FIRST LOOK: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOWHOUSE 2019

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of getting a first look inside the 11nth annual Home for the Holidays Showhouse with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I’ve always loved this showhouse because it’s fully decked…

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FIRST LOOK: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOWHOUSE 2019

Home for the Holidays Showhouse by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles first look on Thou Swell #showhouse #hometour #interiordesign #luxurydesign #atlantahomes #atlantashowhouse #holidaydecor #holidayshowhouse #holidayhome

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of getting a first look inside the 11nth annual Home for the Holidays Showhouse with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I’ve always loved this showhouse because it’s fully decked out in holiday decor, making it the most inspiring kickoff to the season. This year’s home is a Buckhead renovation, which made the architecture of the house especially interesting. There were so many amazing details by Harrison Design, like the clerestory window in the incredible kitchen above, but you will be really stunned when you see the original house, which I’ve included at the bottom of the post! Jump in below to get a peek inside the house, and don’t forget to buy your tickets to visit the home in person to soak up all of the great inspiration from this year’s talented group of designers.
“FIRST LOOK: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOWHOUSE 2019”

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MEGHAN’S JEWEL-TONE MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS TREE

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

Jewel-tone Christmas tree holiday decor with tassels and boho style from SmithHönig in apartment living room by Kevin O'Gara on Thou Swell #christmas #christmastree #christmasdecor #holidaydecor #bohodecor #bohochristmas #tassels #smithhonig #apartment #apartmentdecor #livingroomdesign

For this year’s My Home Style Christmas tree blog hop (see my college apartment tree from last year here), I decided to bring the holiday cheer to my cousin Meghan’s apartment in Midtown with a jewel-toned theme full of boho style from SmithHönig. So far I’ve only shared the accent walls in Meghan’s living room and bedroom with Clare paint, so you’ll see that we’ve made lots of progress since then with the decorating and I’m so excited to share this new look inside the apartment! If you’re here from Delineate Your Dwelling on the blog hop, welcome – I am a 22-year-old design blogger based in Atlanta with a line of maze-inspired area rugs under my brand Kevin Francis Design (you can see the Lucca rug in this room)! Keep reading for all the details of this holiday look.
“MEGHAN’S JEWEL-TONE MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS TREE”

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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.

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BELMONT AVE DINING ROOM PAINT & PANELING WITH BEHR

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Light blue dining room (Behr Rain Dance) with white flat panel wainscoting (Behr Sleek White) before and after makeover by Kevin O'Gara on Thou Swell #diningroom #diningroomdesign #diningroommakeover #beforeandafter #diypaneling #diymoulding #bluepaint #painting #wainscoting

I have yet to introduce my dad’s house in Capitol View here in Atlanta (you can tour his old Cabbagetown bungalow here), but I have an exciting makeover to share of his dining room with Home Depot and Behr paint. His house is a 1930’s shotgun with super tall ceilings – they are nearly 12 feet tall here in the dining room, and so there was a lot of wall to contend with. When Home Depot invited me to paint the room, I realized it was a great opportunity to rethink the architecture of the room to make it a more substantial space. And with the Buy-Online-Pickup-In-store options, it’s easier than ever to get started on your next paint project. See how I transformed it with flat-panel wainscoting and a fresh light blue below!
“BELMONT AVE DINING ROOM PAINT & PANELING WITH BEHR”

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NEW AFFORDABLE DECOR FROM ONE KINGS LANE OPEN HOUSE

Affordable decor from One Kings Lane Open House brand on Thou Swell interior design blog #interiordesign #homedecor #affordabledecor #onekingslane #homedecorideas #livingroomdecor #classicdecor #classicdesign #traditional

I’ve always counted on One Kings Lane for elegant style and lots of great inspiration – plus access to to-the-trade brands that you can’t find anywhere else. They’ve just announced a new in-house brand that I’m super excited about called Open House, which is offering more affordable decor with OKL’s signature style and quality standards. They styled the pieces for their launch announcement so I’m sharing my favorite vignettes to show off the style and variety of the collection. I love the classic style of this new line – and I’ve already placed this table lamp in the design scheme for Meghan’s apartment. It sounds like they will be launching rugs soon so there is more to come from Open House, but you can find all my favorites pieces below.
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A CHIC HALLOWEEN VIGNETTE FOR EASY ENTERTAINING

Chic halloween party decor with flowers and cheese board by Kevin O'Gara on Thou Swell #halloween #halloweenparty #halloweendecor #halloweenflowers #cheeseboard #cheese #flowers #partydecor #party #decor #decorideas

I typically don’t do much decorating for Halloween, but when I got the chance to set-up a vignette with Amazon Alexa I ended up having a lot of fun celebrating the holiday with a subtle variation on seasonal colors and a just a touch of spooky decor. I started with amber vases and a mercury-glass hurricane, with a slate cheeseboard at the center of the set-up. I foraged for plants in the neighborhood and found the perfect past-peak hydrangea and decorative grasses balanced by a maple brand with leaves just were starting to turn red. The red blooms were an inexpensive grocery store find, and tied the color palette together perfectly.
“A CHIC HALLOWEEN VIGNETTE FOR EASY ENTERTAINING”

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