January 2010

I am loving the spa interior movement that is putting out environments that cannot be defined by a particular style class.  These environments  are sophisticated, fashion-forward and timeless.  Case and point:  this Portuguese spa and haven, situated in a historical building in the heart of Lisbon’s old town is adorned with classic styles (Eames, Gehry) and vintage pieces while fusing modern touches with rich pallets.  The flux from light and airy to exotic and almost primitive demonstrates typical Portuguese flair and fashion yet keeps us guessing.

Modern Mix of Classic Style and Vintage Pieces.

Eclectic Decor has rich pallets and vibrant color.

The salon is light and airy in direct contrast with the spa rooms.

Oh, and be sure to check out the spa owner’s brilliant 2010 Summer Fashion Collection.   I’ll take one of each!   http://www.alvesgoncalves.com


Color Trend: Spicy reds, browns, and pinks are the color of the season.  Accent your spa with comforting details that romanticize your guests including a warm bath filled with fragrant colorful flowers, soft cushy slippers, aromatic candles and fresh blooms.  Embellish your couples retreat with bamboo cotton linens and global fusion of exotic harmonies and ambient grooves.  Finish it all with a touch of decadence: rose champaign and red velvet cupcakes.

Rich warm browns tones create a candlelit glow around the room.  Add new pamper me textures like plush linens, blankets, cozy slippers,  or sheer draperies to further the mood.  Great example of subtle use of seasonal colors with the fresh hot pink flower blooms floating in water, you can see it just melts your soul!

This spa interior has warm dramatic wood tones, a variety of textures, and what’s that- Yes, it’s Fucshia!  Add a little sophisticated fun with small pops of this youthful color to differentiate your spa-goers experience.  What an amazing place to travel for an out of this world experience!

Make your spa a special retreat this Valentines Day season.  Create a atmosphere where couples can commune with soft fabrics, flickering candles and romantic touches.  One of the most important elements in a spa interior is a quiet atmosphere.  Adequate soundproofing in your walls between your treatment rooms is the best way to ensure your guests have privacy and a relaxing experience.   A curtain wall made from a beautiful fabric helps to absorb sound.  Another important detail is candle light which is synonymous with both spas and dreamy, romantic moments.  Spas today are using LED candles to create the illusion of a flame which is a cost effective and practical alternative to real candles.   A simple way to spruce up your treatment room for a special event is to simply change the linens.  A  new blanket or a decorative saddle can add a pop of color.  Top it off with a beautiful tray and an organic accent for an extraordinary couple’s escape.

The Four Seasons Miami  http://www.fourseasons.com/miami

Candlelight and quiet moments can be found in a tropical metropolis at The Four Seasons Spa in Miami.  Create a healing retreat from the everyday with soft light, gauzy curtains and a quiet fairytale garden.

The Spa and Hotel de le Bretesche in Brittany  http://www.bretesche.fr

Hands down, France is one of the first places that comes to mind when you think of a romantic retreat.  The Spa & Hotel de la Bretesche is an idyllic, peaceful French chateau located in the countryside of Brittany.  Take long walks along the manicured grounds and relax in unparalleled luxury.  The spa’s design is surprisingly modern, making this old world architectural gem an even more intriguing place to visit.

The Spa at Mayflower Inn   http://www.mayflowerinn.com

This dreamy spa & inn is located in beautiful New England, just two hours from New York City.  This charming retreat also offers the highest in luxury.  What a perfect place to slip away with your sweetie! A beautifully neutral color palette combined with sensual textures and cozy spa furniture make the Mayflower Inn an inviting hideaway.

Complete the mood with serene, healing music.  Sound Healing is an inspiring collection of peaceful music by sound healing pioneer Dean Evenson.  This music was specifically created to help people relax and lower stress levels and will give your spa a healing atmosphere.

What’s Valentine’s Day without some sweet treats?!  Treat yourself or your sweetie with a yummy cupcake.  The first is a homemade confection by Alicia of the “Confessions of a Bakeaholic” blog.  Get the recipe here – http://www.bakeaholic.ca/cupcakes/queen-of-hearts-valentines-cupcakes/

The second is a Raspberry Lemonade cupcake by Chicago’s own Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique…  ya, I know, I’m drooling too…

Warm up your spa interior this Valentine’s Day with the glow of candlelight.  Indulging your guests with some sweet treats?  Make your desserts even more enticing with  adorable covered cake stands from SpaDecor.com.

How do you make your spa special for Valentine’s Day and couple’s getaways?

Take retail sales to a new level this year!  Your spa interior will play a strong roll in this endeavor.  Start with an objective walk through your retail.  Does your environment effectively communicate your brand?  A consumer’s perspective will give you the necessary insight to initiate change that leads to increased retail sales.

If your shelves are too sparse fill them in with organics, baskets, decorative vases or shelf-talkers to compliment the product.  If your shelves are too cluttered, neatly organize products so that they are visually appealing according to color, size, and type.

Benefit from display tables with tiered levels and seasonal foliage that encourage shopping, browsing and buying.  Add well-lit window displays that effectively communicate with anyone passing by.

Wall units take on a new life when a retail graphic is placed above it.  A retail graphic visually organizes the display, communicates your brand and draws immediate attention to the products.

Diffuse a subtle fragrance into your retail space.  The sense of smell is very powerful and major retailers have recognized this for years.  A familiar, comfortable scent that compliments your products and your interior can be a useful tool for enticing sales.

For great return on little investment, paint a wall!  Choose a feel-good color that compliments your products.

Nourish Retail Experience

Love the signage and graphics.  Minimalist displays effectively merchandise the luxury products.

Christopher Charles Retail Environment

We love the retail pods, a great way to introduce product testing with mirrors & graphics into the retail.  The soft warm colors compliment the products.  Back lit retail displays add interest and entice shoppers.

FaceLogic Retail Display

This a great example of a well stocked and organized retail display.  Approachable and attractive.

H2T Retail Environment

Round hanging signage and graphics are so cool!  Bold colors and signage organizes the products.

The Red Cottage Retail Environment

Sculpted Fleur Di Les retail panel in sky blue is gorgeous and unique drawing attention to the products.  This retail system is flexible and makes it easy to have neatly organized retail.

Blissful Med Spa Retail Environment

Captivating, this retail display is back-lit. The wall color compliments the products and their brand emphasizing the specialty retail products.