(via Garden & Gun, photography by Lisa Petrole) For a recent Dallas divorcée, designing a new home meant defining a new direction. The design of this new build reflects a thoughtful approach to contemporary style in a city full of…
For a recent Dallas divorcée, designing a new home meant defining a new direction. The design of this new build reflects a thoughtful approach to contemporary style in a city full of tradition. The home highlights views of a sleek rectangular pool in the backyard and a giant red oak in the front, fondly nicknamed Big Red. Without losing the warmth of traditional design, the home uses natural light, local limestone, and a dose of minimalism to forgo fussiness for a refreshing twist on a Southern home. See inside this unique modern house below! “A WARM AND WELCOMING MODERN RETREAT IN DALLAS”
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This week’s progress in my new apartment study included finishing the walls with new paint and the amazing Cranes wallpaper from Milton & King (see the room before). I also opened up the first few packages from The Home Depot with the first pieces of furniture and decor for the room! Before I move anything in, I want to lay down the new rug from Mohawk Rugs, so I’m waiting on that package to arrive so I can start installing furniture. I have yet to decide on the artwork I’m hanging in this room, but I have a gilt Federal-style bullseye mirror my grandfather made that I’m hanging on the wallpapered wall – get a glimpse of it below! “NEW YEAR NEW ROOM CHALLENGE: INSTALL PART ONE”
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.
It’s the New Year and it’s time to take a look around the house and identify those key pieces of furniture that need replacing. A big furniture purchase takes a bit more planning ahead than decor that you can add any time of year, so identifying the pieces you’d like to refresh and making a goal early in the year can help your odds of making your new design vision a reality. It’s also helpful to watch out throughout the year for the best sales to take advantage of (and right now there’s a long weekend sale going on at AllModern)! Take a look at my favorite modern statement pieces below. “FRESH START: MODERN STATEMENTS FOR EVERY ROOM”
Last week I introduced the first room in my new apartment that’s getting fully decorated – the study/media room. This space is going to be my casual living space, perfect for curling up to watch a movie or just hang out. With dark brown walls and some of the dramatic decor choices I’m adding it’s going to be a super cozy cocoon! Today I am sharing the design board to give you a first look at the furniture and decor defining this space, and if you head to my Instagram profile today you can catch a glimpse of the paint going up on the walls. See how my design for the room below! “NEW YEAR NEW ROOM CHALLENGE: STUDY DESIGN BOARD”
I’ve been a fan of FLOR for many years (you can see their rug squares in my old old old bedroom here), but when I opened their most recent catalog I was so impressed by the new designs I saw! If you’re unfamiliar with the company, FLOR’s signature product is rug squares that allow you to create custom sizes, shapes, and patterns with tiles that stick to your floor. They don’t need a rug pad, can be easily swapped out, and let you customize your design in endless ways. Their products are also sustainably manufactured, free of harmful chemicals, and low on VOCs, making them a super safe choice for your home. Check out my favorite designs below – the room styling is spot-on! “FLOR MODULAR RUG TILES JUST GOT SUPER CHIC”