Beauty On A Budget: Making the Most of Small Spaces

Emmetts The Studio

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1,560-SQUARE-FEET

Opened in 2009, this zen-like studio space is a study in modern Asian- inspired decor with 12-foot vaulted ceilings, a brass dragon chandelier sourced from an estate sale in LA, Tibetan drum tables found at an antique show, pinewood floors and eco-friendly white walls. Co-
owners Emmett Cooper and Naieem Abdool chose to appoint their salon with one-of-a-kind pieces that they have uncovered from estate sales, antiquing, and during their travels, so as to create a chic and unpretentious vibe where customers are left feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. The lower level of the studio features a color bar with a treatment, private makeup and styling room while the outdoor patio offers clients a sanctuary for relaxation between services. The salon also serves as an outlet for hard-to-find beauty products outside of New York and L.A. carrying brands such as Kevyn Aucoin, Eve Lom, Lipstick Queen, Mason Pearson, Embryolisse and René Furterer. In addition, the studio carries the couple’s own E+N jewelry collection. 

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Penny Lane Studios

CHICAGO, IL 1,800-SQUARE FEET

Co-owners Christine Conley and Coral Gable fashioned their salon in the style of an old library with a card catalog used as a bench, refurbished ladders and a menu of services printed on library book checkout slips. In keeping with the vintage industrial vibe, most of the furniture is antique. “We went to flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales,” says Conley. “We spent about four months shopping and hand-picking every item in here. The payoff has been huge because our clients love the personalized atmosphere.” The duo wanted to create a unique space with character where people feel comfortable enough to sit and drink a beer. “We made the space itself approachable and stylish, so clients trust our aesthetic, but also feel like they’re at home and can relax when they’re here. 

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