Archive for ‘Before & After’

May 9th, 2014

Project Breakdown: Sofia

West Perry Reveal - Rethink Design Studio, Christine Hall Photography

If you’ve been following the buzz recently, we just revealed our latest downtown project that houses a New York-native family of four. Having shared the youngest daughter’s territory in the shared third floor loft, this week we’re giving you a tour of Sofia’s room: a French-inspired space with pale hues and sophisticated pops of pattern. As with the rest of the house, Sofia’s room was originally painted a traditional Earth-tone with dark floors that swallowed up the space.

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With a hushed palette of tone-on-tone neutrals and playful patterns, this room went from dreary to dreamy.

Sofia bedroom1

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1. Keep your bed from feeling boxed in with open side tables from Arteriors. The alternating glass and mirrored shelves allow you to see right through the antiquated iron frame, perfect for placing next to an adjacent wallpaper or window treatment without obstructing the view.

2. Ro Sham Beaux’s tall Patricia Table Lamp gives a stately presence to an otherwise feminine space. We paired them with a white linen shade to allow the light to flood in and keep the room feeling airy.

3. Every little girl daydreams of a wrought iron bed, and this Wesley Allen piece from Home Gallery caters to that childhood fantasy while still maintaining a minimal form fitted for adulthood.

4. Heighten the look of your walls by securing full-length curtains to Vesta’s sleek Apollo Collection drapery hardware. The antique brass finish gives this space a level of sophistication and helps draw the eye up to the pale blue ceiling.

5. When the design team met the challenge of reusing a vintage chandelier that was original to the house, we took it upon ourselves to create a fresh fixture that looked like it was made especially for the space. With a faux-painted light fixture and several cans of spray paint, we upcycled a drab fixture remake into a one-of-a-kind focal point.

Rethink tip: Try switching out the bulb type to give any fixture a cost-effective, updated look. 

6. Tap into your playful side with wallpaper from Studio Violet x Studio Nommo. Placing wallpaper adjacent to a feature wall as opposed to directly on it helps balance out the room.

7. An off-centered fireplace has a personality of its own, which we chose to showcase by using the Moselle collection from Winchester Tile. Maintaining a white mantle surround lets the ceramic blue tile really shine.

8. Loloi’s Anzio rug features beautiful striations of deep blue and turquoise for a floor application worth talking about. Can’t find a rug to fit your space? We had two individual rugs professionally bound together to run the span of the bedroom.

9. Allow yourself a dedicated space to take off shoes and relax before jumping into bed. We had a local seamstress create a colorful top cushion to Artesia’s Leanore Bench for added personality.

10. Having additional floor cushions on hand are super useful for after school hangouts and late-night sleepovers. We love the textural element of this sheepskin pouf, found at West Elm.

Sofia bedroom2

 

Photo Credit

Gabby + Sofia: Christine Hall Photography

Interior Photography: Richard Leo Johnson

 

March 26th, 2014

Project Breakdown: Lady Library

 

lady library before after

 

When it came time for the Mercers to finish out their home’s full renovation, Caroline knew she wanted a dedicated space for both her and her youngest daughter Louise to spend time together. The last round of design work gave the oldest daughter, Margaret, a hip bedroom of her own with an adjacent playroom for hanging out after school with friends. As round two came to fruition, it was time for the youngest to have a perfect place for crafts, homework, and an after school escape. The mother and daughter team envisioned a feminine, creative space where they could bond over glitter and popcorn, with the one requirement to infuse the color pink. The result is a Lady Library; a girly yet sophisticated study for both work and play.

Apart from a place to lounge and hang, we designed a streamlined desk surface that seamlessly extends from one of the flanking, open etageres. This allows for a craft-worthy table surface with enough room leftover to house a computer and hidden drawers below for when homework time strikes. Opposite, a fully custom cabinetry system with minimal leather pulls to house bulky storage bins along with narrow pull-out drawers; perfect for large sheets of colored paper.

Check out our creative process below as well as the sources you need to get the look:

 

lady library process

 

Sources:

1. Nailhead Sofa – Bunny Williams / 2. Varese Fabric – Designers Guild / 3. Chenonceau Wallpaper – Schumacher / 4. Harlow Nesting Tables – Madegoods / 5. Fineas Table Lamp – Robert Abbey / 6. Calvin Chair – Arteriors Homes / 7. Jacques Cocktail Table – Jonathan Adler

 

 

 

August 22nd, 2011

DIY- vintage table to functional ottoman

We came across these table bases a couple of years ago and held onto them until we found just the right use…

What were once a rather drab pair of gold toned table bases are now transformed into a set of high design ottomans.  We upholstered the seat with Quadrille‘s gorgeous Kazak print (the colors really pop!) and then added a CB2 acrylic Format tray that can be stored on the shelf below or used on top to create a table and protect the fabric.  So kick your feet up or rest your martini down…

March 25th, 2011

Before & After: new life for an old wingback

We are constantly on the prowl for furniture in antique shops, yard sales or even discarded in a narrow Savannah alleyway.  We found this wingback chair over a year ago and loved the distinct hump at the top of the back.  We decided to emphasize this feature by adding a felt “blanket” to run from front to back.  We had been looking at belts as a layering and securing tool for a while and finally we had the perfect vehicle for it.  With an equestrian inspiration in mind we covered the chair in a tan houndstooth plaid and pulled the accent blue up to the blanket.  We used a total of 4 skinny belts on sale from Urban Outfitters to complete the look.  We also stripped the unique legs and base to reveal a raw lighter wood which we added depth to by washing with a watered down milk paint.

See the below wingback transformation from Inspiration to Implementation.

 

It’s important not to get too “themey”.  We kept this setting from looking too “hunting lodge” by pairing the chair with some other vintage elements but maintaining the crisp modern feel of the white loft space.

 

Notes:

Inspiration image provided by Country Living

Hand dyed felt by Purl Bee