Refreshed at the River: Bartow Point House by Rethink Design Studio

Bartow Point Drive by Rethink Design Studio 06


Sit down, relax, and put your feet up; it’s no doubt the first thing that enters your mind when you see the homeowner doing just that in this traditional dwelling with deft modern touches by Rethink Design Studio. A Savannah, Georgia, family of four looked to update their riverfront home; with custom-designed furniture and clever use of the palette, Rethink has “rethought” the décor into fresh, clean lines and contemporary ambience. Case in point: the comfy lounge area, seen from above, is a perfect amalgam of homey traditional details and modern coloration, its walls a pearly off-white brightened by tall windows. Warm wood grain, paired with a central brick fireplace, gives the room a serene feeling that invites relaxation, while the styles of coffee table and handy fireplace “poufs” are pure contemporary fun.


An open-plan kitchen with marble-topped table is only steps away from the couches; a cleverly angled wall nook houses a piece or two of art, shelving space, and a blackboard for a family “hub” that’s head and shoulders above the ordinary. A large center island encourages more than one cook to rub elbows in the space; the palette of off-white and charcoal carries through to drawers beneath the island and to walls of cabinetry that contribute to a beautiful uncluttered look. Touches of bright color in framed artwork and a nifty red mixer keep the palette from being bland, while clerestory windows and reflected light from the living room keep it from being too dark. A traditional remake that gives a growing family plenty of options: that’s this Bartow Point Drive home by Rethink Design Studio.





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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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