November 12, 2015

Interiors / One Room Challenge

Vignette from @thouswellblog's living room makeover, Thorton Dial painting

Welcome readers, ORC bloggers, and decor-enthusiasts! If you’re new to Thou Swell, you can meet me on my About page, and catch up with my One Room Challenge project here: Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four, Week Five. Introduce yourselves in the comments and let me know your favorite part of my project!

Although I had so much fun with my Spring ORC project, this reveal came together so beautifully (if I do say so myself) that my heart is beating double-time as I type this post. I am so thrilled with the work reflected in this room, as it has definitely been a transformation close to my heart. We spend a lot of time in the living room as a family, reading after dinner, celebrating birthdays, entertaining, playing board games on New Years,Β and it’s a space that needed a a little editing to gracefully reflect transitions in our family life. As I simplified the room, my family instantly felt at home in the new space, and our new teal velvet sofa became a popular (and comfortable) destination. Each element of the room, from the scattered light of the perforated pendant on the ceiling to the organic shape of the beige cowhide, bring new energy to the space, and to the rest of the home as well. The room is a reflection of our family, with a contemporary twist that playfully embellishes the traditional bones of the room. So welcome – I hope you enjoy this peek inside our new living room! See the before pictures here.

Detail from @thouswellblog's living room makeover, table styling with orange roses@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements

These graphic pillow covers make the perfect match for our teal sofa, don’t you think? The embroidered pouf was a unique find from this eBay store.

@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements

I had to slip in one of bunglo’s beautiful pillows (see my last post with them here). You can now find them at Anthropologie!

@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements

As you might remember in my Week One post, my main goal for the room was to highlight the heirloom pieces in the room (the chaise and the leather chairs). I started the design process by slanting the chaise at a diagonal and framing it with this oversized modern sconce. It set the tone for the entire project and I love how the new light brightens this corner! Also, how beautiful is the burl frame from Framebridge? It’s my second time using their printing and framing service and I absolutely love it!

@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements

We picked up this chic agate side table on sale from World Market (and now it’s been reduced again!), and it creates a fun design motif with our DIY gilded agate coasters.

Black parsons table bar with pink accent wall and gold garden stools on @thouswellblog

I love how our bar turned out! This corner used to house a large, dark armoire, so it sucked all the light out of this side of the room. Now our beautiful pendant and the warm pink accent wall make it such a glamorous corner! The garden stools were originally brown (and we had used them outside). Some gold spray paint make them sparkle under the Parsons table.

Bar details with pink accent wall on @thouswellblog
Pieces metal globe pendant light
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements
@thouswellblog's living room makeover, mixing traditional and modern design elements

I’m crazy about this fireplace screen I found at Pier 1. It’s got such a fun shape, which makes it perfect for covering our plain, angular fireplace. Plus, it’s ornate pattern looks great underneath the simple shapes of my abstract painting (from my semester at the Oxbow School).


Sconces, Sofa, Graphic pillow, Lumbar pillow, Watercolor pillow, Mirrored side table, Velvet curtains, Cowhide rug, Swing-arm sconce, Striped pillow, Pink throw, Fireplace screen, Agate side table, Globe pendant light, Teal decanter

Thanks for stopping by Thou Swell, I hope you enjoyed the tour! Now I’m off to check out the rest of the talented folks sharing their room reveals on Calling it Home (thank you Linda for another incredible round of the ORC). Stay tuned by subscribing on Bloglovin or by email to keep up with the exciting projects I have planned for the holidays. Hint hint: I’m teaming up with Target to get you all ready for holiday entertaining and decorating!



  • Kyla @ House Of Hipsters . com

    That fireplace screen is the absolute bomb! I drooled over it all the way thru the post. This room is gorgeous. Good call on the big pop of sparkle below the Parsons table! The whole room just sings. Loving all the patterns popping…I’ve been dying to see this room and you didn’t disappoint!

    • That fireplace screen became one of my favorite elements! Thank you Kyla, I have really appreciated all of your support throughout the six weeks!

  • I have been so excited to see this! What a gorgeously curated, eclectic mix! Your painting is amazing, btw! I can’t believe you did that! CONGRATS on a job well done! We can all sleep now, right??

    • Thank you Laura! I have loved following your exterior transformation. I will enjoy sleeping in on Thursday mornings now, haha!

  • Brit -House Updated

    Great job Kevin! Love the mix of colors/styles/awesomeness in this room. All those patterns – love it!

  • The room looks AMAZING! You did a fabulous job! I love the mix of patterns, and the contrast between the white fireplace and the darker furniture. Brilliant!


  • Beth @ designPOST interiors

    KEVIN!! Stop it! This is so perfect in every way. You seriously blow my mind every time. And I am ordering that fireplace screen right now!

  • I knew this was going to be PERFECT and it certainly does not disappoint! Obsessed with the chaise lounge, pink wall, leather chairs, artwork and the nailhead detail on the black chairs. I love how you’ve mixed patterns and textures to make the room feel effortless chic. It’s so hard to make a room look collected and not staged and you’ve done a masterful job. This feels artistic to me, which is the most you can ever hope for when designing a room I think:) Brilliant, brilliant job!!!!!!

    • You are too kind Christine! I have really appreciated all of your thoughtful support throughout the six weeks – it means a lot coming from you! I can’t wait to see your room once the renovation is complete πŸ™‚

  • This space is amazing!! Obsessing over that striped pillow with the tassels and the settee….oh my! Great job

  • Love this room! What a great mix of colors and prints, and it looks like such a fun room to spend time in. The artwork is killer, and I love your eye for styling!

  • gorgeous space- i love the mix you have! and that sofa is killer!

  • This is a feast for the eyes Kevin! You are so talented. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Katy Byrne

    Love it, Kevin! Your styling is fantastic. Cheers from Colorado!!

  • Wonderful job, Kevin! Love how you used the existing pieces, and the art is just so fantastic. The furniture arrangement is so interesting and makes the room feel larger. Amazing work, as always!

  • Tobe | Because It’s Awesome

    Oh yes. This is looooovely. You have such a great eye, sir. Love the mix of styles, pattern and texture you’ve incorporated into the space. Stylish and livable. It truly looks like a fabulous room to spend time in. You’re going places, my friend. Another one to be proud of. ox

  • Wow Kevin this living room is stunning! What a major transformation! It has been such a pleasure participating in ORC with you, and you’ve inspired me! You have an eye for design and are a talented artist as well! I love the blue velvet sofa, the bar, agate side table, & ottoman! I also spy Singer Sargent book, one of my favorite artists! BRAVO on a job well done! Sarah

    • Thank you for your kind words Sarah, I really appreciate it! It was fun to be in another round of ORC with you.

  • It looks great, Kevin! You absolutely must continue to pursue interior design – your talent is undeniable! Lovely job!

  • It looks so good! I love all of the heirloom pieces πŸ™‚

  • Jess Rey

    Talk about Sophistication! Kevin, this room looks amazing! I love how you mixed and matched your patterns and how you incorporated different styles together. The moroccan inspired fireplace cover is one of my favorites. The art and is to die…I can keep going on and on….This space is beautiful. I love how it is not matchy-matchy!

    • Thank you Jess, I really appreciate it! It was so fun to mix the patterns and introduce new pieces to the space!

  • Love the Venetian mirror at the bar and over-sized vase in behind the couch! A very sophisticated and eclectic antique look.


  • Merlyn

    Talent, pattern and period mix, eclecticism, color — it’s all been said
    so we don’t want your head to “swell” too much but what you’ve done
    here is not something that can be taught. And to make it even more
    incredible, your descriptions read like something out of Elle Decor or
    Architectural Digest. I look forward to seeing your name in the AD100
    one day soon….

  • Kris {Driven by DΓ©cor}

    Whoa – this is vintage chic fabulousness! I’m seriously blown away and wonder if you are this good at your young age, what will your designs be like in 25 years? #mindblown

  • Marcie Millholland

    Love how all of the elements work together in such an eclectic way. Well done! It’s definitely a room where people would want to gather.

  • Roxanne

    Kevin, this room is just gorgeous! I love your mix of patterns and color, & that teal velvet sofa is to die for! Love it!

  • Wow! This is amazing!!! I remember you from the earlier ORC, and now I’m eager to catch up on everything I missed between then and now! Your style is all of my favorite things!

  • Kevin, your eye for detail is impeccable!!! Love everything about this space from art work to colour palette and textures to even the furniture placement! You never fail to impress. Way to go!!

  • Anna

    Beautiful room. I love your ability to perfectly mix old with modern:)

  • Madeline | Teal and Gray

    That teal sofa looks amazing in this space!

  • Fantastic, as usual! I’m dying over those gold garden stools!!

  • wow wow wow wow wow!!! You are incredible. Can you mail me an autograph so I can say I know you when you’re famous? Seriously…. the next Nate Berkus…but way better.

  • What a great space with so many cool little nooks and crannies. But that vignette with the shield back chairs, in particular, really checks ALL my boxes. You have real talent; can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Corinna Henderson

    Whoa! You’re clearly a stylist! My heart pitter pattered through the entire post.

  • Sherry Hart

    Hello soon to be famous designer:) Love how you styled this room….so curated! The vintage sofa on an angle….the mix of patterns! You’ve got it Kevin!

  • Jillian Borden

    Wow! Simply incredible. So inspiring. When I was in High School I thought a giant, plastic, blue blow up chair from Hot Topic was cool and here you are sourcing antique poufs. You are the real deal; a talent that can’t be taught in school. Can’t wait to watch your career evolve.

  • CallingitHome

    Hi Kevin, you are always so gooood.Another fantastic room transformation. I love how you layered in all the textures and styles. Well done. Hope you senior year is going great.


    Kevin, the room is gorgeous! Love the mix of patterns and styles. It’s perfectly layered. Well done! πŸ™‚

  • LindaB

    Sorry. Not liking the furniture arrangement at all. It looks like you pushed everything to one side of the room to wax the floors.