Nourishing space is about as comforting as food that nourishes.
I had the pleasure of helping hone the space of Nourish Kitchen and Cafe's new home in James Bay, Victoria, BC.
After spending a lot of time at Nourish's first location in Saanich (Also, well worth visiting) nestled into the Gardens of the Horticultural Center of The Pacific, I was very excited at the opportunity to help them shape their new space a little closer to home.
With bone broth, benny's, endless ferments, elixirs, local meat and produce, and now dinners, there was a lot to inspire creativity, and motivate me in all that I made, and helped make there.
The top of the list for me was crafting a table, that sits in the center of the dining room in front of a beautiful fireplace.
I had come upon some beautiful cottonwood slabs shortly before I ended up at Nourish, and it seemed they were meant to belong there.
The light colour of the wood, and the soft greys and reds fit right in.
I kept the live edge, and the thickness of the slabs, so as not to lose any of the innate beauty of the wood.
From that same tree came a few other slabs that then became a mantel, and light feature for the parlour/ private dining room on the upper floor to help tie the separate spaces together.
Kelly and her friend, Marla, also had a hand in adding beauty to the space with pressed botanicals.
Cafe area bar, shelves, and many other fine touches by Green Island Builders
Everyone involved with Nourish can't help but seem to be affected by being just that. Nourished. The space transformed, became something really beautiful. I built high bar tables for couples, trimmed the fireplace with rustic steel (bathed in the ocean tide to help the patina along), and the comfort seeped in.