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.
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.
The main dining area is full of bright white walls and warm wood tones in the tables and chairs.
I would of course add a bit more color to finish it off.
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 Camila, A SELF APPOINTED STRIPE AFICIONADO WHO HAS A soft spot IN HER HEART FOR BLUE AND WHITE GINGER JARS, THE COLOR ORANGE, AND ELEPHANTS.
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