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What is Mr.Steam®?

What is Mr.Steam®, steam therapy, and TALA?   Those we’re questions I couldn’t answer before I went to Las Vegas for KBIS 2015, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show with Modenus BlogTour.


 TALA products, introduced by Mr.Steam®, are Bath and Body essential oils, clays scrubs and soaps come from Morocco and are crafted locally.

We were treated by the lovely Martha Orellana, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Mr.Steam® to a lovely luncheon at the Aria Cafe with a Tala gift box for each of the blogtour attendees.  Following our lunch, we ascended to the Aria Spa and Fitness Center for a relaxing and restful steam shower and spa day.



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I never thought much about a steam shower before this experience.  Yes, I have been in saunas, had my share of facials and massages but never knew what I was missing out on.

Steam cleanses and nourishes the skin leaving it with a healthy glow.  You look better and feel better.  The steam experience can be even more invigorating with the addition of AromaTherapy, ChromoTherapy and MusicTherapy.


Each aromatic oil offers a distinct fragrance and characteristic benefits:

  • Eucalyptus - A deeply refreshing aroma with cleansing effects, eucalyptus may help open air passageways
  • Lavender – A sweet, lightly floral scent, lavender may help soothe anxiety with its calming and restorative properties
  • Evergreen – A refreshing blend of spruce, fir and pine reminiscent of a forest on a crisp morning
  • Energizing Mint  – A blend of mint, citrus and herbs that may stimulate and energize
  • Breathe – A tropical combination that may help clear chest, nose and sinuses.

Like water and heat, light is a fundamental force and may improve our physical and mental state.  The Mr. Steam ChromaSteam™ system integrates light with steam, creating environments rich with color, mood and warmth.  You can set the mood you wish or cycle from one to the next.

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  • Red – Vitality that sparks raw creativity
  • Orange – Exploration, both physical and mental
  • Yellow – Awakening to personal power and awareness
  • Green – Harmony, helping you to get back in step with life’s rhythms
  • Indigo – Mystic, to discover the rhythm of energy surrounding you
  • Blue – Celestial, helping you communicate and share your discoveries
  • Violet – Nirvana, the culmination of time, place, and being


From infancy on, we respond to music – making us happy, sad, energized or relaxed.  Having the opportunity to listen to music in your steam shower has the power to relax, refresh and invigorate us in these ways:

  • Manage stress
  • Alleviate pain
  • Express feelings
  • Enhanced memory
  • Improve communication
  • Promote physical rehabilitation

This all sounds great but how often do I get to go to a spa and have a steam shower?  Believe it or not ANY shower can be a steam shower.  Home steam showers are the newest must-have bathroom experience that can fit in spaces and budgets for most new homes and bathroom remodels.

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They have made it super easy on their website in the Virtual Spa section under Size and Design.  There you type in the size and material of your shower in order to select the correct generator model for your spa.  Your shower doesn’t need to be more than 3 feet’ x 3 feet x 7 feet.!!

You will then be walked through different products and accessories to choose from and at the end it will generate a shopping list with everything you need!

If you are really into technology, its steam control now has an app.


Mr. Steam’s mobile app lets you control the following:

  • Customize user preferences
  • Enable user presets
  • Monitor current room temperature
  • Set steam session duration and temperature
  • Adjust ChromaSteam and AromaSteam
  • Access your entire music library and internet radio
  • Have full control of your music with record artwork and song selection

A swipe and a tap on the screen of this moisture control pad is all you need to select settings for your own customizable steam shower experience.

Watch the video HERE!

I had some fun with my granddaughter who spends Friday nights with me.  We have our traditional “spa night”.  She is a TALA fan as well.  Check out her “commercial” on You Tube!

Wishing you “WELLNESS”!

  1. Please visit Mr.Steam® or contact Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. if you are interested in incorporating a steam shower into your home!
    You can also follow Mr.Steam® on FacebookPinterestInstagram and Twitter.
    photos courtesy of Chasen West for Modenus, Aria and Mr.Steam®

February 5, 2015   No Comments

Thermador Eye Candy for the Culinary Enthusiast

Lesson #525 learned at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Vegas with Modenus Blogtour 2 weeks ago: Thermador is the eye candy of any kitchen. Designed for the most discriminating culinary enthusiast, the innovation and beauty of Thermador appliances is unquestionable. 

The Pro Grand Steam Range was probably my favorite product at the Thermador booth. Complete with seven cooking options – Extralow simmering technology, 22,000 BTUs of cooking power, Titanium Griddle and Grill, a large capacity Convection Oven, Warming Drawer and the (best part) the industry exclusive Steam & Convection Oven. 

Pro Grand Steam Open Ovens

Remember in my post yesterday I said that my husband Mike and I are keeping a file of innovative ideas and designs for our forever home? Well my notes about Thermador are going in that file. In my husband’s next life, he wants to be the next Chopped champion so I will have no problem selling him on Thermador products in our next kitchen!

Another favorite item for me was the Freedom Wine Preservation Collection. Perfect for storing and serving the choicest bottles of wine, this redesigned appliance replaces the typical home wine cellar. I think my friend Adam Japko would love this. 


It’s a known fact in my house that I HATE to empty the dishwasher. I don’t know why. It’s #2 to putting away the laundry. However, I think if I had the Star-Sapphire dishwasher from Thermador, it might be a more enjoyable experience. 

Star-Sapphire Third Rack

I’ve also decided in my next house that I need maximum refrigerator space and very minimal freezer space. To be honest, all I really need is ice and a frozen Girl Scouts Thin Mint from time to time. We have a freezer in the basement that holds all the Costco stuff. I want fresh food upstairs in my kitchen and I want to be able to SEE IT. 

So with this in mind, I think that the Freedom Collection Fresh Food Column (with LED lighting) suites my needs. 


One day Mike and I will hang our hats in Charleston, SC.  What do you think about this Thermador kitchen? I like it just fine.

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All photos courtesy of Thermador. 

A big THANK YOU to the Thermador team for helping us explore your product line and learn so much!


February 2, 2015   No Comments

Wood Mode Cabinetry and Adorable Puppies

While in Vegas last month for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Joann and I were introduced to Wood-Mode. Wood-Mode Cabinetry is a family owned fine custom cabinetry company that I’m horrified we weren’t familiar with!  That’s the great thing about traveling with the Modenus Blog Tour - we learn A LOT! While learning about this amazing company, we also had the opportunity to kiss, cuddle and hang out with some adorable puppies in training to be service dogs!


Imagine me at KBIS in complete stimulation overload, trying to take notes whilst instagraming, tweeting and networking all at the same time when what do my tired eyes and feet behold but five sweet Susquehanna service pups in training at the Wood-Mode booth – instant energy!!!

The smart marketing folks at Wood-Mode  brought these pups with them to not only promote their pet friendly products but to also raise awareness and funds for Susquehanna Service Dogs and Keystone Human Services.

My husband and I are starting a file of ideas for our next home.  Any design idea that is clever and pet related goes in that file. Check out Wood Mode’s Pet Parlor cabinetry. I must have this! No more traipsing to the garage for dog food and no more water from the dog bowl spilling on to the hardwoods.

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I have a yellow lab. I also have a big pile of towels in the laundry room for wet feet on rainy days. Oh how I’d like to hide that pile of towels. Oh and the toy basket… yup got one of those too…..

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I would save a lot of money at the groomers if I had this sink!

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Dog shampoo, ear cleaner, treats, leashes, brushes – the list goes on for uses for these skinny storage drawers!

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As designers, we are exposed to a vast amount of products. It’s up to us to decide which products are in line with our brand and which products we are willing to promote and source for our clients homes. Companies like Wood-Mode that are family owned and produce their product in the U.S.A. fit that bill. Every single Wood-Mode custom cabinet is hand assembled in Pennsylvania by craftsman that in some cases have worked for Wood-Mode for three generations. 

As you know, giving back is a big part of what we do at Kandrac & Kole. So seeing Wood-Mode working side by side with the Susquehanna service pups was a good sign that this was a partnership in the making!


Photo courtesy for Chasen West Photography for Modenus Blogtour

Check out all that Wood-Mode has to offer for the kitchen, bath, office, entertainment area and more. We were impressed. I will leave you with this gorgeous Wood-Mode kitchen in Southampton, N.Y. – sophisticated and classic.

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February 1, 2015   No Comments

My Top 5 Favorite Pieces at The HighBoy

The HighBoy is kind of a big deal … In case you don’t know they are changing the way the world thinks about Antiques & Fine Art. In one year they have become the most exciting online marketplace for the discovery and collection of antiques and fine art around the world. To commemorate this special birthday, we have chosen our top 5 favorite pieces at The HighBoy

First up, a set of four modernist luxe bar stools in the manner of Milo Baughman. How amazing are these? They are in Sapphire Mohair and Chrome. Click HERE and they can be yours. 

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My second pic is this pair of Porcelain Gerald Thurston lamps for Lightolier. This is a rare pair featuring interlocking hourglass shapes in striated porcelain with all original polished brass fittings. I could put these in a clients home tomorrow – they are so classic and gorgeous. 

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Because I love pink and love to stylize a space with the perfect accessory, this vintage Murano glass Bullecante bowl is my third favorite pic. This petite Murano glass bowl/small dish is in fuchsia with an array of beautifully controlled bubbles. At only 5″ wide and 2″ high, it’s the perfect size to accompany other collectibles. 

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As you know, Kandrac & Kole is known for the color we infuse into our designs. So my fourth favorite has to be this Modernist Waterfall Console table in the manner of Karl Springer.  The table has an Asian inspired design and has been newly restored in a brilliant turquoise lacquer finish. 


To me, original or interesting art that tells a story is mandatory in every room we design. Since I’m currently snowed in in New York visiting my parents, this original vintage travel poster from the Cote D’Azur Spa called “Berthemont Les Bains” definitely speaks to me. It’s a great size – 47″H x 31″ W. 


I honestly could go on and on with more favorites but you will have to scour The HighBoy yourself. There are lots of ways to connect with these talented curators – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

 The HighBoy  has also been nominated as a finalist for the Hall of Fame at the upcoming Design Bloggers Conference in February in Atlanta.  Congratulations!


Happy Anniversary The Highboy!  Hope to meet you in person in Atlanta!


January 27, 2015   No Comments

Kitchen and Bath Trends 2015

Kelly and I will be boarding a plane to Las Vegas next week with Modenus BlogTour for the annual KBIS Event to see the Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2015.

What is BlogTour?

BlogTour is sponsored by Veronica Miller of Modenus for a select group of interior design and lifestyle bloggers and invites them to visit the world’s most inspired venues.


Modenus BlogTour has been connecting brands and influencers since 2011 and visiting wonderful places around the world.   Meet the bloggers we will be traveling with:


As a former professional photographer Linda Holt is no stranger to merging her creative eye with aesthetic appeal, having worked with more than than 3,000 celebrities, actors and models as one of Boston’s top head shot photographers.Today she uses her skilled photographic eye to create her signature style of carefully edited, soulful rooms that reflect her love of color, pattern and art. A self professed “color lover”, she has been featured in both House Beautiful Magazine and The Huffington Post for her color expertise. She started her blog, Linda Holt Interiors, in 2011 as a way to combine her two passions of photography and design.


Regina Sturrock is the owner and principal designer of Regina Sturrock Design, a Burlington, Ontario interior design firm now in its eighteenth year. Specializing in renovations and new- builds within the luxury home market, the firm’s projects have spanned internationally. Customization is therefore the hallmark of every Regina Sturrock Design project, and the result is always uniquely beautiful, practical and elegant with a strong focus on an integrated architectural envelope.


A New York transplant in 1995, Michelle Cortizo now lives and consults clients in and around New England. Michelle’s personal style is transitional, genderless, saturated and globally collected. Aspiring to always tell my clients’ story and enhance the way they live, I find “listening” one of the key factors in achieving a space that my clients will lovingly embrace. Cortizo Interiors has been featured several times on NECN’s New England Dream Home. Michelle is also a proud member of The Brizo19 and has been featured as New Englands Bloggers Choice and a guest blogger for New England Home Online Magazine.

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Kandrac Kole is a nationally recognized interior design firm founded by principal designers Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole. Voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designers in 2013 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, their work has been featured on HGTV, The New York Times, House Beautiful.com, Southern Lady Magazine, Atlanta Home Improvement and Houzz.com. Joann and Kelly’s love and commitment to the power of interior design is also exhibited through their blog which was established in 2009.


ntegral to her business’ success, Alison Habermehl is passionate about developing thoughtful client relationships and understands the need to consider their personal story when designing a space. This philosophy has awarded Habermehl Design Group international projects as far as Hong Kong. Recognized for her livable, luxurious style, she has made several special guest appearances on HGTV and CKCO TV, and been featured in publications such as The Chronicle, The Record, Our Homes, and Grand Magazine. Handpicked from a prestigious design blogging community, she travelled to New York City and soon to Las Vegas to participate in Blog Tour NYC and Blog Tour Las Vegas; meeting some of today’s top manufacturers who aid in high-end design practices worldwide. Learn more about Alison via her blog hdSTYLESTUDIO.


 Gloria Graham-Sollecito, AKBD, author of design blog  Kitchens for Living,is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.  Her work has appeared on This Old House, in Florida Design Magazine, The Sun Sentinel  and the Palm Beach Post. She is a proud member of both the BLANCO Design Council  and the illustrious Brizo “Blogger 19”  and the K+BB Magazine Editorial Board.Gloria’s unique vision blends her work as a mixed media artist and avid world traveler with 20 plus years experience as a designer in the kitchen and bath industry.


Author, speaker, educator and interior designer, Mitzi Beach, one of America’s top experts on #BoomerSmarts interior design and chic products that meet universal design standards, started her career in interior design over 30 years ago, alongside starting her family of 3, including one set of twins, who have given she and her husband, Bob, 9 beautiful grandchildren. Please visit Mitzi’s website Mitzibeach.com for more information about her work.


From seaside homes to luxury condominiums in Boston’s Back Bay, award-winning interior designer Pamela Copemanis noted for her posh panache and timeless designs that unite classic style with a modern, often colorful twist. Author of Posh Palettes Blog, Pamela has over 20 years of experience designing exceptional living spaces for a variety of clients, Pamela prides herself on keeping up with the latest and greatest products and trends in interior design. By working collaboratively with clients, Pamela ensures that each space she designs is a true reflection of the people who live in it.


n 2002, Rose Dostal decided to start her own architectural design firm, RMD Designs, geared toward home renovations. Since that time, she has built a respectable portfolio which encompasses a full range of design services. Rose is a licensed architect and regularly participates in professional education and discussion that furthers her ability to keep up with current design trends.


Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and owner of The English Room in Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the East coast that have ranged in style. “The best part is when your clients really trust you and set you free to do what you do best.” Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. According to Holly, “Color makes people happy!”


Laurie Gorelick‘s keen senses of color, pattern and texture infuse her designs and bring life to stagnant interiors.  With over 10 years of experience, Laurie, and her firm Laurie Gorelick Interiors, has cultivated a fine-tuned network of tradespeople and vendors upon whom she relies for kid-glove service and one-of-a-kind pieces.  Her intellectual yet practical approach has brought her clients from New England to Florida to California. In addition, Laurie’s personal skills and depth of knowledge has earned her a position teaching and mentoring graduating young designers from the New England School of Art & Design.


Leslie Hendrix Wood of Hadley Court: I am honored to have many wonderful clients who have entrusted me with all aspects of crafting beautiful, one-of-a-kind homes for themselves and their families. My clients appreciate my classical design and my understanding of how important their own family heirlooms are to them when I am designing their interiors. They expect me to design a home for them that is so finely crafted that they can pass it down to their children -and they to their children.


Chris Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared: I am an Atlanta-based residential architect, builder, HVAC Designer, home performance and building enclosure consultant, home energy rater, and professional witness ready for the next opportunity. As an Architect and Builder, I take pride in my responsibility as a steward for the built environment, and ensure that the dwellings where people live are comfortable, durable, and beautiful.


Widely recognized as New Zealand’s most awarded kitchen designer, Mal Corboy has garnered an international reputation for his eye-catching interiors and his custom furniture design. He is passionate about form, function and colour, and blends these qualities with the client’s brief to create outstanding spaces for discerning homeowners in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Mal is a Certified Kitchen Designer and is a professional member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ). He is a consistent winner of NKBA, KBDi, Master Builder, Corian and Trends awards, bringing years of experience, superb technical expertise, and the highest standards of personal integrity to every kitchen, bathroom, interior, or furniture piece he designs.


Having developed her sharp eye for color, composition, and emerging trends as a fashion design student at Parsons School of Design, an interior design student at the New York School of Design, and 20 years in the fashion industry, Jeanne Chungstarted her interior design business and blog Cozy•Stylish•Chic in 2013 in Pasadena, California, which she now calls home. She has lived in such exotic places as Singapore, Jakarta, and Bali, and the exposure to these cultures have shaped what influences her today– color, details, and exotic embellishments. Jeanne always manages to keep things real with her approachability, her outgoing personality and her sarcastic sense of humor.


Jeffrey Design LLC, founded in 2008, is a dynamic interior design firm that is highly sought.  Jeffrey Johnson‘s expertise encompasses the design of interior spaces for impeccable lifestyles; we provide quality end results and stunning spaces for luxury residential properties.


Carla Aston: I’ve had my own business in The Woodlands since 2001 and now have the design studio of my dreams with a fantastic, supportive staff! We design all types of residential interiors for our wonderful clients, helping them create meaningful, beautiful, functional spaces to nurture their lives and loved ones.Writing my design blog, Designed w/Carla Aston, has become my passionate hobby where I share my love of good design with others. Join in the conversation on my blog or follow me on my social channels to see what we’re up to in the studio!


Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, Jane Lockhart is one of Canadaʼs best-known experts in the world of design and colour. Jane has been practicing interior design in Toronto since 1997 as principal designer of her firm Jane Lockhart Interior Design. After six successful seasons as creative director and host of W Networkʼs top ranked Colour Confidential, currently in reruns and airing on HGTV U.S., Jane continues to grow her sense of design and colour through a number of exciting new projects. Designed by Jane for the design and architectural trades, the Jane Lockhart Platinum Series, a Canadian-built, eco-conscious luxury furniture collection was launched in early 2011 at the Interior Design Show. Jane’s latest Canadian-built collection, Jane by Jane Lockhart built by Statum Designs launched in spring 2012 with new collections added in 2013 and 2014, is available at a growing number of major and independent retailers across Canada.

We are honored to be traveling with this acclaimed group to KBIS – What is KBIS?

KBIS stands for Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.  It is North America’s premier annual event dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.  It is owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).  It is an interactive platform that showcases the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands.   Each year kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, builders and remodelers from all over the world attend KBIS  to discover the newest product innovations and to take advantage of the education and networking.  We are going to learn a lot!!


Here is the list of our amazing sponsors:











Stay tuned as we share what we learn in this intense 5 day trip via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.  We know you’ll want to see what is cutting edge, exciting and new in kitchen and baths (the most used rooms in our homes).  We can’t wait to bring these innovative products to our upcoming projects!


January 14, 2015   3 Comments