Galaxy Diner Lounge

My recent window shopping trips have put 1950’s and vintage décor on my mind.  I’ve mentioned before that in our next house I hope to have a 50’s inspired eat-in kitchen area.  We’re not moving any time soon, so I decided to create a vintage lounge mood board to channel my vision. For more ideas and inspiration, I headed to one of my favorite diners ~ Galaxy Diner, located in the heart of Carytown.

Photos of Galaxy Diner, Richmondphoto of Galaxy Diner courtesy of TripAdvisor

Galaxy Diner serves classic diner food with a ‘cosmic twist’.  Try the ‘Knock me up Scotty’ (fried pickles and ranch dressing with a hardboiled egg and a side of ice cream), the ‘Big Dipper Double Burger’, or my personal favorite – the ‘Black Hole Pancakes’ (pancakes with an Oreo center).

The décor inside the diner is a perfect match for their name and menu items.  When you enter the restaurant, the comet-like pendant lights are the first thing you see.  They immediately provide the fun and funky vibe that is echoed throughout the restaurant.

galaxy diner lights

Once your eyes travel back down to earth level, you’ll notice their diner bar stools.  They’re covered in sparkly red and silver vinyl and create the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or a late night drink with a friend.

galaxy diner bar stools

If a booth is more your style, they have plenty of those as well.  The same red and silver vinyl is used, and a swirly design on the table tops makes me think of outer space.

galaxy diner booth

After my visit to Galaxy Diner, my head was full of ideas for a 50’s inspired lounge.  I knew I wanted to use three main elements as my inspiration:

  1. the hip pendant lights
  2. the red and gray color scheme
  3. the bar stools
Galaxy Diner Lounge Mood Board

1. I started by finding these sparkly red pendant lights from ($300).  When the light is turned on, the bubbles in the glass look like tiny little stars – perfect for my Galaxy Diner inspired room!

2. I covered one wall in the room with the gray, black, and white ‘Walldots’ wallpaper from One Stop Modern ($110 / roll) to serve as a feature wall and to be backdrop for the red pendant lights.  A traditional printing technique is used to make the pattern appear as though it has been hand painted.

3. Every lounge needs a bar, so I chose this vintage cocktail bar from Metro Retro Furniture ($2900).  The wood parquet pattern adds warmth to the room while staying with the retro theme.

4. A twist on the traditional bar stools, the Swizzle Bar Stools’ low profile keeps the bar from being blocked (red ~ $61, silver ~$75).  I chose a red one and a silver one in honor of the alternating stools at Galaxy Diner.

5. &  6.  No bar is complete without bar tools ($20) and Old Fashioned glasses ($52).  Both of these are vintage pieces I found on, but you could easily find similar items at your local antique store.

vintage bar set

7. To truly lounge in your lounge, you need comfortable seating.  The grey Sutton loveseat ($460) in Renu leather is comfortable and durable, and provides the perfect spot to relax with friends.

8. Two Bradstreet Chairs ($303 / pair) add more seating for entertaining.  With their clean lines and multi-colored stripes, they reflect the mid-century modern vibe.

9. Pillows are always easy items to mix and match.  I loved the mod chain link pattern of the two Shape Up Retro Taffy Pillows ($55).  On the loveseat, I continued with  geometric prints and paired a square pattern ($21.95) with a playful owl ($10).

10. In order to carry the color red around the room, I choose the Red Sasquatch wool rug ($327).  Keeping with the geometric theme, the chevron pattern provides an alternative to stripes.

11. Have you heard of CB2?  CB2 is Crate & Barrel’s online sister store.  They describe themselves as “affordable modern for apartment, loft, home.”  I loved the round shape of their Reprouvé Coffee Table ($299).  The white top keeps the piece feeling light and the wood details reflect the wood in the bar.

12. Another modern light fixture, the Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp ($595) is from a local store – Metro Modern – and adds another fun and funky feature to the space.

13. The Gathering is an original painting by artist Will Wieber ($700).  The bold colors and shapes reflect his take on mid-century modern art.

14. If you splurged on the painting, save money with this DIY sunburst wall clock tutorial from HGTV.

15. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter ~ HC-172 completes the space with a soft silvery grey backdrop.

Funky light fixtures, a red and gray color scheme, and mod bar stools were my inspiration for this Galaxy Diner themed lounge.  By adding warm wood tones and mixing and matching geometric patterns, the room comes together into a lounge that would stay hip for decades to come.

º What is your favorite diner décor element? º Have you seen funky light fixtures in other restaurants?

*Comment on this post with your answers to the questions for a chance to win a Galaxy Diner gift certificate valid for lunch or dinner for two.

A big thank you to the team at Galaxy Diner for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Emily ~ she was the winner of the Galaxy Diner gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Monday, July 23, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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