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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: Follow-up

by amanda on September 19, 2016

…so being the wife of a farmer often means that months blow by and, even though you may have the best intentions, your blog suffers greatly 🙁

One thing I’ve been DYING to show you is the final result of the local restaurant, Glassroots, whose identity I created and then went on to help them create a fresh new restaurant interior with basically peanuts as a budget…Check out these before and afters!

The interior was brightened up overall with a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Designer White, the whitest white I could find:

But we also created two accent walls: one a lovely, saturated jade green to reflect the plant-based menu, and the other a rich chocolate brown that doubles as a chalkboard:


The highlight, for me, was putting up a “mirror wall” on top of the lovely jade colour. My endless trips to thrift stores finally paid off, as I scoured the area for antique mirrors in a pleasing variety of sizes and shapes. Pinterest was a huge inspiration. We also gave the enclosure that was hiding the furnace a facelift using shutters from the ReStore:


Pinterest also gave us the idea to repurpose an old roll of butcher paper found in the basement into a handy sheet to write daily specials and other notes:


The bathrooms were given a lovely new look with old farmhouse sinks (we found two of them, both equally heavy!) but contrasted with an elegant, ultra modern faucet:


Other details include a display of old vintage kitchen tools (freshened up with a coat of white paint) and a way to hide the mess using a beautiful green curtain. The owners created the light fixtures using ideas I showed them on Pinterest, and from our own kitchen at home.


Finally, the outside is another project for another day but I have to at least show you the signage! Being a part of creating the new identity also gave me the cues to figure out the inside space. After all, a brick and mortar shop should always reflect its identity!

The result is a beautiful space to showcase some of the best food that London, Ontario has to offer!
All gorgeous after photos courtesy of the talented Alieska Robles. For more photos of the renovation process, that tell a truly beautiful story, click here.
Glassroots London
(519) 850-8688
646 Richmond St
London, Ontario N6A 3G6

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