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SPACES | Our Pied à Terre in Brooklyn

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Image Source: Abkasha.com

Image Source: Abkasha.com

Last week we finally made the big 'move'  by packing up and moving 75% of our furniture and accessories into a POD, which is currently on it's way to Seattle and fingers crossed, everything arrives safe and secured. I have so much anxiety that we're going to open the POD and it'll be a mess of crumbled furniture, glass and boxes or that the door will have been opened and stuff will have been stolen. There's really nothing too valuable, we just have a lot of antiques that we really care about, and basically everything is fragile.

What's left in New York is for my pied à terre (or the apartment). I like thinking we are fancy now and have a second home in the city. We technically do, but realistically I'm going to be using it as a home base for my NY projects, and we're splitting it with my parents. We are going to wait until next year to decide if the current situation is working for us financially, or if we should rent it. 

Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

For the time being, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to redesign the space into a relaxing, yet productive space. I'm greatly inspired by real Parisian Haussmann pied à terres, where the decor is about less furniture, more wall space, no strict direction.  It seems to be very...  je ne sais quoi, let's call it laissez faire in style. You know, very French.  Removing the giant desk Jack built from the living room created a major domino effect, allowing me to test out different layouts and furniture placements (which I don't think is very French - except that I did it IRL not on a computer within CAD). It's so interesting how different you can make one space look by just moving around furniture. I'm breaking my own rules and doing things that I said I would never do. It's fun and it reminds me that you really can't take design too seriously. If you're intrigued to see more of my inspirations, you can find them [here]. So here are the planned ch-ch-ch-changes along with a few images of those that I've already accomplished.....

DINING TABLE

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

First up, we brought in an official dining table. It's for 4 people, I would love to find an extension table or one with a leaf that isn't expensive. For now though, this little french country style table is kind of perfect. We also had these neoclassical empire dining chairs that my mom has had for years, recently reupholstered in a Schumacher leopard print. I'm completely swooning over how they turned out. The table is set where the desk was and fills that space nicely. Also, when I'm not feeling the desk, I can sit here and work, it gives me a change of scenery - even if it's only a few feet away.

FURNITURE PLACEMENT

Next big change, is where the sofa is placed. The room is basically a box shape and is almost as wide as it is long, it's also the space that you pass through to get to the bedroom, so it can present some layout challenges. I always had the sofa set on the back wall opposite the built-ins and placed a coffee table in front with the two accent chairs near the bookcases. This made the seating area wider than the usual, but left room for a walk way. Now I'm trying to break the rules I set, and have moved the sofa several feet closer to the bookshelves. The seating area becomes more intimate. The walk way is yes, a little tighter but when it's just me who will be there most of the time, I don't really care. Behind the sofa I've moved the entry cabinet - which doubles as a desk to the back wall. For nights that I have guests, I can set it up as a dry bar and hide all of the desky things within. I don't have a great photo of the sofa yet, but I will share soon when I have all the elements well set and styled. 

ARTWORK

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

I love my artwork and gallery walls, but for this new design, I want to keep the artwork to a minimum. I think having the walls a little more clear and open feeling will add to the relaxing mood. With that said, my mom is lending a few beautiful pieces for the apartment. We set this gorgeous Chinese silk tapestry on the back wall above the bar to be the major statement piece. It is the perfect place for this piece too, since it can't be in direct sunlight and that wall, never gets the sun. Other artwork we brought in are some lithographs of Roman ruins for the dining area and two mirrors. We may bring a few other small pieces, but that's about it. 

PAINT

Image: Lauren L Caron

Image: Lauren L Caron

I'm slightly adjusting the paint in one place to tie together the colors. We've decided to draw a color from the silk tapestry to paint within the book shelves. I love the dark interior shelves but I'm now thinking since we have 4 black dining chairs, and a rug with black in it, there's too much black for the space. So a muted yet airy gray green will look really nice as a backdrop, the color I chose is by Ben Moore it's called Paris Rain (how appropriate). 

BEDROOM

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image Source: Paris Perfect

Image Source: Paris Perfect

For the bedroom I was greatly inspired by the image above and wanted to evoke the same mood as closely as I could. The window and room layout are similar, although slightly smaller. Originally I moved my dresser to the wall opposite the bed, but it felt too tight so I ended up moving it back to the wall it was on for the past 5 years. I plan to have a table cloth made to cover the Saarinen table, I haven't figured out what textile yet, something with a pattern would be nice. 

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

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We purchased a new bed frame (a very inexpensive one for $59 from Amazon, I'll link it at the bottom) and this gorgeous headboard that I've had my eyes on for quite some time from Urban Outfitters. We brought in a few French-y accents like the sunburst for over the headboard and this gorgeous gilt frame mirror. Last but not least, I plan to add some decorative pillows to make the bed feel more finished. 

Image Source: Rue Mag

Image Source: Rue Mag

Margaux Headboard - Urban Outfitters

Sunburst Mirror (similar) - Wisteria

 

Bedframe - Amazon

Bedroom Wall Sconces (similar) - Lamps Plus

 

Thank you to those of you who have been sending us well wishes about our move. It's been long winded to say the least, and I'm sure some of you are sick of hearing about this 'move' which doesn't seem like it will ever end. Believe me, I feel you! Check in soon for more updates because things are actually moving forward.  I plan to photograph the living room soon of the apartment updates, and in the next few weeks I'll be in Seattle, where I plan to accomplish a lot of decorating in that home. I'm excited to see how all of our stuff will look in the new place!

SPACES | Homepolish Featured Our Apartment!

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The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

Back in October I had my apartment photographed by Homepolish's talented photographer Claire Esparros. She spent several hours in my home capturing every nook and cranny, because there are quite a few! We munched on donuts and bonded over being vegetarians. I was excited because this is something I've been working towards for such a long time. I've taken pictures of our home but never had it professionally photographed until now. 

After 4 years of working on the apartment and documenting it here along the way, I can finally say, it feels 'done'. Which is great because we're now in the midst of moving to Seattle. In less than 3 months the entire home will be packed up a shipped and across the country. It's bittersweet, but I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to properly document it. 

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

Old New York. It's a style just as much as it is a feeling. Every once in a while, when walking into a Manhattan space, one is overwhelmed with the sense of history. Dark oak-paneled walls, cheetah-print plush carpets, saturated drapery, and antiqued mirrors. All things bright and beautiful from brass to gold are the accents. It's a sense best captured by those ladies who lived through the 60s and 70s, Upper East Side Mad Women. But half a century later and a borough away in Brooklyn, Homepolish designer Lauren Caron has brought that eclectic mix to her 1-bedroom apartment. 

Reading the that intro written by Homepolish's senior editor Matt Powell, gives me chills. It's funny that I didn't intend to have my apartment feel like Old New York, yet it's definitely a compliment considering I'm in love with all the above mentioned.... My goals for the space were for it to be the perfect mix of old and new, collected and curated, and of course to be a reflection of us. 

I think back to my interviews with Bergdorf's when who was soon to be my VP asked, "If you could have your dream home in New York, where would it be and what would it look like?" My answer: An apartment that you might find on Park Avenue, filled with treasures, collections and glamour but set in Brooklyn, so it's not too serious. For this home, I think I've accomplished a hint of that, I'd definitely take one or two more bedrooms and perhaps a dining room, though for the most part it's the perfect mix of what I was dreaming of and what was possible. 

These sorts of projects don't have a start and an end date. Lauren and her husband Jack have lived in the space for four years. Over time, they have amassed a collection of heirlooms and vintage items to fill what was once an empty, blank room. The step back in time begins right upon entry with a wall covered in prancing gilded zebras and arrows. An Indian heritage rug leads you inside to the living room with brass-framed mirrors and a cheetah-upholstered chair. In the kitchen, copper cookware glints a la Julia Child, and farther in the bedroom, a Chinese screen evokes Coco Chanel. It is a perfect reflection of Lauren and Jack, and perhaps of New York life in general. 
The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

It'll be a year in March that I've joined the Homepolish team as a contract designer. It's been a fun ride, taking on a couple dozen clients, remote and local, and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful people! If you have any questions about Homepolish please feel free to ask! If you'd like to read the whole Homepolish feature about our apartment you can [here].

All photographs were taken by Claire Esparros of Homepolish | Interior design by: Lauren L Caron

SPACES | "New" Kitchen Sideboard + Bar for the Apartment

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Our kitchen has been a slow going process. Taking months at a time for little tasks to be accomplished. Take our backsplash that I created a whole bunch of hubbub over when I finally had it tiled a few months ago. One of the last projects for this room is the hallway/niche that leads into the kitchen. It's the next space you see when you walk into the door of our apartment if you continue straight rather than turning right to go into the living room. 

Dahlia's from the Farmer's Market | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Dahlia's from the Farmer's Market | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Last winter, Jack and I replaced the glass panels in the cabinets of this niche, to mirrors to bring in more light and to also bring it up a notch in style. We can't afford to replace the cabinets nor do we want to remove them, they're so useful for a small kitchen like the one that we have. We did want to add a little extra storage and to define this space as a place for a sexy bar and perhaps a better showcase surface, so up until recently there was a butcher block bar mounted to the wall below the cabinets. Last weekend, we replaced it with a very exciting "new" piece of furniture!

The new Sideboard installed |  Photograph by Lauren L Caron

The new Sideboard installed | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

For months I wanted a credenza or sideboard for this space, but the depth that could fit was less than 21" and it had to have tall enough legs for our dogs to fit underneath. With the bar, we placed their beds underneath when we left them at home. This has become their safe space that acts as a crate. We also replaced the kitchen door with a screen door that we close, so that they have visibility of the entry, living room and front door. This makes them especially happy when they hear a noise at the front door. Which means it's very important to maintain that space as a place for the pups. 

My options were limited but I know that federal style sideboards often have tall legs and are typically narrow in depth. Their original purpose was for formal dining rooms to be used a server, they have drawers to store silverware, serving items and linens. Which is exactly the sort of items I would like for my bar. I also have noticed that there are sometimes really great deals on these pieces since not that many people have formal dining rooms these days. 

Max napping under the new sideboard. A success!  | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Max napping under the new sideboard. A success! | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

One day I happened upon just the right server, just out of my price point at a consignment shop in Massachusetts. I decided, what the heck, I'll put it on watch and if the price comes down to an amount I'd like to spend, I'll figure out how to buy it myself. Two months later I received an email at midnight on the dot, that this server's price had dropped down to $350! Immediately I emailed Momma Judes (my mother) to ask her if she would please, please, please pick up this item if I were to purchase it. We called in the morning and they put the item on hold and my parents drove to outside of Boston to pick it up - I know, they're so nice!

One month later, they finally were able to bring it down to the city on a visit. The three of us, my father, mother and I, with a broken arm spent most of Saturday afternoon drinking rosé and pulling out the bar. It was a little stressful as it always is doing anything in the city. But in the end, it turned out beautifully. Now my mother has #FOMO and is on the hunt for her very own sideboard for her home.

One last improvement I made was to purchase a mildly attractive radio for the dogs. I wanted something that was unapologetically a radio, but also looked pretty good on the counter. This one by Crosley had great ratings on Amazon and fit the bill for size and look.  

Crosley Radio  | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Crosley Radio | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Ultimately, I want to wallpaper the back wall with a fun pattern which will really set it apart from the rest of the kitchen. In a previous kitchen post [here] I created this rendering to show what I was planning do at the time. I'm still thinking along the lines of a fun classic paper, but now I'm narrowing in on the Queen of Spain pattern by Schumacher in silver and white. This paper is so chic and I just love the scale in both large and small spaces, designed by Michael Taylor in 1963 it still feels very modern today.  

Kitchen Rendering  | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Kitchen Rendering | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Another thought is to paper this space with the removable paper from Hygge & West. I'm really loving the Diamante patten since I used it in a project at Bergdorf's. They have just the right color way also. It would make so much more sense if I put this in because it would be so much less work, but we'll see if I can come to a decision.

Diamante Pattern in Grey and White | By Hygge & West

Diamante Pattern in Grey and White | By Hygge & West

Thanks for reading!

CREATE | UNION ADORN - Big News!

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For those who don't know, I somewhat recently moved on from my visual manager position at Bergdorf Goodman. I have dropped hints over the last few months and my close friends and family have known my plans, but it wasn't right until now that it truly seemed the right time to formally announce my next endeavor. This spring, I launched a design company called Union Adorn. We specialize in interior design, retail design for visual merchandising and creative services, event design, and styling. 

Using the skills I've gained over the years at Bergdorfs, Tiffany's, and my earlier years freelancing at Ralph Lauren, Macy's, Brooks Brothers. I wanted to build a boutique design company that is strongly focused on representing exceptional taste while remaining grounded in the fundamentals of refined design, particularly catered to each client. While our main clientele is smaller independent brands and personal clients, we have also been collaborating with larger brands on special projects. 

There are plans to grow the business into a design collective, with hopes to bring on at least two more lead designers in addition to my silent partner. We will be working towards building a brand that will capitalize on each other's taste, diverse skills sets and styles. I've always had a strong affinity to beauty and anything that I create has to maintain a sense of elegance, so it was only natural that the company's mission is to respect beauty and everything it envelops. Together we are united in beauty. 

Please feel free to introduce yourself to the brand via our website [www.unionadorn.com] and social media platforms [Twitter, Instagram + Pinterest - @unionadorn] where we plan to document current and upcoming projects. 

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I'm truly excited about the work that I've been doing under this brand, and am so excited to be able to eventually share these projects in depth A few projects that I can only hint to have dealings with hotel design, residential design, major renovation of an incredible store, presentation upgrades for a boutique jewelry company, and an opening of a sought-after tattoo artist's shop. So please stay tuned for more eye candy. I hope you can follow along on this endeavor and be there as we grow, through the gains and pains of small business!

Any questions or further interest please feel free to contact us at hello@unionadorn.com


SPACES| Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. Tour

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Chances are, if you've been married in Brooklyn or NYC within the last few years, you've either heard about Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. or you've used them for your wedding. Betty Kalin opened her business in 2009, a year after she wed her husband, Josh. She catered her own wedding (I can't imagine!) and through that experience realized she could handle planning larger scale events and weddings. At the time she was already well versed in the industry having years of experience and two degrees, one in hospitality from Cornell University and the other in culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center). Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. first started in two locations, an office in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn and a food prep location in a shared commercial kitchen space, in Long Island City, Queens. The business quickly grew large enough that Kalin would need to relocate. In September of 2014, the doors of her Crown Heights, 1900 sq. ft. office and kitchen opened it's doors. 

This is the view clients see as they immediately enter to the left - it is Betty's office. The Betty Brooklyn Catering logo and sign is the focal point of that wall    | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.  

This is the view clients see as they immediately enter to the left - it is Betty's office. The Betty Brooklyn Catering logo and sign is the focal point of that wall | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015. 

I first met Betty at her opening celebration in October and although the office was cleared to host a large crowd and even more food set out to distract me, I could see that the design of the space was impressive and well planned out. Good design always excites me, so I really wanted to have a closer look and ask Betty more questions. 

I was intrigued because honestly, I've never thought about what it would be like to design a space for catering. Restaurants and offices yes, but nothing exactly along these lines. The challenge is, that in order for the design to be successful, it must cater (pun intended) to both; the very functional aspects of the business that are not necessarily pretty, as well as create a welcoming, memorable environment for first impressions of new or hopeful clients.

I want to preface this with the theory that good taste and talent, run deep and can span across many aspects of peoples' lives. Betty is a great example of such an individual, she is an amazingly talented chef with a great set of tastebuds, but she also has really great ideas and knows what's good and what's not, when it comes to interiors. I also really appreciate her understanding of restraint and editing. She knows when it's appropriate to appeal to market trend or when it's smart to keep some design aspects more refined and classic. Continue reading to see the entire tour of the office and kitchen, as well as a complete series of questions I asked Betty about her business and the process of designing and building the new location to suit the needs of the business. 

The Farm style table functions as a place to host client meetings and tastings, as well a working surface for office project or company gatherings. | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

The Farm style table functions as a place to host client meetings and tastings, as well a working surface for office project or company gatherings. | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

My vision for the places I work and the places I live are quite different. To me, work should be clarifying, bright and invigorating; home should be comforting, warm and restful.
— Betty Kalin

Betty wanted an open working environment with semi personalized spaces for her office employees. Each desk has all the necessary office supplies attached to the wall, in order to keep clutter off of the surfaces. Her favorite features are the movable sconces from One Forty Three.  The bright lanterns and glittered concrete floors add a little party spirit to the working environment. 

Kalin sourced this pitchfork style hanger to hold her keys and accessories in the office. It's functional, slightly humorous and works with the overall design of the space  | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

Kalin sourced this pitchfork style hanger to hold her keys and accessories in the office. It's functional, slightly humorous and works with the overall design of the space | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

Kalin at her desk. She chose to make her office semi private with a glass enclosure; the opaque film is set to the height of 5 ft, which is a consistent design detail throughout the entire space. Along all of the office walls, there is dividing line at 5 ft high. Above is white and below is a cream color.   | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

Kalin at her desk. She chose to make her office semi private with a glass enclosure; the opaque film is set to the height of 5 ft, which is a consistent design detail throughout the entire space. Along all of the office walls, there is dividing line at 5 ft high. Above is white and below is a cream color. | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

Kalin stores all of her favorite books at arms reach in her office. Her desk lamp is another fixture from One Forty Three, also another favorite | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

 

BETTY BROOKLYN CATERING CO.

BETTY KALIN - Chef & Owner

1,900 SQ FT | SINGLE LEVEL, CATERING BUSINESS WITH OFFICES IN FRONT + KITCHEN IN BACK | CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN

Years in Business - Since 2009

How did you get into this business? I've been in hospitality & restaurant business for 14 years. I started when I was in high school, working in a local pizzeria. From there, I went to The Hotel School at Cornell University and after that, I went to culinary school at The French Culinary Institute (now The International Culinary Center.)

Where are you originally from? I grew up in Texas & North Caroline

What made you want to move here? I moved to New York to go to culinary school and I fell in love with the city (and my now husband, Josh.) We stayed. 

How long have you lived in New York? 10 years. 

When did you decide you wanted to do this? After graduation, I worked as a cook in fine dining New York restaurants and as a private chef. Over the years, I took on lots of side jobs and people started asking me to do small parties in their homes. The business grew organically as clients started requesting larger and more complex parties. 

How did this idea come about? My wedding in 2008 (which I catered) was a jumping off point where I realized that I could really handle planning large scale events and weddings.

When was the decision to move to a new space made, and why? Consolidating our office and kitchen spaces saves tons of time. It also allows me to manage both sides of the business from a single location. 

What were the deciding factors of this location? What do you like about the neighborhood? Being a bit off the beaten path, we get a lot more square footage for our rent, and that in turn gave me more of a budget for our renovation. Our business doesn't require walk-in traffic, so we don't need to be in a fancy area. Since being here, I've grown to love the feel of the neighbhorhood and i eat lot of Caribbean food!

Who led the project to renovate the space? I led the project with the help of my architect, Quincie Williams

Did you hire an interior designer as well? Working with an architect was very helpful in applying for work permits, managing my contractor, etc. I also worked with the graphic designer that I used to design my logo (Kathleen Scudder of Partner & Partners) to make recommendations for the interior design of the space. 

Where did you gather the design inspiration from? I wanted my space to reflect my brand as well as current trends in the wedding and event industry. 

What would you call your decorating style and how would you describe it? Clean, simple & fresh

Is the decor of this space different from the style of your home? If so, how? Yes! Betty Brooklyn is designed to be appealing to my clients. My home is design just for my family and me. Home is a much more cozy and private space with a lot of colorful, personal touches reflecting both my husband and I. My vision for the places and the places I live are quite different. To me, work should be clarifying, bright and invigorating; home should be comforting, warm and restful.

What is the permit process like? Were there any specific challenges in the paperwork end of the project? The space had actually been renovated a year before by the previous tenant, so re-opening those work permits were pretty straightforward. Also, working with an architect was incredibly helpful in this regard. 

What was the construction company that you worked with, what made you decide to use them? Would you recommend them? I chose my contractor based on price alone. I wouldn't recommend them. 

How long did it take to renovate, from start to finish? 4 months

What were specific construction challenges that you faced during this process? We had a last minute compliance issue with the DEP that forced us to add yet another sink int he last stages of construction. 

What were some specific design challenges that you faced? Food service establishments have additional compliances that they need to conform to. So, we were limited with our choice of materials in the kitchen area. Sourcing the smooth coating for the walls the back area was a bit difficult for the contractor, for example. 

Anything that you'd never do again? Working with a cheap contractor! I found myself having to manage the project a lot more than I wanted to and I had to explain my vision several times over. 

What was your favorite part of the process? I love working in the space and having the things I designed really work!

What is your favorite element of the design? I love the cool light fixtures that we have in the office area (purchased from onefortythree.com). I also love the glitter in the polished concrete. 

Where are some resources you used to decorate that you would like to share? I found a surprising number of good things at Urban Outfitters. During the design process, I spent lots of time online research on blogs and Pinterest. I also paid lots of attention to local restaurant and cafes that I liked, trying to dissect exactly what stood out to me about their design. 

Any specific words of advice to others who would like to start a business or company in New York City? New York is one of the few places where you can really let your personality shine in your business. Find something that you do that is unique and different. 

Do you see yourself expanding the business? Right now, I'm happy just growing into our new space and filling out our bookings. There are lots of opportunities on the horizon, though and I'm open to what comes my way. 

Any future goals or expectations of the business? I want to be the best and most sought after caterer in Brooklyn!

The kitchen is designed to be functional. It is extremely organized with labels on everything  | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

The kitchen is designed to be functional. It is extremely organized with labels on everything | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

I visited the offices when Holiday party treats were being prepped!    | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

I visited the offices when Holiday party treats were being prepped! | Betty Brooklyn Catering Co. | Photography by: Lauren L Caron © 2015.

The same company that designed the logo, also designed the awning. Kalin went through several iterations before finalizing on this version. She wanted the front to be attractive and welcoming but not look like a restaurant or cafe that would encourage passersby to enter. The 5 ft line design detail is carried through the glass on the front windows as well.


SOURCES

Betty Brooklyn Catering Co.

CALL | 718-832-3889

EMAIL | betty@bettybrooklyn.com

VISIT BY APPOINTMENT | 455 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203

Architect - Quincie Williams

Interior Design & Graphic Design - Kathleen Scudder of Partner & Partners

Hand Painted Signs & Illustrated 'Choking' Sign - Anne Marie O'Niel of Annie O's Sharp Shooter Signs (Megan & Leah of the Green Building are featured)

Photography - Lauren L Caron © 2015