Over the weekend we went to a new restaurant on Shelter Island called, Isola. It’s an Italian restaurant that my sister is law’s boyfriend opened it this summer. Try saying that three times fast. During the Spring they were working on revamping it from the look of the previous restaurant. It’s now bright white and airy, but of course after I visited it the wheels started turning over how I would add some finishing touches to it! What can I say? A decorator is never off the clock.
I really loved their signage and logo. The font was really pretty and I loved the cobalt blue.
Here is their bar area:
Totally good bones and looks great as is, but if I got my hands on the place I would play up on the cobalt color a bit. It’s also located on an island so, I like the idea of adding some nautical touches without screaming beach town.
I was looking for inspiration and started looking at restaurants from the Amalfi Coast since it’s an Italian restaurant. Many of them had beautifully patterned ceramic tile. I wanted to do my own take on that look and loved these tile options. The diamond pattern is my personal favorite, because the bold blue picks up the bold trim in the rest of the space. For a tamer option the hexagon option is just as pretty and adds interest to a space that tends to be forgotten.
I love the idea of pairing yellow with the bright blue. I would swap out the bar stools for these yellow tolix style bar height stools.
To add more interest above the bar area I would add a grouping of pendants. The wide knotted pendants would look great and add a little industrial meets nautical vibe to the space. Another option is the white rope globe pendant, which again adds a nautical touch, but is more glam and chic.
I would of course add a bit more color to finish it off.
I love the idea of wallpapering above the wainscoting with a yellow and white striped wallpaper. It’s a fun yet classic look and totally works for a beach town.
Now one way to tackle the artwork would be to frame beautiful colorful aerial shots of the Italian coast.
Love these aerial shots by Tutto Bene Shop. They have a lot of stunning options and the largest size, 24″ x 36″ is only $60!
If that’s too much color for you then I like the idea of framing vintage black and white photos from Italy.
In a quick google search I found some great vintage photos you could have printed and also found the beautiful Amalfi coast print on Etsy.
Since I’m always on team color I would go with the colorful striped wallpaper and colorful artwork. There is a corner that deserves some special attention. I would dress up a plain banquette area like this:
I’m pretty obsessed with this pink building photograph. It’s an instant download for less than $10 and the files can be enlarged up to 28″ x 40″. The banquette area is in a corner so opposite this piece I would use photograph of another Italian building.
There was also two small restrooms that I would of course zhush up!
Love a cheeky wallpaper like the World is your oyster by Katie Kime. It’s currently 40% off, which is exciting! Since it’s a small space you don’t need to do much. A chic mirror, vintage inspired faucet set and an enamel restroom sign and you are ready to go!
Whew all that after just one little visit. Now who is going to let me design a commercial space!