Floor Coverings International Williamson County is tremendously excited to feature talented designer and blogger Kevin O’Gara as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Kevin has impeccable taste (just look at his website, Thou Swell) and the crazy part: he’s just getting started! Kevin just graduated high school and was kind enough to answer a few questions.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a student in Atlanta, GA with a passion for design, which I love pursuing through the production of all aspects of my blog, Thou Swell. I love dogs, big windows, and dinner parties, and was inspired to name my blog after the old jazz standard. I recently graduated high school and am thrilled to be attending Cornell University’s Design & Environmental Analysis program next fall. While I love interior design, I believe in good, accessible design in all landscapes of the human environment and am looking forward to exploring all the possibilities of impact as I continue studying and blogging.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started Thou Swell three years ago after starting to see blogs pop up on my Tumblr and Pinterest pages. When I saw how lifestyle bloggers were creating these hubs of inspiration from curating home tours to producing their own photo shoots, I was inspired to start my own. I started out without a specific focus, but soon found that I enjoyed writing and curating interior design inspiration the most. As my blog grew, I started creating original projects and practicing photography, branding, and marketing through my blog’s digital presence, which has taught me so much. My content now includes home, garden, and entertaining style and inspiration.
How would you describe your design style?
My style is rooted in a traditional vocabulary, as growing up in the South has definitely taught me to appreciate antiques and traditional architecture, but I love bringing a fresh contrast to the mix with modern design. I would describe my style as playful, contemporary, and eclectic.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
While I love seeing what designers and tastemakers are creating through online media and in print, I find a lot of inspiration in the sets of old movies, the settings of books, and through exploring the restaurants and stores in Atlanta.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
One of the most special projects I’ve completed has been my father’s house. He moved at the beginning of last year and gave me the freedom to completely design each room, from the paint colors to the furniture. I had so much fun creating a home that was beautiful and personal, and reflected my father and our family. It’s still a work in progress, but I most recently completed his master bedroom for the spring One Room Challenge, which is one of the most spectacular rooms in the house with a dark blue high-gloss ceiling.
Take a look at his amazing work below (and click the titles for more pictures)!