BlogTourLa: Goccia, ‘The Drop’

BlogTourLA: Goccia, The Drop | CLOTH & KIND

We were blown away by the simple, understated beauty of the Gessi line which we were first introduced to at the West Edge Design Fair in LA when we were there for BlogTourLA.

In particular, the new Goccia collection had us in awe. Inspired by the shape of a single water drop, the line was conceived by Italian designer and sculptor Prospero Rasulo who speaks so beautifully in this video about how the concept for Goccia was developed out of respect for water and the environment…

Goccia, which translates to ‘the drop’ was not only physically designed out of respect for our environment but also functions with conservation in mind. All Goccia faucets are equipped with a technology allowing for a 50% water savings without compromising functionality.

BlogTourLA: Goccia, The Drop | CLOTH & KIND

Form and function. Now that gets us super excited!

BlogTourLA: Goccia, The Drop | CLOTH & KIND

To view the full line of Gessi products, be sure to check out their site. ‘The drop’, after all, is a mere drop in the bucket of their many gorgeous and highly functional products. We’re officially ‘in amore’.

BlogTourLA: The Therapy of Steam

My master bathroom sucks and Mr. Steam is partly to blame. In no way were any Mr. Steam products used in the design of my bathroom and, alas, therein lies my problem, but unfortunately it goes deeper than that. I have, a-hem, an “issue” with relaxing. On our recent Modenus + BlogTourLA trip, Krista and I had the opportunity to visit the Snyder Diamond showroom in Los Angeles and see many of the Mr. Steam products in action (think scantily clad gorgeous model lolling about in various shower scenarios involving lots of water, steam, aromatherapy, ChromaTherapy, iSteam technology and a throng of BlogTourLA google-y eyed watcher-oners who were taking countless pictures of said model.) Mind you, I like well designed product as much as the next designer, but shower technology that involves hanging out longer in the bathroom is totally lost on me. My master bath is a glorified outhouse, albeit clad in carerra marble, the only modern day luxuries it provides are running water, electricity and a sewer line. Nothing about the space makes me or anyone else for that matter want to hang out in there longer than it takes to get the grime off. Its utilitarian design (mind you not in a Scandinavian, gorgeous kind of way) works for me because I am a wash and wear kinda girl, my entire shower-out-the-door routine lasting no more than 15 minutes. In all honestly, I have worn this bare bones approach like a badge of honor, proud that I am not one who dabbles in the shower and bathroom with all manner of fluff and puff routines. Who needs soap to shave when you have running water?! As it turns out, the joke is sooo on me.

Historically, relaxation involving water, steam and sweat is a longstanding practice dating back to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, where the ruins of the earliest public baths were found. From that point forward, whether in the public bathing houses of Greece or Rome, the volcanic spring-fed onsens of Japan or the sweat lodges and Temazcalli of the Native Americans, the cross cultural tradition to cleanse, purify and relax was culturally embraced. I don’t know about you, but this is not my cultural experience in this day and age in which I feel compelled to move at all times and never have enough time to do all that is on my list.

To get their point across about the many documented benefits of relaxing and steam therapy, and why simply taking time to care for yourself is totally worth it physically and mentally, Mr. Steam treated the entire BlogTourLA crew to a Korean Day Spa. That experience, highlighted by being buck naked and scrubbed down with mineral salt head to toe by a small Korean woman in black lingerie, shifted my perspective so profoundly that I am forever changed. What Krista and I witnessed at the spa, as much as what we experienced personally, spoke so eloquently of a culture that values its generational community, and one in which each body is embraced as it is, as part of the collective and beautiful whole. We mingled, bathed and steamed with young and old, with entire families that so palpably cared for each other that it practically brought us to tears. We left knowing that Mr. Steam was on to something, specifically that our overall health and well-being is directly proportional to how often we incorporate regular bouts of relaxation to restore and regenerate our body, mind and soul.

Even though Mr. Steam did not create steam, since 1917 the company has been at the forefront of the technology curve, and is currently the largest manufacturer of electric steam boilers in the world for the U.S. Navy, hospital operating rooms and the Kennedy Space Center. Mr. Steam continues to innovate and as such the company is a leader in the commercial and residential spa experience offering swipe-touch controls, advanced steam shower generators and systems, aromatherapy and ChromaTherapy, and the most advanced towel warmers on the market today. As much as I would like to gut my master bath and start over with my own steam therapy design, the best I can do at the moment is play with Mr. Steam’s nifty virtual spa app and to highly recommend steam therapy to our clients, which is shockingly well priced. Who knew?! Price out your own at home spa experience here.

PHOTO CREDITS: Mr. Steam | Roman Bath House Relic | Salt

Hue: Honey

: Indian Zag in Honey by Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa | Chandelier | Pillow | Bathroom | Wallpaper

Details: Good Clean Fun

So, it’s kind of weird to be posting about something as seemingly unimportant as soap in the bathroom, right? And in the grand scheme of things, yes, this should easily fall into last place on anyone’s to-do list. But, alas, I’m cursed with an innate love of thinking through every last detail when it comes to interiors and I consider it a guilty pleasure to be able to do so.

Lately, I’ve become fascinated with all the lovely varieties and fragrances of soaps out there, and because I’m in the finishing stages of decorating our home (post-renovation) I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about the smallest of touches. The right soap for each bathroom is one of them. Here are a few of the suds-producers that I liked best, paired with bathrooms they’d look (and smell) just right in…

no. 1 | no. 2 | no. 3 | bathroom

And a few more, just for good clean fun…

bathroom | soap

soap | bathroom

bathroom | soap
soap | bathroom

bathroom | soap

I know that I can’t be the only weird one out there who thinks about these little itty bitty details, right? Which soap am I missing that you love most?

Inspired: Shades of Grey



I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I’m currently in the throes of reading 50 Shades of Grey… blushing even as I write this!

Since I’m so, ahem, “involved” with Christian Grey right now, I couldn’t help but think about how his amazing Seattle home must look. Couldn’t you see one of these gorgeous grey tiles in his kitchen or one of his bathrooms? Yes, please.

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