(via reDesign Home) Over the past three months, I’ve been working with a client on a home renovation project and we’re at the final stages of the design process, which means styling out the house! While I can’t wait to…
Over the past three months, I’ve been working with a client on a home renovation project and we’re at the final stages of the design process, which means styling out the house! While I can’t wait to show you the full room designs, I wanted to give you a roundup of all the accessories I bought to style out the spaces, to give you an idea of some of my favorite versatile decor pieces. I find the easiest way to tackle these details is to buy everything and then bring it over to style in-person with my client so we can decide what works best in each room. I wanted to give my client lots of options for pillow combinations, some objects to fill in shelves and tabletops, and faux plants to give a pop of greenery in corners and shelves where it might be hard to keep a real plant alive. I’m unboxing everything and giving out some of my best home styling tips in the video below, so watch now to see everything I bought!
This post is sponsored by CarpetOne, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
I was invited by CarpetOne to assemble a moodboard with their “Twenty for 2020” top flooring products for the year. I had so much fun visualizing the flooring trends for the year and incorporating my favorites into a physical mood board on my kitchen island. I mixed in other inspiring objects, fabrics, and a few Pantone color chips to pull it all together. It’s so helpful as a designer to think about where design is headed for the year, and these top flooring products from CarpetOne are pretty spot on. I added a carpet tile (Passages by Tigressá Bright Future in Marina), some beautiful luxury vinyl plank in a natural, light stain (Invincible H2O West Barclay in Delightful), and a versatile grey tile with a fabric-like texture (Bel Terra Fabric Art Modern Textile Medium Gray). Explore all 20 flooring products here for some inspiration for your next design project, and see my moodboard details below! “VISUALIZING THE TOP 2020 FLOORING TRENDS WITH CARPETONE”
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 contemporary and traditional design curated by an emerging voice in Southern design.
I am excited to share the behind-the-scenes of my latest abstract painting. Inspired by my venture painting the large-scale canvas for the Dove Hill dining room, I decided to continue along the same theme and build a collection of paintings to eventually share on Kevin Francis Design. I am excited to share my process and how I build the layers of paint and color to create these whimsical compositions! With my triangle motif, a symbol of home for me, and the splashes of bright red that I add I have a few “signatures” I will be building upon in this series. See the whole painting timelapse video below.
Tie-dye is trending right now and I decided to tackle a fun DIY style project this weekend using bleach for a reverse tie-dye effect. Over the past few weeks I’ve realized that I could use a few more loungewear pieces for staying comfy at home, so I decided to make a bleach tie dye sweatsuit. This bleached sweatshirt and sweatpants came out completely different than I expected but I love the results! While it didn’t turn out to be the matching set I imagined, I love how each piece came out and I’ll definitely wear them separately… and maybe try this project again with a set that I know 100% matches in color and fabric! Check out my video below for all the details and steps to do this yourself.
This post is sponsored by Ballard Designs, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
I realized after a few weeks in my new apartment that what my space was lacking was a mirror in the living room. Designers often turn to mirror when taking a room to the next level because they have a magical property of adding structure, dimension, and reflection to a space all in one fell swoop. And any chance to break the illusion that a room is just six flat planes is one of those fundamental goals of design. Mirrors are the greatest illusionists, and in this case, can offer a sculptural accent that provides a captivating focal point on the wall. I partnered with Ballard Designs to share my favorite new living room mirror and the runner-ups I considered in my hunt for the perfect piece for my apartment!
P.S. Ballard Designs & Suzanne Kasler are celebrating 10 years of collaboration with a $10,000 sweepstakes! Enter once a day through July 31st for a chance to win $10k in merchandise + a private tour of Suzanne’s Atlanta home.