TOUR A SERENE MEDITERRANEAN VILLA

June 13, 2016

Interiors

Metal canopy daybed in a Mediterranean living room via @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Richard Powers)

Like a home I shared last year from the coast of Capri, the white walls of this serene villa seem to melt right into the light blue ocean outside the windows. It’s hard to resist being captivated by a home with Mediterranean views, especially when the interiors of the home prove to be sophisticated enough to stay on par with the surrounding landscape. You may recall how much I love a daybed, so this romantic living room scenario naturally caught my eye. The graceful curves of the metal canopy and playful mix of prints in the pillows makes it an inviting place to sit or lounge.

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BREAKFAST IN BED FOR FATHER’S DAY

June 8, 2016

Entertaining

Breakfast in bed for Father's Day with Baxter on @thouswellblog

One of my favorite traditions of both Mother’s and Father’s Day is to wake up a little early, make a tray of coffee and breakfast food, then surprise whichever parent’s holiday it is with a breakfast in bed. It’s a fun way to start the day, especially if you’re a breakfast enthusiast as I am! When Baxter invited me to celebrate my dad with their perfectly-giftable shaving kit, I thought why not combine two morning rituals: breakfast and shaving, for the perfect start to my dad’s day. Smoked salmon and bagels is easy to plate, but a specialty to eat, especially with capers and red onions to add on top. I also brought the New York Times, and even used a page to wrap his Shade Duo gift set. Providing my dad with some high-quality grooming products is a great way for him to start his morning, and a great gift to start off this Father’s Day! Check out a sweet video from Baxter highlighting several son and dad duos and their grooming traditions after the jump.

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SWELL SHOPPING: GUSTAVIAN-INSPIRED APARTMENT

June 7, 2016

Decorating

Pale blue and green Gustavian living room in a Manhattan apartment via @thouswellblog(via Domino, photography by Brittany Ambridge)

In Hayley Sarno’s studio apartment in Manhattan, Farrow & Ball and Patrick Mele collaborated on a serene small-space makeover. In the living room (shown above), beige walls and pine floors were replaced with F&B’s Borrowed Light and Purbeck Stone paints. The exposed beams in the apartment inspired a bucolic palette, using pale blues and greens with a mix of Gustavian-style and contemporary furniture. A marble floor was recreated on a canvas floor cloth, painted by Sarno’s mother. I love the classic pattern and the cool effect of the marble in the room, plus the durable floor cloth is functional in high-traffic areas. I’m tempted to find a room to try my hand at one (a great DIY is on Design*Sponge)! The pastoral style brings a lot of peace to the small space, and by choosing light colors for both the walls and floors, the room feels ethereal. Shop my take on this room below.
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A BRIGHT MODERN PICNIC WITH FAB

June 6, 2016

Entertaining

Modern picnic lunch with geometric picnic blanket on @thouswellblog

I’m a sucker for a good picnic. I love gathering on the grass, setting out a big spread and soaking up the sun with friends or family in the summertime. There’s something about sitting so casually that makes everyone relax, and it’s a beautiful way to enjoy events or just hang out in your local park or backyard (movie night, anyone?). When I started planning this modern picnic, I found tons of bright, unique pieces from Fab that reflected the summery vibe I was going for. As you may recall from my last collaboration with them, their home decor selection is full of graphic, modern pieces. This geometric picnic blanket was perfect for creating a patterned border around the feast, and the fringed ends made it all the more fun. The plates are ceramic, but they’ve been designed in the style of vintage tinware, which makes them a fun addition to the spread. I also found the cutest wireless speaker so I could easily bring some background music to the fun. It has a great bright yellow handle that makes it easy to take it anywhere!

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16 ROOMS DOING BLUE & WHITE DIFFERENTLY

June 3, 2016

Decorating

Popham Design star tiles in a blue and white bathroom via @thouswellblog(via Where I’d Stay, tiles by Popham Design)

Although blue and white is a staple in coastal summer design, I find the same Nantucket stripes and ginger jars are over-used when it comes to this season. I like to think that I’m not a trend-follower, so while I love the blue and white palette, I sought out some unique examples and interesting twists on the classic color duo. From powder-blue hues to pops of teal and zesty patterns on tile and upholstery, these rooms take the combination to a new level, and might inspire a fresh perspective on this popular summer palette. I veer towards these cooler colors, so finding such unique examples of blue and white design definitely inspires me this summer – what about you?

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