Navy dot slipper chairs in white living room with Moroccan fireplace screen on Thou Swell #livingroom #livingroomdesign #fireplacedesign

This week of the One Room Challenge I’m sharing my shopping list and some more details from the design plans for the living room. I got to see some of the progress in the room while I was home last week for spring break, and I picked up some freshly upholstered pieces for the room! Above, you can see a sliver of the pair of slipper chairs that were one of the first pieces I bought for this space, and have inspired the entire blue and white makeover. There are two other pieces in the vignette above I’m planning to replace… See the fabric I’m using on the sofa and ottoman, the curtains that will frame the bay window at the end of the room, and help me decide which throw pillows to use on the chairs – all below!



Blue navy dots slipper chair with gold legs on Thou Swell #slipperchair #bluechair #dotschair(Marceau slipper chair)

Blue and white throw pillows on Thou Swell #throwpillows #pillows #blueandwhite


I absolutely love the fresh white background of the slipper chairs in the room – they’ve already energized the space so much. I want to pair them with pillows that are also fresh but give enough contrast to the organic dots on the fabric. I originally wanted to go in an animal print direction, but I have steered away from any other animals in the room after picking out the ottoman fabric below…


Bromo stripe fabric from DecoratorsBest on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Cream velvet fabric from DecoratorsBest on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Scalamandre Zebra denim fabric from DecoratorsBest on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I couldn’t be more excited with these fabric selections from DecoratorsBest, and I can’t stress enough how rethinking the textiles in a room can transform the space. I’m basing this whole makeover around these fabrics, and I can’t wait to share more peeks of the new upholstery!

Modern brass fireplace screen on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #fireplace #fireplacescreen #firescreen(Brass fireplace screen)

I have such a fondness for the Moroccan-style fireplace screen in the living room (purchased for my second ORC in 2015), but with the dots on the chair I think I need a more streamlined design. I love this modern screen with a brass frame.

Tri white marble side table on Thou Swell #sidetable #marbletable #marble(Marble Side Table)

While I’m not afraid to mix metals in a room, I don’t love the silver table in front of the brass fireplace screen. I love the idea of bringing some white marble into the room, and this little side table would be perfect between the angled slipper chairs.

Embroidered trellis curtain panels on Thou Swell #curtains #windowtreatments(Embroidered curtain panels)

Curtains make such a big impact on a room and these curtains are going to completely transform the end of the room with a shallow bay window alcove. It’s going to be tricky to install the curtain rods, but the clean black and white embroidery will look so fresh with the antique chaise-lounge!

Kevin Francis Design Knossos Sky blue tufted maze area rug on Thou Swell #arearug #rugdesign #mazerug #bluerug

Additionally, a brighter blue rug from KFD will make brighten the end of the room and give a nice cool balance to the warm red of the chaise. I have some install pictures with the new fabrics and curtains that I can’t wait to share next week… Check back again for another update!

Kevin O'Gara signature on Thou Swell

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