Tiffanni Reidy uses design to transform restaurants and residences into welcoming spaces
Reidy was able to work with Plauson’s builder on design challenges, such as the location of the kitchen sink, relocating the master bedroom door, and configuring the bathroom in the tiny house, which has been completely emptied.
“She goes through difficult times with a charming, calm focus and a gracious presence,” says Plauson. “What I love about her is that she’s still the most creative person in the room but also the most focused… and she’s the first to solve seemingly intractable problems.”
When Reidy works with clients, she meets with them to learn their ideas and intentions, then offers concept boards and 3D models to guide the project. “A big part of my job is education,” she says. “There should be reasons we make design decisions, not just because it looks good. It should have some meaning behind it.
His experience in computer graphics and photography is often taken into account in his work. She encourages her business clients to figure out what their branding is, so they can decide what type of design they want.
“The more they know about the brand, the more I can bring it to life in their space,” says Reidy, who has experience designing logos and websites. She credits photography with giving it a glimpse of the composition of a space. “You want to capture it from multiple angles, especially when you’re in a restaurant. You don’t want people to think it looked good when they walked in, but once they sit down, it’s [just] Okay.”
Reidy is currently working with Chelsea Gregoire, the managing partner of the yet to open Church bar at Old Goucher. Reidy describes the multi-room space as a “long, older house with front patios, terraces, hallway, bar, kitchen, and main space,” with each area having its own unique feel and mood. “Chelsea is my ideal client,” says Reidy. “Chelsea know what their business is and what the brand is.”
Grégoire did not want to discuss specific details of the layout and decoration, but said that Reidy helps with the finishes, furnishings and the design of a space that “fits our concept and the spirit we want to create for. community ”, a place where people will come together and feel welcome and at ease.
“I am really delighted that Tiffanni is part of the Church,” says Gregoire. “In the end, there is no one more talented for this project. It goes beyond what is expected.
Reidy knew of when she was a child she was interested in art. “That’s what really made me happy: drawing and painting,” she says. While she says her two younger sisters are also artistic – one is a musician; the other touched on visual arts – she notes that there is no one in her family who has been a model artist.
“I think it’s more of an influence to have the space to create than to say, ‘I want to draw like that person or paint like that person’ when I was a kid,” she says.
Reidy is passionate about farmers’ markets, supporting the 32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly, the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar and the Hamilton Farmers Market near her home. “My neighborhood is like a mini-Baltimore,” she says, referring to the many restaurants and businesses located in Lauraville-Hamilton.
Favorite spots include Red Canoe Cafe and Silver Queen Cafe for dining out, Walther Gardens for plants and crafty things, and Cloudy Donut Co. for vegan baked goods.
When not working, she maintains a large organic garden, where she grows eggplants, peppers, squash, cucumbers, beans, blueberries and flowers. “We eat a lot of what we grow and donate produce,” she says. “I live in my garden all year round. This summer she made a “huge amount of pickles,” she says.
Reidy follows her own design mantra in her 1920s home, keeping public spaces minimal, though she admits her office is cluttered with work-related and other accessories, boxes of tile samples and books from painting with gardening seeds and accessories like glassware and gold cutlery. “There is always chaos in the room,” she admits.
She prefers “simple colors” like green, gray, black, blue and purple for her home. “The paint is easy to change,” she says. She doesn’t use a lot of patterns except for accents like wallpaper and tiles, and is a big fan of African mud with her intricate patterns.
“THIS IS REALLY MY APPRECIATION FOR CLEAN LINES. THERE IS NO LOTS OF FLUFF OR EMBELLISHMENT, ”REIDY SAYS.
A recent design project was particularly close to his heart. Reidy designed a playroom for her daughter when she was 3, detailing the project in her blog, “Tea, ”On its website. “She can go in there and do some damage,” said Reidy. “If we need company, we can close the door.”
The walls of the room are painted in periwinkle with enough space to hang the fall artwork, while a colorful periwinkle, orange and blue rug makes the space stand out. There’s a kids’ kitchen set, art tables, and a seating area filled with pillows.
“We tried to recycle things and not overspend when we thought she really wasn’t going to keep it for long,” says Reidy. To shape the creative play zone, Reidy shopped at Target, Ikea, HomeGoods, and Burlington. “It screams children’s space but remains modern and luckily not full of primary colors,” she says.
This is another of Reidy’s talents. The bargain buyer and the die-hard collector actually enjoys finding ways to save money. “I love to save money,” she says. And not just for its own clients. So far, his own keepsakes include around 25 teapots and several assorted mugs; more than 100 Pez dispensers, which she stores in a box; a growing set of enamel pins; and all kinds of tin cans with food related themes. She is also known for her exuberant earrings.
“It’s awesome,” she says. “But sometimes it’s a problem where to store them.” As such, Reidy can relate to the storage needs of his customers. “Thanks to Tiffanni, I found Mathew Laflamme at Robbins Custom Builders, and together we created the kitchen of my dreams in an extremely tight space,” says Plauson, owner of Hampden. “Maybe my favorite conversations with her were about paint, wallpaper, and lighting choices. She has such a wonderful eye.
Reidy often develops close relationships with his clients. “I know my clients so well,” she says. “I want to create a feeling of friendship. “
One of those friends is Amanda Mack, who owns the Crust by Mack bakery with her husband, Jarrod, in Whitehall Market. “I met Tiffanni via Instagram and we met at a cafe before I had a storefront,” says Mack. “She was trying to figure out how to get into small business design and focus on the food and beverage industry.”
When Mack decided to open a shop in the Old Mill, she turned to Reidy for advice. “I like its aesthetic and its attention to detail,” says Mack. “She knew the story of my mission in Baltimore. She was involved from start to finish.
The result is a sparkling candy store with a pristine white quartz countertop and dusty pink paint accents to showcase Mack’s baked goods, which often sell out early in the day. “I’m over the moon with the result,” Mack said. “Tiffanni helped personalize the store, so things ran smoothly in the 453 square foot space. She helped make the space feel like you were going to an intimate setting instead of an 18,000 square foot marketplace.
Reidy’s seemingly total takeover of Whitehall Mill continues. She was also involved in another Mack project there, a 3,000 square foot event space called Layers the Loft, where she created architectural drawings and 3D models along with recommendations for finishes and accessories. She also worked with owner Jasmine Norton on the design of The Urban Burger Bar in the Mill Market. Outside of the market, she was instrumental in the design of the recently opened Vegan Juiceology, a Howard Street storefront in the city’s Market Center-Bromo Arts District.
Although calm by nature, Reidy is a strong supporter of his accusations. “She’s sweet and introverted, but when it comes to business, she’s a freak,” Mack says. “She makes sure her clients get what they need.”