We are proud to work with some of Cleveland's finest businesses.
From creative and hospitality industry professionals to financial and development companies, we work directly with our clients to create a physical environment that embodies the ethos of their brand.
We have photos of a few projects below. Including the in-progress transformation of Danielle's own little colonial as well as a few commercial projects.
The Avalon house, MY house! So, you know what they say about the cobbler's kids not having any shoes...truth is, my own house is always the last one on my mind! I am so often working on multiple client's homes at the same time that I just don't have the energy for my own. That's OK though as we did enough when we first moved in to create a comfortable and personalized backdrop to our busy lives and I thought that it would be nice to invite you inside! You'll understand that it's not done yet, won't you? If I'm honest, it will never be done! At least I hope it won't because it's fun to work on when I do have time and a great place to tinker with ideas. Anyhow, I update pics here from time to time, to reflect it's current(ish) state.
Classic Styling for a French-inspired Chef's Restaurant.
When Chef Michael Novak of Black Pig was moving his restaurant into the historic space on Ohio City's Bridge Avenue, he looked to us to guide key design decisions.
We knew right away the most impactful thing we could do would simply be to re-reveal the historic bones of the space after a 90's "update" detracted from the natural virtues of the space.
The space had red brick walls and reddish-toned wood everywhere. We painted every inch of trim work in black and updated the non-brick walls with cool-toned neutral paint colors to create more balance. Striped floor carpet tiles hid the areas without the original hardwood and custom canvas drapery provided texture and sound absorption. We added Schoolhouse Electric's lighting throughout to provide the sophisticated cool finishing touch a restaurant such as this deserved.
Interior Expansion: Unify existing and two additional storefronts
In 2014 the bar, restaurant and small batch brewery, Nano, on Ohio City's W.25th Street acquired two adjacent storefronts and looked to us to help them determine how to connect the three parcels in a way that remains consistent with the existing bar/restaurant while leveraging any advantage realized by the "fresh start" that the demo of the previous spaces provided.
All three parcels have floor to ceiling brick walls, which help to unify the spaces. It was important to us to find one or two additional consistent threads to weave throughout all three locations.
We chose a cool blue tone that not only counterbalanced all the warmth of the brick and wood but also served to create the spaces' playful side. That is, after all, the essence of Nano brand.
We painted the existing mirror and signage framework in blue and found a great durable fabric to upholster the booths. By adding pendants we introduced a slight dose of welcomed sophistication; and to ensure it wasn't too much, we commissioned a whimsical bike handle display for one of the walls.
We communicate visually whenever possible. In addition to moodboards, floor plans and other visual design tools we can sometimes best understand how the elements will look once together by simply seeing them next to one another.
In the case of Nano's interior expansion, we were able to quickly confirm color, lighting and fabric choices by laying them out side-by-side
A brand new, start-from-scratch, two-level, multi-zoned patio
When Nano asked us to re-envision their existing patio (inherited from a previous bar/owner when they took the adjacent space over), we knew one of the first things to consider was how the space is ultimately to be used. It's a bar. It's a restaurant. And at different times of day and different days of the week, it needs to function very differently.
Their expansion included an adjacent building space with a second-floor deck. We needed to look at ways of connecting that level with the first floor, which was also to be completely redesigned.
We designed a space that is truly dynamic, offering a fire pit area, semi-private seating nooks, high top and low dining options, an expansive bar and an additional long counter to hang out and people watch or grab a bite! Strategically located pergolas do their best to provide an option of shaded seating, while the bar's pavilion-like overhang provides full protection should it begin to rain. We programmed every inch of the allowable space.
We selected dark charcoal pergola and pavilion with gray stained wood flooring and walls, tables, chairs barstools with a scandinavian-like natural wood banquette . (though ultimately a more natural tone was used for all their walls and furniture throughout).