First, allow me to welcome you to our inaugural post of our Lunch & Design series, which will feature our favorite lunch spots, their interior designs, designer flooring, and more. We look at this as our moment to share how our surroundings have and continue to inspire us.

Second, let’s talk about what sparked this series. In all honesty, it started with “the vibe.” Ya know, that vibe you get from a place you’re really into; you can’t always put your finger on it, but it’s there. It makes you happy and want to come back. There are several places we frequent that have this quality and we felt it necessary to dissect this because it’s important that even your own personal spaces have a “vibe” you just can’t get enough of.

Without further ado, we give you one of our favorite haunts: Ironside Fish & Oyster.

ironside fish and oyster

Obviously, the food is good. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t come here as often as we do. But what really sets this high on the list for us is its ability to take a large, open space and make it feel inviting.

We believe a lot of this has to do with the lighting. Ironside embraces the natural light that pours in through the sunroof, big glass doors, and windows. There’s also a vintage-nautical décor style we really like.

ironside fish and oyster

ironside fish and oyster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ironside also does a phenomenal job of embracing their seafood fare and carrying that through in the design. The best part, though, is that it’s not overdone to the point where you roll your eyes and think, Great. Now all I need is a sailor hat and I’m set. No. You can tell the interior design team here knows how to add just the right touches.

ironside fish and oyster

Take the bar lighting, for example, it’s somewhat reminiscent of octopus tentacles. Whether it was intended or not, we love that the design made us even think about it. The intricate wood octopus hanging above the bar helped spur on our thinking as well.

ironside fish and oyster

And, of course, since we’re wood lovers at heart, we have to give Ironside props for blending gorgeous golden brown wood tones with distressed wood, gray concrete, and tile flooring; a feat that can sometimes be intimidating for homeowners.

Bonus features that make this a great experience:

  • Great music sets the mood no matter where you are. Ironside was playing a solid mix of blues and jazz during our lunch.
  • Who wouldn’t want a wall of piranha skulls? Extremely unique feature.
  • The plant wall out front is pretty amazing, too.
  • You’ll notice something new in the design every time you come here. Trust us.

ironside fish and oyster

ironside fish and oyster

Here are some ways you can embrace this vintage-nautical vibe for yourself in, let’s say, your own kitchen or maybe a bathroom.

  1. Décor of this kind will go best with cool colors. There’s the obvious whites and creams, but you can’t forget about cool blues and greens. And, if you want a small pop of vibrant color, try touches of coral or yellow.
  2. The great thing about vintage-nautical is that it opens up opportunities for flooring options and colors. Distressed grays and browns will work; even golden brown floors will pair well with this décor style.
  3. These help bring the room together. Think antique brass light fixtures, octopus wall hangings, and anchors. A quick Google search for “vintage nautical décor” will give you even more ideas.

There you have it, our Lunch &Design inspiration of the week. Hope you enjoyed! Let us know if you have any other cool ideas on achieving a vintage-nautical look in your home. Just comment below!