Like a good cup of coffee, a fresh coat of white paint can be transformative. With the power to enliven and energize, it’s the perfect palette cleanser for a neglected or uninspired space. Exhibit A: Dom’s Coffee in Avon, Connecticut, designed by Diane Schmunk and Emily Barry, the mother-daughter team behind Rehabitat.
Faced with the task of transforming a regrettably drab-hued commercial space into an inviting European-style coffee shop—on a tight deadline, no less—the design duo certainly had their work cut out for them. Cabinetry needed to be built, walls needed to be painted, and boy, did the lighting need to be upgraded. “The lighting was good,” Emily jokes, “if you like a gas station bathroom vibe while sipping your macchiato.”
According to Rehabitat, the goal of Dom’s is to transform the way that people drink and interact with coffee. “Our goal was to create a fresh, modern space,” Emily says. “The minimalist, European feel for the shop grew from the owners’ Lithuanian background, while the existing interior architecture was left to respect the authentic colonial exterior.” After giving the space its prerequisite coat of white paint (what a difference!), timeless modern furniture was brought in, along with touches of brass and wood to add a sense of warmth and comfort. The end result is an effortlessly inviting interior, one in which, as the women behind Rehabitat had hoped, “coffee lovers could feel comfortable grabbing a book off the shelf for an afternoon, pulling out their laptops, or chatting with friends.”
The ladies of Rehabitat share a lot of things: a love of NYC, the ability to spend hours in a vintage store, an eye for design, a disdain of vertical blinds, and most notably, their DNA. It’s their shared love of all things home that bring Diane and Emily together in a mother-daughter team, and their different but complementary tastes that keep them on their toes. See more before and afters, and learn more about their services at rehabitat-interiors.com.