Savvy businesswoman launches new beauty salon and completes DIY renovation during lockdown

Creative salon owner reveals how she transformed a rundown space into something Instagram worthy

Savvy couple Laura Guy, 32 and Jake Guy, 29 reveal an incredible transformation of a beauty salon they took on and renovated during lockdown – with the total cost coming in around £4,000. The interior design is chic with a touch of industrial – with most of the work being done by the creative couple. Some of the pieces are from Homesense and Made.com however Laura used her DIY skills to create the stunning neon pampas feature. Now officially open for business beauty salon LOLO Guy can be found in Limavady, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Laura told money-saving site bargainbestfinds.co.uk: “We moved to Northern Ireland from Brighton in February just before we went into lockdown. I have always wanted to have my own salon and when we were emerging from lockdown Jake said just go for it. I was nervous as I had absolutely no client base in Ireland however, I had a full client base back in England – Jake encouraged me and said you built it once and you will do it again! He was so supportive and led me to look at a space for rent.

Laura goes on to say: “Jake has a construction background and is incredible at DIY – we have totally renovated our home together from something derelict to a beautiful space so I knew this would be a project we could both handle. Due to having no client base, I felt I had to bring something amazing with the decor to make an impact and get noticed.”

LOLO Guy Toilet

Laura adds: “After Covid so many self-employed people were struggling so there wasn’t a massive budget available to us, the salon actually took a couple of weeks longer than we thought it would with raising funds. Jake was working all day and renovating the salon in the evenings. We started with an idea and compromised along the way with different items depending on bargains we can find. I normally come up with some unique ideas and Jake brings them to life.”

Laura reveals: “We did the majority of the renovations ourselves including two DIY projects to make the salon unique. The first thing was we really wanted the salon logo in the flooring. We found Crystal Crafters on Facebook who also produced other vinyl stickers for us. With Jake having his own flooring company it was important to us to add a quirky floor feature and I think he did an amazing job with what he has created.”

The second DIY project was the pampas feature – the pink pampas grass came from Pretty Pampas UK. My biggest tip for a DIY on a budget is comprise – if you like a vase or a sofa but it is over budget, find something similar that’s more affordable, add to it/ paint it upcycle it etc. My sofa from Made.com was just the perfect colour to match the decor however I did spray the legs from rose gold to gold. My favourite items in the salon have to be the neon lights from The Neon Sign Co and the feature mirrors from Homesense.

Salman Dean founder of Bargain Best Finds comments: “With a lot of uncertainty due to the current climate Laura and Jake’s story is an inspiration. Renovating any shop can be costly especially for a new business. It just shows you don’t need to spend a lot of money if you can get creative enough to DIY your own bits and find bargains.”

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