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July 6, 2017


Kemet Rug by Kevin O'Gara | Thou Swell for Annie Selke Rug Challenge(interior image via Lerkenfeldt)

I’m excited to reveal my designs for the Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge with Apartment Therapy. As you might remember in my introductory post, I’ve been included in a group of 14 bloggers to submit up to three designs for the inaugural rug design challenge, which will receive votes via ‘likes’ on the Annie Selke Instagram account, from which ten designs will be produced by the company in a capsule collection to be unveiled at High Point Market! I am excited to share my final designs – and I need your votes on the Instagram page for my three rug designs here: Kemet, Sheba, and Zaria. See the full designs below, and thank you in advance for your votes!
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June 8, 2017


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.



May 11, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

Blue and green bedroom makeover with tufted headboard on Thou Swell @thouswellblog


Week six – the big reveal – is finally here! Usually, the One Room Challenge season totally flies by, but this year definitely felt different since most of the project was done remotely. A HUGE thank you to my mom and little sister who unpacked all the deliveries, helped me set up the room over spring break, and thank you to my little sister for putting up with me while I Facetimed the photoshoot! She did a wonderful job on these photos, as you’ll see below… Back to the project, you’ll remember from my introduction that I tackled my older sister’s bedroom at my mom’s house. She’s a Junior in college now and it was about time to upgrade her room from a twin bed to a queen, and bring in an adult design and efficient layout for a serene retreat when she gets home! I settled on a green, blue and gold palette with some fabulous upgrades to the room from some of my favorite brands. Jump down below to get all the details on the space!


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April 20, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

Green tufted headboard with blue trio bedding and gold lamp on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced Julia’s bedroom project during week two of the spring 2017 One Room Challenge (I was a week late this season), but I’m up and running and have some good sneak peeks of the textiles in the room to share today. After settling on a dramatic tufted velvet headboard for the room, I set out to bring some pattern and whimsy to the room with the bedding, rug, and roman shades. The bedding is one of my favorites with a classic, three-line border embroidery from Annie Selke that I used in my dorm room as well. This time around I chose a bright French blue for the color to bring in some classic blue and white. I took a DIY approach with the drapery in the room and sourced these sheets for a pattern without the hefty pricetag (a King sheet was just the right length and width when cut in half)! My mother helped line them, and the window was professionally finished off with a woven wood shade from The Shade Store. On the other window, a larger-scale pattern in a blue-grey takes center-stage. Oh, and don’t miss the glamorous ArtHide hide rug – just click below to see these additions to the room!


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December 17, 2016

Decorating / Interiors

Blue and green guest room design with folding screen on Thou Swell

Reveal day is here, and I couldn’t be happier with how my guest room design turned out! I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t come together just how I imagined, but the details worked themselves out and the final result is something I’m super proud of. As you might remember from the original design board, I was really going for a soothing blue and green look that would inspire rest and relaxation for anyone lounging or sleeping in the space. I wanted to take full use of the daybed and make it a convertible piece that could easily transition between sofa and bed, and the lack of accent furniture in the before pictures below will also show how the room needed some help being a living room as well. Since the room was originally a movie room, the orientation of the room worked for watching movies, but wasn’t necessarily the most efficient or well-designed use of space. By placing the daybed by the stairs (my mom’s brilliant idea), it gave me much more room to expand the seating area. All improvements aside, the biggest impact of this project might be simply bringing a cohesive color palette to the room through a mix of blue and green hues and patterns. I couldn’t have done it without my mom for receiving all of the large packages and picking up pieces while I was studying away in Ithaca, and the amazing sponsors for this project. At Home for accent furniture, Dash & Albert for the area rug, DecoratorsBest for wallpaper and fabric, Home Depot for blinds, plants, and planters, Minted for art and pillows, Shelby Dillon Studio for pillows, and World Market for the daybed cover and… more pillows! Click through to see how the space came out.


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