Well, we've been doing a lot of thinking about how to get the atmosphere of the pub right. Terry spent a fair bit of time in the Mt.A sculpture studio last year trying out designs, crafting settles and benches (a lovely deep green one sits in our mud room now), small tables, and wall paneling samples. Obviously much will depend on the character of the space we end up with, but the we're leaning toward an interior dominated by dark wood, cozy benches, odd nooks and crannies and maybe a dart-board or two all constructed with our very own hands to give it that real home made feel.
For the past year or two we've been collecting images of interesting Irish and English pubs. Mostly we've been gleaning them from the net, trying to find some of the places we've visited in Dublin, Cork, Edinburgh, Oxford, and London, and the incredible rural pubs that serve the tiny villages across the UK and Ireland. Susie and Will also brought us a great book of pub photos, it's called The Parting Glass, A Toast to the Traditional Pubs of Ireland, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Inspired by such examples–each worn by many years and boasting the unique character of the people who frequent them–we'll adorn our walls with old photographs, odd artifacts, cruddy paintings, maybe even some taxidermied creatures, creating what we hope will be an inviting and entertaining atmosphere. The examples below will give you an idea of what we'll be shooting for (some of you may recognize some rather famous watering holes).