With a keen eye for space, lighting and furniture, Libby Slader recognized that the existing café space was lacking in identity and functionality. Knowing that budget constraints meant no major construction, the initial step was to reorient the space to better suit the needs of Bistro 22.
The first change was to reorient the vestibule entry door from in front of the windows to along the side wall. This defined the dining area to the center of the space.
The operational needs and spatial restrictions required a custom sit down full service bar as a focal point and to act as an access to the kitchen pick up window, so a bar was added where the former deli cases and service counter had once been. Adjacent to the bar is a service station that is both attractive and functional.
All new finishes, lighting and furniture helped upgrade the space and transform the atmosphere. The former space had exposed brick on some walls, so that was kept, but painted to match the new ship lap panel detail on the walls. Lastly, local landscapes that represent the locally sourced menu decorate the walls.
Using design acumen and attention to detail, Libby Slader Interior Design was able to add character and sophistication to an existing space while remaining within budget constraints. Not only do patrons appreciate the design, but Rhode Island Monthly recently awarded this project a Bronze Medal for Design.
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