Yesterday, we briefed you on the process of designing Dom's Coffee. Today, we share what it has become and we couldn't be happier with the result! BIG sigh of relief. Thanks to dream clients Asta, Gitana, Andrius and Victor for being such a pleasure to work with- we are honored to have been involved in your shop and we hope the absolute best for you guys! Dom's opens Friday (in the greater Hartford area) so go get your latte with a pretty heart. It's waiting for you!
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!)
Sometimes, you just get tired of looking for that perfect piece at the same places over and over and over, you know? So you can assume our uncontrollable excitement when we had the pleasure of being inspired at the AD Home Show. Particularly, from the Made section, which features independent designers and makers with impeccable taste. We thoroughly enjoyed wandering the booths pretending all the handcrafted, premium quality, custom designed pieces were totally affordable and within all our clients' budgets. And we certainly weren't worrying about costs, lead times, minimum orders, or whether or not this particular shade of navy was "too navy" and if it needs a hint of green to truly flow with the rest of the space, etc, etc, etc. It was mostly just a good ol' time appreciating some good ol' talent.
So, we wanted to share some of our favs from the event. Specifically, the artists, designers and pieces that stood out to us because of the unique designs, their responsibly sourced materials, or their way ahead of the game sense of style. (Like this rug to your right!? I die.) Click through to read exactly what we love about each piece!
We are always on the hunt for something new . . . This was the best discovery today: unique design, reinvented materials, and functional pieces with a REAL purpose. Don't you love them? Pivot is a non-profit company who redesigns discarded furniture, while training and educating those experiencing homelessness in the art of constructing the pieces. This is truly beautiful, functional furniture, in more ways than one.
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......)