I’m both sad and excited to say that it’s my last full week in Atlanta before I head up to college next week! I have been spending a lot of time catching up with friends and sleeping in a little too late… but now it’s time to get ready for another school year. I’m teaming up with HP to bring you a guide to organizing your physical and digital workspace in preparation for the end of summer and celebrating the launch of their new 15-inch laptop with 2TB of storage – plenty of room to organize all your files with ease. My whole desk will be migrating up to Ithaca next week, so I styled this workspace in my little sister’s room on her DIY desk with gold hairpin legs, using her headboard and the artwork above to inspire the desk’s color palette. The laptop also comes in red, teal, blue, and white, but I chose the sleek silver option for a modern look that would match any desk accessories we chose. Read More
The design board I shared a couple weeks ago for my older sister’s college bedroom recently came to life on a quick trip to Boston, and the result is live on west elm’s blog Front & Main today with a before-and-after of the room’s transformation! We had a busy weekend unboxing product and pulling it all together (I shared it all on Snapchat: thouswell), but I was so happy to create a comfortable home-base for my older sister with furniture she’ll use for years to come. I also implemented a couple of hacks and renter-friendly tricks to design the space, so scroll on through to find a simple IKEA hack and DIY accent wall after checking out the feature on west elm!
West elm has partnered with L.A. firm Commune Design for a collaborative collection that brings a modern California look to a selection of products ranging from furniture to art. The collection is striking for its strong silhouettes, simple geometric shapes, and its warm, neutral palette. Commune used a variety of materials, from leather and terracotta to striking copper like in this modernist wall sconce. The collection feels like an encapsulation of the Commune aesthetic, and it’s exciting to see the transition from opening their first retail location in 2009 to designing this collection, bringing an element of bespoke design that is found in their design projects to the middle market. If I had to pick favorites I would say that this throw pillow and this funky leather stool really caught my eye. Find all my favorites from the new collaboration after the jump.
P.S. Sofas, sectionals, and chairs are now 20-30% off at west elm!
While Southern style is rooted in antiques and traditional proportions, its vocabulary has grown as global influences and a new generation of designers bring a new twist to the region’s style. After sharing three showhouses on Nous Decor, it occurred to me that there must be some common threads linking together all of the Southern style I was observing in these homes. For a couple months now, the NousDecor team and I have collaborated on a New Southern Style Pinterest board which shares Southern homes from all over the web and show the depth and variety in Southern style today. I picked some of my favorite examples to share and highlight the elements I’m seeing again and again.
The Southern countryside of France seems to have the best of both worlds, with both a luxurious and laid-back style, like the proliferous lavender that dots the landscape. While the dusty-purple lavender buds are a simple, natural presence in Provence, their scent is rich and sophisticated. The interiors of this villa, home to Frédéric Fekkai and his family, are thoughtfully designed with an eclectic and rustic look that pairs high-design with the easy-going nature of Aix. Many rooms feature items with considerable patina, lending a worn element to the home that alludes to the age of the 17th-century property. Modern statement pieces are often the light fixture in the room, such as in the room above. I love scale of the chandelier!