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Cordy Ryman

Ready or not, the last days of summer are upon us. In Seattle that means draping ourselves in cozy layers while we’re enjoying that last summer ice cream cone before fall officially begins. The work of New York City born and bred Cordy Ryman, who I learned about at the Seattle Art Fair (which was a smashing success!), inspired this last summer hurrah mood […]


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tinello inspiration

Some of you may remember that my father used to own a restaurant here in Seattle that he closed nearly two years ago. In that time, our family has traveled to Italy, he’s spent hours coming up with new recipe ideas, and I’ve been finding myself collecting design inspiration all in anticipation of opening a […]

46 responses on “INTRODUCING :: TINELLO

  1. joanna

    congrats! that’s such a great spot and i can’t wait to see what you do with the space. i’ll have to pop in once it’s open. best of luck!

  2. Bara

    for the chairs check out
    I don’t know what prices you found and how these compare but it still may be worth to try.
    They are made in the Czech Republic in a manufactory with very long tradition, which should guarantee good quality.
    Good luck with the restaurant!
    Too bad I am too far (Prague) to come to see it

  3. Anthony from TO

    Congrats you guys! Great name! And I know the food will be great too! Can’t wait to come to Seattle with Carol to see what you’ve done with the design. Your ideas look great. Say ‘hi’ to your Dad.

  4. Rayna

    How exciting! Your inspiration picture is enough to make me stop by when it’s opened.It looks like the vibe is going to be different from what we normally see in the Pacific NW. Good luck to you guys!

  5. Amy

    Awesome news – I work in Pioneer Square and am getting sick of the choices. Such a perfect location – can’t wait to try it out.

  6. Uncle Beefy

    CONGRATULATIONS to you and your father, Cassandra! How exciting! Loving the inspirations and can’t wait to see the final results! And, of course, taste them, too! xx UB

  7. Jen

    How exciting for you and your family! Congrats! The look your going for is ambitious on a small budget, but would be so fabulous. And–if anyone can pull that off, its you! My little bro just did a remodel of his restaurant, and I still had some of the bookmarks for sites we checked out. Those bentwood chairs are so classic and gorgeous, a totally chic contrast to that rustic table, and they’re also great for a smaller space. Here is a site that sells a version in bulk for just over $80/pc. The best of luck to you and yours in your new endeavor!

    And while I’m not a huge fan of powder coated metal, these would get you a similar look at a substantially lower cost.


  8. Heidi Cocking

    Hey Cassandra – this is such a cool idea and I love the design elements you’re hoping to achieve!

    I work for the design company behind Dean and Deluca, Harrods Food Hall, Selfridges in London, Pret a Manger, Itsu, and a number of eateries in London… We take care of 2D as well as 3D (which I’m sure you have covered yourself!). Let me know if we can be of any help on the 2D side!

    Have fun with the project – it sounds like so much fun and is so wonderful that you get to work on something that is so personal 🙂

    Heidi x

  9. sarah

    Congratulations on the new restaurant project! That is so exciting. For restaurant decor ideas I check out the from time to time. That way, you get an international perspective on design trends.


  10. Angela

    Love it! So jealous that I am here in Atlanta and won’t be able to eat there. For the chairs and possibly the tables, check out Foreside Home and Garden ( and Park Hill Collection ( Both have great things that are along the lines you are looking for. Can’t wait to see it all pulled together!

  11. Quynh Nguyen for the logo!!!

    I love the new resto name but am nostalgic for “Rialto” – hopefully Rudy’s Red will still be there? Can’t wait although lunch is hard for full time workers. Hope dinner will be an option!

  12. Dale

    Congratulations Cassandra! This will be such a rewarding experience! I grew up in the restaurant industry and my family just recently started another one down in Texas building from the ground up. This is the first restaurant that we are all involved in though – my dad (the boss), husband, sister, brother and mom. It is such a blessing to have your family their along the way and through the ups and downs. I can’t wait to follow and see the start-up process for Tinello!

  13. Jenny

    So exciting, congratulations! Try Adriano Seating out of LA, they do contract quality restaurant furniture, for a certain large coffee company out of Seattle, ahem… They have Bentwoods and I think you can even customize finishes and add upholstered cushions, etc. Can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

  14. Fatou

    This is so exciting! I know it will look fabulous. Congratulations!!! I’ll be following, I live in Vancouver, WA, and my family visit’s Seattle every summer, we’ll have to check it out when it opens. 🙂

  15. Claudia La Valle

    Hi Cassandra, it’s your cousin Claudia from Toronto. My dad told me about the new restaurant, it must be so exciting! Hoping to come and visit, Congrats! Lots of love to all, Claudia

  16. eve joanna

    Hi Cassandra,
    I think it would be a fantastic idea to live-blog Tinellos progress…
    Would love to follow your journey from concept to grand opening, form a designers perspective. ..


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You may remember a few weeks back when I mentioned I was working on a seaside inspired wedding tabletop for The Everygirl. I wanted to create something that felt very ‘Seattle’ – but that could also be appreciated by beach lovers everywhere. Well, today the feature is up, and I couldn’t be happier! But I […]

26 responses on “TO THE SEA…

  1. Mrs. Sutton

    AMAZING – you got that ‘brief’ down to a T! The colours are spectacular, and I’m LOVING that cake!
    Paula x

  2. Lindsey Suggs

    I love what you’ve done with this tabletop. It is so interesting and well planned. I especially like the chargers and the gold flatware and was thrilled to read they were from Z Gallerie and West Elm! Great job!

  3. mikky

    Super pretty. It makes me think of the titanic for some reason – in a good way of course. I love the gold cutlery. But the big question is did you get to eat that delicious cake once the shoot was over?
    You did a fantastic job, really original but also cool how you pulled in the ombre theme.

  4. Jamie Herzlinger

    This table setting is beautiful!!! I love the richness of the colors. So elegant yet fun! There is something mysterious about it all.

  5. null

    I love it ! You did an AMAZING job! This WAS indeed such a fun project and I had the same feeling when we wrapped about being in an industry high. I love the blue with the gold, flatware amazing glass base plate, the cake is just too fun and the florals were the perfect balance. I can smell the sea air from here!

    PS- you did a great job with your board too!
    I wish we all could have celebrated at one of these tables together.


  6. SD

    I love decorating with the beach and ocean in mind. It’s so serene. Perfect decorations for a perfect wedding! You have even given me some great Design Ideas for my new kitchen. I’m in the middle of redecorating my kitchen with the help of Simply Decorate. Since I work for Simply Decorate, I new they would be a huge help with all the details. I couldn’t have done it without them. You should check them out.


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Some of you may not know, but in my former life, I was a wedding planner. I worked for a boutique event company here in Seattle and every summer our lives were peppered with weekends full of of beautiful bouquets, fabulous tabletops, and immaculate wedding details. While there are certainly pieces of event planning I […]

14 responses on “A PRETTY LITTLE PROJECT…

  1. Lindsey Anne | pinklet and c

    Love the inspiration! A great twist off of a normal beach themed wedding. Love the muted colors !

  2. Patrice

    What a fun job that must’ve been. By the looks of this inspiration job, you haven’t lost your touch. Lovely!

  3. Wander Woman

    Wedding planning is horrendous! I’m a newlywed – got hitched a week and a half ago – and as much as I love planning parties, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to plan weddings. They’re too structured and too stressful (with all those unreliable vendors!) Love your blog, btw! You’re a source of inspiration for me!

  4. bevy

    Didn’t know you worked in the wedding biz. I’ve often wondered what it’s really like. Does that mean you’re basically working every Saturday in the summer? haha.

    Can’t wait to see you on the Everygirl.

  5. Wedding Photographer Adelaide

    My partner was thinking of becoming a wedding planner but decided it would probably be rather stressful. I think the photographers have the best side of it – we get to share the special day without all the stress leading up to it :). I will show my partner your inspiration board though – lovely.


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