Posts tagged ‘interior design’

October 9th, 2015

Our Top Picks: HGTV Fresh Faces of Design 2015


Crazy for Color | House of Many Styles

  When HGTV approached us to submit our work for this year’s HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Competition, we knew exactly which house to send. If you’ve been a longtime follower of our Facebook or Instagram, you’ve had a private tour behind one of downtown’s historic row houses that boasts an interior far from “cookie cutter”. Full of color, texture, and branded spaces that speak to each family member’s personality, West Perry is undoubtedly one of our favorite projects to date. We’re honored to be a part of a curated selection of other talent across the country that puts just as much emphasis on designing a branded environment; ensuring a space that both reflects the homeowner and can easily evolve along with their lifestyle. And now, we need your help to claim the title of winner in either the Master Retreats or Crazy for Color categories. Voting is a bit tricky, so here is an easy breakdown of the details and how to cast your vote:


 Master Retreats | Serene Master Suite


How to Vote for Rethink in the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Competition 2015

1. Follow this link to the competition homepage. 2. Select “Crazy For Color” from the gallery images below. 3. Scroll down until you see Joel Snayd – House of Many Styles. 4. Click the image and scroll through each photo of the slideshow until a “Ready to Vote” box appears and click. Then click “Vote” on Joel’s thumbnail image. 5. Repeat this for the “Master Retreats” category. Our project is also featured as Joel Snayd – Serene Master Suite.

Voting runs September 25 – October 30.

Hint: You can vote on multiple devices / browsers once per day, every day.   Don’t forget to browse the other spaces as well. Here are our top picks from the remaining finalists:


Our Top Picks: HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Competition 2015


Kirsten Krason & Erin Morgan | House of Jade

The design team at House of Jade share our love for bright, white spaces with hints of both glam and natural elements. From a functionality standpoint, we love the double island as a way to separate prep and eating areas without disrupting the kitchen’s flow. As for materials? You can’t go wrong with a classic white subway tile and solid brass hardware. Well done!


Cortney Bishop | Cortney Bishop Design

Adding ship lap to an interior space is a great way to bring architectural character without getting too traditional. Take note of how the bottom board is taller to act as a base and grounds the walls. The mint green painted wood floors add playfulness without the need of clutter-prone decor.


Harmony Weihs | Harmony Design

This smart use of white and central beam has us thinking back to our Tybee Beach House project, where we also used color and symmetry to draw the eye upward. Dark lower cabinets help ground the space, while keeping both the upper cabinets and backsplash tile white masks unwanted line breaks.


Justin DiPiero

Sometimes all it takes to add a fresh spin to a historic brick building is some white paint and a layered, lived-in decor scheme. We’re always fan of mixing heirloom pieces with modern textiles for a vintage-casual lounge space. Way to help represent SCAD alumni, Justin!


Wendy & Greg Blackband | Blackband Design

Built-ins naturally evoke a sense of purposeful design and allow for smart storage solutions you won’t get with standalone furniture. This bright and airy “guest cabin” by Blackband Design puts the same architectural detail into the bunk beds as seen on the ceiling and walls. An upholstered window bench is perfect for beach house hangouts after a long day in sand and sun.

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May 9th, 2014

Project Breakdown: Sofia

West Perry Reveal - Rethink Design Studio, Christine Hall Photography

If you’ve been following the buzz recently, we just revealed our latest downtown project that houses a New York-native family of four. Having shared the youngest daughter’s territory in the shared third floor loft, this week we’re giving you a tour of Sofia’s room: a French-inspired space with pale hues and sophisticated pops of pattern. As with the rest of the house, Sofia’s room was originally painted a traditional Earth-tone with dark floors that swallowed up the space.

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With a hushed palette of tone-on-tone neutrals and playful patterns, this room went from dreary to dreamy.

Sofia bedroom1

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1. Keep your bed from feeling boxed in with open side tables from Arteriors. The alternating glass and mirrored shelves allow you to see right through the antiquated iron frame, perfect for placing next to an adjacent wallpaper or window treatment without obstructing the view.

2. Ro Sham Beaux’s tall Patricia Table Lamp gives a stately presence to an otherwise feminine space. We paired them with a white linen shade to allow the light to flood in and keep the room feeling airy.

3. Every little girl daydreams of a wrought iron bed, and this Wesley Allen piece from Home Gallery caters to that childhood fantasy while still maintaining a minimal form fitted for adulthood.

4. Heighten the look of your walls by securing full-length curtains to Vesta’s sleek Apollo Collection drapery hardware. The antique brass finish gives this space a level of sophistication and helps draw the eye up to the pale blue ceiling.

5. When the design team met the challenge of reusing a vintage chandelier that was original to the house, we took it upon ourselves to create a fresh fixture that looked like it was made especially for the space. With a faux-painted light fixture and several cans of spray paint, we upcycled a drab fixture remake into a one-of-a-kind focal point.

Rethink tip: Try switching out the bulb type to give any fixture a cost-effective, updated look. 

6. Tap into your playful side with wallpaper from Studio Violet x Studio Nommo. Placing wallpaper adjacent to a feature wall as opposed to directly on it helps balance out the room.

7. An off-centered fireplace has a personality of its own, which we chose to showcase by using the Moselle collection from Winchester Tile. Maintaining a white mantle surround lets the ceramic blue tile really shine.

8. Loloi’s Anzio rug features beautiful striations of deep blue and turquoise for a floor application worth talking about. Can’t find a rug to fit your space? We had two individual rugs professionally bound together to run the span of the bedroom.

9. Allow yourself a dedicated space to take off shoes and relax before jumping into bed. We had a local seamstress create a colorful top cushion to Artesia’s Leanore Bench for added personality.

10. Having additional floor cushions on hand are super useful for after school hangouts and late-night sleepovers. We love the textural element of this sheepskin pouf, found at West Elm.

Sofia bedroom2


Photo Credit

Gabby + Sofia: Christine Hall Photography

Interior Photography: Richard Leo Johnson


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




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.

July 31st, 2013

Camp Rye 01


Rye celebrated his first birthday this month with the official kick-off of the “Camp Rye” tradition. With a few strips of wood, a canvas drop cloth and iron-on transfer, we were able to make a simple A-frame tent to help commemorate the first year of little man’s life. Photographer Izzy Hudgins captured the weekend’s celebrations and got some great shots of Rye inside his very own “man cave”. The plan is to make a new tent every year and eventually have enough to fill the yard for one big birthday bash – Camp To Campus party, anyone?












Full tent DIY here.