The newly-opened Hand and Foot Spa on the Fulham Road, presents American Girl with the perfect opportunity to redeem the less groomed amongst us.
March 20, 2011
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Punchy colors and bold stripes are right on target for spring! Detox those darks and step into fresh and fun with my fashion inspiration for today’s spa interior!
I don’t know about you but these happy colors have put me in a very good mood. Welcome to spring!
February 26, 2011
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I can’t help it… I am a huge fan of luxury vinyl flooring for spas and salons. It’s my all time favorite go-to flooring product when I am creating a salon and spa environment. The reasons are simple: exceptional peformance and beauty.
A high quality luxury vinyl is quiet and comfortable to walk on. It doesn’ t chip, crack, splinter or fade. It is impervious to water and highly resistant to tints, bleaches and perms. It is mildew and odor resistant, easy to install and easy to maintain. Need I say more? Check out Amtico brand’s awesome products (my fav):
You can use a luxury vinyl floor in the retail/reception area, treatment room, hallway and lounge area because of the exceptional performance these products offer.
Luxury vinyl flooring is available in an amazing amount of colors and collections from classic to contemporary with varying finishes and textures.
Another benefit? Amtico brand’s flooring products are sustainable and are an eco-friendly choice for a “green” interior.
The wood vinyls are very authentic looking and come in a huge variety of wood types from Wenge to Oak. This treatment room features a luxury vinyl maple flooring product.
So check it out! www.Amtico.com
June 10, 2010
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When it comes to design, you may have heard the adage “lighting is everything”. In a spa, this couldn’t be more relevant. Here we are featuring our most intriguing line of lighting – the natural materials and soft diffused glow makes it seem as though each piece was made for the spa environment. Not only do these precious gems add warmth and beauty, they also add ambiance, cast an enchanting glow, make an artistic statement, and forge a lasting impression.
The undulating shape of these natural fiber tables lamps is accented with a pop of brightly painted floral vines. Lovely!
Sophisticated and stunning! Make a statement with bold black and white patterned lamps.
Our new Airbrush lamps cast a soothing glow through intricately woven grass shades.
Organic shape meets artful illumination. The Serilia counter lamp balances art and light. The subtle flower pattern creates a unique effect and adds an organic element your your spa’s interior.
May 16, 2010
Help your guests sink into a deeper state of relaxation with details that inspire comfort and transformation. Accessorizing is one of the most important elements in a treatment room. Simple or even elaborate, meaningful pieces will help your guests connect to the space.
Tip #1. Find an empty corner. An oversized urn next to a plentiful plant will fill in the space. Drape a beautiful fabric to add warmth and comfort. Plug-in an up-light behind the arrangment for maximum effect.
Tip #2. Don’t be afraid to overdo it. Add some shelving for displaying varying shapes of full-neck bottles, tall vases and an oblong container. An exotic floral detail takes center stage when it is placed in one of the pieces.
Tip #3. Add color. The best place to commit to color is in your accessorizies. As seasons come and go and trends change, update your space with new color to keep your guests interested and engaged for a big return on little investment.
Tip #5. Rock a cool counter lamp! Your best bet for creating ambience and adding warmth. We love this line for it’s handmade qualities of natural fibers. It combines art with light for a unique and beautiful glow, perfect for any treatment room.
April 1, 2010
I am ready for a bright spring polish on my toes and comfy sandals on my feet. It is 80 degrees in Chicago today! I cannot think of a better time than now to blog about pedicure areas. Our company has designed hundreds of pedicure units and pedicure departments. There area so many options. Jets, no jets. Massage ? Bench vs. throne. What to do? Most important is to brand your image with a look that fits your clientele and your environment. Competition is fierce in the toe department so comfort is key.
This custom pedicure bench was designed to capture the views of the city and is located in a highrise building overlooking the skyline and Lake Michigan. Mosaic glass tiles surround a drop-in pedicure sink that is self-cleaning with air jets.
Comfort is key to a great pedicure experience and comfort does not stop with the unit itself. Interesting artwork in guest site lines, pillows and fabric panels soften the room and add interest.
Give your pedicure unit personality. A great color, a high back, mosaic tiles. Attract guests with a sense of fashion and style.
More personality! Stone walls, great chandelier and posh seating. Here, vessel sink units without jets were used.
Indirect lighting, solid surface materials, wing back seating. These sophisticated units are easy to get in and out of and provide privacy without closing off the area.
Proportion is also crucial on a custom pedicure unit. The distance from the seat to the bowl, the location and depth of the bowl and the depth of the seat should all be considered.
For unique pedicure units and pedicure design services please contact us at 1-866-990-7750. Or visit our website at www.pedicurebenches.com.
March 17, 2010
Dress to impress with unique spa fashions for today’s spa interior. Be chic with exotic woods, classic details and that one shiny statement piece.
Embellish the look with copper taffeta and floral flocking.
Label lovers rejoice! Kashwere’s throw is heavenly soft with stylish good looks.
Remember, tailoring is everything: combine upholstered pieces with fine fabrics for a perfect fit.
A stunning center-piece adorned with jewels is a girl’s best friend. Simply fabulous darling!
March 15, 2010
Educate yourself on the basics of salon lighting for your hair styling and color area. Here is what you need to know when working with a designer or contractor for an effective lighting design.
Salon lighting should flatter the complexion and compliment the interior. Bulbs come in a variety of temperatures ranging from very warm to cool. A warm temperature bulb (3,200 to 3,500 Kelvin) is the most flattering on the complexion and compliments most salon interiors. Cool temperatures (4,800 Kelvin) can equate to daylight (a sunny afternoon) and is typically not the most flattering temperature (think about being out in broad daylight and how your skin looks in the sun). Daylight/cool temperature bulbs will grey-out warm interiors as well as wash-out guests.
Salon lighting should accurately render color. Have you ever heard stories about guests receiving hair color and make-up applications in the salon only to walk outside and the color appears different? The simple solution is to utilize bulbs in the space that accurately render color. How well a bulb accurately renders color is determined by the bulb’s Color Rendering Index which represents the quality of light and its faithfulness to render colors. Be sure to request bulbs that have a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80 or higher.
Salon lighting should be positioned to eliminate shadows. How a guest looks in the salon chair is crucial in the salon environment. If a guest feels good about their appearance, it reinforces a positive experience for repeat business and increased revenues. The easiest way to help eliminate shadows on the face is to position wall lighting on either side of the mirror to directly light the complexion. This too should be a flattering temperature bulb (3,200 to 3,500 Kelvin). Spotty lighting above, such as track fixtures, will also create shadows. In this type of application, wall lighting on the face is even more important.
Invest in energy-efficient bulbs for long term savings. Both Florescent and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs have revolutionized energy efficient lighting. When possible, request salon light fixtures that support these types of lamps. With a wide variety of color temperatures and high Color Rendering Index options, these bulbs are ideal for the salon environment especially for general illumination. Although these lamps are typically higher in cost to purchase, the investment is worth it as these lamps have long life, use less energy, save on maintenance and replacement costs and provide long term savings.
Salon work station. Your salon station lighting comes from two places: the front (wall/sconce lighting) and overhead. The wall lighting is for direct illumination on the face to flatter the complexion and face. The overhead fixtures provide your general overall lighting to perform tasks as well as light the space. If the overhead lighting is properly designed, this will provide enough lighting to perform all of the required tasks for hair styling and color application. Separate task lighting is not required if the overhead lighting is properly configured. Proper overhead lighting will vary from space to space depending upon the ceiling height and type as well as how dark or light the space is. Here is where a lighting designer who understands the intricacies of salon lighting come into play.
Add some sparkle. Typical florescent or LED bulbs, while a wonderful source of general lighting, can be flat. To add some sparkle to the hair, place a halogen bulb directly over each styling chair. Halogen bulbs are flattering with a high color rendering index and are typically used to showcase jewelry and expensive products. Why not provide your guests with this same luxury? Over-use of halogen bulbs or using halogen bulbs as your main source of lighting will cause shadowing. In addition, the life of halogen bulbs is much shorter than florescent or LED lamps.
The best lighting for your salon combines a variety of lighting to suit its particular purpose. While you don’t have to be an expert here, the idea is to be able to effectively communicate the basics so that you can explore all your lighting options to fit your budget and assure a successful result.
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