The stars aligned when Nashville-based designer Lindsay Rhodes and recent transplant Melanie Tigrett met and they realized their aesthetics were very much in tune. Rhodes brought a fresh, playful twist to this gracious Nashville forever home, using bold artwork and wallpaper to reflect the spirit of Music City. There’s a good dose of patina as well (this is the South after all), mixed with contemporary accents and some beautiful custom upholstery. Designed with entertaining in mind, the long banquette in the kitchen and pink tufted sofa in the living room are just beckoning for guests! See inside this home renovation below.
I am excited to bring you another Queer-Eye-inspired room makeover with the brand’s modern furniture collection available at Walmart. Earlier this year I transformed a sunroom for my best friend and her father, and this time I’m tackling a home office that’s been in heavy use over the past few months. It’s been the command central for my dad’s girlfriend Janet, who is an art history professor. With all of her classes moved to a virtual format, she had to quickly adapt to online teaching and the office now serves as both her room for teaching and also continues to be a hub for the research she does on indigenous South American art. I redesigned the space with these needs in mind using sleek new additions from the Queer Eye furniture line that add style and functionality to the room. See how the space transformed below! “BELMONT AVE OFFICE MAKEOVER WITH THE QUEER EYE FURNITURE COLLECTION”
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.
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In an open floorpan space, rugs are crucial for defining distinct areas, and in the West Midtown project this is especially true on the main level. While the staircase splits the middle of the floor, the dining room and kitchen are side-by-side and can both be seen from the living room. The new kitchen island we added helps define the edge of the workspace, but I wanted to make the kitchen feel even more like its own room (and soften the design) with a vintage kitchen runner. I turned to my favorite unique rug source, Revival, to find something with the right size for this space. See how it looks in the kitchen below!
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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
Some of my favorite holiday memories take place around the fireplace in my childhood living room – it’s one of the most cherished symbols of the season for many people. With the help of The Home Depot, I added an electric fireplace to the West Midtown living room to create a cozy centerpiece for holiday decor. The subtle flickering flame on this traditional freestanding fireplace adds visual warmth to the space, with the option of real heat to warm up the room. The traditional white mantel tied easily in with the room design, and provided a surface for bringing Christmas cheer to the room with a wreath, garland, and gold bar cart. See how I decked out this cute fireplace in the living room below!
This project is sponsored by The Home Depot, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
There’s been a renaissance of home cooking recently, and whether you’re learning to bake homemade bread on the weekends or trying new weeknight dinner recipes, countertop and cabinet space can quickly become precious real estate in the kitchen! I love the functionality of a kitchen cart as a mobile island, island addition, or extra workspace, so I wanted to build off of this versatile piece and design a customized DIY kitchen island baking station that could make an easy, stylish addition to any kitchen big or small. This project can be easily personalized and is a great way to test out a fun cabinet color in your space (I used Behr’s Perennial Green). Check out my instructions below and in my workshop video!