Posted by Michele
Like a little black dress, my perfect bathroom combines classic details, clean lines, a modern mix of materials and finishes with just the right amount of sparkle.
Granite counters, iridescent smokey grey mosaic glass tiles, stainless steel accents and a modern classic white vessel sink are all combined for a unique fashion statement. Glass pillars in varying shapes are used to display soaps and a Trina Turk beach scented candle (my fav!) of verbena, white amber and peru balsam. Smells like an ocean breeze!
A fashionista must have a special place to primp and prime! This bathroom also features an at-home-salon with a built-in appliance holder for blow dryers and curling irons, a must-have full length mirror and a hand-painted vanity for storage. The pale teal girly-girl make-up chair with accent pillow is the perfect perch. Subway tiles, grass-paper wall cloth, black and white accents with stainless details are combined with the warmth of travertine for an opulent yet tasteful interior.
Finish the look with luscious cotton towels of tranquil blues, clean whites and a pop of sunshine in classic patterns to compliment the backdrop of subway tiles, stainless and travertine. Style mix for a glam girl on the go….
Bathroom design by Michele Pelafas, ASID, IIDA. www.SpaInteriors.com.
To learn more about setting up an at-home-salon check out Michele’s featured article in Kitchen & Bath Business Online.
Blue isn’t a color you often see in the kitchen, but with a soft hue or a little pop of this calming color you can transform your kitchen into a cozy place to reconnect.
A light blue island makes this kitchen bright and breezy.
Pale blue wall covering adds style and grace to this classic dining area.
Smoky blue flowers are paired with the look of aged metal. This foil wall paper has a slightly Asian feel. $21.96 per Yard at http://www.homespadecor.com.
A tiled dining room table in iridescent ice blue glass tiles adds a hint of color without being overwhelming. It’s also a durable alternative to the standard wood table.
What colors have you used to accent your kitchen? We’d love to hear your ideas and insights!
Dinner time is a time to sit back, relax, reconnect, and, well…. eat! Whether your having a special family dinner or a gathering with friends, you can add a touch of glamor to dinner time by dressing up your table. This can be as simple as adding fresh blossoms and fabric napkins to your table. I’ve put together some beautiful spa-inspired table settings to get your creativity stirring…
Colleen Mullaney has her roots in floral design, interior design, and architecture, and creates beautiful table settings. Check out her unique style and creative crafty books at http://www.colleenmullaney.com.
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Serve your signature drink in style!
A simple, elegant place setting with fresh pears as the centerpiece. Layering plates of different shapes and colors adds depth and interest to your table. Add candles and natural place mats and your on your way to creating an intimate and relaxing mood.
Looking for recipe ideas? Here’s a few spa cuisine recipes to try out!
Grilled Pear Salad with Candied Almonds
By Candace http://www.ishotthechef.com
- 2 pears (must be ripe but firm) peeled and sliced
3 c baby arugula
2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
16 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1/4 c pomegranate seeds
1. Heat Grill pan over medium high heat and place pear slices on pan. Grill for 2-3 minutes, then flip and grill the other side for another 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the pears, as they will get mushy. Do this in small batches and let cool. When cooled, slice, or dice depending on how you want to serve it.
2. Toss arugula with the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange on the plate and scatter the grilled pears, tomatoes, yellow pepper, blue cheese and pomegranate seeds on top.
- 1/4 c sugar
2 tbsp water
1 c whole blanched almonds
1 tsp unsalted butter
1. Place foil on cookie sheet and set aside. Stir sugar and water in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and boil without stirring until mixture turns deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 4-7 minutes.
2. Mix in almonds and butter. Immediately pour out onto foil, separating almonds with fork. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Sprinkle over salad
Spiced Apple and Chamomile Tea
The Golden Door Health Spa
2 1/2 c. unfiltered apple juice
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
Thin apple slices
2 c. brewed double-strength chamomile tea
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Heat all ingredients except apple slices to just under boil. Strain. Pour into mugs. Garnish with apple and serve. Also can be served cold over ice. 4 servings.
There is something so enticing and intriguing about outdoor bathing. The sounds of nature, the open sky, the fragrant and familiar scents….
Dress code: Cozy robes and comfy slippers; clothing optional.
“Beautiful Bath Addition” homeowner Kathryn Allen, Sunset Magazine
In our daily lives it can be hard to find a little time to clear our heads and re-center. Daily meditation can help us relax and focus, and even increase our energy throughout the day. Creating a meditation space in your home is easier than you may think. Your first step is to find a little area that is free from distractions – a quiet place where you can clear your mind and de-stress. A peaceful view out a window and natural light are beneficial, but aren’t necessary. You can create your own beautiful view using your favorite artwork.
Once you find your quiet place, focus on making it your own. Add a table and place your favorite objects on it - anything that inspires you – seashells, smooth stones, a photo of your loved ones, a glowing candle garden, or a special sculpture that you love. Having a plant or fishbowl in your meditation area is also recommended to add living energy.
Gradually add the things that you love to your table, and eventually you’ll have a collage of beautiful things that are uniquely yours. As you pass by your meditation area throughout the day it should help you feel inspired and relaxed.
Many people think that you need to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate, but in reality you just need to be comfortable. Place your favorite comfy chair in your meditation space, or add a big fluffy cushion if you prefer sitting on the floor. You can even use your bed as your meditation space – just be sure to sit up straight! Your posture and a straight spine will help the energy flow through you while you meditate (and your back won’t hurt when your done!)
Soft music or guided meditation can help you ease into meditation as a habit. A CD player or an MP3 docking station is a good addition to your space. Play soft, soothing music and let your mind wander, or try a guided meditation series to help channel your energy. “Meditation Moment” by Dudley Evenson provides guided meditations for each week of the year.
You can also find some short, guided meditations to get you started at Learning Meditation http://www.learningmeditation.com. Also check out Meditation Center’s website http://www.meditationcenter.com, which has a 21 day meditation start up newsletter to help you get in the habit.
Do you have a place for meditation in your home? Send us pictures of your retreat and let us know what inspires you!
Posted by Michele
A sunbed brings to mind easy, breezy and blissful sunny days, curled up with a good book and taking in the fresh air. These sunbeds take lounging to an entirely different level and are oh so chic!
Congratulations Paola Lenti. Extraordinary designs. www.karkula.com