DESIGNING CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS

April 19, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

(Roman shades in Linen Ivory via The Emerald Studio)

I’m thrilled to be bringing custom window treatments to my older sister’s bedroom for my One Room Challenge project. To design the perfect shades for her room, I headed to The Shade Store to pick the style and material of my shades. Their showroom in Atlanta in the Westside Provisions District helped me visualize all the options for custom window treatments that The Shade Store offers. Although you can get custom blinds, shades, and drapery, I decided on roman shades for my sister’s bedroom – one for the window by the bed and one for the smaller window above the desk. Since I already had curtains made for the room, I decided to pair the pattern with a woven wood shade and opted for a patterned fabric on the smaller shade to bring a bit of color to the desk area. Find out how I narrowed down all my options, and which swatches I loved most below!
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FIRST LOOK: FRAMEBRIDGE AND CB2

Decorating

Kate Worum modern art print gallery wall, Framebridge for CB2 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Art by Kate Worum)

A special collaboration launched this week between Framebridge and CB2, featuring five contemporary artists from photographers to painters for an exclusive print gallery full of lively modern pieces. Many of the artists I was already familiar with (and whose work I love), but it was fun being introduced to a couple new faces and seeing their work together as an expansion on CB2’s art selection. Framebridge clued me in on this exciting partnership a few weeks ago, and I’ve been so excited to share it all with you now! I also got the chance to choose one print to style myself, so stay tuned to my Instagram to find out which piece I chose (hint hint: it’s one of Benjamin Grant’s mesmerizing aerials). Click through to see all of the artists in the collaboration and shop my favorite pieces.

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AN ARTFUL NYC APARTMENT TOUR

April 17, 2017

Interiors

Artful New York City apartment tour with brown velvet sofa and vintage furniture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Fran Parente)

In the elegant, curated apartment of designer Patrick McGrath and architect Reinaldo Leandro (of Ashe+Leandro), a simple approach to decorating places an emphasis on the couple’s collection of original art, storied furniture, and worldly decor. Eight south-facing windows with downtown views also take center-stage in this flat, pairing perfectly with its crisp, pared-down aesthetic. McGrath brought all their favorite objects and pieces to the new apartment, editing down to a dramatic mix, from the brown mohair velvet sofa to the Moroccan Tuareg rug in the living room above. Click below to continue the tour.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: JULIA’S BEDROOM

April 13, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

Blue bedroom with tufted velvet headboard One Room Challenge inspiration on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decoration, photography by Andrea Papini)

One week late but as I promised on Instagram, I am joining in the One Room Challenge for the fourth time (see Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016). Like last spring’s project I’ll be tackling another bedroom design, this time for my older sister! I am so excited to share my plans for this room, which I’ve been working hard to pull together. I have an amazing group of sponsors this year, including Pine Cone Hill bedding from Annie Selke, a pretty patterned hide from ArtHide, fabulous framing by Framebridge, chic art shelves from Minted, desk legs from PrettyPegs, shades by The Shade Store, throw pillows from Shelby Dillon, lots of great lighting from West Elm, and a lush headboard from World Market. I’m channeling a more classic look for this room, with a fresh twist of cool colors and modern accessories (like all the pretty brass lighting). Click through for an in-progress/before picture and some previews of the new design below!

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MY FAVORITE HANDMADE CERAMICS ON ETSY

April 11, 2017

Decorating

(via Elle Blogg)

I’ve been favoriting handmade ceramics on Etsy for years now, and I realized that while I’ve shared my favorite Etsy lighting sources on TS, I’ve never shared the many fabulous ceramicists I’ve discovered on Etsy located around the world. I shared Atlanta-based Honeycomb Studio’s new tableware collection in January, but there are over 20 more shops below creating unique handmade pieces that are perfect for styling bookshelves, coffee tables, or for kitchen and dining use! Click through to shop my ceramic roundup.

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