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Color Therapy : Why You Need to Color-Up

I am sure you have noticed how white walls, black and white abstract art and rustic natural elements are trending in a major way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look too. But I can be fickle and become slightly bored with something that everyone is pinning, blogging and obsessing over (hello Moroccan white shag rug).

Looking at rooms with a bold use of color and a refined design sensibility has been my respite from the overload on the current trend that has saturated the design world. Who better to turn to than the majorly talented Nick Olsen?

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This stunning dining room design landed him on the cover of the August World of Interiors issue.

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I love this room. I bow before anyone that can use such a bold shade of yellow and make it look so chic.

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Top 10 Halloween Decorations | Step Away from the Cliche

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Top 10 Halloween Decorations

This year, step away from the cliche, with these thoughtfully curated accessories and yes, that does include a crystal ball! By mixing traditional Halloween decorations with these items, you can get away with a less theatrical and more elegant feel. Keeping the palette to a simple black and white (with the exception of pumpkins of course!) makes things easy. Stretch out a cobweb here, a cobweb there, whip up your finest witches brew and let the good haunts roll!

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Movements: Japanese Interior Design and the Art of Feng Shui

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When I think of Japanese design, I think sleek, modern lines. Soft woods, plants galore. Beams of sunlight drifting through open windows, across pine floors with straw mats and low tables. Floor pillows and steaming cups of tea. Lanterns and water features. Peace and tranquility. There’s something inspiring about Japan’s tendency towards serenity — especially in this modern age, when we lead such busy lives. So, I present this issue of Movement’s as a sort of rebellion. A call to reserve our homes for rest and rejuvenation. And with the right touch, any room can be transformed into a zen oasis.

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Design and Cocktails in Cuba : Movements Blog

Beyond the Mambo, guitar strumming streets of Communism, Cuba hides one of the richest fields of design and interior inspiration. Earth tones merge naturally into bright pastels and woods and metals collide in a look that can only be called organic industrial.

Design elements throughout Cuba infuse native island culture, African sentiments and Spanish colonialism. All this and with a twist of Art Deco. What may appear gaudy on the surface, is far deeper and more charming in its depths and we’ve just begin to plunge into this extraordinary sea. We eagerly await for Cuban/American relations to soothe as more and more of the tiny Caribbean island comes into the spotlight

So pour yourself a Cuba Libre (recipe below) let the tunes flow* and dive into the world of Cuban design.

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What They Covet with Kevin O’Gara

We recently connected with Kevin through Instagram, where our interest was piqued by his warm personality and stunning interior images. This lead us to his blog, Thou Swell, and the deal was sealed–we wanted to be friends with this talented design aficionado who will surely be gracing the glossy pages of major magazines one day (he’s already been featured on Design*Sponge). Kevin’s innate ability to mix styles and periods in an effortlessly chic way is downright impressive. Did we mention that he is still in high school? Put him on your list as one to watch.

 

DSC_01231About: Kevin O’Gara is editor and founder of Thou Swell. He’s inspired by a mix of traditional and contemporary design, and loves dogs, dinner parties, and big windows. Kevin is the brother of two sisters and the best friend of one spunky wired-hair fox terrier. After voraciously pinning and reblogging interiors throughout his early teens, Kevin decided to write and produce his own content. In 2013, he created Thou Swell, named after the famous jazz standard and inspired by the song’s spirit and nostalgia. In just a few years Thou Swell has become a destination for interior lovers and entertaining enthusiasts. Sharing home and garden, decor, food and entertaining, and a little of his hometown Atlanta, Kevin shares his fresh eye for design and passion for sophisticated style.

 

Kevin’s style is contemporary, with an appreciation for historical details and a contrast of mixed styles. He believes that interiors are an extension of the soul, as so wisely put by Coco Chanel. Kevin is applying to several universities this year with design programs that will help prepare him for a career in this area. With a passion for history, english and design, he is most interested in the area where the built world and social and environmental impact overlap.

 

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Kevin: The understated drama in this gracious Italian apartment recently captured my eye. The simplicity of each room places emphasis on the ornate architecture and elegant forms of each piece of furniture. The subtle texture in these red walls with the modern painted white floors is breathtaking.

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Kevin: These crystal decanters are simple but unique, with a brilliant natural crystal stopper. The perfect piece for entertaining in an elegant room!

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Kevin: I’ve always loved the whimsical shape of Jonathan Adler’s Maxime daybed. The brass skeleton is sparse but feminine, with graceful curves and nimble feet.

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Kevin: I’ve always thought Anthropologie’s mural collection was magical. This water-lily wallpaper is stunning with a textured gold background. Muted greens and pops of coral bring a sophisticated palette to the pattern!

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Kevin: The Saarinen tulip table is a mid-century classic, but my favorite form of this table is its oval shape that would be smashing in a traditional rectangular dining room. Pair this table with leather chairs for a chic look.

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Thank you for sharing Kevin! We love the way you mixed the traditional style wallpaper with the modern tulip table and daybed, so on point.

What do you “covet”? That is the question Coveted Home is asking our favorite makers and tastemakers for our newest blog feature called “What They Covet”. Want to share what you covet with our readers? Send us an email at hello@covetedhome.com for details about how to participate.