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Modernism at Play

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Happy Monday, folks! Sorry for my absence over the weekend, my computer decided to change the time on me when it fell asleep and I couldn’t access any websites. Fortunately, its all fixed up now and I can share this funky modern Australian apartment in Sydney, Australia, home to Johnny Paradiso and Rebecca Hill. It’s got a lots of clean white lines and also houses some great indoor plants (and you know I love me some indoor plants)! 

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I love this vignette – those urns are so unexpected and contrast the super mod art and sculpture.

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The color-coded bookshelf is a bold choice but works with the colorful aesthetic in the rest of their home (plus it matches that awesome skateboard on the wall), and the tulip table and bentwood chairs are a great duo. Reminds me of the pairing of wicker chairs and tulip table in this apartment from last week!

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The simple bedroom doesn’t try to compete with the very green and expansive view from the adjoining balcony, and results in a very airy and natural bedroom that feels super relaxing.

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(via The Design Files, photographed by Sean Fennessy)

This balcony is a modern oasis, and a beautiful continuation of the simple white/green/neutral palette in the bedroom. With such an amazing view, it would be so relaxing to read a book out there!

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Spring Gardening Checklist

The trees have started to fill in, the bushes are growing new leaves, and it’s time to start realizing those mid-winter dreams of spring plantings. I thought I’d make a short checklist that you could use this weekend to get started – just three easy steps (with some gardening tips in-between)!

Spring Gardening Checklist on Thou Swell

Out with the Old

This might not be the case for you, but we had lots of dead leaves from fall that acted as mulch and protected our perennials throughout the winter. It was super but not the most attractive thing for our beds, so it had to go! We cleared out all the dead leaves from the beds, and actually started a compost pile with them around the back of the house. Another good side to this is that you get to see what bulbs are coming up, but be careful when removing the leaves as to not break any new shoots.

Spring Gardening Checklist on Thou Swell

Get Planting

Adding new plants is my favorite part, and we added lots of herbs and perennials this year that I’m excited to watch grow and fill in. It’s such an exciting process! Make sure to look at the tags on the plants you buy to see what kind of light they like best, and think about whether you’d like to fill in with annual color or some perennials that you want to see grow back every year. When you plant them, make sure to shake out the root ball and dig a hole larger than the plant so that the dirt around it isn’t compacted.

Spring Gardening Checklist on Thou Swell

Hydration is Key

The ideal planting conditions is cloudy because the sun might cause unnecessary stress to your plants as they adapt to their new settings, but otherwise plant them in the afternoon and wait to water them until the sun goes down, to prevent burning them. Also, sprinkle fertilizer around your plants or use a liquid fertilizer in the water to encourage new growth all summer long!

I hope these steps and tips are helpful! We’re hoping to plant a cut-flower garden in our side yard (as opposed to a produce garden) this year, but it will take clearing a lot of very thick ivy so those plans might or might not work out. I’ll keep you posted!

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Win a Canon Rebel T3i

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I’m so excited to share a huge giveaway that I was lucky enough to be part of – Latrina from Of Trees and Hues is celebrating her birthday and  new camera, and organized this giveaway to let one lucky winner get their own Canon Rebel T3i! The group of bloggers behind this giveaway are such an amazing group, check them all out below:

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Of Trees and Hues | Lorelai’s Things | Cocorrina | Melissa Alam | Buckets and Spades | Whisky & Tinder | Thatch & Thistle | Thou Swell | Writers Block Near You | A Lively Blend | Tara Victoria | Fashiony Fab | My Life Box | Kyla is Inspired | Star Crossed Smile | Love Grows Design | Coco and Mingo | J for Jamie | 45 Wall Design | We Resolve | To Adventure | Team Wiking | Hanna’s Places | Clear the Way | Diana Willard | Pen & Peplum | La Designerie | Witty Title Here | Cambria Grace | Mamages | Emma Lou Designs | Safaris and Sunsets | Tori’s Tales | Folk & Fest | Lucky Number Seven | Likes of Us | Ex Vitae | Horses of Ares

So what are you waiting for? Enter using the widget below:

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Wordly Converted Railway Depot

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This week’s interior spotlight is a fabulously cultured converted railway depot in update New York, home of Frederico de Vera. It’s a classic Elle Decor feature, with 14-foot ceilings and beautiful details. This entry just gets me – I love the gold frames that reach the ceiling, and the red door as well!

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I love that Frederico uses curtains in the doorways instead of doors. It makes them softer and keeps the lines of the room from being too harsh. Also the simple white pendant in this room looks superb!

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This garden space looks like a paradisaical oasis (that view is too good to be true)! The red bench is awesome. Below, Frederico mixes and matches chairs (the best I’ve ever seen) and also boasts some pretty amazing pendants hanging low to the table. I also love the white busts up in the corner!

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(via Elle Decor, photographed by William Abranowicz)

It seems that Mr. De Vera has the dream home - converted commercial-use building to beautiful luxurious residence. From gold frames to those dining room chairs, it’s a cultivated delight!

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Wallflowers

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(via Decor8)

I’ve been thinking about wallpaper lately and I’m loving the color and texture it can bring to a room, even on just one wall. Some wallpapers add depth and interest, while others just add a pattern or design that  creates a dramatic backdrop for any room. A hard (but fantastic) trick is combining busy patterns in close proximity, and a busy wallpaper is a fabulous way to introduce a pattern and color palette on a large scale to match with other patterns on furniture and decor for a cozy or simply eye-popping display. Another great combination would be simple modern furniture with a busy contrasting wall. Check out my favorite wallpaper picks below:

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Add exotic patterns to your wall with flamingoes and palm leaves! I love this Flamingo print because the pattern is bold but the colors are soft, and I’ve loved this Martinique paper ever since I saw it in Domaine Home’s wallpaper DIY video.

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Marble a simple but unexpected choice for your wall, but packs a minimalist punch. A cool choice for wallpaper, and I love both Ferm Living and Wallpaper Direct’s papers.

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I love Hygge & West’s collections because they’ve collaborated with so many awesome artists like Joy Cho from Oh Joy! to create a beautiful collection of patterns like these. I love the color palette in Nethercote and Garden is just so summery!

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(Lear Gaukur via Anthropologie)

Last but not least, this wallpaper is my absolute favorite! This pattern is old fashioned and fun, with fresh colors and an exotic palette that would look smashing paired with contemporary furniture. Isn’t it fantastic?

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Contemporary With a Kick

Recently I’ve been most enamored with the types of spaces that are able to take a simplistic modern aesthetic and add life to its stark edges.  Though I appreciate modernism at it’s most extreme form, I think that living spaces should have a feeling of life to them that keeps them welcoming and comfortable. This apartment may be one of my absolute favorites I’ve shared in my Monday series – I could live here in a heartbeat. It’s just got a kick to it that feels so inviting!

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Can I just say that you can’t go wrong with nice moulding? It looks great in a traditional setting, but with this mid-century contrast, it really looks fantastic!

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Now here’s an equation I’m not confused about: marble tulip table + wicker chairs = yes.

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(iphotographed by J. Ingerstedt)

Can you see why I’m head-over-heels about this place? It’s got color, it’s got life, and it’s got nods to both classical and contemporary schools of thought – what a great résumé!

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Get Geared Up For Spring Giveaway

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Hey friends! I’m so excited to announce a spring-inspired Etsy giveaway, brought to you by an amazing group of Etsy shops… Meet them all here:

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→ boxed letter set

Moglea, run by Meg Gleason, is my favorite new letterpress shop! It has an amazing array of designs from birthday cards to calendars. Meg’s designs are sweet, simple, and fun, and her hand lettering is beautiful!

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→ hand-painted mug

This ceramics shop is run by Edith, from Québec, and her hand-painted cups, plates, mugs, and bowls are absolutely beautiful. All of her designs are intricate blue and white patterns and feel very European and authentic.

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→ brass cuff

Dinosaur Toes has an amazing assortment of home wares, apparel, and jewelry. Everything in Danielle’s store has a unique casual vibe, and I absolutely love the simplicity of it all! Definitely a one-stop shop for spring apparel!

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→ from the garden of stamp

Milly’s custom stamp shop is the perfect place to find all types of personalized stamps, from wedding to return address stamps, Hunter & Co. Designs has you covered! This “from the garden of” stamp is perfect for gifting flowers or produce to friends or family!

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→ peony print

Kari Herer’s photography shop one of my absolute favorite shops on Etsy – her work is brilliant! She combines flowers, drawings, and photography in beautiful whimsical prints that are exquisite pieces of art. I’m so excited to see where the winner hangs their Peony Print – it is the perfect wall addition for spring!

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→ modern vases

Lucie and Meg have an awesome and eclectic mix of handcrafted porcelain items, and this set of three bud vases is the perfect addition to desk, side table, or dresser for a little floral pick-me-up!

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→ coaster set

I’m in love with The Coastal’s selection of coasters, which is why I’m letting the winner have their choice of coaster design! Rissa’s hand-painted ceramic coaster designs are simple but classic. In black, gold, green, and blue, I know it will be hard to choose your favorite!

Click here to enter the giveaway or use the widget below. Winner will be announced on April 12th.

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