Posts tagged ‘decor’

July 30th, 2014

Rye Turns Two

 

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The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” could not hold more true for Rye Snayd. His smile and laughter is what keeps the studio going when times get hectic, and we could not be more proud of him as he grows into the happiest kid around. We recently had the pleasure of taking some time away from the studio to celebrate little man’s second year of life. Here are some of our favorite moments of the evening, captured by Izzy Hudgins Photography.

 

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

Rye Turns Two - Rethink Design Studio Blog

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.

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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.

January 2nd, 2014

Happy Holidays from Rethink

 

Holidays at Rethink are busy because we tend to put a greater focus on our clients than ourselves this time of year. But sometimes, as we share below, we get to carve out a quiet afternoon to enjoy each other’s company and even have a few slices of homemade pumpkin bread. In addition to spending time with friends and family, we like to reflect on the studio’s progress and potential for the future. Since this time last year, we’ve had the privilege to transform several residences throughout Savannah as well as jump into an exciting new cafe right in the heart of downtown. With a few events sprinkled in between like a celebration of the city and a cozy holiday party, there’s no doubt we had our work cut out for us. In the end, we grew as a studio and look forward to what the new year will bring.



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Here’s to a happy New Year!

Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

December 19th, 2013

Camp Circa 2013

 

When Circa Lighting asked us to turn their new warehouse space into a cozy holiday party, we were excited to take on the challenge. Using the adjacent lot as inspiration for an outdoors event that focused on getting back to nature, we staged a camp-like space where Circa‘s hard-working “scouts” could relax around an open fire and regale on this year’s finest moments.

With an old, rusted canoe, two trailers of hay, and a sea of candlelit mason jars, we gave the folks at Circa a camp experience worth writing home about.

Take a look at some of our favorite event details captured by Izzy Hudgins Photography:

 

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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