November 4, 2017


Modern farmhouse kitchen featuring Metrie Option {M} interior moulding and door collection on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I have an exciting opportunity to share with you from Metrie, my favorite source for interior doors and moulding. Remember when I shared my favorite moulding Collection, crown moulding inspiration for bathrooms, and fabulous interior doors? Now I’ve got a creative contest for you to check out, from Metrie’s new Option {M} moulding and interior door combinations. Each week, Metrie’s design team will choose one winner whose Pinterest board best represents the look and feel of that week’s theme. The winner will receive a luxury prize that would fit right in their winning board. Besides the six prizes each week, they’re also giving away a grand prize of a virtual design consultation from celebrity designer Amanda Forrest and a $1,000 Wayfair gift card to their favorite Pinterest designers!

You have until November 8th to share your Shabby Chic Pinterest board, and until November 15th to share a Modern Farmhouse board! Lucky for you, I have some inspiration to get you dreaming up your boards, featuring Metrie’s own Option {M} combinations. Check out the spaces below featuring these styles, then make sure to sign up on their contest page.
Read More


October 28, 2017

Atlanta / Interiors

Modern cottage exterior in Serenbe, Georgia on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

One of my favorite parts about visiting Serenbe is definitely just looking at all the different homes in their four charming neighborhoods. From townhomes to country homes the variety in both form and style is amazing. While the community is fairly new, the range of architectural styles gives the little hamlets a lot of character, and as it grows in, it will only get more beautiful. I took a ride around with my mom and we picked out our very favorite facades to give you a little ‘tour of homes’ in Serenbe.

In case you missed it, I’ve also shared Serenbe’s designer showhouses from 2015 and 2017, plus all the details of my weekend retreat to this sustainable community here.
Read More


October 27, 2017


Easy sushi dinner party with Hive smart home ecosystem on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love to share entertaining inspiration on TS, and I will always enjoy the tradition of a fully set table with flowers and candles and the whole shebang, but today I’m sharing a different kind of entertaining inspiration… This easy sushi dinner party is a more spontaneous, spur of the moment kind of entertaining, inspired by Hive, that I think can create the best memories with family and friends. While the phrase ‘dinner party’ is often associated with a lot of planning and a bit of anxiety, sometimes all you need are people and food (and some stylish dinnerware never hurts). This take-out dinner party is all about making the food and table no-brainers and letting the spontaneity of the event spur some magical memories with loved ones.

P.S. Save 10% off your Hive plan with code HIVEKEVIN10!
Read More


October 25, 2017


White brick walkway with houses in the background in sustainable community Serenbe, Georgia on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Over fall break my family and I spent a relaxing weekend at Serenbe, a sustainable community just over a half hour from Atlanta. It’s a new type of development pioneering an innovative relationship between the built environment and the land, right down to food sourced from its organic farm. You were briefly introduced to the Mado neighborhood of Serenbe last week with my tour of the Serenbe Designer Showhouse, but this entire community requires more than a short paragraph to communicate the innovation happening within its densely-nestled neighborhoods.

The New York Times calls Serenbe “a utopian experiment in New Urbanism being molded out of red Georgia clay, about 30 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.” The first house at Serenbe was built in 2004 and today the community is home to over 400 residents. Founded by Atlanta restauranteurs Steve and Marie Nygren, what started as a country escape for their family became a passion project to protect the Chattahoochee Hills from destructive development practices and urban sprawl. The community includes four neighborhoods, or hamlets, inspired by English villages, developed in omega forms fitted to the undulations of the land to allow minimal disturbance to the landscape. They each include complementary commercial centers focused on the elements of a well-lived life: arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, health for wellbeing and education for awareness. The hamlets are connected by roads but even more accessible by footpaths winding through the forests and pastures surrounding each neighborhood center.
Read More


October 20, 2017

Atlanta / Decorating

Dixon Rye home decor in Atlanta Westside Provisions District on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Over fall break I had the chance to visit Dixon Rye in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District and get to know the founder of the store, Bradley Odom. His resume is impressive, with experience at west elm and J. Crew before launching his shop, design firm, and original furniture line here in Atlanta. The store is in the old Westside Ironworks building so the space has an amazing industrial vibe that blends so perfectly with the new southern style in the well-curated selection. Bradley’s style can be encapsulated in the belief that “raw and refined sit well side by side” and this sophisticated contrast, along with the exclusive European lines they carry, makes the store a treat to peruse.

I asked Bradley a few questions about the store, Atlanta, and his design work. Get to know him and see my favorite shots from this stunning store below!
Read More