Steamy in California

Talk about a steamy trip to California! What an amazing trip from Los Angeles all the way north to San Francisco to take in the beauty of A Well Designed Life as well as participate in one.  October’s #BlogTourCali by Modenus  treated all to a indescribable day with @Mrs_Steam aka Martha Orellana of Mr. Steam aka Feel Good Inc. Yes, that’s the name.

Did you know that there are at least 40 Benefits of Steam Therapy? One benefit for sure was being on a bus headed up Highway 101 to Santa Barbara to the Bacara Resort and Spa for an amazing day of yoga, steam, facials and a delicious lunch.

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First we had to warm up for all the great things that lay ahead of us that day. Yoga was wonderful by the ocean. Photo: Chasen West


Highly recommend visiting Bacara when in the area! Photo: Patti Johnson


Our fearless leaders, Martha Orellana and Veronika Miller of Modenus lead us to A Well Designed Life. I am so grateful to have been a part of it.And no, the guys did NOT accompany us into the steam room. Girls only! Photo: Patti Johnson 

Tala Bath & Body essential oils, clays, scrubs and soaps are derived from the Moroccan landscape and produced locally. Tala Bath & Body Argan Oil is good for your skin. It nourishes and soothes, helping your skin combat environmental damage and other aging factors. Tala Bath & Body transforms the steam shower experience into an exotic sensual experience where steam meets the timeless scents of Morocco. Photo: Mr. Steam

A Well Designed Life incorporates more than just a single element of living. It is about mind, body and soul.  To begin a day with friends traveling to a posh resort such as Bacara, having a yoga session by the ocean in the sunshine, experiencing a a steam room and high quality facial products amongst friends then being served a delicious lunch on the rooftop was definitely a well designed day in my life to be sure!


STEAMTHERAPY™ by mr. steam may be the only true therapy you need! Photo: Mr. Steam

According to Wikipedia: A Turkish bath or hamam (Turkish: hamam, Arabic: الحمام, ḥammām‎) is the Turkish[1] variant of the Roman bath, steambath, sauna, or Russian banya, distinguished by a focus on water, as distinct from ambient steam.

In Western Europe, “Turkish bath” as a method of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era. The process involved in taking a Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and ancient Roman bathing practices.


Conversation is always as yummy as the food with this group to be sure! Photo: Chasen West



YUM~ Photo: Patti Johnson


DOUBLE YUM~ Photo: Patti Johnson



TRIPLE YUM~ Photo: Chasen West

Mr. Steam-light

Big THANK YOU to Mr. Steam who generously helped sponsor this trip and provided  products to use from their new line TALA, available from premier Mr. Steam dealers.

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design.  Disclaimer: Even though this is a sponsored post, I only agree to endorse products that I approve of and have experienced.  I sell Mr. Steam units to my clients and can recommend them with ease!



London Nite Hike and Mr. Steam

September 18th – 24th, 2012 was an amazing week that 14 Interior Design and Life Style bloggers from around the globe will not soon forget. Whether in Interiors, Kitchen and Bath, Furniture, Garden, Photography or even Graphic, all are of  a design discipline and all are bloggers. This trip, officially christened  “Blog Tour London” by Modenus, along with several industry sponsors, brought this diverse and energetic group of individuals from places afar off together in London. Destination: the London Design Festival. With an a full working itinerary, there were sometimes opportunities to steal a few moments for important tasks.

A little competition never hurt anyone. New friend and fellow blogger Vitania with Martha in Spitalfields Market.

There were so many spontaneously wonderful moments, it would be difficult to share them all with you. Here’s a group photo that makes me smile:

Having some fun on the way to 100% Design.


One of the events we took part in was a London Nite Hike sponsored by Maggie’s, a cancer caring center. You can read more about Maggie’s and their services, philosophy and outreach here.

Maggie’s Centre set out to raise £500,000 through Nite Hikes in the cities of Glasgow and London. The Blog Tour group was staying in London, so walk through London we did.

We began the hike with registration at Leadenhall Market.

What better way to experience London than on foot?

London Bridge: photo – mine

We walked as a group across town, stopping to capture the lights of the London Bridge at night followed by a walk to the London Eye for a birds-eye view of the great city.

Late night spin on the London Eye~

Looking down on London~

After a proposed 10 or 20 mile “Nite Hike” for which it rained off and on,  a steam shower to soothe our aching muscles would have been very welcome. Enter Marth Orellana, one of the tour’s sponsor representatives. Martha is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Mr. Steam who proudly shared the history of the company with me during dinner at The Gun Docklands one evening.

While enjoying my English dinner,  I sat next to Martha who shared wonderful tidbits of information about the Mr. Steam brand and steamtherapy. We all know since ancient Roman times, steam saunas or steam baths have provided both physical and emotional healing benefits to the human body and soul.

Ancient Roman Steam Bath Image via Google

As Mr. Steam, the expert on the subject, states:

“Making wellness a way of life™… For thousands of years, different cultures used the healing power of steam to soothe their bodies and cleanse their minds. Today, Steamtherapy© rewards you after a workout, relieving tired muscles as warmth penetrates your body. It’s part of an at-home beauty regime; warm moisture opens your pores, leaving your skin softer and more supple. Steamtherapy is a possible natural detox, and may remove bodily impurities. It may help enhance your breathing exercises, leaving you with a sense of wellness. Use Steamtherapy to allow scent and color to evoke moods and heighten your emotions.What is involved with installing a steam shower in a residential bathroom? While it is preferable to install the unit and required plumbing during construction, it can absolutely be done during a bath renovation” ~ Mr.Steam

His and Hers towel warmers, a luxurious way to go ~ photo courtesy of Mr. Steam

Example of a residential unit in cut-away. Notice glass enclosure, photo courtesy of Mr. Steam

For the eco-conscious consumer, Mr. Steam offers a model that only uses one very eco friendly gallon of water per session. The average steam session is approximately 15-20 minutes. Who knew luxury could be so green?!

There are obvious requirements for installing such a unit in your home, such as that the shower enclosure must be completely sealed off, without an open area above the shower door.  I can personally attest to owning a steam unit and the benefits of it. Installation may require a licensed plumber and correct plumbing fixtures and fittings, which can vary from application to application.  Since local building codes may differ as well be sure to contact a qualified designer or contractor.

About Mr. Steam
Making Wellness a Way of Life®, Mr. Steam® provides the finest quality steam showers and towel warmers for residential and commercial use. Mr. Steam products help support a healthy lifestyle with innovative accessories, including AromaSteam™ aromatic oils system, ChromaSteam™ mood lighting system, in-shower Musictherapy® speakers, and in-shower seating to enhance the steam bathing experience. For more information, please visit or on Facebook.~

Thank you to our generous Blog Tour London Sponsors!

Thank you to our wonderful Blog Tour London 2012 Sponsors!