City House Dream Bath

Today I’m featuring what would be included in my dream city bathroom, courtesy of some of the wonderful Blogtour NYC sponsors.

First up this dream bathroom would have to include isteam, from Mr. Steam. I don’t know how I would ever leave the bathroom again, but I’d like to certainly give it a try.

Ahh, can you just imagine how relaxed you would feel after a steam shower.   The sleek  little control panel on the wall is as easy as your smart phone to operate.  It features temperature controls, duration, aromatherapy, chromatherapy and music, which are all hidden until needed.  It’s also available in both black and white.  The iSteam steamheads are design to match and are cool to the touch.  And there is even an iGenie ,which is an optional molded wireless control which remotely preheats the steam shower from up to 100 feet away.

Be sure to visit their website to see the full range of products and accessories, including towel warmers and shower seats.   The interactive planner where you can pick and choose your accessories is great to use and they even have some at home spa treatment recipes you can try.

And on the days, you want a leisurely soak I’m thinking this pure gorgeousness from Victoria + Albert would be the perfect compliment.

This is the Ravello tub made out of Englishcast (Quarrycast for the rest of the world outside of North America).  Englishcast is made from finely ground volcanic limestone mixed with resin. It is made out of one piece, hand finished and warm to the touch and keeps it’s warmth due to it’s high insulation properties.  It has a naturally white, gloss finish with excellent stain resistance and it is incredibly strong.   As it is a solid material throughout, internal scratches just simply polish out and it is even drillable for plumbing considerations.  The exterior can even be painted, if desired, after purchase.

The photo above even shows the matching Ravello 60 vessel basins.  A certainly winning combination.

And just to mix it up a bit I would use traditional styled fixtures from Barber Wilsons and Co Ltd.

Barber Wilsons is the oldest family owned, independent manufacturing of water fittings in the UK.  They have offered classic and outstanding quality for over 100 years.

The fittings are each reproduced using a portfolio of drawings from the early 19th century.  They may look the same on the outside as 100 years ago but on the inside they have used modern materials and components. This has allowed them to blend traditional craftmanship and contemporary manufacturing which in turn gives their fixtures elegance, quality and authentic styling.



This one above in the Mastercraft style below would be my choice in the nickel finish for the bath tub.

And the final piece of luxury would be this little piece of jewelery by Du Verre designer William Harvey.

This is the Arroyo collection and it is pure luxury.  The silhouette mimics man made water channels, which the finishing touch in a luxury bathroom. Available in satin nickel it is the icing on the cake!

And there you have it my City House Dream Bath!

And as usual, if you are looking for inspiration to help you with your bath, visit the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  And to quote them,  KNOW the value of working with a trained design professional. “


 Next up, the Country House Dream Kitchen!

And by the way, this time next week, I’ll be in the Big Apple (yes New York City) with Modenus’ BlogtourNYC.

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City House Dream Kitchen

After receiving the wonderful news about Blogtour NYC, I was checking out the websites of all the sponsors and was amazed by all the beauty I saw.

Then the creative juices got flowing and I thought wow, I could so see my dream kitchen and my dream bath being done with all this gorgeousness.

So here’s my –

City House Dream Kitchen

Starting off first with function,  from Miele.  They have just announced their Brillant White Plus Series for their appliances.  In sleek white glass, these appliances will dazzle! I’ll take the refrigerator, dishwasher and steam oven, please and thank you.

Hubby wants one of these plate and cup warmer drawers as he likes his food “HOT”.  Wouldn’t this be perfect over the holidays when you’re trying to keep everything warm for the hoard. Or for warming up your cup before making your tea or coffee (that would make me very happy, that and the fact that it comes in brillant white too, as seen above under the Miele coffee system).

Last but definitely not least, I would be all over this appliance below.

I mean, how can you resist their wine storage unit? I mean it holds 102 bottles and has three different cooling zones. You had me at the 102 bottles 🙂  The trick would be keeping it full!

Next up cabinetry.  And these beauties from Poggenpohl caught my eye. They are sleek and stylish but oh so warm.



And to top off the cabinetry, how about some Silestone?  Made from natural quartz, Silestone is durable, hygienic and very resilient.
Merope- Elegant and Sophisticated browns, a unique creation.

From their new Nebula series, I am particularly smitten with this colour, Merope.  Loving that it reads as a solid gray/brown at a distance, but when viewed up close, it has lovely veining in it.  I definitely would be doing it in the suede  finish.

Now, on to a sink and faucet.  For the sink there was this little lovely from Blanco.

It’s a Silgranit sink from the Performa Cascade series.  It would be perfect as a sleek undermount with the Silestone counters.  Durable, scratch resistant, non fading colour and easy to clean..what more can you ask for from a sink?  They even have an app to help you choose the perfect colour to go with your counter material.  And it just so happens, that the faucet in the above photo is the one I would choose as well.

It’s the brand new and gorgeous, Culina Semi Professional.  It has a closed coil to keep cleaning simple and to give it a sleeker look and a magnetic spray holder so that it stays in place when not in use.

Now for a little piece of sparkle for the cabinetry.  These are definitely pretty enough to be classified as jewellery. Hard to believe they are made with recycled aluminium, thus making them eco friendly as well as beautiful! Now I’d just have to decide which finish I would go with,
the satin brass

or the satin nickel.

Decisions, decisions…..
So there you have the makings of my City House Dream Kitchen.
Stay tuned for the City House Dream Bath, not to mention the Country Home Dream Bath and Kitchen.


And if you are looking for inspiration be sure to check out the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s website.  There are tons of photos of different styles of kitchens and baths to put you on exactly the right path.

BlogourNYC…still shaking

I’m still having a hard time believing that I’ll be joining the fabulous Blogtour crew that Modenus has put together for this year’s NYC tour.  We will be hanging at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, showrooms, studios, spas and lots of other design places….squeal! 

Have a look at who will be joining me on this trip. You can click on their photo to be brought to their blog.  

Desiree Groenendal
Gem Barton
Emily Blunden
Kate Watson-Smyth
Irene Turner
Lori Gilder
Louisa Blackmore
Heather Jenkinson
Ricarda Nieswandt
Michael Ryan
Marie-Louise Munter
Mike Welton
Zoe Brewer

This is such an international group, some from the UK, the United States, Amsterdam, Germany, Denmark and of course, Canada.  We will of course be joined by Veronika Miller and Tim Bogan of Modenus.   I can’t wait to meet ALL you guys IRL!

So be sure to follow us all along by using the twitter hashtag #blogtourNYC or at the Modenus website.  We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on all things design in NYC!

To read even more about us, check out the Editor at Large’s post here.

Blogtour New York 2013


Well, if that title hasn’t given it away, my exciting news I’ve been teasing about, is that I’ve been invited to join Modenus’ Blogtour New York City 2013.

Just isn’t a big enough word
for how I feel!

We’ll be taking in the Architectural Digest Home Show and other design events that are happening around the city.  I keep pinching myself……

I will be joining some other fab decorators, designers, and bloggers from all over the world, so click on the badge above to check out all the details.  And be sure to follow us along while we take the Big Apple by storm.