Category Archives: Decorating


November 16, 2017


Grey accent chair and palm with floor lamp and brass lampshade on Thou Swell(via Thou Swell – Convertible Guest Room Design Reveal)

When I shared this London flat by Ben Pentreath last year, I made a note to look around for patterned lampshades in the market, because it’s a detail that brings so much personality to Pentreath’s work, and he uses them in a really fresh, fun way. They’re a pretty distinctively traditional English touch, especially with a floral, pleated fabric, but the way in which designers like Pentreath and Australian interior and textile designer Anna Spiro use the lampshades can bring a really special touch to the room that can wield a large impact.

The next generation of designers, like Luke Edward Hall (who worked for Pentreath before branching off on his own), are bringing their own twist to patterned lampshades with less traditional patterns, but just as much impact as the more classic styles. Metal lampshades, which I struggled to find just two years ago, are now quite popular, like the one I used above in this guest room. I’ve rounded up some fabulous rooms featuring both colorful and patterned lampshades… just imagine these rooms with plain white shades and you’ll get a sense of the power of this great detail!


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November 14, 2017

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Blue dining room walls on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Emily Henderson)

When I decorated my father’s house, we definitely spent more time and energy on his living room (it is my bedroom when I’m there, after all), and while I loved how the dining room came out, there have been several pieces I’ve been itching to replace in that space after living in it for a while. The dining table is a super interesting piece, made from reclaimed bowling alley wood on an industrial base that my dad found at Paris on Ponce, but it’s actually a bit too long for the room. It seats lots of people which has been a huge plus when my dad entertains, but it just dominates the room. I also don’t love the existing chandelier in this room and have been wanting to replace that piece for a while. Once I started imagining a sleeker chandelier, a new vision of the room started forming that was a bit more dramatic and cozy. Remember the rug and armchairs in my father’s bedroom before the spring 2016 One Room Challenge? We’re bringing those pieces back via the dining room, and balancing all that red with some deep blue walls.


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November 4, 2017


Modern farmhouse kitchen featuring Metrie Option {M} interior moulding and door collection on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I have an exciting opportunity to share with you from Metrie, my favorite source for interior doors and moulding. Remember when I shared my favorite moulding Collection, crown moulding inspiration for bathrooms, and fabulous interior doors? Now I’ve got a creative contest for you to check out, from Metrie’s new Option {M} moulding and interior door combinations. Each week, Metrie’s design team will choose one winner whose Pinterest board best represents the look and feel of that week’s theme. The winner will receive a luxury prize that would fit right in their winning board. Besides the six prizes each week, they’re also giving away a grand prize of a virtual design consultation from celebrity designer Amanda Forrest and a $1,000 Wayfair gift card to their favorite Pinterest designers!

You have until November 8th to share your Shabby Chic Pinterest board, and until November 15th to share a Modern Farmhouse board! Lucky for you, I have some inspiration to get you dreaming up your boards, featuring Metrie’s own Option {M} combinations. Check out the spaces below featuring these styles, then make sure to sign up on their contest page.
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October 20, 2017

Atlanta / Decorating

Dixon Rye home decor in Atlanta Westside Provisions District on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Over fall break I had the chance to visit Dixon Rye in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District and get to know the founder of the store, Bradley Odom. His resume is impressive, with experience at west elm and J. Crew before launching his shop, design firm, and original furniture line here in Atlanta. The store is in the old Westside Ironworks building so the space has an amazing industrial vibe that blends so perfectly with the new southern style in the well-curated selection. Bradley’s style can be encapsulated in the belief that “raw and refined sit well side by side” and this sophisticated contrast, along with the exclusive European lines they carry, makes the store a treat to peruse.

I asked Bradley a few questions about the store, Atlanta, and his design work. Get to know him and see my favorite shots from this stunning store below!
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October 19, 2017


Perfect fireplace styling with leather bench and round mirror on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Cup of Jo)

The newest designs for the fall epitomize the best parts of the season — a frisson of chill in the air that makes coziness fun. And this warm feeling is brought out with warmers colors, luxe textiles, and a celebration of lingering sunlight the last warm days and the early twilight which brings to life indoor lighting and textures evoking that first log fire.

I’ve compiled the best in home retail in my fifth home decor edit (and it’s the first anniversary of the edit), a collection of new furniture, decor, and tableware that exemplifies the best in fall style! Showcase the changing hues and weather outside with updates scaled to accommodate small renewals from season to season. Shop the edit below, and let me know what you’re thinking of adding to your home this autumn!
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