TOUR AN URBAN LOFT IN WASHINGTON D.C.

February 5, 2018

Interiors

Modern urban loft with custom oversized chimney hood in living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog (via Elle Decor, photography by Alyssa Rosenheck)

For Will Lansing, the founder of boutique urban development firm Valor Development, based in Washington, D.C., finding a modern home for a budding art collection meant investing in great architecture and furnishings too. Together with interior designer Christina Cole, they outfitted an old auto body shop with bespoke details like a floor-to-ceiling bookcase and an oversized hood in the living room. The designer kept the finishes luxurious but durable, choosing grey Fabricut upholstery for the sofa and solid walnut for the dining room table. While the project keeps a fresh, urban aesthetic with its industrial shell, Cole was able to beautifully finish the place for a polished, grown-up aesthetic that can easily carry over to Lansing’s future homes – and this synthesis represents a beautiful tenet of good urban development: responding to and enhancing the existing character and architecture of a building. Step inside this bold urban loft below!

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INTERIORS WITH ZEST: INDOOR CITRUS TREES

January 30, 2018

Decorating / Gardening

Potted indoor citrus trees in a white Scandinavian style room, plus how to care for indoor citrus trees on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Martha Stewart)

While 2017 was the year of the olive tree, I’ve turned my attention to indoor citrus trees for 2018. I’ve always lived around citrus trees — my mom bought four when I was little and put them in our kitchen garden. They would live inside during the winter, and the smell of the blooms in early spring and watching the fruit grow is a tiny and glorious joy. The flowers’ fragrance fills the house just at the time of winter I’m hoping for a sure sign of the weather turning around, and brings a sunny, zesty scent of the summer to come. I absolutely love to care for these low-maintenance trees, and these interiors certainly show off their style! Find more inspiration and how to care for indoor citrus trees below.

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PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS & GIFTS

January 22, 2018

Holiday

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

Valentine's Day cards and gift guide with American Greetings on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I have a few ideas for thoughtful card-and-gift pairings for any loved one in your life. I headed over to my local Target store to peruse their card section and found these cute cards by American Greetings to inspire some sweet gifts that make a great match for each card! The two bottom cards (above) are their regular cards, but I couldn't resist picking up that fun bear card at the top from their premium collection. It has a handmade look and feel that I love! For each card, I've highlighted 4-5 little gifts that jive with the card's design, so check out my mini gift guides below - and don't forget to stop by the card section next time you're at Target to find American Greetings cards to spread some love this Valentine's Day!
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KEEP AN EYE AT HOME, WHEREVER YOU GO

January 18, 2018

Decorating

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

Watching the house and dog with Hive View smart indoor camera on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

One of the hardest parts of leaving the house is leaving Milou! We’ve always been super close as I was mainly left in charge of training and taking care of her ever since my sister’s and I received her for Christmas as a puppy. She has a classic terrier attitude that makes her kind of spunky and independent, but she definitely gets upset when we leave the house. Just a few days ago Hive sent over their newest home monitoring camera, the Hive View, and I’m already in love with this latest addition to their family of smart home devices! It’s a sleek little camera that can be placed on a level surface or mounted to a wall or ceiling, and gives live monitoring of your home – from keeping an eye on your pets to providing a smart layer of security.

P.S. Save 10% off your Hive pack with code KEVIN10!
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HOME DECOR TREND FORECAST FOR 2018

January 16, 2018

Decorating

Scenic mural in a modern living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The year is already off to a dazzling start with some very intriguing decorating ideas I’m already looking forward to mixing into projects… and even a few I have worked with before! I loved seeing how my trend forecast from 2017 turned out (some trends definitely caught on more than others) and I’ve got a new slew of details that I predict will be big this year. From paint and murals to pendants and exteriors, this list covers the gamut – and I hope you like what you see! Check out my 2018 home decor trend forecast below.

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