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Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Dorothy Draper Dream Lunch

The Fashionista and I recently went to lunch at Modern Steak. I was instantly struck by how Draperesque the decor was. Dorothy herself would have been happy to have dined here. It is as if the dazzling designer, Cathy Hayes, perhaps channeled Draper.
_MG_9528[1] The effervescent chandeliers have classic lines with a bubbly twist.
too cool 002 I am saving this image in the personal style file of my mind. The chair finish looks like silver leaf which perhaps could be recreated with a bit of spray paint if I am lucky enough to discover an open backed beauty.  The true va va va voom comes from the tasseled corseting detail. It was held in place by upholstery staples. (Aren’t you glad I inspected this piece so closely for you? :)
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Touches of lavender appear throughout the restaurant~ from the gingham shirts and converse sneakers of the wait staff down to this lovely little dresser tucked into a baby blue niche. Eye Candy!
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 Although I don’t normally take pictures of bathrooms, this one begged for it. The mirrored ceiling reflected all of its fuchsia fabulousness. too cool 011 You may have heard that Arizona has recently been pummeled by rain and tornado’s so dining outside was not an option. But I loved the astro turf green of the benches alongside the tangelo chairs. A true citrusy delight.
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Oh and for those of you who are foodies~ I had the pastrami on rye and Fashionista had the Kobe burger. We were both swooning with delight over the accompanying French fries.  
Bon appetite!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a pretty place and sounds like you two had a wonderful time. Hugs, Marty

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love the decor of that place! The chandie is wonderful and I love the little bubbles spriging out.

It's 17 degrees here this morning with impending snow...I want to head west where it's warmer. Send warm air please.


fairfieldhouse said...

How beautiful is this? Did you forget you were there to eat and not on a design tour? I especially like the chandeliers. Thank you for sharing your candy.

- Deborah

The Cookie Girl said...

Happy Saturday to you. These pictures are such eye candy. What a beautiful place. The bathroom rocks with the pink. (my favorite color)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

i must go there....yet i have yet to hear of this it in scottsdale? I loveeeeeeeeeeee the photos!! Thanks for sharing them! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Carrie said...

What an amazing restaurant. Love the chairs! That's the bathroom?? Wow!!

WendyBee said...

Hi Laura,
What a gorgeous restaurant! Not exactly my style, but that's what's so great about getting to visit. You can appreciate an interesting interior without having to live in it! Now I'm off to google Dorothy Draper. (I'm not up on who's who among designers/decorators....)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think I would have been too busy looking around to actually eat, Laura! Dorothy Draper is one of my fav decorators of all time and was quite the inspiration to me when I decided to start my own business. I think she would love this restaturant!

Olivia and Me said...

what a grand lavender wee hutch. Love this.

What a grand adventure you had!

with love,


Jenglamgirl said...

aLL STUNNING pics. LOVE YOUR NEW LAYOUT look, and THE WINTER WHITE AND BLUE header... super cute!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a beautiful dining experience! Love those chairs and the bubbly chandeliers. You took such great photos. laurie

Crystal said...

Oh thank you for being such a good friend and sharing your eye candy. This place is absolutely gorgeous. Love those chairs with the tassel. Dorothy would be proud. One thing about it you didn't need dessert after looking a decor that sweet.

Have a blessed weekend

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Such fun--I can see why you were distracted in this setting...but I wanted to see photos of the food too! LOL! Have a great weekend.

Amy said...

LOL - all through the post, I was thinking "....but what did she eat?!" and then at the end...pastrami....yessss...

The Boston Lady said...

I just love the coining of the term "Draperesque"! Swoon, John Hamm, himself will be on SNL tonight - oh, yes indeedy I have that DVR set!

The Boston Lady said...

Ooops, well I guess you can see where I head when I hear the word, "Draper". Although I still think I will use that "Draperesque" term when referring to MM. Thanks for the advice for the bed project!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am loving the beautiful ceiling! What an awesome restaurant. How can anyone get any eating done while looking around!! Love it!


Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a gorgeous restaurant!! Everything looks so pretty. I know you had a great time. I have not forgotten about your article. My Mom recently had surgery and I have been busy with her. I have the article here ready to send to you. Sorry! Love & blessings from NC!

Mildred said...

What a lovely place to dine. Love the touches of lavender. You have made me hungry too!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Looks and sounds yummy!

Destination Seaborn said...

Oh how GORGEOUS! I could just stare at these pictures all day! Thanks for sharing! Lisa

Mimi said...

Thanks for the lovely reminder of such a spectacular day and the place was amazing!!!!!I did not use the ladies room but my daughter did and she said it was amazing!!!! I did notice the touches of lilac!!! Loved all the colors!!!!
I place to go back to for sure!!!!
My salad was fantastic!!!!
Oh By the WAY.... SOOO Happy you are now going to Poppins on Thursday!!!! Yeah!!!!!
Maybe we could meet for a quick bite before?????

alice wayne said...

mmmmmmmm yummm i want to eat there everyday!

Terri and Bob said...

What a lovely place. How fun to get to be there!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I love the detail on the ceiling of the Modern Steak room. This is a truly lovely post.
Warm regards and a lovely week to you my dear.
All my very best,

Willow Decor said...

So Fabulous!! I adore he chair and thank you for inspecting so closely so we could recreate it!! I would have done the exact same thing! Two peas in pod!!

Tracey said...

OMG, incredible!!! Fabulous pics!

:) T

Mimi said...

Email me your address and I will for sure send you a postcard from Vancouver!!!!
I am taking all of you my dear blogging friends with me in my heart!!!
What about a quick dinner on Feb 11th????
let me kwow