Delicious Industrial Decor Makes Eating at the Lark Experiencial

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The Lark - an urbane eatery of New American fare

The Lark – an urbane eatery in the heart of Santa Barbara, California, that features chef-driven, New American fare. source: thelarksb.com

I’m hoping I’m not the only one still in love with industrial decor. God knows, when it comes to design, trends can be here today, gone to-day! However, when you come across salvaged items that have been given a new life and purpose, there is an energy and soul to it that’s undeniably preserved.

The energy and soul.

I guess that’s what I get when I see delicious decor, like that of The Lark, in Santa Barbara, California, where I recently had a reunion dinner with three of my bestie diving teammates. We drank hand-crafted cocktails and noshed on spicy popcorn, fresh, local produce salad, and indulged in their sweet and savory, peach-glazed pork belly sliders.

(mouth. still. watering.)

Lark fare: Havana Nights cocktail, local produce salad, spicy popcorn, peach-glazed pork belly sliders

Lark fare (counter clockwise): Havana Nights cocktail, local produce salad, spicy popcorn, peach-glazed pork belly sliders. source: thelarksb.com

At the end of the meal, my tummy was full, but my eyes kept feasting on the stylish detailing that surrounded us. Yes, the food was fabulous, but it was the decor that set a unique and soulful tone, creating an experiential atmosphere that, for this nerd, nearly upstaged the fare.

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Menu display was once part of an industrial machine

Vintage menu display was once an industrial print shop artist easel.

Repurposed Vintage Hungarian baby bathing tub with stand planter

Repurposed vintage Hungarian baby bathing tub with stand makes a wonderfully whimsical planter.

Reused factory windows

Reused factory windows – talk about character!

Vintage bench is now where customers can wait for their table

Vintage park bench is now where customers can wait for their table.

Cue ball handles infuse cleverly subtle.

Cue ball handles are cleverly subtle.

1950s vintage Youngstown kitchen cabinet sink base w/double basin now serves as the prep area for servers

1950s vintage Youngstown kitchen cabinet sink base with double basin now serves as the prep area for servers.

Industrial chandelier is elegant and eye-catching

Industrial chandelier is elegant and eye-catching.

Custom Edison lights chandelier juxtaposes with the fantastic wooden beamed ceilings

Custom Edison lights chandelier juxtaposes with the fantastic wooden beamed ceilings.

Industrial lighting offers interest and stylish illumination

Industrial lighting offers interest and stylish illumination.

The woodwork of the supply cabinets are quietly rich and warm and elegantly suits the space.

The woodwork of the supply cabinet added to the warmth of the lights.

The wood fire pizza restaurant next door had this very impressive penny tiling – I just had to snap off a couple photos to share with you! Lucky penny indeed!

The neighboring "Lucky Penny" wood fire pizza restaurant

The neighboring “Lucky Penny” wood fire pizza restaurant was also a unique space.

Up close, thousands of pennies!

Up close, thousands of pennies!

Thanks to The Lark for giving us a tour and our complements to the chef!

All photography (except where indicated) by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).