design: Caroline Neill Ryan
furniture: Bseated Global
table tops, backlit panels and bar: Marblo
tiles: Freelance Tile and Stone
florals: Aleksandra Botanical Stylist
The site is part of a 1970’s two storey, horseshoe shaped shopping precinct. So, it’s wasn’t the prettiest building- all blonde bricks and bright green trims but it had great bones and also a big courtyard which we are able to utilise and have landscaped.
It was a bit of an ugly duckling, the previous restaurant was tired but it had amazing bones and as soon as I saw it I knew it could be really special. It’s also located a minute’s walk from our other venue Wolfe & Co. which is fantastic.
It is surrounded by large windows, had a great sized kitchen and a strange balcony which was previously a dead space has ended up being one of the focal points of the venue and has become a really nice sun room.
Commercial sites, especially sites for restaurants are very rare in Dural so it is unique in the sense that it became available and we were able to occupy it.
I wanted to create a space where people feel special, so they know we really appreciate them choosing to dine with us, that they are going to get great service, food, drinks and get a great experience in a beautiful setting.
I focused on jewel tones to loosely tie in with the seafood concept and give the feeling of being underwater but am also very conscious that we aren’t in a coastal location so anything too maritime would look out of place and too themed.
I wanted it to be quite sleek, elegant and luxurious but also comfortable and welcoming. I used lots of velvet, brass, concrete and the colour palette is navy, grey, black and grey/emerald.
The use of velvets and brass gave that lux, elegant feel while the custom concrete table tops gave a little rawness as did the exposed ceiling and aircon. The colour palette of jewel blues and greens tied in with the seafood focused offering and the custom artworks were done by one of our staff at Wolfe & Co. Tim Johnston which brought it all together.
The custom furniture and colour palette of furniture, tie in with the artworks. The black metal light feature and matching wall sconces tie in with the black metal dining chairs and bar stools. I think the navy walls then finish the space and the penny round tiles which we used on the floor and then carried through to the bar surfaces of the sun room.
Little details like the brass edging on the concrete tables tie the brass feature armchairs bar foot rails, table bases. The porthole windows in the kitchen doors loosely tie in the seafood/sea theme.
I’m obsessed with moody lighting so have made sure there are some interesting light features, back-lit marble walls and backlit plantation shutters in our sun room.
Wood paneling covered the blonde brick façade and really transformed the outside into a beautiful and quite European space. Using an existing doorway and making it our takeaway section with cute swing windows has become a great focal point.
Big artworks and mirrors are a big favourite of mine they can make spaces feel bigger, ceilings higher.
The plantation shutters totally changed the space of the whole venue- it was the best screen to hide an ugly laneway and backlighting makes them look amazing at night. I got all the plantation shutters for $600 from a house that was getting renovated, I bought a huge amount of mature apple trees in wine barrels and topiary planters from a lady who had sold her house in the Blue Mountains.