Any real estate agent will tell you great bathrooms help sell homes. But what if you’re not planning to sell any time soon and still want to have a memorable, attention-grabbing room? Start by upgrading your shower; it’s the heart of creating an amazing bathroom. Use these smart sensational ways to customize your shower experience.

A relaxing shower at the end of a tough day is one of the fastest, most effective ways to unwind. And an invigorating shower in the morning can set the stage for a positive day. No other element in the bathroom provides a better chance to pamper yourself with luxury, while still serving a vital, practical purpose.

Creating a custom shower experience – tailored to your tastes and needs – doesn’t have to be as pricey as you think. Showers are actually among the least costly parts of the bath to upgrade. Nor does it have to involve extensive renovation. A few simple changes can help you achieve a top-notch shower experience without taking a bath on costs.

1. The power of the showerhead

The showerhead is, of course, the heart of the shower. Simply replacing a utilitarian showerhead with one that features multiple settings can be a major step up, but why stop there? Manufacturers like Danze, Inc. offer an array of showerheads and accessories that make changing a showerhead the quickest (and possibly easiest) way to transform your shower experience.

Multi-spray, single-spray, rainfall, shower arms and hand showers can work together in virtually any combination you choose. Showerheads can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, depending on the model you choose, and many Danze showerheads feature air injection technology that provides a powerful spray even when water pressure is low (or strictly regulated). Various models are water efficient, so while you’re doing something for yourself, you’re also helping the environment by conserving water. Most showerhead changes can operate off existing plumbing, but consult a plumbing professional when you feel a bit in over your DIY head. Visit to learn more.

2. Showering with light and sound

Light and music have a powerful effect on mood, so it makes sense to incorporate their emotional impact into your shower experience. Shower lighting now goes way beyond a single recessed canister light set in the ceiling above the shower. Dimmable lighting allows you to control the amount of light stimulation – from low and relaxing to bright and invigorating. Ceiling-mounted chromatherapy lights use the color spectrum to further enhance mood in your shower. Cables of LED lights at the top or bottom of a shower enclosure can accent the space and provide gentle, low-level light. Sconces and overhead lighting can help fully illuminate the shower when needed.

Waterproof radios first introduced Americans to the idea of musical accompaniment to their shower experience. Now it’s possible to plug your iPod into your home’s audio system and stream your favorite music directly into the bathroom. If your home’s not that high-tech, you can still listen to your tunes in the shower by simply adding portable and waterproof speakers in the bathroom. These Bluetooth enabled speakers let you stream the music directly into the shower.

3. The perfect resting spots

Seating in the shower is no longer just for older folks. Stylish, portable shower seats now make it possible to rest while you’re relaxing in the shower. You can also opt for a wall-mounted seat that folds flat to the wall when not in use. Short on space in the shower? Opt for a corner seat — you can find removable corner stools or wall-mounted options.

Consider adding a foot rest to make shaving easier. Again, options range from wall-mounted designs that match your shower’s existing hardware, to portable options that can be removed and tucked away when not in use.

The shower isn’t just a place Americans go to get clean, it’s an important part of your home that can directly impact your mood and sense of well being. Creating a custom shower experience can be a cost-effective way to upgrade your bathroom and take care of your emotional health, too.

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Three Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Improve your sleep and you will improve your health. Here are three simple tips to get you  on the road to better sleep. As the fall and winter months approach, you’re probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash your hands more often and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. But one thing that makes you more susceptible to getting sick is being stressed and run down. Despite living in a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, you can’t avoid the fact that proper sleep is a key element when it comes to overall health.

Sleep is your body’s time to recuperate, so the less quality sleep you get, the less time your body has to do what it needs to do to keep you healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults get seven-to-eight hours of sleep each night, and that teens and children get nine hours or more. Unfortunately, a quarter of the American population reports that they get inadequate sleep, which the CDC has deemed a public health epidemic. However, changing a few simple things about your daily routine or the room in which you sleep can greatly improve the quality of the sleep you get and, in turn, help improve your overall health.

Stick to a sleep schedule. Make sure that you go to bed and get up at roughly the same time each day, even on weekends. Having a consistent sleep pattern helps regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle, helping you to sleep better at night. If you have trouble falling asleep within the first 20 minutes or so of going to bed, that’s okay – simply go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. Agonizing over falling asleep will only make it tougher for you to get the rest you need.

Get cozy. This means making sure you have comfortable bedding. In a U.S.-based survey conducted by the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), 70 percent of consumers surveyed, who use down and feather products, agreed that they get a better night’s sleep with down and feather bedding. Furthermore, 55 percent agreed that there are health benefits to sleeping with down and feather products, because they:

* Regulate your body temperature – Down and feather is a natural material that wicks away moisture and perspiration, allowing it to quickly evaporate rather than trapping it. This reduces wakefulness due to being too hot or too cool.

* Provide proper support – Down and feather pillows conform to the body more naturally than many synthetic fibers or foam pillows.

* Help tame allergens – Down and feather products are tightly woven and provide a clean, natural and moisture-free environment, so they aren’t conducive to dust mites, which are a source of allergies for nearly 20 million Americans.

Assess your sleeping conditions. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees – and should be dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, and make sure to ‘power down’ before you go to sleep. This means turning off TVs, computers or other sources of blue light that may hurt your sleep. To help block-out extra noise, consider using a fan or ‘white noise’ machines to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

There are plenty of reasons to love the fall and winter months, and you’ll certainly appreciate these cooler months even more if you’re getting the adequate amount of sleep that you need to stay healthy. If you’re having trouble sleeping, start by making changes right to your bedroom – see what a difference the quality of your bedding can make.

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2014 BLSJ MAME Award Best Residential Addition/Alteration
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Cindy Cipriani, Remodeling Designer
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

After years of bachelorhood, this former Texan wanted to turn his home’s rugged interior into a fresh, relaxing, and up-to-date home for his new bride. The couple traveled extensively and wanted all the amenities of their favorite Mexican vacation retreat. They also wanted “funky, functional, and big” and great views to their large ranch.

Rustic Retreat- Mullica Hill, NJ

A large 1,000 square feet addition to the original home provides a new family room and a master bedroom, complete with lounging area and his-and-her closets. The former master bedroom is now the new Master Bath, with a huge no-threshold shower with dual shower heads and an eyebrow window, funky curved shower and water closet walls, back-to-back vanities with floating mirrors for his/her separate counter space. It’s also ready for aging in place, a request from the owners.

Living Room – Mullica Hill, NJ

The original dining room ceiling was re-framed so the entire new family room has cathedral ceilings. The hallway was repositioned to allow easy access from the new family room to the guest bedrooms and bath. A pocket door off the family room leads to the massive Master Bedroom.

The kitchen paneling was re-purposed as wainscoting in the new Smoking Room that was the former living room. The stunning results of this award winning project are fabulous Texan Rustic Retreat. The new space also boasts Andersen Windows, and Velux skylights & sun tunnels for brightness.


Design/Build Firm – Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

Project – Master Bath Suite Cherry Hill, NJ – Multi-Award Winning Space

Designer – Robert Kramer, AKBD

Award – BLSJ MAME Award 2014 #213 Category Best Renovated Bath

Award – Professional Remodeler Magazine 2014 Best Residential Interior over $100,000

Five Star Hotel with all the Amenities” was the expectation from these world travelers.  The client was looking to take advantage of a large underutilized space, and having traveled all over the world, they knew the importance of good design.  When this is the opening statement from a client, you know there is going to be some exciting design elements in this project.  Don’t be fooled by the five star terminology.  Many would believe this means an open-ended budget.  And, yes, having more funds to invest into your dream space is nice, but it is not required for a well-designed space.

What does it really mean?  Well, the client is really saying they are open to any and all design ideas.  They want to explore every possibility and the budgets that correspond to the design options.  It is very important to understand why these options are so important.  Having choices gives the client the freedom to choose the best design, it puts them in control of their  budget, and allows for the project that is right for their needs.  A good design/build firm will be able to show you many possibilities for your project.  More importantly, they can give you an accurate estimate for those designs.  This will help you keep your design dreams from swallowing your budget.  Also, a good design/build firm will be able to marry great design with your budget.  This Award-winning project in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is a great example of exploring many design ideas and budgets to achieve the right results.


Floating stone wall in Master Bath Suite with under cabinet motion sensor lighting.

A big challenge for the designer to overcome: creating separate spaces without it feeling separate.  It was very important for the owners to both have their own spaces, but also to keep an open space.  The existing layout consisted of small, closed-off rooms, and they did not want to repeat a choppy floor plan.  The solution: think outside the box with a floating wall.  This wall enabled all of the client’s wish list items to be incorporated into the design.  The stone-covered wall enabled privacy for the shower and toilet, tucked just behind the vanities.  This space was cleverly crafted to maximize every inch, while enhancing an open-concept footprint and giving way to flanking his-and-hers closet spaces.  Incorporating closet storage for both him and her really gave this space the final hotel experience.  Her closet features a built-in bench, an island and a locking jewelry door.  His side features a peninsula drawer space and a hide-away ironing board.


Floating vanity and shower with privacy frosted glass in Cherry Hill, NJ Master Bath Makeover

Highlights include a frosted glass panel between the toilet and the shower to keep the areas separate, but private and feeling spacious.  Some spa-like elements includes Brizio faucets and shower fixtures, Robern lift-up medicine cabinets, motion sensor under-cabinet lighting, and a wall-hung toilet.  A separate entrance from the office was incorporated to the bath to allow undisturbed entrance and exiting to accommodate the owners’ conflicting schedules.


These clients were looking to have the look and feel of a five-star hotel in their home.  The results speak for themselves with not one, but 2 awards.  You can get a feel of the amazing results of this wonderful collaboration between a trusted design/build firm, a talented designer and amazing clients.  In order to achieve an award-winning design, it takes all three components working side by side with open communication.


Wall mounted toilet Cherry Hill, NJ multi-award winning design

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