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December 16th, 2013

Project Breakdown: Best of Savannah 2013



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This year’s Best of Savannah party hosted by Savannah Magazine was a swinging Jazz bash centered around the opulence of the roaring 1920′s. With Gatsby’s taste and a fresh color palette in mind, we had the pleasure of setting a swanky background to what would become one of the most talked about events of the year.

Take a peek below at some of the photos captured by photographer Katie McGee for Savannah Magazine and leave a comment with your favorite vignette of the night!

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November 6th, 2013

Camp Spooky 2013


Last weekend we loaded the Rethink bus with little campers from the Downtown Neighborhood Association (D.N.A.) and headed straight to Camp Spooky: a camp experience filled with haunted tents, ghost stories, tricks, and of course treats. Situated in Telfair Square, the “costumed” campers were encouraged to create spooky crafts and gather ’round the fire to hear some of Savannah’s most haunted tales. Grab hold of your flashlight and be sure to look out for ghosts as you peek at photos taken during camp:






















September 27th, 2012

Best in Show: Behind the Cover


Rethink was happy to host and style the cover shoot for Savannah Magazine’s September/October issue. The “big idea” was to set the tone for the Best of Savannah party and hint at the Best in Show concept without giving too much away. Rethink wanted to blend the fun, poppy elements of the party’s decor with Savannah Magazine’s brand to create a cohesive sneak peek into one of the most anticipated events of the year. The end result for this “cover shoot cocktail” was comprised out of the following ingredients: Stratton Leopold (Owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream) in his top-notch seersucker suit, Rethink-designed award ribbons, and Stitch – our prime pooch (who is an actual American Kennel Club champ!).

Here are some behind-the-scene shots of how the magic happened:

A huge thank you to everyone who made it possible:


Tim Willoughby


Joel and Erika Snayd, Rethink Design Studio

Stylists’ Assistants

Erica Kelly

Sarah Jennings

Aeriel Whitworth

Seersucker Suit

J. Parker Ltd.


Harley Ashbaugh, AWD of Savannah

and of course the Savannah Magazine crew.




The leash you see above was a fun, last-minute addition to keep our cover canine looking like a true “top dog.” It only takes a little time and hardly any materials, and you’ll be sure to get compliments on your newly-adorned pooch!

Materials Used:

- Sisal rope

- Ribbon (optional)

- Office clip

- Scissors

- Hot glue gun

(ribbon tassels not included)

Step 1. Measure the length of your pet’s current leash and cut three strands of sisal rope to size. Add an extra foot and a half to account for handle length and the braiding.

Step 2. Take the strands and secure the ends with an office clip so they stay together when you begin to braid.

**Rethink tip: We added a hint of fuchsia by braiding a strand of ribbon along with the rope – experiment with different colors and materials you can intertwine into your leash!

Step 3. Once you reach just about the end of the rope, stop your braid and glue about 3-4 inches of straight rope together.

Step 4. Add your leash hook to the end of the rope.

Step 5. Take the straight-edged rope and fold over the hook to secure. Hot glue the loop together.

Step 6. To hide the glueing, we took twine and tied it around the meeting point. Carefully hot glue the ends of the twine onto the leash for a clean finish.

Step 7. Now it’s time to make your handle! Unclip the braided end and hot glue the strands together, just as you did the other end.

Step 8. Measure between 12-14 inches and fold the rope over itself. Make sure the loop feels right in your hand, and hot glue the end to the rest of the leash.

Step 9. Finish your handle off with a nice ribbon to help hide the glue work.

Step 10. Enjoy your fabulous new Best in Show leash!

**Rethink note: Our leash served as a photo shoot prop — we only recommend this leash for medium to small dogs that don’t tend to pull.



July 31st, 2012

Cover It Up!

Candle covers can be often forgotten when a chandelier is getting freshened up. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add a pop of color to your light fixture with the help of some sweet textiles. We found this decorative paper on sale at our local art supply store and knew we could use it for something! To find nice paper in your area or online, check out Paper Source, Utrecht or Paper Studio. Click here to order additional candle covers and keep fresh looks ready on the back burner.



Materials needed:

- Candle covers

- Spray adhesive

- Scissors

- Paper of your choice

- Scrap paper


Step 1. Cut a template using a scrap piece of paper that you can base the rest of your covers on. Measure the length of the candle covers to start, and wrap the scrap piece of paper around the covers to eyeball the width.

Step 2. Once you have the template, place the piece on top of your chosen decorative paper and trace its outline.

Step 3. Cut out your new candle cover.

Step 4. Making sure to place a scrap piece of cardboard or newspaper down, spray the backside of the candle cover with spray adhesive.

Step 5. Align the edges of the paper to your candle cover and slowly roll the paper onto your cover.


**Rethink Tip: Make sure to leave about 1/8″ of space at the top to reduce any risk of fire hazard.

Step 6. Fold the excess length on the bottom around the edges of the cover for a nice even look.

Step 7. Secure the covers on your chandelier and enjoy a fresh new look to your space!


July 12th, 2012

10-Step Scandinavian Style

image via Nordic Design

We have all fallen in love time and time again with the dreamy Scandinavian interiors sweeping the design world. The all-white spaces with hints of black and washed-out natural tones swoon us with flooding natural light and make us want to get rid of all our vibrant belongings and live the simple life. One of the most prominent features of this clean international look is the lightened wood floors. Wood bleaching is one way to achieve this look and is a great alternative to regular paint – it allows you to lighten the look of a space while still maintaining that natural wood grain. Don’t let the word “bleach” steer you away – there are tons of no-VOC products on the market that keep this DIY toxic free! For this tutorial we transformed a pair of antique doors we thought were slightly too dark for the space they were going in. You can easily apply this tutorial to wood floors or any other wood piece you have in mind.

Let’s get bleaching!

Here are the basic materials you are going to need along the way:

1. Sanding Sponge (80-grit)

2. Orbit Sander (120-grit pads)

3. Bucket/Plastic Container

4. Craft Foam Brushes

5. Terry Cloth

6. Latex Gloves

You can find any of these materials at your nearest home improvement store.

Step 1: Get rid of any jagged rough spots with an 80-grit sanding sponge. The lower the grit number, the coarser the sandpaper.

Step 2: Proceed to sand the entire surface of the door with an orbit sander until even. We used a round sander with 120 grit. For tight corners, you can buy sanding sponges with a cornered or beveled edge to help you get into any tough spots.

Step 3: Wipe the surface area clean of any debris.

Step 4: Using protective latex gloves, pour a 50/50 mixture of Klean-Strip Wood Bleach A and B into a bucket. Only pour what you are going to use for that day as the mixture will weaken over time.

***Note: We chose this two-part bleach product because the VOC-Free alternative product was on back order. For a non-toxic bleaching method, check out WOCA’s wood lye.

Step 5: Apply the two-part bleach mixture to the wood using a nylon paint brush or, in our case, a craft sponge brush. Spread evenly for a balanced coat. Bubbling may occur and is natural – just make sure you don’t leave any puddles of bleach.

Step 6: Let dry for up to 2 to 3 hours. If you still have not achieved your desired coat, repeat the process. We found that two coats were sufficient.

Step 7: Once you are happy with the shade of wood, pour linseed oil into an open container.

***Note: Normal linseed oil brings out the warm tones of wood, so we found an oil that gives a nice milky coat. Make sure to order WOCA linseed oil in a “White” finish that keeps all your hard bleaching work from going to waste!

Step 8: Take a terry cloth to dab into the oil and rub generously and evenly onto the wood. This acts as a natural sealant.

Step 9: Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

Step 10: If excess oil can still be seen, go back with a dry towel and gently rub around the moist areas.


And voila! With only two coats and one afternoon we gave a pair of antique wooden doors a much needed update!

For detailed bleaching instructions straight from the manufacturer, click here.


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