August 7, 2017


Metal canopy bed with green throw in a neo-traditional bedroom by Rose Uniacke on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Rose Uniacke)

When you think of a canopy bed, you may imagine an ornate baroque bed frame fit for a chateau, but slim down the look and you have a sleeker, modern bed that gives height and drama to your room – with or without drapery lining the sides. I love how a canopy, even just the frame, creates the feeling of enclosure within the bed, bringing a higher sense of privacy and intimacy to the space. It also gives a lot of height and a high-style sensibility to your room. I’ve scoured the web for chic canopy beds, ranging in price and with an eye for slimmer profiles that will blend beautifully with your furnishings, no matter the style. See another view of the glorious canopy bed above in a bedroom designed by Rose Uniacke plus more inspiration and my favorite beds to shop now after the jump.


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August 6, 2017


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Pattern happy table setting with whimsical flower arrangement of daisies and butterflies on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Although the weather is still hot in Atlanta, schools are starting again, signaling a change in routines (and soon enough, a change in the weather). I love to embrace these seasonal shifts with changes around the house, like our recent additions to the living room or a fresh table setting with a whimsical mix of patterns. I channeled an eclectic, collected look on this tablescape with Ikat napkins and patterned bowls from Cost Plus World Market, and brought in a touch of the unexpected to the simple arrangement of daisies – colorful butterflies. Although the table setting is simple, it sings with elements of surprise that will surely inspire interesting conversation or delight dinner party guests during the new season. I also love how much interest you can pack onto a small space dining table. It just shows that small can be just as stylish! Get all the details on this table setting below.
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August 5, 2017

Decorating / Interiors

Summer living room refresh with new seagrass rug and RugPadUSA on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Things are always changing in our house (anyone else compulsively rearrange their furniture?!) and the living room has changed over the two+ years since I gave it a makeover for the fall One Room Challenge. The biggest change is one I’ve been wanting to make for over a year – adding a light, natural fiber rug to the room. Not only did the room need something to bring together the seating arrangement but it also provides a soft layer to the room that lightens the space with its pale color. It makes a traditional pairing with the hide rug and softens the room as well. I spent a while looking for a rug with a beige binding and a lighter color (with a low price) and finally settled on Safavieh’s Marcus area rug. Of course with a new rug I needed the perfect rug pad, so I looked through RugPadUSA‘s selection of pads engineered to last long and be used with different types of flooring and rug types. I chose the Super Lock Natural rug pad, their best gripping rug pad made with natural rubber that won’t stain, strip, or stick to floors, and it has a subtle cushion that makes the new rug a little extra comfortable. See what else changed in the living room below!


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July 24, 2017


Blue and white attice storage cabinets on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Double G)

Nordstrom is having their huge ANNIVERSARY SALE right now, and besides all of the incredible fashion deals to be had, there’s a huge selection of home decor with great discounts. I sorted through the selection and found some chic finds, from entertaining essentials to luxe bedding and accessories. I’m currently loving all the Dash & Albert rugs, and you know I can’t resist some good DwellStudio textiles (with plenty to choose from). Shop all my favorites from the sale below, and let me know what pieces you’re loving!


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Eero wifi system in modern home office with French farmhouse table desk and bookshelves on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

It might sound dramatic to say, but I wouldn’t be here, writing on this blog, if it wasn’t for the incredible opportunity to connect to the internet. I might not have chased my passion for interior design, or discovered bloggers around the world writing, decorating and documenting their lives in personal and unique ways. I wouldn’t have been able to create this platform that connects me with you to share my little thoughts on home design. While sharing a beautifully designed wifi beacon might seem a bit off-topic for TS, the intersection of connectivity and design is certainly at the core of this online space. I definitely consider myself a “digital native,” and experiencing innovation in technology has always excited me. The eero wifi system is a new type of beacon that covers your home in a ‘blanket’ of connection and brings security and convenience to your fingertips with a phone app that lets you track the usage, devices, and latest security updates on your network. It’s also one of the most elegant devices out there. I placed mine directly on my desk and placed two eero Beacons on either end of the house for complete coverage. It was the easiest system I’ve ever installed (and I’ve installed many routers in my time), and I was impressed by the features built into the network. Learn more about the eero after the jump!

P.S. Get free overnight shipping with your purchase of an eero system by using the code THOUSWELL at checkout!
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