She’s a jetsetting colourist who’s set up shop with her daughter in Belper; discover more about Tracey Devine-Smith’s new shabby chic retreat
French & Ivy, Derbyshire
When Tracey Devine-Smith’s family commitments brought her to Derbyshire, she instantly fell in love with Belper, choosing the town as home to her new destination boutique salon. The ASP global ambassador has made it a family affair, joined by her daughter Poppy Devine-Smith, to create an inviting space that from the moment you walk in feels like home.
“We didn’t want it to be clinical or minimal; French & Ivi was all about creating a retro and boutique style vibe that oozed personality, explains Tracey. “Poppy and I love old junk shops with lots to look at, so it was important the space was interesting too.”
It’s an eclectic combination of delicately patterned wallpaper, wooden pallets, and a differing array of mirrors that delivers a mish-mash of colour, size and style. The result is an industrial-meets-boutique vibe.
“I personally love the floor,” she adds. “We found it by mistake while working on the renovation. Imagine our delight when we discovered these 100-year-old tiles!” There are two more rooms to renovate when the time is right – renovations happened during lockdown, with the salon’s first day in business being the infamous 4 July reopening day. “We were on a tight budget. But we wanted to support as many local businesses as possible and thankfully our shop fitter was amazing at sourcing retro and cool things,” she smiles.
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