As it becomes more and more clear that interior design plays a large role in the customer experience, retail shops and restaurants are paying more attention to their decor. And there are lots of things we can learn from them and adapt for our own homes. So today we're looking to some retail establishments and local eateries in the Northeast for inspiration.
1. Mad River Distillers - This space in Burlington, Vermont is part bar, part retail shop... and completely gorgeous. Take a cue from them by keeping things darker towards the floor and lighter as you move toward the ceiling to achieve a grounded feel.
2. Niche Boston - This unique little shop is perfect for all those urban gardeners out there. You might follow their lead by using a bold wallpaper only on a small accent well, and adding shelving for storage.
3. Beauty Counter Pop-Up Shop - This beautiful pop-up shop in Nantucket feels clean and light, just like its products. You might try their lighting idea in your own home by hanging a handful of smaller, matching pendants instead of one larger one.
4. Waterworks - This restaurant in Winooski, Vermont is in an old mill building on the river, so the ceilings are high and there's lots of brick. So they paid attention to scale and installed a gigantic light fixture from their high ceiling. If you have high ceilings and large spaces in your house, you might consider doing the same.
5. Ceremony Boston - This bridal shop also has high ceilings, but a completely different feel. For a light and airy look, follow their lead by painting brick and walls white and choosing lighter accents and furniture.
6. CK Pearl - A seafood restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts, this gem has bold yellow chairs that brighten up the reclaimed wood walls. This is a good rule of thumb for any space... if you're not going for all-out woodsy rustic, pair those rustic elements with bright pops of color.
7. Caffè Nero - This coffee shop in Andover, Massachusetts has a unique pairing of styles, tying it all together with wooden elements throughout. And those lights! Try this look in your own home by checking Craiglist for unique sofas and chairs with wooden elements.
8. Deuxave - This restaurant in downtown Boston has an open kitchen, allowing guests to get a sense of the cooking process. Get the look in your own kitchen by hanging up your pots and pans as décor and displaying some fresh herbs.
9. Sault New England - Sault is a trendy men's shop in Boston's South End neighborhood. They do a great job displaying lots of items in a small space. Follow their lead by using every inch of vertical space from floor to ceiling.
10. Met on Main - This restaurant in Nantucket has lots to love, design-wise... from its reclaimed wood walls to its living plant wall on the patio. But indoors, this is a great example of mixing wood tones and using scale to your advantage. Be sure to go big with your artwork if you have a wide open wall in your own home.