Get the Look: Ceia Kitchen + Bar’s Brand-New Space

How to recreate this restaurant’s rustic, romantic ambiance at home.

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1. A 22-arm chandelier from Mohr & McPherson anchors the high ceiling. 2. Candleholders purchased from Newburyport’s Wishbasket add a touch of sparkle. 3. A large communal table, made of reclaimed elm, lets guests linger over a drink or a meal. 4. Copper tables warm up the room. 5. Printed Lee Industries slipcovered ottomans double as extra seating. (Photos by Michael Piazza)

When Nancy Batista-Caswell moved her Newburyport restaurant, Ceia, to a larger space on the same block in January (her oyster bar, Brine, has since opened in the old location), her biggest concern was losing the intimacy she had worked hard to create the first time around.

“I didn’t want someone to walk through the door and say, ‘I like the old Ceia better,’” Batista-Caswell explains. So she treated each of the brownstone’s three floors as a separate space, sourcing items that echoed the warmth of the original.

The third floor, known as the “loft bar,” posed the largest challenge, in the form of a high-vaulted ceiling that gave the room a cavernous feel. To make it cozier, Batista-Caswell lowered the ceiling, hung two wooden chandeliers, and introduced a communal Parsons table. Evoke the same rustic, romantic ambiance at home with the Ceia-inspired pieces below.

How to Re-Create the Space

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Twelve-pane reclaimed-wood mirror, $155, Frames With a History, Arlington. Photo by Scott M. Lacey.

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“Sadie” drink table, $129, Crate & Barrel.

 

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“Phoenix” 85-inch worktable, $1,999, Crate & Barrel.

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“Sphere Glass” chandelier, $229, Arhaus.

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“Mo” slipcovered ottoman, $520, Michelle Gold + Bob Williams.

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