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…
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.
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.
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!
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While I love the light, airy layers of neutrals in my current living room, I will always remember the tropical getaway that was my college apartment with fondness. I have such a soft spot for lush leafy patterns! This tropical house in South Carolina is a perfect example of a flora-inspired design in its natural habitat. Inspired by the swampy landscape in Palmetto Bluff where this house is located, designer Charlotte Barnes brought the wild outdoors in with a riot of color and pattern – and nods to local wildlife in the wallpaper patterns. I love the bold mix in this stylish Southern home and the interest all of these colorful layers bring to the design. See more below!
This post is sponsored by AllModern, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running.
My mom’s patio has come a long way since she moved in at the beginning of the year! The design came together just in time for warmer weather, and we made some easy changes that really made this outdoor space an inviting place to hang out. It started with a coat of paint on the floor to cover the red stone and give a more neutral foundation, brought in a modern sectional set from AllModern to define the seating area, then filled it with the terracotta pots that we had on the Dove Hill deck to add greenery. The final touch was string lights above to bring a warm glow to the patio at night! See how the space transformed below. “WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE: SPRING PATIO IDEAS & DESIGN REVEAL”