February 7, 2017


Carolina Herrera's classic blush living room via Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via AD Spain, photography by Antonio Terrón)

It feels like we’re only days into 2017, but the beginning of February is already upon us and February 14th is just around the corner! While Valentine’s Day might seem like a sad holiday for some, I enjoy embracing the love-liness of the rosy-hued holiday – love for friends, family, and significant others of course! It’s a great holiday for celebrating all the things we love in our life, and sharing a few thoughtful gifts is always fun. I’ve been embracing blush ever since I used it behind the bar in my mom’s living room, so I can’t wait to share lots of the color this week, in this gift guide and in my next few posts with entertaining and design inspiration for next Tuesday. In this guide you’ll find everything from abstract art to chic jewelry (from the designer I always gift to my mom) and lots of luxe gifts in-between. Click through to shop my picks!
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February 6, 2017


Blue and white modern living room in Paris on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Matthieu Salvaing)

The Rive Gauche or Left Bank of Paris is known for its historic communities of philosophers, writers, artists at Montparnasse, the Latin Quarter of students attending the University of Paris, so it seems fitting that actress Hilary Swank took up residence in a grand apartment in this part of Paris. With the help of designer Axel Huynh, bold gestures of blues and a pop of red in the living room brought dramatic saturation to each living space. Much of the furniture was designed by Huynh, with custom details highlighted by the sparse decoration. This curated approach gives extra emphasis to the strong moments of color, such as on the velvet curtains and the custom paint color chosen for a teal accent wall in the dining room. I can’t help but call the mix of custom and contemporary furniture quite swanky, and often very sculptural, from the India Madhavi side table by the desk to the black and white oyster-shaped sconces in the dining room. See the rest of Swank’s Parisian home below.


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February 3, 2017


This post is sponsored by Mars, Inc and American Greetings but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Valentine's Day flower arrangement with M&M's on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Valentine’s Day can be such a joyful holiday when you embrace all the different kinds of love in your life – not just significant others but also family and dear friends. It can be easy to give someone a little reminder that you love them, especially when you can pick up Valentine’s Day cards and candy (like some special M&M’s) to make the perfect little gift. While candy and a card might not seem very original, it’s all in the presentation. Try grouping up the items with a unique bouquet of flowers – try to find three different blooms to make a sophisticated little arrangement, then tie a bow around the bouquet to make a classic nosegay. After rinsing and cutting the flower stems, place them in a vase of M&M’s for a fun twist on rocks at the bottom of the vessel. Pair the sweet, edible arrangement with a card (make sure to add your own handwriting on the inside) for an easy way to send someone your love. See how I put it together below!


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February 2, 2017


Field to Vase dinner party tour with American Grown Flowers on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I recently learned about the beautiful Field to Vase dinner party tour organized by American Grown Flowers, and when I saw these photos I fell in love with the beautiful photos of their flower-filled tables. Each dinner is hosted by an American flower farm, with local flowers lining the table and locally-grown food served for each course. As they describe on their website, “Along with lively conversation among dining companions new and old… You’ll meet others who are passionate about preserving American Grown Flowers, farmland and our country’s floriculture roots.” Sounds amazing, right? Their 2017 schedule is live, and it’s coming to flower farms in Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Virginia, and Florida this year. The tour starts on March 11, and continues until November 18, 2017. Find out more about their dinner party tour on their website, follow along on Instagram, and see more photos of past dinners below.
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February 1, 2017


Traditional living room with modern LED chandelier on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Upton LED chandelier)

When you think of LED lighting you might think of Christmas lights or maybe high-tech light bulbs, but the highly-efficient light technology is making its way into light fixtures in high-end and middle market designs alike. As the technology and light color has improved, its proven to make a versatile alternative to conventional light bulbs, especially for sleek, detailed and circular fixtures. I absolutely love how the LED lighting has opened a whole new set of possibilities for the shape and profile of sconces, pendants, and chandeliers, and I can’t wait to see how the trend will expand! Check out my favorite pieces – many of them new releases for 2017 – in my product guide after the jump.

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