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August 20, 2017

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Nordic porch design inspiration with modern rattan chaise on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Last week I introduced the paint palette for my dad’s porch makeover, and today I’m excited to share the design plan for the porch decor. As you saw in the before photos the house is bright blue, and my dad’s neighborhood is full of colorful bungalows with eclectic front porches. I let the historic neighborhood’s style lead the design and pulled together a collected look with the help of lots of color and pattern from DecoratorsBest pillows and rug and sleek new outdoor fixtures from LampsPlus. For budget-friendly outdoor furniture, I mixed IKEA wicker and wooden furniture and made sure to pick up one of their lush palms for a touch of green. With this new furniture arrangement, the porch will feel like an entirely new room for the house that will come together just in time for cooler fall evenings. See the porch design plan below!

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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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June 22, 2016

Gardening / Tye Street Project

Front yard with Monrovia boxwoods on @thouswellblog

This past weekend we took some time to take care of Tye Street’s curb appeal, and bring in some new plants that would create the foundation for a beautiful, classic garden in the two beds that line the front of the house. One of my favorite plants and a bush that makes a great backdrop or border for garden beds is the boxwood. While they take a bit of investment and patience to grow, their small leaves and branches make them a beautiful hedge bush and easy to shape. Since they’re so dense and have a broader shape, they were perfect for placing against the porch as eventually they will grow in to cover the old lattice and cinderblocks at the base of the house. The Winter Gem boxwoods we planted from Monrovia are also ideal since they’re one of the hardiest boxwood varieties. Boxwoods are one of my favorite shrubs because they’re very versatile, and can mix well into contemporary or cottage style gardens. For my dad’s house, I wanted it to keep a more simple, contemporary style in the garden while using all of the classic Southern plants I explored my last post with Monrovia. I also wanted to celebrate Monrovia’s 90th anniversary – that’s a long time to be growing beautiful plants for our gardens!
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April 6, 2016

One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge design inspiration board via @thouswellblog


Yes, it’s already that time of the year again! It feels like I just finished my fall ORC project, but I couldn’t be more excited to start the next round with the designer group this time around! Yes folks, I’ll be posting on Wednesday for the next six weeks with some crazy talented bloggers and designers (see the full list below). This spring, I’ll be tackling the last room in my Tye Street project which was never completed – my dad’s bedroom. I put this room off because I knew I wanted to do something special for this space, and I’m glad I never completed it! With the help of this year’s sponsors, I’ll be bringing a masculine, sophisticated design to the space. Meet the designer group after the jump, and see the before photos and my inspiration for the room’s design.
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March 21, 2015

Tye Street Project

Tye Street Project: Sneak Peek (image via Remodelista) | Thou Swell  http://thouswell.co/tye-street-project-sneak-peek/
(via Remodelista, photography by Brooke Holm)

Well I’m excited to announce that we’re closing in on completion with the Tye Street Project! (if you missed it, read up on the introduction and paint palette) I’ve still got some finishing touches (and one huge monster of a DIY project for the entry floor), but all of the big furniture is in and I’m getting geared up to style and shoot it by the start of summer – it feels so far away but I know it will be here in a flash! I thought I would share some sneak peeks of what’s really going on in the project. These shots are from the living room and entry (sorry dining room!) and as you can see, there’s lots of charcoal, some muted blue, a splash of citron, wood, and black and white gallery walls. It feels a little moody masculine but with a modern edge. Look out for some diamond floor action coming soon to the entry…

Tye Street Project sneak peek

Have a great weekend!