Serene blue and white workspace by Coco Kelley on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Coco Kelley)

I’m so happy to share one of two dorm rooms I’m putting together for friends.
Colesy’s room is pulled together by shades of blue. Where I avoided prints and kept the shapes and textiles soft in Olivia’s lush blush room, Colesy has more geometric lines and a few prints mixed in to liven things up. Some choice selections from Minted’s great art and the seating cubes, rug, and cozy blanket balance these with softer, plusher details and hazy imagery. The stripes on the bedding pillow and the blue and white motif add a subtle nautical touch perfectly suited to a traveler. A campaign-style nightstand completes the cosmopolitan flair. While in Olivia’s room I started with a simpler off-white area rug, I chose a bolder patterned rug from Mowhawk Home to set the scene in Colesy’s room. From there, I pulled together a selection of art to bring some additional hues to the color palette from Minted then filled out the look with furniture and decor from The Mine. Click through to take a look at the whole mood board and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Staircase landing with large blue photography on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Timothy Godbold)
Blue painterly pattern on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Kerri Rosenthal)
Modern pastel dining chairs against blue wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell – Summer Decor Edit)

Colesy’s room will feature another serene photograph from Jennifer Squires Ross, and this time the print will be framed in one of my favorite frames from Framebridge – the Brentwood mirrored frame.

Product for this project was sponsored by the following brands: The Mine, Minted, Framebridge, and Jennifer Squires Ross. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

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  1. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Love the photo with the blue wall and multicoloured chairs 🙂 The curtains are fun! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
    • Thanks, I’m finishing up the final details and hopefully photography this week! Can’t wait to share the reveals…

      Posted 9.2.17 Reply

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