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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. 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. 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…

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…

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…

Sunny Side Up

Print out this free PDF invite here! The sounds of summer are calling and we are restless to get outside and start the party! Whether you’re barbecue master or bartender of the year, it’s time to spruce up that backyard space and show it off to the neighborhood! To make sure your summer party is the nicest on the block, we’ve put together a few sunny pieces to keep both your home and guests looking on the bright side. 1. Paper lanterns are a festive and inexpensive way to light your outdoor space. They come in a wide range of colors and sizes and fold flat for easy storage – how can you go wrong? Make sure to order the separate light kit if you plan on using them for more than just decor. 2. Portable seating gets a whole new meaning with these Tote Tables from YLiving.…

The Right Direction

Image Credit: October Issue of Country Living It’s no secret the design team at Rethink is an avid supporter of all things woodland and rustic. Now, we are so thrilled to see the arrival of a new design trend: native american arrows. Just when we had finished painting every square inch of our (make-believe) studio a black and white chevron, the delicate lines of the hunting arrow quickly swept us off our feet. One of our favorite inspiration images (above) features the wall covering Zuni by Cavern Home. We love the classic black and white lines mixed with warm hues to create a space both timeless and cozy. Below are a few extra items we found to help you get this dreamy indian feel: From top left (clockwise): 1. Linocut Print 2. Stationary 3. Tea Towel 4. Navajo Pouch 5. Throw Pillow

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