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Update Your Facility on a Budget

By: Heidi Lamar
Posted: September 3, 2013, from the September 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Shower hallway. Using the Zambezi wall covering at the end of the shower hall and behind the atrium fountain had a similar effect. Little surprises along the way keep clients intrigued and exploring. I am embarrassed to admit I did not realize how bad this area looked until I saw the “before” picture. This was the first time I realized why some people might have thought the spa was dirty! We rolled a fresh coat of tan paint on the walls and a crisp, clean white on the ceiling, making things look cleaner immediately. The addition of the blue urban alligator wall took this hard-working hall from blah to ahhh!

Yoga studio. A yoga studio is supposed to be tranquil, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Ours was a bit of a sleeper, so we decided to wake it up with some fresh paint and a new floor. We chose the same shade of blue as the reception desk and replaced the laminate floors with the bamboo used throughout the spa to harmonize the spaces. The finishing touch to our Zen den was the giant Buddha wall tattoo from These fun decals are recommended by Ty Pennington, of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and come in a huge variety of sizes, colors and patterns. It was easy to install and provided a custom look for a fraction of the cost of a hand-painted mural.


Atrium. One of the keys to a memorable renovation is to repeat a theme throughout the space. We used the blue Zambezi wallpaper as our inspiration. To add a lux touch and stretch our design dollars, a metallic version of the color was used in other areas of the spa. We loved the look of the Modern Masters metallic, but not the $125-per-gallon price. Martha Stewart’s Precious Metals paint gave a similar look for less than $50 per gallon. We were able to reuse our island-style furniture, updating the cushions with a Sunbrella fabric that would stand up to the rigors of massage oil-covered clients. The old worn rattan area rugs were replaced with new woven ones in a matching contemporary pattern, creating a softer, plusher seating area.


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