August 21, 2017

While we're all for putting Millenial Pink in our hair and Kale Green in our smoothies, when it comes to decorating a space, our go-to is Indigo! This beautiful hue is more than just a letter in Roy G. Biv's last name – it's what we at M.Swabb consider a staple color. Where some might put a beige or grey, we'll happily supply indigo. When paired with yellows or turquoises it creates midcentury modern class. Mix it wi...

August 15, 2017

Tile has come a long long way in recent years. When we think of a design-worthy tile, we think of the eponymous subway tile in New York, the pale pink and lime green tiles of old Los Angeles homes (back when they thought led and aspestos were good for growing girls and boys), or even the beautiful Portugese mosaics our girl Corrie knows and loves. Nowadays, with horizontal white subway tile dominating the market, we...

July 26, 2017

Like everything in life, interior design is cyclical. Don Draper's office chair? We'll take two. The brass of the 80s? Look who's back! But one of the most important style icons to be in our lives again is the palm! And while we certainly wouldn't turn down any palm tree – real or pattern! - the palm in question is the Banana Leaf. 

The most widely known use of this motif is course at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It first...

July 12, 2017

At M. Swabb, we're lucky enough to have sunshine 364 days a year – that one day it rains, we do our taxes and dust the ceiling fans. This means that patios and decks are just another room in the house that get used every day, like a laundry room (do you hate us yet?). And that's exactly how we treat our outdoor spaces – why shouldn't such an important extension of your house get all the same comforts of home?

Throw Pi...

May 16, 2017

We at M.Swabb look to a lot of women to give us interior inspiration, ranging from Kelly Wearstler (homegirl can design a lamp!) to Jackie Kennedy, who revamped the entire White House, all while wearing pearls and a Chanel dress. But we need to give props to one woman in particular, the first woman – that's right, I'm talking all about Eve! Did she have a mansion? No. Did she even have a pup tent? Heck no. But the ho...

May 5, 2017

Okay, please excuse the punny name, we're still warming up! Cinco de Mayo is upon us and since none of know anything about Star Wars or May the 4th be with you, let's start here! As a group of ladies who like to extensively travel and, of course, living in the multicultural place that we do, we always love to take inspiration from other cultures – and the liveliness of Mexico is no exception! 

More than just an e...

November 16, 2016

It's always fun wrapping up a project and scanning through my phone for the original images of the house before the design process began. This project was exciting to us for many reasons. Our clients Maeve and Peter have this electric energy - maybe it comes from there Irish roots? Whatever the case, we were all in. 

What really sparked the inspiration behind this project is color ... Maeve and Pet...

October 27, 2016

Yesterday we said goodbye to our Magic Maker. Alissa joined our team back in early March and quickly won over our hearts. I remember her walking to our front door and dropping off a impressive matte wrapped box that perfectly housed a flash drive with her resume and details. I was impressed by the presentation and initiative to get the job. 

We were also impressed with ourselves when she said she had been fo...

September 30, 2016

It has been a challenge posting to our blog lately because we have been blessed with so many wonderful clients and such fun projects. I am sure this Master Bathroom renovation will demand your attention. We couldn't be more proud of this project!

Our clients the Gailey's, whole heartedly deserve every inch of this luxurious and awe inspiring Master Bathroom. What was once in much need of repair is now the Ryan Gosling...

June 16, 2016

This post is perfect for our clients who have great taste but just need a little help with those finishing touches. Its easy to feel overwhelmed by those massive built ins. How many trips to Homegoods and Pottery Barn can one person take? 

After spending an entire Saturday running from one shop to the next, winding your way through tight store aisles and digging for the perfect embellished inlayed box you arrive...

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