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! Read More
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. Read More
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.
Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mandy of Waiting on Martha, a blogger, designer, shop owner and fellow Atlantan. She’s an incredibly kind and creative #BossLady who’s passionate about the design community here in Atlanta. I collaborated with Mandy for my One Room Challenge to find the styling accessories and finishing touches to polish off my room, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite pieces from her shop on the blog today, plus a $200 giveaway to shop the decor, entertaining, and accessories for yourself!
Steve McKenzie’s was a recent find for me, and I can’t believe I only discovered this year! Tucked into West Midtown, it’s truly one of the best home stores in Atlanta, but the best part of the discovering this store was getting to know the duo behind the shop. Steve and Jill McKenzie are avid design lovers and vibrant members of Atlanta’s design community, often hosting events in the store for artists and designers in the area or passing through. Of the pieces in the store, they say “We don’t sell anything we wouldn’t use in our own home!” Steve is a painter, and his own line of fabrics can be found on upholstery and pillows throughout the vignettes in their store. Besides running the shop, the duo also works on residential design projects, translating their design style to clients’ homes (see their latest feature in Atlanta Magazine’s next issue of HOME)! Take a tour of the store below, and shop their online selection on their website (like Eddie Ross’s new book shown below). Read More