WOW, what a trip!

I’m back from BlogtourNYC and my head is just aswirling with all the inspiration, motivation, information and ideas that came out of those incredible five design filled days.

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I can’t thank Veronika and Tim from Modenus enough for the fabulous itinerary they planned and for making sure none of us got lost along the way…not an easy feat with all our design ADD.  They and the fabulous BlogtourNYC sponsors took such great care of us…such great care that my jeans were just a little tight coming back…sigh…..even with all that walking.

It was truly a delight to meet all the other bloggers on the trip.  I am now dreaming of many trips to Europe, just so I can visit with Gem, Louisa, Kate, Emily, Zoe, Heather, Tim, Munter, Ricarda and Desiree.  And those in North America aren’t getting off easy either, I’m already scheduled in to see Lori in LA and Irene in Sonoma Valley very soon.  And I think I need to add Florida, Chicago and North Carolina to the list as well.

I need some time to process everything and to go through about a million…well, ok…about a thousand photos and figure out which ones will make the cut.

Stay tuned, I have tons to blog about….

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On my way to BlogtourNYC

So, I’m off to New York City today, to take part in Modenus’ Blogtour!!!!  In case, you don’t know what a Blogtour is all about, well, here’s a synopsis from Modenus.

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“BlogTour is a sponsored event where a select group of design and lifestyle bloggers is invited to join Modenus on a five day trip to an international design destination. Airfare, hotel, most meals and ground transport are paid for by Modenus and BlogTour’s sponsors and in turn we ask that you do what you do best – blog and tweet, post your finds on Facebook, Pinterest, Instgram or any other outlet of your choosing. The point is, we want you to make a lot of noise and give your audiences a front row seat to major design events, swank parties, podium discussions about design and blogging and the journey as a whole.”

This is all made possible by all these fabulous sponsors, and of course, Modenus.

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First off, we are staying at this uber sleek and sexy hotel, On The Ave.

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We will be visiting showrooms, design centres, chatting with famous designers (make sure you follow along so you can find out who!), even checking out some fancy real estate properties.

The Architectural Digest Home Show which takes place here every year is definitely one of the highlights.  It’s my first time going to this show so I’m stoked!!

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And as if that wasn’t enough, the day at the show starts with Marys & Mimosas!  While there, we will be checking out the Diffa Dining by Design display…so cool!

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On our last evening, we will be taking a night time boat tour around Manhattan.  I’m so looking forward to the views from this tour!  And of course, add in a  little free time to enjoy some of the sites and scenes…read: shopping, in the Big Apple!

So be sure to follow me along here, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the entire scoop!

I’ll be posting all about it once I’m back, so stay tuned!

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Country House Dream Bath

And for the last instalment of my Dream Home series, this is my Country House Dream Bath.   It would be so absolutely dreamy to have all this!

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First off, I have to include, Mr. Steam…I mean once, you have it in one house, you’d have to have it in every house thereafter…right?   Click on the link below to check out their newest video showcasing their steam shower.

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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.

As I mentioned in my City House Dream Bath post, 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.

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And I’ve been drooling over the Cabrits bath from Victoria + Albert ever since I saw it.  It’s elegant and organic all at once, its really pure perfection.  Contoured to fit your body but as you can see below, two can fit as well!

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This bath, as are all Victoria + Albert baths, is made from Englishcast, which is a finely ground volcanic limestone mixed with resin. This allows each tub to be made from one piece, hand finished, warm to the touch with excellent insulation properties.  It has a naturally white, gloss finish with excellent stain resistance and it is incredibly strong.   As it is a solid material, internal scratches simply polish out and it’s even drillable for plumbing considerations. Victoria_Albert_Cabrits_US1

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Together with these gorgeous matching Cabritis 55 vessel basins, the bath is almost complete.

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Of course, we still need faucets, so I’m going with this beauty from Barber Wilsons Co Ltd, with the Regency china lever handle in the weathered bronze finish, just like the kitchen.

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The finishing touch is always the hardware and again, looking at Du Verre Hardware.

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I would choose the lovely Lotus knobs, in the oil rubbed bronze finish to go with the gorgeous faucets.

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 So there you have it my Country House Dream Bath, courtesy of Modenus’ Blogtour NYC sponsors.

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If you want to hear even more about Blogtour and what we’ll be up to, click here to read all about it direct from Veronika at Modenus.  Be sure to follow me along on Modenus’ BlogtourNYC on twitter, FB, Instagram and of course, right here.

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Country House Dream Kitchen

Now, for the Country House Dream Kitchen.  Keep in mind, that I have a pine log home in the country and that is where I’m picturing this kitchen.

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So to offset all the wood that is in the home, I would choose a white bright kitchen.  This traditional one from Poggenpohl would be perfect in that setting, I’m loving all the glass cabinet fronts and yes, I would etch them so you couldn’t see the mess inside.  I would also add some open shelving to help break up all the cabinetry.

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And on top of all these beautiful cabinetry. I would be all over this new colour in Silestone’s Nebula series, Lyra.  It looks just like marble but without all the upkeep and in the suede finish it would be just perfect.

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And then on the island I would add some Cygnus, also in a suede finish, to bring in a little more coolness to all the orangey/yellow pine.

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Isn’t it beautiful in the suede finish below?

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Next off, one of these induction cooktops for when I have to actually cook.  This baby cleans up easily and only heats when there is a pot on it.  So cool and with the 36″ model you have plenty of elements for when the entire family comes over (for me that is 26!!!)

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Next up would be two of these beautiful refrigerators, because we go through lots of food and drinks up there and it’s my dream….so I want TWO!

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Now for some other cooking love, how about one of these combi-steam ovens from Miele.  Convention, steam and a combination of both if you want.  I think a turkey would be cooked to perfection in one of these!

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And also a must have, especially with all the over night guests up there, a built in coffee system. But I have to admit I’d be using it for tea lattes and hot chocolates.

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And for the preparation and clean up, I would be all over Blanco’s fireclay farm house apron sink.

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I would be topping this off with the 1010 kitchen bridge faucet from Barber Wilsons and Co Ltd. in the Regent style in a beautiful weathered bronze finish.

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And of course, the last little detail is the hardware.  And DuVerre Hardware does not disappoint.

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I am all over these ones, the Lotus from designer, William Harvey, yet again.

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So there you have it my Country House Dream Kitchen, when are you coming over?

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Next and last up, my Country House Dream Bath!

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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.

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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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