St. Cecilia is a sprawling 10,700 square foot European-style bistro in Atlanta. The design inspiration for St. Cecilia was drawn from a classic, coastal Italian aesthetic. Meyer Davis infused an upscale European tone into the design, while outfitting the space with hints of antiquity and quirk. The result is a classic and modern restaurant with rustic twists that invites intimate moment within a grand collage of distinct and fresh design elements that lend themselves to the attitude of seaside comfort.
A color palette of creams, natural hues and soft light blues contrasted with deeper, marine blues also lends calm and comfort to the space and offers the setting a relaxed vibe. Splashes of character feature throughout and can be found in details like the domed pendant lighting, modern furniture, and decor; all inspired by coastal Italy. Thoughtful decorative pieces such as worn Mediterranean cookbooks, stuffed game birds, and various eclectic vintage items accent the space throughout.
The design process was very collaborative with both the client and the various consultants. Our client, Ford Fry, had a very clear vision of what he wanted to achieve, which was very helpful. We were in regular communication with both Ford and all of the consultants, touching base on finishes, materials, details, construction methods, artwork, lighting, everything. The biggest decisions down to the small details were thought through and considered, which we think helped bring out the best in the project.
Built without any straight walls, St. Cecilia features an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows paired with beautiful custom patchwork curtain panels. All seating on the ground level dining was custom designed to complement one another in a collage of color and texture, from an inviting couch and leather-strapped club chairs in the lounge area to the round, free-floating banquettes that break up the center of the room, to plush tufted banquettes that hug the perimeter. A central bar anchors St. Cecilia, the curved bar top complimented by an upholstered patchwork leather front.
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