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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: VIRTUAL DESIGN FLOORPLAN & FINISHES

Inside Tangiers book - red striped banquette design on Thou Swell(via Inside Tangiers)

Welcome to the third week of this virtual One Room Challenge round, where I’m designing the living and dining areas of an airy loft in Atlanta’s historic Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts building. This week I actually had to start making some hard decisions about the furniture in my space, and the design took a turn in a much bolder direction (if the image above didn’t already give that away)! While I’m not ready quite yet to show you the actual design board for the living and dining rooms, the fabrics and finishes (especially the dining room paint color) will give you a hint of what’s to come in the design board reveals! See how I’m laying out this virtual space below, and let me know what you think of the daring new direction for the dining area…
“ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: VIRTUAL DESIGN FLOORPLAN & FINISHES”

ARTFUL INSPIRATION FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE’S FALL HOME COLLECTION

Fall home decor ideas from Anthropologie's artful autumn collection on Thou Swell #anthropologie #falldecor #homdecor #decorideas #falldecorideas #homedecorideas #interiordesign

With cozy fall days around the corner, it was a visual treat to explore Anthropologie’s seasonal lookbook with their signature dose of whimsy and artful elegance (and beautifully styled as usual). Inspired by the Anthro’s sculptural case goods, sherpa upholstery, and rich leafy wallpapers, I pulled together some of my favorite vignettes and products from their fall collection. Included in the mix are pieces from their exclusive collaboration with designer Christiane Lemieux, who’s “artisanal modern” collection is material-forward and full of nods to historic furniture silhouettes. Dive into all of the autumnal design goodness below!
“ARTFUL INSPIRATION FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE’S FALL HOME COLLECTION”

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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 contemporary and traditional design curated by an emerging voice in Southern design.

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INSTALLING TROPICAL MONKEY WALLPAPER IN MEGHAN’S ENTRYWAY

Tropical leaf and monkey wallpaper by Walls Republic in an apartment entryway accent wall on Thou Swell #homedecor #homedecorideas #wallpaper #tropicalwallpaper #monkeys #accentwall #wallsrepublic

I’ve been slowly adding new furniture and decor to Meghan’s apartment and the design is coming along nicely! You might have seen the new sectional that recently arrived in this Instagram post. Now that the living and dining area is almost done, I’ve focused my attention on the entryway which is a short, narrow hallway with just enough room for a small console table. We really wanted to make an impact in here, so I turned to my favorite statement-maker – wallpaper – from the Walls Republic website. They have a huge selection of patterns, but I wanted something leafy in here since it’s far from any windows. When I saw this tropical design featuring palm trees and monkeys, I knew it would make a really fabulous first impression for Meghan’s pad! Get a closer look at this fun wallpaper below.

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“INSTALLING TROPICAL MONKEY WALLPAPER IN MEGHAN’S ENTRYWAY”

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WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE: TERRAZZO KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS WITH VETRAZZO

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Modern kitchen makeover with Vetrazzo terrazzo countertops, black cabinets, and green island on Thou Swell #kitchen #kitchendesign #kitchenideas #modernkitchen #vetrazzo #terrazzo #countertops #polycor

The hallmarks of a dated house are always most obvious in the kitchen, and this was certainly the case in the Westside Project townhouse. The old kitchen (as shown below) was full of builder-grade finishes and early 2000’s aesthetics. While the kitchen is small, it’s seen from every living space on the open-plan main floor, so it was imperative that this space was brought up to the design level of the rest of the house. The great thing about the small size of this kitchen is that it gave me a chance to make some really exciting design selections, which all started with the beautiful terrazzo samples my mom and I obsessed over from Vetrazzo. We’ve been wanting to use this countertop material somewhere and the townhouse presented the perfect place for a dramatic redesign. Get a first look into the new kitchen design and see how I used this terrazzo on the counters and new custom island below!
“WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE: TERRAZZO KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS WITH VETRAZZO”

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: VIRTUAL ROOM DESIGN INSPIRATION

Living room by Brian Paquette, neutral home decor inspiration on Thou Swell #livingroom #homedecor #homedecorinspiration #decor #decorating #interiordesign(via Brian Paquette)

It’s week two of this virtual round of the One Room Challenge (catch up on my project introduction here), and I’m sharing an inside look at the loft that’s inspiring my space and diving into the design direction for this living and dining room. As I explained last week, this round is completely virtual so I picked a dream Atlanta loft destination in the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts (also known as “The Stacks”), for a light-filled industrial space that provides a historic canvas for the design. I’ll be scouring new introductions from High Point Market to pull together a sophisticated design with my signature “new Southern” mix of traditional and contemporary. See the rooms inspiring the style and palette for the room below!
“ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: VIRTUAL ROOM DESIGN INSPIRATION”

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