Expert Advice: The Pilates & Yoga Studio at Home with Cassie Piasecki

Health and Wellness have always been at odds with hectic lives of most individuals.  Carving out an hour to meditate, to stretch, or work out often times comes at the sacrifice of something else just as important (100 cupcakes for your oldest's school bake sale for example).  The reality is that oftentimes we simply give up on taking care of our bodies and instead taking care of our to-do lists.

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

Sunroom studio by G. Steuart Gray, AIA.  Photo by G. Steuart Gray

Sunroom studio by G. Steuart Gray, AIA.  Photo by G. Steuart Gray

The installation of specialized studios at home, designed for everything from Kick-Boxing and Spin exercises to Pilates and Yoga, gives individuals the freedom to no longer have to make the choice between one or the other, giving them a space which works on their own time.  But with such a highly specialized space, just how does one go about ensuring that it is the ultimate in functionality?

Bringing us insight into the Pilates and Yoga Home Studio, we've enlisted the help of Newport Beach based Instructor Cassie Piasecki.  I'm certainly feeling more relaxed already!


DCM: When it comes to incorporating a Pilates or yoga studio into one's home, what are the first considerations to think about?

CP: There are four important things to consider when planning your fitness space - Noise, Light, Space, and a Private Entrance.

NOISE: Ideally the studio should be someplace in the home that is quiet.  If you are in your moment of Zen you don't want to hear the Vitamix!  On the flip side, you also don't want to be the noise maker.  If you put a treadmill in a space that is located above a baby's room, well you get the picture.

LIGHT: There is where big windows play an important part.  Looking out of a picturesque window while meditating is a luxury.  If the space is dark, be careful the location of overhead lighting.  During Pilates and yoga, you spend a good amount of time on your back.  If there is a spotlight shining in your eyes, it is going to be distracting and uncomfortable.

SPACE:  I think that people underestimate just how much space they will need surrounding each piece of equipment and, in the case of Pilates equipment, you also will need a higher ceiling for some of the apparatuses.

PRIVATE ENTRANCE: As an instructor that travels to client's homes, it is so nice to have a private entrance to the designated fitness space.  This allows me to enter without having to ring doorbells at 5am and traipse thought the house with a barking dog at my heels.

Yoga Studio by Sogno Design Group.  Photo by Langdon Clay

Yoga Studio by Sogno Design Group.  Photo by Langdon Clay

Seattle based Pilates studio Leitz Pilates.

Seattle based Pilates studio Leitz Pilates.

DCM: How about equipment?  What factors should a homeowner use to determine how they should equip their home studio?

CP: When it comes to furnishing the studio, it is worth investing in gym quality equipment versus equipment made for the home.  "In-Home" equipment is definitely lesser quality and often not able to be repaired.   If you spend a bit more for good pieces, not only will they work better and last longer, but the manufacturers often make replacement parts should anything need to be repaired.

My dream Pilates/yoga/fitness space would start with a small, wood floor area that three people could practice yoga and meditates.  I would purchase a Pilates Reformer/Cadillac combination apparatus as well as a few accessory Pilates pieces. A treadmill, ballet barre hung on a mirrored wall and a rack of dumbbells would complete the area.

The gym at Stockholm's Ett Hem Hotel.  Photo by Maja Sten.

The gym at Stockholm's Ett Hem Hotel.  Photo by Maja Sten.

Pilates Studio in the home of Gweneth Paltrow

Pilates Studio in the home of Gweneth Paltrow

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

DCM: What are the big No-Nos in Pilates and yoga studio design?  Are there any features or elements that one should avoid entirely?

CP: As I mentioned earlier, overhead lights are a BIG no-no.  I had a client who would get migraines from the lights over her Reformer.  We ultimately worked out in the dark.  It was awful.  Lack of space is also a big no-no.  Bumping into things and not being able to get to full extension while performing exercises because you may hit a wall are never good.

DCM: What are those added extras that really make a home Pilates or Yoga Studio special?

CP: Those big windows to look out of while practicing yoga are pretty LUXE.  Being able to open some big doors to a garden would be magnificent!  A wet bar stocked with water, fruit and the beloved Vitamix for a post-workout smoothie would be heavenly.  One of my favorite clients had a spa connected to her studio.  There was an infrared sauna, steam room, and massage area.  That was High Class!

Pilates Studio in Oxfordshite by 3rdSpace

Pilates Studio in Oxfordshite by 3rdSpace

DCM: And because I have to ask everyone, what is YOUR definition of luxury?

CP: After writing this piece, I'm going to have to say that having a home Pilates Studio with a private trainer is a luxury.  Do you know anyone?

Just in case you're curious as to what a "Reformer" is, take a peek at the following link for great photos.  The Reformer


Cassie Piasecki | www.ItsMeCassie.com
Cassie is simply super woman.  Her early entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in a string of successful endeavors including Orange County's only award winning nail salon The Nail Lounge and Shoparazzi, a business devoted to celebrity inspired shopping maps.  To further her message of fitness, health, and wellness, Cassie went on to receive her Pilates Method Alliance Certification, instructing proper method at Villa Pilates and Yoga as well as teaching indoor bicycling at GRIT Cycle.  Cassie is also planning her 2015 Parisian sabbatical where she'll be guest teaching Pilates at a studio in Saint Germain des Pres.
GRIT Cycle | www.gritcycle.com | 1731 Santa Ana Ave., Costa Mesa, CA
Villa Pilates & Yoga | www.villapilatesandyoga.com | 501 31st Street, Newport Beach, CA

For more Pilates inspiration, check out Cassie's Health & Wellness boards on Pinterest by clicking the Link Here.


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Palm Springs Modernism Show Kicks Off with #DesignLUX

One can't not admit that Modernist Movement is a quintessential California style.  Sure other locations tried to mimic the clean lines, atomic elements, and avant garde embellishments of the ever growing popular style, but it was really in Palm Springs where the Movement came into its own.  Palm Springs, an enclave about an hours drive into the desert outside of Los Angeles, allowed designers, craftspeople, and architects a blank canvas with no limitations.  Freedom of expression was key and boy did they!

Palm Springs continues to be the mecca for those seeking prime examples of the Modernist Movement so much so that the organizers of the Palm Springs Modernism Week events held in February had to expand into Fall.  DCoopMedia is proud to be a continued sponsor of the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale running from October 11th through the 12th and to celebrate its kick off #DesignLUX Thursday October 9th will be a celebration of Palm Springs and the Modernist Style. Join us in a conversation of style, inspiration, and controversy.

October 9th, 1pmPT/4pmET on Twitter

And be sure to check out our Pinterest board featuring a preview of all of the exhibitors.

Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale
October 11 - 12, 2014 | Palm Springs Convention Center
www.palmspringsmodernism.com


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New #Luxury Product Spotlight: Week of Sept. 29th

Weekly my inbox fills with notice of great new products being introduced to the market.  And as much as I'd like to devote space in our quarterly magazine theTwentySIX, there just isn't enough space.  The result?  Every week check this spot for the newest product introductions.  And if you'd like to see your product here... make sure to email me the press release and necessary photos.


Nouveau Ribel Collection by Lee Broom

Chamber Pendants by Lee Broom, image courtesy Lee Broom

Chamber Pendants by Lee Broom, image courtesy Lee Broom

Fulcrum Marble Candlesticks by Lee Broom, image courtesy Lee Broom

Fulcrum Marble Candlesticks by Lee Broom, image courtesy Lee Broom

Globe Table lamp by Lee Broom, image courtesy Lee Broom

Globe Table lamp by Lee Broom, image courtesy Lee Broom

Brit designer Lee Broom has been changing the way we see light since the introduction of his cut crystal light bulb pendant. This time Broom challenges our perception of stone, incorporating Carrara marble into his newest lighting collection Nouveau Ribel. Both the leaded crystal Globe and Chamber feature the Italian stone as a diffuser, sending light through the otherwise opaque material and producing an unexpected translucent quality.  Fulcrum, a monolithic candlestick reminiscent of the works of Michael Graves also translates Lee Broom's whimsical vision, recessing the candle into the blocky form so as to produce a glowing effect, warming up the otherwise cold material. 
www.leebroom.com


Handprinted Wallcovering Collection from designer Eley Kishimoto

Camo Chevron by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Camo Chevron by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Sun Loving Bollards by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Sun Loving Bollards by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Light on Lattice by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Light on Lattice by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Light on Lattice by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Light on Lattice by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Light on Lattice by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Light on Lattice by Eley Kishimoto, image courtesy Eley Kishimoto

Though London fashion house Eley Kishimoto is no stranger to the interior decorative arts world, the studio is making their foray into wallcoverings with the debut of their new wallpaper range featuring reworked prints from the archives of their over 22 years of designs.  The hand-screened collection features 12 patterns ranging from the Pre-War London inspired Light on Lattice and decadently floral Galaxy Bouquet to almost Damask La La Lyon and groovy Camo Chevron. Each 8.95 meter roll retails for £160.00 from the Eley Kishimoto online shop.
www.eleykishimoto.com


Contemporary Housewares by Zaha Hadid Design

Tide Shelving by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design

Tide Shelving by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design

Prime Oriental Scented Candle by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design  

Prime Oriental Scented Candle by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design
 

Prime Opulent Scented Candle by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design

Prime Opulent Scented Candle by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design

Moon System Sofa by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design

Moon System Sofa by Zaha Hadid Design, image courtesy Zaha Hadid Design

Harkening to an era when architects not only designed a structure but also the contents within, Iraqi starchitect Zaha Hadid has launched a new collection of housewares to be sold through her online store as well as London luxury goods boutique Harrods.  The smallest of the goods, the Prime Oriental Scented Candle, a soy based candle encased in an architectural presentation of bone china (£90.00) ensures that nearly everyone can enjoy a piece of Hadid in their home while the Moon System Sofa produced by B&B Italia (starting at £9,515.00) and Tide Shelving (£250.00) offer an air of curvilinear exclusivity.  Hadid's housewares collection further includes candle holders, vases, and even a line of silver service.
www.zaha-hadid-design.com


Marble Basins by Frassk

Kisdon Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Kisdon Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Tern Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Tern Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Lathkill Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Lathkill Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Rogan Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

Rogan Basin by Frassk, image courtesy Frassk

For centuries artisans and stone masons have explored the vulnerable qualities in stone, working to make blocks of solid marble appear more and more delicate and fragile.  Frassk furthers the ideal in the creation of their series of marble basins.  The use of negative space, organic shapes and delicate curves enhance the sinks, designed to bring a sense of lightness to the otherwise heavy material.  Tern and Lathkill both feature integrated wells and smooth lines while Rogan toys with negative space with a towel bar carved from the same block of marble.  Kisdon incorporates additional storage in it's tapered wooden base.
www.frassk.com


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Expert Advice: Lighting Murals with LightsOnline.com

Murals and large scale artwork can be unfamiliar territory when it comes to appropriate lighting solutions. Just how does one go about lighting these pieces of art while ensuring that they receive the attention they deserve?

To find out, we asked the experts at LightsOnline.com for their expert opinion.  What we found out was nothing short of enlightening.


DCM: When it comes to lighting a large scale piece of art like a mural, what are the basics?

LO: When lighting a mural, you need to think about what kind of lighting effect you wish to create.  There are two main looks: wall washing and wall grazing.  Wall washing spreads light evenly over a vertical surface, minimizing any surface texture and creating a very smooth look.  Wall grazing is more acute, emphasizing the surface texture and creating highlights and shadows.

DCM: Many designers are familiar with wall washing.  What kinds of fixtures produce a wallwashed effect?

LO: One way to wash the wall is to use recessed accent lights, which are available in three general types.
1. Eyelid Type: has an opening that is halfway concealed by a cover so the light bounces off the wall. Space eyelid wall washers evenly and put them two to three feet apart.
2. Open Type: no cover but uses a special reflector to direct the light.  It actually creates wallwashing as well as general downlighting.
3. Lensed Type: provides the smoothest wall washing look by using a combination of an internal reflector and a spread lens. (edit: a spread lens is a lens placed in front of a luminaire to evenly spread light in all directions)

DCM: Tell us about Wall Grazing.

LO: Wall grazing creates a more focused, obvious spotlight, emphasizing the texture of a surface.  It also creates dramatic highlights and shadows.  You often see wall grazing on stone or brick feature walls and you can graze a wall with lighting at ceiling or floor level for dramatic looks at both levels.

For wall grazing, try a recessed downlight that will create a narrow and more focused beam of light.  A PAR bulb, which has a built in lens and reflector, is also a great choice for creating the sharp edged and focused beam that wall grazing demands.

DCM: What about track lighting?  How can it be used to light murals and large scale art?

LO: You can use track lighting to create either wall washing or grazing effects.  Track lighting is available in a huge variety of styles and lengths to suit your design preferences and artwork.  Unlike fixed recessed lights, you can freely re-adjust the focus of track lighting after installing the fixture.  For optimum effect, space the lights of track fixtures 2-3 feet apart for washing effects and no more than 1 food apart for grazing.

DCM: And finally, where energy conservation is a concern, what are your recommendations?

LO: Wall washing and grazing fixtures that use LED are also available, including fixtures with colorful LEDs for a super dramatic look.  This would be a great way to light a mural while conserving energy and heat since LEDs emit much less heat in the course of operation than their incandescent counterparts.

Many thanks to the team at LightsOnline for their help!


LightsOnline | www.lightsonline.com
LightsOnline.com is part of family owned Progressive Lighting, inc., the largest residential lighting showroom in the Southeasern United States with a 45 year history of providing elegant and unique lighting fixtures, superior value, and unparalleled customer services.  Operating in Atlanta, Dallas, and Charlotte, Progressive Lighting is the recipient of Residential Lighting's Social Media Star of the year.


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