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(photo by Yours Truly from Santa Fe, NM)

First, I’d like to apologize for my long silence. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes of Thou Swell! After the Bloglovin’ and Tumblr dispute, I lost a large part of the blog’s following which subsequently decreased my motivation to continue posting. After brainstorming some way to get around the block and a little bit of research, I decided to make the move to Wordpress. I don’t know when Tumblr and Bloglovin’ will reach some sort of agreement that would remove the block, but I decided it was worth investing in a new blog host. The move will happen sometime at the end of this month, and after that you’ll see Thou Swell’s blog posts populate your Bloglovin’ feed once more! After tackling this hurtle, I had to start preparing for my semester in California – I’m writing this blog post from my new dorm at the Oxbow School, a semester long art-intensive program for Junior and Senior high-school students. It’s a big move and my first time being completely separated from my family, but luckily one of my good friends is attending with me which has softened the transition. I’ll be creating art all semester, and hopefully bringing some fresh new content to the blog along the way. Thanks for sticking with me while both me and my blog are making big moves!

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Grace’s Bedroom Makeover: Phase Two

(see phase one here) | Just moving the furniture in Grace’s bedroom has made a huge difference (it feels way more spacious), so I can’t wait to share the result once all the finishing touches have been made! Check out the accessories we ended up choosing for her room:

Grace's Bedroom Makeover: Phase Two | Thou Swell

1, 3, 5, 7 // Have I ever told you how much I love H&M Home? Their decor collection is minimal, good looking, and super inexpensive. I checked out with four items (a bowl, jewelry box, candle holder, and jar) for under $40!

2 // If you are looking for Kilim pillow covers, Etsy is the place to go. Kilim Decolic has hundreds of pillow covers in a variety of sizes for great prices. I was looking for something with pink and light blue to pull together her rug and chair, so I’m hoping the colors in this pillow match the picture. 

4 // Last week I learned that you can’t spray paint the inside of a lampshade because the light shines through and reveals the uneven spraying on the inside! Luckily, I found this modern blue lamp in Target’s Room Essentials line through their “three ways” blogging campaign. It’s kinda nice to know you’re supporting ventures in the blogosphere, right?

6 // As I searched for a throw pillow for Grace’s robin’s egg blue chair, I thought something simple but with a burst of color would be fun. Again, I took to Etsy and found a great yellow pillow with white pom-pom trim courtesy of The Modern Pillow. I even got a promo code for you to use to receive 10% off your next order: THOUSWELL2

7 // Originally, we weren’t sure about a rug in Grace’s room, but RugsUSA had a major (like 70% off major) sale going on so we caved and bought this pink over-dyed rug. The sad thing is, it had been a week and the rug hadn’t shipped, so I called them today and found out that the rug is back-ordered, which means it won’t make it into the room reveal before I leave for the Oxbow School this fall. You’ll probably see it this Winter :)

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Friday Links 08

Friday Links 08 | Thou Swell

(image via DesignLoveFest: Dress Your Tech 58)

I played catch-up yesterday and read all my missed posts on Bloglovin. It’s always fun to re-inspire yourself with the posts of your favorite bloggers! Here are some highlights from this week:

1 // Paper & Stitch shares some tips for Getting Unstuck From a Creative Rut.

2 // Read an inspiring interview with Justina Blakeney on In Honor of Design.

3 // Learn how to paint an outdoor rug directly onto cement with yet another creative DIY project from A Beautiful Mess!

4 // Enter to win a $500 gift certificate to Maven Collection on Bleubird.

5 // Make a colorful clay bead necklace with this tutorial on DesignLoveFest.

6 // Get a peek inside Flux on Tour’s apartment, featured on Houzz (via Fluxi on Tour)!

7 // If you are thinking of buying, or if you already own RIBBA frames from IKEA, this tip from Lark & Linen is super helpful!

8 // Loving this bedside sconce DIY project from House & Earnest. I never thought of mounting a task lamp on the wall!

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Beachy Blue & White

Currently: On the Cape

For the past week I’ve been at Cape Cod, enjoying the beach and getting some sun before things start getting busy as the start of the school year approaches. I shot some pictures of Grace at the beach sporting some fabulous patterned pants, perfect for the cool windy weather up here. I love these beaches because they’re a great mix of the mountains and a Florida beach, with cooler temperatures and more leafy trees. The breeze is constant and the ocean water can range from freezing to refreshing. Thankfully, we’ve got some warmer waters where we’re staying, but I only could stick a toe in the water at Chatham beach where we took these pictures!

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The Curated Apartment

Naturally, home decor plays an important role in the life of Day Kornbluth, VP at One Kings Lane. Her Brooklyn apartment holds a carefully selected assortment of decor that sparkles with interest and unexpected pops of color. Day decorates with personality, infusing interest in each room through small details, like the beautiful bowl perched in her bookshelves below, along with a painting to add bright color and two green leather poufs which spark an energetic relationship with the somber marbling of her fireplace. 

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

I’m just dying over that fantastic ceiling medallion – creates the nicest setting for her bubbly chandelier. 

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

Day Kornbluth's carefully curated apartment | Thou Swell

(via Elle, photographed by Christopher Sturman)

This last vignette really shows off some specials details, from the cactus to the art to the beautiful floor, there’s a lot of interest in this one frame. Isn’t it fun to see her passion for decor translate from work to home? 

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Pen & Peplum Birthday Giveaway

Win a Wacom Pen Tablet | Pen & Peplum Birthday Giveaway

Miranti is celebrating her 31st birthday this month, and together with a great bunch of bloggers (see below) we’re giving away a Wacom pen tablet! My older sister has a tablet that I borrow occasionally to add custom typography to pictures or to create other digital art and I know how useful these tablets can be… What a great way to celebrate Miranti’s birthday! To enter this giveaway use the Rafflecopter widget below.

Win a Wacom Pen Tablet | Pen & Peplum

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Summer Essentials: Lace Shorts

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: Lace Shorts

Hey friends, it’s Grace here, back with three more summer looks to share! Lace shorts are a great asset to your wardrobe – their simple cream color makes them super versatile, and they go great with chambray, sandals, t-shirts (almost anything). You can dress them up or down, by layering with accessories and different shoes. My shorts were a total find at Target, but you can find them practically anywhere! Enjoy these fun summer looks.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: Lace Shorts

A simple and chic everyday outfit featuring a chambray shirt.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: Lace Shorts

A preppy pink and cream ensemble with pink oxford and gold belt.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: Lace Shorts

A bright layered tank adds a neon pop for an evening out.

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