Steam Can Cure Winter Blahs

Temperatures have dropped and the East Coast is talking about the Blizzard of 2016. Unfortunately, colder weather brings dry air along with it. The resulting low humidity environment and home heating can irritate both skin and nasal passages.

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“The Healing powers of hammam were known for centuries. Famous Arab doctor and scientist, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) considered it to be one of the exceptional means of improving health and general well-being. Echoing the opinions of Greek doctors he believed that “physical exercises, healthy lifestyle and regular visits to hammam will render all medicine useless”.

Steam Therapy –

If you prefer not to take over the counter drugs to combat congestion and stuffiness, steam is a proven natural remedy. Steam loosens mucus and relieves inflammation allowing you to breather better.

Dried-out nasal passage ways are unhealthy. Your body needs moistened airways as a part of your defense system. When sinuses get too dry, the mucociliary transport system that traps and moves irritants stops working. Steam showers help promote sinus drainage, soothe a sore throat and act as a natural expectorant.

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Glowing Skin –

Outdoor winter activity and constant washing to ward off winter bugs can leave you with dry, chapped skin.

Steam opens up your pores, allowing your skin to breathe, and releases toxins promoting healthy glowing skin. For you gentlemen, steam softens up the skin making it easier to shave.

Steam Therapy for Winter | KitchAnn StyleMood Enhancer –

All this gray weather can also cause many people to experience “lower mood” and reduced energy this time of year.

There are some very effective treatments available for treating the winter ‘blahs’ – one of those is chromatherapy.

Ayurvedic medicine practitioners believe the body has seven chakras, each of which is associated with a specific color of the visible light spectrum, and a function and organ or bodily system.

Whether you believe in the deeper spiritual meanings of color or simply recognize that they have a profound effect on our emotions and intellect, incorporating color into our lives can raise our relaxation to a deeper level.

Steam ChromaTherapy for Winter | KitchAnn Style

This is why chromatherapy and steam work so well paired together. To achieve this in your home I like the iSpa Package from Mr. Steam.

The iSpa Package works with the innovative iSteam Touch Control and uses just two-gallons of water per 20-minute session.

Therapeutic Healing –

When in need of sensual renewal, why not immerse your chakras and your body in steam powered therapy with aromas too? The therapeutic properties of scent have been cultivated since antiquity.

Plus, essential oils and herbs, unlike chemical drugs do not remain in the body, leaving toxins behind and causing side affects.

Mr. Steam offers specially formulated essential oils and Chakra oils extracted from organic flowers and plants specifically to relax and revitalize the body. There’s nothing more therapeutic than aromatherapy, warmth, steam and chakra oils!

Steam AromaTherapy for Winter | KitchAnn StyleThe iSpa system includes the Mr. Steam AromaSteam system which evenly infuses oils into the steam shower via an electronic delivery system for balanced, seamless integration of aromatherapy.

I get much relief from the Mr. Steam Eucalyptus as I tend to catch colds when I travel. (Thanks, Martha a.k.a Mrs. Steam)

(Although not exhibiting at KBIS this year, Mr. Steam is a sponsor if BlogTour KBIS. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine.)

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WilsonArt Spectrum Crossweave and Mid-Century Options

Wilsonart has introduced Spectrum – an entirely new Virtual Design Library (VDL) category that pairs subtle, layered design with a spectacular range of colors.

Spectrum premiered with the Crossweave Series – 25 curated colors in a cross-directional design with a woven feel. The dazzling colors in the Crossweave series was taken directly from emerging trends and translated into fresh, current and fashionable hues. in addition to beautiful blues and subdued neutrals, you’ll find pinks, corals greens and yellows. Continue readingWilsonArt Spectrum Crossweave and Mid-Century Options

Blanco Quartus Accessories

I’ve been using Blanco Fixtures for about as long as I’ve been a designer. One of the things  (among many) I like about their sinks is the ability for homeowners to personalize their sink – to enhance cooking, cleaning, entertaining or organizing in style.

Blanco Quartus | BlogTour KBIS | KitchAnn StyleNew custom-designed accessories for the QUATRUS R0 and QUATRUS R15 sinks provides numerous options for your stainless sink.

Stainless Steel Grids

Each grid is custom designed for precision fit and have protective rubber feet and side bumpers. A multi-level grid is a unique option for QUARTUS sinks for adding another layer of functionality. They provide a convenient area for drying glasses, utensils and plates or rinsing fruits and vegetables.

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Ash Cutting Board

The durable cutting boards are custom designed to fit on your sink and have rubber feet for optional countertop use.

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Work Stations

The melamine work stations have two storage wells or buckets with drains. The removable buckets make storing utensil and knives convenient and safely organized. Even better, the removable buckets are dishwasher safe.

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(Blanco is a sponsor for BlogTour KBIS 2016, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. You, the reader, are my top priority and it is my goal to make sure you can trust the content and integrity of this blog.)

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Thermador Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation

In 2016, Thermador will celebrate 100 years of creating Real Innovations for Real Cooks. To demonstrate the evolution of kitchen personalization, unveil upcoming trends and showcase new innovations, Thermador will kick off its milestone centennial celebration at Design & Construction Week January 19-22, 2016.

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The brand will be located within the International Builders Show (IBS), at booth C3837 in the Central Hall, and will share the booth with sister brands Bosch and Gaggenau.

On Tuesday, January 19 I’ll be attending a luncheon hosted by Thermador for Modenus Blog Tour Las Vegas Bloggers to learn more about their new innovative products. Follow my Tweets and Instagram Posts for up-to-the-minute news.

Thermador will also host a press conference and VIP reception in the BSH booth to unveil exciting news, as well as to officially kick-off the 100th Anniversary celebration of Thermador.

In addition to the inspiring kitchen vignettes found throughout the IBS booth, Thermador innovation will also be featured within the 2016 New American Home, the official show home of IBS.

The New American Home 2016 | KitchAnn Style | BlogTour KBIS

I’m really looking forward to seeing the innovative 5,200-square-foot 2016 New American Home.

The New American Home 2016 | KitchAnn Style | BlogTour KBIS

The New American Home, now in its 33rd year, showcases innovative construction technologies, emerging design trends and the latest building products.

The New American Home 2016 | KitchAnn Style | BlogTour KBIS

How amazing is this island with two Thermador dishwashers, waterfall edge and banquette?

The New American Home 2016 | KitchAnn Style | BlogTour KBIS

The New American Home 2016 | KitchAnn Style | BlogTour KBIS

(Thermador is a sponsor for BlogTour KBIS 2016, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. You, the reader, are my top priority and it is my goal to make sure you can trust the content and integrity of this blog.)

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Photos via NAHB