A MONOCHROME HOLIDAY ENTRYWAY

December 15, 2017

Decorating / Holiday

Monochrome holiday entryway decorating on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love exploring different color schemes when it comes to holiday decorating, but monochrome is one that I’ve never tried out. With my dad’s entryway featuring so many shades of grey, it was the perfect opportunity to feature some icy-white decor from Pier 1’s Snow Day Christmas collection. It features decor with icy crystals, festive flocking, and silver accents that are perfect for the Tye Street entry hall. With the LED light-up Snowy Branch Tree creating a glowing statement on the console the space feels perfectly decorated for the season without disrupting the hall’s sleek greyscale palette. See all the festive details below!

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SWELL GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE JETSETTER

December 14, 2017

Holiday

Historic Parisian apartment on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via French by Design)

My second gift guide is for the traveler – whether the jetsetting boss or the avid explorer. Full of travel accessories and functional style for arriving put-together and organized, this guide includes beauty, home, and luggage essentials that are perfectly giftable. From a Foreo cleansing device for keeping that complexion clear and wrinkle-free to one of the chicest tassel keychains, this guide has thoughtful, unexpected gifts for your favorite jetsetting friend or family member. Continue reading to shop the guide.

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DRAMATIC BLUE DINING ROOM REVEAL

December 13, 2017

Interiors / Tye Street Project

High-gloss blue dining room makeover on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I am so excited to share the reveal of the bold new dining room at Tye Street Project, completely reimagined with a dark high-gloss blue on the walls and a new approach to the dining layout. As you saw in the previous layout of the room, a huge table dominated the room. While it was perfect for entertaining (which my dad often does), I always found the table to be just a bit too big for the room, and prevented me from imagining any improvements to the space. We decided to move that table to my dad’s spacious sunroom and replace it with a smaller circular table. Now he can entertain larger groups in the back room and keep things more intimate in the dining room! We also made room for a few pieces that had moved out of his bedroom – the armchairs and area rug. All of the new red in the room was begging for a dramatic navy backdrop, so I channeled an old-world club vibe (perfect for the club chairs) with a modern edge (hence the striking chandelier) for the new look. Continue reading for all the details!

P.S. Just a few days left to enter to win $250 towards custom window treatments from Alva, the generous sponsor of the beautiful white Belgian linen curtains in this room!

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SWELL GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE CREATIVE

December 12, 2017

Holiday

Pink office with neon sign on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

I’m kicking off my series of gift guides this year with a super fun collection for the bohemian trendsetter. Inspired by Poppy Develingne’s glamorous workspace above, this gift guide features on-trend pinks, metallic accents, chic accessories, and a tropical flair. From a striped faux fur throw for cozying up at home to metallic mules for stepping out on the town, this guide has thoughtful, unexpected gifts for the creative guru in your life. Continue reading to shop the guide.

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30 UNIQUE ORNAMENTS FOR YOUR TREE

December 10, 2017

Decorating / Holiday

Christmas tree in basket with unique ornaments on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Terrain)

Decorating the tree is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I always help choose the color scheme for the tree, which is my family’s way of setting an intention and mood for our Christmas. We’ve done a clementine orange and new-bud green for a poppy, modern celebration, shades of jeweled blue for a calm, reflective holiday, and deep crimson and fir for a more old-fashioned Yuletide, always choosing where we’re going to focus our time together. We always choose a good evening to come together amidst the twinkling lights and Christmas songs that haven’t gotten old yet to carefully hang ornaments on the tree. There are the nostalgic ones, the homely gifted ones (you have some too, I bet) and the elegant shapes we’ve always had on the tree, and every year the familiar elements blend into a unique combination that signals the start of the season to me and my family.

My philosophy for tree decorating is to save on your filler ornaments – the simpler shapes that set the color palette for the tree, then splurge on a few unique ornaments each year for the pieces that will hang year-to-year and create the most lasting memories. Target is a great place to find the filler ornaments, since they sell large sets (here are silver and gold sets) that you can purchase all at once. But you’ll need a few more meaningful, unique pieces to add personality to your tree. These unique ornaments will become increasingly special as you pull them from your ornament box each year! Shop my favorites below.

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