Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Calorie-free Solutions to Warm Up a Chilly Day

Baby, it’s cold outside! What a brutal winter it has been. Just about everywhere in the country, temperatures dipped below freezing and everything outside was frosty. When it is so cold outside, it is sometimes hard to warm up inside. A cup of hot cocoa, a steamy bowl of soup, or a yummy latte might temporarily warm you, but not without adding a few calories to your waistline.

Solution: A hot, steamy shower or soothing, relaxing bath experience can be pleasant and warming. But at some point, it is time to step out of the shower or bath. Although that chilly transition can be invigorating, it does nothing to continue the mood of warmth and comfort.

Solution: Step out onto a pre-heated floor or rug warmer. WarmlyYours offers two sizes of rug warmers that fit perfectly under area throw rugs. The smaller size warms up your favorite rug that is 4-by-6 feet or 5-by-7 feet while the medium sized rug warmer suits a rug size of 6-by-8 feet up to 8-by-10 feet. The dual temperature setting for the rug warmers controls the amount of the radiant heat. The durable rug warmers can be placed under the area rugs and remain there for the entire winter/chilly season. Designed to withstand normal use and foot traffic, their warmers add a touch of kindness to your tootsies in any room in your house. Keep the rug warmer a safe distance from any water, then simply plug it in to add that soothing warmth to your feet.

Looking for that warm sensation on your feet to permanently last? There is also the option of installing a heated floor mat directly under tile or flooring in any room. Completely safe to walk on, this foot heated mat is rolled out and the flooring or tile is placed over it. Your feet never directly come in contact with the heating elements and it pre-heats the floor from the bottom up. No more cold tiles or flooring to step on any time of the year. You will feel the coziness while walking in the freedom of bare feet. The kids will love it!

That takes care of the feet, but getting out of the shower or bath also exposes your tender self to the nippiness of the bathroom air. Even if the bathroom is steamy, there can still be a chill in the air.

Solution: Wrap yourself up with a luxurious, over-sized bath towel that is fuzzy and warm after being heated by a convenient towel warmer. Towel warmers are not just for the rich and famous—everyone can afford a big warm towel hug after stepping out of the shower or bath. It is like a cuddly plush embrace every time you get out of the tub.

Vintage Tub & Bath provides a selection of different styles of wall-mounted towel warmers as well as floor-standing models to complement any type of d├ęcor that are appealing to the eye. Heat your towels and washcloths to a comfortable 120 degrees. [Be careful not to directly touch or grab onto the towel warmer when it is heating the linens.]

You can wrap yourself up with a blanket of warmth without being plugged in. Wrap your children up with a warm blanket or towel when they get out of the bath or when they are feeling a little under the weather. It just adds a little extra touch of love when you give them a hug.

What a great feeling!

By: Sue Gannis

Monday, February 07, 2011

Going “natural” or “modern”: These trendy styles put some pizzazz into your “castle”

Sprucing up your space might be on the “honey-do” list this year. So what looks good in 2011? The natural look. Embracing the styles of openness and freedom of the outdoors and integrating them indoors into your home space continues to be one of the hottest trends in home design in 2011. A small change—a bathroom makeover—might be all it takes to put some pizzazz back into your home.

Pizzazz: “An attractive and exciting vitality, especially when combined with style.”

If a breezy, spacious look is the style you crave, check out the 2010 winning design styles chosen by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The latest issue of USA Home & Remodeling featuring New Idea TRENDS (Volume 26, No 9) highlights the Southern California design award winners in the 2010 NKBA Competition. The natural tones and hues featured in these designs quintessentially link the great outdoors into your interior space. Here are more bathroom TRENDS ideas to check out.

Vintage Tub& Bath carries many options for the tasteful home designer/remodeler when creating their own bathroom makeover, including bathroom linens made from renewable bamboo fibers in natural colors. Much of your style and pizzazz for your new bathroom can easily fit into your budget.

Are you more of a modern thinker yet tight on space? Modern styles are hot this year too, and you can combine a modern, space-saving sink alternative with a wall-mounted sink along with a corner tub (another trend this year!) But if a corner tub is not your style, take a look at these contemporary bathtubs. Of course, modern thinkers can think big, too. Modern doesn’t have to mean ‘minimal’.

Pizzazz: “An attractive and exciting vitality, especially when combined with style.”

Whatever your choice, natural or modern, professional designers all suggest the complementary touch in your bath of adding a little green. Natural or modern styles both thrive longer with lush, green plants exuding life and sprucing up your space by representing the great outdoors, inside your “castle”.

Written by: Sue Gannis