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A year in the Making….

Quite often in Interior Design, projects that started off as a small renovation takes a turn into a full blown redesign of an exciting space, case in point my Commercial design of a Spa in Ottawa.

On the initial consult in early 2012, my client wanted to “update”  the space but this update quickly led to a full renovation. Here are a few “before” pictures of the space.



The decision was made to go ahead with the re-design of the entire salon & spa, but while doing it we had to keep the salon open. Although it made the job harder to plan, we decided to start in the back so it would not interrupt the services going on in the main building. Once the new area was completed we moved a temporary manicure station there so they could work in that space while we worked on the old spa area.

Prior to starting the design on this project I had a 3 week vacation in Italy and loved the old world feel of the buildings and homes there. The combination of stone and wood was so warm and inviting. I thought bringing that feeling into the Salon/Spa would be nice but combine it with an Industrial feel would be incredible. I wanted the space to look like a combination of Old meets New, but in reality EVERYTHING was brand new.




 Design Concept:

  • Old World Stone walls
  • Custom Millwork
  • Weathered look wood flooring
  • Custom cabinetry throughout
  • Custom Driftwood Display cabinet
  • Custom driftwood reception desk
  • wallpaper in Facial rooms
  • One gas fireplace in main area and one electric in New Spa area
  • Industrial lighting
  • Crystal pendant lighting
  • Leather & fabric seating
  • Warm woods and painted cabinetry
  • Wood & Quartz countertops
  • Custom artwork

Using stone and custom millwork helped to give the space the old world style I was looking for. I chose flooring that was not only very durable but had the washed look of weathered wood. The paint on the main walls I left in a soft warm gray and complimented it with gray/green trim and millwork. In the New spa waiting room, I chose to add a splash of colour and added a blue to the featured millwork.



I designed all the cabinetry (excluding the main bath vanity & the salon area cutting stations) in a combination of dark wood and painted surfaces but decided to do a feature display cabinet & the reception station in a gorgeous weathered driftwood.






To save a bit of money, without losing the design concept, I purchased 1 large vanity for the Senior Stylist and 3 smaller vanities for the junior stylists from Restoration Hardware and added Quartz tops to match the rest of the cabinetry. I complimented them with 4 medium cabinets for storage and 2 tall cabinets with glass doors for display units also from Restoration Hardware.



In the main bathroom,  I chose rather than going custom I would purchase the vanity from the same company. I added a full wall of IKEA cabinets in a dark finish to the main bathroom that added much needed storage for the owner.




On the new coffee bar, I wanted it to have the look of a cafe and designed closed storage below, and open storage above that would display their glassware & dishes. I added a chalk board to play up the cafe look where they could write their features.



For the salon waiting area, I decided on a small scale chair that would easily fit 6 people comfortably in the designated area. The backs of these little leather chairs were just short enough so that when a client has colour in their hair it does not touch the seat itself marking it up. On the other side of the room near the junior stations, I designed a custom bench and purchased 2 antique Italian chairs as show pieces and had them upholstered in Linen & Burlap.



And I think what truly sets the stage to the gorgeous space is the addition of all the crystal & Industrial lighting throughout.





All reveal Photography by Jessica Deeks Photography






Thank you to the following companies






WOW, i love it. would def come to your spa if i lived close


Thank you terri!

Amazing! You did such a good job. It looks like a place I want to go and never leave!! Wish I lived close. So wonderful.

Sonya, I’m a Spotlight client and have been going there regularly throughout the transformation. The first day I saw the new back section, I said to Dina how much I loved the look (and especially those little chandeliers you used back there!) You have really taken the decor and function of the space to the next level, and now it truly reflects the wonderful service of Shauna, Dina and their staff. Amazing!

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What a fantastic and well thought out renovation… Bravo!! Sharing your brilliance on my FB page!


Thank you Cynthia! I appreciate it

Wow from a look I can only describe as a bad 70s plaid pant outfit to a timelessly beautiful and sensual space.

Fabulous design.

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