Monday, January 31, 2011

Inspiring Interiors

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). 


Rose &Terry


  1. The Parting Glass, one of my favorite tunes, would actually be a great name for a pub as well. Those are great styles to aim for.
    -trev felix

  2. I really like the fourth to last (green walls) and the second to last. I go for the 'simple' style as opposed to the more cluttered evidenced by my choice of words to describe the two styles.

    Clean, but rough/rustic.

    Come to Toronto - I'll take you to a few interesting venues.


  3. Aaron - The second to last one is the Rabbit Room in the Eagle and Child (aka Bird and Baby), Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the Inklings held regular meetings. No wonder it appeals to you. How do you feel about taxidermied beavers?

  4. Cool. As for the beavers...also cool.

    Are you also going to hold pony auctions in the rear courtyard?

  5. I admire you both so much for making this huge initiative:) I really love reading your blog posts.

    xo Jan

  6. This kind of pub is one of the things I miss most about living in a bigger city so you'll definitely get my business. Keep up the good work!