Designed for Dining
I’m especially flattered when clients come back to me again and again. In this case, a client whose home I had designed was opening a new restaurant in partnership with a chef. Their concept: to create a home away from home, complete with a menu featuring what we all love most: delicious comfort food.
I took that idea and ran with it. I created a concept that mimicked areas of domestic living spaces: the family room, the formal dining room, and a bustling kitchen, for example. The theme created a warm, welcoming vibe and allowed for a cohesive flow throughout the design. Because the location was in proximity to Columbia University, we kept students and faculty transplants in mind to make them feel welcomed and right at home.
I sought out rich, residential-feeling fabrics that would stand up to a restaurant’s demands. I found gorgeous prints that all worked together—all fire rated!—and paired them with the rich color palette and comforting, homey details. From the charming roosters to the hand-painted “rug” on the floor, every detail was designed to evoke a cozy feeling of home.
In the bar seating area, upholstered stools surround the high-top tables. Hand blown glass pendants in different shapes and colors highlight the space.
The dining area offers comfortable booths upholstered in complimentary fabrics and patterns. This booth with paisley patterned fabric is warm and inviting.
The central feature of the restaurant is the dark wood bar with the original zinc countertop. It’s the perfect, casual place to meet friends for a cocktail.
This corner dining area makes you feel right at home. The performance velvet upholstery is highlighted with different color buttons. The paneled walls, artwork, and chandeliers all contribute to the elegance of the space.
The lounge area is anchored by a long bench upholstered in two fabrics. Subtle lighting gives this space an intimate, moody vibe.
The compelling mix of rich upholstery includes custom tufted table pedestals—a luxe, cushioned counterpoint to the geometric paneled wall detail.
These chairs around the community dining table feature a geometric fabric and chic metal handle detail.
The striped fabric Robin incorporated on this booth ties together the color palette of the entire dining area.
Our homes are a reflection of who we are…they also help us become who we want to be.
Place objects that inspire and uplift you in key locations throughout your home. Also...a little Feng Shui goes a long way!