Apr 24, 2014

A Spa for All Seasons

By Courtney Ferris

The owners of Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa were excited to find a new office space in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The only problem was that the space was previously a drab lawyer’s office—and still looked like it. The owners challenged Lindsey Runyon of Lindsey Runyon Design to revamp the space in an eco-conscious and budget-conscious way.

Reception table from West Elm; rug from Crate and Barrel; tree and hallway art from Z Gallerie; ceiling tiles from Ceilume; pendant lights and ceiling pictures from Seattle Lighting; wall paint is Wish by Benjamin Moore; Flooring is bamboo from Lumber Liquidators.

Runyon pared down the space to its bare bones, but left the walls in their original locations—a decision that was good for the wallet and the environment. “If you’re changing less about the space,” Runyon says, “if you’re working with what you can still work with and you are not landfilling or junking drywall—you are saving a lot for the environment.”

The treatment room features a Tree, vase, floor lamp from Z Gallerie; bed coverlet from Macy’s; side chair and throw rug from Pier 1; side table, buffet, curtains, and mirror from Ikea; wall color is Passion Plum by Benjamin Moore.

Then the team removed the unsalvageable material from the space and chose a color palette. Carefully placed blasts of purple and pink hues in high traffic rooms such as the reception area and treatment rooms helped to create the bold and rich experience envisioned by the spa’s owner without totally overwhelming the space. Wanting to stretch the budget as far as possible, Runyon used bright accent walls to jazz up the plain floorplan and draw visitors through the space, saying that “color works harder and can achieve a lot,” especially when paired with the right accessories, such as the custom wall decal and vintage chandelier.

Reception waiting area features an antique chandelier; pillows from Cost Plus; coffee table from West Elm; rug from Crate and Barrel; side table from Ikea.

When looking for materials Runyon says that it’s all about buying enough pieces to fill the space entirely to avoid the space seeming too empty or too full. This often means hitting the pavement and going out to personally pick and choose the right objects to fit the furniture plan, the budget, and the character of the space. Where the team splurged was in bamboo flooring, recessed lighting, and upgraded Ceilume ceiling tiles—three decisions that had a big impact on the ambience of the space. Other furniture and accessories sourced from various Seattle businesses help finish out the interior transformation into a haven of inviting relaxation.   

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