A stones throw away from Pigeon Park in Birmingham’s Business District you’ll find this quaint New York style Cafe Coffee House, opening in June of 2012 the pretty establishment serves simple deli style foods such as sandwiches, salads, pastries, cupcakes and pancakes. On first approach the coffee house stands out with a shabby chic look exterior including bleached wood signs, potted plants and flowers all wrapped up in a pastel grey frame. Quaint wooden plaques hang through the large glass windows displaying their menu choice.
On entering the cafe, you’re greeted with a large expansive space of warm wood flooring and soft muted greys, blues and cappuccino cream walls. An eclectic mix of second hand furniture makes up most of the front of the coffee house from perspex contemporary pieces to shabby distressed outdoor benches together with antique styled tables. Library style printed wallpaper wraps around pillars whilst an ornate full length mirror is propped up nearby. There is definitely an eclectic mix of styles here that oddly seem to come together perfectly, retro and vintage posters and prints line both walls in shabby bleached wood frames bringing different eras together.
The kitchen and till point area definitely conjures up a New York Greenwich Village style eatery with it’s subway style tiled walls. Jars of pickled veg and sauces line the back wall whilst dried garlic hangs amongst an array of utensils. The menu is displayed high above the till point and across the right hand wall on large blackboards. Discreet spotlights overhead keep the ceiling minimal and fresh, the main element of the décor is the use of mixed furniture so any over the top light fittings will distract from the quirkiness of the dining area.
There is a sense of country cottage here, traditional garden furniture is brought indoors and displayed with green foliage and dressed with trails of ivy.
To recreate this shabby chic look whether its indoors or outdoors choose worn and distressed looking wooden furniture and flooring together with more modern pieces. Mix styles such as industrial and country together for a more eclectic feel. Make sure to include lots of flowers and plants for an earthy, natural look.
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