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