Posts tagged ‘wood’

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.


August 16th, 2011

Oh Baby… Organic Modernism!

We recently worked with a DIY client on her new baby’s nursery and it got us thinking… Why not create a great nursery space that has all the style of a grown up room?

While our client had a baby girl, we put this particular room inspiration together with a baby boy in mind.    We pulled sophisticated furniture that is appropriate for any age as well as tactile (and often handmade) accessories that bring whimsy to the space.  Overall, we were going for a young and modern take on a woodsy cabin idea and this is what we came up with:


1.  The wallpaper is a graphic wood grain print in blue on a white background.  Try papering the whole room or just make one wall a feature.

2.  The handmade patchwork birds gathered on this Etsy mobile are so sweet and whimsical.

3.  This walnut and white sideboard is a statement piece and can be used in any room of the house.

4.  The Dwell Dots bedding in Chocolate is a classic and would look great on any crib.

5.  This lino-cut print is simple and to the point.  Te amo means “I love you”.

6.  We found these charming hand knitted booties and vintage airplane on Etsy through TenderBlue.

7.  Bookhou’s child’s bentwood chair is covered with a thick felt mat for comfort.  It’s available at a good price, so now I’m just waiting for an adult size chair…

8.  We paired this simple walnut console with a non-stick contoured baby changing mat.   In a couple of years this stylish changing station can easily be transformed into a perfect bar table!

9.  This birch, ash, and white coat rack offers additional storage with the center shelves.  *Just be sure to secure it to the wall or floor before the baby begins to crawl.

10.  The Superordinate 4 Antler chandelier is totally unexpected in a baby’s room and complements the other white elements in the room.

11.  Who can resist Anthropologie’s white “Hippity-Hop” lamp?  This friendly bunny will keep your baby company at night with it’s warm glow.

12.  I’ve wanted to put one of Jonathan Adler’s hand loomed zebra rugs somewhere for ages and this is the perfect spot!  Keep in mind, you can also get this rug in custom color combinations.

13.  This lime Moroccan leather pouf is soft and durable.  Use it as extra seating or as an ottoman.

April 13th, 2011

Love it! John Corcoran Designs

We came across this designer on Etsy the other day and although he’s only got a few items available- we are LOVING them!

This little lightbulb bud vase is the product of ingenuity and simplicity at its best.  I also love reading the story of the inspiration behind the design.

Also, check out his fabulous closet shelf/hanging system.  I want one immediately (okay, make it 4).  I love the Scandinavian sort of vibe of the delicate metal framework and bleached wood.  Go check it out!

July 8th, 2010

Round Dining Table Search

We fell in love with this table for a client recently…but unfortunately we would have to arrange shipping from England in order to get it.  The very clean and classic design is perfect for the Modern Natural look we are going for but as so often happens in the design world (based on price, lead time, or source) we are forced to look for a plan B.

Here are a few other options…

1.  Sunfish Table

2.  018 Atlantico Round Table

3.  Prouvé Guéridon Table

4.  Teepee Table

5.  Cherner Round Table