One Room Challenge Week Five - @thouswellblog

Now that we’re just one week away from reveal day, I’m starting to focus in on the details and think about each shot as a vignette. Catch up on weeks one, two, three, and four if you haven’t already. I’m excited to partner with a local favorite and friend Waiting on Martha for styling accessories that bring character and purpose to the bedside tables and the footed side table by the leather chair above. Adding these details certainly creates a more interesting shot, but these details also tell a story about how the room will be used and they bring a bit more dimension to the room’s style. I used a fun glasses holder and a domino set to fill the table around the brass lamp. I also added the new 30×40 print of my own photography, in a mirrored frame by Framebridge, to finish off the corner. The scale works nicely beside the gallery wall of smaller prints!

Shop some of the accessories I’m using in my room below, and use the code THOUSWELL for 20% off your order at Waiting on Martha! We’ll also be partnering up for a great giveaway after the big reveal, so stay tuned…


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One Room Challenge Week Five - @thouswellblog
One Room Challenge Week Five - @thouswellblog
One Room Challenge Week Five - @thouswellblog

On the bedside tables, the black faceted vases reflect the mid-century style in the table lamps. I also used a brass urchin to top a stack of books (just some light nighttime reading, haha)! On the other bedside table, I’m adding a candle and decorative match holder with the third (largest) faceted vase. Also on the other side of the bed will be my ArtStar print and a smaller Instagram print framed by Framebridge.

By the way – I’m thinking the white version of the faceted vases would look best on the bedside tables, since the lamps are also black and the dark color gets a little lost in the curtains. What do you think?

One Room Challenge Week Five - @thouswellblog

I wanted to include one more shot of the Juliet mirror from Bassett Mirror Company because I’m so happy with it. I want to add a large floor mirror to every room now because it looks so magnificent! You can also get a glimpse of the rattan bench, blue ceiling, and chandelier in this shot.

That bare closet opening will soon be covered by a simple white curtain that will hopefully blend into the wall. I picked out traditional dark brass curtain rods and clips from Lowes’ home line allen+roth.

Kevin O'Gara signature on Thou Swell

Product for my One Room Challenge was sponsored by the following brands: AllModern, ArtStar, Bassett Mirror Company, Bellacor, Crystorama, DecoratorsBest, Farrow & Ball, Framebridge, Joss & Main, Karastan Rugs, Lamps Plus, Lazzarro Leather, Lowes, Minted, Purdy, and Waiting on Martha. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

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  1. Beleuven wrote:

    I discovered your blog via the One Room Challenge and have now spent over an hour just clicking through posts. It’s incredible! Thanks for sharing your talents with the world, best of luck in what I’m sure will be an incredible college experience!

    Posted 5.6.16 Reply
  2. Roxanne wrote:

    Kevin, that mirror is amazing, and I love all your fun accents. The room is beautiful already!

    Posted 5.5.16 Reply
  3. Carol @ CAD INTERIORS wrote:

    Love the accessories you selected, Kevin! That leather chair and floor mirror are gorgeous!!! Excited for your room reveal next week. 🙂

    Posted 5.4.16 Reply
  4. Kat Neunaber wrote:

    Ah Kevin this is so good!!! You completely nail this room…it’s all still approachable but SO full of interest and personality. I’ll have to share with my boyfriend to give him a few design hints 🙂 But all jokes aside…that mirror is just to die for. Thanks again for the great feature of our products too. Can’t wait for next week’s reveal! xo Kat with Waiting on Martha

    Posted 5.4.16 Reply
    • Thank you so much Kat, I really appreciate it! I’m pretty much in love with the mirror and can’t wait to shoot the whole room! Looking forward to the WOM office reveal as well.

      Posted 5.5.16 Reply