Anyone else panicking that it's already mid-August? WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? If California wasn't such a hot mess right now I would be en route via the hitch hike as we speak to the land where summer never ends*. *But is still really cool and city-like and near the ocean. (No offense, Austin.) And since this blog is not here for me to whine about the weather, we'll talk about mirrors. We are ALWAYS suggesting them. Mirrors are maybe one of the easiest solutions to your empty wall problem, small room problem, not enough natural light problem, not enough friends problem, etc. They add serious drama and style to your space while still being functional and are slightly easier than finding the right piece of artwork. (Even though we love art and think it's important too, it can be intimidating and expensive, and we'll do a post on that later.) Mirrors have style and grace....and I probably don't need to sell you anymore because everyone loves them already, right? Check out our top picks from the endless options on the internets!
Hey CT friends! There's a new coffee shop in town! We're beyond thankful to have been working on this very special project over the last few months - its been an exciting process and a whole lotta fun. And we're a tiny bit sad to say our job is coming to an end! We have been honored to work with our genuinely kind, hard-working and inspiring clients to turn a discombobulated New England colonial rental into a totally calm, cool, collected space. A space for coffee-lovers to gather, work, live, and enjoy life. And also, have some dayum good coffee. Check out the befores:
So this is a two parter. Today, we share the design process- which needed to be speedy because once you lease a space, every second you spend hem-hawing about the details keeps coffee shop clients from opening and making dollars. We started with a coffee bar and kitchen plan, flow studies and overall floor plan. And then a lighting/ceiling plan because the ceiling was in a dire state and the lighting was good, if you like a gas station bathroom vibe while sipping your macchiato.
Our goal was to go overboard with making the space cohesive and to create a minimal and fresh interior without losing sight of the original architecture. Part of why this was a challenge was due to the many doors, random windows and walls, side rooms, and low ceilings. There's this really great heavy duty wallpaper called Anaglypta which covers an array of sins including the deadliest - low hanging ceiling tile. When we all decided wallpapering was the best solution, I think I cried a little because that was our first choice and we believed it would make the biggest transformation. Replacing the flooring and painting everything the same color did wonders too. Now onto the fun part. Design boards, shopping, and details! We were on a tight timeframe so not too many custom pieces (or anything with a 6-8 week lead time) made the cut unless we could build it, which we did a lot of. And by we, I mean Victor and Larry, who need a mention here because they did an excellent job on EVERYTHING!
Victor and Larry built the coffee bar, tiled the back wall, laid the flooring, installed the wallpaper, painted everything, built the banquette seating, and so much more. We're very thankful for their great attitudes and willingness to hear our sometimes particular and specific requests! The result is exciting and we're so pleased with how the space turned out. Come back for tomorrow's Before and After part 2 because this is long enough and tomorrow's post will be more dramatic- promise! (P.S. Dom's Coffee opens on Friday in Avon, CT so check it out if you live in the area!)
Mitch had all the great bones to a room - a lovely sofa, 2 cozy leather chairs, an oversized coffee table - but it was feeling bare. We were happy to help with some finishing touches! A graphic rug, fun firewood storage, a colorful lamp, and a great bookshelf were a few things we recommended to transform the room. (The natural light adds to the drama of the before & after but SHHHH, thats a secret!) See more photos here!
We noticed some recurring themes at the NYIGF today: shapely side tables, 70's retro, organic textiles, vintage metal accents, natural wood finishes and color!!! Just some small additions that will add big pizazz! (Let us know if anything tickles your fancy......)