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



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




March 24th, 2014

Our Top Picks: Desk Accessories


Often times the workplace can become a mundane collection of paperwork and generic office supplies. Bring your love of design onto your desk with our favorite office accessory picks of the week:


brass desk accessories



  1. Akita Tape Dispenser – Plant and Moss / 2Equilateral Nails – Winsome Brave  / 3. Brass Scissors – Hay / 4. Yocan Wood Clock – Monoqi / 5. Brass Tool Holder – Futagami / 6. Handmade Leather Cord Holder – Coyote Alert / 7.  Hardbound Notebook – Brookfarm General Store / 8. Desk Tray – Farrah Sit


March 20th, 2014

Our Top Picks: Embroidered Pillows



embroidered pillows judson-2


Whether you’re looking to renovate or simply give new life to your home, throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to spruce up your space on a budget. To keep your next arrangement of cushions from falling flat, try selecting pillows that have a textural element, such as embroidery. Creating a cluster of pillows with varied applications (seen above) allows for a more layered and sophisticated look, while infusing personality. This week we pulled a handful of our current embroidered favorites for you to explore:

embroidered pillows



1. Herringbone Diamond Pillow – Coral and Tusk / 2. Labyrinth Persimmon Pillow – Dwell Studio  / 3. Feather Trim Long Pillow – Coral and Tusk / 4. Ari Medallion Pillow – Anthropologie / 5. Diamond Echo Pillow – Villa Home






March 14th, 2014

Rethink Celebrates 100 Posts

This week we’re excited to announce that the Rethink blog has hit 100 posts! Over the past four years, we’ve been sharing tips, tricks, and behind-the-scenes updates from the studio and have been so humbled by the response and sense of community since day one.

To celebrate, we asked everyone in the studio pick their favorite blog post to date. Click on the images below to read the full post:


100 posts cover


100 posts joel


100 posts erika


100 posts sarah


100 posts em-k


100 posts sean

March 10th, 2014

Rethink Spotlight: Salted and Styled Blog


It’s always a pleasure collaborating with the powerhouse team behind Salted and Styled. Receivers of the 2013 IACP award for Best Food Blog, Writer/Stylist Libbie Summers with partner-in-crime Photographer Chia Chong have curated a blog that goes way beyond good eats. This week they’re focusing on the many facets of coconuts, and were kind enough to ask us to pull a few of our favorite interior spaces inspired by this stunning photo of coconut:



Click on the image above to be taken to the full article


Have you met the ladies behind Salted and Styled?


Libbie Summers | Creator/Writer/Stylist



Libbie Summers first earned her culinary chops below deck as a chef on private yachts—honing her baking skills under extreme weather and guest conditions. Today, Summers is an award-winning producer of imaginative lifestyle content for print and film clients including Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Huffington Post, Gilt, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Paramount Pictures and her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life. The New York Times called her first book, The Whole Hog Cookbook, “aggressively pretty,” while Bon Appétit lauded its “wicked sense of humor.” Look for her second book, Sweet and Vicious-baking with attitude (Rizzoli) out March 25, 2014.


Chia Chong | Creator/Photographer



Chia Chong finds inspiration in the artistic and eccentric influences that have always surrounded her—from her childhood in Penang, Malaysia, to her current residence in Savannah, Georgia, where she earned a B.F.A. in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Chia’s diverse body of photographic work—which includes foods, portraiture, lifestyle and interior design, fine art and travel—has appeared in several leading international and shelter magazines, including Vogue, bon appétit, Cosmopolitan, Elle Décor, Southern Living, National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times. Her books include A House in the South (Clarkson Potter 2006), Perfect Porches (Clarkson Potter 2010) and The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli 2011).

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