The salon is not only a beautiful space, but also such a welcoming one. Everyone there is so friendly and immediately puts the client at ease. What was your inspiration for both the physical space and vibe of Mark Ryan Salon?
For the design, Ryan wanted to create the feeling of an airy, beauty oasis. In the center of our salon sits our color table which was up-cycled from two 100-year-old woodworking tables that we found in upstate New York. The table serves as a clearing in the forest between handcrafted wooden slat canopies that create a feeling of warmth and intimacy. Ryan loves design and chose a Pierre Frey wallpaper of painted ferns for the bathroom that plays on different hairstyles. The artwork is a collection of pieces including photography, paintings and sculpture. We wanted the salon to feel comfortable and welcoming.
Mission certainly accomplished. Last but not least: you're partners in both business and romance! What's that like?
Mark: For us, it works. We really enjoy spending so much time with one another. I really can’t imagine doing it without him. We’ve come to follow some of the rules that we’ve heard others say: we stay in our lanes, we try not to bring work home and lastly, follow the advice that my Aunt Mary gave us before getting married: we (mostly) don’t go to bed angry.
Ryan: For us it just works! We have different strengths and try to keep off of each other’s toes. We respect one another.
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