(Steven Sclaroff via Dering Hall) Stripes are always flattering – vertically that is. Without realizing it, out of all the rooms I hand-picked for the roundup, all but one feature vertical stripes. Verticality is a great visual asset, as it draws…
Stripes are always flattering – vertically that is. Without realizing it, out of all the rooms I hand-picked for the roundup, all but one feature vertical stripes. Verticality is a great visual asset, as it draws your eye up, visually lengthening your walls and adding height to your ceiling. It can be a great optical illusion, and even if you don’t need the visual effect, stripes are timeless and always-chic. Whether you opt for a traditional cabana stripe in the living room for a playful contrast on the walls, or a tighter pinstripe for visual drama (like the punchy powder room above), there are many variations on a stripe that can read modern or traditional – and anything in between. For more striped room inspiration, check out the stylish rooms below! “10 FABULOUS VARIATIONS ON A STRIPED ROOM”
If we are going to apply gender norms to furniture collections, it might be said that CB2’s latest collaboration with GQ provides a masculine counterpoint to their flower-filled collection with goop last year. I don’t particularly like assigning masculine or feminine labels to decor, but their newest collab definitely approached the design with a heavier hand. The collection features hefty furniture, leather upholstery, and a lack of color – perhaps a little too concerned with appealing to the overtly masculine customer, but sleek nonetheless. While I am not a huge fan of leather upholstery or black metal, there were a few pieces that I thought captured the modern, metropolitan aesthetic that lies at the core of the GQ brand well. I gathered my favorite pieces from this new collaboration below – check them out and let me know what you think of this collection! “FAVORITE PIECES FROM THE GQ x CB2 COLLABORATION”
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.
The contrast of dark wood against lime wash that makes Tudor homes so distinctive was cleverly captured and communicated, elegantly, in this 100-year-old Atlanta Tudor home designed by Amy Morris and renovated by Stan Dixon. The home was carefully refreshed to bring it into the modern day, with a subtle color palette and refined mix of contemporary silhouettes and antiques rooting the house in history. The star of the renovation itself was the addition of a scullery (pictured above), quickly becoming the heart of the home with louvered doors that open directly to the patio for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining. I love the balance of new and old at the heart of this historic home – step inside to see the rest of the rooms below. “BESPOKE ATLANTA TUDOR WITH A SOUFUL TOUCH”
Buying a new sofa is one of the biggest investments–furniture wise–that you’ll make in a new room. While it’s important to invest in something that will last, when you’re moving into a new home or apartment and need a stylish sofa, the budget is not always forgiving! Luckily there are lots of options for an affordable piece that you will love for years – I’ve scoured the interwebs for my favorite styles and rounded them all up for you here. Consider a neutral if you change the colors in your decor and accessories often. Look for darker colors and performance fabrics if you have kids, pets, or are spill-prone. Also, pay attention to the width and depth to find a piece that fits your room, but most importantly fits YOU comfortably! “TIMELESS THREE-SEATER SOFAS UNDER $1000”
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I love discovering new products that bring together decorating and technology, so the Plott Cubit immediately piqued my interest! Using lasers and augmented reality, it allows you to measure, plot, and plan your wall decor in ways you’ve never been able to before. I used the Cubit to get a new gallery wall set up at the bottom of the stairs in Dove Hill, and I was amazed at how I could visualize and set-up the gallery wall without ever pulling out a measuring tape! Check out how I did it below, and don’t miss my video on Instagram showing the whole process. “GALLERY WALL MADE EASY WITH PLOTT CUBIT”