Hair By Kirby Blythe – Salon re design
Following my experience competing on this year’s BBC2 amateur interior designer series, The Great Interior Design Challenge, I was approached to design a new interiors scheme for local boutique salon Hair by Kirby Blythe, based in Messingham.
The owner’s brief was to create a fresh and feminine scheme to increase light and introduce a spa feel where customers would feel welcomed and relaxed. Light grey, rose gold and white tones were used throughout to complement the existing flooring and vintage chesterfield sofas. Rose gold chandeliers above each station and a huge rose gold chandelier above the reception desk added glamour, whilst the white tones of the washed wood, marble and tin tile wallpapers added much needed light and ticked the clean, spa feel of the client brief.
I love the sourcing aspect of creating interiors, always a great excuse for trauling flee markets and a bit of internet shopping to find the perfect items! For this project I sourced a reclaimed marble fire surround, to house a flameless fire, which was incorporated into the reception desk to welcome clients on arrival. Wow factor was added with the addition of floor to ceiling real silver birch poles, supplied by decorativebirch.co.uk. The silver birch theme was echoed within the salon windows, where existing window decals were removed and large branches used to create bespoke light fittings using Ikea fittings. These perfectly complement the bespoke light boxes which showcase award winning work by salon owner Kirby Hickey and her creative team. Finishing touches included a gallery wall, complete with rose gold frames and feminine prints in marble, blush pink and rose gold, created by Lisa Jayne Creative. White hydrangeas in simple glass jars were added to complement the scheme.
I must admit that I was a little nervous embarking on my first commercial job, thankfully Kirby couldn’t have been happier, here’s what she had to say:
“Anna is easy to work with, friendly and full of great ideas and enthusiasm.,’ says Kirby. ‘I already had an idea of what I wanted to achieve. Anna listened to my ideas and came up with a scheme that works perfectly and has been a huge hit with our clients. Anna is keen to make savings where possible, sourcing items cheaper than I would have been able to myself, which is great when you are trying to stick to a budget. I will certainly be using Anna again in the future and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to potential clients. The salon has been transformed” – Kirby Hickey – Director Hair by Kirby Blythe