This Gorgeous San Diego Nail Salon Was Designed For Self Care

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Photographed by Amber Thrane/Dulcet Creative for Solstice Interiors.

It's officially 2019 and self care is no longer an optional part of our routines. That means we are taking time for rest, relaxation, and doing things that make us feel good. One spot we're adding to our list of self-care destinations? Leo, a brand new nail salon in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

Not only does this spot offer aromatherapy-infused manis, pedis, and massages to treat yourself to some much-needed TLC, but it also is located in an absolutely gorgeous space. Designed by Katie Gebhardt of Solstice Interiors, the salon exudes Cali-cool vibes with tons of natural materials, beautiful modern fixtures, and a statement mural just itching to be Instagrammed.

Since we had to learn the story behind the design, we asked Gebhardt to share how she curated the amazing space. Read ahead to get an inside look at why you need to book your next appointment now.

What was your inspiration for the design of the space?

Katie Gebhardt: My client Jina, founder and owner of Leo, came to me with a love of all things natural, organic and neutral but still wanted to mix in some colorful elements. I was inspired by spaces that instantly made you feel relaxed and at ease, and also comfortable.

This Gorgeous San Diego Nail Salon Was Designed For Self-Care
Photographed by Amber Thrane/Dulcet Creative for Solstice Interiors.

This space was made for self care and to also satisfy an experience that seemed to be lacking in San Diego, so I was really inspired to make this space into a serene little haven you couldn’t wait to go back to. 

What is your favorite part of the project?

KG: My favorite part of the project was being able to work on a space centered around people doing something for themselves. Self care and slowing down to make time for the things you love is so important to me, so when Jina told me about this space and what she wanted to create I was over the moon.

From custom tea blends made for clients, to your choice of an essential oil blend that your technician works with during a treatment, every little detail was made to create a special experience for each person.

This Gorgeous San Diego Nail Salon Was Designed For Self-Care
Photographed by Amber Thrane/Dulcet Creative for Solstice Interiors.

With each client that comes in, they’re given a postcard which they write three things they want to work on, goals, or ways they can connect with themselves - and there's a little mailbox that you pop it in on your way out. Leo will then mail it out to you a month later so you can check back in with your intentions... I mean, come on!!! 

Can you tell me a bit about the mural on the back wall?

KG: Jina and I were at a meeting with our custom furniture vendor, Moniker Design, going over final details and came across a beautiful mural in their offices that literally stopped us in our tracks. We looked at each other, literally jaws dropped, and knew we had to work with that artist.

This Gorgeous San Diego Nail Salon Was Designed For Self-Care
Photographed by Amber Thrane/Dulcet Creative for Solstice Interiors.

Enter Janie Rochfort of Betty Larkin. And to think we almost hung a rug on that plain white wall! I truly can’t imagine the space without that mural. 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

KG: It’s these types of passion projects that make me so grateful to get to do what I do, and work with all of the wonderful people that I get to. Leo will forever be near and dear to my heart, and I think anyone who gets the chance to go there will feel the same.

I am Lonny's Senior Associate Editor. You can find me writing about interior tips, scouting out the coolest new spots, and rallying behind amazing female entrepreneurs. You can reach me at shelby.wax@livingly.com or on Instagram @shelbywax.
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