A Well-Lit Home

Lighting is an essential part of our design process here at SWI. We find that it is an element that is often overlooked. The perfect lighting creates a well lit space for you and your guests to enjoy. Below we're exploring some of our favorite lighting tips to help you create a "natural glow". Always use more lamps than you think you need! The easiest way to brighten a room is with lamps. … [Read more...]

Makeover Diaries: Green Cabinet Console

One of the things that sets us apart from other interior design firms is our ability to take client's vintage pieces and giving them new life. When we saw this 20-year-old entertainment unit, we were inspired. The piece was functional, but just not exciting in the space. When we laid out our plans for the room, the built-in unit gave us the opportunity to add color and transform it to look like … [Read more...]

Travel Diaries: Home Tour Inspiration

Our travels are always a source of inspiration for us. From European cities to beach towns down south, we are always able to find something that sparks our imagination. This spring, we toured some homes in Palm Springs, CA and Sea Island, GA. Below are some of our favorite pictures of colorful homes across the US. Palm Springs, CA Our first stop was Palm Springs for Modernism Week. A … [Read more...]

All About the Hardware

Making over vintage pieces is always a fun and interesting journey. There are so many ideas to consider. We love to lacquer our pieces in bright colors and upgrade upholstery. However, one of our biggest secrets to updating a piece is to change the hardware. Below we explore easy ways to reinvent your pieces. First up, we swapped out the original hardware for their gold counterparts. Against … [Read more...]

Elizabeth’s Palm Beach Dream

When Elizabeth described how she wanted her new condo to look, she said, "Palm Beach!" The goal: lots of color, cheer, andΒ a place that β€œpeople were pleased to come into and enjoy the space with me”. So we started with her vintage Zuber screen as our inspiration for the color scheme and chose some key pieces from her own to make over for the new space. We took some of her pieces and lacquered … [Read more...]

Bar Carts: The Ultimate Party Accessory

At SWI, we love a stocked bar cart. Not only do they provide a fun vintage look to your home, but they are also the perfect accessory for a hostess. The bar cart is basically a portable bar that allows the host to never step away from the party. The party is wherever the bar cart is! Today we want to provide all bar cart lovers some inspiration to creat the perfectly stocked bar cart for every … [Read more...]

Bar Carts: The #1 Party Accessory

We are firm believers that a bar cart is a quintessential part of any home. It is fun, inviting and creates a wonderful sense of hospitality for your guests. It can also be a permanent fixture in your decor, bringing a pop of color to any room. The party is wherever the cocktails are! The bar cart first burst onto the scene in the 1940's post prohibition era. Homemakers would entertain … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Blue & White

Blue and white porcelain has been around for centuries. This classic combination has a beautiful elegance that is truly timeless. Originally created in ancient China for a way to store spices these beautiful pieces were then picked up by traveling Europeans in the 1600's and brought back West to use for decoration. Blue and white has been in our decorating arsenal for years and below are a few … [Read more...]