COLESY’S BLUE MOOD DORM: REVEAL

September 19, 2017

Interiors

Blue and white bedroom dorm room design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

It has been such a joy to translate my friends’ personalities, tastes, and experiences into living space they love. While Olivia’s room featured blush and gold accents, Colesy wanted a cooler, blue and silver color palette for her dorm room in Cornell’s new Alpha Chi Omega house. It was fun to create two different schemes from the The Mine’s selection of furniture and decor, and curate the artwork for each room with Minted. The whole space is washed in blue, and I know it will be both a relaxing retreat and fun entertaining space that Colesy will be excited to come home to!

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SWELL SHOPPING: LAYERED LIVING ROOM

September 14, 2017

Decorating

Birmingham loft with traditional and modern mix by William McClure on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The NeoTrad, photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez)

I just can’t get enough of this elegant living room in William McLure’s Birmingham loft. He’s one of my favorite ‘New Southern‘ designers with an extraordinary range of talent from decorating to his fabulous abstract painting. He moved from his apartment (as seen on One Kings Lane) in Birmingham to a stunning loft last year, and watching the design evolve on his popular Instagram feed has been super fun. I also love how he divided the open plan – see the curtains at the back of this shot, separating the bedroom from the living area. Every element is balanced just so, industrial rigidity against forgiving natural textures, modern textiles, and antique silhouettes.

Enjoy the product guide below to see how gorgeous pieces like the chic armless sofa and abstract artwork might add the same interesting conversation to your own home.

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OLIVIA’S LUSH BLUSH DORM: REVEAL

September 12, 2017

Interiors

Pink and blush dorm room design with tufted slipper chair and gallery wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love putting together the mood board for a room, but there’s nothing like seeing the finished product and feeling like you’ve made something perfect for your friend. Turning a temporary, cookie-cutter space into a personal retreat has been so rewarding! I’m so excited to share Olivia’s final dorm room reveal, which I completed with the incredible support of The Mine, Minted, Framebridge, and Jennifer Squires Ross. The room is totally Olivia, and seeing her at home in the new space is so satisfying! I can’t wait to show you all the details – see how the room turned out below.

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TOUR AN UNDERSTATED CALIFORNIA HOME

September 11, 2017

Interiors

Pierre Frey espalier wallpaper in California living and dining room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via House Beautiful, photography by Victoria Pearson)

When you think of minimalism, you may think of serenity as white spaces, Scandinavian neutrals, and clean lines. This California home brings across a sense of another kind of minimalism, a calmness that comes from a kind of comfort and ease that grows as easily as almonds and pears on the West Coast. Frances Merrill has decorated a retreat in warm terracotta tones that evoke the warmth of a winter fire, a sunny villa in the south of Italy, and the burnish on a worn cowboy saddle all at once. Choices like the fantastical blue powder room or the whimsy in the rattan hanging chair against a botanical wallpaper are grounded by her earthy palette and cozy layers of pillows.

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COLESY’S BLUE MOOD DORM: DESIGN BOARD

September 2, 2017

Decorating

Serene blue and white workspace by Coco Kelley on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Coco Kelley)

I’m so happy to share one of two dorm rooms I’m putting together for friends.
Colesy’s room is pulled together by shades of blue. Where I avoided prints and kept the shapes and textiles soft in Olivia’s lush blush room, Colesy has more geometric lines and a few prints mixed in to liven things up. Some choice selections from Minted’s great art and the seating cubes, rug, and cozy blanket balance these with softer, plusher details and hazy imagery. The stripes on the bedding pillow and the blue and white motif add a subtle nautical touch perfectly suited to a traveler. A campaign-style nightstand completes the cosmopolitan flair. While in Olivia’s room I started with a simpler off-white area rug, I chose a bolder patterned rug from Mowhawk Home to set the scene in Colesy’s room. From there, I pulled together a selection of art to bring some additional hues to the color palette from Minted then filled out the look with furniture and decor from The Mine. Click through to take a look at the whole mood board and let me know what you think in the comments!

P.S. Save an extra 20% when you buy a dorm set on The Mine until 9/4/17 with code BACK2SCHOOL20!

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