MY FAVORITE COZY DINING BANQUETTES

October 4, 2017

Decorating

White kitchen with leather dining banquette on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

I find dining banquettes to be one of the coziest (and most comfortable) ways to dine, and while they’re often built into a kitchen or breakfast room design, it’s easy to get this look without a kitchen renovation with some of the dining banquettes on the market. Of course you can always just pull up a sofa or settee to your dining table (like I did in my dining makeover here), but there are several key elements to consider when incorporating a banquette into your dining arrangement. First off, there should be no arms on the piece (or extremely low arms). This makes it easiest to slide in and out of the seat. The other key sizing rule to follow is to make sure the banquette extends beyond the width of the table, to allow for scooching in and out of the piece. Find my favorite examples of cozy banquettes in dining rooms and kitchen, and shop my favorite pieces below!

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CAROLE RADZIWILL’S NEW YORK SANCTUARY

October 2, 2017

Interiors

Silver and blue living room in Carole Radziwill's New York City duplex on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Gieves Anderson)

A subdued silvery palette with glimmering drops of jewel-toned accents define this NYC oasis for Carole Radziwill’s home, decorated with John Bossard. I can’t help but be reminded of my grandmother’s all-blue home in Florida when I look at this living room. The soft, luxurious touches of velvet upholstery and the gorgeous huge floral arrangements bring me right to the smell of fresh lilies and the comfort of spending time in her space.

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THE BEST OF: TARGET’S NEW PROJECT 62

September 21, 2017

Decorating

Modern sideboard and round mirror with blush slipper chair from Project 62 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Target has launched three exciting new brands this fall: A New Day for women, Goodfellow & Co. for men, and Project 62 for home. I’m thrilled about all of the launches (they’re all super stylish), but Project 62 is especially exciting because it expands Target’s selection of affordable modern furniture and decor. The new launch is sleek and mid-century inspired with some really stellar pieces. I really see this new collection taking inspiration from affordable European furniture design that has grown in popularity recently like Bloomingville, H&M Home, and Zara Home.

They kept the color palette simple with neutrals and some of my favorite colors: blue and blush. The materials are also on point: lucite, brass, marble, and linen. And did I mention affordable?! Accent tables are all under $150 and lighting starts at just $20. The collection seems to put some pressure on middle-market retailers like west elm (see the similarity of this Target and this west elm table) and Pottery Barn (small space collection). Check out my favorite pieces from the collection below in furniture, lighting, decor, and dining, and let me know what you think of the new launch!

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COLESY’S BLUE MOOD DORM: REVEAL

September 19, 2017

Interiors

Blue and white bedroom dorm room design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

It has been such a joy to translate my friends’ personalities, tastes, and experiences into living space they love. While Olivia’s room featured blush and gold accents, Colesy wanted a cooler, blue and silver color palette for her dorm room in Cornell’s new Alpha Chi Omega house. It was fun to create two different schemes from the The Mine’s selection of furniture and decor, and curate the artwork for each room with Minted. The whole space is washed in blue, and I know it will be both a relaxing retreat and fun entertaining space that Colesy will be excited to come home to!

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SWELL SHOPPING: LAYERED LIVING ROOM

September 14, 2017

Decorating

Birmingham loft with traditional and modern mix by William McClure on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The NeoTrad, photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez)

I just can’t get enough of this elegant living room in William McLure’s Birmingham loft. He’s one of my favorite ‘New Southern‘ designers with an extraordinary range of talent from decorating to his fabulous abstract painting. He moved from his apartment (as seen on One Kings Lane) in Birmingham to a stunning loft last year, and watching the design evolve on his popular Instagram feed has been super fun. I also love how he divided the open plan – see the curtains at the back of this shot, separating the bedroom from the living area. Every element is balanced just so, industrial rigidity against forgiving natural textures, modern textiles, and antique silhouettes.

Enjoy the product guide below to see how gorgeous pieces like the chic armless sofa and abstract artwork might add the same interesting conversation to your own home.

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