Thursday, January 22, 2009

Frankly Speaking

Since opening the store last March, one of the best parts of our job continues to be all the wonderful customers we've gotten to know by collaborating with them on design projects.... Whether it's helping them pick out the perfect fabric for their grandmother's old chair, overhaul their entire house, or track down that just-right item for the bare spot on their wall, we love to help people realize their visions.

One of our favorite customers--and projects--has been working with Sarah Penn, the lovely owner (with husband Felix) of the fabulous Pair and the just-opened (and also fabulous) Frank's Oyster House & Champagne Parlor.

Sarah is a woman with a vision of her own, who knows what she wants and likes, so our role was very simple: we worked with her to select an assortment of commercial fabrics that could withstand the rigors of restaurant and bar clientele (yikes!), and we helped infill the space with items like our beloved faux-python benches, Obie dining tables, and Thomas Paul pillows. Oh, and the wallpaper in the bathroom is our all-time favorite and soon to be gracing the back wall of our kitchen.

The photos don't do full justice to the fantastic wall treatment in the space, and the custom lights--in particular the stunning overscaled chandelier in the the entry--are breathtaking. Sarah found a wonderful assortment of new and vintage upholstered pieces for the bar that we worked together to recreate in a mix of greys, reds, and blacks for a glam effect, a perfect contrast to the more masculine adjacent dining area.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a preview meal before the official opening, and it was heavenly! We especially loved the goat cheese deviled eggs. Yum.

Said deviled eggs

Long story slightly less long: eat at Frank's. Then call us to help you tackle a project of your own!

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