Commercial Decor: Meat Market Refectory In Oklahoma City

December 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This year I had the privilege of helping a client decorate their restaurant here in Oklahoma City for the holiday season. The restaurant is called the Meat Market Refectory or MMR Prime Steakhouse and is owned by my clients Cindy and Lance Ruffel. The building that now houses MMR used to be a Chinese Buffet but today it has been transformed into a beautiful dining spot that could easily be located in New York City or Los Angeles. The decor of MMR is done in dark wood tones with lots of gray and silver brought in to add sparkle and elegance. There are sections of wall that house mirrors that reflect the light and additional light to the restaurant. The bar is in the center of the restaurant and over it hangs a gorgeous cobalt blue chandelier and we took our color cues from that chandelier for the Christmas decorations, bringing in mercury glass and cobalt blue ornaments I tied the Christmas decorations back to the decor of MMR. I’ll go into more detail with the photos, I hope you enjoy the tour and if you’re in the need of a beautiful dining experience check out MMR Prime Steakhouse at 63rd and May in OKC. Enjoy!!!

I started with the hostess stand when you come in the front door. There are two large bronze acanthus leaf corbels on the front of the stand and I strung a flocked garland between the two of them. To the garland, I added cobalt blue mesh ribbon and began layering ornaments onto the garland. 

I loved these blue iridescent scale ornaments I found, they bring in the blue we are using as well as some green. 

I added other blue ornaments in different shades of blue as well as silver. 

Here is the cobalt blue chandelier that hangs over the bar and our color inspiration. 

In a private dining room on the front of the restaurant, there are two of these chests, one on either side of the door you enter through. I decided to use these chests as the main decorating area and not the table so that the table wouldn’t be too crowded once it’s set for guests. 

And here’s the finished product I came up with for the private dining room. 

In the center of the chests, I placed flocked wreaths and inside the wreaths, I placed large mercury glass bowls and on each side of the wreaths, I placed these blue topiaries. 

I filled the Mercury Glass Bowls with blue and silver ornaments.

I also added more of the ornaments to the wreath itself to bring some color to the outside of the arrangement. I ran a piece of florist wire through the hanging ring on each ornament or in some cases two ornaments. Then I bent the wire in half and doubling it, then I inserted the wire into the wreath to anchor. 

Here is one of the main dining areas of MMR, it’s very elegant with the silver upholstered booths and the black leather and mirror on the walls.

In this dining area, I mainly added decoration to the two corner booths. 

I placed another one of our Blue Topiaries on the platform behind the booths and added the Mercury Glass Balls that are filled with battery powered lights. 

These corners are mirrored so you get the illusion of having more decorations than you actually do. 

There’s lots of beautiful art throughout the restaurant that we didn’t want to overwhelm with a lot of holiday decor. This was the first year for me to help them at MMR and maybe we’ll add some more next year. 

Check out MMR if you are looking for a beautiful and fine dining experience. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what can be done commercially and using non-traditional Christmas colors. Look around you and take your color and decorating cues from things you have and already enjoy. See you tomorrow and have a great day!!!

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