Posts tagged ‘kitchen’

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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July 26th, 2013

Project Breakdown: High-Style Kitchen

When a New York-native family moved into an 1850s row house right in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, they imagined a space that reflected both the relaxed atmosphere of Southern spaces and the high-style interiors found throughout “the big apple.” The result is a sophisticated, contemporary home that places an emphasis on functionality while pushing the limits of design.

project breakdown - perry

1. A custom brass light fixture sits above the island to center the room and bring a warmer feel to an otherwise utilitarian space.

2. Use every inch of vertical space by placing back-lit storage above existing cabinetry. We recommend using push-touch cabinet fasteners to avoid having to use typical knob hardware for a streamlined facade.

3. Having built-in adjustable shelves at counter height allow for easy access of kitchen items used most often such as spices and coffee. This kitchen features a motorized backsplash that conceals shelf clutter with a push of a button.

4. Gain access to uncharted kitchen territory with the help of a sliding ladder. This custom design allows for the ladder to be removed from the current track and placed elsewhere through the kitchen and dining room as you see fit.

5. A prep sink on an adjacent surface is a great way to free up the space for entertaining. Place items nearby that are also used in cooking prep like cutting boards, knives, and basic ingredients.


Floor: Marble Systems – Skyline Polished Marble (Honed locally and waterjet into a custom herringbone pattern).

Counter: Richlite Paper Surface –  Northwest Collection (Chocolate Glacier)

Faucet: Waterstone 3900 Parche Prep Faucet

Spice Jars: IKEA DOPPAR Jar with Lid (Various sizes. Labels were made locally).

Hardware: Lewis Dolin 5″ Bar Series – Oil Rubbed Bronze

Cabinet Veneer: Tree Frog Veneer – Grey Oak Lati Groove.

January 18th, 2013

Project Breakdown: Escape-Driven Beach House

When an old Savannah family wanted a fresh, new retreat on Tybee Island to return to every Summer, we envisioned open spaces with lots of natural light. When you combine our vision with the functional needs of a large family looking to each experience their own interpretation of an escape, the home becomes a versatile, ever-changing space. The end result is a dwelling by the shore that focuses on community and honoring the past by designing shared living areas and incorporating treasured keepsakes from the family tree.


Tybee Island Beach House

1. We covered the walls and ceilings with paint grade butt-joint paneling for a simple nautical feel that makes this new build look like a settled beach escape.

2. Leaving the structural beams exposed gives the new construction architectural interest and integrity.

3. High wainscoting throughout the hallways allowed for the perfect gallery space to hang family photos.

4. We kept the kitchen open and extended the marble countertops onto the bar for a community-style dining area.

5. Using wicker seating at the table means easy cleanup without sacrificing a traditional aesthetic.


Floor Tile: 6×12 Squall Slate Tile – Natural Stone

Kitchen Cabinetry (and Stair Tread) Color: Sherwin Williams Dewy 6469

Dining Table: Hickory Chair Piedmont Dining Table

Dining Chairs: Captiva Seaside White Side Chair

Counter Stools: Tabouret 24-inch Red Metal Counter Stools

May 4th, 2011

Spring Terrain

Spring is here!  And let me just say… I L-O-V-E spring.  It’s as though the end of winter is the weight off your shoulders that you never even knew was there.  As soon as little green buds start to accumulate everywhere I am instantly transformed.  I want to be outside: gardening, puttering, playing fetch with the dogs, planning a party, cooking and creating a delectable mixed drink for said party, etc…

In my mind there is one place that is especially good at catering to this feeling: Terrain at Styer’s.  Take a look- you wont regret it.


Terrain is a shop in Glen Mills, PA and while I’ve never been there I have been to their fabulous website.  Clean and fresh, their web site is just an addendum to their extensive storefront.  They carry home accessories, kitchen goodies, garden supplies, vintage finds, and plants galore.  Their styling is so well done- eye grabbing and casual all at once.  Take a look at their original site to see examples of their landscape design, check out their cafe and see what workshops are being offered.


These are just a few of the things I’d have in my basket: (If I were there with a car it would be an entirely different story!)


1.  Ceramic Vegetable Labels (black typewriter font on white ceramic- gorgeous)

2.  Underground Clock

3.  Spindle Planter

4.  Enamel Factory Pendant

5.  Black Hawaiian Sea Salt (not sure what I’m going to put this on, but pretty sure it’s going to be great)

6.  Slate Tray (for cheese and crackers OR for a cluster of potted plants wrapped in newsprint and twine)

7.  Slate Cheese Board

8.  Red Stripe Tablecloth

9.  Fast, Fresh & Green (you had me at fast…)



July 14th, 2010

Rethink spotted on other blogs!

As newbies to the blogging world, we are very excited to find that some of our work has been blogged about!

Bazaar of Serendipity posted the pictures of our DIY Sharpie wallpaper with great reviews!

We had to stage a master bedroom for an open house last year and wanted to create maximum impact with a VERY minimal budget.

We were also very short on time (ie. less than 24 hours) so we came up with a stencil to create a wallpaper versus having to try our hands at upholstering a headboard.

The large scale graphic is bold in size but subtle because we used gold sharpie to create the thin outlines.  Depending on the lighting in the room the gold can have a strong or very faint contrast.

The moral of this project is:  Don’t be afraid to get creative; you can often create an impact using regular items you may already have lying around the house!  We spent all of $22 so who cares if you want to paint back over it in four months?

Full House found our client’s kitchen on HGTV’s Rate My Space and the comments are so complimentary!

We posted some photos from the shoot when we first started our blog.  Its hard to go wrong with bright light, stunning photography, and a great view!  We designed the remodeling of this home two years ago and its amazing to see how far it’s come.

You can see more of our work posted on HGTV here