Project Feature: Smack Dab by Inhabit Designs

Project Feature: Smack Dab by Inhabit Designs


Tell us a little about the project:

With the success of the Wild Apple renovation and Refresh at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna, our team was called upon again when the client decided to expand the space and convert the restaurant and lounge into a modern pub with an adjoining multifunction room.

Expanding the exterior walls out towards the lake created an opportunity for us to rethink the glazing. We opted for retractable wall sections instead of traditional windows to allow the space to be wide open during the warmer months taking advantage of the breeze off the water and stunning views of the lake.

Cozy private booths, leather lounge style seating, an open concept kitchen with forno oven and a warm palette of natural materials, create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Wide plank oiled wood floors in a grey wash create a modern casual feel while inlayed carpet tile acts as an area rug to define the lounge seating.

The dining room is punctuated with Tom Dixon pendant lights while the bar glows with the smoked glass and exposed filament bulbs of the Niche Modern fixtures. Marble herringbone mosaic tile adds texture to the back bar and breakfast bar backsplash while charcoal grey ledge stone adds texture and interest to the forno oven and structural elements.

What was unique challenges did you face on this project? 

The challenge of this project was to push the boundaries and convert a more conventional hotel restaurant into a modern pub that would appeal not only to guests of the hotel, but also to locals. The space also needed to work at all times of day since it is the only restaurant servicing the entire resort. We included a built-in breakfast bar in the lounge with a tambour door to conceal the counter during regular pub hours.

We also used a tambour door at the back bar to be able to hide away the liquor display and beer taps to make the space feel more like a restaurant during the morning.

How would you describe your design approach?

It is really about helping the client capture the feel and personality of the space through thoughtful planning, design and details. For Smack Dab, it was about creating a cozy room layered with texture, natural materials, warm lighting and a variety of seating ~ all focused on the beautiful views of the lake.

What was the most satisfying part of this project?

It is always satisfying to have a client say that the final result exceeded their expectations and that business is thriving. A packed restaurant and thriving business is really the best compliment.

 What are your commercial clients like smack dab, asking for that they may not have been 5 or 10 years ago?

I think that clients are more educated these days and are looking to create personalized spaces that push the boundaries of design.

Incorporating energy efficient fixtures (LED lighting is a must now), operable windows (in this case the retractable wall panels) for air circulation and the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as quality of finishes. Clients are more likely to take design risks understanding that they will want to refresh the space again in another 5-10 years.


Thanks Tamara! 

Be sure to checkout more of the amazing work by Tamara Bush and Inhabit Designs here.

Visit Smack Dab in Kelowna here.