It’s the New Year and it’s time to take a look around the house and identify those key pieces of furniture that need replacing. A big furniture purchase takes a bit more planning ahead than decor that you can add any time of year, so identifying the pieces you’d like to refresh and making a goal early in the year can help your odds of making your new design vision a reality. It’s also helpful to watch out throughout the year for the best sales to take advantage of (and right now there’s a long weekend sale going on at AllModern)! Take a look at my favorite modern statement pieces below. “FRESH START: MODERN STATEMENTS FOR EVERY ROOM”
Last week I introduced the first room in my new apartment that’s getting fully decorated – the study/media room. This space is going to be my casual living space, perfect for curling up to watch a movie or just hang out. With dark brown walls and some of the dramatic decor choices I’m adding it’s going to be a super cozy cocoon! Today I am sharing the design board to give you a first look at the furniture and decor defining this space, and if you head to my Instagram profile today you can catch a glimpse of the paint going up on the walls. See how my design for the room below! “NEW YEAR NEW ROOM CHALLENGE: STUDY DESIGN BOARD”
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.
I’ve been a fan of FLOR for many years (you can see their rug squares in my old old old bedroom here), but when I opened their most recent catalog I was so impressed by the new designs I saw! If you’re unfamiliar with the company, FLOR’s signature product is rug squares that allow you to create custom sizes, shapes, and patterns with tiles that stick to your floor. They don’t need a rug pad, can be easily swapped out, and let you customize your design in endless ways. Their products are also sustainably manufactured, free of harmful chemicals, and low on VOCs, making them a super safe choice for your home. Check out my favorite designs below – the room styling is spot-on! “FLOR MODULAR RUG TILES JUST GOT SUPER CHIC”
This year is starting off with a bang for many reasons (I shared a brief overview in my latest Instagram post) but one of the most exciting reasons is that I am moving into my very own apartment this month! The timing could not have been better for participating in my first New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge and I decided that my study/media room would be the first space to get fully decorated, thanks to the help of the challenge’s amazing sponsors. Here’s how the challenge works – I’ve got a month to refresh or decorate one room, and I will be sharing updates each Tuesday of the month until the final reveal, and it’s all happening with a great group of talented bloggers tackling rooms for the New Year. A huge thank you to Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for organizing everything and inviting me to participate this year! Keep reading for a look inside the room I’ll be decorating… “NEW YEAR, NEW ROOM REFRESH: APARTMENT STUDY”
This post was sponsored by Revolution Cooking(TM) as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed are my own.
Toast might be the most versatile food, and I’m thrilled to share three different takes on delicious toasts with the Revolution Cooking R180 High-Speed Smart Toaster. With precise control that takes into account the type of bread, starting temperature, and the desired doneness, the beautiful touchscreen on this toaster gives you the ability to perfect your final product! I loved exploring all of the options from waffles to English muffins, but I decided to take the average toast and share three recipes that will take you from morning to night with inspired flavor combinations. This new toaster is faster and uses less energy, smarter with custom browning and crispness, and locks in more moisture for a tastier toast. It’s the perfect gift for the foodie on your Christmas list – and you can now save 20% off the R180 Toaster with code REVCOOK20 until the end of December! Read on to see my three spins on delicious toast for any time of day. “TAKING TOAST TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH REVOLUTION COOKING”