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AUG 2019

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24 BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD AUGUST 2019 From the moment clients and staff interact with Studio 285 (@studio285) in Evans, Georgia, they come face-to- face with lions: Antique lion-head doorknobs sourced from Europe grant entrance to the highly stylized space, and a gold geometric lion head keeps watch behind the front desk. For owner Brittany Carrington, who started Studio 285 in 2009 as a one-room operation and has expanded it into the 4,000-square-foot beauty emporium it is today, the lion symbolizes everything she values in both business and life: strength, courage and leadership. "[ e lion] represents who we are and, if you look closely, you can fi nd the image of a lion hidden throughout the entire salon," says sister Amber Carrington, who joined Studio 285 as chief operating off icer in 2012. While lions prowl the space, it's the actual salon fl oor—a roiling swirl of greens, blues and copper— that commands the most attention. "Brittany gave a painter a Google Earth image of the Caribbean and told him to paint exactly that," says Amber of the stained concrete. Such otherworldly details abound in Studio 285: A striking six-foot chandelier was inspired by ones Brittany came across while visiting Universal Orlando's e Wizarding World of Harry Potter; galaxy mural walls with a glowing moon cocoon the color- processing area—a natural fi t, says Amber, due to the orbital haircolor processors that resemble fl ying saucers. When clients recline to enjoy a toner rinse in the shampoo area, their view is one of lush tropical plants sprouting vibrantly from the ceiling à la the Rainforest Café—another Orlando, Florida, fi nd. "Our guests love their view from the shampoo chairs," Amber thrills. en there's what the sisters lovingly dub the "oddity" restroom. "We crafted and collected all sorts of unusual Studio 285 /Evans, Georgia Å INSIDE STORY: SALLY KOLAR PHOTOGRAPHY A GOOGLE EARTH FLOOR, A LIVING CEILING, A GALAXY HAIR-PROCESSING AREA: STUDIO 285'S DESIGN IS A DREAM COME TO LIFE. KLF When Quirk Works NUMBER OF CHAIRS: 14 Trendsetters/Salon of the Month A six-foot chandelier casts a warm, glamorous glow on the reception area. Mobile stations with custom gold details fl oat atop a Google Earth mural fl oor.

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