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Yes, I know that usually the word “fixtures” refers to elements like taps, racks, shower heads… But, when I was thinking of that word, the other idea that came to me was how something like a steam shower, for instance, can be fixed in place. I started to wonder why someone might choose a corner shower unit over one that’s installed in the middle of a long wall.

It turns out that much of that decision comes down to two considerations – space and aesthetics.

Small bathrooms don’t always offer the luxury of choice. Sometimes the best design for small spaces is one that maximizes the corners. Even if you’ve decided to go for a corner unit, there are more decisions to make.

Shape. Corner units can be square, round, triangular or some combination of those! Think about how much elbow room you’ll need and how many benches and shower heads you want before buying.

Installation. Corner units can be purchased prefabricated or custom made. Depending on which amenities you’d like included, either one might work for you. Prefabricated units are usually a lot less expensive than those that are custom made. They can also be installed more quickly and cleanly! However, if you’re embarking on a bathroom renovation anyway, and your budget can handle it, go for a custom option. That way, you can create the bathroom of your dreams!

Doors. Whether you’ve decided to go with a prefabricated corner unit or a custom made shower, make sure you give the doors a lot of thought. You can, of course, go with the standard shower curtain. But, if you’re installing this shower in a small bathroom with limited lighting, consider opting for glass doors that will maximize whatever light is available. Even glass doors offer a slew of options. Frameless doors look modern and clean, and they have the effect of making a small bathroom look large and airy.

If you have any questions about how a corner shower unit might fit in your bathroom, give us a call!

 

 

playlist for the shower

Show of hands, everyone. How many of you sing in the shower with or without audio accompaniment (and with or without singing talent)? I do, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! A home spa experience complete with steam shower, scented soap and candles, and massage tools are great. But, music just brings that level of relaxation to a whole other dimension.

Are you the type of person who prefers to have Mozart and Liszt playing in the background. Classical music is soothing, but can also be lively and energizing. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” (Finale) … yes, cannons and all!

Now that you’re awake, how about a funk, disco, jazz mix? Earth, Wind, and Fire’s upbeat “September” will definitely get your vocal cords warmed up for a day of talking and singing. Just be extra careful dancing in the shower … it’s slippery in there!

That was fun. But, it’s not over. B.o.B with “So Good” just keeps those good vibes flowing. These lyrics are simple, easy to learn, and catchy.

That should do it, right? You’re probably about ready to hop out of the shower. So, let’s go with one final song. This time, try a slower beat, something that will help you transition from the shower to the rest of your morning routine. This version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole is so beautiful.

Now, you’re sure to have a great day no matter what happens!

What are your favorite songs to listen to in the morning?

 

hawaiian spa

 

Have you been lucky enough to visit Hawaii? Unfortunately for me, I haven’t yet been. I would love to drag my toes through the sand and watch the surfers ride huge waves! There’s an upside to my Hawaii-less life (so far), though. I can have a Hawaii-inspired steam shower and spa experience right in my very own home.

I’ve got some tips to help you bring Hawaii right into your very own bathroom. It doesn’t even matter how big or small your bathroom is, all you need is a few well-placed items and, before you know it, you’ll be hearing the sound of surf on the sand. Let’s get started!

The first product you’ll need to buy is sea salt. If you prefer to soak in your bathtub, just pour a tablespoon or two of sea salt into the hot water. You can actually buy Hawaiian sea salt. It’s typically a combination of Hawaiian herbal extracts and Hawaiian red sea salt. The natural sea salt will soften your skin. It’s also loaded with healthful minerals which will give your skin a nutrient-rich drink.

If you have a steam shower, activate the steam, pour the salt mixture onto a damp cloth and gently rub it all over your body. Both the salt and the cloth act as exfoliants which will give you vibrant looking skin.

Once you’re done exfoliating, use a toner to help completely remove any remaining dead skin cells, oil or dirt. A Hawaiian toner will consist of kaolin or bentonite clay mixed with Hawaiian herbal extracts. Spread the mixture all over your body then rinse off.

Finally, make sure you moisturize. Any body butter that’s made from natural ingredients will nourish and hydrate your skin.

Of course, a trip to Hawaii would just be awesome. But, failing that, this Hawaiian home spa experience will at least make you feel like you’re right there luxuriating in the warm sunshine.