tye Street Project living room walls from these photos… The project is almost done and I’m super excited to share it!

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TYE STREET PROJECT: PAINT PALETTE

February 18, 2015

Tye Street Project

TYE STREET PROJECT: PAINT PALETTE | Thou Swell
(via Tye Street Project on Pinterest)

(Missed the intro? You can read all about the Tye Street Project here and even see some before pictures!) I’ve always loved paint chips. Whenever I ended up at Home Depot when I was a kid, I would grab a handful of my favorite paint chips (visual candy? more like visual potato chips). The colors are fun to sort through, and the names are even more interesting. Oh what fun it would be to name paint colors all day! Some of the names aren’t quite right but for others the name is SPOT-ON and it makes the color even better. I had so much fun picking out colors for this project – I was shooting for a sophisticated masculine vibe that was a little edgy and dramatic. I ended up with some moody grays and a peaceful green and blue. Recognize the colors from this Instagram?

TYE STREET PROJECT: PAINT PALETTE | Thou Swell

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(All of these paint colors are by Behr) For the living room, dining room and kitchen, I left the ceiling and crown moldings white to keep the room from getting too dark, and in the entry the silver reflects some on the ceiling, but it is a bit dark… What do you think? Besides the kitchen, I used the French Silver on the master bedroom ceiling, reminiscent of sky-blue porch ceilings in the South. I didn’t paint the second bedroom because it was painted all white (rather than beige like the rest of the house). I’ve started moving in furniture so I can’t wait to share more inspiration and product details next week… Stay tuned!

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