THE ANNIE SELKE RUG DESIGN CHALLENGE

June 8, 2017

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Blue green guest room with fern, palm, and Annie Selke rug on Thou Swell(via Thou Swell – Guest Room Reveal)

I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce my participation in the (first ever) Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge with Apartment Therapy! I am joining in on the fun with 14 other talented bloggers and designers who will be creating their dream rugs for the challenge, the top ten of which will go into production by Annie Selke’s internationally-recognized rug company, Dash & Albert. It’s all going down on their Instagram page starting July 6th, so make sure you’re following to and ready to vote in the challenge. Until then, I’ll be tweaking my designs and colorways again and again… Can’t wait to share my rug designs in July. I hope you like them! See the Annie Selke rugs I’ve featured on TS here, and read more about the challenge by clicking below.

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A RENAISSANCE FOR HOTEL DESIGN

June 6, 2017

Interiors

Modern bedroom design at the Renaissance Atlanta Airport hotel on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I spent a brief week and a half in Atlanta in-between coming home from college and leaving again. While home I was excited to catch up with friends and family before I departed for L.A. It was just the perfect timing since I got the opportunity to spend a night at the new Renaissance hotel by the Atlanta airport, where me and my little sister got a chance to really catch up and enjoy the fresh design of the new hotel. Just like all of the Renaissance locations, the hotel’s design is infused with the culture and vibes of it’s setting. This location features a streamlined new look with sleek modern elements and a lifestyle approach to the hotel’s design. “The new Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel design, layered with wit and personality, is indigenous to Atlanta and will serve as an authentic contemporary Southern experience that will surprise, delight and intrigue guests, allowing them to relax and be entertained in style,” explains Lauren Rottet, President of Rottet Studio, the firm in charge of the project. See my favorite shots of our stay after the jump.

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A MONACO FLAT FULL OF RETRO GLAMOUR

Interiors

A glamorous Monaco living room with modern leather sofa and brass coffee tables on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Humbert Poyet)

This fabulous apartment in Monaco draws from a European mid-century sensibility, playing with retro silhouettes and an emphasis on luxe materials like polished brass and travertine marble for a cosmopolitan mix. The home also incorporates a unique art collection with pieces in every medium, from painting and photography to graphic prints. In the living room above, the neutral room is brought to life with bright magenta on the velvet accent chairs and a strong blue from the large artwork above the leather sofa. I love how the old-world patina of the aging architecture in the photograph seems to infuse character into the sleek living room. Tour the rest of this flat after the jump.

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18 STYLISH REMOVABLE WALLPAPER DESIGNS

June 4, 2017

Decorating

Green malachite removable wallpaper on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Malachite)

Removable or “repositionable” wallpaper has become a new norm for wall treatments, bringing the high-impact of patterned walls to the ease and convenience of peel-and-stick varieties of wallpaper than make installation approachable (and are renter-friendly too). While the removable wallpaper market is flooded with pop-y graphic designs, there are also companies translating more traditional patterns (even de Gournay-esque chinoiserie) to this type. Although I haven’t shared a project with removable wallpaper on TS, I’ve used removable wall stripes on our hallway ceiling, and the ease of application makes it possible to transform a room in one weekend – especially with the stylish designs below. Click through to see some of my favorite patterns, and let me know which catch your eye!

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SWELL SHOPPING: A WORLDLY RETREAT

June 3, 2017

Decorating

Worldly modern living room design by Betsy Brown on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Introspective Magazine)

This sophisticated living room by Betsy Brown shows off her warm, minimal approach to Southern decorating. The Alabama-based designer describes her style as “tailored and masculine” – adjectives not often used in the South’s interior design vocabulary, but her distinct style has certainly set her apart. I love this eclectic retreat she designed with a Liaigre sofa, Regency chairs, and 19th-century Dutch mirror. By rooting the space in historical silhouettes, Brown can gracefully incorporate more modern and unexpected pieces for her signature mix. See the full room a shoppable breakdown of the design below.

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