Happy New Year: Celebrating 2014 & Looking Ahead

Happy new year! 2014, it’s been a wild ride. I’ve celebrated one year of blogging, had two amazing internships, became more in touch with my own sense of style, flew to the West Coast for an arts-focused first semester of Junior year, and completed a final project on interior design. I also enjoyed the love and support of an amazing readership and blog community. So thank you 2014, and thank you all for staying tuned to Thou Swell as the year progressed. I am super excited for what’s to come in 2015 – I’ve already got a HUGE project that I’m super excited to share, but first let’s wrap up 2014 with some highlights:

January: Shared photos of Winter Tea and my 2014 printable calendar was featured on COSAS MOLONAS.

February: Created three printable Valentines, was interviewed on STRIPES & PEONIES, and guest posted on Coco & Mingo.

March: Celebrated Sakura Spring with images of cherry blossoms and enjoyed ice-cream at Jeni’s Ice-Cream in Atlanta.

April: Shared tips on Dining Alfresco, was interviewed on THE LACQUERIE, and featured on Apartment Therapy’s article Decorating with Greens.

May: Hosted a giveaway for three beautiful pillows from Bunglo Home Decor and shared two DIY garden projects with Rust-Oleum.

June: Shared a DIY project for Animal Printed pillows, guest-posted on Buckets & Spades, shot some photographs at my grandparent’s beach house, and Thou Swell was added to favorites on A HOUSE IN THE HILLS.

July: Made a terrarium out of an Ikea lantern, shared photos from Aunt and Uncle’s home in Boston, and started a Summer Essentials style series with Grace, mentioned on Paper & Stitch in 7 Awesome Blogs You Should Be Following.

August: Made the switch to WordPress with the help of the super awesome Kory Woodard, and my DIY gilded agate coasters were featured on POPSUGAR Home and SOUTHERN BLOG SOCIETY.

September: Gave Grace’s bedroom a little refresh, and started a new desktop downloads series with contributor Naomi Dudas.

October: Thou Swell turned one and I got my blogging friends together to host an iPad Mini & NextIssue giveaway, new contributor Isabella Rael shared a delicious baked pumpkin donut recipe, and was mentioned in Notes from the Weekend on This Is Glamorous.

November: Painted a stump an unexpected shade of cobalt, and shared the introduction of my final paper for Oxbow on the blog.

December: Posted the artist statement and photos of my final show at Oxbow, rounded-up an exhaustingly thorough home decor gift guide, and shared five ways to give a gift card with Target.


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  1. Helen wrote:

    You’ve had a well-earned amazing year 2014 Kevin, I’m so proud and happy for you! 2015 should definitely be even more awesome and I can’t wait to hear what you new BIG project is !! x Helen

    Posted 1.7.15 Reply
    • Thanks Helen! I’m so glad you found your blogging genre – your latest floral posts have been fantastic!

      Posted 1.8.15 Reply
      • Helen wrote:

        Thanks Kevin! 🙂

        Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  2. Victoria Wright wrote:

    Happy new year ! You have achieved so much this year and so many great posts ! All the best for 2015 !!!!

    Victoria @ http://alfandemilio.co.uk

    Posted 1.6.15 Reply
  3. Hi Kevin, My first visit to your blog. Sounds like you had a fabulous 2014! Look forward to what 2015 has to offer & getting to know you & your blog.
    Happy New Year!

    Posted 1.5.15 Reply
  4. Ahh! I’m super excited Kev! I read as you grew through 2014 and know only the best will be conquered by ThouSwell in 2015! Can’t wait for the adventures to continue! 😀

    Posted 1.5.15 Reply
    • Thank you so much Stephanie! I truly appreciate your support and can’t wait to see where 2015 takes you too!

      Posted 1.5.15 Reply
  5. Congrats on a fabulous year! Hope 2015 has great things in store.

    Posted 1.5.15 Reply
  6. Such a great year! Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for you and Thou Swell!

    Posted 1.5.15 Reply
    • Thanks Natalie! I really appreciate your support through the year 🙂 I’m sure great things are to come for you and Catalina Creative!

      Posted 1.5.15 Reply

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