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Spooky SpaHome Decor – For All Year Round!

29 Oct

I ran across these goulish goodies the other day. Couldn’t resist sharing! They totally vibe Halloween but mix with subtle decor they add wow all year long!

The Skeleton Chair by Michael Aram Goulish Glam! Would make a sleek dining chair!

The other pieces are from Downtown – a modern furniture & accessories company that uses a lot of reclaimed materials in their designs.

Muirfield Bench – Very bat-like don’t you think?

Hand Carved Spider Table – What’s so scary about these beautiful sculpted delicate legs? And it’s available in any Benjamin Moore Paint color!

Plateau Torchiere – Subtly channels skeleton!

Happy Halloween and Live, Love & Lounge, Candy


Nate Berkus: Spa Dude and Designer Extraordinaire

14 Jun

On September 13, 2010, Oprah’s “cutie pie” designer Nate Berkus launches his very own TV show on NBC. It’s about time! In the words of a friend, “He’s my home design hero!” Love that – you know who you are.

In honor of the exciting news, our Twitter pals and HGTV design stars, the MoggitGirls proclaimed today #NateDay. Design bloggers everywhere are paying homage to Nate with their fave designs. How could we refuse?

Mouthwatering makeovers & astronomical adorableness aside, Nate’s design skill is what got him where he is. And, we feel, he’s a kindred SpaHome savant. Just as spa design captivated us – Nate is inspired by his surroundings too.

For instance, one of his favorite hotels, the Soho Grand in New York City, sports striped rugs in rich ivories & chocolates. Now check out Nate’s apartment – look familiar?

The Chicken. . . . (the Soho Grand Hotel in NYC)

or the egg? Nate's apt. from

And Nate’s no stranger to hospitality design. Just check out the hunter’s lodge vibe he did for Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. He used antler chandeliers and real dried tree trunks for cocktail tables. And we hear when he was in Seattle he frequented The Spa at The Woodmark Hotel. Sigh, a savvy designer and a SpaDude to boot!

Rockin the Hunter's Lodge vibe at Rockit Bar & Grill

So why else do we think Nate’s designs are spalicious? Let’s peek at the Chicago townhome of Producer Ellen Rakieten (designed in collaboration with fab designer Anne Coyle) and Nate’s apartment. (Full details at ElleDecor our source for the pics.) as we spell it out:

S is for Stress-free

If anything is the hallmark of SpaHome design it’s anti-stress.  Nate cleverly integrates useful, yet beautiful features into his client’s homes to take the stress right away.  For instance, in Rakeiten’s dressing room he installed silk upholstered wall panels to hold necklaces and mementos.  Preventing the omnipresent dresser jewelry tangle.

He took the same principal to her office, installing a cork wall to hold notes (I would so be using this for brainstorming!), etc.

The producer's office with cork wall to catch all that clutter!

Another destressor is the open walkways Nate plans into each room.  This gives an airy, bright mood.

P is for Playful

Fun objects in unexpected places make us smile and that increases endorphins which make us happy which makes us look ten years younger!  Gotta Love it and Nate is a master of whimsy – using his arsenal of objects sourced from flea markets to fashion houses.

A Leather Pig in Nate's Apt. Bathroom from Liberty of London

A is for Activity

Rooms are made for moving.  Into the producer’s home, Nate created a basketball room complete with backboard and hoop for her two boys.

Love how Nate personalizes rooms for his clients The Basketball Room

H is for Homey

What does homey really mean?  A place that feels like you, that brings your joys and passions out and provides respite from the world is our SpaHome definition.  Rakieten’s library is the epitome of homey a la Nate.  Off black paint by Farrow and Ball, a collage of pictures & intimate seating creates a cozy spot for cuddling up with your favorite novel (or design book!).

The Library - "Grab a book and sit a spell"

O is for Opulent

Like a millionaire in ripped jeans, Nate knows how to go luxe without pretention.  Case in point: Silver leaf wall’s formality is countered with a game board mounted on the wall of Nate’s office

Formal silver leaf wall treatment "foiled" with a funky game board

M is for Mixing

Nate is like the Kitchen Aid Mixmaster of home design.  He takes a little vintage, adds a pinch of flea market, throws in some European and blends in a bit of mod to come up with eclectic rooms that never look cluttered or cramped.

For instance, in Rakieten’s dressing room and bedroom, he sourced two vintage Baguès chandeliers to add cohesion between the two rooms but with a more personal feel than generic overhead fixtures.   Then he kept the rest of the dressing & bedroom, clean, white and bright to emphasize the chandeliers.

The bedroom's chandelier makes a striking focal point

E is for Everyone

What I find most appealing about Nate rooms is while gorgeous to gaze at, they are also super comfy to live in.  His designs invite and engage us to move in them and not through them. And that’s the most Spa Home attitude I know.

Congrats Nate and may you have many spa days to come (you deserve it!).  And once again, don’t forget, the Nate Show premieres September 13.  Be sure to stop by the other design bloggers talking about Nate today check out the list here.

Spa wishes, Candy

SpaLifeLibrary: Simplify Your Time book review

1 Feb

You may find it a bit odd for a spa site to be reviewing a book on time management.  But it makes complete sense.  If you lived at a spa, would you be constantly adding things and to dos to your day?  Overstimulated on every front?  What’s that you say?  You think a spa vacation entails doing nothing all day so it’s irrelevant to reality?

Wrong on both counts – spa weeks taught me a lot about how focus and determined action enhance my state of mind.  My philosophy is this – if you plan a week at a luxurious spa, you want to make the most out of it.  You’ll probably have a goal in mind too, lose weight, decompress, bond with your friends.

The difference is when you go on a spa vacation, you have a clean slate. . . no housework, job, stores.  Instead, you’re given a limited array or high quality activities & beauty/wellness treatments.   HINT: The best spas have guides to help you choose and plan your day to reach your goals.

But, the problem is once you leave the spa, you’ve got a whole world literally of things you could do, buy, eat, etc.  Well, think of Marcia Ramsland, author of Simplify Your Time as your Spa Life Guide.  She advocates that to live a less stressed & more accomplished life you limit your choices, know your goals & choose accordingly – sound familiar?

I discovered Simplify Your Time in my annual pilgrimage through the organization aisle at the local bookstore in my quest to get myself together.  Even a spa gal has trouble getting everything done.  It seems I am always on the run with a million things to do.

What drew me to this book in particular, was simplify.  Many other time management books are just ways to add MORE to dos with tricks to get more done. But simplify is becoming a key theme for me.  After my recent 6 month trip to California – where I lived out of 2 (albeit very large) suitcases I realized that I was getting by with so little and life was so much easier with fewer choices.   So i am more adamant than ever about cleaning out not just physical but mental clutter.

Simplify Your Time makes the process actually fun.  It’s divided by the four trouble areas that mess with our lives:  Simplifying – Your Time, Your Future Goals, Your Daily Life & Your Lifestyle. Some of the more useful tips I found:

– Plan your day in reverse, focusing on the good feeling at the end of the day and what you did to get here.


1. Email   2. Driving   3. Working Late  4. tv     5. Shopping

– Schedule an hour of time for yourself each week – actually write it in your planner.  (Plus, Marcia incorporates Spa TIme as rewards – any organization guru that sees the benefit of spa time has my attention!)

– Do the 3 most important things on your to do list first

*  One thing I did as a result of this book, was employ a grocery delivery service.  In the long run, this will save me time at the store & money from no impulse purchases.

So if getting organized is one of your Resolutions – check this book out, it’s a quick read. It may even help you get more spa time in.

See You at the Spa, Candy

Where Would Santa Spa? A Christmas Poem – Santa’s Spa Sanctuary

24 Dec
Santa's Spa Vacation

Santa's Spa Vacation

The big guy in the red suit is on his global ride.  You may think a fella like Mr. Claus isn’t a spa guy.  I beg to differ.  Yeah, Santa definitely deserves some pampering after his deliveries – flying around the world can be exhausting and don’t you know men are the fastest growing segment of spagoers?  

Santa’s Spa Sanctuary

In the spirit of our Celebrity Spa tradition,

I accept this noble mission, 

Let’s see how Santa really gets his jollies, 

After decking the halls with boughs of holly, 

On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer & Vixen

Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen (& Rudolph’s folly)

On to the Spa, massages for all!

Here’s where we will spa by golly:

The Santa Spa in Pembroke, Florida will be our first stop

Here I’ll get the Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment for my wind blown mop

(and The bright sunshine will defrost the reindeer’s paws)

Waves Spa in Chicago is next, where a peppermint polish,


Aromatherapy massage and pedicure will this soreness abolish.

Is that Disney I hear calling?  We must stop at the Candy Cane Inn

Where we can relax in red and white delight & finish our sleigh pain.

One more stop before we go home, 

The Pampered & Polished Spa in North Pole, 

Alaska, for a beard trim and a comb 

Our spa journey comes to an end, Rudolph, don’t tell Mrs. Claus! 

Copyright 2008 Candace Silvasy

Don’t forget to join us beginning Christmas Day we’ve still got the Twelve Days of Christmas to celebrate Spa Style. 

Wishing you bunches of holiday hugs & wishes and I’ll see you at the spa, Candy