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INSPIRED PARTNERSHIPS WITH COLLECTIVELY

May 3, 2017

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(Three Gallery Walls with HP Instant Ink)

Collectively recently launched a brand new website, and I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate their new site and share some of my favorite collaborations with this influencer agency! I can’t tell you how empowering it has been to have brands trust me with their image and message, and as a student, the ability to generate income through my blog has really enabled me to dedicate myself to Thou Swell. I always enjoy working with brands through Collectively because they’re an influencer agency with a human approach and high-touch partnerships that keep personal, meaningful relationship with each influencer they partner with. Not only have I felt like I was encouraged to flex my creativity, but I also felt like the account managers at Collectively have always been super familiar and engaged with my aesthetic and audience at Thou Swell. This has really enabled me to bring some exciting collaborations to Thou Swell, like a high-tech garden sensor, three partnerships with HP, a fall cookout with Clorox, and a holiday city guide with Esurance. Bringing my voice, photography, and style to new projects is always the most fun for me. Check out the stories behind these partnerships I produced for Collectively’s clients below!
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(FINALLY) LAUNCHING MY PORTFOLIO

March 15, 2017

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Kevin O'Gara Interior Design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

You may have noticed a new link pop-up in my navigation bar last week – a link to my newly launched portfolio. For a while now I’ve wanted to put my work (so far) up in a digital portfolio that I could link to the blog, because Thou Swell is just a (major) piece in my creative work thus far. The categories in my portfolio include design work – most of which I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without my blog (and my amazing readers), but I’ve also included photography, art, and consulting work, which I don’t share on my blog. I’m excited to be able to celebrate these parts of my work in relation to my blog, where I was able to cultivate my design, marketing, and photography skills over the past few years!

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LOOKING BACK: HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016

January 2, 2017

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Modern standing desk home office with bookshelves on @thouswellblog

To recap the year, I wanted to create a quick timeline with some of the most exciting moments of 2016, which was one of the best years yet for Thou Swell. I published 160 blog posts with 45 different brands, and my projects started getting more interesting, with opportunities to practice and push my design, writing, and photography skills. Although my recent departure for college has made it trickier to continue bringing as many original photo shoots to the blog, I’m excited to see how the courses in my design program feed into my professional work on TS. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had all the opportunities below, and I’m so thankful for my readers for supporting the work I share and for the brands that have trusted me with their products and services. I’m grateful, and invigorated, by the opportunities of the past year, and am incredibly excited to see what 2017 has in store!
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SWELL GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE DESIGN LOVER

December 1, 2016

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Modernica bentwood tray table in ash and phone stand in walnut on Thou Swell

When furniture maker Modernica reached out about their line of mid-century modern furniture and accessories, produced in their four-acre campus in Los Angeles, I knew their iconic fiberglass chairs, modern ceramics, and streamlined accessories would all make beautiful, thoughtful gifts for the design lover on your gift list. I got to try their bentwood tray table and phone stand, perfect accessories for my dorm room. The tray table is great for studying in my bed, while the phone stand holds my phone perfectly on my nightstand or desk. Look out for the giveaway below to win your own bentwood tray table! I rounded-up some of my favorite gifts for the design lover in your life below – find all of my picks from Modernica after the jump.
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INTERVIEW ON THE PINK CLUTCH

August 25, 2016

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Bar with black parsons table and pink accent wall via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell: Living Room Makeover)

Right before I left Atlanta to jet off for college, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch, a fellow Atlanta blogger. She’s a fantastic example of Southern hospitality and is one of the best when it comes to Atlanta design bloggers, plus I loved learning a bit about her and the background of her colorful blog career. In case you missed it, I had the honor of participating in this past spring’s One Room Challenge with her, which she totally hit out of the ballpark with her energetic living room reveal. Make sure to check out Paige’s blog and my feature on her site by clicking below.

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