I am SO thrilled to share my full home tour video on my new YouTube account! I moved into my first apartment at the beginning of the year (I think my first night here was mid-January), and it’s been so much fun decorating my way through the space and making it my own! Of course it’s a work-in-progress and there is lots I am still planning for this place, but I wanted to kick-off my new channel with a full home tour and give an overview of the whole space so you can see how the rooms I’ve shared so far (my living room and study) relate to the whole space, and to give a better sense of the floorplan and some of the personal details I’ve added in. I also am sharing my whole kitchen design for the first time and I gave a little background on why I get to live in this amazing space designed by Hedgewood Homes. Get the whole scoop in my new video below and don’t forget to like and subscribe to my channel!
This post is sponsored by Revival Rugs but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
One of the trickiest parts of moving into a new house is fitting the puzzle pieces of your old furniture decor into the new layout of your home. When we moved my mom out of Dove Hill, we actually sold quite a lot of the furniture and decor along with the house to the new owners. This left us with the opportunity to bring in some new pieces in the new Westside townhouse design, and I recently unrolled one of the newest additions to the house – a beautiful vintage Turkish rug from Revival Rugs. It is the perfect addition to my mom’s bedroom, where some color and soul was needed to zhush up the pieces we’d brought in from the old master bedroom design at Dove Hill. See how the new rug looks in this space below!
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.
This post is sponsored by KILZ, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
One of my favorite table shapes is the Parsons table, a simple modernist shape created in the 30’s by designer Jean-Michel Frank. It’s incredibly versatile, and the Parsons table in my mom’s house has been around my whole life whether as a skirted nightstand, bar, or entry console. It’s been painted black for at least 20 years and suffered through four moves, so it was long overdue for some love and attention. While I loved the dramatic glossy black finish, it’s place in the guest room in the Upper Westside townhouse is a darker corner and was looking dismal in the low light! I decided to go in a lighter direction, so I turned to KILZ 3® PREMIUM Interior | Exterior Primer for a thick and durable primer that would cover the black and let me easily refresh this classic table! Watch my transform the table in the video below, and continue reading for all the DIY details.
This post is sponsored by Infuse but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!
Launched just in time for Earth Day this year, the new Infuse refillable cleaning system available exclusively at Target and Target.com is my newest home cleaning obsession. It checks all the boxes for me with non-toxic ingredients, refillable spray bottles, reusable cloths, and a deep clean that’s just as effective as the competition. I got to try out the whole system in my apartment and I love how it works, from the scents to the fun “infused” cleaning cartridges you get to watch disperse into your spray bottles. Not only are these pet and kid-friendly formulas biodegradable, but you get to save by reusing your mop pads and cleaning cloths and on your spray bottle refills. It’s a one-time investment with long-term savings for yourself and the environment! I’m diving into the line with a breakdown of each product below.
P.S. Now through May 31st, get 20% off an Infuse Starter Kit by using the code ThouSwell20 at checkout!
We’ve had the loveliest spring weather recently here in Atlanta, and we’re dying to start using the patio at my mom’s new townhouse in West Midtown. It’s a great blank canvas right now – it’s clean, has a relatively new surface covering the ground, and the HOA just replaced all the fencing in the neighborhood so we’ve got fresh fencing as well! There are a couple of stages of changes we’d like to make back here which I’m outlining below, but we’re starting out with a great foundation for the space from AllModern – this sleek sectional set. It will immediately frame out the seating area and help define the area so we can focus on filling in with plants, decor, and lighting. See my design board below! “WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE: PATIO DESIGN PLANS”