Design Ideas Worth Stealing: Alma Restaurant

Design Ideas Worth Stealing: Alma Restaurant

Jessica Tata
Jun 23, 2011

While I would be tempted to talk about the food at this high-end interior Mexican restaurant in Dallas, it is the decor that is whetting my appetite at the very moment. A high mix of modern and eclectic furniture and design elements kept my attention from the moment I gazed upon the entryway.

Tristan Simon's most recent restaurant endeavor has garnered much acclaim for its menu, including props from the New York Times, but I'm thoroughly delighted with the interior of the space. In the heart of the Knox-Henderson neighborhood, Alma was thoughtfully designed by Erika Everett Yeaman, of Everett Yeaman Design, in collaboration with Donald Chick and Janie France.

Erika has carefully crafted this space with an array of modern touches, midcentury references, and eclectic regional touches. Immediately visitors are greeted by a lively color palette that avoids over-the-top saturation. Subdued oranges are accented with bright pinks and deep reds – but all used in good measure and in great harmony with the rich woods throughout the space. The seating transitions from white and teak danish-looking chairs to green industrial stools at a bar, rounded out nicely with yellow molded plastic modern seats.

I think my favorite spot is the lounge area by the fireplace, which could easily be someone's living room. The welcoming vibe that this area emotes is strengthened by the warmth of the rolled-arm, tufted leather sofa, and chandelier made of antlers. All of the interesting details of the space play nicely with one another, lending an all-around element of familiarity to a modern (and spendy!) restaurant in the hip Knox-Henderson area.

Other elements that caught my eye? Love the red diamond rug between tables. The ikat-topped side tables by the fireplace? Love. Also love the chevron wood pattern behind the green barstools.

Oh, and I've heard that the cochinita pibil can't be beat.

Check out more images on Erika's website here.

Images: Erika Everett Yeaman

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