Modern neutral living room with plants and Moroccan style rug on Thou Swell(via CB2)

Although I was planning on shooting my convertible guest room project over my Thanksgiving break, my camera was unfortunately stolen from my car so I’ve had to hold off until Winter break to share the final design. So instead of a reveal, today I have some sneak peeks and updates on how the design has evolved since I first shared the design board. Not only have many of the key pieces been installed in the room, I’ve brought in some additional accents with the help of Home Depot, like fresh plants, blinds, and a floor mirror to fill out the look. I also have a selection of throw pillows I need sorting out – I’m not sure how I’m going to style up the daybed yet, and there are some great close-ups of some of the design details so you can get a sense of the direction of the design. The biggest hiccup in the project so far has been the curtains, which were made on a tight schedule, but the upholsterer forgot to ask which direction I wanted the stripes, so they were made with horizontal rather than vertical stripes. It’s not ideal, but I still love the Robert Allen fabric so I’ll make it work! Continue reading to get into the design details…


Bamboo shades, floor mirror, and plants for a guest room on Thou Swell
PALM, FERN, PLANTER, shades, mirror

I knew I wanted plants in this room because it’s partly below-ground and feels more like a basement room than a living room at this point. Bringing in live greenery will help make the space feel and look fresh and more lively. I also thought a floor mirror would help reflect more light into the room, just like it did in my dad’s master bedroom. And just like our dining room, the windows are a funny rectangular shape, so adding bamboo shades above them will help visually raise the ceiling height and deemphasize the rectangle. I’ll also be using three hollow-core doors to mount the York wallpaper from DecoratorsBest, to form a DIY folding screen behind the daybed to block the staircase landing and close-in the living area a bit. In front of this screen will be the daybed with all of it’s throw pillows… Here’s what I’ve got to work with so far:

For the throw pillows on the daybed, I want to bring the room’s color palette together with a bohemian twist that adds a bit of modern spirit to the room. I started out with these fun pillows from Shelby Dillon Studio, and then tried to find some large solid pillows and a few patterned one to complement the green palm frond pattern. So far I like the idea of a set (maybe two on each side) of large dark blue pillows, with the light green and this painterly one from Minted at the center, maybe joined by the faux-fur lumbar pillow. Here’s how the rest of the room is coming along:

Convertible guest room design sneak peeks via Thou Swell

1. The shades are up and it’s made a huge difference in the room. The previous ones were very cheap paper shades that were broken and looked terrible (and were very bad at blocking light). The bamboo also adds a nice warm element to the room.
2. I framed one of my sister’s prints in the Beverly frame from Framebridge (see a close-up below), and the blues and greens in the piece are the perfect complement for the room. It’s a large 40×30 piece, so I’m still figuring out where I’ll hang it.
3. I installed the curtains made from this great Robert Allen fabric from DecoratorsBest, which look fabulous despite the horizontal striping. I chose single pleats and added lining so they drape beautifully and keep the room warm from the French doors behind them.
4. I found all of the accent furniture from At Home, like these Moroccan nesting tables (similar side table here), the blue mid-century armchair in the design board, and a super comfy armless accent chair that’s not available on their website.
5. I brought in the ottoman from our living room, which looks so beautiful on the Dash & Albert area rug! All the blue tones are right up my alley, and I love the large and small-scale pattern mix.
6. And finally, I started styling! The same painterly pattern from the Minted pillow above also comes in a lumbar, which looks great on the blue armchair.

Beverly silver frame from Framebridge on Thou Swell

And here’s a close-up of the Beverly silver frame that I chose for Julia’s artwork. It’s got a beautiful brushed finish and black sides that work really well with the rest of the room. Let me know what you think of the progress, and stayed tuned for the final reveal next week!

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Product for this room was sponsored by the following brands: At Home, Dash & Albert, DecoratorsBest, Home Depot, Minted, Shelby Dillon Studio, and World Market. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!


  1. Kevin, So sorry that your camera was stolen.
    It’s looking great! Can’t wait to see the reveal.

    Posted 12.6.16

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