Tag Archives: at home

FIRST IMPRESSIONS IN THE ENTRYWAY

January 11, 2017

Decorating

Fresh entryway design with demilune bench and fiddle leaf fig on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The new year is the perfect time to consider the ‘first impression’ moment of your home – the entryway. Entryways can be tough places, especially for renters, to create a meaningful moment, but with the right pieces and a little bit of thoughtfulness they can be just as inviting as the living or dining room. I refreshed our little entryway with some key pieces from At Home, to make the space feel larger, more comfortable, and more functional for inviting guests in or getting ready to leave. With the addition of a tufted bench, a larger mirror, accent rug, new light, and a garden stool for a fresh plant, it became a refreshing vignette to say hello and goodbye to each day. See the complete makeover and get my tips for your best entryway after the jump!

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CONVERTIBLE GUEST ROOM DESIGN REVEAL

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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A SIMPLE SILVER HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE

November 30, 2016

Entertaining / Holiday

Simple silver holiday tablescape via Thou Swell

For this year’s holiday tablescape I embraced cool silver and blue tones, with a natural centerpiece in shades of mossy green, all discovered at my local At Home store. I started with the electroplated wine glasses, whose silver stems set the predominate metallic hue on the table. From there, I found silver chargers and votives, then layered glass and white plates (with a snowflake-like look) to create an ice-inspired finish to each setting. The focal point of the table is definitely the frosted pine-cone trees, under which I stacked books to stagger the heights of the three trees. I covered the base of the centerpiece in preserved moss, which looked beautiful on our wooden dining table. It gave a natural finish to the piece, and brought in some traditional holiday greens – and some brighter shades as well. With such a straightforward color palette, it was easy to bring in simple touches to make the table shine, but keep the overall feeling cool and serene. Once the votive candles were lit, the table took on a warm holiday glow! See the rest of this tablescape below.
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MY FALL PALETTE: GREEN, GOLD, AND MARBLE

October 19, 2016

Decorating

I’ve never been big on orange or yellow, so when it comes to an autumnal palette I’m one to embrace the evergreen shades that survive the season – darker greens and dusty shades of olive that can easily transition to colder temperatures. Last fall I set the table with green and purple, and this year I’m embracing the warmth of gold and the organic variation of marble veins as perfect companions to fall greens. These warmer shades of green can be used anywhere, from the color on the wall to velvet upholstery, as you’ll find in the interiors below. The first image is a perfect combination of the three elements – with a sophisticated twist that’s oh-so European! See all the interiors and shop the look with each image with some of my latest finds from At Home.

Green living room from Dimore Studio via @thouswellblogGreen Chinoiserie cabinet from At Home on Thou Swell

It’s hard to believe this stunning space is a kitchen. Dimore Studio brings quiet comfort to the space with a daybed in front of the brass-clad kitchen island, and hides storage with a large armoire. The striking green of a vintage Kartell pendant light pops against the more muted shades of green in the room, but provides a focal point above the marble Saarinen dining table. The folding screen behind the table brings a touch of chinoiserie to the mix, hence the Asian-inspired details of this emerald cabinet.
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MY DORM ROOM REVEAL

September 28, 2016

Decorating / Interiors

Dorm room decor, before and after makeover on @thouswellblog

I know I’ve been MIA for the past week, but I’ve got a big post to share (finally!). I have been working on the last couple of weeks to finish up the last details of my dorm room design, and I’m so excited to finally share the whole room today! Now that the room is done I finally feel like I have created a personal retreat for myself that has completely redefined my room and provided a comfortable ‘home’ for me here at college. Although I’ve had many late nights in the library or studio already, I’m always happy to head back to my dorm room. A huge thank you to the wonderful sponsors who collaborated with me on this project, including the bedding and area rug from Annie Selke, art prints and curtains from Minted, removable wallpaper from WallsNeedLove, and furniture and decor from At Home. Pulling these sources together, I sucessfully executed the neutral, layered vision from the design board I shared in August. Make sure to see my introductory dorm room post, and find the before pictures and the rest of the room after the jump!

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