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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BEDROOM LIGHTING

April 26, 2017

Decorating

Master bedroom with modern crystal chandelier and black sconces - how to choose bedroom lighting on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ryan Street & Associates)

We spend more time in our bedrooms than any other room in our homes… Well, most of that time is spent sleeping of course, but regardless, the boudoir is one of the most personal spaces in the home. Investing in this room creates such joy, because the more personalized it becomes, the more at ease you’ll feel in your bedroom. Making sure it’s well lit is one of the top priorities, as these key light fixtures on the ceiling, by the bed, and on the dresser, instantly upgrade your room into a personalized, relaxing environment, giving you greater control over the ambiance and mood in the room. Plus, there’s the very practical side of good lighting that ensures safety, comfort, and customization. Whether you’re ready to replace that dim flush mount with a chandelier or jazz up your nightstands with some sleek new table lamps, check out my guide for picking the right pieces from west elm’s stunning lighting collection for each area in your room below.

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FIRST LOOK: WEST ELM’S NEW VISION

December 27, 2016

Decorating

See an exclusive preview of west elm's new collection of modern furniture and home decor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Roar & Rabbit chair, Pedestal table)

A few weeks ago I received a pretty package from west elm, containing a gold wishbone for the new year, their new catalog, and a flash drive with tons of beautiful imagery of their new collection. I was thrilled to see their direction for 2017, with beautifully produced photography shot in stunning Brooklyn townhouses with classic architecture to contrast their streamlined furnishings. As the demand for mid-century design has exploded, they’ve started honing in on a definitive style for the brand, leading to their stunning ‘new vision’ for modern home decor that makes up their new collection for the new year. After pouring over their new pieces, I found some common threads through the line, including a focus on high-quality textiles like silk and linen, simplified furniture with more attention to details like the upholstery and legs, and contemporary interpretations, rather than reproductions, of mid-century designs. Their collection has also expanded to include more European silhouettes (especially curved furniture in their newest pieces, inspired by Italian design). The brand made several extensions in the past two years, including west elm Workspace and Hotels, so it will be exciting to see how they grow in 2017. Get an exclusive first look at my favorite pieces and interiors from their new catalog below.

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JULIA’S COLLEGE BEDROOM REVEAL

August 11, 2016

Decorating

Renter-friendly wallpaper panels in a bedroom makeover on @thouswellblog

The design board I shared a couple weeks ago for my older sister’s college bedroom recently came to life on a quick trip to Boston, and the result is live on west elm’s blog Front & Main today with a before-and-after of the room’s transformation! We had a busy weekend unboxing product and pulling it all together (I shared it all on Snapchat: thouswell), but I was so happy to create a comfortable home-base for my older sister with furniture she’ll use for years to come. I also implemented a couple of hacks and renter-friendly tricks to design the space, so scroll on through to find a simple IKEA hack and DIY accent wall after checking out the feature on west elm!

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COMMUNE DESIGN FOR WEST ELM

August 10, 2016

Decorating

Modern loft living room with armless sofas, Commune design for west elm via @thouswellblog(via west elm)

West elm has partnered with L.A. firm Commune Design for a collaborative collection that brings a modern California look to a selection of products ranging from furniture to art. The collection is striking for its strong silhouettes, simple geometric shapes, and its warm, neutral palette. Commune used a variety of materials, from leather and terracotta to striking copper like in this modernist wall sconce. The collection feels like an encapsulation of the Commune aesthetic, and it’s exciting to see the transition from opening their first retail location in 2009 to designing this collection, bringing an element of bespoke design that is found in their design projects to the middle market. If I had to pick favorites I would say that this throw pillow and this funky leather stool really caught my eye. Find all my favorites from the new collaboration after the jump.

P.S. Sofas, sectionals, and chairs are now 20-30% off at west elm!


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JULIA’S COLLEGE BEDROOM DESIGN BOARD

July 21, 2016

Decorating

College bedroom inspiration with wallpaper and simple bedding via @thouswellblog(via Lonny)

My older sister, Julia is moving off campus from a dorm to a bedroom is a house she’s renting with a group of friends. I was super excited when she turned to me for help decorating her new space, since she now has hardwood floors and room for a queen bed and dresser! I immediately got to work honing-in on an affordable bedroom design that was space and cost efficient, without sacrificing on style. I knew Julia would prefer a neutral color palette that leaned towards cool colors, so I chose a wallpaper pattern I could mount on hollow-core doors behind the bed for a removable pop of color that would be easy to install and remove. I found stylish smaller pieces from west elm that my sister could take with her to her next place, and hacked the dresser for a design solution that didn’t break the budget on the larger pieces in the room.

P.S. Save 30% off all bedding and get free shipping at west elm with code STAYINBED!

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