“Lisa delivered a beautiful product that perfectly complements the restaurant’s ethos.”


Basil Leaf takes inspiration from traditional Vietnamese architecture, infused with historical symbolism and spiritual practices. These are balanced within a modern design setting celebrating Vietnam’s intrinsic food culture. The harmony created by the environment enhances guest’s experience while setting the stage for elevated Vietnamese comfort food.

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Pouls Hospitality Design was approached by the owner to develop a new interior design with more square footage for expanding the existing restaurant space. The owner wanted a modern front of house space, additional seating for guests, better circulation, and more restrooms, and desired to incorporate her signature “Basil Leaf Green” color into the design.

This wonderful casual dining restaurant serving Vietnamese food with love is the result of hard work and humble beginnings from the owner and her family. Originally, Basil Leaf opened in a space that was formerly a coffee shop in a small commercial strip. Fast forward 7+ years; loyal patrons have fallen in love with Basil Leaf. The owner was able to purchase the commercial strip where the restaurant is located, and it was time to expand the space.

  • Restaurant
  • New Mexico
3200 SF

Summer 2018


Basil Leaf, L.L.C.

What We Did

Interior Architecture and Design
Custom FF & E

  • Ceiling Fixtures
  • Neon Wall Logo
  • Millwork

Custom Photography
Project Management

The Ceiling Style

Staying true to the concept for the space, Lisa designed and had fabricated large “chopstick” light fixtures that spanned the entire ceiling of the restaurant. They were mounted onto the exposed trusses and wired with recessed dimmable LED downlights.

Hand Selected Artwork

Personalized artwork was created to showcase the range of colors seen throughout Vietnam. Furthermore, it provided a venue for the owner to celebrate and communicate her customs and beliefs to her customers. Lisa captured characteristics of the Buddhist temples where the owner visits to pray and meditate, including objects and symbols used during religious rituals. These photographs transformed into artwork tailored specifically for Basil Leaf and placed throughout the restaurant.


This restaurant needed some help. We were delighted to help them uncover the true look and feel of their restaurant to match their wonderful menu.


We began with lots of research to really understand the client’s wants and needs. We then dedicated our time to creating and producing the perfect solution, while staying true to the vision of the owner.