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

 

Sources:

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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January 8th, 2015

Our Top Picks: Bath Tub Essentials

 

5 Cleanse-Worthy Bath Tub Essentials to unwind, detox, and wash the day away. Rethink Design Studio

 

As a small design house with several large projects on our plate, we get the need to unwind after a long day. For some it’s kicking their feet up and enjoying a favorite TV show, and for others, it’s being in good company over a well-prepared meal. But perhaps one of the most sought-after “happy places” of all time is a place not too far from home: the bath tub. Today we’re celebrating ways people wash away the stress of their day and cleanse themselves for the morning to come. Before you touch the faucet and grab the candles, make sure your bathroom oasis is packed with these five tub time essentials.

 

5 Cleanse-Worthy Bath Tub Essentials to unwind, detox, and wash the day away. Rethink Design Studio

 

 

1. Soak the day away with this natural mineral blend from Barr-Co. Made of milk, oatmeal, vanilla, and vetiver, its known to soothe irritated skin and create a protective barrier to keep in moisture long after bath time is over.

2. Think of your bath mat as a right of passage and plant your feet onto Coyuchi’s Diamond Pebble Rug. It’s plush, 100% cotton weave is springy underfoot and finished with a clean hem detail.

3. Sparrow and Co may have named this their “Drawing Room Candle“, but we believe some of the greatest ideas come from when we are most relaxed and centered. Grab a few to place around the bath for the ambient lighting your creativity craves.

4. If your happy place tends to hold more than just the thoughts and problems of the day, take use of this reclaimed wood tub caddy from Peg and Awl. Simply rest it across your tub to keep your books from soaking along with you.

5. Don’t let the luxury end when you unplug the drain. Treat yourself to a royal rub-down with Fog Linen Work’s Herringbone Cotton Towel. The cotton is super absorbent and the built-in laundry tag allows for easy hanging.