However, now that it seems that my cafe is going to come to fruition (hoping & praying-but it looks like if the seller takes the offer my dad and I talked about, we might have a cafe by next week!) ((It's not the one with the overbearing owners, either)) Oh-sorry, I got carried away with the asides there...so anyway, all of this time I've focused on what I'd serve, my concept and how much I'd charge. I hadn't really thought much about colors or dishes and so tonight I decided to take a break from all of the "serious" stuff and go search out paint samples and plates. (The place we're looking to buy only used paper plates...weird, I know.)
The whole point of this introduction is so that you won't think I'm sooo crazy when I say this:
I am in love with this cup & saucer pair.
I love its simple almost classic, almost trendy shape, it's size (not enormous but a little bigger than normal) and the way the saucer comes up higher than most. I even love that it's white. If I can afford to get them once a deal is struck, I am going to. There are, after all, only 15 seats max in the joint.
I found a few sets of dishes that I also liked-but I think that for these I might try to find used ones from a restaurant that went out of business. There are tons of listings on CL for used restaurant equipment, some of which is really a great steal. We'll see though-like I said, there aren't that many seats in this place, and from what I gather, most of the initial business will be take out to local businesses.
I also checked out their counters. The seller built a nice long counter that is in really great shape but it is God awful ugly and waaaaay too big. In fact, I'd love to get rid of it all together, cut it down to make a short counter for orders and stuff and put a few more tables in. I'd also put a long slender counter along the far wall so that people can sit and have a quick bite there, while still allowing a wheelchair to get by. I saw this and loved it:
It's dark brown and looks like marble, but it's not. I think to do this it would only cost a few hundred dollars. We'll see how much I have to play with after a deal is struck and that'll determine what I can and can't do. Obviously. There were matching tables too-all of this would be custom though, and that'll add up. I might find simple tables to add and do the counter in this only.
These are the glasses I saw:
The set above is cheaper and I don't like it as much. The one below is a tiny bit more, but it's more like what I'd want. Simple. Plain. Holds liquid. I've always liked taller thinner glasses.
And then there are the colors. As Lois would say, Oy vey! I'm a color freak and love almost all colors. My favorite color is a bold green and I would love to have one wall colored green. I'm not sure if it's too...outrageous. I have to go back to the store to use their virtual computer thingy. The one online does not have their newest collection, which is where most of the colors I like are from.
This is what I started out with (there were actually more...but I put those aside.).
The green on the left (below) is my first choice green for the accent wall. I've since eliminated the yellow from this batch. The other walls would probably end up being that darker brown.
Then there was this green. It's not quite as "me" and in photos it looks too minty. I hate mint green. But in person it looks OK...
I actually really love this combo-it doesn't look like it here but it's a dark green, a light green and a red. I love it b/c I've also always wanted a red accent wall. But when I did a mock up (these are "normal" paint colors) it ended up looking like an apple. But I'm going to revisit this one I think.
Then there's a more classic batch. Red accent, brown walls, lighter accents. I don't love it. It's too vanilla-even though it's red. I feel like I could walk into any cafe and see this.
I had a few other combinations but after looking at them after I categorized them I realized that I loved the colors together, but not necessarily on the walls of my cafe. I will, after all, be the only full time employee and will likely spend 12-14 hours there a day.
By the way...this is the original cafe I talked about this winter. It's near a town hall, churches and very close to a fire station. (I can watch the guys hosing off their trucks!) :)