TWO RIVERS SPA IN EAGLE, Idaho, opened in 2000 in a 2,000-square-foot space. Two
years later, owner Stephanie Baker realized she had quickly outgrown the space and
moved to 5,000 square feet and added a salon—becoming Two Rivers Salon and Spa.
Fast-forward eight successful years, and add a $750,000 remodel and add another 2,500
square feet, and you have the expansive salon that boasts 15 styling chairs, 10 spa treatment
rooms and 16 nail stations, overlooking the surrounding Boise River. Here, Baker
points out the important elements of the design.

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

“I tore a picture of this chandelier out of a magazine
years ago, it reminds me of beautiful, draping jewelry—
it’s an original created by Barlas Baylar. When we
remodeled, we reduced our seating area and moved the
retail to surround where clients are seated—immediately
increasing retail revenue. We made the retail shelving in
curved walls so while the clients wait, their attention is
directed toward the retail.”

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

“The spa’s front desk is backed by a waterfall
with our logo imprinted on it, which is
our ‘signature piece’ for the spa side, and
accentuates the flow of water from the river.
We have Top 20 music playing and runway
shows on the flatscreen TV. The spa and salon
have two different feels to them, but with the
same dark brown wood and same colors to the
fabrics and walls, the two are tied together.”


Eagle, Idaho

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

Owned by: Matt and Stephanie Baker
Salon established:

May 2000

August 2010

Oribe, Bumble & bumble,
Square footage:

Number of styling stations:

Treatment rooms:

Manicure/pedicure stations:


Design X, Belvedere

Idaho Custom Wood Products
Total design investment:


Roslyn ZumBrunnen

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

“This area takes on a modern, sleek and straight-lined style. The stations
were custom built, so when not in use they are clean and put away. There
are hidden cabinets with a push opening, where we keep all backbar and
extra styling products to eliminate clutter. The unique ceiling is open with
the painted ductwork; but to create greater lighting for the stylist and to
give the salon a less industrial feel, the designer created ‘ceiling clouds’
over the styling stations.”

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

“The pedicure
area was built in
order to optimize
the view of the
river. The pedicure
bench was custom
built to curve so
that every seat has
a view. Having a
pedicure here, with
that view, may be
more relaxing and
entrancing than
even a massage.”

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

“In order to keep things modern and clean, we created a cove for the
shampoo stations. This visually separates the styling stations from the
shampoo stations. The shampoo chairs offer shiatsu massage and we
custom built drop-down metal containers for the back bar to go into so the
client is able to see products, but there is no clutter. We created holes in
the cabinetry where half are for towels and half for trash.”

Architects of Design: A Tale of Two Rivers

“The make-up station
was built to follow the
design; modern and
sleek. I again had fallen
in love with a magazine
photo of Phillip
Jeffries’ “Rock-Star-
Jewel” wallpaper with
the silver sparkling
circles, so I added it
around the mirror and
then across the makeup
area on an opposing
wall. I felt the silver
sparkle accentuated
the chandelier as well.”