Interiors Inspiration: Stil Salon, Notting Hill
Name: Stil Salon
Address: 2A Chepstow road W2 5BH
Telephone number: 0207 243 1521
Owner/s: Christel Lundqvist
How long have you been in the premises: since 3rd March 2016
Styling stations: 6
Furniture: Styling chairs are from Pietranera and all furniture are from Scandinavian design houses
Features: Minimal design with elements of wood and modern design.
Having been in the industry for over 20 years, TIGI Global Creative Technical Director Christel Lundqvist has taken the plunge and opened her own salon in London’s swanky Notting Hill; ‘It was a very natural progression for me to go on and open my own salon, the past few years have been amazing, super busy and filled with a lot of travel, product development, shows and shoots for TIGI globally. ‘
Formally a ‘Sweaty Betty’ store space the salon has undergone a complete transformation to create a suitable salon space, ‘I fell in love with the unit as soon as I stepped in to it and the location was perfect for my vision and clientele. We spent along time just gutting everything out and creating the shell we wanted as well as we had to create design features and angles in the unit as I wanted to create a minimal Scandinavian look and feel.’
When it came deciding on contractors, Christel was set on the best she could get and had a clear idea on what she wanted to achieve, ‘I had the best team working on the salon as they worked day and night to turn the unit around in 3 months as we had such a tight deadline. I couldn’t have been more blessed as it went so smoothly. I made the decision to spend a lot of money on the contactors and project leaders and it was the best investment spent to day as the standard of work was second to none.
I had a very clear idea if how I wanted the overall Scandinavian design to look before we started the project. My vision was always to create a space that had a modern, chic gallery feeling as I would like to utilise the space for other projects. When we remove the chairs in the salon it feels very much like a small gallery due to the colour scheme and lighting track system we put in. I appointed a very well known artist/decorator called Peter Farlow, who has an outstanding portfolio including the National Portrait Gallery, Kenwood House, Combe Court and several palaces in Brunei, amongst other fantastic projects. And his expertise and input was really important.’
From the stunning finish, it’s clear to see the hard work and attention to detail put into the salon space has really brought Christel’s vision to life. Here’s her top tips on renovating a salon.
- Research your idea and vision as it makes it so much easier when speaking to designers.
- Invest money in excellent contractors, plumbers, decorators etc for me it’s worth paying more to get the best as that will save money in the long run.
- When you go and look at units and if your like me someone that has no idea about building work bring an expert with you to give you advice on plumbing and general work.
- As they will be able to give you advice on how long it will take and if your visions is achievable.
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