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Warming up the industrial look at Arrows & Sparrows

Having been to Arrows and Sparrows before for a lovely breakfast to celebrate a dear friends birthday we decided to head back and try it out again.  The café is tucked away at Emaar Business Park down at the Greens with easy parking and both indoor and outdoor eating.

As soon as you walk in you get this feeling of how casual and comfortable the café is.  Very industrial with lots of greenery makes the air feel fresher straight away.

The space is anchored by concrete – blockwork on the walls, polished concrete floors and walls and a large slab bench for the coffee machine.  It sounds all a bit much but the way it has been fitted out softens and warms the space so it feels like a spot you wish was in your neighbourhood.

I am currently loving the use of black framed glazing to create room dividers and it is done really nicely here.  If you are keen to try this in your home I would suggest using smaller window panes as that will mean more framing, cheaper glazing and it looks a bit more residential.  The design has been kept largely to utilise accents of copper and teal (two of my favourite colours) which brighten up the space.  Combining that with the light timber tables and schoolhouse type chairs the concrete becomes a frame for everything else to sit within.

The banquette seating is a great way to introduce a bold bright colour and if you have a tight dining area in your home is a good way to get more seating into your space.  They don’t always have to be fitted like these ones, you can get free standing banquette seating made that you can take with you if you move and can actually provide a great solution for a room divider.

Last time I was here I had the Miss Benedict which was just yummy so this time I decided to take it up a notch and have the Mr Benedict – two very different takes on the traditional eggs benedict (which is my breakfast vice).  Loved it.  I will overlook that the striploin was Australian (being the proud kiwi that I am) and just say I will happily go back and have that again.  Great coffee rounded off our late breakfast along a steady stream of peoplewatching.

You can see the full menu and location details for Arrow & Sparrows by clicking here.
To take design-inspo into your own home click here to my where to buy for this look.


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