Tara Victoria Birthday Giveaway

I’m excited to kick-off the Fall with Tara Victoria’s birthday giveaway! Tara turned 25 this past week and I’m thrilled to be included in her birthday celebration. I’m also thrilled to share an up-and-coming magazine and digital shop, ThisIsPaper (magazine / shop), which you can enter to win $255 towards in the widget below! I especially love their Label Bag, Brass Mister, and their simple Wooden Tealight Holders.

Thanks to the following blogs for contributing to this giveaway:

Tara Victoria | Thou Swell | Honesty B | Fashiony Fab | Mamages | Cocorrina

Pen & Peplum | Safaris and Sunsets | A Lively Blend | Of Trees and Hues | Clear the Way

Folk and Fest | Yeobo Blog | Hedgerow General | Holly Marie Designs | Coco & Mingo

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Friday Links 09

Friday Links 09 | Thou Swell
(via Decor 8)

Another joyous week of school in California has passed, and this week at Oxbow I learned all about the Industrial Agriculture system. It was completely discouraging and overwhelming, but I am determined to do my part to start change before time runs out. We’ve got less than 200 years to fix this huge issue! It’s up to us. How would you feel about some serious produce-gardening posts in the 2015 when I return to Atlanta? Let me know in the comments… Anyway here are some inspiring links, enjoy your weekends!

1 / Miranti from Pen & Peplum and Tara from Tara Victoria introduced a new “online community space for creative freelancers and entrepreneurs to gather, share knowledge, and support each other’s work.” Sounds great, right? Check out Common Collective here.

2 / In honor of Paris Fashion Week, Habitually Chic shared an extravagant Kate Moss for Vogue shoot set in the Ritz, inspired by Ritz Paris’s re-opening of their renovated hotel next year. Gorgeous imagery, to say the least.

3 / Emily Henderson’s interior shoots are always so fantastic, so it was super fun to peek behind the scenes!

4 / Merry Thought created a magical fern and fig inspired alfresco dinner setting, complete with a hanging candle holder and gorgeous greenery arrangements.

5 / I love all the tips Free People blog shared on taking your own self portrait. That tripod trick is so helpful (I always use it for my own self portraits)!

6 / A Beautiful Mess shared their kitchen reveal, and you can bet it was full of DIY hacks and budget-friendly tricks! I love the butcher block countertops and their sink faucet.



Large Scale Color in Every Room

It can be easy to create an all-white oasis, but something what a room needs is a splash of unexpected color to keep things alive and energetic. To prevent large scale color to overwhelm a room (unless that’s what you’re going for), it’s important to balance it with complements or keep things easy going with neutrals. If you balance color and light, you can keep things airy and fresh while adding that bold edge to the space. In the bright bedroom below, purple is pulled from the bedspread onto the wall, helping highlight the woven screen headboard. I especially love that pop of green on the stool in the front!

Interiors With Large Scale Color | Thou Swell
(via Elle Decor, photography by Simon Upton)

Interiors With Large Scale Color | Thou Swell
(via Nuevo Estilo)

In a cheerful Barcelona apartment, a gorgeous teal takes center-stage in the kitchen, balanced by white countertops and stools. The orange seat pads provide a bit of complementary action, which helps keep the room from feeling too cold.

The energetic workspace below features some even stronger complementary action, with a pink backsplash and emerald chair. Modern art prints above the desk pull the colors together with a diverse color palette. A white ceiling and view of the living room below helps to keep the space bright and open.

Interiors With Large Scale Color | Thou Swell
(via The Design Files, photography by Brook Holm)



An Emphasis on Art

An Emphasis on Art | Thou Swell
Betsy Morgan, New York interior design and prop stylist, balances historical and contemporary elements in a masterfully composed townhouse. The recurring element is the impressive modern art collection, ranging from paintings to photographs that complement the space perfectly, which tie the space together through their consistency. The first floor is renovated and contemporary, full of light due to a glass-paned slanted roof above the living room, while in the second and third floors (all bedrooms), Betsy kept the historical moulding and used traditional furniture in a light and neutral palette. In the traditional levels of the home, the modern pieces in her art collection complement the details fantastically, and on the contemporary floor the modern pieces fit in perfectly.

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Betsy leads the transition from modern to classical with a contemporary palette, using black to ground this vignette. I absolutely love the detailing in this fireplace mantel!

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An airy and neutral bedroom features an ornate rococo-style bed as the focal point to the room, balanced by a very light and simple rug and modern light fixture.

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(via Betsy Morgan Designs)
(watermarked images via Domaine Home, photographed by Reid Rolls)

Isn’t this patio lovely? Situated on the second level, the modern pieces would balance the classical pieces inside the french doors perfectly. Have a great week!



Best of Chairish Atlanta

Recently Chairish posted an Atlanta city-guide for antique and vintage shops in Atlanta. From French rococo to Italian midcentury, this stylish and comprehensive style guide covers many great shops in the Atlanta area. My absolute favorite may be the desk chair, with that snazzy side table coming in close second. How convenient is that magazine rack? I just can’t wait to get back home and explore these shops in person!


Spark Light | Pendant Light | Caned Chairs | Gilt Mirror | Side Table | Coffee Table (Brass) | Coffee Table (Steel) | Desk Chair

See the whole list of shops and products here. Just reppin’ ATL from Napa. Missing home and my family right about now but excited for my Fall break this weekend – my dad and I are heading down to San Francisco… For any SF-dwellers, comment your favorite spots!


Black & White Done Right

Black & White Done Right | Thou Swell (via  James Dawson Interiors)
Black and white is classic, but can be deceivingly tricky to pull off. Because it’s such a timeless combination, the final product can end up confusing and muddled, with a lack of cohesion besides the duo-chromatic color scheme. James Dawson, an emerging Australian designer has created a wonderfully balanced apartment in black, white, and gold for warm accents. The end product is restrained, elegant, and innovative.

The most striking part of this apartment would be the bold ceiling above the kitchen. Besides offering texture, interest, and a graphic element, the design helps separate the kitchen from the living area in the foreground. This distinction is important and helpful for such a small space.

Black & White Done Right | Thou Swell (via  James Dawson Interiors)
The use of mirrors, above the counters and on the kitchen island help expand the space and, in the kitchen, help to reflect light to lessen the severity of the dark cabinetry.

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Aren’t these pendants just fabulous? I love how playful they against both the white living room and black kitchen.

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What’s even better about this space is that there are some appalling Before pictures in the full interior shoot that will make you even more impressed with the final product. It’s amazing how extensive a vision can be for one little place. Happy Monday!


Cinema Style: To Catch a Thief

thief-titleCinema Style is a new post series inspired by the timeless style of old movies, drawing inspiration from the clothes, colors, and decor from the silver screen and into your home. Lights, Camera, Action! 

In Alfred Hitchcock’s stylish and romantic thriller To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant plays a former notorious jewelry thief, and Grace Kelly is the bored daughter of an oil family from the United States. They meet at the Riviera, with a series of jewelry thieveries pointing to the innocent Grant. Grace overflows with grace and Cary is smart and sophisticated. Together, they frame the real thief and live happily ever after in Grant’s beautiful villa in the South of France overlooking the Mediterranean.

Not only is this a class Hitchcock film, and Grace’s last film with Hitchcock, each scene is a feast for the eyes. As the plot moves from a café, to a beach resort and hotel, down the winding roads, to a costume ball at a large villa, and finally ending in Grant’s bachelor-pad, there’s so much style to take in.Cinema Style: To Catch a ThiefScene by Scene: To Catch a ThiefScene by Scene: To Catch a ThiefThe French Riviera is definitely a source of inspiration, the hallway and bedroom in their hotel is just magical (all that molding!). Grace’s impeccable style can’t be overlooked. By merging traditional french details with simple style, I get a mix that feels fresh yet classic, featuring blues, grey, and gold accents.

Inspired by: To Catch a Thief | Thou Swell

Sources: chair, chandelier, ceiling medallion, lamp, armchairs, mirror, table, sofa, sconces

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Portfolio Peek: Jessica Comingore

Portfolio Peek: Jessica Comingore
(via Jessica Comingore)

Earlier this year I shared the lovely apartment of Jessica Comingore, LA-based photographer, graphic designer, and art director. She’s got quite an eye for aesthetics and her photography portfolio ranges from interiors to commercial shoots to gorgeous personal photographs of LA in black and white. I love how clean her photographs are; she frequently works in predominately-white palettes or carefully-saturated still lives.

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Laid-Back in the Hamptons

Summer’s almost over, so I thought I’d share one last beachy home tour to celebrate the lingering heat. This compact Hamptons home is and full of expected pops of bright hues. It’s got loads of light and has a funky laid-back vibe. The living/dining area pulls out the blue from the ocean view, from the rug in the living area to the blue pole in the center of the room. Scandinavian accents like the super-minimal fireplace mix well with the pale wood-paneled walls, and the full room makes these bright whites pop. The shape of the ceiling creates an airy feeling in the room and reflects lots of light from the large windows, and I bet this space looks great at night, from the combination of spotlights in the ceiling on the left, floor lamps, and the pendant lights above the kitchen counter and dining table.

Laid-Back Hamptons HomeLaid-Back Hamptons HomeI love this bookshelf/desk area. Everything on the table is beautiful, and the contemporary typography print is a nice touch. Also, how fun are the colored doors below?

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The bedroom (and bathroom… I almost missed the tub in the back!) is my absolute favorite space in this house – the simple combination of white bedding and blue and white striped pillows is so inviting, and that gorgeous black leather bergère is killer in this room. If only I could spend the rest of these summer days relaxing here!

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