Samantha Bell’s fabulous Hair at 58 Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa is a beautiful four-storey Georgian building in Bristol, UK. Dating back to the early 1800s it enjoys very attractive proportions and features.
“I was determined to work with, not against, the Georgian architecture,” explains Samantha. “And the building really helped us to achieve this.”
Designing the salon interior herself, Sam has injected some distinctive chic French nuances. October 2013 saw work start to extend the salon to four floors and preferring an all-inclusive vibe as opposed to separate spaces, Sam had the building opened-up to connect all areas to create a light and airy natural flow room to room and floor to floor.
Once underway, the building work revealed some design treasures. “When the walls were stripped back to their original stone ready for skilfully re-pointing, we uncovered two amazing fire places which we’ve used as great candle-filled features,” says Sam. “And knocking out the maisonette exposed gorgeous textured cobbled lime stone behind its walls, original floor boards and a redbrick fireplace, as well as the original beams which run through the building – all of which have been incorporated into the salon’s design to interesting and characterful effect.”
Hair at 58 is a premium quality salon and spa over three levels – basement, ground and first floor – staffed by 12 talented salon professionals. The basement is home to the 58 Training Academy and three backwashes; the ground floor has reception and retail areas and seven styling stations; the first floor has another seven styling stations and three backwashes; the fourth, the top floor, is currently under construction to become a fully kitted-out Aveda spa.