Posts tagged ‘accessories’

July 23rd, 2014

Get The Look: Parisian Glam

 

Parision Glam Bedroom Design - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Image via CNN

 

It’s every American’s dream to wake up hearing the streets of Paris and feel time stand still. As the scent of freshly baked croissants linger through your window, you seem drawn to grab a bite before taking a long stroll through a nearby garden. If the vie de francaise has been calling your name as of late, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the promise of sweet Summer romance, or the call to take an afternoon off and picnic in Forsyth Park. To bring the romance of Paris back home, we’ve put together a French-inspired contemporary master suite that aims to make the days grow longer and the nights to be full of nothing short of magic.

 

Parision Glam Bedroom Design - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

 

1. We set the tone to this posh Parisian suite with romantic lilac tones found in Noble and Wood’s Berlingot Wallpaper. Place behind the bed for a feature wall or use as a poppy dresser drawer liner in a vintage armoire.

2. It’s not French unless there’s crystal, and what better way to finish a master bedroom than with a stunning chandelier from Eloquence. Hanging the fixture over the bed allows for a lower drop height to add more drama.

3. Shed light by your bedside as you stay up late reading Les Miserables. With a feminine “swoop” swivel arm and white linen shade, the Koleman Swinger from Robert Abbey goes with virtually any space.

4. Keep the bedroom from getting too frumpy with clean, mid-century inspired bedside tables from West Elm. The white lacquer finish promises ultimate flexibility and the brass hardware adds a noticeable touch of class.

5. Keep your favorite eau de parfum on display with Anthropologie’s set of mirrored trays. These also make a great bedside accessory for reading glasses or jewelry.

6. Hedgehouse’s Lavender Heather Throw Pillow is the ultimate, versatile bed accessory. The striped linen is light and airy, and the tasseled zipper adds a perfect little detail to your pillowscape.

7. Simple geometric shapes let these Alexa Canisters shine on your bookshelf or console without adding clutter. Remove the top for an impromptu vase that holds lavender and other scents of Provence.

8. The piece de resistance, Eloquence’s Sophia Silver Two-Tone Bed is surely fit for French royalty. Top with linen bedding for the perfect lazy Sunday morning getaway.

 

 

 

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

 

Sources:

  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

 

January 29th, 2014

Mantle Mantra

 

With all this talk of a “Southern Freeze”, we have our minds wandering to warmer places. What better way to catch up on good conversation and even better company than around an open fire? Take a look through some of our favorite fireplace settings to date and learn a few tricks on how to turn your hearth into something worth bragging about.

 

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We pulled home accessories that bring out the deep violet tones of the ceramic tile surround. Offset dark hues with a tertiary color like this subtle mint green to keep the space looking fresh.

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Go bold with a stark white mantle, bringing pops of color in through a surround or dark hearth. The stacked fireplaces in this historic downtown home left this room with a quirky, off-center surround. We then played off this asymmetry by centering the mirror to the actual opening and filled the empty wall space by hanging a collection of fun finds. With a room this poppy, keep greenery simple and clean like a basic fern to keep the space from getting too busy.

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If your fireplace has great architectural features like this one, we suggest matching the trim color to the walls to tone down the drama of traditional elements. By using a neutral palette, we balanced the wall as a whole and allowed the natural brick of the fireplace to take center stage.

showhouse fireplace

A well-curated mantle is the usual focus, but don’t forget about the wall space above the actual fireplace. Instead of flat sheetrock, we added mirrored side panels and sconces to bring the focus upward. Other ways to draw attention to this space can be through wall art, TV, or mirror.

November 21st, 2012

Project Breakdown: Kid-Friendly Living Room

Remember the mid century style cocktail room we showed way back?  This is the playroom / family room, which was a design challenge as we had to accommodate the whole family.  The room is geared towards the kids overall, but we wanted to create a space equally as comfortable for adults.  This was accomplished by blending neutrals with pops of bright color and furniture that is child friendly AND has great design.  In addition to the large living and playing space, there is a small office off to the side.  Although it is an office for the parents, we carried the “fun” element into the streamlined space with a bright alphabet wallpaper, which is a nod to Architect and Textile Designer Alexander Girard.   Girard made a name for himself in the 50′s and 60′s working with designers like George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.  His work was often vibrant in color, bold in pattern and graphic.  (Note that we ended up with a Nelson clock and an Eames chair in the space…just a couple of the greats).

 

 

The above image is the proposal rendering we drew of the space. As you can see, not much changed from the rendering to the final implementation, except for some small details like the rug and coffee table.  We incorporated a few custom pieces of furniture such as the long floating walnut credenza, built in walnut shelves, and finally the lacquer and bookmatched walnut veneer office area.  These pieces are  important because they are; (a) appropriately scaled to the room and (b) sophisticated elements that help tie the playroom into the style of the rest of the house.

 

 

Rethink Tips:

 

Try starting with a neutral background and add in pops of color through the use of accessories and bold graphic patterns.

Maximize play-space by maximizing storage availability. Think vertically!

No need to waste empty wall space. A blackboard or corkboard are creative tools that both children and adults can take advantage of.

When designing a space intended for children, try adding in furniture that is scaled appropriately, this will help break up the heights in the space and make it more personal to them.

 

 

 

To  Get  this Look:

1.  Eames Fiberglass Rocker

2.  Maharam Alphabet Wallcovering (designed by Alexander Girard)

3.  Nauris Kalinauskas Puzzle Rug

4.  Room and Board Lind 42r Cocktail Ottoman

5.  Robert Abbey Havana Floor Lamp

6.  Angela Adams Birch Morning Rug

7.  Johnathan Adler  Graphic Pillows

8.  Blu dot Paramount Sectional

9.  Offi Nest Play Table

10.  Girard Wooden Dolls

11.  Maharam Bespoke Stripe

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:

Photographer

Tim Willoughby

Stylists

Joel and Erika Snayd, Rethink Design Studio

Stylists’ Assistants

Erica Kelly

Sarah Jennings

Aeriel Whitworth

Seersucker Suit

J. Parker Ltd.

Podium

Harley Ashbaugh, AWD of Savannah

and of course the Savannah Magazine crew.

 

DIY: BEST IN SHOW LEASH

 

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.