OLIVIA’S LUSH BLUSH DORM: REVEAL

September 12, 2017

Interiors

Pink and blush dorm room design with tufted slipper chair and gallery wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love putting together the mood board for a room, but there’s nothing like seeing the finished product and feeling like you’ve made something perfect for your friend. Turning a temporary, cookie-cutter space into a personal retreat has been so rewarding! I’m so excited to share Olivia’s final dorm room reveal, which I completed with the incredible support of The Mine, Minted, Framebridge, and Jennifer Squires Ross. The room is totally Olivia, and seeing her at home in the new space is so satisfying! I can’t wait to show you all the details – see how the room turned out below.

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TOUR AN UNDERSTATED CALIFORNIA HOME

September 11, 2017

Interiors

Pierre Frey espalier wallpaper in California living and dining room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via House Beautiful, photography by Victoria Pearson)

When you think of minimalism, you may think of serenity as white spaces, Scandinavian neutrals, and clean lines. This California home brings across a sense of another kind of minimalism, a calmness that comes from a kind of comfort and ease that grows as easily as almonds and pears on the West Coast. Frances Merrill has decorated a retreat in warm terracotta tones that evoke the warmth of a winter fire, a sunny villa in the south of Italy, and the burnish on a worn cowboy saddle all at once. Choices like the fantastical blue powder room or the whimsy in the rattan hanging chair against a botanical wallpaper are grounded by her earthy palette and cozy layers of pillows.

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COLESY’S BLUE MOOD DORM: DESIGN BOARD

September 2, 2017

Decorating

Serene blue and white workspace by Coco Kelley on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Coco Kelley)

I’m so happy to share one of two dorm rooms I’m putting together for friends.
Colesy’s room is pulled together by shades of blue. Where I avoided prints and kept the shapes and textiles soft in Olivia’s lush blush room, Colesy has more geometric lines and a few prints mixed in to liven things up. Some choice selections from Minted’s great art and the seating cubes, rug, and cozy blanket balance these with softer, plusher details and hazy imagery. The stripes on the bedding pillow and the blue and white motif add a subtle nautical touch perfectly suited to a traveler. A campaign-style nightstand completes the cosmopolitan flair. While in Olivia’s room I started with a simpler off-white area rug, I chose a bolder patterned rug from Mowhawk Home to set the scene in Colesy’s room. From there, I pulled together a selection of art to bring some additional hues to the color palette from Minted then filled out the look with furniture and decor from The Mine. Click through to take a look at the whole mood board and let me know what you think in the comments!

P.S. Save an extra 20% when you buy a dorm set on The Mine until 9/4/17 with code BACK2SCHOOL20!

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THE BEST LABOR DAY HOME DECOR SALES

September 1, 2017

Decorating

Window seat with velvet throw pillows, sheepskin and woven stool on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Madam Stoltz)

Although I’m a little hesitant to start celebrating fall decor just quite yet, I am definitely excited about the multitude of sales happening and the chance to enjoy a long weekend. I scoured the web for the best home decor sales and my favorite products from fourteen go-to furniture and decor brands so you can take advantage of the great deals this weekend. From H&M Home‘s $5 deals on their chic accessories to up to 70% off The Mine‘s huge selection, there are some pretty deep discounts to check out. Click through to shop the sales – and hurry, because many of the promotions will be ending on Tuesday!
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OLIVIA’S LUSH BLUSH DORM: DESIGN BOARD

August 31, 2017

Decorating

Pink decor in living room with Kate Spade wall decor and brass chandelier on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Kate Spade)

I’m delighted to share my mood board for my friend Olivia’s dorm room! Dorm room decor is a special kind of a challenge. The layout is limited, the space is petite, and everything has to be exactly how it was when the inhabitant moves in—so it’s hard to change much with my favorite tools like paint or furniture choices.

This room is going to be pulled together by the shade of blush that’s the perfect match for Olivia’s personality and style. On-trend (some might call it “millennial pink”), warm, and elegant, the sense of femininity it brings ties right into the playful prints on the throw pillows and the light and delicate artwork I’ve picked out for the walls. I’m partnering with The Mine for all of the decor – and there’s definitely lots to be found in their huge selection (see all of their curated dorm room decor here). Lots of soft textures and mirrored surfaces will help keep the room cozy but bright. I chose solid pale colors to keep the room from being dark and to help the space seem as large as possible. The area rug from Mohawk Home and cozy blanket fulfill some of my dorm room must-haves too. Click through to enjoy the full mood board and don’t forget to let me know what you think!

P.S. Save an extra 20% when you buy a dorm set on The Mine until 9/4/17 with code BACK2SCHOOL20!

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