Today I’m feeling happy to finally share more details about our first commercial project, SoulBarre Studio! You can find out more about the process of this space in the last post. For now, I’ll just say it was pretty fun collaborating with someone who already had a vision of their brand and a concept for their dream space! I loved helping to bring the owner’s overall ideas to life while watching her nail the details!
BRINGING DREAMS TO LIFE
I remember first talking to Lori over a year ago! we met at a barre event she was hosting for a group of local ladies. I loved her energy and spirit and the class was powerful yet refreshing at the same time. Shortly after this event, Lori started sharing her dreams with me about her own future studio. From the beginning, she had always loved a concept of a black and white studio with geometric shapes on the walls. We wanted to honor this vision, and did minor consulting to help refine the finishes. This included picking a paint color, selecting flooring from a sea of samples, lighting design, and visualizing proportions of the geometry.
CUSTOM BARRES & EQUIPMENT
Lori’s husband is in the construction industry, so they had some great contacts for doing custom work. These ballet barres were one of the many custom pieces designed. With their modern lines and warm finishes, they worked perfectly with the rest of the design concept.
Several other areas had custom pieces as well. For example, the large variety in equipment all needed a home. The wall space we had needed to be maximized to store everything. Local craftsmen built the storage for yoga mats, hooks for the green workout mats, and the weight holders. Above all, keeping everything white or black and in the same materials provided a cohesive and organized look.
In the photo above, you can catch a glimpse of the entry area. This smaller space needed to function in A LOT of different ways! For example, standing AND sitting room, storage for belongings, signage, sign-in station, a place for brochures, and a retail area for merchandise. The area was an L shape so it helped to divide the functions in a natural way.
I just LOVE her motto. After experiencing her class firsthand, I felt it was spot on. For this reason, when designing the entry and focal space, I thought it was perfect to bring this detail of her brand’s vision right up front. This is the area people are getting prepared for their class and getting in the right state of mind. It’s so beautiful to have this as a welcome message, but also as a “see you next time.” I love that you can see this through the glass as you come up the stairwell and enter the space. It was really just a perfect opportunity for a focal point like this.
COST-EFFECTIVE & THOUGHTFUL TOUCHES
For the storage, built-in and custom pieces were considered, but cost was adding up, so instead we went for simple pieces from IKEA that work just as great! The white painted wood letters are from an online company and you can pick your font, color, and size.
Lori finished out the corner with some additional touches that were so fun: a charging station for phones, and a free library shelf. It’s thoughtful details like this that make her personality shine in how she creates a home away from home.
A GRAND OPENING!
This project was fast moving but finished just in time for her grand opening at the beginning of March, which was a successful event with free classes, giveaways, and more! If you missed it, don’t worry, she offers a first week of classes for free to try it out! It’s a really fun experience that I would highly recommend, and wow, what a workout! You can find more information at SoulBarre Studio (Spokane, Washington).
Make sure to check out the process recap…it’s always fun to see that transformation! As always, if you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Check out our services and let’s chat!
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