MUSEUM STYLE LIVING IN A LAKESIDE HOME

March 13, 2017

Interiors

Modern lake house living room with fine art collection on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Douglas Friedman)

Home to a Manhattan couple and works by artists that include Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, and Félix González-Torres, this lake house feels like a residential museum, with large-scale proportions bringing lots of breathing space to a blue-chip fine art collection. When approaching the renovation of the Italianate, stucco structure, Architecture Research Office streamlined the classical bones of the home, bringing symmetry to the rooms and highlighting the large space like the living room above. Interior designer and curator Michelle Andrews was then brought on incorporate the couple’s collections and antiques into the spacious house. “I take a mixologist’s approach to high and low, geography and materials,” says Andrews. “It feels joyful. I like to call it ‘refined tumult.’” The result is certainly joyful, capturing the incredible light and views through the tall sliding doors surrounding the living spaces. Click through to see more of this art-filled retreat.

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WORLDLY HOME DECOR TO SHOP NOW

March 6, 2017

Decorating

Eclectic tropical bedroom design with canopy twin beds on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Tom Scheerer Decorates on Because It’s Awesome)

Although the weather’s still fluctuating between bitter cold and mildly cold here in Ithaca, I’ve been getting reports of spring weather (unusually early this year) from Atlanta and I’m living vicariously through my little sister as she enjoys the blooming cherry trees during her spring break this week. I am looking forward to my spring break too… in four weeks! In the meantime, I’ll be spring dreaming, and what better way to kick off the warmer weather than with a great sale from Cost Plus World Market. Their annual Friends & Family event means lots of big savings on their selection of worldly decor, some of which is highlighted by some of their newest additions – my favorites including the Jardin Anglais and Jaipur Season collections. Save an extra 30% off all furniture and decor and save 10% off of food and wine during the sale which lasts from March 10-13. To celebrate the sale, I’m sharing the best of their newest home decor additions, featuring worldly pieces from furniture to pillows and lighting handcrafted around the world.

Use the coupon at your local store or use promo code FRIENDS online!

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NOLI MID-CENTURY MODERN DESK GIVEAWAY

March 3, 2017

Decorating

Furniture Maison Noli mid-century modern desk on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I’m excited to wrap up the week with a giveaway from Furniture Maison – a mid-century modern furniture brand I introduced to the blog last year. Their Scandinavian furniture collection has continued expanding, and one reader will get to receive a brand new desk from their sleek Noli collection. If you love the look of this mid-century modern desk, make sure to check out some of my favorites from their collection including their Lilo dining chairs, I-stool, Thea chair, and their dreamy velvet tufted Steward sofa (on sale)! Their best-sellers also include many of their concrete pieces, and their more industrial style furniture pieces. Click through to see more of the Noli table and enter the giveaway!
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6 WAYS TO GIVE HOUSEPLANTS A CHANCE

March 2, 2017

Decorating

Indoor plant in wicker basket, modern interior styling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Amber Interior Design)
This post was sponsored by TRULIA, a real estate website that makes it easy to buy, sell, and rent homes with tools to help with every step, and written by Katie Bassett.

Indoor plants are making a huge reappearance in home decor, especially in warmer climates like in Atlanta. A houseplant can thrive as the focal point to any room and bring a much-needed splash of greenery and overall freshness. However, an indoor plant needs to be carefully selected, strategically placed and always maintained, so it not only looks clean but also leaves an impression. A plant that isn’t upheld or doesn’t mesh with the ambiance can actually do serious harm to the room’s feng shui. Are you currently struggling with your indoor houseplant arrangement? Here are six ways you can revive your indoor plants and create a breathtakingly fresh room.  
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MY FAVORITE ART PRINTS TO SHOP ONLINE

March 1, 2017

Decorating

Modern gallery wall with the best art prints to shop online on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell – Green & White Scandinavian Home)

By placing art in your home, you have the power to create a moments or vignette where there was just an empty wall, shelf, or tabletop before. Hanging prints in unexpected or overlooked place, like the end of a hall, above the toilet, or on the back of a door, maximize these engaging moments throughout your home. Not only does art personalize, but it can also support a cohesive style or color palette, and can illustrate a story or start conversations. While I love framing prints straight from my Instagram or from digital photos I’ve taken on trips or with family and friends, I also love finding art prints online to fill in the blanks and create more abstract statements in a room. Take my dorm room for example, where I used a set of four personal prints that each reminded me of special memories, and hung three large 30×40 art prints to create focal points on the rest of the walls. Find the art prints that have caught my eye in past projects and versatile pieces for any room in my curate product guide – plus some interior inspiration of course – after the jump.

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