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A Brooklyn Office Gets Some Flower Power

by Maxwell Tielman

When Grace introduced me to Five Leaves last summer, it immediately became one of my favorite restaurants in New York. Located on the corner of McCarren Park in Williamsburg, it boasts a charming interior and food that is, for lack of a more adequate term, absolutely out of control. I dare you to try their ricotta pancakes and not think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Seriously, they’re that good. It’s because of this combination of lovely atmosphere and mind-blowing bites that I jump at any opportunity to visit the restaurant. When I was recently invited to photograph the updated 5 Leaves office, for example, I was so there.

Faced with a relatively small working space with very little natural sunlight, the owners of 5 Leaves decided to spruce up their digs with a bright accent wall. I’m usually a little bit leery of the term accent wall, my opinion of them colored by too many misguided projects on home makeover shows, but I was able to set aside my bias in this particular instance. Because this, my friends, this is how you make an accent wall. Rather than opting for the traditional paint or wallpaper route, the 5 Leaves team chose to commission a hand-drawn, one-of-a-kind wall painting from the very talented local artist, Katy Smail. With a portfolio filled with beautiful, delicate hand drawings, Smail seemed the perfect fit for the job. The final piece, a corner wall covered in a yellow-toned mural of giant flowers, is stunning—and a perfect compliment to the room. To see more photos of the wall, Katy’s process and some more of her own work, continue after the jump! —Max


Above image: The floral source material and Katy’s sketch for the final pattern.

Above image: The wall with the flowers prior to being filled in and finished with pen-line embellishments.

Above image: Some more of Katy Smail’s lovely work. Click here to view her online portfolio!

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