November 24, 2017


Neutral living room with modern furniture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Coco Kelley)

My grandfather liked to finish all his Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving, and boy am I behind! The gift piles under my bed are not piles at all quite yet so I’m hoping to find some great deals this weekend, from Black Friday to Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to start checking things off my gift list for family and friends (and maybe even discover some gifts I hadn’t thought of myself). I’m quite the Christmas elf so when it comes to gift giving I try to channel my recipient to find the perfect thing! I’ll be sharing much more of that with a series of gift guides leading up to the 25th, but to kick off the shopping for all of us who aren’t quite as organized as my grandfather was, here are the best Black Friday home decor sales to shop this weekend.
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November 16, 2017


Grey accent chair and palm with floor lamp and brass lampshade on Thou Swell(via Thou Swell – Convertible Guest Room Design Reveal)

When I shared this London flat by Ben Pentreath last year, I made a note to look around for patterned lampshades in the market, because it’s a detail that brings so much personality to Pentreath’s work, and he uses them in a really fresh, fun way. They’re a pretty distinctively traditional English touch, especially with a floral, pleated fabric, but the way in which designers like Pentreath and Australian interior and textile designer Anna Spiro use the lampshades can bring a really special touch to the room that can wield a large impact.

The next generation of designers, like Luke Edward Hall (who worked for Pentreath before branching off on his own), are bringing their own twist to patterned lampshades with less traditional patterns, but just as much impact as the more classic styles. Metal lampshades, which I struggled to find just two years ago, are now quite popular, like the one I used above in this guest room. I’ve rounded up some fabulous rooms featuring both colorful and patterned lampshades… just imagine these rooms with plain white shades and you’ll get a sense of the power of this great detail!


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November 15, 2017


Southern inspired Thanksgiving table with Pier 1 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

One of the most striking things about living up here in Ithaca for college is that it has really made me miss the culture that I took for granted in Atlanta. I hold a lot of Southern traditions closer to my heart now that my time at home is more limited, and I definitely cherish Thanksgiving as a holiday that I can count on reconnecting me with my home and family before I return for the long haul of studying and exam season before winter break. I’m excited to share this Southern-inspired Thanksgiving table with Pier 1, inspired by some quintessential elements of Southern decor that create a warm and inviting tabletop. I spent a while in my local store pulling this look together, layering these pieces for a personal and creative table that didn’t break the bank. From wicker to marble and even a pretty chinoiserie bowl for the centerpiece, their selection is sure to inspire a beautiful table setting for your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) this year! Find out how I pulled together the table and flowers from their fall harvest collections below.
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November 14, 2017

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Blue dining room walls on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Emily Henderson)

When I decorated my father’s house, we definitely spent more time and energy on his living room (it is my bedroom when I’m there, after all), and while I loved how the dining room came out, there have been several pieces I’ve been itching to replace in that space after living in it for a while. The dining table is a super interesting piece, made from reclaimed bowling alley wood on an industrial base that my dad found at Paris on Ponce, but it’s actually a bit too long for the room. It seats lots of people which has been a huge plus when my dad entertains, but it just dominates the room. I also don’t love the existing chandelier in this room and have been wanting to replace that piece for a while. Once I started imagining a sleeker chandelier, a new vision of the room started forming that was a bit more dramatic and cozy. Remember the rug and armchairs in my father’s bedroom before the spring 2016 One Room Challenge? We’re bringing those pieces back via the dining room, and balancing all that red with some deep blue walls.


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November 13, 2017


Sophisticated entry hall with checkerboard floor in Los Angeles on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Douglas Friedman)

While things are about to get a whole lot cozier on the blog, I had to post this ‘summery’ Los Angeles home tour because this house is too good not to share. The vibrant, sophisticated mix is one of Brigette Romanek’s latest design projects – this one for her own family. Their home is a historic Laurel Canyon manse, which provides an incredible setting for Romanek’s sharp eye for modern design. The entry hall may be one of my favorite spaces, with a beautiful checkerboard floor (reclaimed from a French château), classic entry table, and daybed below the staircase.


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