October 8, 2015

Interiors / One Room Challenge

Eclectic emerald green neo-traditional living room(via Thou Swell)


I’m so excited to be part of the One Room Challenge for the second time this year! In case you’re a new visitor (welcome!), I’m a high school senior in Atlanta, GA, and I’ve been running Thou Swell for two years. You can read more about me on my About page. In the Spring ORC, I transformed my dad’s back room into a solarium sitting area. I can’t wait to start this neo-trad living room project, and be part of the fast-paced fun of this six-week challenge. In case you aren’t familiar with the One Room Challenge, it’s a decor challenge created by Linda of Calling it Home. Each Thursday (starting now) any blogger can link up with an update for their one-room project. After six weeks the reveals are posted, and it’s amazing to see what everyone has accomplished in such a short time.

For the fall challenge, I’m tackling my mom’s living room. A lot of my eye comes from my mom – she’s fabulous. After moving, some of our old furniture doesn’t fit as well in our new living room, and we were finally ready to clear out some of the large, competing pieces in the room and add some fresh touches for a better-balanced, neo-traditional room. Check what we’re starting with below:


As you can see, there are some beautiful pieces in the room, but they’re too busy contending with each other to really shine. Lots of warm colors, too many patterns for this small space, and a confused color palette keep the room from being cohesive. We want to highlight the show-stopping lines of the chaise and and balance the warm palette with more light, cooler colors and less conflicting patterns. The yellow armchairs, yellow sofa, rug, and armoire are all going out, and we’ll be bringing in a couple of more contemporary elements to highlight the traditional focal points. Check back next week to see the design boards!



  1. christinedovey

    A high school senior!?!? What!!! Amazing. Well done my friend. I already love your blog and I just got here! You obviously got a lot of your fabulous from you mom- her space is amazing and so layered with beautiful pieces. I am so excited to see what you do with the room!!!

  2. Kyla @ House Of Hipsters . com

    I just discovered you on Instagram not too long ago and was stoked to see you linked up here. Your last ORC was amazing. Can’t wait to see this space!

  3. Hollie Cooper

    I love the space & some of the pieces are so beautiful, like that chaise, I hope she s staying. Looking forward to following along. Good Luck! Hollie

  4. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    I can’t wait to watch this room transform. You are going places, my friend! An incredible eye. As you said – your mom already has some great pieces, so I see where you get it πŸ˜‰

  5. Meredith Bohn

    I love where you are starting and I love where you are planning to go! looking forward to following along- you are already ahead of me with one ORC under your belt…loved your last one and I think this one is going to be terrific as well!

  6. J Scanlan

    I just found your blog and am enjoying it so much! You have so much talent and I can’t wait to see what you do with your living room and beyond. Good luck!

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