A FAMILY ROOM MAKEOVER WITH THE QUEER EYE FURNITURE COLLECTION

This post is sponsored by DHP Furniture, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Queer Eye furniture collection family room makeover with modern decor, grey sofa, cream armchair, glass table, gold lighting on Thou Swell #queereye #queereyefurniture #queereyecollection #dhpfurniture #walmartfinds #homedecor #homedesign #interiordesign #familyroom #roommakeover #beforeandafter

I’ve always wanted to be part of the Fab Five, and I’m so thrilled to share a Queer Eye-inspired makeover for my best friend Emma with the new Queer Eye furniture collection that launched this week, exclusively at Walmart! The collection is full of affordable, contemporary pieces that make a subtle statement and can mix into any space or style. Emma’s sunroom was the perfect place to bring in a lighter touch and new, comfortable seating.

The modern furniture mixed in perfectly with some of their older pieces, like the coffee table made of hand-painted Italian tiles Emma’s great-grandmother brought back from a trip. This room hadn’t been changed in 13 years, so I was so thrilled to give it a true Queer Eye makeover to create a fresh space for Emma and her dad to hang out in! Check out my YouTube video for a behind-the-scenes look at the whole room makeover below.


“A FAMILY ROOM MAKEOVER WITH THE QUEER EYE FURNITURE COLLECTION”

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MY DORM ROOM DESIGN FOR THE HOME DEPOT SUMMER CATALOG

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!

Kevin O'Gara modern dorm design for The Home Depot summer catalog with gray gingham duvet, blue storage bench, cowhide rug, and map wall hanging on Thou Swell #dorm #dormroom #dormdesign #backtoclass #homedepot

I’m so thrilled to share the dorm design I created with The Home Depot for their summer catalog – a room I produced with their incredible styling team from scratch. Inspired by the old buildings which housed my dorms at Cornell, the room features a vintage-style window – although in contrast to my old dorms, this room has a beautiful city view! The design features a mix of modern and traditional style, layered with pattern and pops of color to bring the space to life in a cozy setting. I chose a map wall tapestry, tufted headboard, and a white nightstand with a stylish x-detail. A blue storage bench provides style and function at the end of the bed, and a faux cowhide is layered on top of a practical patterned area rug. The workspace features a modern desk and bookshelf from the Donnelly collection and a mirror on the wall to provide a built-in vanity station. You can shop the entire look on The Home Depot website, where all of these stylish, affordable decor pieces are for sale!

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

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MY FIRST PAINTING SERIES: THE IDA COLLECTION BY KEVIN FRANCIS DESIGN

The Ida Collection abstract paintings by Kevin Francis O'Gara, Atlanta abstract paintings #painting #abstract #abstractpainter #atlantapainter #painter #artist #atlantaartist #homedecor

The past few months have given me the chance to reconnect with some creative channels like painting, which I haven’t done since the first piece in this collection which I created for the Dove Hill dining room a year ago. That piece, which hung above the entry table of my apartment, was the genesis of this series the Ida Collection which is now for sale on Kevin Francis Design.

Inspired by the distinctive triangles in a serigraph by New Orleans-based artist Ida Kohlmeyer that hung my the entryway of my childhood home, I incorporated a triangle into each of these abstract paintings. The triangle motif is a symbol of home, floating in each of these fields of color. Each piece is an expression of layered color and white space, interlaced with warm neutrals and my signature red – imparting power in small doses across each composition. As your eye travels across each canvas, I hope you discover a sense of home in each piece.
“MY FIRST PAINTING SERIES: THE IDA COLLECTION BY KEVIN FRANCIS DESIGN”

A DAY EXPLORING ATLANTA WITH THE NEW TOYOTA COROLLA

Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a Corolla for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.

Exploring Atlanta with the new Toyota Corolla #toyotacorolla #atlanta #travelguide #atlantaguide #sponsored

One of the silver linings of the COVID shutdown in Atlanta has been the absence of daily rush hour in the city! I recently took advantage of the clear streets to spend a day exploring the city in the new 2020 Toyota Corolla – and in a city as spread out as Atlanta I got to spend lots of time in the car getting to know all of its features. As a hybrid, it gets over 50 miles per gallon which meant I could take it out on a full day hitting all my favorite neighborhoods without hardly seeing the gas indicator move. I hate paying for gas, so this is a great bonus!

The car also features Apply CarPlay, Alexa, JBL Speakers, and a sleek 8-inch touchscreen display console so I picked up my friends, put on my favorite music, and visited some cool neighborhoods, restaurants, and destinations around the city in the car. See all my hotspots below, plus check the car out in action in my new YouTube video below:


“A DAY EXPLORING ATLANTA WITH THE NEW TOYOTA COROLLA”

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INSIDE THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-INSPIRED SOUTHEASTERN SHOWHOUSE

Southeastern showhouse in Atlanta, Southern California inspired house design on Thou Swell #showhouse #atlanta #atlantahomes #southernstyle #southerndesign #interiordesign #homedesign #design(Photography by David Christensen and Kevin O’Gara)

I’ve been to many Southeastern Showhouses over the years – it’s always an impressive feat produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles with a talented team of builders and designers each year. BUT this year’s house really blew things out of the water. This Southern California-inspired renovation reimagined the former house of the founder of Ackerman Security on six acres in Buckhead. The formerly yellow stucco, Mediterranean-style house was an overwrought example of 90’s aesthetics but was completely renovated by Benecki Homes with Linda MacArthur Architect and Cole Construction, honorary chair designer Melanie Turner, and Source Atlanta to bring it into the modern-day. No detail was overlooked, from plaster walls, custom fireplace surrounds, herringbone floors, and incredible tile walls and floors throughout.

You can buy tickets to visit the house yourself here, in support of the Atlanta History Center. Take a peek inside some of the rooms below!

“INSIDE THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-INSPIRED SOUTHEASTERN SHOWHOUSE”

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