A new salon, Smith & Davis, recently opened in my neighborhood. It's housed in a classic Chicago space: a corner storefront in a vintage brick building. Even though I knew the room well from picking up parking passes - it's previous incarnation was the local Alderman's office - I wouldn't have recognized it now that it's been reimagined in a unique, vintage-chic style.
The salon was designed by its owners, Stevie Smith and Michael Davis. She colors, he cuts, they both have excellent taste and a clear vision for what they want their new business to look and feel like. Because their design plan for the space was grounded in a warm, slightly home-y vintage chic aesthetic (with just a touch of industrial glam), they retained original details wherever possible, from the painted wood floors to the 1880s ceiling tiles.
While the space was being updated and upgraded, the team sourced the vintage pieces from where you might expect: eBay and flea markets. The classic 1950s hairdressing chairs were a super lucky find, scooped up from a retiring barber. A great looking old industrial-style table adds another note of Chicago design history; it was used in the original Leo Burnett offices.
It's definitely worth a look inside next time you are in the neighborhood (just east of Halsted on Wrightwood) - interior inspiration and decorative details abound!
Smith & Davis
735 W. Wrightwood
Open Monday - Saturday
(Images: Janel Laban)