It is so rewarding to be able to support small business owners by turning their vision into reality. They are the experts on their brands/companies, so I love collaborating with them to create a space that is stylized, cohesive, and functional for their businesses’ unique needs.
My favorite question to ask is: how do you want your customers/employees to feel when they enter this space? First impressions are so important. The way someone feels when they enter a room can set the tone for their entire experience in that space. Business owners/company teams may not know how they want their space to look, but they almost always know how they want it to feel. This is a great jumping-off point for a design!
I am so inspired by Sunday Motor Co. Cafe in Madison, NJ. Their team has clearly worked hard to create a welcoming, unique, and all-encompassing experience for their customers. Set in an old auto-body shop, they’ve taken the retro, industrial vibe and put a clean, modern spin on it. I love that they’ve put the community at the heart of their space – car enthusiasts often gather at the cafe to chat and show off their vintage wheels! The floor-to-ceiling retractable windows (repurposed garage doors) add to the ambiance – you can enjoy delicious food and coffee while watching all the vintage cars that pass through the parking lot.