October 9th, 2015

Our Top Picks: HGTV Fresh Faces of Design 2015


Crazy for Color | House of Many Styles

  When HGTV approached us to submit our work for this year’s HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Competition, we knew exactly which house to send. If you’ve been a longtime follower of our Facebook or Instagram, you’ve had a private tour behind one of downtown’s historic row houses that boasts an interior far from “cookie cutter”. Full of color, texture, and branded spaces that speak to each family member’s personality, West Perry is undoubtedly one of our favorite projects to date. We’re honored to be a part of a curated selection of other talent across the country that puts just as much emphasis on designing a branded environment; ensuring a space that both reflects the homeowner and can easily evolve along with their lifestyle. And now, we need your help to claim the title of winner in either the Master Retreats or Crazy for Color categories. Voting is a bit tricky, so here is an easy breakdown of the details and how to cast your vote:


 Master Retreats | Serene Master Suite


How to Vote for Rethink in the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Competition 2015

1. Follow this link to the competition homepage. 2. Select “Crazy For Color” from the gallery images below. 3. Scroll down until you see Joel Snayd – House of Many Styles. 4. Click the image and scroll through each photo of the slideshow until a “Ready to Vote” box appears and click. Then click “Vote” on Joel’s thumbnail image. 5. Repeat this for the “Master Retreats” category. Our project is also featured as Joel Snayd – Serene Master Suite.

Voting runs September 25 – October 30.

Hint: You can vote on multiple devices / browsers once per day, every day.   Don’t forget to browse the other spaces as well. Here are our top picks from the remaining finalists:


Our Top Picks: HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Competition 2015


Kirsten Krason & Erin Morgan | House of Jade

The design team at House of Jade share our love for bright, white spaces with hints of both glam and natural elements. From a functionality standpoint, we love the double island as a way to separate prep and eating areas without disrupting the kitchen’s flow. As for materials? You can’t go wrong with a classic white subway tile and solid brass hardware. Well done!


Cortney Bishop | Cortney Bishop Design

Adding ship lap to an interior space is a great way to bring architectural character without getting too traditional. Take note of how the bottom board is taller to act as a base and grounds the walls. The mint green painted wood floors add playfulness without the need of clutter-prone decor.


Harmony Weihs | Harmony Design

This smart use of white and central beam has us thinking back to our Tybee Beach House project, where we also used color and symmetry to draw the eye upward. Dark lower cabinets help ground the space, while keeping both the upper cabinets and backsplash tile white masks unwanted line breaks.


Justin DiPiero

Sometimes all it takes to add a fresh spin to a historic brick building is some white paint and a layered, lived-in decor scheme. We’re always fan of mixing heirloom pieces with modern textiles for a vintage-casual lounge space. Way to help represent SCAD alumni, Justin!


Wendy & Greg Blackband | Blackband Design

Built-ins naturally evoke a sense of purposeful design and allow for smart storage solutions you won’t get with standalone furniture. This bright and airy “guest cabin” by Blackband Design puts the same architectural detail into the bunk beds as seen on the ceiling and walls. An upholstered window bench is perfect for beach house hangouts after a long day in sand and sun.

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January 29th, 2015

Chic Shelves in Three Simple Steps


How To Style A Bookshelf - Rethink Design Studio Blog


You’ve finally found the bookshelf of your dreams and all seems right in the world – until you realize said bookshelf is empty. Standing tall in your library or living room with nothing to showcase but the price tag and perhaps a shipping kernel or two. And, your bookshelf is only a million accessory combinations away from being perfect. Where do you start? Let these three simple tips get you going, and if all else fails, we’ve got your back.


How To Style A Bookshelf - Rethink Design Studio Blog


Step #1: Symmetry

Start by using larger accessories to anchor the shelf and add a sense of rhythm, seen above with a plaster urn and matching planters. Keeping a symmetrical pattern at eye level will make more “organic” styling look purposeful instead of chaotic.


Step #2: Cohesive Variety

Collect art and objects that differ in shape but share the same tonal values or subject matter. We curated a collage behind the shelf to make it appear larger and add visual interest. All of the frames have at least a hint of gold and capture art with mostly negative space. If you find there’s an item that looks like the black sheep of the collection, group multiples of a similar object close by to bring it all together, like we did with small marble votives on the top and middle shelves.


Step #3: Odd One Out

Grouping accessories can be tough. How much is too much? As a general rule of thumb, choosing an odd number (like three or five) keeps groups from looking excessive. Bonus points if these items differ in height, as seen below with the geometric sculptures we placed next to a simple marsh painting.


How To Style A Bookshelf - Rethink Design Studio Blog


The key mantra to a well-curated shelf is “less is more”. When in doubt, subtract the accessories by half and play with what you have left. If you find yourself stumped, give us a shout in the comments below or contact us directly. We’d be happy to help you out!


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January 21st, 2015

Quiz: What Type of Dweller Are You?


What Type of Dweller Are You? Interior Design Personality Quiz by Rethink Design Studio. #rethinkhowyoudwell


Perhaps our favorite part of the job is getting to know the way our clients live and interact with their homes. Having designed for busy families and retiring couples alike, we know how important it is for design to both fit your needs as well as reflect a piece of your identity. Possibly the root of all our interiors is one simple question: How do you dwell?

Take this simple quiz and discover what kind of space might best suit your lifestyle. When you’re finished, share your results on Facebook or Twitter (or both!) using one of the badges below and the hashtag #rethinkhowyoudwell. 


 1. It’s Summer time in the South. Your next weekend hangout spot is:

A. A trip into town to soak up some rays while snagging the best deals.

B. A trip to the park with the kids and pup in tow.

C. Wherever your toes can dig into the sand and the ocean is nearby.


2. You’re having guests come to visit and need to make dinner arrangements. Your plan of action is to:

A. Make a reservation at the newest fine dining restaurant and be sure your favorite bottle of wine is available.

B. Head to the grocery store with well-planned grocery list in tow. Maybe a no-mess dessert all the kids can create together?

C. Grab a few large pizzas and bust out the board games for a casual night with good friends.


3. Your idea of the perfect family vacation is:

A. An all-expense paid trip to Greece with several spa treatments on the schedule.

B. Disney World, of course!

C. A quaint cottage near the beach where you can rent cruisers and work on that volleyball serve.


4. It’s time to start renovations on your house. Your dream design feature would be:

A. Private guest quarters well-equipped with every modern luxury.

B. A large kitchen island where the family can eat, do homework, and spend quality time together at the start and end of each day.

C. An outdoor shower so that the day’s activities stay outside and not onto the carpet.


5. After a crazy hectic day at work, your favorite way to unwind is:

A. Making a cocktail and putting on your favorite playlist.

B. Drawing a relaxing bath, lighting a few candles, and washing away the day.

C. Curling up on the couch with the kids and watching a movie.






If you answered mostly A’s

What Type of Dweller Are You? Interior Design Personality Quiz by Rethink Design Studio. #rethinkhowyoudwell

More spaces that suit how you dwell: West Perry Street, Harris Street

If you answered mostly B’s

What Type of Dweller Are You? Interior Design Personality Quiz by Rethink Design Studio. #rethinkhowyoudwell

More spaces that suit how you dwell: Bartow Point Drive, Country Club Drive

If you answered mostly C’s

What Type of Dweller Are You? Interior Design Personality Quiz by Rethink Design Studio. #rethinkhowyoudwell

More spaces that suit how you dwell: 10th Place

Don’t forget to share you results with hashtag #rethinkhowyoudwell. We’ll be featuring some of the results on our Twitter!

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January 16th, 2015

New Brass + Copper Lighting from Barn Light Electric


NEW Brass and Copper Industrial Lighting from Barn Light Electric - Rethink Design Studio Blog


If design trends have taught us anything over the past several years, it’s that popular metallic finishes like brass and copper are here to stay. Up until now, the lighting industry has made leaps and bounds with decorative fixtures, but the industrial aesthetic kept to its familiar finishes: enamel and galvanized steel. All of that is changing now thanks to Barn Light Electric, a forerunner in the industrial lighting biz and a particularly favorite vendor for some of our commercial projects (think farm-to-table in Asheville and future Savannah-based butcher shop). If you’re looking to add a bit of shine to your next kitchen, bath, or commercial project, check out some of our favorite picks from the new collection. Having trouble with scale and placement? Give us a ring – we’d be happy to help.


NEW Brass and Copper Industrial Lighting from Barn Light Electric - Rethink Design Studio Blog



1. Outback Industrial Brass Pendant / 2. Bowie Copper Wall Sconce / 3. Fargo Copper Pendant / 4. Circle B Spoke Top Brass Pendant / 5. Wesco Deep Bowl Copper Pendant


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January 14th, 2015

Our Top Moments of 2014


2014 Yearly Recap with Rethink Design Studio


What a year. 2014 was chock-full of awesome friends, family, and projects. From top design markets in New York to intimate Savannah fetes, with far too many balloons than we have time to deflate, we had a blast mixing in playful, spur-of-the-moment projects with a few full home renovations and exciting commercial developments in our community. Check out our top five moments from 2014 and click through to learn a little more about our process:


2014 Yearly Recap with Rethink Design Studio


2014 Yearly Recap with Rethink Design Studio


2014 Yearly Recap with Rethink Design Studio


2014 Yearly Recap with Rethink Design Studio
2014 Yearly Recap with Rethink Design Studio



Have a project you want to run by us? Give us a shout and let’s start the conversation!


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