LOOKING BACK: HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016

January 2, 2017

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Modern standing desk home office with bookshelves on @thouswellblog

To recap the year, I wanted to create a quick timeline with some of the most exciting moments of 2016, which was one of the best years yet for Thou Swell. I published 160 blog posts with 45 different brands, and my projects started getting more interesting, with opportunities to practice and push my design, writing, and photography skills. Although my recent departure for college has made it trickier to continue bringing as many original photo shoots to the blog, I’m excited to see how the courses in my design program feed into my professional work on TS. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had all the opportunities below, and I’m so thankful for my readers for supporting the work I share and for the brands that have trusted me with their products and services. I’m grateful, and invigorated, by the opportunities of the past year, and am incredibly excited to see what 2017 has in store!
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HOME DECOR TREND FORECAST FOR 2017

December 30, 2016

Decorating

Loft kitchen with tiled floor and modern white cabinetry on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor)

Over the summer I spent over two days touring the showrooms of AmericasMart, for the bi-annual Home & Gift Show that happens in July and January. It’s the leading wholesale marketplace with both temporary and permanent showrooms in over 7 million square feet and three building complexes. It’s thrilling (and exhausting!) to have access to so many manufacturer’s product lines and designer collections all in one place. I was part of AmericasMart’s Style Your Season team, which consisted of industry influencers covering the top trends of the show. I explored the home and rug floors to find the common threads linking all of the new product I was seeing and found some top trends that I predict will be leading motifs in 2017 home decor. Below, you’ll find images of some of my favorite products I saw at market with links to their manufacturer’s websites. Since these products are sold to the trade, let me know if you’re interested in sourcing anything. Otherwise, I have product guides under each category that you can shop directly from my favorite brands. If you’re interested in attending AmericasMart this winter or summer, check out their Home & Gift show schedule, and see what trends the rest of the Style Your Season team found at market here. Find all of my trend predictions after the jump!

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FIRST LOOK: WEST ELM’S NEW VISION

December 27, 2016

Decorating

See an exclusive preview of west elm's new collection of modern furniture and home decor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Roar & Rabbit chair, Pedestal table)

A few weeks ago I received a pretty package from west elm, containing a gold wishbone for the new year, their new catalog, and a flash drive with tons of beautiful imagery of their new collection. I was thrilled to see their direction for 2017, with beautifully produced photography shot in stunning Brooklyn townhouses with classic architecture to contrast their streamlined furnishings. As the demand for mid-century design has exploded, they’ve started honing in on a definitive style for the brand, leading to their stunning ‘new vision’ for modern home decor that makes up their new collection for the new year. After pouring over their new pieces, I found some common threads through the line, including a focus on high-quality textiles like silk and linen, simplified furniture with more attention to details like the upholstery and legs, and contemporary interpretations, rather than reproductions, of mid-century designs. Their collection has also expanded to include more European silhouettes (especially curved furniture in their newest pieces, inspired by Italian design). The brand made several extensions in the past two years, including west elm Workspace and Hotels, so it will be exciting to see how they grow in 2017. Get an exclusive first look at my favorite pieces and interiors from their new catalog below.

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AN ELEGANT BLEND OF ART AND COMFORT

Interiors

Elegant living room with mix of modern and antique furniture on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via AD France, photography by Jérôme Galland)

In a 17th-century mansion on the left bank of Paris, art lovers brought their love of collecting to the task of decorating the home with interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch. They expanded their collecting from fine art to vintage furniture, antiques, and one-of-a-kind decor. The well-trained eyes of the occupants and decorator created a beautiful mix of periods, styles, and finishes resulting in a comfortable home full of interesting contrasts. The home’s style leans towards mid-century but mixes Italian, Danish, and American pieces for a sophisticated mélange. In the living room above, the entire fireplace was designed by Yovanovitch himself, and a contemporary Stilnovo chandelier pops below the ceiling’s wide wooden beams. Continue reading to tour the rest of this elegant home.

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HOW TO USE PANTONE GREENERY AT HOME

December 22, 2016

Decorating

Modern eclectic kitchen with Pantone Greenery accents on Thou Swell(via Thou Swell – Green & White Scandinavian Home)

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings” reads Pantone’s announcement for their 2017 Color of the Year. Greenery is a striking shade – a bright, almost lime, green that packs much more a punch than last year’s color duo – Rose Quartz and Serenity. While last year’s colors pushed our ideas of gendered hues, this year’s color asks us for a “reconnection…with nature, ourselves, and a larger purpose”. I think the messaging behind Greenery feels very relevant and seems to be one of the most culturally significant color choices by Pantone, but when it comes to the hue itself, I tend to find that it works best in smaller doses, or when deepened to more of an emerald hue. It also seems that the name Greenery almost suggests this range, as the hue is so closely tied to the wide variety of greens found in nature’s palette. See more examples of Greenery in interiors, and some of my favorite products in the colorway after the jump.

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