White living room design with layers of cream, tan, and black in New York townhouse with tall ceilings by Alyssa Kapito on Thou Swell #livingroom #livingroomdesign #interiordesign #oneroomchallenge #homedecor #homedecortips #livingroomgoals(via Alyssa Kapito)


I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the One Room Challenge once again as a featured designer. This year’s round will be different from my last featured project in 2016, as the design is completely virtual. This has opened so many creative possibilities, and it will be so fun to see how all of these projects unfold over the next few weeks. If you aren’t familiar with the ORC, it’s a six week challenge in which one room design is unfolded among a group of design bloggers (this year there is 20 designers). This fall round is sponsored by High Point Market, which will be taking place October 13-21 in North Carolina. I visited High Point two years ago and cannot wait to see what new products my favorite showrooms release this season.

Visit the other featured blogs and find out what virtual space I’m dreaming up below!

This virtual challenge presented endless opportunities to design my dream space, but it also made it so much harder to figure out the direction I wanted to go in without many parameters. I decided to give myself a pretend client and location to give myself some pointers in the design process. Enter The Stacks – the popular lofts in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood where my dad used to live (see his home tour here). I decided to make these famous lofts, home to the Queer Eye loft in the first season of the show, the basis for this dream space. My pretend clients are a young couple, creating their first home together. They are looking for traditional with a fresh, modern twist and aren’t afraid of the unexpected… so, yes, very much pretend.

Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, The Stacks in Atlanta brick loft condo building on Thou Swell

The Stacks, also known as the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, is comprised of three brick buildings will still-standing smokestacks that gave the name for the project. They border Cabbagetown’s commercial strip on Carroll Street. It’s such an amazing location and the lofts feature incredibly tall ceilings, large steel windows, and exposed brick. With such industrial architectural details and vintage textures, it’s a great canvas for a fresh “new Southern” design.

I’ll be focusing on the living and dining room areas. I can’t wait to share photos of the inspiration for the loft space and my direction for the design of the space next week! Now check-in with all the other designers to see what they’re dreaming up this year…


Albie Knows | Ana Claudia Design | At Home With Joseph | Barbour Spangle Design | Dwell by Cheryl | Eneia White Interiors | Gray Space Interiors | Haneen’s Haven | Hommeboys | Interiors by Design | Jana Donohoe Designs | Laura Hodges Studio | Lauren Nicole Designs | Nicole White Designs | Nikole Starr Interiors | Nile Johnson Interior Design | Prudence Home + Design | Thou Swell | Traders Haven Design | Whitney J Decor


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  1. Jana Donohoe wrote:

    I am loving the location and building for your project. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply