August 10, 2017

DIY Projects / Tye Street Project

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

Porch refresh paint palette with @KILZbrand COMPLETE COAT indoor/outdoor paint and primer in one on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #KILZGetStarted #IC #ad(via Tinek Home)

I haven’t shared any updates from Tye Street (my father’s house) since the patio makeover last summer, and although I’ve been dreaming up some decorating projects indoors, the front porch design has been long overdue. The first thing you notice about his house is definitely the bright blue paint – one of the many happy colors on the little bungalows in his neighborhoods. But beyond that, his porch needs some attention. As you’ll see in the before pictures below, the white paint on the ceiling, doors, and windows needs to be scraped and repainted. Luckily, I’ve got just the paint that to cover these areas – KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ Paint, a paint and primer that will make repainting easy and will hold up to the elements out here (It’s both an internal and external paint). This brand of paint is for DIYers that want to start their projects right so that they’ll have that perfect finish the first time – and I’m definitely in that camp! I’m channeling the traditional Southern porch with a ‘Haint’ blue on the ceiling, a fresh coat of white for the railing and windows, and cool dark grey for the front door. Click through to see the condition of the porch right now and see the KILZ Paint colors I’m using!
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August 9, 2017


Colorful New Orleans living room with modern art and pink Karl Springer coffee table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Garden & Gun, photography by Alison Gootee)

Inside a New Orleans home built in the 1860’s, a young family takes a fresh and energizing direction with a large dose of color while keeping some traditional Southern vernacular including uses of wallpaper, lacquer, and a beautiful set of bedding in the master bedroom. As you may already know, I love finding new examples of modern Southern style, and this home definitely shows a unique mix of periods, art, and color in the decorating. See the rest of this Big Easy home tour below!


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August 7, 2017


Metal canopy bed with green throw in a neo-traditional bedroom by Rose Uniacke on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Rose Uniacke)

When you think of a canopy bed, you may imagine an ornate baroque bed frame fit for a chateau, but slim down the look and you have a sleeker, modern bed that gives height and drama to your room – with or without drapery lining the sides. I love how a canopy, even just the frame, creates the feeling of enclosure within the bed, bringing a higher sense of privacy and intimacy to the space. It also gives a lot of height and a high-style sensibility to your room. I’ve scoured the web for chic canopy beds, ranging in price and with an eye for slimmer profiles that will blend beautifully with your furnishings, no matter the style. See another view of the glorious canopy bed above in a bedroom designed by Rose Uniacke plus more inspiration and my favorite beds to shop now after the jump.


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August 6, 2017


This post is sponsored by World Market, but all text, images, and opinons are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Pattern happy table setting with whimsical flower arrangement of daisies and butterflies on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Although the weather is still hot in Atlanta, schools are starting again, signaling a change in routines (and soon enough, a change in the weather). I love to embrace these seasonal shifts with changes around the house, like our recent additions to the living room or a fresh table setting with a whimsical mix of patterns. I channeled an eclectic, collected look on this tablescape with Ikat napkins and patterned bowls from Cost Plus World Market, and brought in a touch of the unexpected to the simple arrangement of daisies – colorful butterflies. Although the table setting is simple, it sings with elements of surprise that will surely inspire interesting conversation or delight dinner party guests during the new season. I also love how much interest you can pack onto a small space dining table. It just shows that small can be just as stylish! Get all the details on this table setting below.
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August 5, 2017

Decorating / Interiors

Summer living room refresh with new seagrass rug and RugPadUSA on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Things are always changing in our house (anyone else compulsively rearrange their furniture?!) and the living room has changed over the two+ years since I gave it a makeover for the fall One Room Challenge. The biggest change is one I’ve been wanting to make for over a year – adding a light, natural fiber rug to the room. Not only did the room need something to bring together the seating arrangement but it also provides a soft layer to the room that lightens the space with its pale color. It makes a traditional pairing with the hide rug and softens the room as well. I spent a while looking for a rug with a beige binding and a lighter color (with a low price) and finally settled on Safavieh’s Marcus area rug. Of course with a new rug I needed the perfect rug pad, so I looked through RugPadUSA‘s selection of pads engineered to last long and be used with different types of flooring and rug types. I chose the Super Lock Natural rug pad, their best gripping rug pad made with natural rubber that won’t stain, strip, or stick to floors, and it has a subtle cushion that makes the new rug a little extra comfortable. See what else changed in the living room below!


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