A GORGEOUS GUEST ROOM REFRESH WITH SERENA & LILY

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Guest room decor and bedding with tan quilt, blue sheets, and white duvet from Serena & Lily best-in-class bedding on Thou Swell by Kevin O'Gara #bed #bedding #bedroom #bedroomdecor #guestroom #guestbedroom #serenaandlily #sheets #bedroomideas #homedecor #homedecorideas

Now that Grace is at college, her bedroom in Dove Hill Project has become the guest bedroom and I recently had the opportunity to give the room a beautiful refresh with Serena & Lily’s best-in-class bedding, plus a fun mirror and fluffy towels to make the room guest-ready for the holidays. As you might remember from my organization tips in Grace’s room, the space is super serene, with a minimal color palette and a classic neutral headboard. I decided to bring a little color to the bedding, which included soft sheets, a classic duvet, and cozy quilt. With pale blue as the new accent color, I coordinated a set of bath essentials and a rattan mirror for the wall. See all the details of the new bedroom decor below!

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A NEW SCENTED CANDLE THAT’S PERFECT FOR FALL

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Votivo Venetian Leather fall scented candle on desk in the living room by Kevin O'Gara Thou Swell #fall #falldecor #fallhomedecor #homedecor #falldecor #decorideas #homedecorideas #hygge #hyggedecor #candle #scentedcandle #fallcandle

Just as the temperatures dropped I received a package of candles and a diffuser from Votivo with their new fall scented candle Venetian Leather. This combination of saffron, suede, and sandalwood is absolutely perfect for the changing seasons and I’ve been burning my new candles every day since. I also set up their reed diffuser in our living room, which is right off of the entryway and makes coming home so inviting with its warm woody notes. See how I styled the candle on the desk in the Dove Hill living room and learn more about Votivo below.

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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 modern and traditional design curated by an emerging voice in Southern design.

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FIVE IDEAS FOR WHAT TO HANG ABOVE YOUR BED

California bedroom design with black painting above bed and vintage kilim textiles and pouf designed by Amber Interiors on Thou Swell #bedroom #bedroomdesign #bedroomdecor #homedecor #homedecorideas #interiordesign(via All Sorts Of)

The space above the bed on the wall provides an often awkward hole in the room which can be hard to fill with the right piece that will bring balance to the room (and a counterweight to one of the largest pieces of furniture you own – your bed). While artwork is a safe and well-traveled route, I’ve compiled a couple more ideas to consider that might spark inspiration for the perfect piece for your room or bed. After all, every space is different and bedrooms are the most personal spaces to consider in the house. Take a look at these five ideas for what to hang above your bed and let me know which one strikes your fancy!
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LATEST PINS x KFD LABYRINTH RUGS

Huge stair landing entryway design with iron balusters and blue Knossos maze rug runner in Sky by Kevin Francis Design on Thou Swell #arearug #rug #rugdesign #mazerug #maze #luxuryrug #tuftedrug #woolrug #patternedrug #homedecor #homedecorideas #luxurydesign(Knossos maze rug in Sky blue, image via Architectural Digest)

I love imagining my debut Labyrinth collection of maze-inspired area rugs in homes across the world, so I thought it might be fun to bring my daydreams to life with a little Photoshop magic. I placed my rugs in some beautiful spaces from my latest pins on Pinterest, and the intricate maze patterns instantly created statements in each room. I love seeing how the original designs translate across styles and how the classic colorways blend with each room. In the first space (above), I showcased how the Knossos rug in Sky blue looks as a runner in a stunning stair hall in Los Angeles. Hop below to see the other rugs in each room!
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SWELL SHOPPING: A COZY CORNER WITH BUILT-IN SHELVES

A cozy living room corner with built-in bookshelves, curvy velvet sofa, traditional rug, and wicker side table on Thou Swell #livingroom #livingroomdesign #traditionaldesign #transitionaldesign #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedecor #homedecorideas #shelfie #curvedsofa(via Pappas Miron)

This cozy library corner of a living room by designer Pappas Miron is giving me all the fall feels! The pretty curves on the velvet sofa give the space a soft modern edge, and I love the depth the dark grey gives the built-in bookshelves full of beautiful books and objects. I’m really getting into the whole cream and tan family this season and I think it makes a beautiful pairing with jewel tones like the pretty emerald pillow on the sofa. Get cozy for the colder months with velvet-on-velvet and loads of inspiring books like the coffee table books I’ve picked out below… it’s time to hibernate and this corner is calling my name! Shop the look below.
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