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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Restaurant Interior Design

by amanda on April 4, 2016


Okay! So I feel like it’s time I spill the beans: I’m for hire and I don’t cost a cent. 🙂

Let me rephrase: I saw a chance to 1) try out a new career and 2) feed my soul and restlessness at the same time and jumped on it. It means seeing less of my family and a dirtier house, but so far, the results have been worth it.

A client of mine is opening a new restaurant in London, right on the coveted Richmond Row. It will be a vegan spot with elevated dishes and a slightly rustic, earthy vibe. When she asked me to do the logo, she also casually mentioned “oh, and I’d love your input as to decor of the restaurant”. I basically took that small phrase to heart. I asked her (and her partner in life and business) if I could basically help them design the interior on their next to no budget. They of course, generously said yes and we were off! That was back in January.

12801520_1680275178909936_2471580343571706869_nSince then we’ve gone back and forth with ideas that would transform the space that would be creative and would help them call it their own. The biggest challenge (and for me, part of the greatest joy) is that,  since the budget is so little, everything has to be done with a huge amount of upcycled creativity and massive DIY. So most of my time has been spent scouring Kijiji and thrift shops, particularly the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Can I just say? Running around, tying textiles to paint swatches to wood samples is SO. MUCH. FUN. Seeing things come to life this month has been unreal, and the community these two generous, energetic kids have pulled together to execute their dream is a site to behold.

We’re using a Pinterest board to share ideas:

       Follow Amanda DeVries Graphic Design’s board Vegetarian Restaurant Upcycled Interior Design on Pinterest.

And soon I’ll share some of the work I’ve been doing to get the place and up and running by it’s scheduled soft opening in early May. Stay tuned!

UPDATED SEPT 2016: Read all about the restaurant launch here!

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