I’m TOO stoked to be posting about one of my favorite restaurants.
The lovely people at Founding Farmers were kind enough to let me spend a morning in the restaurant to chat about their brand and to take a few pictures of the inspiring space (and to enjoy a delicious egg scramble breakfast). Founding Farmers provides an awesome Farm-to-Table American dining experience that’s unlike anything else I’ve seen in the DC area. The restaurant is owned and represented by the North Dakota Farmers Union, which is reflected in the heartland-inspired menu. On top of that, Founding Farmers is the Greenest restaurant in DC, boasting a LEED Gold Certification.
The space itself is also reflective of the environmentally focused brand, with somewhat of a playfully casual spin, which can be seen in the puffy cloud-like light fixtures in the photo above. The walls are lined with steel shelving and pickling jars, further tying into the earthiness of the overall design, but contrasted against more modern fixtures in the form of lighting and typography. I like how the shelving throughout the restaurant showcases Founding Farmers cookbooks (which I might just have to cop), but they also kind of holistically serve as a complimentary design element on their own.
And now I will go dream of their cornbread skillet.
Ever since I installed my floating shelf nightstand, the other side of the bed has been pretty empty. Some vintage wooden crates were stacked there for a little while, but they have since found new homes elsewhere in the apartment. After stumbling across this awesome Ikea laundry hamper turned side table over on The Clever Bunny, and remembering that I had that hamper stored away, I figured that I’d take a stab at the same project.
I pretty much followed her tutorial to the tee, so I won’t go into too much detail about the process here. I decided to keep the pine wood in it’s natural state without staining it, but I did apply a few coats of polyurethane.
A few months ago, I talked a little bit about the collections that I’ve accumulated over the years. When I was little, I’d collect these little animal figurines made out of wood, clay, marble, and other materials, usually from overseas flea markets.
This store is pretty much everything.
Federal showcases quality clothes, masculine accessories and housewares, and a vibrant americana-inspired space to house it all. I’m always a fan of this style when it’s executed well. There’s just something so inspiring about the vintage framed illustrations and signage covering the walls, the lived-in textures used throughout the space, and the utilitarian furniture used to display the products. This store is another great example, in my humble opinion, of a brand reflecting seamlessly in the design of a commercial space.
Now excuse me while I drop some cash.
Earlier this week, I decided to take a break from some freelance work and head into Georgetown for a bite to eat. I must’ve still had design on the brain, because I couldn’t help but be inspired by a bunch of typography around the city.
I happened to stumble across the Warby Parker Class Trip bus parked in a back alley off of M street. It wasn’t open, but I sketchily snapped a few pictures because I loved the letters on the windows. I’ll have to go back when it’s actually open!
With typography already on my mind, I couldn’t help but be pulled into Good Stuff Eatery by this beautiful installation. Also, my impromptu photo session distracted me from actually finding something to eat, which is the main reason I came to Georgetown, so I figured that I’d stop in to grab a burger.
The branding here is awesome. I’m a sucker for type-related installations as a reflection of a brand, so I was pretty much sold as soon as I walked through the door. Environmental graphic design for the win.
AND YOU GUYS. THE BURGER. Spectacular. I would’ve taken some pictures, but I’m afraid that my food photography skills are bad as Martha Stewart’s…
RedRocks in Arlington, VA has been one of my go-to local restaurants for great pizza, drinks, and atmosphere. I’ve also really admired the design and architecture of the space, which is super comfortable with touches of awesome rustic and industrial design elements.
If you know me at all, it should be no surprise that I’m a huge fan of these wooden-clad focal walls and white subway tiles used at the entrance to the kitchen.
Great industrial light fixture!
A combination of complimentary textures used throughout the space really brings it full circle.