home spaImagine, for a moment, if you could step out of bed in the morning and head to the spa … in your very own home. Imagine having a room in your house where you’d find the steam shower, the jacuzzi tub, massage tables, skin treatments, pedicure tables … in short, everything you might want for the perfect spa experience.

What a way to start the day!

Well, the home spa experience is no longer a stretch of the imagination. It’s a reality – in some form or another – for a lot of people. The beauty of it is that you don’t even need to be living in a mansion in order to accommodate it. One more important point, too: home spas can be as affordable as you need them to be.

There’s been such a growing interest in the spa experience worldwide that manufacturers of spa equipment have begun designing smaller pieces for home use.

Photo: architecturaldigest.com

Photo: architecturaldigest.com

Need some ideas for your own home spa. This one out of Architectural Digest might be beyond the reach of most of us, but the concept remains the same. The spa pictured here was put into a very large home in Colorado. But, the idea of lots of windows that allow natural light to penetrate the room is a key feature to a spa.

Photo: elledecor.com

Photo: elledecor.com

Use lots of glass and light-colored materials to create a sense of openness and air. Even in a small bathroom, it’s possible to achieve a spa-like ambience with soft, neutral paint colors, and natural wood and stone.

Photo: pinterest.com

Photo: pinterest.com

Don’t forget about the outdoors. Most people think of the spa as an indoor experience. Certainly, if you live in colder climes, that makes a lot of sense. Build your home spa with operable windows so you can throw them open for three out of four seasons allowing fresh air into the space. For anyone living in a warmer year-round climate, consider adding an outdoor spa to your backyard. Planting the right vegetation not only creates privacy and a beautiful surrounding, certain plants can act as water filters keeping not just the air, but the water, pure and clean, too.

What spa element would you most like to add to your home?

 

shower headShower heads have a come a long way since the standard type that protruded from the wall even a decade ago. You can still buy those, of course. But, if you’re going to equip your own bathroom with a steam shower for a full home spa experience, you might also be wondering what kind of shower head would be better than the standard kind.

A walk down the faucet aisle of any home hardware store will reveal a multitude of different kinds of shower heads. Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of what’s available today.

Standard Wall Mount

wall mountThis is the standard type of shower head found in most homes. It’s fairly inexpensive. You can find this kind in a variety of styles from simple, sleek chrome to elaborately ornate. Some come with no features at all while others sport technology that counteracts hard water build-up and corrosion. Settings vary from one to many, including mist, massage and rain shower.

Rainfall / Ceiling Mount

rainfallDo you love walking in the rain? If so, then this rainfall-style shower head is for you. This style, set into the ceiling, typically doesn’t offer all of the settings that the standard shower head does. Nevertheless, having the water fall like rain all over your body is a treat many people would like to wake up to every morning.

Sliding Bar

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The sliding bar shower head is a wonderful invention. It allows you to adjust the shower head to whatever height is most comfortable for you. So, for all you tall people out there, this one’s for you.

Hand Held

handheldThe hand held shower head remains as popular as ever. You can attach it to its mount when you want to use it as a regular shower head. But, when you want some focused water action, nothing beats a hand held. It’s perfect for training a streaming jet of hot water over your sore back or calf muscle.

The variety of shower head styles available on the market today makes customizing your home spa so easy. Which type of shower head is your personal favorite?

 

 

 

bathroom gifts

 

Happy National Girlfriends’ Day!

Celebrate your wonderful girlfriends today by giving them beautiful gifts for the bathroom. Are any of your friends lucky enough to own a steam shower? If so, your gifts will be even more appreciated. Steam showers offer a home spa experience that enhances the soothing scents of soaps and candles. Add in a book and a bottle of wine, and your friends will have no doubt about how much you appreciate them!

Here are some lovely gift ideas that you can pick up in-store or online, whichever is easiest for you. Place them in pretty wrapping or a stylish container, and you’ll have all the makings for a great gift that’s guaranteed to delight.

Towels

towels

 

There are so many beautiful towel options nowadays. You can stick with fluffy cotton, or you can go with bamboo or any modern and eco-friendly material. Choose colors that match your friend’s bathroom decor. Pick up a matching set that includes a large body towel, a hand towel and a face cloth. Roll them up and secure them with raffia or another pretty twine.

Candles

candlesChoose candles imbued with soothing scents, like mint or lavender. The idea behind aromatherapy is that each scent affects our minds and bodies in specific ways. Focus on floral scents to encourage your friends to relax and let go of the stress that can build up.

Body Scrub and Massage Kit

massage and scrub kitSo far, you’ve nailed the aromatherapy part of the gift, the dry-off-in-luxury part of the gift, there’s one part that remains. It’s the treat-your-skin-right part. Gather up a selection of loofahs, soft body scrubs and wooden massage tools. Place them neatly into a pretty basket and wrap the whole gift up nicely. Your friend will love the thought that you put into her gift.

Over to you: What’s the best bath gift you ever received?