London’s Farm Girl Cafe

by Garrett Fleming

This past weekend, Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs hit the big screen. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but if it’s anything like his previous ventures, its look and style are bound to be inspirational. After all, he has quite the track record. From their set dressings to their ingenious use of color, the influence of his films consistently reaches far beyond the screen to inform trends in fashion, art and, of course, interior design.

In the age of millennial pink, one of his movies in particular seems to be finding its way onto more mood boards than ever before – The Grand Budapest Hotel. And we aren’t complaining. When in the hands of designers like , the film is a stunning jumping-off point.

Beata looked to Wes’ work when crafting the main dining room in Chelsea, London’s holistic , but it’s far from a photocopy. Her interpretation is one-of-a-kind thanks to a sprinkling of hand-painted details and an eclectic mix of textures. Overall, her choices help transport diners to a fantastical destination. Now if only I could transport myself there. Scroll down to check out Beata’s great work, and enjoy! —

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Image above: The team didn’t realize these arches at the back of Farm Girl Cafe even existed until demolition day. Their reveal inspired Beata to decorate the dining area in a style similar to “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” She says, “In the end, [they] kind of made the room!”

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

The project’s tight timeline really challenged the design team. They only had a few months to oversee a gut renovation and rehab.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

Throughout the fast-paced project, Beata continually pushed herself to make the space more colorful and exciting. She knew it was a must if Farm Girl Cafe was going to make a splash in posh Chelsea.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

The overall vibrancy makes the cafe feel like a far-off oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

The various textures Beata has mixed together are what give the cafe that “otherworldy” aura.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

Each decoration, color and pattern had to feel “fantastical,” but they couldn’t be too over-the-top. They had to make diners feel welcome and inspired, not anxious.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

Beata and her team weren’t tied down by too many strict rules. The lax approach allowed for some out-of-the-box thinking.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

Furnishings in restaurants are used much more often than those in homes. That being said, durability played a major role in which accessories were peppered here and there.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

Eagle-eyed guests are sure to notice charming details like these sleepy hand-painted lashes.

London's Farm Girl Cafe, Design*Droits-Humains

Even the bathroom got an overhaul.


White wall tiles – Reed Harris
Pendant lights, animal stools – Beata Heuman
Entrance curtain – Pierre Frey “Scenes Indiennes”
Bar stools – Drucker
Bistro tables – Ardamez
Banquette snake upholstery – Christopher Farr
Banquette striped upholstery – Donghia
Banquette green leather upholstery – Howe London
Banquette fringe – Samuel & Sons

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