Posts tagged ‘modern’

March 10th, 2014

Rethink Spotlight: Salted and Styled Blog


It’s always a pleasure collaborating with the powerhouse team behind Salted and Styled. Receivers of the 2013 IACP award for Best Food Blog, Writer/Stylist Libbie Summers with partner-in-crime Photographer Chia Chong have curated a blog that goes way beyond good eats. This week they’re focusing on the many facets of coconuts, and were kind enough to ask us to pull a few of our favorite interior spaces inspired by this stunning photo of coconut:



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Have you met the ladies behind Salted and Styled?


Libbie Summers | Creator/Writer/Stylist



Libbie Summers first earned her culinary chops below deck as a chef on private yachts—honing her baking skills under extreme weather and guest conditions. Today, Summers is an award-winning producer of imaginative lifestyle content for print and film clients including Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Huffington Post, Gilt, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Paramount Pictures and her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life. The New York Times called her first book, The Whole Hog Cookbook, “aggressively pretty,” while Bon Appétit lauded its “wicked sense of humor.” Look for her second book, Sweet and Vicious-baking with attitude (Rizzoli) out March 25, 2014.


Chia Chong | Creator/Photographer



Chia Chong finds inspiration in the artistic and eccentric influences that have always surrounded her—from her childhood in Penang, Malaysia, to her current residence in Savannah, Georgia, where she earned a B.F.A. in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Chia’s diverse body of photographic work—which includes foods, portraiture, lifestyle and interior design, fine art and travel—has appeared in several leading international and shelter magazines, including Vogue, bon appétit, Cosmopolitan, Elle Décor, Southern Living, National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times. Her books include A House in the South (Clarkson Potter 2006), Perfect Porches (Clarkson Potter 2010) and The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli 2011).

July 8th, 2013

Take It Home: John Salt Style


John Salt


If you’ve been browsing any one of the Rethink team member’s Pinterest boards this week, it’s no secret we’re swooning over the latest and greatest in contemporary restaurant design. While some may consider collecting (hoarding) images upon images of exposed concrete floors and rustic farmhouse tables only useful for commercial applications, we’re here to show you how these dining gems can translate into your very own kitchen at home.

Today’s restaurant inspiration comes from a warm and cozy neighborhood bar in London: John Salt. We love the layered look of industrial materials mixed in with simple white walls and a few tongue-in-cheek graphic elements. To mimic the cozy yet effortless style of this UK restaurant remodel, we’ve pulled together a few of the basic design elements that will have you setting lunch dates with the Queen herself in no time. See more of John Salt at Remodelista.




1. Give your kitchen a diffused glow with a simple Luna Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric. Choose between a powder coated white or black base with matching cord to fully customize the look.

2. This Target Windsor chair looks great in homes both traditional and modern. Keep the wooden seat bare or add a seat cushion for extra comfort (and the chance to play with color and pattern).

3. Feature your kitchen backsplash or dining room floor with these great geometric options from Granada Tile. They use a 100-year-old cement tile formula that is said to last twice as long as traditional ceramic tile. Added bonus: all of their tiles are completely customizable with over 25 colors to choose from.

4. Use raw materials in a bold way to keep the space clean and neutral. A concrete countertop or exposed concrete floors make cleanup a breeze while looking sophisticated. Bring a textured linen into the space through a wall covering or even a simple table runner.

5. Crate and Barrel’s Flynn Dining table acts as the perfect backdrop for a large dinner party or family gathering. We love the mix of black Cedar and black Oak that seamlessly fits together with old-school dovetail joinery.

6. Create your own menu board in the kitchen with the help of these stunning chalkboard wood slices by Etsy seller OliveManna. Hang a large board by the fridge for a grocery list or create an inexpensive wall installation by hanging a group of 5-10 on a feature wall.

7. The Smart and Sleek Stool from Wisteria has no trouble living up to its name. With two sizes to choose from, this solid, unfinished oak and metal chair is perfect for both bar height and regular dining tables.


June 19th, 2013

Beat The Heat


Even the shady live oaks can’t protect you against this week’s heat wave in Savannah. With record-high temperatures of 90+ degrees, it’s become unbearable to enjoy the brick-laid roads and general splendor without running for the nearest air conditioned building (historical or not).  It comes as no surprise that this crazy June weather has us dreaming of lounging by the poolside, cold drink in hand. Perhaps we wouldn’t mind the heat if we were surrounded by some of these classic outdoor furnishings:


beat the heat


1. Serve guests a light snack on this ceramic Moko Tray by Jonathan Adler. It has the sophisticated look of stone but at half the weight.

2. We love the smoked glass effect on these tumblers from Target’s latest Threshold collection. The best part: they’re made of plastic. Never have to worry about cleaning up after a dropped glass again.

3. Keep your festivities going long after hours with the help of these industrial string lights from Restoration Hardware. We recommend attaching to a trellis or wiring system overhead to keep lights secure.

4. The new Cutter Bench by Design With Reach allows for plenty of seating for guests. With its solid teak and stainless steel design, this is a piece that can transition from your bathroom or hallway to your outdoor space with ease.

5. No outdoor space is complete without a little greenery, and this three-in-one planter from Modernica is the perfect way to liven up your courtyard or patio. For a low-maintenance plant solution, use a “pebble – soil – pebble” layering method with succulents or air plants.

6. Lounge in comfort with West Elm’s border pillow collection. The durable white fabric will reflect heat while lasting many summers under the sun.

7. We discovered Harbour Outdoor at this year’s ICFF and instantly fell in love with the sleek frame of their Breeze Arm Chair. Choose from a variety of wood species, metal finishes, and upholstery options to fully customize the highlight of your outdoor relaxation.

8. Nothing beats a refreshing cold beverage while soaking in the sun’s rays. Serve your favorite punch in this classic CB2 glass dispenser you’ll keep bringing out for parties both indoor and outdoor for years to come.




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

August 6th, 2012

Flexible Flatware

Chevron paper by Belle & Union.


Giving new life to old things is practically our mantra here at the studio and today we’ve lived up to our philosophy with the creation of these vintage-turned-chic powder coated silverware. Don’t let the bright colors dissuade you; this flatware works well in a variety of table settings – from traditional to poppy to rustic. Take a look at our powder coated cutlery in three completely different setting styles:



From top to bottom:

1. The delicate lines of the Cake Vintage paper placemats accent the feminine chinaware. Soft blue hues found in the plate help subdue our teal powder coated spoons.  Let the blues remain the subtle splash of color and keep with a neutral napkin.

2. Our silverware gives this kid’s (or grown-up’s) setting a fresh twist. We love the playful lines of this chevron dinnerware by Target paired with the vintage-inspired red cloth napkin from West Elm.

3. Teal and white go rustic in this table setting fit for any castle in the woods. While the white knife feels at home with the light linens, our teal spoon plays with the cool hues of the vintage silver charger. Balance the cool colors with a few natural elements such as a birch stump coaster or antler bottle opener.

See another view of our silverware painted lilac in none other than the fabulous Salted & Styled blog here.