Five years ago, Nicole and Tom, came up with an awesome concept – to prepare and serve healthy, affordable, delicious crepes. Their bistro, called The Naked Crepe, was such a success from the moment they opened their doors, they’ve barely had time to catch their breath.
With their start-up budget quickly eaten up by necessities like equipment and electrical wiring, most of the restaurant was built hands-on, by Nicole, Tom and friends and family. After five years of being filled to capacity most days, the restaurant was looking rather worn.
Since the day The Naked Crepe opened, I’ve been imagining how I would decorate the space if I were given the opportunity. Fortunately for me, the opportunity came! I learned about the bistro’s daily operations, the concerns and needs of staff, and the owner’s goals and vision. I then developed a design plan for Nicole and Tom’s approval. They approved and Phase One is now complete with Phase Two scheduled for next week!
Here’s an overview of how I proceed, once a client has hired me for a project, whether it’s residential or small commercial:
Before the actual physical work begins, I develop a Design Board, which shows the overall vision and mood for the space or spaces. Colours and key details are presented here for consideration and discussion with my clients.
Once the concept and details are agreed upon, we discuss the extent of the services and products that my client would like me to provide. Depending on the project, I may simply advise or I may be contracted to hire and oversee the trades people and shop for some or all of the items and finishes required to complete the project. Every client is different – some like to be very involved and some like to keep their lives as stress-free as possible. That’s the beauty of hiring a professional – a designer will save you time and money, will ease a lot of the worry and stress and will help you feel confident in your choices.
Now, here are some photos of the Naked Crepe – before, during and after Phase One:
Now, here is Phase One in progress with a few after photos. I’d like to offer a hugh THANK YOU! to the awesome team who worked many long hours to make this transformation in a very short time frame:
The painting crew from Women In Rollers,
The electricians from Cluff’s Electric Heating and Plumbing,
The carpenters, Steve Eaton and Joe, and
Shelley Marchbank for cleaning everything!
There will be a Phase Two and a Phase Three, so stay tuned for future posts!
Nicole, Tom, the Naked Crepe staff and guests seem to be pleased with the transformation so far. Stay tuned for Phase Two!