LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Monday, January 2, 2012

Country With Class



What is it about a new year that stirs up within us a desire for change
Afterall, change is what New Year's resolutions are all about, right? 

There are a number of things I've resolved to alter in my life
during 2012.  Some will require a great deal of effort, determination, and prayer
 on my part—others, not so much so.

I've decided to start with some of the simpler changes...like a new hairstyle.
The problem is, I just can't seem to lock in to the
direction I want to take.


Thankfully, I won't have to fret over where this transformation will take place.

Though I live in the country, and most of the neighboring towns are rural,
I'm blessed to have a friend—also my hairstylist—who happens to be 
the owner of the classiest salon around.

Kim is not only an incredibly talented stylist, she is also very artistic
as reflected in the tastefully eclectic décor of her salon.


She has masterfully combined a variety of materials
and furnishings to create a chic, upscale vibe.


The salon is housed in a historic building that has donned many masks
over the years—the city jail and a hardware store, to name but a few. 

What is now the reception area was once a display window,
during the building's hardware store days.


Kim is not only a fantastic stylist, artist, and decorator, but she's
quite the DIYer to boot!


She and a friend spent a week—with very little rest—
renovating this fabulous old place.


They did everything from demolishing the walls that cloaked the
 gorgeous old bricks, to building the trendy stylists' stations.


Did you notice the contrasts of the refined decorative elements set
against the rustic backdrop?  Sound familiar?   ; )


The faux leather treatment on the wall—above the molding—and the corrugated metal 
below are more examples of Kim's handiwork.


AND...there are more unique wall treatments surrounding
the shampoo, manicure, and pedicure stations.


These lights are really a fun touch, don't you think?

Kim calls them her "chicken lights."  Indeed, their original purpose was to keep
baby chicks warm.  But with the addition of sparkling crystals, they impart 
an air of urban farmhouse chic.


And what about this unique bit of illumination hanging in the cantina?

Certainly not something you would expect in a small town.


I think Kim—a fellow farmgirl—has proven with 12 12 Salon
that you can have class...even in the country.


Linking to:
Kristin's Tuesday Treasures; Tammy's Anything Goes;
Angelina's Sew-Crafty Tuesday; Patti and Paula's What's It Wednesday

11 comments:

  1. I'm going ga-ga over that salon! Those brick walls are truly swoonworthy - they are the perfect backdrop for all the rest of her creative decorating!

    Thanks for sharing and I'll look for this later on Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Link Party!

    Blessings,
    Angie

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  2. Beautiful place to go get beautiful!

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  3. Wow that is one fab looking salon!

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  4. Class is putting it mildly. I am so impressed.
    When do we see the haircut?

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  5. Wow, what a knock your socks off, kind of place! Fab job!!!

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  6. Hi Liz; I need a new hairstyle too--and I need to lose 10 pounds--hairstyle will be easier to achieve! Thanks for stopping by my little blog--no I can't do a linky party because I can barely navigate myself around my own blog (seriously)--but, it was just an idea floating around in my head. But, I do appreciate all the parties I get to attend because of talented bloggers like you--so thank you for doing that each and every week! Patty

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  7. Oh wow, it's totally fabulous!!! You know her zebra chair? I have 2 in leopard in my living room....I didn't know that they made them at bar stool height!! WOW!

    Happy New Year!!! I hope it is a WONDERFUL year ahead for you!
    XO
    Cindy

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  8. Wow - that IS a classy salon! I'm thinking of a new "do" too - just can't decide what I want.
    Happy New Year!
    Cindy

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  9. I love this! I'm a former hairstylist ( now homemaking blogger ) and Kim's style is wonderful! Thanks for sharing this!

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  10. This girl needs a blog--she is so talented with design! Can't wait to see your hair--please show us a before and after!

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  11. Wow! That is one amazing looking salon!! She has MANY talents obviously! Thanks for sharing her place.

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