This post is sponsored by AllModern, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running! (Sources: Sconces, Mirror, Table, Poufs, Runner) Now that you’ve been introduced to my…
Now that you’ve been introduced to my mom’s new modern Westside townhouse, I’m happy to share the first space I’ve officially tackled in the house, the entryway. Since this is the first space you see when you walk in – for both my mom coming in from the garage and for visitors through the front door, I really wanted to polish this space up first. I found modern entryway decor from a clean and classic console table to fun plug-in sconces from AllModern to outfit this space and make it a chic little vignette. See how it all came together below! “WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE: CREATING A MODERN ENTRYWAY”
After we sold Dove Hill my mom purchased a townhouse with an exciting, completely different design direction in the Upper Westside of Atlanta. With some industrial elements in the open, modern architecture, it’s a really fun new space to contrast my mom’s mix of traditional and contemporary furniture. When we first toured the space, I immediately fell in love with the double-story living room with an enormous window that floods the front of the house with light. Above the living room is a great loft space that will be our media room area, and the metal floating staircase in the middle of the living area makes a great design statement. It’s going to be such a fun space to work in and I already have so many ideas (think: Soho House meets Southern style)… See all the “before” pictures below! “NEW PROJECT: UPPER WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE INTRODUCTION”
Kevin Francis O'Gara is founder of Thou Swell, an Atlanta lifestyle and interior design blog named for an old jazz tune, sharing home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration. Stop by to find an avant-garde mix of modern and traditional design curated by an emerging voice in Southern design.
Home office design – or lack thereof – have become especially important these days as we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID19, so I wanted to share an inspiring work-from-home scenario that caught my eye from the Kips Bay showhouse. I love this space designed by Sarah Bartholomew, and it includes some essentials for a good home workspace, whether you have the space for a dedicated office or can carve out a workspace from your dining room or kitchen. You’ll need plenty of light, and I love how Bartholomew placed matching floor lamps on either side of the desk. You’ll also want a comfortable chair (preferably something upholstered), inspiring artwork, and something green nearby. It’s proven that just the sight of nature has many health benefits! Take it from a professional work-from-homer – these details make all the difference when it comes to improving productivity when you live and work in the same place. Shop the look below! “SWELL SHOPPING: A STYLISH WORK-FROM-HOME SCENARIO”
This post is sponsored by AllModern, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
After getting my new sectional I was eager to fill in my new apartment living room with the finishing touches that would round out the sitting area and make this section of the room feel complete and inviting! Since it’s the first room you walk into, I really wanted the room to be a reflection of my style, so I was excited to mix in modern accents from AllModern to really set off the vintage Turkish rug that grounds the living space. See my new additions below! “FINISHING MY LIVING ROOM DESIGN WITH MODERN ACCENTS”
Dark grey is a color that I absolutely love from open modern rooms to sharp traditional ones. It’s versatile and timeless – although straying into lighter shades of this hue can quickly downgrade a space from designer to builder-grade. The depth and boldness of a charcoal grey is what makes it so special. You can fill a dark grey room with dark pieces for moody layers, or brighter hues for pops of contrast that will bring the space to life. It can cool off a room with blue undertones or add natural richness with green undertones like the dramatic hall above. I used dark grey in my dad’s old Cabbagetown bungalow and it upgraded the living room and entry hall with a sophisticated nuance that almost every visitor commented on. Read on to see these gorgeous grey rooms! “14 CHARCOAL GREY ROOMS THAT YOU WILL CRUSH ON”