A SOPHISTICATED GREY DORM ROOM DESIGN

July 11, 2017

Interiors

Small space bedroom dorm design with white trestle desk, blue Louis chair and black and white photography on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

About a month before the end of the school year, Home Depot invited me to completely redecorate my room with their huge selection of home decor. I – like always – said yes immediately and starting dreaming up a new look for my dorm room. After living in it for a year, there were a few tweaks that I decided to make and some major new pieces of furniture that I knew would add a high-design edge to the room. I started by infusing a bit of color: shades of blue, and a bit more contrast: dark greys to ground the room, which also go perfectly with my existing area rug. I chose a more functional indoor/outdoor area rug to layer, and I knew not to worry about the light color since it would be so easy to clean. I brought in more shiny chrome, with the trestle legs on my new desk, and added a large palm to bring some tropical green to, literally, breathe life into the room. I brought in luxe velvet from the curtains to the pillows on the bed, while enhancing the functionality of the room with more storage from the shelved nightstand and ottoman for extra seating and a secret shoe compartment. See the end result below!
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FINALLY, A TV FOR THE LIVING ROOM

July 7, 2017

Decorating

Framed TV screen with gallery wall and curated art selection for The Frame by Samsung on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

My family has had a strained relationship with the few TV’s we’ve owned. We’re firmly in the no-TV-in-the-living-room camp – especially when it serves as the focal point in the room (mounted above the fireplace for instance). We’ve always filled our living spaces with art first and the fact of the matter is that we don’t watch a lot of TV, although this has changed over the past couple of years as we’ve started watching series on Netflix and Amazon together on weekend nights. We’ve used pull-down screens and a projector for years to watch TV and movies, and earlier this year we tried the solution of having a TV on a little bar cart that we hide behind the curtains separating the dining room and kitchen, to be pulled out when we want to watch something. Now there’s a solution that satisfies our need for both beauty and function. I’m excited to share a beautiful piece of technology with you that is not only a TV but a piece of art for your living room – living seamlessly within your decor. Let me introduce you to The Frame by Samsung!
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SWELL SHOPPING: COBALT BLUE LIVING ROOM

June 28, 2017

Decorating

Neo-traditional blue living room with cobalt sectional in New York townhouse on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Eric Piasecki)

This townhouse in Greenwich Village got a dramatic gut renovation – and the result is incredibly grand. As you can see in the before photos, the home went from a pretty plain residence to a luxe brownstone, and this living room may be my favorite space. The living space sports a bright cobalt blue sectional and a fabulous mid-century chandelier – two strong pieces that modernize the traditional architecture of the home. Find out how to bring this energetic mix home with my product guide below.

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INDUSTRIAL VERVE IN AN UPTOWN LOFT

Interiors

Neutral industrial modern living room in New York City loft on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Monique Gibson)

In a spacious New York City loft, design Monique Gibson was tasked with creating “domestic bliss” for a creative couple – one-half writer, one-half filmmaker. Gibson kept the palette simple while balancing mix of industrial designs and a light modern touch that leaves each room varied yet simplified in its design. Natural materials – like linen sectional and the live-edge coffee table above – warm up the minimalist rooms, and the designer’s signature adds small moments of humor to the modern loft. Take a tour of my favorite rooms in this incredible home below.

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HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR INTERIOR DOORS

June 23, 2017

Decorating

French interior with double doors and ornate moulding between rooms on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Marie Claire Maison)

Last year I introduced my favorite molding collection from Metrie, Fashion Forward, and the picture I shared of their beautiful interior doors in that Collection (see them after the jump) was one of the most popular pins from that post. Each of their five Then & Now Finishing Collections includes an interior door in both solid and glass construction, and with all the matching moulding from their Collections, it’s easy to transform the doorways in your home. One thing I’ve noticed from the interiors I share on TS is the beautiful attention to doorways in Parisian homes and apartments, like the one above. Of course there’s a much longer tradition of classical architecture and molding in these beautiful buildings, but the double interior doors between living spaces is common and creates beautiful transitions between rooms. It’s also inspiring to see how grand a space can become when you add beautiful architectural details – like Metrie’s moulding and doors! Besides doorways between rooms, doors in tight corners or the end of a hall that would improve with one of Metrie’s mirrored glass door designs. Consider how your home might change with some door upgrades and find more inspiring doorways after the jump.

P.S. Not sure of your molding style? Take Metrie’s Style Quiz to find out which of their five Collections is right for you!
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