February 22nd, 2012

Awhile back I posted a bit of a preview of a design project that Laure and I have been working on and after finalizing a few finishing details we headed down to Morrison Hair in Laguna Beach to do a big photo shoot of the finished space and stylish staff.

James and Rachel Morrison couldn’t be better or more talented folks to work with and we loved that their big dream was to create a salon that felt more like a warm comfortable home than a standard commercial space. In terms of the overall design, we wanted to combine a bit of modern lux, California boho, industrial and rustic details, unique vintage pieces with a nod to James Scottish roots and the buildings architectural past. The salon is located in a renovated 1920’s Spanish bungalow with fantastic original architectural details and killer ocean views. I mean really, the process of helping Rachel and James pull together a comfy and stylish interior wasn’t that much of a stretch.

Admittedly, one of the biggest perks of helping out at the salon was getting fancy haircuts. Although, now I’m ruined for all other salons seeing as I only want  James to cut my hair forever. He’s that good.

Some folks were curious about where my Adelman chandelier ended up and I’ve had a number of email offers come in to snatch it up, but the lamp now resides in the salons main waiting room. I love seeing it lit up while driving by since it looks AMAZING from the street.

There’s a selection of drinks and treats at the beverage bar for customers to indulge in that includes some seriously good coffee – loads of which we heartily partook of on those long installation nights.

We asked our friend Bianca to make us a very special succulent planting for the main waiting area and if you look closely…

…it reveals a miniature scene of two flamingos styling up some hair-dos.

These gorgeous leather strapped mirrors were sourced from Casamidy‘s AltaVista line.

They are perfect and I want them to be all over my house.

An industrial clothes rack with simple metal clothes hangers hold the salon’s robes for customers to change into. I love this solution, so simple but still sleek.

Besides the Adelman chandelier in the main waiting area we used a number of exposed bulb fixtures throughout the salon, including these simple and super budget friendly painted porcelain light sockets with extra large clear bulbs at the work stations and a Satellite pendant from Schoolhouse Electric with some half chrome beauties in the restroom.

One other custom detail that turned out better than we ever could have hoped, was the brass sheet inserts that line the top of each stylists work station. The brass adds an unexpected bit of shine which reflects a flattering warm light and ties in with the brass hardware used throughout the salon.

I grabbed a quick candid snapshot of the Morrison staff getting their portrait shot by Laure.

They all have perfect hair all the time. It is incredible.

This Tom Dixon light is the business.

Casamidy leather magazine holder is also the business.

For the dry bar we asked the incredible woodsmith Dusty Wheeler to fabricate and install a floating eleven foot raw live edge slab of Alligator Juniper, which turned out to be smoother than glass and possibly the most beautiful slab of wood ever seen anywhere. Dusty also fabricated and installed the brass inserts for the work stations and built an amazing wood top for the shampoo room storage cabinet, which also turned out to be better made than anything I’ve ever owned.

Dude has skills and is easily the nicest fabricator to work with. I want to keep him a secret so that he remains available to work on every project I ever do, but also know he’s too talented to hoard to myself and do truly want him to stay busy and help out as many folks as possible. I can’t recommend Dusty highly enough.

*Um. I do need him for other projects, soooooo, calling first dibs.

This leather bit of heaven is from HD Buttercup.

James & Rachel are goddamn adorable.

Everyone who comes in can’t help but stroke the dry bar.

It’s that gorgeous.

The interiors of Morrison Hair turned out to be everything Laure and I hoped it would be and much more. This was such a creative and fun project to be a part of and we loved working with Rachel and James and the entire staff at Morrison to create a space they enjoy and feel at home in.

I couldn’t be more proud of how it all came together or more excited about upcoming projects with Laure and the lovely Morrison family.


Be Sociable, Share!


  1. Kim @ Yellow Brick Home on 02/22/2012:

    The salon is absolutely breathtaking! Every last detail is just gorgeous.

  2. Lucy on 02/22/2012:

    THIS IS THE BEST. Seriously superb work. But why haven’t you mentioned anything about the eames-esque salon chairs? They are clearly the best hairdresser chairs ever – trade secret?

  3. Fe on 02/23/2012:

    Loving it !!!!!! Could you tell me if the yellow and black bus signs are a poster or mounted as single signs…..its gorgeous !

  4. cindy livni on 02/23/2012:

    The space looks amazing. Great work!

  5. Stefania Rose on 02/23/2012:

    As I scrolled through I couldn’t help but exclaim aloud “Oh my god I love this!” “No wait, I love THIS even more!”. Each shot was better than the last. Amazing work, what a great post to start my day with.

  6. Marije on 02/23/2012:

    Absolutely gorgeous. So inspiring. You nailed it.

  7. Ana on 02/23/2012:


  8. Erin on 02/23/2012:

    Wow– this is spectacular! My jaw is on the floor

  9. katie on 02/23/2012:

    this is amazing, beautiful work.

  10. Martha on 02/23/2012:

    Morgan, WOW! This is a beautiful space. The lighting is fantastic and the materials consistent and strong. And of course there’s a little string shelving thrown in. My favorite part was probably the flamingoes. Thank you for sharing your clever, detailed work.

  11. Sylvie Allain on 02/23/2012:

    Wonderful work! Very detailed, everything has it place. It works cohesively as a space, but there are also great little venues.

    Again, congradulations on the wonderful work! Brava!

  12. Viktoria on 02/23/2012:

    This is the most detail-oriented interior design I have seen in a very long time. Absolutely beautiful!

  13. liz on 02/23/2012:

    Wow! The space is amazing. Nice job! I love it! I wish I lived there so I can get my hair cut at Morrison.

  14. Erin | Holtwood Hipster on 02/23/2012:

    Um… you are the business dude. This is absolute perfection in my book. All the details- those brass inserts are spectacular. I have a feeling I’ll come back to stare at this a lot today. Was this a brand new salon or something that you and Laure re-worked?

  15. Kara K on 02/23/2012:

    God, did I need this this morning. So beautiful – love everything in the salon and the pictures are perfect.

    I still need to paint my walls white. It’s scary.

  16. Braden on 02/23/2012:

    This is absolutely inspired. Where did the black and white pillows comes from?

  17. Erika on 02/23/2012:

    What a spectacular space! It’s so bright, and everything is stylish but comfortable looking (my favourite combination). Congratulations on finishing such a fabulous project.

  18. johanna on 02/23/2012:

    oh my, it’s stunning!
    Who wouldn’t love to go to that salon!?

    I was even more excited when I realized that it’s in Laguna! I lived in Newport Beach for a year 12 years ago. I loooved it! Laguna was one of my favourite places to go. Last time I visited was 3 years ago.. Oh, I think it’s time to go soon again 😉

  19. heather on 02/23/2012:

    I want to live here!!!!!!!!!!!! absolutely amazing! 🙂 I love every last detail… seriously amazing.

  20. You’re a design Jesus…it’s so gorgeous!

  21. angela on 02/23/2012:

    Shear genius work, now come over and do my house…..seriously. Really awesome work, simple clean warm and interesting. Congrats!!!!

  22. Nick on 02/23/2012:

    this is ridiculously good…..i’m doing my best to not use obscenities

  23. Molly@TheNestingGame on 02/23/2012:

    Wow. Wow wow wowowowow. This is seriously beautiful stuff. Every detail more amazing than the next. I love the backs of the stylist chairs, the lighting, the leather details, that slab of wood.

    Insane in the membrane.

  24. Jason Hudson on 02/23/2012:

    Real nice, ladies. That sofa is incredible.

  25. Nicole on 02/23/2012:

    You rock! This is so inspiring and just what I needed to see today, I love every element! Love your work! Do you have a good source for rugs, you seem to find great, worn rugs with serene tones.

  26. Katie on 02/23/2012:

    Really amazing job. I’m also curious if you would divulge your rug sources. The one in the waiting room is absolutely stunning.

  27. Victoria on 02/23/2012:

    The Eames-inspired salon chairs are from Belvedere!

  28. Jennica on 02/23/2012:

    You nailed this project girl…a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!! I love seeing your pieces here and there, the space is perfection and I am sure they appreciate your items/work! I will be drooling over this one forever…thanks for the sources too. =) I am wondering where the sconces by the shampoo area are from?

  29. Carla on 02/23/2012:

    damn—they be looking gooood!

  30. Annie Hollywood on 02/23/2012:

    Seriously the coolest salon (or retail space period) I’ve ever seen. Periodically I freak out and chop off my own hair, just this week actually, but an amazing haircut is so worth it…

  31. Florian on 02/23/2012:

    Ooh, ooh, oooh! Gasp. I want one of those planters with the wooden base! Want want WANT!!! Where can I get on? Tell me already! Where can I get on? (Europe a plus.)

  32. Desi on 02/23/2012:

    So good. Details ladies, such great details. Flawless.

  33. Jan on 02/23/2012:

    wooow this looks so fantastic! unfortunately i live in germany so i couldn’ t visit this great hair salon.

  34. Alice @ LAX TO YVR on 02/23/2012:

    Bravo! I cannot tell you how much I LOVE what you gals have done with the space. If it weren’t a salon, I’d want to live there!

    Where do you get the black porcelain light sockets and the big round clear bulbs? They look like the ones I’ve seen at the Ace Hotel in PS. I love how they look!

  35. Arin on 02/23/2012:

    So gorgeous. I want to live there.

  36. Nikki Kelly on 02/23/2012:

    OMG! I didn’t realize that James Morrison had ventured out on his own. He’s been a pretty big figure in the Toni & Guy world. I’m sad to hear he’s left, but the salon looks immaculate. Fantastic job!

    Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator (and T&G stylist for 8 years)

  37. Lily on 02/23/2012:

    Gorgeous! Is that your living room rug too? Looks a lot like it.

  38. misa on 02/23/2012:

    perfection! i echo the design jesus comment. i had been following along on instagram, but seeing the entire space is incredible. where are those little gold sugar spoons from?

  39. John on 02/23/2012:

    While looking at these beautiful photos I can’t help but think, when the fuck are you going to offer up your PHOTO / CAMP?!?!

  40. Susan on 02/23/2012:

    Mr. Morrison really pulls off the vest.

    And this space is the business.


  41. Soul pretty on 02/23/2012:

    Makes me want to fly out just to have my hair done…beautiful.

  42. cathy on 02/23/2012:

    Wow! What you and Laure did at Morrison Hair is INCREDIBLE! Just a beautiful space. Lucky me, I’ll bein Laguna later this year. If I can’t afford a haircut, I wonder if they’ll just let me come in and gawk. Discount for fans of The Brick House blog??

  43. Emily on 02/23/2012:

    Wow. So nice….love it! Laure mentioned it and she was modest (as usual!)- you guys are an awesome team! Keep up the business comin’….

  44. erin@designcrisis on 02/24/2012:

    Fantastic job, but omg that couch!!!!!!


  45. julia wheeler on 02/24/2012:

    i am speechless. this is BEYOND amazing. you guys did stunning work! thanks for the rad shout-out to dust too:)

  46. jess@birdhouse on 02/24/2012:

    This is beautiful. I love that it looks more like hanging out in a super chic house than going to a sterile salon.

    I’m dying over the waiting room.

  47. Cynthia Wig on 02/24/2012:

    GORGEOUS! A big congrats to you and Laure!

  48. Jeannie on 02/24/2012:

    awesome. now I need a haircut.

  49. Faye on 02/24/2012:

    love it all! i might need to use those mirrors somewhere as well.

  50. Scotty Caplan on 02/25/2012:

    It’s just amazing !!!! So, so beautiful ! Bravo les filles !

  51. Holly on 02/26/2012:

    AWESOME! Love it all.

  52. CHRIS on 02/26/2012:

    This is truly a beautiful, timeless space. Love it.

  53. Gillianne on 02/26/2012:

    Oh, how I love that sofa! The mix of materials is a visual feast.
    Off topic, our local craigslist (across the country) has something I thought you’d appreciate, as a voyeur: a mid-century brutalist dining table. I’ve never seen anything quite like this:

  54. Gillianne on 02/26/2012:

    Oh, how I love that sofa! The mix of materials in this space is a visual feast. Off topic, our local craigslist (across the country) has something I thought you’d appreciate, as a voyeur: a mid-century brutalist dining table. I’ve never seen anything quite like this:

  55. Paula Deyette on 02/26/2012:

    In all my years of doing hair in upstate NY & now living here in California I have seen some beautiful places but The Brick House is very unique, I could live there! They obvously had an amazing vision and their place reflects that. I love it.

  56. jmarr on 02/26/2012:

    well done!! looks incredible.

  57. modernhaus on 02/26/2012:

    I’m sure they know how lucky they were to get you and Laure, the dynamic duo, before you get super famous and booked up for 10 years out! You guys poured your hearts into this project and it shows. Every single element is spot on. I am SO proud of you guys!

  58. Cassie on 02/26/2012:

    This looks so, so stylish. Great photos too.

  59. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/27/2012:

    Thanks all! I’m overwhelmed.

    We couldn’t be prouder of how everything turned out and I was so glad to be a part of helping James and Rachel make their dream happen.

    Sorry for the reply delays, I still don’t have threaded comments so this gets complicated…

    Fe : It’s a single piece.
    Erin | Holtwood Hipster : Brand new!
    Braden : Etsy!
    Nicole : Nope! It’s really hard. It’s always a struggle with vintage.
    Katie : Found it in a consignment shop, just a lucky find.
    Jennica : Tom Dixon!
    Florian : Modernica!
    John : Soon?

  60. Nicole on 02/27/2012:

    I can’t get this beautifulness off my mind since last week! Can I ask where is the upholstered strip bench in the window is from? And the ceramics on the fireplace?

  61. Lisa on 02/27/2012:

    You’re a mad super genius! Those slingy chairs! But I think I’m forever going to miss that fixture from your dining room.

  62. Lisette on 02/28/2012:

    Fabulous! Such a stunning salon, thanks to you and Laure! The extent of the details are incredible and everything works a treat. Love seeing your sling chairs working so well in their new spot. Congratulations! If you’re ever in Barcelona, come do my place!

  63. Trina on 02/28/2012:

    AMAZING. I want to live in this salon. You have some rad skillz! Also, congrats on the One Kings Lane feature AND….loved your session at ALT. So good + you are so funny!
    xo. trina

  64. jen poole on 02/29/2012:

    All the details in the salon are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful work!!

  65. Mod Dog on 02/29/2012:

    Wow. Amazing. I cant wait for you guys to design a hip hotel. I love, love love it!

  66. Grumble Girl on 02/29/2012:

    It is so, So, SO beautiful… I don’t even have any hair, and I want to just hang out there every day. A job well done, lady!! Stellar… really.

  67. coolest salon EVER.

  68. Joanne on 03/03/2012:

    so stunning! who is the coffee table in the waiting room by?

  69. melissa on 03/05/2012:

    Thinking about this fireplace keeps me up at night. I finally showed the picture to a handyman so hopefully my sad, ugly, multiple-shades-of-brick fireplace will be transformed soon. Thanks for solving that problem for me!

  70. Natalie (Fashion Intel) on 03/07/2012:

    This is absolutely stunning, you are one talented woman!

  71. Angela on 03/08/2012:

    Wow! So beautiful! Can I ask where you found the gray lounge chairs in the waiting area? and what they would be called?

  72. Samantha on 03/26/2012:

    Your work is truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  73. James on 05/13/2012:

    everything you do looks like I died and went to heaven!

  74. Renee on 10/31/2012:

    Love the salon chairs where are they from… im doing a reno in my salon these are great!

  75. Romunda Lockett on 05/03/2013:

    I love the decor. I’m interested in your cabinets on the wall. Can you reveal where you purchased them. LUV the space!!

  76. Nicole A on 08/11/2013:

    Hi Morgan….the space is quite fantastic! Love the organic wood bench…where is it from?

  77. Andrew on 12/08/2013:

    Can not find the styling stations. Could you point me in a direction?

  78. Natalie on 11/06/2016:

    Hi! Did anyone ever get the source for the workstation cabinets?

  79. Michelle Moses on 05/09/2014:

    PLEASE tell me where the work stations can from??? Must have asap!!


  80. Stephanie on 05/23/2015:

    what color white is on the walls?!

  81. Ron on 10/23/2015:

    There’s only one thing anyone will think when they look at that staff group photo.


  82. Naomi van Erp on 02/27/2017:


    somebody know where that salon chair is from??
    love it

  83. Christiane on 06/26/2017:

    I would love, love, love to know the source for the incredible cutting chairs!!!! Please!?!!!
    ~ Christiane

Comment It Up!