Fashionista Bathroom

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.

Understated glam is always in fashion and attention to detail is a must….

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.

Special Bathroom Touches

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.

To learn more about setting up an at-home-salon check out Michele’s featured article in Kitchen & Bath Business Online.


May 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm 1 comment

Cozy Kitchens in Blue

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.

Cottage Chic KitchenA cozy country kitchen dressed in smoky blue.By Unique Kitchens of Dublin

A light blue island makes this kitchen bright and breezy.

Glamorous Dining Area

Pale blue wall covering adds style and grace to this classic dining area.

Maylek Juniper Wall Covering

Maylek Juniper Wall Covering

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

Tiled Dining Table

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!

May 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

It’s Dinner Time!

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

The Pedistal Beverage Server

Serve your signature drink in style!

USA Pears Table Setting

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


  • 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
    blue cheese
    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.

Candied Almonds:

  • 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.


May 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Backyard Bathhouse

There is something so enticing and intriguing about outdoor bathing.  The sounds of nature, the open sky, the fragrant and familiar scents….

A place to call your own, some “me time”, away from the daily distractions…feels like a trip to the spa, yet just steps away.

Draw a bath, pour yourself a relaxing cup of tea and light some candles.

A spa escape:  morning, noon or night.  Sun, moon, stars.

Dress code:  Cozy robes and comfy slippers;  clothing optional.

“Beautiful Bath Addition” homeowner Kathryn Allen, Sunset Magazine

May 4, 2010 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

Meditation Spaces

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.

Meditation Corner from

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!)

Cozy Corner by Frank Roop Design

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.

Guided Meditations and Music

You can also find some short, guided meditations to get you started at Learning Meditation  Also check out Meditation Center’s website, 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!

April 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm 2 comments

Sunbeds – Chic Summer Style

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!

A pop of vibrant color in the midst of nature will brighten the start of any day especially when the hues are streamlined and contemporary against an organic background.

Lounging with a loved one, delightful appetizers, a bottle of wine…so sweet, so chic.

Barefoot and laughter….special moments are always enhanced when relaxing in style.  Here’s to hoping that the day never ends.

Light, bright and beautiful, in traditional Paola Lenti style, these sunbeds are distinct yet timeless.  Pile on the pillows!  The sun is setting…

Dusk til dawn, lounging in the great outdoors.

Congratulations Paola Lenti.  Extraordinary designs.

April 29, 2010 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends From Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine – kbb

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends From Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine – kbb

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April 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

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