The Rub of the Green

The rub of the green, being a British phrase meaning to have good luck fits this simple beach house well because it is lucky that green foliage rubs up against the house on all sides! The house seems to be decorated to highlight this feature, for it’s minimal neutral and white decor set the stage for the emerald views out the windows. The overall feeling of the space sums up summer, with it’s laid-back simplicity and leafy-green backdrop.

Minimal neutral and white decor set the stage for emerald views out the window. | Thou Swell

The dining room might be my favorite room. It almost feels like it is outside, or that it’s open-air on the left side thanks to the huge floor to ceiling window. The window and pendant light also accentuate the tall ceilings, and the little accents on the shelving keep things beachy.

In the vignette below, I am in love the the photograph at the top. I also dig the wicker theme continuation from the dining room to this scene, which is consistently bringing a warm tan to the palette of the house.

Minimal neutral and white decor set the stage for emerald views out the window. | Thou Swell

Minimal neutral and white decor set the stage for emerald views out the window. | Thou Swell

Minimal neutral and white decor set the stage for emerald views out the window. | Thou Swell

The kitchen might be the greatest display of green scenery in the whole house, with that same floor to ceiling window that we got a peek of in the dining room, combined with a window above the sink. The white kitchen cabinetry disappears into the walls and floor, creating a seamless transition from white to green.

Minimal neutral and white decor set the stage for emerald views out the window. | Thou Swell

(via Home Life, photography by Prue Ruscoe)

The bedroom has a bit more punch to it, with some blue and yellow added to the scheme. Another fabulous photograph adorns the wall and these copper pendants are the bomb-diggity. Happy Monday!

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DIY Gilded Agate Coasters

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I’ve been seeing Agate coasters everyone – gilded, plain, in all sorts of colors, but all expensive for a mere set of four (or even for just one!). I set out to find my own, and ended up adding gold to their edges to create my own glam agate coaster set (of six) for under $30!

To source the coasters, I searched for wholesale agate slices and found 3”-4” non-drilled slices from Crystal River Gems for just $4.25 each (for a set of six). The great thing about wholesale is that the more you buy, the lower the unit price for each slice is, so if you want to buy more for gifts or just to have extras, the unit price could be as low as $2.00. I picked blue coasters, but there were also red, pink, teal, black and natural available.

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The project itself is super easy – all you need are some coasters and gold nail polish (or a gilding kit, and in that case just follow the directions that come with the kit). Make sure the nail polish you choose is a nice warm gold, as close as possible to the color of gold leaf, and avoid glittery polish. The nail polish we had is actually not very warm so I may re-paint these coasters at a later time. The sides of the coasters are very rough, so make sure to dab the polish and get it into all the cracks and crannies. The great thing about nail polish is that you can go back with nail polish remover and wipe away any extra polish that got onto the front or back of the coaster. It’s very simple, just paint the edges and enjoy your new gilded coasters!

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A Modern Mélange

Robert McKinley’s Chelsea apartment is the elegant marriage of classic and contemporary design, full of personable details and a careful balance of formality and comfort. Marble fireplaces are dressed up or down depending on the room, and rather than detracting from the form of the marble the details always complement it. In his living room (below) an ornate mirror contrasts a contemporary piece of artwork and a pair of minimal metal and canvas chairs.

A Modern Mélange: Robert McKinley's marriage of classic and contemporary decor | Thou SwellA Modern Mélange: Robert McKinley's marriage of classic and contemporary decor | Thou Swell

Unique vintage and found objects are sprinkled throughout: an antique mirror from Brooklyn Heights hangs above the fireplace, an original gas chandelier from the late 1800s lights the living area. Scandinavian chairs from Paris sit fireside, and a gold-leafed skull, from a series that was custom cast for GoldBar, a boîte he designed in 2007, rests on a circa-1950s Franco Albini rattan ottoman from Rome.

A Modern Mélange: Robert McKinley's marriage of classic and contemporary decor | Thou SwellA Modern Mélange: Robert McKinley's marriage of classic and contemporary decor | Thou Swell

A warm, tropical theme is evident through the raw and beachy elements in his den and bedroom, like the palm tree photograph and banana leaf curtains. I love the warmness that his raw wood heaboard brings to his bedroom, and the mix of patterns on his bed.

A Modern Mélange: Robert McKinley's marriage of classic and contemporary decor | Thou SwellA Modern Mélange: Robert McKinley's marriage of classic and contemporary decor | Thou Swell

(photography by Nicole Franzen for T Magazine)

I think decor is most impressive when an appreciation for a person’s history and a variety of styles can be represented in harmony in one room, and Robert’s apartment is full of personal pieces that make it all the more interesting.

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Friday Links 07

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(via Blossom Type on Behance)

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time or energy to get my Friday link roundup across the finish line, but this week I’ve tried something different and I drafted this post earlier in the week to avoid another silent Friday! As always, going through my Bloglovin’ feed is an exciting task, as I always find inspiring work from the blogs that I follow. Enjoy my latest faves!

01/ Have you entered this giveaway from At Home in Love for your own terrarium starter kit? I’m hoping to add more air plants to my bedroom because they are so easy to care for!

02/ I love Daily Dream Decor’s post on why you should move to a smaller house.

03/ The Design Confidential’s chic faux wallpaper project from her bold and beachy master bedroom makeover instantly creates a statement wall.

04/ Hate wallpaper? A Beautiful Mess shares some simple tips for removing it here.

05/ Lucky Number Seven is open for business! Danielle now offers logo and layout design services. Check out all the packages here!

06/ House of Earnest shares tips on efficient grocery shopping, and how to plan your list to make your trip as quick as possible.

07/ These homemade crostinis from High Walls are making my stomach rumble, and would be perfect for a summer evening appetizer.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Whimsical Painted Animal Pillows

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This DIY project has been my most involved project to date and I’m excited to share it! Make your own whimsical painted animal pillows, with three vintage animal prints transferred and hand-painted on a tasseled pillow, and easily enjoyed outdoors thanks to Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet outdoor fabric spray.

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For the blank part of the animal, I would suggest cutting out the inside, only leaving enough to keep the two separate pieces attached so that you can paint directly onto the fabric instead of on the iron-on transfer.

Download link for these animal prints (with painted sections edited out) is below.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

This was the trickiest part of the project for me. I messed up twice ironing on or peeling off the backing. My advice would be this – iron for about 10 minutes, no steam, highest heat, then let it cool for 10 minutes or until cool to the touch. If it’s still hot, it will peel up with the backing. Peel slowly, and if there is a part that still hasn’t stuck to the fabric, just grab some craft glue and glue it down.

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Now here’s the fun part! You can pick your own color palette and add your own patterns in this part, and for painting the border, I would suggest making a template to trace so that you can keep that border straight and square.

Next of course would be sewing the pillow cover together – unless you have taken a pillow, and cut open a seam and removed the filling. If you can find cheap solid color pillows go for this route – it’s easier than sewing your own pillows! Otherwise, you can follow instructions for making a 14×14 pillow cover here.

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#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

Now spray with NeverWet spray and enjoy! I am looking forward to using these pillows inside and outside.

Download the animal prints below:

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Just Swim – Monica Ramos

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I recently stumbled across these tropical paintings by USA-based painter and illustrator, Monica Ramos for the group show Just Swim. These simple jungle scenes caught my eye and it was love at first sight. The scenes and cool color palette are so quiet and calming. I just want to jump in and swim!

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Guest Post on Buckets & Spades: Mixing Patterns

Tips for mixing patterns via Thou Swell on Buckets & Spades

(via Domaine

Today I’m over at Buckets & Spades offering some decorating tips to make mixing patterns a less daunting endeavor. It’s easy to stick to solids and simple color palettes when decorating, but mixing patterns and textures can make a space feel more personal and inviting, though presents a more challenging task! Use these tips to simplify the process, and you’ll be a pro when it comes to adding personality to your space.

Start From the Bottom

(via Home Adore)

Start with the floor. When layering two rugs, it’s best to only pick one with a pattern. Keep the solid rug on the bottom, and add a pattern with a smaller one. In the photo above, a large jute area rug sets the stage for a small Kilim rug with a bold pattern. If you’d like large-scale pattern, go for a Persian or Oriental rug.

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In an Old House in Melbourne…

…that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

Unfortunately I do not get to share Madeline’s home today, but rather a splendid Victorian in Melbourne, home to Caecilia and James Potter, a house whose facade is overflowing with character and patina. Caecilia, found of Atticus & Milo, an architecture and design firm, has renovated the house within an inch of its life, and infused its interiors with her amazing (and unexpected) sense of style. It’s fabulous, tropical, and full of the unexpected!

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

The dining room is quite fantastic, with an intricate chandelier and ornate fireplace panelings, but the mirror mosaic surprises you, seeming less like a mirror and more like a painting!

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamourA Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

The pool room is one of my favorite parts, with that awesome gold pendant and all the color that the midcentury sideboard and book stack bring to the room. 

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamourA Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

You have probably seen this bathroom floating around Pinterest – the bowler hat pendants are pretty unusual.

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

A Victorian in Melbourne renovated with tropical glamour

(via The Design Files, photography by Sean Fennessy)

This original entrance adorns the facade, with the perfect amount of grandeur and playfulness to match the interiors within. It would be pretty amazing to grow up in a house like this, wouldn’t it? 

Happy Monday!

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Pool Blue & White at the Beach

Pool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou Swell

It’s always a treat to visit my grandparents beach house, a magical Mediterranean style house right across the street from the ocean. My grandmother and her good friend and decorator, John Oetgen, used pool blue throughout the house to pull in the pool in the backyard, and keep things beachy without going nautical. 

Pool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou Swell

Pool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou SwellPool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou Swell

Pool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou Swell

Pool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou SwellPool Blue & White at the Beach via Thou Swell

(photography by Yours Truly)

The result is a spectacularly aquamarine-colored retreat perfectly balanced with the comforts of a primary residence. How cool is that? 

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