Salon Sabeha Reno

I was asked to work with Salon Sabeha on a complete renovation.  It was an exciting challenge because we only had 10 days to work in the salon.  Weeks prior we discussed colors, style and budget.

The search for lighting, new stations, paint, paper and new accessories started to happen before the salon actually closed.  Amanda, the owner was focused on getting rid of everything and lightening the entire space.  The goal was to modernize it with whites.

The purpose of the remodel was to add one new station and two blow out stations to the existing space.  We had to work hard to get the right scale of existing furniture plus three new ones.  Best advice is to measure, measure then measure again!

We worked finding as much as we could on-line and Amanda stuck to what she knows best, the finding the right stations.  The two things that remained the same were the flooring and the front desk.  We had several meetings and discussions over a couple of weeks before the salon actually closed.  We kept working on the layout of the stations and furniture.  By the end we must have changed the station layout 15+times.

The biggest impact was changing the wall color from blue to light taupe-gray.  Everything became clean, bright and more white.  Color was added in the seating area and the metals and greens around the entire salon.

IMG_5614.jpgThe outdated salon desk and accent wall.  img_6204-2.jpg

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Rolled paper rolled over the dated painted wall, new lighting, painted bar and lucite bar stools to add seating.IMG_5605.jpg

Blue walls, old lighting and seating area.IMG_6222.jpg

Chairs moved to another wall, colorful rug, new lighting and two blow-dry stations added.IMG_6226.jpg

Great use of space by adding small white table and gold round mirrors to the wall that once was the waiting area.  Cool products stand.  The shelves are held up with copper pipes.  IMG_5602.jpg

Two sinks and you can see more of the accent wall.  IMG_6214.jpg

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Amanda needed a third sink so they were moved closer.  The shampoo & towel area got painted white.IMG_5607.jpg

The old stations we black and wood.  IMG_7129.jpg

White stations are on wheels and look very modern.

Paint Athena by Benjamin Moore

Rumsey Striped Hexagon Peel & Stick Wallpaper by Wrought Studio

Sconces and lighting by Lowes and Home Depot

Nichole Beige Rug by Mistana

Lucite bar stools from Crate & Barrel

Pillows & Gold mirror from Target

Coffee table and accessories from Homegoods

 

 

In a hat

I do love a good hat.  This is a great hat that I picked up at a friends’ store.  I’ve been waiting for the right time to wear it and decided to wear it on a rainy night!

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Stick straight hair works best with a fedora hat

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This hat is by “Glitzy Bella” and is has a feather, lace, chain, large rhinestones and a cameo broach all on t he side!

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Price of my hat, $60

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As you can see I paired up my fab hat with pleather leggings, a studded sleeveless shirt, rhinestone necklace and wedges.  More is more with this look!

Our Easter fun

Easter & our boys

P1010874This year James wanted to place the eggs in the boiling water (only broke 7)

P1010881  We went with ego egg dye from William Sonoma & Kool Aid!

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P1010981The eggs turned out just as well with eco dyes!

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For every holiday we have quite a book collection (from my teacher years!)

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One of my favorite books…”The Truth about Easter Rabbits”

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Love what they say about Easter Rabbits

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Ace loves Easter.  He would never miss out on all the fun!

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My attempt to make breakfast

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The hunt is on

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Every year John finds less eggs but gets more dollar bills

P1010950Jame found 27 of the 50 eggs

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Stickers, change, dollars, stamps & bubbles come in our eggs

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Easter ears a must

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Egg fight fun

Our Easter isn’t fancy but it’s fun and while our boys are young we want them to believe in the magic of Easter.

Celebrating New Year Eve in Style!

1907 The New Year’s Eve Ball
The invitation
Martha always knows how to decorate!
The perfect NYE dress
I love having party hats & horns to ring in the new year!
There is nothing like fireworks at midnight!
The KISS!
The Bar
{LOVE}
There is nothing like champagne on Dec 31st!
The food
The decorations
And of course….the F*U*N!
(The Last Day of Disco – New Year’s Eve Studio 54, 1978)
Happy New Year 2013!

15 Beauty Products I can’t live without

Sometimes I wonder what I did before these products.  Sure didn’t know what I was missing and wonder, “what took me so long?”

1.  Cutex Nail Polish Remover (pads)-  Seriously, they have saved me a few times- a lot of the time I am too busy to grab a pro mani, so I have to paint my nails late at night and boy, the next morning they don’t end up looking like I thought once I am in my car in the bright sun light.  Fix em right up with my pads.

2.  Tweezerman Tweezers- I get the craziest eyebrows that can get out of control if I don’t pull out a few every other night!  So much easier with these great tweezers. 

3.  Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler- I love that I don’t need any foam inserts for this curler.  All I have to do is wash off left over mascara and I’m ready to curl away.  This is by far the best eye lash curler around.

4.  Sea Sponge- I love the way this old fashion sponge feels all over my body.  I add a cleaning body jell to it in the shower and scrub away all my dead skin.

5.  Clarisonic Cleansing system- I have two different heads, one for my face and a larger one for my body.  I can use my Clairsonic in the shower.  This is why I love it (straight from their website) “uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the brush gently, yet thoroughly removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than manual cleansing alone. Removing these impurities has been shown to allow a 61% better absorption of Vitamin C, and better prepares skin for other products.”

6.  Hair cutting scissors- I have a good pair, no brand that I know of, but if I have to trim my brows or my kids hair, then I am good to go.  Only use them for hair, nothing else or they will dull.

7.  Hairbands- For the gym I love the classic “Goody” hairbands and for an all day, hanging out with my hair up, I use Emi Jay’s.  They are an elastic, that comes in fun patterns and colors and don’t dent your hair or slip.

8.  bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser- So takes off all my make up and mascara quickly.

9.  Crest White Strips.  Easy and works!

10.  sara happ lip gloss- Not sticky or smelly and looks great.

11.  Liquid eye liner- don’t have a fav yet.  If you do, let me know!

12.  SkinMedica Retional Complex- “enhances skin through exfoliation”.  I use it in the evening.

13.  Burts Bees Lip Baum- I use it everyday and keep it in my car.  Nothing replaces this product.

14.  Cuticle cutter- I often have to work on my nails, so I give my cuticles attention every other night.

15.  Tom’s of Maine deodorant- I don’t want to chance any extra chemicals (aluminum) in my body, so I use this all natural deodorant.  It does take getting used to, but if you use it a bit more often it does work.

Please share your favorite Beauty Product with me…. I love swapping secrets!

Invited

Boys only party invitations! $10 for dyi

I have always loved parties, you could call me a party animal.  I love attending or planning a good party.  To me it is all about the theme, if you can pin down the theme then it will all fall into place.  Once it’s decided, go for ‘that perfect invitation’, as that is your guest’s first impression on what they are invited to.  For me if I get an invite that is stunning, then I know the party will follow, but if I get an invitation that is so-so then you can almost expect a so-so party. 

It is so easy to find great invitations with Etsy.  All of these were bought on Etsy.  Simply go to their site, and search under ‘handmade’ and start with your subject + invitation.  Some you print yourself, which are way cheaper and others are made to order and shipped to you, so consider your time frame and make sure you can get your invitation out in enough time for your guests. 

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How fun is this invitation to my 70’s disco party!!

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I have always loved parties, you could call me a party animal.  I love attending or planning a good party.  To me it is all about the theme, if you can pin down the theme then it will all fall into place.  Once it’s decided, go for ‘that perfect invitation’, as that is your guest’s first impression on what they are invited to.  For me if I get an invite that is stunning, then I know the party will follow, but if I get an invitation that is so-so then you can almost expect a so-so party.

It is so easy to find great invitations with Etsy.  All of these were bought on Etsy.  Simply go to their site, and search under ‘handmade’ and start with your subject + invitation.  Some you print yourself, which are way cheaper and others are made to order and shipped to you, so consider your time frame and make sure you can get your invitation out in enough time for your guests.

Here are just a few of the invitations that we’ve sent out for our parties!

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How fun is this invitation to my 70’s disco party!!

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Boys only party invitations! $10 for dyi

Add some theme details to the outside of the invitation too.

I printed this one myself and used craft scissors and added theme stickers.

John’s Robot cake!  Super easy~ body & head is sheet cake and I used rice krispies for the rest with colorful candy to add details.

I love to use stickers as they are so beautiful now.  I mix them with my own printed details.

Don’t be afraid to ‘go all out’~ such memory makers!

I didn’t have time to make a Cat theme cake, so I bought one and used an extra invitation as decoration.  These were ordered from Etsy, shop called Nelson 55.