Designed to Heal: Designers, Contractors and Craftsmen Transform Seal Beach Salon

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Good design brings peace and an entirely new environment to Salon Meritage of Seal Beach. Nearly one year after the tragic shooting, the salon is celebrating a Grand Opening in dedication to those who were lost.

“It was only with support from the community that the project got off the ground. This whole process of rebuilding has been therapeutic.” Irma Acosta.

Salon Meritage is looking toward the official reopening this Sunday, November 18, 2012. Proving that hope prevails in the beachside community of Seal Beach, a team of designers, contractors, vendors and craftsmen join together with an unprecedented outpouring of donations and support —a response to last-year’s devastating act, called “the worst mass murder in Orange County history”.

Inspired by the courage, strength and resiliency of the salon and its employees, Cynthia Pastor, Long-Beach based interior designer, volunteered to design the space: “They are in the business of beauty and in the midst of a challenging journey,” she says of owners, Sandi Fannin, Irma Acosta and Kelli Vasquez, “I wanted to give them, and their customers a beautiful space, so they could heal and be inspired by their surroundings.” The new design, set for reveal this Sunday, November 18, 2012, includes glamorous textures, metallic tiles, and rich upholstery; each dramatically offset by a custom wall covering designed specifically for the owners of the salon. The exterior and entryway will be remodeled as well. Patrons will be greeted in a new lobby and relax in dramatic wingchairs under a crystal chandelier as they await services in beautiful new stations, cabinetry of warm woods, natural stone surfaces, glowing with contemporary lighting. All made possible by a generous community of vendors and designers.
“It was only with support from the community that the project got off the ground. This whole process of rebuilding has been therapeutic.” Irma Acosta.

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