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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

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Degunk your Bunk: Five Fall Eco SpaHome Housekeeping Rituals for Stellar Skin

22 Sep

The first day of fall is upon us. And not far behind, winter. Most of us will be staying inside more and enduring the dying effects of heating systems. Not to mention the dirt & dust from summer residing inside our home.

Though we all hear of spring cleaning – is fall dirtening?  Not! Try these five tips to prime your palace for indoor living that’s soft on skin:

1. De-bunny heating vents.

Gross, I know – but dust bunnies often gather on & in heating units & if you don’t clean them, guess what? That “bunny” may just hop into your pores causing breakouts. Grosser!

Vent filters

How to: Remove vent cover. Wash in warm, soapy water. Vacuum inside of vent, then use a cloth to dust off the slats. (SpaHome Secret: Add essential oil to the water, your room will smell fab for a few weeks after.) Insert a vent filter like these from Home Depot.

2. Fall into the fridge.

You are what you eat. If you want a delicious complexion eat fresh. First get rid of the garbage from fridge & freezer. Pick out the popsicle from the ice cube tray. Compost outdated food.

Think about your fall/holiday plans. Do you want to lose weight? Are you hosting lots of parties? What staples will you need to accomplish your goals?  Make a list and go shopping. SpaHome Food Tip – Include lots of fresh salmon & veg for a fab fall face.

3. Freshen the entry.

Your door symbolizes the gateway to your sanctuary. A dirty, cluttered entry can lead to the same on your face. Ick! Cleanse your door w/vinegar & water & don’t forget the handle. Put away the shoes and other paraphernalia cluttered around it. Get a new doormat.

4. Orchestrate an orchid invasion.

Orchids are one of those plants that clean and add fresh oxygen to the air. Not only are they gorgeous to look at when summer color is fading, but they get rid of toxins and free radicals that age skin.

5. Launder the linens.

What’s next to your skin more than the fabric in our lives? Gather the tablecloths, place mats, sheets, throws and towels that you’ve been using and the ones you plan to use for winter.

Wash them in Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent from The Ecology Works. It cleans and removes allergens from dust mites, pets, molds and neutralizes odors. Best of all it’s plant-based and eco-friendly.

What are some of your favorite fall cleaning rituals?  Share with us in the comments below.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Made in the Spa Shade

19 Aug

In the throes of August’s ridiculously radiant rays, I need some shade. Another kind of shade I crave are the lamp kind. A quick & simple way to change the look of a room, check out these sumptuous selections from fave resource Anthropologie:

Dressmaker’s Shade

The strands of torn silk layered on this shade add mouthwatering texture to a soft, neutral palette. I wish this were a hat – it’s so fashion forward. Set it off against a dark wall like charcoal gray or navy blue.

Secret Silhouette Shade

Empty frames reveal dog silhouettes when the light is switched on.  The frame motif is whimsical & even funny when the pups are revealed.  An iron base will add a bit of solidarity.

Little Somethings Shade

A linen & Cotton frilly sundress for your lamps.  Don’t you think it would be gorgeous against a dark purple wall?  So trendy right now.

Guelaguetza Shade

I’m always seeing those Mexican burlap handbags at the flea market & this is like one of those in lamp form.  A low maintenance & durable, festive choice for an outdoor or sun room.

Quiet Mist

An incredibly elegant handpainted silk drum shade with applique zinnias – in a word Renoir on a lamp.

Kissing Pleat Chandelier Shade

I’m a sucker for pleats slimming and tailored yet feminine and this apple green w/yellow contrast it’s so fresh – dress up a cream or white chandelier.

Live, love & lounge Candy

Owly Oasis – Wise Finds to Feather Your Nest

18 Aug

Who knows better than a wise owl how to feather the ultimate nest?  Especially Owly from Hootsuite he’s been flying around at night & hooting my ear off about:

Hate the hard feel, not to mention the heat of your coffee cup? Warm up your Cafe and keep your hands happy with the Cupcoat from Bright and Bold

Who better to design barware than a DJ? Sagaform ice buckets, martini shakers and more put a Spa spin on your cocktails at Unica Home

Check out these exquisite stove hoods made from Greek artifacts by Phoenician Stone. Zeus would approve!

If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Not a very spa like attitude, but now your kitchen can be anywhere you are. Wave of the future? We think moving around instead of standing at a counter is a more fun & active way to cook. Portable Carre kitchen concept designed by students for the Berlin Design Festival via DesignBoom

The Battersea Sofette is the closest thing you’ll ever get to swimming in butterscotch pudding. Ubersoft leather and brilliant lines make it comfy and beautiful. And double bonus, no pesky cushions to arrange and clean under. From Anthropologie

The Westin Heavenly Bed I’ve been sleeping on this the past month (living at a Westin) and have had some of the best zzzzz’s ever!

Live, Love and Lounge, Candy

Spa to Home Interior Design: The Spalicious Style of Red Mountain Spa

6 Aug

Rugged mountains cradle Red Mountain Spa in Ivins, Utah, and the guests feel coddled as well with spa treatments, fitness & health classes & fun activities.  In addition to visiting Red Mountain, you can actually live there in their cozy canyon enclave called the Residences at Red Mountain.

The earthy color scheme of the villa decor reflects the desert.  The living room is a soothing sand with deeper taupes, goldenrods, rusts & burnt oranges of the surrounding red rocks & mountains.    SpaHome Secret:  Mimicking surroundings in interiors helps reduce stress.  Your body & mind don’t need to adjust or transition when the inside and outside environments are similar.

Kashwere throw

My favorite feature of this living room can’t be seen.  The sofa and ottomans are made of Kashwere .  As soft as a bunny’s belly, Kashwere is a microfiber chenille – their robes were made famous when Oprah named them one of her Favorite Things.  Red Mountain’s designers had the foresight to have the furnishings made from this fabric.  You may never want to get off the sofa – um room service please?

The Villa Living Room

Spa to Home:  The Living Room

While having custom made Kashwere furniture is beyond most of our budgets, Kashwere does make throws and blankets.  These can be tossed over your ottomans/chairs for instant sofa softening.

Bamboo Ladder from Gaiam

Did you notice the magazine ladder?  It’s a handy way to store your current reads and keep them in view.  Warning:  Do not overload – too many will lead the clutter and steal the spa right out of this organizing tool.   The best choice:  Go for a bamboo ladder at least 72″ inches high to bamboozle that reading pile with style.  Like the one from Gaiam.  A too small or fragile looking ladder will add to visual busyness rather than “sorting it out”.   Red Mountain also employs these ladders in bathrooms as towel racks.

The Bathroom

A slate floor & shower walls keep with the natural decor – while adding depth and signaling slowdown time with a new element.  SpaHome Secret:  Instead of matching towels to bath decor especially when the bath is all neutrals – bring in color from another room in the home with them.

Spa to Home Bathroom:

Normally I’m not a shower girl, but I’m a sucker for pebble floor showers like Red Mountain’s.  Walking on pebbles massages the feet, improves circulation and increases energy.  It’s something that can be achieved in any shower with the pebbled tiles available from places like Pebble Tile Mosaics.

The Bedroom

Double queen beds take up a lot of space, but the oblong arrangement of the guest bedroom looks inviting.  The fireplace does it’s share of balancing out the beds, but another tip is to keep the bedding simple so it doesn’t overpower the room.  SpaHome Secret:  notice the artwork, the bench and even the arrangement of the bedding echo the rectangular landscape of the space – this keeps the calmness & chi flowing.

Spa to Home Bedroom

Shawl from Shalincraft

Because many of us tend to overdo bedding (more is better right?) the way the linens are configured here is genius.  Reddish brown sheets, a white down comforter, 4 bed pillows (2 red and 2 white) and 2 bolsters to match the sheet.  Bulk  is minimized by making the centerpiece of each bed a lightweight wool blanket throw.

The ones from Shalincraft – e enlarged versions of a Jamawar Jacquard Shawl that the women wear there in India, come in bold colors.  Just fold into a  rectangle at the end of the bed.   For a less expensive idea, use a wide table runner – they come in loads of colors & designs.

Don’t forget a bench or trunk at the end of the bed helps define that space & can help defray the stuff factor by providing storage like this one from Target.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy