January 18, 2018


This post is sponsored by Hive but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Watching the house and dog with Hive View smart indoor camera on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

One of the hardest parts of leaving the house is leaving Milou! We’ve always been super close as I was mainly left in charge of training and taking care of her ever since my sister’s and I received her for Christmas as a puppy. She has a classic terrier attitude that makes her kind of spunky and independent, but she definitely gets upset when we leave the house. Just a few days ago Hive sent over their newest home monitoring camera, the Hive View, and I’m already in love with this latest addition to their family of smart home devices! It’s a sleek little camera that can be placed on a level surface or mounted to a wall or ceiling, and gives live monitoring of your home – from keeping an eye on your pets to providing a smart layer of security.

P.S. Save 10% off your Hive pack with code KEVIN10!
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January 16, 2018


Scenic mural in a modern living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The year is already off to a dazzling start with some very intriguing decorating ideas I’m already looking forward to mixing into projects… and even a few I have worked with before! I loved seeing how my trend forecast from 2017 turned out (some trends definitely caught on more than others) and I’ve got a new slew of details that I predict will be big this year. From paint and murals to pendants and exteriors, this list covers the gamut – and I hope you like what you see! Check out my 2018 home decor trend forecast below.


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January 8, 2018

Interiors / Tye Street Project

This post is sponsored by Behr®, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Pink twin bedroom in Behr One to Remember on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

As my style evolves, I itch to complete projects that push me out of my comfort zone and involve more care to details and depth than my previous work. I took some design risks with this latest project in the twin bedroom at Tye Street Project, and it turned out to be one of my favorite results to date. The whole concept started with a beautiful shade of pink from Behr Marquee® called One to Remember. As you'll see in the before pictures below, with the room's tall ceilings and ample natural light, the all-white walls actually felt a little cold. I never really felt like the room had enough details to really make the space feel full and welcoming, so I went with this stronger yet playful and warm pink hue for the walls. I am absolutely in love with the results - it completely changed the feel of the room, and inspired a whole new approach to the decor. See all of the details below!


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January 5, 2018


PIllows from @bunglo, Shams from @PotteryBarn, Headboard from @OneKingsLane, Sconces from @CB2pins(Lily print)

Over the past couple of years, I’ve relied heavily on my own photography when styling blog posts and design projects. After discovering Framebridge‘s vast frame selection and incredible pricing, I have used them time and time again to easily upload and frame photographs from my personal collection for unique art prints. I’m excited to share my photography collection with you, with my frame suggestions for each piece to make it easy and affordable to acquire fine art photography prints to decorate your walls.

You can find all of the prints here, from mini street shots to studies of flowers and rocks. The collection ranges in subject but maintains a fresh, modern look. It will only grow from here as I share new works, so stay updated to the shop by subscribing at the bottom of the page. I can’t wait to see how you use these prints! Don’t miss the coupon below, and see some of my favorite projects featuring my prints + Framebridge below.

P.S. Use code LETSGO for 50% off your purchase, this month only!
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January 4, 2018


This post is sponsored by HGTV® Dream Home 2018, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

HGTV Dream Home 2018 white modern lake house kitchen on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

This year’s HGTV Dream Home 2018 is a sleek modern lake house designed by Atlanta’s own Brian Patrick Flynn, a master at mixing high and low and a creative mind who brought his A-Game to this beautifully-renovated lakefront property. Filled with local touches and a color palette that reflects the natural beauty of the Washington landscape surrounding the home, the rooms inside are modern and inviting, with a rustic touch that ties the design back to the lakehouse look. The home is part of HGTV’s huge annual giveaway, in which you can enter to win the fully-furnished home located in Gig Harbor, Washington overlooking the Puget Sound, plus an all-new Honda Accord and $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. Enter to win the giveaway here and continue reading to take a tour of this modern lake house!
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