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It’s All About the Journey … Treat Yourself to a Spa Day!

With downtime at a premium, it’s no surprise that people are investing in luxurious amenities to enjoy in the comfort of their own home.  Perhaps the most common of these upgrades is the inclusion of a spa-like master bath.

Hydrotherapy, steam, light, heat, and aroma can create an experience at home that can compete with the world’s best spas. However, with so many options, it can be hard to decide where to start and what to pick.    Here are a few ideas for creating your own spa Master Bath.


   A Steam Shower is one of the most enjoyable ways to de-stress and can be partnered with aromatherapy, chromatherapy (the science of the light spectrum’s improvements and positive effects on tissue and body systems).   Additional massage elements can be incorporated into the shower through body sprays and jets that can be added to shower walls and operated independently or in conjunction with other shower heads.  Overhead rainfall showers are also a popular additional to a luxury shower.


If adding space in the shower isn’t enough, adding an extra-large bathtub will surely do the trick.  Serving as your own private oasis after a long day, homeowners can’t go wrong with this added feature. There are two schools of thought on this.   Freestanding tubs are all the rage today and can certainly create a peaceful, quiet soaking experience but built-in Modern-day therapy tubs are also a popular option.  Many luxury therapy tubs include other health enhancing features like massage, hydrotherapy, or aromatherapy.


  Heated towel warmers and/or heated floors are a great addition. These features ensure that the relaxation doesn’t end once you leave your shower and tub, and your comfort is never disrupted by cold floors or chilly towels. Both add a luxury touch to a spa bath.


Since the master bath is a space that is supposed to offer serenity and calming factors, a soft neutral color palette will surely set the tone.  Warm or cool neutrals are both popular.  Warm palettes provide a more zen, organic feel, while cool palettes enhance light and airy spaces.


This can be accomplished with a double vanity or two separate sink areas.  Quartz or stone surrounds and the sleek appearance of an under mount sink in square or rectangular shapes add a modern touch. Vessel sinks or large pedestal sinks are other popular options.


 Newer toilet and vanities are a little taller now for added comfort.  Be sure to check out the difference when you visit your local home supply store.


 Not every house has room for a sprawling master bath, but luxury can come in small packages, too. Glass fixed shower panels, floating vanities, and larger, light colored tile floors can open up a smaller bath.  Adding pampering shower features such as:  hand held plumbing fixtures, built in niches or a shower bench can elevate the spa experience.

Plush towels, specialty bath soaps and salts, and a large candle are quick, inexpensive accessories that add a feeling of luxury.

By incorporating some of these elements in your own Master Bath, the spa bath of your dreams could be the one you wake up to every day!

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It’s All About The Journey … Powder Rooms – Small Spaces Capable of Making a Big Statement!

Powder rooms are intimate and private spaces that reflect the style of your home.  They are also the great equalizers.  No matter how large or small your home is, powder rooms (generally), are approximately the same size.  Adding the right embellishments and detail provides another opportunity to show buyers you care about your home.

Here are some considerations:

Create a focal point

Your goal is to draw attention toward the sink area.  One option is to apply a new paint finish to the existing cabinetry.  This is usually more cost effective than changing out the whole vanity, sink and fixtures.  Adding updated hardware can transform a standard cabinet to look like a custom vanity.

If the budget allows, a new countertop and sink can update a vanity that is in good shape.  A great way to cut costs is to purchase a leftover piece of quartz or stone from a local distributor for a new countertop.  They often have popular remnants in neutral colors leftover from bigger projects.   The entire installation process can be done for a fraction of the cost of an entirely new custom vanity.

Adding a new sink – whether it’s a state-of-the-art vessel sink or an under mount sink or molded sink/counter combination can complete the entire design element.

Pedestal sinks are another cost effective option. Be sure there is adequate storage for additional toiletries nearby.


 Ceramic or porcelain tiles as well as natural stone floors are always popular choices in a bathroom, but if you have existing wood flooring, it’s not necessary to change.  A powder room receives less traffic, and a properly treated wood floor can be resistant to moisture penetration and less prone to scratches.


A decorative framed mirror can serve to further accent the vanity.  You can either purchase a new one, or a frame can be built around a wall mounted mirror using trim molding placed around the edges.

Just like any other space, lighting is critical.  Changing out the fixture can add both style and mood to this intimate space (especially if you still have the old “Hollywood Lights” screaming 1970’s & 1980’s!).  Consider sconces on either side of the mirror, or a light fixture above the mirror.  If the only light source is on the ceiling, consider a stylish little chandelier.

A fresh coat of paint on the walls goes a long way.  Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective, making any space feel open and airy.  Additionally, light colors amplify the effect of natural light. (which everyone loves!) The opposite can work as well, deep colors can give a rich and intimate feel to a small space.

Little Amenities Make a Big Impact

Toilet tissue dispensers can be hung on the wall, but should be up to date.   Other options are to place some rolls in a pretty container (like a basket) or a toilet tissue stand near the commode.

Most people prefer to use hand cleanser out of a dispenser.  A decorative dispenser is more sanitary and eliminates the mess of a bar of soap.

Placing luxurious hand towels nearby, either on a shelf or in a basket on the sink will create a spa like environment.

A pretty rug in front of the vanity, beautiful bath accessories and a special piece of artwork is all that is needed to complete the picture and provide a lasting impression.

Toilet bowl brushes or plungers are not decorative accessories!  Keep this little room clean and free of clutter.  Store any necessary tools behind closed doors in an accessible location.

A waste basket should be convenient but not the center of attention.


A powder room can be a fun project to update!  For a small space, it can make a big impact on buyers.  Create something that will make you smile!


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