Talina Edwards Architecture FOLIO project: “Miller and Co Studio”

When I was presented with the opportunity to design a hair salon, I was excited by the prospect! But at the same time I realised I knew very little about hair and beauty salons, as I have not been inside one in over a decade! (other than to get hair and make-up done when I was a bridesmaid)! I’m fortunate to have a hair-dresser in the family who has given me haircuts over the years, but other than than, I actually enjoy cutting my own hair! To take care of my appearance/wellbeing, I see a Naturopath or get a massage instead. However I can understand many people enjoy this ‘pampering time’ at the salon, and the chance to have a chat with their favourite stylist.

Lisa (on left) and Ollie (second from right) with friends at the opening

Lisa (on left) and Ollie (second from right) with friends at the opening of Miller & Co

So I saw this as a challenge, and a chance to see if by working collaboratively with the co-owners, Lisa Miller and Ollie Callander, we could have a successful outcome. And if the feedback from the first customers and the guests at the Opening Night party recently is anything to go by, I think we achieved that… and I’m proud of the results.

BEFORE PHOTO: Existing space….hmmm a fresh coat of white paint will help! And replace those fluorescent tube lights! (Photo credit: Lisa Miller)

It was such a joy to help design this space as Lisa and Ollie had a strong vision of the elements they wanted to include in the salon. The vacant shop in Hampton St, Hampton that they inspected to lease, had previously been a nail-salon with awful yellow and green walls… it was uninspiring to say the least (see above)! But the layout was perfect for a salon, with a large shop-front, bathroom, kitchenette, and office/storeroom. All Lisa and Ollie really needed, was an experienced eye to show them how all their inspiring ideas could come together within the space. These are a few of the 3D model views of the design I presented to them.

3D plan view presented to clients

3D plan view

3D model view from entry door

3D model view from entry door

3D view from behind screen

3D view from behind screen

3D view from rear of salon

3D view from rear of salon

And now for some photos of the real deal! (All photos by Talina Edwards Architecture unless credited otherwise).

View toward front of salon (opening party)

View toward front of salon (opening party) with central table

Blackwood benches and endless mirrors

Blackwood benches and endless mirrors

Open for Business!
Photo credit: Ant Phillips

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Photo credit: Ant Phillips

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Lisa working her magic!
Photo credit: Ant Phillips

Opening night party in full swing

Opening night party in full swing
Photo credit: Ant Phillips

The interior fitout and joinery was built by a fabulous builder, James Davis, who really takes great pride in his craft. The timber for the benches and tabletops are beautifully finished, and the hand-crafted bespoke shoji screens are steel with a translucent polycarbonate backing, designed to limit views to the back-of-house amenities.

The identity design was done the very talented Ant Phillips, and I just love how well the logo and interiors complement each other, and the overall branding of “Miller & Co Studio”.

Business cards & flyers

Business cards & flyers

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Photo credit: Ant Phillips

Logo on front window

Logo on front window (how cute are the scissors?!) Photo credit: Ant Phillips

The gorgeous pieces of furniture were chosen and styled by Miller & Co Studio, with thoughtful little touches like the terrariums with antique hair-brushes and hair products that belonged to Lisa’s grandmother. They’re still planning on a few more finishing touches in the future…(what will we be decided about the back feature wall?!)…. so watch this space for updates!

Sitting area

Sitting area
Photo credit: Ant Phillips

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Shoji screen and gorgeous flower arrangement

Makeup Cabinet

Makeup Cabinet

Terrariums with antique brushes and scissors

Terrariums with antique brushes and scissors

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Photo of Lisa's Great-Grandfather's shop, Alex Miller & Sons Photo of Lisa’s Great-Grandfather’s shop, Alex Miller & Sons

I think that this place feels very welcoming and social, more like a cafe than a salon. I think that probably one of the reasons I’ve avoided salons for so long, is that more often than not, they are not a pleasant space to be – too noisy, too stark, strong chemical smells, bad mirrors where you are forced to look at yourself in the reflection (but cant see much beyond that) and a jar of blue disinfectant with hair-brushes in it! Miller & Co Studio is fresh, contemporary, comfortable… and I think you might just like it.

So if you’re ever down Bayside way, give the awesome women at Miller & Co Studio a call and book yourself in for some pampering… I’m even planning on booking myself in sometime soon!

Talina x

Do you like to enjoy some pampering at a hair salon? I’d love to hear what you love (or don’t love) about the salons you’ve been to! What’s important to you about choosing a hair-dresser? (Don’t be shy, please comment below). x

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