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Sweet Dreams: A Bakery Concept Heats Up in the West Village

Sweet Dreams: A Bakery Concept Heats Up in the West Village

Don’t you admire people who decide to take a big risk and chase their dreams?  I love stories of people who leave conventional, successful careers in order to pursue something totally different.

My friend Umber is one of those people.  Successful by any measure, Umber left behind the prestigious world of finance to pursue her dream … to open a world-class bakery in the West Village of Manhattan.

 { Via Haute Living }

Umber and I have had some fun discussions about the interior design of her bakery, which is slated to open in September 2012.

Her family is from Pakistan and she was raised in Michigan.  She grew up traveling the world and she now resides in New York City.  A true woman of the world!  It’s important to Umber that this place reflect who she is – both approachable and sophisticated, with an appreciation of the old and the new.

Imagine a jewel of a bakery, tucked into a cozy cobble stone street in the West Village…
… What design elements would you hope to see?








In order to have an approachable, artisanal feel, but to also maintain refinement and sophistication, the bakery will need a mix of media – reclaimed wood and exposed brick, warm lighting, copper accents.



{ Via Shop Keep }


The bar at ABC Kitchen would make a great counter:
{ Via Smith Ratliff }?


To ensure the space doesn’t become too rustic, Umber wants to incorporate urban elements as well – industrial filament lights could do the trick:




RH industrial


I like Restoration Hardware’s take on mixing industrial with classic:
RH classic industrial


White subway tile on some of the walls would lend a clean, streamlined look:
subway tile


To incorporate Umber’s heritage, I thought it would be great to hang framed black & white photos of Lahore, Pakistan on an exposed brick wall:


{ Via 3 bp }


Rustic, quaint and traditional…
{Via Brondmo }?

Meets savvy, urban and sleek…


What will the final result look like?  It’s fun to dream!



1 Comment
  • Lindsay

    May 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM Reply

    Hi Lorri!

    I’m so happy to have found your blog – I am a subscriber!!! It was wonderful talking with you last night and connecting over blogs and design. I loved sharing our ideas and learning from each other!!! I’m excited to keep in touch.

    I LOVE the ideas that you have for this bakery! The inspiration images are gorgeous and I can picture it! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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