After my recent trip to California it seemed I was missing out on something. Blow dry bars were on practically every corner and my girlfriends couldn't stop raving about them. I was starting to feel a little left out until last month, the very first blow-dry bar opened here in the New Orleans area! It's called Studio One Style Bar and it's run by the absolutely fabulous MeLisa Mannina.
The concept is great. For $35 you get a shampoo, blow-out and style along with snacks and a glass of bubbly. As much as I adored my new 'do, I was equally impressed with the space. MeLisa's salon is light, airy and classic, but with a modern twist. The best part? She and her husband designed and built the entire space themselves! MeLisa says her inspiration was to create a social experience and relaxed environment. The U-shaped marble counter provides guests a chance to chit chat with friends beneath two stunning crystal chandeliers.
To achieve a soothing and fresh color palette, MeLisa painted the walls with three shades of the same silver/grey. The metallic shade on the accent wall is the most striking and subtly changes color depending on the light. MeLisa and her husband are no strangers to design. They own a remodeling company called Distinctive Construction, so it only seemed natural to take on the project themselves. Between her sketches and his craftsmanship, they've achieved a space as beautiful as the hair-styles that come out of it!
Here are a few ideas you may want to borrow:
-Molding can work miracles
-Mirror makes any space look large and luxurious
-Don't be afraid to show off towels and products
-Drawer organization keeps tools neat and tidy
-Tone on tone paint creates a soothing space