Darden office interior design

Darden Headquarters

When Darden decided to build its new headquarters in Orlando, I had already been very involved with the Darden Facilities team over the years on campus enhancements and remodels in their current location. Near the end of construction completion of the new building, I was contacted to assist with last minute furnishings and décor for the space. It was a very fast paced job, but the architecture of the building, completed by Perkins+Will out of Atlanta, GA, was an amazing place in which to complete the tasks. Space planning of many of the common areas was included on the list and custom furnishings with rich, faux leather were implemented into the various areas. Custom area rugs and rich art pieces and sculptures from a local art vendor accented walls and floors throughout. A contemporary theme was used in all selections, paying careful attention to furnishings that would stand the test of time and wear in the heavily occupied commercial structure.

Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City Brewing

Located in the Airside C terminal at Tampa International Airport, Cigar City was created as an exclusive Cigar City Brewery transplant unique to the Tampa Bay Area. The Brewery features CCB brews that are exclusive to the airport and Tampa-style Cuban food. Poster-look antique beer labels adorn the upper brick casework of the establishment, and clear-story windows peer into the actual brew tank area. Windows behind the bar also give patrons a look into the brewing space. Rustic oak wood accents mixed with aged metals and back-lit glass comprise the facing of the bar design, and industrial lights adorn the ceiling above the bar. Maple wood seating with rich brown leather barstools surround the bar for the travelers convenience, and the use of textures and metals was a consistent theme throughout the many selections for the design.

private bank interior design

Private Bank

When this private bank decided to rebrand on a national level, their expert marketing team contacted Anna Woodman Interior Design to assist with developing the new look for the interior rollout.  The old brand look was very outdated in appearance, and the bank knew it wanted a fresh, bright, and modern approach to compliment the marketing launch that was being developed.  Clean and modern finish selections for the walls and teller areas were chosen, along with contemporary and plush furnishings.  Local artist works were selected to adorn the walls and the interior lighting additions included vibrant LED fixtures and accent lighting that created a centerpiece from the new suspended design ceiling feature.  This test location was an excellent way for the brand to study how to proceed for its nationwide rollout process, and it was an honor to work with this exceptionally talented marketing team to compliment the overall image for the client.    

Quantum Leap Winery

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap Winery is located in Orlando, FL, and occupies 1,800-square feet of the entire winery layout totaling 17,000 square feet. It occupies an old warehouse space and is now a popular tasting room in the local area. The tasting room in the beginning was nothing more than cement floor, walls and high ceilings. These elements brought the biggest design challenge within the project: to find a way to dampen the echo that is inherent in warehouse spaces. Cork-panel flooring and wood elements help absorb sound in addition to suspended panels and floating boxes hanging from the ceiling to suppress noise from above. The owners felt very strongly about the design incorporating as many natural materials as possible due to their core values about the environment. The re-use of wine barrels can be seen not only in the exterior planters, but also in a large piece of custom artwork behind the bar that is made of curved planks from wine barrels. The tasting room features a walk-up bar and stand-up tables. The space has an industrial winery feel with mixes of contemporary finishes and leather furniture.

Nature restaurant design

Create Your Nature

Create Your Nature in Winter Park, FL was created for the Dill family, a husband and wife team wanting to create a location serving up fresh acai bowls and other healthy offerings. Because the clients wanted to focus on healthful and flavorful eating, vibrant hues of green and natural finishes were used throughout the interior in everything from the paint and wood selections, to the faux living wall at the Entry to the space. The landlord required that the original red pine ceilings remain intact, so matching that wood to pull together the ceiling into the design was imperative. Eclectic lighting was showcased as a spattering of Edison bulb fixtures, chicken wire pendants, and a funky Mason jar chandelier. Other interesting elements included photography from the couple’s recent trip to Costa Rica, as well as custom made reclaimed tables for guests and brightly colored outdoor seating.

restaurant design

Cocina 214

Cocina 214, a contemporary Mexican and Tex-mex Kitchen located in Winter Park, FL is a wonderful project renovation recreated from an existing gallery space. Guests entering the restaurant immediately notice five distinct areas to the very modern and contemporary restaurant: main dining area with booth and banquette seating, a private dining area just beyond, chef’s table, bar area, and a large covered outdoor patio dining area. By working around the original framework, we were able to capture and improve the historic integrity and old-world feel. The original brick columns were sandblasted to bring back their natural character and the existing concrete floor was stained in golds and browns for an authentic look. This design focused on utilizing a mixture of interesting textures, metals, leather coverings, eclectic lighting, and open ceilings.

Vince Carter’s

Vince Carter’s

Vince Carter’s, located off of LPGA Blvd. in Daytona Beach, FL, is an upscale-casual restaurant that evokes a contemporary, lodge feel. This 11,000 SF space features several different dining experiences, including a piano lounge, main dining area, a VIP dining room featuring an exquisite, custom 17-ft. spiraled chandelier with individually hung lit globes, and a separate sports grill experience noted as a technological wonder. It features a 50-foot media wall, anchored by a 103-inch plasma screen, a favorite sports viewing area for guests. The restaurant also incorporates larger-than-life wood and stainless metal structures with star field lights suspended on aircraft cables from the 30ft. high ceiling along the main dining area. Stone and wood elements are used throughout, and a 30ft. glass wall with dramatic lakefront views is a favorite for diners. A backlit woven metallic grid rises 15ft. up a vertical wall in the main dining, and a feature booth area with overhangs add a dose of drama. A gallery wall that leads patrons through the main dining experience features contemporary art. Mixed metals, rich wood stains, patterns with movement, and hues of rich magentas and rust were the focus throughout this design.

cask and larter

Cask & Larder (WP)

Cask & Larder is a restaurant and craft brewery in Orlando, Florida near Orange and Fairbanks avenues in the building that once housed the historic Harper’s Tavern. The renovated restaurant is a wonderful blend of new and old. It was requested by the property owners that some of the interior elements be preserved in the 6,000-square-foot space, including a fireplace behind Cask & Larder’s kitchen bar, antique bottles set atop a railroad-tie beam in the main dining room, and old cypress wall panels. The design of the 150-seat restaurant and brewery provides patrons with a sense of casual Southern elegance with white panes of weathered oak and whitewashed shutters. The restaurant is split into two areas – a brewery that houses the main bar, and the one-of-a-kind dining room that acts as the centerpiece of the establishment. The restaurant’s brewery in the main bar houses industrial, stainless steel brew tanks that are showcased behind glass curtain walls allowing guests to watch the entire process.

Photos: Gary Bogdon Photography

First Flight design

First Flight

First Flight Wine Bar in the Tampa International Airport is a food and wine adventure located in the main terminal before passing through security. Working alongside HMS Host, this project was created as a place to enjoy wine in a simple, European fashion. A metal canopy floats atop a single core of a back bar created with reinforced steel, and shrouded by rich millwork framework, wine storage, and back lit accents. Vibrant blue blown glass fixtures hang above the heavy, quartzite bar top, and beneath more millwork accented with mosaic glass tiles pulls together the design. Contemporary patterning on the upholstery plays off of the vibrancy and energy of the seating areas and stainless steel accents can be found throughout the modern space.

Bacardi Miami restaurant design


Bacardi Mojito Bar, located in Miami International Airport, was a great project that allowed us to create a contemporary mix of whites, textures, metallics, silver, and the brand’s signature green. Layered lighting showcases the back bar, while custom graphics offer the feeling of tropical Miami. Additionally the translucent rectangular ceiling fixtures were selected to mimic cubes of ice. The furniture is kept cohesive in this lounge, with clean edges and crisp white table tops. The experience at Bacardi Mojito Bar is highlighted by a diverse menu created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia. It offers travelers a sleek space to relax before catching their flight.

Luxury home design

Luxury Resident Living

This luxury, live-work-play residential complex was designed for convenience to a local college in Louisiana. The 224-unit complex features studios and one & two bedroom plans. The details to the clubhouse are contemporary and clean lined, providing a Starbucks bar and common areas for dining, work and study. The individual units offer rich hardwood flooring, quartzite countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms, stainless appliances and luxurious touches of marble and refined hardware. Muted greys, blues and silver tones were used throughout the interiors as well as for the master planning for the exterior facades of the buildings. The crisp and clean design adds something new to this area of Louisiana and the clients loved the unique approach to this community development that now provides a relaxing and convenient environment for its residents.

wine bar design


Beaudevin Wine Bar, located in Miami Airport’s D Terminal, is an upscale European oasis for travelers. This 1,000-square-foot, 42-seat wine and cheese bar uses elements such as custom wine glass chandeliers to brighten the space. Illuminated green bottles light the bar backdrop and entry columns for a pop of color and to embody the contemporary theme. From the slatted ceiling that envelopes guests to the wine tasting counter to the wine glass accents, it’s the attention to details that will appeal to wine lovers in this space. Along with interesting wine-related embellishments, unique to Beaudevin is an area designated for wine tastings. Custom cement mission tiles at the bar and wine tasting area creates a faux area rug and gives wine tasters a place to sample the wines unique to the establishment. Travelers will enjoy the laser-etched grape leaf design applied to each table, as well as the oversized lounge seating in whites and chocolate browns.

Photos: HMS Host


Luxury Steakhouse Dining

This luxury steakhouse concept design was set to play off the iconic history and grandeur of a beautiful downtown area in the South Central U.S.  Building elements near the main entrance were planned for restoration leading into the welcoming entry of the restaurant which showcased the first of several glass wine displays.  A rich color palette of lush blue and navy accented by metallic gold was carried throughout the various spaces.  Design elements and art selections with nods to Art Deco style were woven into the diverse dining environments and the bar.  Ivory elements in millwork as well as quartz solid surfacing and hard surface flooring areas created a crisp backdrop for feature details.  Various seating styles in plush textures created a warm and welcoming environment for guests, and the design left a lasting impression for the space in this historical building. 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Sarsota, FL was a renovation challenge to update the brand’s dated, dark interiors into a welcoming and fresh experience for steak lovers. Through the use of texture and color, a dramatic transformation was reached. Splashes of deep saturated reds can be seen on various walls while accented millwork framing provides the space with strength and grandeur. Touches of rustic wood floors combined with rough stone accent walls and wrapped columns provide a sense of welcoming to arriving guests. Particular attention was paid to the custom light fixtures throughout, featuring red blown glass accents, silk shades, and accents for the gallery artwork. This striking refresh was a vibrant uplift for this location in Sarasota.

Hard Rock Miami

Hard Rock Miami

When the iconic brand Hard Rock Cafe decided to update their Bayside Marketplace Miami, FL location, they contacted Anna Woodman Interior Design. The refresh included more than 8,000 square feet of dining space and nearly 1,000 square feet of retail space. It was important that the design focus on incorporating the brand’s musical elements while making it unique to Miami—one of the brand’s most popular locations. Special attention was brought to the Entry area, featuring a dramatic gold dripped paint backdrop with music cymbals for photo ops and social media, as well as a custom chain drapery wall showcasing the infamous DJ Khaled. A complete redesign of the Bar was incorporated with a metallic flecked black quartzite bartop and dramatic LED lighting components, as well as refreshed private dining areas and special venue updates throughout.

Orlando Restaurant Design

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig was created for one of my favorite client chef teams, Julie & James Petrakis (owner’s also of The Ravenous Pig, and both Cask & Larder locations). Because the establishment was created for Disney, theming was the name of the game. From the cast bronze ‘pig tracks’ in the floor that lead from the Entry out onto the Patio to the weathered interior brick walls that showcase a fictitious but long forgotten farmer’s market, The Polite Pig is a project full of character. Lots of black iron details were used specifically showcasing the smoker room near the restaurant’s entry, the overhead bar, and the dramatic interior staircase. Custom decorative cement tiles were utilized to add flair to not only the back counter beverage wall, but in the creation of the bar face that most definitely makes a statement. Vibrant hues of turquoise and bright red are featured throughout the space, while touches of weathered wood and worn paint remind guests of days gone by. Theatrical lighting elements as well as custom door pulls and pig-featured art throughout, bring together the finishing touches of this creative venue.

Photos by Joe Brooks Photography

Orlando Restaurant Design

Cask & Larder (MCO)

Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, FL, has made headlines since it’s opening being ranked No. 3 among the Top 10 Airport Local/Regional Dining in North America by USA TODAY. The focus of this location was to play off of the original restaurant in Winter Park with a blend of old and new elements, while specifically highlighting the farm to table experience and providing travelers a true escape. Inspiration was drawn from sustainable and natural elements to bring the restaurant’s theme to life. The eatery incorporates rustic wood and pops of sky blue and red staying true to the restaurant’s brand. Wooden fencing and lush greenery serve to separate the space from the rest of the terminal, and at the center of it all is a huge life-like oak tree with lighted lanterns and reclaimed jars hanging from its boughs. Because the original location was a brewery concept, the same attention to detail showcasing their specialty brews is displayed in the main bar with elements such as logo-stamped beer barrels housed in the overhead bar design. Vibrant lighting, eclectic seating choices, and a custom tile mural showcasing a contemporary play on nature adorns the main wall of the space about the show kitchen.

Photos: Gary Bogdon Photography

Stage Dining Room design


Stage is a modern small-plates restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens. This unique concept was created by renowned Chef Pushkar Marathe. It specializes in global cuisine, inspired by the chef’s worldly travels. The design of Stage mimics this idea, featuring colorful, global touches throughout. Though it features divine, high-end dishes, this restaurant is anything but stuffy – in fact, it gets its name from the lowest position in the kitchen. Rich blues, navy and dark gray met with touches of black iron, distressed wood and exposed brick work to convey Stage’s comfortable atmosphere. A warm, natural floor continues the vibe, and plush sofas and leather chairs in the entry welcome guests. The restaurant is brought to life with vibrant greenery flowing throughout the space. To polish off the design, copper accents – in particular, stunning copper lighting throughout – add a chic finish.

Photos by Libby Volgyes

Ela Curry Kitchen

Ela Curry Kitchen, located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL is a modern restaurant born from celebrated Chef Pushkar Marathe.  “Ela” means cardamom in Sanskrit and is one of Chef’s most favorite spices.  The design of this 1,500-square-foot space is styled with deep tones and uniquely detailed textures that will captivate your spirit and lead you on a breathtaking journey. This culturally inspired menu is only part of what transports diners to another world.  The combination of fresh, daring flavors of street food and the traditional Thai-style dining experience will intrigue your palate and initiate a desire to venture and experience a new dining excursion.  The one-of-a-kind, gold leaf embedded wall coverings will engulf you with a richness that is other-worldly.  The ornate brass lighting fixtures, hand-crafted tiles and solid wood carvings will only enhance the Indian culture with every sense, leaving your desire for the delectable dishes on Chef’s menu simply undeniable. 

Ruth’s Chris Dallas

Ruth’s Chris Dallas, TX is a location revitalized with energetic hues of golds, reds and earth tones. Bronze, gold and copper elemental details captured in new decorative lighting enhance the rich colorations throughout the custom designed carpet, and the colorful and creative artwork blends beautifully with the newly appointed color palette. New rustic wood-look porcelain tile offers a sophisticated and clean entry. Natural and earthy wallcovering textures enhance the overall space while paying homage to the existing wood tones throughout to remain. The refresh design will offer Dallas patrons a lively and updated experience for years to come and enjoy.