At the end of last year I got a call from Rachel and James Morrison about shooting their salon in Laguna Beach. They were in the beginning stages of renovating a spanish style home and turning it into their family business and wanted me to shoot it when it was all finished. I loved them and the space immediately and couldn’t wait to work together. So when they asked for help with the design I was definitely on board. And when that quickly turned into a full design of the space it was the perfect opportunity to bring Morgan on to team up and design together. It was so much fun and so great to work with Rachel and James who trusted us to help create their ‘non salon’ salon.
I’ve also included some befores and afters so you can see the raw space and then the finished space. And you can read more about the details of the space on Morgan’s blog.
The best part about the salon is that the whole idea that Rachel and James had was that they wanted people to come in and feel like they were being invited into their home. So there’s no real ‘reception are, you just enter into a living room that comes complete with a whole beverage bar so that you can make yourself a cup of tea and relax before your appointment. (and yes that’s a custom terri planty on the table and Morgan’s Lindsey Adelman chandelier that I convinced her to give up for the good of the salon.)
The main salon area we wanted to keep really simple and a little industrial since it would be full of hustle and bustle once the salon opened. We also wanted to make it completely gorgeous with the live edge dry bar perfected by Dusty Wheeler. Here’s a before and after:
Here are Rachel and James being totally adorable. James is kind of a big deal ( I found out later, you would never know, he’s so approachable and down to earth, but he was the artisitc director at Toni and Guy for…decades…and one of the founding partners in TIGI).
Check out the gorgeous Morrison Hair website.
Thanks again Rachel and James for letting us be a part of the family!