Grace’s Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Grace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou Swell(See all the before pictures of the bedroom in Phase One)

I’m so excited to share my first-ever makeover reveal (hopefully there will be many more to come)! Grace’s bedroom makeover was a super fun project to work on – it’s always fun to work with Grace, but it was also fun to work on such a quick project. We moved some furniture, added some details, and most importantly, installed a fun gallery wall that’s full of fun vibes. Now let’s get started, shall we?

Grace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou SwellIf you didn’t already know, Grace’s favorite animal is a giraffe… Funnily enough, we found a Louis Vuitton advertisement featuring a giraffe in a magazine and put it up in her gallery wall (see last photo)!

Grace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou SwellGrace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou Swell Grace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou SwellGrace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou SwellIsn’t this yellow pillow perfect for her little reading nook? It’s from The Modern Pillow on Etsy, who was kind enough to sponsor the pillow!

Grace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou SwellGrace's Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Thou SwellThe full gallery wall! Top left is a Louis Vuitton magazine ad, bottom left is a film photograph I took of Grace, watercolors in the middle were painted by Grace and I, and bottom right is a funky wrapping paper I found in my mom’s extensive wrapping paper collection. There’s also a great pink rug that’s part of the makeover, but I left town before it arrived so it didn’t make it into this shoot… But I’ll be sure to share it when I’m back in Atlanta in December!

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An Etsy Summer Giveaway

I’m excited to share a big giveaway with you to celebrate my successful switch to WordPress (and my return to your Bloglovin’ feeds) and the end of summer. I’ve teamed up with eight amazing Etsy shops to bring you an Etsy home bundle full of great handmade goodies, including a tea towel from Dozi, screen-printed pillow cover from Shapes & Colors, giraffe air-plant planter from Plant & Color, cityscape canvas art print from Laura Amiss, set of wood coasters from Les Domoy, mix-and-matched set of six cards from Pen and Peplum, handmade candle holder from Convivial Production, and a 22×18 photography print from Anewall Decor! Enter using the widget below… Good luck!

Summer Etsy Giveaway


Swell Downloads with Naomi Dudas

I’m excited to launch a new post series, Swell Downloads! Each month Naomi Dudas of Whisper & Shout will be sharing desktop wallpaper designs to spruce up your digital workspace. Naomi is an Atlanta-based blogger, and a teenager at that! We just had too much in common to not collaborate. I’m excited to be working with her to bring fun design to your desktop! To kick things off, we’ve got a summery floral design, in pink and blue. Enjoy!

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Summer Essentials: Lace Shirt

Summer Essentials: Lace Shirt

As you might have already guessed, lace accents are one of the biggest trends of the summer. I’ve already shared lace shorts, but what about lace on top? For my last installation of the Summer Essentials posts, I thought I’d end with a light and breezy white shirt with lace sleeves. I love this shirt, and like many of the pieces I’ve shared, it’s super versatile and can be dressed up or down. It’s from my favorite Zara line – Zara Basics. Unfortunately, because Kevin will be in California until December, this is my last style post for the year but I’ll see you back in 2015 with more style posts… Until then, stay swell!

Summer Essentials: Lace Shirt

A fun and playful day outfit featuring polka-dot chambray shorts

Summer Essentials: Lace Shirt

A sassy ensemble rocking some red skinny jeans

Summer Essentials: Lace Shirt

Classic, with a flashy finish of silver oxfords.

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Guest post on A Thousand Threads: Brilliant Blues

My move to WordPress is taking longer than I expected, but things are still rolling. I should be live by the end of the week… In the meantime, catch me over on ATT today sharing some sapphire inspiration!

I’ve always loved the idea of a color palette being inspired by gem-tones – emeralds, rubies, and deep sapphire blues, but blue particularly sticks out as an easy color to work into any room because it’s subdued and oh-so-versatile. I combed through Pinterest for different ways designers have incorporated blue into interiors, whether it be in the details or as a main element of the room. Check out this bluesy inspiration…


This rug (in the first shot above) packs a lot of punch into this neutral living space. The only precedent for this injection of color would be in the photos on the wall (and there is also a bit of cobalt on the inside of the side table), which shows how well it can be paired with brown and tan neutrals.

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New Landscapes

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(photo by Yours Truly from Santa Fe, NM)

First, I’d like to apologize for my long silence. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes of Thou Swell! After the Bloglovin’ and Tumblr dispute, I lost a large part of the blog’s following which subsequently decreased my motivation to continue posting. After brainstorming some way to get around the block and a little bit of research, I decided to make the move to WordPress. I don’t know when Tumblr and Bloglovin’ will reach some sort of agreement that would remove the block, but I decided it was worth investing in a new blog host. The move will happen sometime at the end of this month, and after that you’ll see Thou Swell’s blog posts populate your Bloglovin’ feed once more! After tackling this hurtle, I had to start preparing for my semester in California – I’m writing this blog post from my new dorm at the Oxbow School, a semester long art-intensive program for Junior and Senior high-school students. It’s a big move and my first time being completely separated from my family, but luckily one of my good friends is attending with me which has softened the transition. I’ll be creating art all semester, and hopefully bringing some fresh new content to the blog along the way. Thanks for sticking with me while both me and my blog are making big moves!


Grace’s Bedroom Makeover: Phase Two

(see phase one here) | Just moving the furniture in Grace’s bedroom has made a huge difference (it feels way more spacious), so I can’t wait to share the result once all the finishing touches have been made! Check out the accessories we ended up choosing for her room:

Grace's Bedroom Makeover: Phase Two | Thou Swell

1, 3, 5, 7 // Have I ever told you how much I love H&M Home? Their decor collection is minimal, good looking, and super inexpensive. I checked out with four items (a bowl, jewelry box, candle holder, and jar) for under $40!

2 // If you are looking for Kilim pillow covers, Etsy is the place to go. Kilim Decolic has hundreds of pillow covers in a variety of sizes for great prices. I was looking for something with pink and light blue to pull together her rug and chair, so I’m hoping the colors in this pillow match the picture.

4 // Last week I learned that you can’t spray paint the inside of a lampshade because the light shines through and reveals the uneven spraying on the inside! Luckily, I found this modern blue lamp in Target’s Room Essentials line through their “three ways” blogging campaign. It’s kinda nice to know you’re supporting ventures in the blogosphere, right?

6 // As I searched for a throw pillow for Grace’s robin’s egg blue chair, I thought something simple but with a burst of color would be fun. Again, I took to Etsy and found a great yellow pillow with white pom-pom trim courtesy of The Modern Pillow. I even got a promo code for you to use to receive 10% off your next order: THOUSWELL2

7 // Originally, we weren’t sure about a rug in Grace’s room, but RugsUSA had a major (like 70% off major) sale going on so we caved and bought this pink over-dyed rug. The sad thing is, it had been a week and the rug hadn’t shipped, so I called them today and found out that the rug is back-ordered, which means it won’t make it into the room reveal before I leave for the Oxbow School this fall. You’ll probably see it this Winter :)


Friday Links 08

Friday Links 08 | Thou Swell

(image via DesignLoveFest: Dress Your Tech 58)

I played catch-up yesterday and read all my missed posts on Bloglovin. It’s always fun to re-inspire yourself with the posts of your favorite bloggers! Here are some highlights from this week:

1 // Paper & Stitch shares some tips for Getting Unstuck From a Creative Rut.

2 // Read an inspiring interview with Justina Blakeney on In Honor of Design.

3 // Learn how to paint an outdoor rug directly onto cement with yet another creative DIY project from A Beautiful Mess!

4 // Enter to win a $500 gift certificate to Maven Collection on Bleubird.

5 // Make a colorful clay bead necklace with this tutorial on DesignLoveFest.

6 // Get a peek inside Flux on Tour’s apartment, featured on Houzz (via Fluxi on Tour)!

7 // If you are thinking of buying, or if you already own RIBBA frames from IKEA, this tip from Lark & Linen is super helpful!

8 // Loving this bedside sconce DIY project from House & Earnest. I never thought of mounting a task lamp on the wall!


Beachy Blue & White

Currently: On the Cape

For the past week I’ve been at Cape Cod, enjoying the beach and getting some sun before things start getting busy as the start of the school year approaches. I shot some pictures of Grace at the beach sporting some fabulous patterned pants, perfect for the cool windy weather up here. I love these beaches because they’re a great mix of the mountains and a Florida beach, with cooler temperatures and more leafy trees. The breeze is constant and the ocean water can range from freezing to refreshing. Thankfully, we’ve got some warmer waters where we’re staying, but I only could stick a toe in the water at Chatham beach where we took these pictures!

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The Curated Apartment

Naturally, home decor plays an important role in the life of Day Kornbluth, VP at One Kings Lane. Her Brooklyn apartment holds a carefully selected assortment of decor that sparkles with interest and unexpected pops of color. Day decorates with personality, infusing interest in each room through small details, like the beautiful bowl perched in her bookshelves below, along with a painting to add bright color and two green leather poufs which spark an energetic relationship with the somber marbling of her fireplace.

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

I’m just dying over that fantastic ceiling medallion – creates the nicest setting for her bubbly chandelier.

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

(via Elle, photographed by Christopher Sturman)

This last vignette really shows off some specials details, from the cactus to the art to the beautiful floor, there’s a lot of interest in this one frame. Isn’t it fun to see her passion for decor translate from work to home?

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