In this lakeside home in Austin, a small renovation project turned into a completely new build when rot was found in the walls. The owners reimagined their abode with FAB Architecture and designer Fern Santini, inspired by a grownup version of summer camp. With a mix of Texas limestone, glazed-glass walls, and a punchy color palette, the home encapsulates a casual, playful retreat full of entertaining opportunities. The hall above combines the entryway, music alcove, and multiple seating and dining arrangements, and opens up the home to the landscape and lake views. See the rest of this fun, colorful home tour below! “A PLAYFUL LAKE HOUSE FULL OF BESPOKE DESIGN IN AUSTIN”
In this cheerful house in Greenville, SC, the colorful living room design caught my eye with its vibrant hues. I love a nuanced color palette, and the unexpected combinations of periwinkle blue, teal, pink, lime green, and yellow all live together so happily in this space! With the bright, clean foundations of the white sofa, neutral rug, and paisley wallpaper, the room has a really fresh feel that looks so inviting. See how to bring this look home with my design board below! “SWELL SHOPPING: THE MOST CHEERFUL GREENVILLE LIVING ROOM”
Kevin Francis O'Gara is founder of Thou Swell, an Atlanta lifestyle and interior design blog named for an old jazz tune, sharing home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration. Stop by to find an avant-garde mix of contemporary and traditional design curated by an emerging voice in Southern design.
After Atlanta interior designer Sherry Hart convinced her recently divorced friend and client to buy in the new Manchester development in Buckhead (my new neighborhood!), she brought a chic black-and-white palette to the intown home. Hart brought a few key pops of color to her signature layers of neutral textures, creating a layered fresh start for her client. I love the lived-in styling that she added to the project, which incorporated that key personal touch that’s especially needed during major life transitions. See the rest of this chic project below! “A DESIGN-SAVVY TOWNHOUSE FOR A FRESH START IN MANCHESTER ATLANTA”
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Things have really started changing in the Terrace Drive project, which is my latest design makeover for my boyfriend Murphy. I’m tackling this small-space basement apartment, which is full of funky nooks and crannies, to make it feel like a cozy home. To start out, I reimagined the color palette of the apartment with Clare paint, using a fresh white and some saturated hues to carve out distinctive spaces and make it feel larger. I used Clare’s best-selling Whipped warm white paint, the Current Mood dark green, and a coral pink called Pop for a fun nook. See how the colors turned out in here (and why the green made the bedroom feel SO much bigger) below!
Just under two hours away, Chattanooga is a perfect getaway from Atlanta and is a great size for exploring over a weekend. I got to discover “Scenic City” for the first time this month and loved the historic charm of the architecture, the delicious food, and their fun aquarium. I discovered a handful of cool neighborhoods with local boutiques and coffeehouses. My boyfriend and I drove up on Friday and stayed in the Roaring-20’s-inspired Read House hotel, which is in a beautiful historic building conversion. The hotel had a fun, glamorous design as you can see in the lobby above. See how we spent our weekend and all my favorite shops and restaurants below! “CHATTANOOGA WEEKEND CITY GUIDE: 72 HOURS IN SCENIC CITY”