SCANDI-INSPIRED SUMMER TABLESCAPE

July 14, 2016

Entertaining

Scandinavian-inspired black, white, and grey summer table setting with simple green arrangements via @thouswellblog

When late July comes around in Atlanta, it gets a little too warm to eat outside most evenings. Although I would love to spend more nights on our new patio seating and dining area, nothing beats escaping the Southern heat with the A/C indoors. Inspired by a cooler climate and the recent Midsummer’s Night tradition celebrated in many Northern European countries, I set a Scandinavian-inspired table with simple black, white and grey finds from At Home. I found everything I needed for the table, plus some contemporary dining chairs and a couple faux fur pillows to add to the mix. I also kept the arrangements simple with tree branches cut from the front yard. The result is neutral and laid-back, but with a light yet cozy atmosphere that is perfect for summer entertaining!
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SWELL SHOPPING: HOTEL DU MINISTÈRE

July 13, 2016

Decorating

Get the look: industrial modern Parisian loft in the Hotel du Ministere in Paris on @thouswellblog(via AD España, photography by Francis Amiand)

This modern-industrial loft space is actually the luxurious apartment of a hotel in Paris, just a few steps from the Champs Elysees and the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. It has all the amenities of home to welcome weary travelers, like a kitchen, dining nook, desk, and living area in this airy, light-filled space. The bedroom is tucked away in a separate room, with bright bedding and bold artwork. The apartment is named La Tête dans les Etoiles (Head in the Stars in Spanish), referring to the immense glass wall and skylight that gives a breathtaking view from the living areas. With such an atmospheric setting, the rooms are rooted in a very graphic style, with splashes on black and careful use of color. One of my favorite areas may be the dining nook, with a teal banquette and swing-arm sconce. Of course when I curated the product guide for this room, I interpreted this banquette a little differently… The velvet and tufting couldn’t be resisted! Click through to shop the look.

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EMBRACING PATTERN WITH DECORATORSBEST

July 12, 2016

Decorating

Black and white dining room with spotted chairs by Albert Pinto via @thouswellblog(via Irwin Weiner, design by Albert Pinto)

Throughout the past couple of years my style has grown and evolved, and as I have become more confident I have started veering away from minimal spaces and started leaning into a richer, more layered look that involves much more color and pattern. Although it’s easy to go easy, breezy all-white, pulling together a complex color palette and mixing patterns takes much more gusto – and the result is often so satisfying! Even if a room has a neutral palette, like the dining room above, bringing a bold fabric to the dining chairs takes some guts, don’t you think? I discovered how fun it was to have access to thousands of designer fabrics and wallpapers when I worked with DecoratorsBest for my father’s bedroom, and I was so thrilled with the Robert Allen fabric I picked for the curtains. Although they offer fabric, wallpaper, pillows, and poufs, I thought I would focus on their fabric selection today with some of my favorite choices in the neutral, green, blue, and warm color palettes. Check out my picks below after the jump.
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AT HOME WITH JONATHAN ADLER

July 11, 2016

Interiors

Modern mantel styling with modern art and gold boot in the fireplace via @thouswellblog

I’ve always admired Jonathan Adler‘s bold and playful style, so I was eager to get a glimpse into his New York City apartment for a taste of how he lives at home. Although he has quite a cohesive look, it’s always interesting to see how the designer behind an iconic brand chooses to style their personal domain. As his partner, Simon Doonan, explores in this recent post on Jonathan’s blog, their apartment has been a laboratory for testing out new pieces and playing with new arrangements and styling. It’s evident that Jonathan brings a personal dose of creativity to his home that can be found in his products, as the details in his apartment and the original art collection illustrate the funky nature to his vision that set the foundation for his distinctive aesthetic. Click through to see more of his home, plus a fun interview from The Selby.

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DESIGNING MY IDEAL WORKSPACE

July 8, 2016

Decorating

Modern standing desk home office with bookshelves on @thouswellblog

Since January I’ve been planning on revamping the workspace in my bedroom, and I finally pulled it together with a desk I have been eyeing for a while. I knew I wanted a standing desk, because it gives me the option to easily sit or stand and makes it easy to access my desktop and computer as I am walking by without leaning over. I love a standing desk because my work is closer to me, and closer to my line of vision while standing. Although I’m a little too tall to stand at my new desk and work on the computer, I can easily organize my desk or jot down notes without having to pull a stool out and sit down. My old desk was also a complete mess, as you can see below, so I wanted a lot of organizational room around my desk so I could keep it mostly clear of clutter. That’s where my newly-DIY-ed bookshelves came in, which provide room for stashing books, files, and supplies, while also becoming a well-styled focal point in my room. My new stools were also a fun addition to the space, and I brought in gold accents to complement the blue tones with my repurposed sconces (previously featured in my last bedroom configuration) and my posh tripod lamp from Bloomingville.

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