Before + After: Cafe Hermosa Project

Today I am excited to share the before and after images of my Cafe Hermosa Project. Recently voted “SC’s Best New Restaurant.” This is a perfect little cafe with amazing food, and I was honored to be part of it. Cafe owners, Jamie and Joey Madison, have had a successful Italian restaurant named Fratello’s for years. Jamie had a wonderful idea to open another restaurant featuring a fresh, healthy menu, full of positive energy where friends could gather for lunch. I was so flattered when she came to me to execute her vision. Together, we created a crisp interior with a modern bohemian vibe that reflects Jamie’s individual style and the sunny Southern California beach town of San Clemente.

Photography: Autumn Ferguson






Jamie’s menu is full of healthy, organic, responsibly-sourced foods. We wanted to translate this passion for clean eating into a fresh bright space. We created an airy open feel by raising the ceiling, leaving the beams exposed, and creating a crisp foundation with white walls and light floors.

The wall paint is Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace in an eggshell finish for durability. This is one of my favorite paint colors to use when I really want the white to pop. The floors are a high-end faux wood porcelain tile, Tabula by Vallelunga. We wanted the warmth and beachy feel of light wood, but of course needed something easy to clean and maintain in the high traffic cafe. The wood grain on this tile is beautiful and realistic.

The blue and white cement tile framing the banquette seating is Cafe de Floor by Cle Tile in a perfect coastal blue. The banquette seating is custom and paired with Restoration Hardware’s Marcel Armchair painted white (similar here and here).

The modern brass and white globe sconces add warmth and shine to the white space. They are Cedar and Moss for Rejuvenation. We paired the sconces with three different overhead pendant lights that work to create a fun eclectic space. The beautiful geometric brass light is the Girard Tapered Hex Pendant by Visual Comfort, the coastal beaded-wood pendant is the Whisper 5-light Chandelier by Jamie Young, and in the back hallway you can just see the Decostar 4-Light Pendant in Brushed Brass.

At the bar, we used another beautiful blue cement tile by Mosaic House. The mix of patterns on the tiles help to create the relaxed boho vibe.

If you are visiting Southern California you must make a stop at Cafe Hermosa and experience the flavor of the food and space for yourself. To read more about Jamie Madison and her restaurant, read Business Beat: Cafe Hermosa and SC’s Best New Restaurant. Shop below to recreate a similar vibe in your own space.

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