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!

Feeling Blue?

As you know, I love white in interiors. I like the cleanliness of the look of an all white interior but I realize it would be very difficult for many families to embrace this concept.

Perhaps a “Touch of the Blues” may inspire you.

This blue room is softened by the natural light and neutral tones of the window, lamp and pillow. (Image via

Blues in this space create a more vibrant mood. (Image via

Deep blue tones in the interior design of this room create a dramatic impact.
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The color blue creates a softness in this space of a baby nursery or young child’s bedroom.                               (Image via

This Master Bedroom Suite that I created for a client was once red! The addition of a fireplace and blue finishes to the design created the spa like interior that the client loved. Photo: Patti Johnson

Even the whitest of events, a wedding, a bride selected this cake by deliciously decadent. Couldn’t resist including this photo! (and, I LOVE cake!)

Who knew London was Blue? Photo of London in the evening via TravelCrew. Blue is gorgeous! But then again, it’s a color in nature!

London Bridge with a Blue sky! I will taking live photos during BlogTour London next month as I travel as a member of an International Blog Team with Modenus to attend London Design Week Festivities. How fun!

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti in Cincinnati Talks Design! Check back soon for new posts and updates about London!

Shades of #Light~

Lampshades can make a difference.

We all know that lighting can make a big impact on the design of a space. Lamps are a convenient way to add lighting, so cutting into the ceiling to run wires to a switch, in essence,just plug and play.  In addition to the lighting they bring to a space, they serve as decorative objects simultaneously. Dual purpose. Lamp shades are a great little ‘pick me up’ to a lamp. You’re telling it, “I like you, I want to keep you around, but you need a new hat.”

Obviously  you wouldn’t put a lamp on your sofa table or desk without a lamp shade,that’s just not right. But you wouldn’t place a lamp shade there all by its lonesome now either would you?  If you do, well that’s another post.

Here are some tips on how to select a shade and the different kinds of shades for different kinds of lamps. Lamp shades are a great way to breathe new life into a room without replacing a lamp that looks just fine. However, in my book, lamps are an important accessory, not unlike a great purse or necklace. I like to change mine – often.

This lamp shade is transitional, not too traditional, not too modern, can go on several styles or lamps and will blend in as it is somewhat neutral. Put this on a black, ivory or metallic lamp base.

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Notice how each lamp shade varies in height in proportion to the lamp? These lovely lamps are via and so lovely. I’m partial to whites.


I really like the design of this lampshade. It is structured and tailored and looks a little bit important! The black shade  will prevent the lamp from giving off too much light so place it in a spot where you simply want some ambient lighting.

Put this lamp shade on a white ceramic lamp, a gold glass lamp, a hammered silver lamp base and it will look pretty sharp. You will often see this type of shade on a rectangular lamp, but it can also go on a ‘flat’ base lamp.

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This shade offers a bit of sophistication. I happen to love the color taupe, it appears a bit like champaign in this photo and would actually look lovely on a crystal or ceramic lamp base.

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There are different methods for determining the correct shape and size of a shade for your lamp. Sometimes lamp shades simply wear out before the lamp does or you may want to update the look of a great lamp. There are formulas but I approach it with a concept of proportion and scale. The standard rule of thumb to determine size of a lamp shade is approximately one-third the height of the lamp. If a lamp is 32″ tall, an 11″ shade will fit perfectly. Always, always be sure that  the light bulb(s) and switches are not visible when looking at the lamp. Also be careful when removing those silver stickers, it can remove some finishes.

Love the scroll ‘fretwork’ effect on this shade. Lamps can definitely be a conversation piece!
This lamp is a definite “DO” in a beautiful interior and is a John Richard design.

Outstanding Design! Photo via Horchow.

The lamp below is definitely a “DO” in the right room with the right decor of course. It also is from the John Richard Company whose product lines include beautiful lighting, mirrors, upholstery, furnishings and accessories. You couldn’t put this lampshade on just any lamp. Probably only this lamp. Yes, pretty sure.

A John Richards Faceted Gold Crystal Lamp shade on gold crystal lamp.
Stunning for the right space!

Sorry, but this lamp doesn’t work any magic for me!

If  I come to your house and find this Genie lamp, I WILL hide it on you.

The lamp below grew arms. YIKES.

Yeah, let’s not use this one.

The same rule of thumb stated above for selecting a shade does not apply to a floor lamp. One third of the height would be way out of line, again make sure the bulbs and switches are neatly out of sight and that the diameter of the shade is similar to the diameter of the base of the lamp. It’s an easy way to select one. The drum shade (called that due to its shape) on the floor lamp pictured below, is a bit larger than the base. Actually, the small base makes me a bit nervous that it could tip over easily. I like things well-balanced and sturdy. These are safety concerns.

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I simply adore lighting, there is so much to choose from and there are lamps for every taste and style. For when you find that perfect lamp but the not so perfect shade, look around, the perfect shade is out there too!

You may also enjoy an earlier post on Lamps here. To view  more beautiful lighting selections visit my Pinterest page. When in doubt,  you can leave your comments and questions for me!

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! Hope to see  you again soon~