ZEN Soul Studio + Salvaged Soul
Interior Design Collab
In January a good friend/client of mine called me to tell me she was opening up her own yoga studio and was looking at a couple spaces. Less than 2 weeks later she had the keys to her new studio and I was on a plane to Scottsdale, Az to get our design on!
When I finally got to walk the space I was just flooded with visions. My girlfriend Lindsay, the founder/owner of ZEN Soul Studio was going for a modern glam vibe but still keeping industrial accents in mind. I took measurements and photos of every inch of this place, being this would be a job I would have to oversee from out of state. We did as much as possible in the two days I was there and everything else was via email/phone. Pretty much painted every wall that we did not put wallpaper on white to keep an open airy feel and changed out all the receptacles to a more updated and clean style. We were fortunate enough this space was a yoga studio before and already had the floors and mirrors.
I did not have much time as she wanted to open by her 30th birthday, 4 weeks later!
This meant we needed to
\\in a very short time//
this studio truly does set your soul on fire with all the good vibes. brick wallpaper that makes you feel like you're in a New York loft, Restoration Hardware velvet curtains with custom industrial rods, a barn door that is a MAJOR statement piece with its custom metal/wood combination. oh and lets not forget about that 'TAKE what you NEED' tapestry I made the night before the grand opening. beyond in love with this space.
this part of the studio really needed some customization with the layout and window/door placement. completed with a custom modern Salvaged Soul sectional, triangle wall shelves, and an oversized floating shelf that doubles as a storage drawer. oh, and should we talk about the to-die-for metallic wallpaper? OMG! pillows and wall art from Z Gallerie, lighting from Restoration Hardware.
::STORAGE ROOM BEFORE::
::STORAGE ROOM AFTER::
this space was tricky but nothing a couple oversized triangle shelves can fix, perfect cubbies!
this bathroom called for some geometric pattern leather wallpaper, a glam metallic salvaged soul wood framed mirror, and a pretty chandelier
If you local to the Scottsdale area PLEASE do yourself a favor and not only check out this gorgeous space but take a class with Lindsay. Her passion and love for what she's doing shines so bright and you will LOVE a buti yoga class with her <3
See the website and class schedule HERE!
BEING A FIRST TIME BUSINESS OWNER CAN BE SCARY, HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO GET THROUGH THE STRUGGLES TO REACH THE SUCCESSFUL POINTS OF EACH DAY?
L." I stay motivated by keeping the focus on what we're striving to do and that is making women feel great about themselves. Regardless if we have one person in class or 20, we give the same energy and make sure everyone leaves feeling amazing and knowing they're part of a community"
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST STRUGGLE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF STARTING AND OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? & HOW ARE YOU GETTING THROUGH IT?
L. "The hardest struggle has definitely been balancing work and my kids. Between running the studio and shuffling 3 babies around to school, sports, birthday parties etc. it's definitely been a challenge to getting used to. I've had a great support system from my family and the girls who teach at Zen Soul. I can say for a fact it takes a village and I have a damn good one 👊🏼"
IF YOU COULD GIVE AN ADVICE CARD TO EACH WOMEN WHO IS CONSIDERING STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS WHAT WOULD IT SAY?
L. "I would say there's never going to be a "good time" to start a business. It's never going to jump right out at you and say do it now! It will always be hard and there will always be obstacles but it's so worth it"
I though I'd switch it up a little bit and answer 3 questions Lindsay had for me <3
+Lindsay asks Christa+
What's one thing you would change if you had to start all over in business?
This is a tough one because I am such a big believer in things happening the way they are suppose to. I'm not saying things have been perfect because there many times I can look back on and want to change them but if those things changed I may have missed out on a learning experience.
What's your favorite type of client to work with?
A client who values and appreciates my work. Someone who values me as a mother, as a wife, as a business own, and as a creative. I am very fortunate to have built such a genuine clientele. I feel like social media has allowed me to connect to so many clients on a personal level in which the DO value and appreciate my work so much.
How do you find a good balance between kids, work, and relationship?
When I had that ah ha moment of realizing there is no such thing as a perfect balance when you have kids, a husband, and a career. I actually began to feel balanced. I was not stressing on trying to live up to a perfect schedule or routine that society sees you as "balanced" and held together all the time. Some weeks I am able to make dinner every night and some weeks we literally eat out every night. Some nights my kids get a bath, some nights they don't. Some mornings I can make breakfast, some mornings I have the box of cereal in my truck on the way to school and the boys are fighting over who gets to hold it. Its just life. Be thankful you are living and have it in you to pursue the things that make you happy.
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HUGE thank you to Stephanie Heymann Photography for the all of the gorgeous AFTER photos!