“I want clients to feel like they’re hanging out at a friend’s apartment, not at a typical nail salon,” says Molly Reckman, owner of Spruce Natural Nail Shop in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
Interior designer Michele Pelafas has dedicated her professional life to creating sophisticated salon and spa decor that is both fashion-forward and timeless. We asked her to share her advice, her most inspirational designs, and a little about what makes her tick.
Indisputably feminine, Savvy Chic exemplifies the shabby chic style, using distressed antique furniture, paintwork, and repurposed curtains and textiles to achieve an elegant overall effect reminiscent of Victorian decor.
Clients of Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in Los Angeles won’t muss their manicures flipping through the pages of tattered old magazines. Instead they can read the latest digital editions on the spa’s iPads.
Lady La’s Too Nail and Hair Salon in Highland, Mich., draws clients due to its unique location. Built in the LaFontaine Buick Pontiac GMC Cadillac dealership as a convenience to customers, it gets 95% of its clients from the dealership. Although only open for a few months, the salon already has repeat clients coming just for its services.