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October 26th, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Izzy Hudgins


You’ve had a chance to meet Izzy Hudgins in yesterday’s post and now you have the pleasure of seeing how a piece from her latest series Gothic Romance translates into an interior space. We love the soft blush hues mixed with moody jewel tones and knew this was the perfect recipe for an intimate bedroom setting. In case you missed it, read more about what inspires Izzy here.



1. Set the mood in your private quarters with this whimsical wallpaper. The hushed plum tones are accented with hints of pale pink and moody greens to leave your accent wall looking both dark and feminine at the same time.

2.  Day dream to the scenes of Gothic Romance in this delicate canopy bed by (none other than) Anthropologie. Too much drama for your romantic estate? The canopy is optional and leaves this wrought iron bed a simple and versatile addition to any space.

3. These playful silver urchin objects allow the perfect glimpse of magic inside your bookcase or on top of your favorite literary classics.

4. If you’re looking for a table lamp to last a lifetime, let us introduce you to this mercury glass table lamp. The neutral shade paired with a metallic base makes for quite possibly the most versatile object in your home. We recommend a pair on either side of your bed, or showcase one of these beauties next to a reading chair.

5. Nothing says comfort more than these luxurious velvet pillows. We chose both the coral ombre velvet pillow and this iridescent plumage pillow to pay tribute to the dreamy peacock head dresses seen in Gothic Romance.

6. The sleek lines on this brass table offers a look both old and new – a perfect combination we think is seen throughout Izzy’s photographic style.

7. We fall hard for the playful whimsy in this bertram chair. Try not to clutter objects around it and let the fabric act as a statement in your space.

8. Primitive meets posh in this jewel-toned adagir twists rug. Let your bed anchor the rug’s longest side to ground and bring the colors of your room together.

9. It’s no secret we fancy this mid-century inspired walnut dresser with brass knobs. Dress up this classic piece with a statement lamp or leaning mirror.

10. Nix the headboard and use this iron stag head as your main wall feature. Or, go eclectic and use as a woodland collage starting point above your reading nook or dresser. Either way, it’s hard to go wrong with a “beaute” like this.


Love the look of Izzy Hudgins’ new work as much as we do? Connect with her on Facebook and see more on her website.

October 25th, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Izzy Hudgins

This post is the second of a new series here on the Rethink blog: Artist Spotlight. As Savannah continues to nurture a strong creative community, what better way to celebrate and support our neighbors than to use their work as inspiration for interiors?

Today we bring you into the life and work of local photographer Izzy Hudgins. If you’re a big Rethink fan, you’ve seen us feature her work in the Gentleman’s Club party which we can’t stop browsing through again and again. Izzy has recently finished a (never before seen) shoot entitled Gothic Romance that’s filled with moody portraits and wonderfully morbid scenery. Check out some of her latest work along with a closer look into the life of a local Savannah creative below:



ARTIST Q&A: Izzy Hudgins


How did you get into photography?

I started photography in high school and it quickly became my passion.  Taking pictures of people is my favorite and I love bringing an editorial edge to my portraiture.  I further developed my craft while attending SCAD and received my BFA in photography.  Since then I have been traveling the world with my camera photographing awesome people and places.

What makes a good photo?

LIGHT! Amazing light can turn anything into a great photograph.  Also emotion – whether it be bringing out genuine emotion in your subjects or an emotional connection you make with a photograph itself.  Art is always stronger and more meaningful when there’s that connection behind it.

What’s the story behind Gothic Romance?

My travels have given me an endless collection of amazing landscapes and architecture photos but that’s too easy.  I thought a portrait would be more fun and challenging! This shoot was dreamt up by myself and Audrey of French Knot Studios.  We wanted to create a dreamy, eerie, Romantic Gothic styled wedding shoot in honor of Halloween.  We fell in love with a color palette of creamy blush tones accented with inky blues, greens and reds.  We used animal elements like feathers, skins, bones and antlers and also made references to Edgar Allen Poe.  These colors and elements would make for a killer interior!!

Photography aside, what is your passion?

I have a few – Traveling has been my life.  I lived abroad for three years and have visited 28 countries.  I am very thankful that my husband and I have never given ourselves limits to what we think we can achieve.  I’m also a complete foodie and pretty much a fat kid at heart – cheese, olives and wine being my absolute favorites!

What advice do you have for aspiring professional photographers?

Never stop learning.  It’s a never ending process.  You have to push yourself to get better and better.  Lucky for us, people are very generous in sharing.  Creative Live has been a huge resource for me.  Make friends with local photographers and assist them.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without a couple of photographers taking me under their wing.  Also look outside of photography for inspiration.  Its easy to immerse yourself in the photographic world but you’ll get further creatively by challenging yourself in other ways.  And above all, be yourself.  In a world of so many photographers, the only thing you really have that’s unique is YOU – use that to your advantage!


Stay tuned tomorrow to see how we used Izzy’s latest work as inspiration for interiors!

Be sure to connect with Izzy Hudgins on her website  and Facebook.




October 12th, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Katherine Sandoz



This post is part of a new series here on the Rethink blog called “Artist Spotlight” where we celebrate and support local Savannah creatives by using them as inspiration for interiors.

Today we are celebrating, supporting, and just plain eye-oggling over the work of local artist Katherine Sandoz. Her newest series (overpass), as discussed in yesterday’s blog post, features a lovely piece of work entitled (overpass) from robin road which we just had to place next to a few of our “imaginary interiors.” Below we have paired (overpass) from robin road with two completely different styled spaces – one is light, chic, and feminine, and the other is moody, grounded and a bit more masculine. Which space would you like to admire Katherine’s work in?

Learn more about Katherine Sandoz in this exclusive interview.


Look 1
1. The clean, playful lines of West Elm’s bliss sofa allow for true versatility and act as a soft neutral in any space. The single-seat cushion is a plus as it provides a no-fuss sofa you won’t have to constantly adjust.
2. We love how the perch table lamp has a glass base for a look you will never have to nor want to replace. Keep the neutral shade it comes with for a traditional look or switch it up with a fun, bright shade when you’re feeling a bit on the playful side.
3. Looking for a statement piece that will last through future design trends to come? Jonathan Adler’s brass side table boasts a classic silhouette that will add chic to any room. Its subtle metallic finish will look great supporting table lamps both classic and colorful.
4. Restoration Hardware’s braided wool rug adds great texture to your space without becoming overbearing.
5. Dwell Studio is a favorite source for timeless home accessories and these foldable star sculptures are no exception. Whether on a mantle, coffee table or as a shelf vignette, the vintage-inspired lines of these room decor gems are sure to add a little sparkle to your space.
6-7. What better way to express yourself than with the painterly patterns of the switchgrass pillow collection. These design beauties are dual-sided and allow you to switch up the look of your seating in the blink of an eye.
8. Bring out your inner artisan year-round with Anthropologie’s lime throw. When not in use, the playful texture of this poppy textile becomes a mini art installation draped over your sofa or lounge.
9. This euphoria teapot proves that art belongs on more surfaces than just your walls. Place this conversation piece in a shelving unit or by itself on a nearby side table atop a stack of your favorite novels for an instant design creds.
10. The ventana mirror is functional art at its finest – place over a sofa, headboard, or by a reading nook to add a pop of design that is versatile and can grow with your home.
11. The deep jewel tones of this celestial coaster set make us swoon. Use as a spot for your favorite cocktail or collect several series to hang on your wall as a work of art.
12.Keep your living room from looking heavy by using the eames rocker as your secondary seating. The molded form is a piece of design history and any fun throw pillow will look great against its neutral finish.
Look 2
1. Sculpture meets function with this 1950 cobra floor lamp by Swedish designer Greta Magnusson Grossman. Shown in black, this light has a flexible arm and a cobra-like shade that rotates 360 degrees for a user-friendly floor lamp that doubles as a piece of history.
2. Dwell Studio’s new manor sofa combines a dramatic winged back with a modern silhouette and comes in a vast array of material choices. Mix and match the existing lumbar pillows with one or two of your own for a fully customizable statement piece.
3. The strong lines of this krusin coffee table change dimensions as you move about the room. Available in both a glass or marble top, this is the coffee table that will literally go with anything.
4. These fun, minimal wooden birds are an exclusive product of Jonathan Adler’s collaboration with Kristian Vedel. They come in small, medium, and large and naturally we want all three! The best part about  these wooden creatures is their “playability” – both the heads and bodies are detachable to allow you to rearrange your aviary family to your liking.
5. This soft velvet wyeth chair is the perfect lounge to curl up in and read a book in style. The wide, masculine frame lets this chair look great on its own with a side table or as a pair for a dynamic duo sure to host the most proper of conversations.
6-7.Don’t be afraid to mix patterns both old and new like this puzzle pillow and mustard pillow. The latter plays upon the hint of golden mustard in the first and the geometric vs. organic shapes compliment each other.
8. Pay homage to clean, vintage design with the seamless lines of this canteen clock. Hang alone on a narrow wall or include in a large collage of your favorite picture frames and curios.
9. Add a mature collection to your space with these eclectic bottle vases. The smokey hues of these uniquely shaped vases are begging to filter light and would look great on a window sill or mantle. Add height to these beauties with stalks of wheat or dried foliage.
10. The primitive lines of the miya rug by Restoration Hardware act as the perfect masculine backdrop for a room full of warm neutrals. Pair the delicate, aboriginal pattern with stocky, substantial pieces for a space with true balance.
11. Place your design taste in the palm of your guests’ hands with this safari-chic horn bottle opener.
12. Entertain your guests in style with this round brass bar cart. The glass shelves keep this piece light on the eyes and the four small casters allow this party-on-wheels to socialize about your evening affair as you do.
Connect with Katherine via her websiteblog, and online boutique.
October 11th, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Katherine Sandoz

This week we are putting local Savannah artist Katherine Sandoz into the spotlight. Her brand new series (overpass) is ready for debut and we have been looking forward to showing you these gems. All works are water-based media on panel and come in a variety of (nice and large) sizes. We love the tonal qualities found in her abstract landscapes, don’t you? Check out an interview we had with the artist herself:



Katherine Sandoz

Intrigued by the people and landscapes of Savannah and coastal Georgia, Katherine Sandoz paints daily in her studio in Vernonburg.  Her work is fueled by her romance with the act of painting and inspired by her surroundings and the rich history and tradition of the deep South.  By painting and drawing these subjects, she hopes to preserve, catalog and celebrate the terrain of daily life. Sandoz’ work has been featured in New American Paintings and hangs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to painting, illustrating and general “making”, she regularly contributes to The Oxford American magazine blog Big Chief Tablet as well as to Salted & Styled (one of our local favorites).


Artist Q&A


Where do you draw inspiration for your work?

There is nothing that doesn’t inspire. I believe it’s my job to find beauty in the daily or mundane. Even the breakfast-filled strainer in the kitchen sink informs my work. Many times throughout the day, I find something that strikes my fancy and then I do my best to file the look, color, feel, and eventually employ it. My phone with its camera serves as a reference library.

Do you listen to music while you work? What’s top on your studio playlist?

I do listen to music or to audio books, but lately I’ve been streaming TedTalks in the studio.  I’ve chosen the “most viewed” category and I’m not skipping any of them.

How did the (overpass) series begin?

I moved to Vernonburg in 2004.  Immediately, I began documenting the marsh, waterways and land between the Southside and Coffee Bluff.  The first of what I call the  (keystone) series arrived shortly after that.  The works have ranged from very detailed to quite abstracted. The (overpass), the fourth series of the same location, depicts some of the developments and stages of construction of the White Bluff Road to Whitfield Avenue overpass that should be complete in Fall 2013.  This is the first time that I have included man made structures – or an allusion to them – in my abstracted landscapes.

What makes (overpass) from robin road different than other pieces in the (overpass) collection?

A painting, whether you “get it” or not, can be analyzed by first describing what one sees physically on the substrate. Given that, I challenge myself with limitations and/or by electing some of the building blocks of design;  line, color, shape, value, texture, spatial considerations.  I think about my need to document and catalog (as a pastime) so I choose a specific area of a location as my subject.  I want to offer a range of experiences throughout a series so working with location, time, subject, formal aspects and divine happenstance can be engaging and challenging all at once.

Outside of painting, what is your biggest passion?

Drawing.  Or talking about art and design making.

What advice do you have for aspiring professional artists?

There are no bad ideas so your job is to make the concept, materials, execution and presentation as strong and as informed as possible.  There are many, many strategies and studio modes that will help you arrive in that position.  At the same time, you must find a voice that sounds exactly like yours, so talk a lot, often and in various manners.  “Unique” is the goal.   Even “talk” about nothing can be beautiful, topical and meaningful so exploration and sustained study is key.  Constant rethinking and reframing is required.


Be sure to visit Katherine’s websiteblog, and online boutique where you can pick up a few of her pieces of art!


Stay tuned tomorrow to see how we created two different interiors that showcase a piece from Katherine’s latest collection!

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