Aspen Beauty, Stannington


Tucked away in the picturesque Northumberland village of Stannington (near Morpeth), is a hidden gem that serves to pamper, relax and transform its clients by giving each individual a beauty care experience that will beautify and balance both body and mind.

Aspen Beauty owner Lorna Waddell chose this hideaway venue to give people of the area a destination place to relax, unwind and take in the benefits of her 35 years in the beauty industry as beauty trainer, lecturer, TV hair and make-up artist and former salon owner.


It took several years of searching to find the ‘right place’, but after finally securing the keys to what then was a run-down former Post Office, Lorna knew she had found her ‘special hideaway’ and the searching and the wait would be worth it. 

Over the next three months, the Post Office was given the full beauty treatment. The inside was stripped back to its bare brickwork, allowing the building to be fully insulated, re-wired, re-plumbed and re-invigorated. The result is a curious and surprising experience. The outer shell has the formal presence of a village post office albeit it with a new glass frontage, but the real delight is when you walk through the door. 

The interior is a delightfully well thought-out balance of purpose and style. The colour scheme and furnishings are comfortable and yet eclectic, with framed pieces of bygone beauty artefacts adorning the neutral coloured walls. Industrial touches play their part within the backdrop that is the salon’s appeal; Period cinema seating in the waiting area, a large drawer wall with a mix of antique handles and rustic shelving, all of which give the place an inviting charm and subtle effect. 

At the business end, there are two double sided hair-styling workstations, complimented by stunning leather seats to allow clients to have their hair coiffed in relaxation and comfort. Beyond these is a private treatment room, discreetly housing a well lit, modern clinical area that houses a full-length bed and all of the high tech electrical wizardry that can turn back the hands of time and restore individuals to the youth of tomorrow!

For our part, ShutterStyle installed Pure White, full height shutters across the whole window area to maintain the salon’s privacy and give the salon a clean fresh image from both inside and out.