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February 8 2015

Ahhh Mr. Steam

I had the sheer pleasure experiencing Steam Therapy first hand during Blog Tour Vegas. Martha Orellana (we call her Mrs. Steam) is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Mr.Steam. She is a high energy, super generous and thoughtful woman who totally practises what she preaches. She wanted us to experience Mr. Steam first hand and treated us to one of the most relaxing afternoons I’ve had in a very long time at the gorgeous Aria Spa in Las Vegas. It started out with a leisurely lunch and then presenting us with a beautiful TALA Gift Set, which is derived from the Moroccan landscape and crafted by its people. Once lunch was over we wandered down to the spa…aaahhhh. I will never be the same again. AMAZING! IMG_2996 IMG_3002Photos: Alison Habermehl

Introducing iSteam 2.0! I’m so excited about this product and can’t wait to introduce it to my clients who appreciate pampering and convenience. We work hard to get what we have and don’t want to have to think when we’re ready to decompress at the end of the day. High tech meets high touch with the iSteam home steam shower control. It`s as easy to use as a smartphone! The highly intuitive LCD touch screen features beautiful graphics and high-performance in wet environments. It now has an app so you can control your steam room’s iSteam 20 from your smart phone! Voilà, your steam shower is ready and waiting! 

iSteam 2.0

After a long day at work, there would be nothing more soothing and relaxing than a steam shower.

I threw this cheeky little video in for a laugh.

If that’s not enough to convince you to install a Mr. Steam in your shower the next time you go to renovate your bathroom, here are 40 more reasons!



Respiratory Health

1. Improves breathing; opens up nasal passages related to symptoms of allergies.

2. Improves breathing; opens up nasal passages related to symptoms of viruses.

3. Hot mist helps to promote sinus drainage.

4. Hot mist helps to loosen bronchial secretions.

5. May provide temporary relief of asthma-type symptoms.

6. Hot mist soothes the throat.

7. Warm mist helps decrease symptoms due to croup.

8. Acts as a natural expectorant.

Skin Care

9. Cleanses the skin.

10. May relieve acne conditions.

11. Opens up pores.

12. Lubricates the skin.

13. Hydrates dry skin.

14. Rejuvenates.

15. Leaves skin with healthy glow.

16. Makes shaving in a steam shower easier.

17. Prepares the skin follicles for easier waxing.

Holistic Health

18. Removes toxins from the body.

19. Increases circulation.

20. Helps the body rid itself of excess sodium.

21. May relieve pain & discomfort of arthritis.

22. Rids the body of metabolic and other waste products.

23. Helps with detoxification.

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24. Relieves stress.

25. Encourages relaxation

26. Promotes deep, restful sleep.

27. Fosters a sense of well-being.

28. Can help increase the length of REM cycles during sleep.

29. Combining Steam and AromaTherapy® (lavender) may promote soothing relief fromstress and tension.

30. Combine Steam and MusicTherapy® to manage stress.

31. Combine Steam and ChromaTherapy® to enhance your mood elevation.

Physical Wellness

32. Increases blood circulation.

33. Boosts metabolism.

34. Helps to reinvigorate tired muscles.

35. Removes lactic acid from over- worked muscles.

36. Increases muscular flexibility (great for stretching).

37. On average, burns 150 calories in a 15-minute session at 114°F.

Other Benefits

38. Uses less than 2 gallons of water for a 1/2 hour steambath.

39. Costs cents to operate.

40. May increase equity of the home.

41. Saves energy by following steam shower with a cold shower.

42. Can simply be added to an existing shower. Does not require a separate area or room in order to be used.

43. Great way to de-wrinkle clothes.

44. Adds humidity to your orchids.

If you’re interested in installing a Mr. Steam product, or would like to learn more, I’m more than happy to put you in touch with the right people.

November 21 2014

What I’m Working On: Ensuite Luxe Details

There’s a lot of work and planning to achieve a luxurious bathroom in a limited space. The key is, making sure every detail visually interesting. Plus, designing cabinetry and choosing fixtures in the appropriate scale is vital, and I always try to design a smaller space so sight lines aren’t blocked. For this ensuite, we opened up segragated water closet and added a frosted glass panel for a bit of privacy. The shower has as much glass as possible to maximize  the natural light. And, not wanting to interrupt the beautiful marble slabs in the shower with shelving, we added a half wall with a storage niche.  To make it seamless looking, we also cladded the wall and niche entirely with marble. Luxurious! I won’t show you the whole room now since it isn’t completely finished. I still have to layer it with art, accessories and fluffy towels. In the meantime, here are a few close ups with some of the details that make this ensuite special. IMG_1308We had a tiled, flush shower drain installed. It looks perfect with the zero threshold shower floor. DSC_0334Marble niche and slab marble wallsDSC_0322Custom  bevelled mirror.DSC_0324Custom vanity with polished nickel hardware.DSC_0325Beautiful tub filler, and I love the marble wall – very hotel chic.DSC_0326And of course a soaker tub to die for!

September 24 2014

Dreaming – Luxury Sheets and Tile…My Dream Team.

How amazing would it be to sleep in these D.Porthault sheets? They’re total luxury at about 2K per set!  Since this is my day to dream, I thought I would indulge and pick out the style I would dress my bed with. It’s hard to choose, but my favourite is the understated elegance of the Jour de Paris set. The crisp cotton percale with hemstitching detail in white is the perfect backdrop for the ultimate Paris hotel experience. Continuing with the theme of chic Parisian hotel, I fell in love with these Anne Sacks tiles a while ago and have been dreaming about them since. Maybe not what you would traditionally see in a Paris hotel, but I love the artisanal design and watery colour of this particular tile. It’s my version of Parisian chic. I would compliment these tiles with soft white marble floors, polished nickel faucets, vintage light fixtures and white fluffy towels. Jours de ParisAnne Sacks Tile