Travel is Like Love

Travel is Love | KitchAnn Style

Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity, ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

Pico Iyer

Architects, Designers and Artists love to travel to find inspiration in the built environment, the surrounding landscape, surrounding workshops and local culture.

I enjoy group trips because I often find my travel companions to be equally inspiring as the destination.

Without exception I can speak to both of my recent trips – The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas with Modenus and Cevisama in Valenica, Spain with Tile of Spain.

On BlogTour KBIS I was with 24 other Design Bloggers. That’s an overwhelming number and it can be quite intimidating. Add in the professional accolades of many of these women and you could easily find yourself thinking you don’t work hard enough.

Cosmopolitan_designer_group_photo_kbis_kitchann_styleThis photo is from our first night together. It was wonderful to finally meet many of the ladies I had previously only known online. The number one comment I got that night was that many expected me to be taller. This of course, made me chuckle.Wynn Restaurant | KitchAnn Style |Photo: Tori Ashton

The next day we toured the Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore Tower Suites. Immediately it became interesting to see where each member of our group was drawn. I knew no detail would go unnoticed with these designers and I took notice of design details I might otherwise have overlooked.

The high roller suites we looked at were incredible. It was like stepping into someone else’s life. Sorry, no photos were allowed but I can share this view from a luxury suite.

Inspiration Photos BlogtourKBIS | KitchAnn Style

This was the largest Blogtour group Modenus has ever put together and it was the first all  female group. I was a little worried going in that there may be some personalities that might not mesh well or that cliques would form from women who already knew each other prior to the trip.

The strength of the women in this group incredibly broke down many barriers and I saw myself and others getting out of our comfort zones to live in the moments that had been created.

TopKnobs group photo | KitchAnn StyleWe broke into groups to explore vendor booths. The smaller groups made it easier to get to know each other. Here we are on day two at Top Knobs.

Blanco Selfie | KitchAnn StyleI really dislike taking selfies but with some help I posted many to social media. I found that many of my followers at home really liked these pictures. Maybe one day I’ll get better at self promotion.

There were discussions about personal loss, business trials and tribulations and future plans. My favorite moment had nothing to do with design. It was learning a friend on the trip is cancer free. I think we all fear that we could one day face a debilitating health scare and possibly go through it alone – I know I do.

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At the end of the day we may want to surround ourselves with pretty and luxurious objects but I’d rather have a group of friends I can strip down all the barriers with.

On our final day we had a Hammam Spa experience. It was terrific – better than terrific. Allowing myself to decompress made me realize I had been holding a lot in. In the quiet haze of the steam room, covered in clay; my body released the chemical toxins generated by the repression.

The face of strength | KitchAnn StyleAt that moment I didn’t need to “maintain control” and it made me more prepared to move forward.

Moving forward meant pushing through a cold to leave in a week for the Cevisama Tile Show in Spain with Tile of Spain.

Cevisama 2016 | KitchAnn StyleAs you can see, this group is half the size and more varied as it’s a mix of designers and editors.

Cevisama 2016 | KitchAnn Style

This group bonded quickly and we were immediately protective of one another since so many of us were snapping pictures and taking notes and posting to social media while walking. We never lost a person. In fact, we even chose to spend our free time together.

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I laughed so hard on this trip. It could have been the wine but I think I just felt really comfortable. There was so much bonding over food we instantly became like family.

Farewell Dinner | Valencia Spain

I feel really fortunate to have met this group. Usually after a week together even family wants to get away from one another. Towards the end of our last Architectural tour I tried to take in as much of Valencia as I could. I knew I couldn’t stay transfixed forever. Soon I’d be back home with all too familiar routines and dinner for one.









Tile Trends from Cevisama 2016

Cevisama Tile Trends
I feel like I haven’t written in forever between my trip to KBIS with Modenus and Cevisama with Tile of Spain. I feel like I should be sipping on a glass of champagne or cava as I reminisce over my trips but that might prolong my efforts.

Cevisama is an amazing show. The vendors put exceptional effort into displaying their products. My three days at the show were packed with booth tours and press events and while it made my head spin at times, we hardly made a dent in the show. Continue reading “Tile Trends from Cevisama 2016”

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.

Steam Therapy for Winter | KitchAnn Style


“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.

Steam Therapy for Winter | KitchAnn Style

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.)