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A thank you to Mr. Steam who was part sponsor of the Modenus Blog Tour LA which I attended earlier this month.

So, you may wonder who is Mr. Steam ? and why am I showing you my colourful mug collection?

The answer to the former question is that Mr. Steam is one of the largest manufacturer of electric steam boilers in the world. They make steam boilers for the U.S Navy, hospital operating rooms and Kennedy space centre.

Recently, they have ventured into the commercial and residential spa experience, creating high tech swipe touch control steam shower systems which now can also integrate aromatherapy, music therapy or Chromatherapy.

Chromatherapy also known as colour therapy is believed to be associated with a sense of wellbeing.

Here’s where my colourful mugs come into play, they are what I see every morning when I make coffee. Collectively, their vibrant colours are enough to eliminate any lingering sleepiness. Perhaps my daily colour choice is my subconscious acknowledgement for colour therapy.

Anyway, how nice it must be to relax in a steam shower, a spa in your own home and to experience its benefits with the additional triple treat of relaxing scents, colour and music.

So, without further ado, here’s what the colours  do ( information was extracted from the Mr. Steam website).

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Blue is Celestial- helping you communicate and share your discoveries.

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Orange is Exploration both physical and mental.

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Yellow is Awakening to personal power and awareness.

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Red is Vitality that sparks raw creativity.

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Green is Harmony, helping you get back in step with life’s rhythms.

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Violet is Nirvana, the culmination of time, place and being.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about steam therapy and to have a peek at my colourful mug collection.

Have a lovely week ahead. x

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During Blog Tour LA, we were lucky to visit Heath Ceramics, kindly organised by Veronika Miller of Modenus after a tweet request. I have always yearned to visit this special place.

I have summarised below a brief history of the company, which I found most interesting.

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Edith Heath, the Danish founder of Heath Ceramics, was born in 1911, into a small farming town called Ida Grove, near Sioux City, Iowa.

As a young lady, Edith enjoyed learning about art education.

In 1934, she enrolled part time at the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied History of art and ventured into her first ceramics class.

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After marrying in 1938, Edith followed her husband Brian to San Francisco, for his work.

En route, they passed New Mexico, where Edith was in awe of the traditional black on black ceramics of Maria Martinez, an influential Native American potter.

Edith’s hunger for the knowledge of ceramic chemistry led her to successfully petition the University of California to host a year long intensive course, which she took.

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Experimenting with raw chemical compounds, Edith moved closer to perfecting a stoneware clay body that created quality dinnerware.

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She formulated glazes that left a speckle pattern, hallmark of her early works.

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Heath Ceramics was born after Nelson Gustin, a distributor of ceramics noticed her work and proposed to help her expand by cosigning a loan and guaranteeing to purchase her first year’s production output.

The business went from strength to strength, expanding, exhibiting and winning accolades.

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Edith’s first dinnerware line, named Coupe, was perfected in 1947 and was an instant hit for its combination of contemporary clean lines combined with a craft based heritage for clay and glaze.

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The original colours were Sand, Sage, Blue, Aqua and Apricot, followed later by Gunmetal, Green Luster, Sea and sand and Brown-stone.

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During the economic downturn of the 1960s, Edith needed to look for new ways to sustain the business and she successfully did that by venturing into tile making.

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By the mid 1980s, Heath Ceramics had come round full circle. They did not renew the retail distributor right, but instead started to look inward, focusing on smaller volume, good quality in house production. That ethos continues today.

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We were introduced to Adam Silverman’s work (above) on the tour. He is a potter and the LA studio director.

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Born in New York, he was raised in Connecticut and studied at the Rhode Island school of design. You can read an interview with him here. Adam-Silverman-for-Heath-Ceramics-in-LA-photo-by-Geraldine-of-littlebigbell.com He will soon be exhibiting at the Laguna Art Museum, based in Laguna Beach, California. The previous 3 images constitute part of his impending exhibition.

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His work has been described by Heath Ceramics as ‘exploring the merger of form, color and texture’ and is ‘strange and familiar, ugly and beautiful.’

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What do you think?

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I, of course didn’t leave empty handed. I bought a few classic Heath Ceramics bud vases in shades of ochre yellow, green and terracotta. The icing on the cake was the limited edition seasonal vase above, with its graduated tone of peacock blue. Heath Ceramics has liken this design to powdery snow.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. x

Oktoberfest-at-Poggenpohl-kitchen-LA-BlogtourLA-2013

I have just returned to London, following a fantastic time with Blog Tour LA.  I would like to extend my thanks to the part sponsors of the tour: Poggenpohl, Gaggenau and Blanco. These three brands are a true synergy for creating a high quality, luxury kitchen.

We were treated to an Oktoberfest at their LA showroom.

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Poggenpohl has been an international brand for 120 years and is still going strong. It was interesting to learn that they were the first to invent the kitchen island.

I’m liking the sleek, clean lines of the +Modo kitchen above, with its interplay of open and closed spaces.

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To me, a kitchen is not just for cooking and eating, but a space for entertaining. It should be aesthetically pleasing, with an option to inject one’s personality into, with decoration.

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When I was doing my kitchen up around 3-4 years ago, there was a real trend for thick stone worktops, that would run down, in a continuous piece, to envelope one side of the units.

Now, the trend is back to slim, elegant worktops. The Poggenpohl +Segmento range has a worktop that could be as thin as 12 mm, giving an impression that it floats above the units beneath.

I’m loving those sky blue units, sharply contrasting with the white, round patterned wall.

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This +Artesio range is so cool with its arch construction, perfect for a huge open planned space, creating that sense of intimacy within the kitchen, a room in itself, without being cut off from the living area.

The arch can also be used to conceal all routed cables and extracted air.

That side glass display is a perfect visual space for exhibiting one’s beautiful earthenware or  potted herbs.

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Gaggenau showed us their latest range, the 400 series ovens, with handleless doors that open with a light hand touch.

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Here, the ovens sit beautifully in a kitchen in Notting hill, London. The steel combines well with wood elements.

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Last but not least, the brand Blanco which was founded in 1925, as a family business in luxury sink faucets. They have created stainless steel sinks to an art form, with perfectly smooth edges and no visible weld marks.

The brand is close to my heart, as I own a Blanco sink. I chose a sink that was rectangular in shape and larger than conventional ones. This facilitated the washing of larger objects such as woks, without any countertop splashing.

Whist designing my kitchen, I was also looking for an over the sink chopping board, which then was not available. I have now discovered that Blanco do stock an over the sink  glass cutting board, so definitely one on my wish list.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. It’s greatly inspired me for a future kitchen redesign. Have a lovely week all. x

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