Cheers to the New Diner

My latest project was a really fun one. I redesigned my neighborhood diner – “My Cheers”. You know- where everyone knows your name. Murray Hill Diner Proprietor Christo and his manager, Tony, always welcome me whether I am there for my morning coffee or a late dinner. It has been much more often in the past 6 weeks as the gas in my building has been turned off due to construction in my building. What I have been eating is quite another story!
Restaurant Design can be creative but it takes a lot of time and thought on the space planning and how it affects the function. Small business owners can find the thought of reworking an already successful business anxiety provoking. It can take a long time to make decisions, many are resistant to change and the costs are especially anxiety ridden. Demographics change in neighborhoods and businesses need to evolve with the changes to stay relevant.
Restaurants dining should not be like eating at home. Every restaurant has the opportunity to create an experience customers will want to return to again. Whether it is a friendly and comfortable one, like at the Murray Hill Diner, or dazzling and exciting at an upscale Hotel, each business should offer something uniquely their own.
Spaces should be more vibrant, in color, texture and pattern, than you would have in your home. Customers will spend limited amounts of time there and can be invigorated by the space the around them as well as the menu. Stimulating environments, per medical research, can increase the appetite.
The Murray Hill Diner is now fun, bright and cheerful. I’ve selected a thin and sophisticated stripe to bring a new color palette to the space. Red and turquoise are the featured hues and are complemented by a coordinating pattern on the seating that features a circle pattern. Wood trim details add to the polished styling. New roller shades create a glare free meal at the end of the day, while new lighting brightened the place as well as saving money by using LED blubs.
The chairs at the counter are two tone, pattern and turquoise which bring the color story together even more dramatically. The whole space is now more pleasing and fits in with the neighborhood’s new demographics which caters to a younger hipper crowd.
Drop in on Christo and Tony, try their CHRIS’ Salad, my personal favorite, and tell them I sent you!

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Before Renovation . . . 

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The new booths!

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Before Renovation . . . . 

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The new Dining Room!

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Before Renovation . .  .

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The New Seating Counter!

 

 

 

Trends in Design – or not?

The report is out from this year’s High Point Market. Top trends found at market this Fall – is an emphasis on chains – this motif was found in wallcoverings, area rugs and accessories – whether it was table lamps or table accessories. Chain links were and still are popular in jewelry as a necklace, bracket or even a ring. They have continually been used as a classic border in carpets and area rugs – now they are turning whimsical as bent floating chains on wallpaper and fabrics. chain link bracelet

Hermes orange is popping up everywhere – an accent wall, leather boxes for keeping keys at the entry way; lacquered furniture to add a punch of color to an interior. Orange mums in a vase is the first sign of Fall! Lexington Brands Orange Cabinet

Now I’m not one to follow trends – and I know I’m dating myself – but even as a teenager I refused to wear Jordache jeans – no one was going to get free advertising on my butt! No thank you, Jordache and Calvin Klein! I recently whined down from an interior for a couple who had demanding requirements and were a little insecure with using color. But the apartment had good bones, fabulous light and they were excited to break out of their usual palette. As we shopped for furniture we were both immediately drawn to a beautiful Hermes orange leather cabinet that was perfect for their needs. We immediately fell in love with it at Lexington Home Brands. From that one piece I created a little drama to a otherwise small entryway by painting the walls a deep eggplant purple!
This color combination was done this early Spring – way before this Fall Market – Was I ahead of the curve?, maybe – but then, look further back, and you’ll find those colors in Royal robes, sports teams – its been done before! So my question to you – are these “trends” that are popping up now – do trends come and go – or is it good design that is always here – but sometimes needs to be revisited?

GOOD DESIGN NEVER DIES – GOOD DESIGN IS ALWAYS HERE.

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