A Lush Café Renovation in Victoria

A Wall of Greenery Makes A Statement in this Plant-Based Café's Zen Interior

A Lush Cafe Renovation in Victoria | A Wall of Greenery Makes A Statement in this Plant-Based Café's Zen Interior | Design by Melissa Lunardon | Photo by Kate Hansen | Location: FacePlant Cafe | Green Design | Interior Design Inspiration | Cafe Design | Restaurant Design | Eatery Design | Cafe Interior | Vegan Cafe | Plant-based Cafe | Interior Design Inspiration | Zen Interior | Interior Architecture | Green Decor
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Kate Hansen
01/12/2018

When plant-based eatery, Faceplant Café geared up to open their doors in the city of Geelong in Victoria, Australia, they enlisted interior design expert Melissa Lunardon to transform their space into a healthy haven. And that’s exactly what she did! From the marble subway tiles and modern copper pendants, to the pièce de résistance in the greenery statement wall, Melissa perfectly translated their green mission into a beautiful Zen meets modern interior for their patrons.

“The owners wanted to open a café that is 100% plant based and were after an interior that reflected the menu and lifestyle”, says Melissa.

“The existing café on the coast of Victoria, Australia’s interior was tired, and in desperate need of some love. It used to be an old French style café, and the only great element about the space was the open plan functioning kitchen.”

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Kate Hansen

“New shelving with large black metal brackets tied in with the semi- industrial theme, while en masse artificial greenery on the kitchen canopy created the real wow-factor for the interior!

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Kate Hansen

“The kitchen cabinetry was then clad in timber slats to break up the harder surfaces such as the brick wall and concrete floors.”

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Kate Hansen

“Lighting was very basic, so by adding in some beautiful large scale copper pendants, it created different seating zones – a cluster of pendants over a newly created communal dining area, as well as a row of pendants over the coffee machine bench.”

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Kate Hansen
Photo by:
Kate Hansen
Photo by:
Kate Hansen
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Kate Hansen

The communal table and bench by the bay window was a collaboration between Melissa and a local furniture designer.

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Kate Hansen

“The flooring needed some work, so the owners were happy to remove the vinyl flooring and polish up the existing concrete floors. This really brought out the markings and colours in the floor with warm rust tones working with the timber windows and new copper pendants.”

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Kate Hansen

“By painting the ceiling in a soft sage colour, it complemented the warmth from the timber framed windows.”

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Kate Hansen
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Kate Hansen

“The coffee machine itself is only the second mode used in Australia and is reminiscent of beer taps. It’s quite sleek with all the bulky machinery underneath the bench.”

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Kate Hansen

“The clients were thrilled with the end result and couldn’t wait to open the doors and show Geelong how amazing a plant based menu can be!”  

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Kate Hansen

It’s a space that plays on the natural food Faceplant Café offers and creates a space that is comfortable to enjoy. Melissa Lunardon

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Meet the designer Melissa Lunardon
Bio:

Melissa is a well respected and professional interior designer, with over 10 years experience in residential and commercial interiors. Her work has been featured in Australia’s leading design blogs and published magazines, such as Interior’s Addict, Home Beautiful and Best Houses Australia on Channel 7 Two.

Melissa has most recently been working with a production company to host an exciting new show called REDESIGN, where she transforms the ordinary cafe into Australia‘s best place to be and take homes to the next level in contemporary design.

Every door is an opportunity and behind the door is a mirror to your world…hinged to the possibilities of imagination and design.

It is easy to be caught up in the latest trends, bombarded with images and ideas that can simply send one’s head spinning. Take the time to get to know yourself, what you like most, your inner aesthete, because your home can and should be an honest reflection of you and your family, a place to feel safe, comfortable and the domain to show off your personality. That much you deserve and I can help you on your journey

What is your Modern Sanctuary? What space brings you peace, comfort, and joy?
My Modern Sanctuary would have to be my Lounge area. Its were I start every morning with meditation and look out into our sunny courtyard. I love adding to my collection of house plants as it creates such a relaxed and homely feel. My coffee table styling is constantly changing as I'm always adding different pieces that make me smile.
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