October 6, 2017

Interiors / Tye Street Project

This post was sponsored by KILZ® Complete Coat™ Paint as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Tye Street Project porch makeover reveal on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The front porch could be considered the most important room of the house at my dad’s place, a kind of open-air public living room. Cabbagetown is a neighborly kind of area, where people still spend time honoring the old tradition of hanging out on the front porch and chatting with their neighbors and friends as they walk by or come to visit. In the transitions of seasons and the day it’s a lovely place to spend time.
 Since it’s the face of my father’s house too, I knew that eventually I’d have to get around to making it shine as much as the interior.

The first step was to refresh the paint – a great tool I like to start with, in any project. I used KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ PAINT that I picked up at my local Walmart to get the whole job done in a single step. This was especially perfect for the ceiling, which hadn’t gotten love in years and was difficult to reach too! As an interior and exterior paint, we also won’t have to touch it up for a while.

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October 5, 2017


The Home Depot provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own.

Colorful patterned throw pillows on the bed in a simple white bedroom on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I’ve been loving pattern-on-pattern looks more and more (especially for cozier fall/winter rooms), and most rooms full of pattern follow a simple formula that lets the craziest of prints and colorways live together happily. In fact, this layered look is somewhat of a designer trademark since it takes a bit more risk and a knowing eye to put the look together. I want to demystify this process so you can bring the look home with confidence and add sophistication to rooms with your pattern-mixing skills. I styled these fun pillows from Home Depot in a bedroom and living space, plus I’ve also broken down the mix with a fun GIF below. Read on to find my top tips for mixing patterns!
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October 4, 2017


White kitchen with leather dining banquette on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

I find dining banquettes to be one of the coziest (and most comfortable) ways to dine, and while they’re often built into a kitchen or breakfast room design, it’s easy to get this look without a kitchen renovation with some of the dining banquettes on the market. Of course you can always just pull up a sofa or settee to your dining table (like I did in my dining makeover here), but there are several key elements to consider when incorporating a banquette into your dining arrangement. First off, there should be no arms on the piece (or extremely low arms). This makes it easiest to slide in and out of the seat. The other key sizing rule to follow is to make sure the banquette extends beyond the width of the table, to allow for scooching in and out of the piece. Find my favorite examples of cozy banquettes in dining rooms and kitchen, and shop my favorite pieces below!


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October 2, 2017


Silver and blue living room in Carole Radziwill's New York City duplex on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Gieves Anderson)

A subdued silvery palette with glimmering drops of jewel-toned accents define this NYC oasis for Carole Radziwill’s home, decorated with John Bossard. I can’t help but be reminded of my grandmother’s all-blue home in Florida when I look at this living room. The soft, luxurious touches of velvet upholstery and the gorgeous huge floral arrangements bring me right to the smell of fresh lilies and the comfort of spending time in her space.


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September 21, 2017


Modern sideboard and round mirror with blush slipper chair from Project 62 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Target has launched three exciting new brands this fall: A New Day for women, Goodfellow & Co. for men, and Project 62 for home. I’m thrilled about all of the launches (they’re all super stylish), but Project 62 is especially exciting because it expands Target’s selection of affordable modern furniture and decor. The new launch is sleek and mid-century inspired with some really stellar pieces. I really see this new collection taking inspiration from affordable European furniture design that has grown in popularity recently like Bloomingville, H&M Home, and Zara Home.

They kept the color palette simple with neutrals and some of my favorite colors: blue and blush. The materials are also on point: lucite, brass, marble, and linen. And did I mention affordable?! Accent tables are all under $150 and lighting starts at just $20. The collection seems to put some pressure on middle-market retailers like west elm (see the similarity of this Target and this west elm table) and Pottery Barn (small space collection). Check out my favorite pieces from the collection below in furniture, lighting, decor, and dining, and let me know what you think of the new launch!


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