Archive : September 2014

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Life

Deborah DiMare

We are a nation of depressed, stressed pill poppers.  Americans spent 11 billion dollars in antidepressants last year. 13 prescriptions were prescribed per man, woman, and child. That’s a 400% rise since the 80’s.

I wrote this post because I received a letter from my daughter’s college.  The letter went on to say that a majority of the students experience stress during exams. The school was selling “stress packages” for the students to buy and hopefully alleviate some of the pressure they’re experiencing.  The packages contained mostly candy, which seemed a bit counterproductive in my opinion.

So, my daughter and I, together, created a stress kit which has a more holistic, healthy approach.  It also costs a lot less than 11 billion dollars. This kit is ideal for anyone at any age.  No one escapes stress during one’s lifetime.  It’s part of living.  However, perhaps instead of reaching for a pill next time, consider other alternatives that won’t defeat the purpose of a good mind, body and soul. As I’m writing this, I’m taking my own advice and using the foot roller. It feels almost as good as resting my feet on my dog’s warm belly, almost…

Check out our Stress Kit here.

Do you have any tricks or tips on how to release stress? We’d love to hear.

-Deborah Rosenberg

***This month we are donating to GRASP/Autism. We thank you for helping us help others!

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Rosh Hashana Recipes and Tablesetting Design

Deborah DiMare

I’m always looking for new recipes for the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana.  Check out these interesting recipes I found on a blog called Jewlicious.  Click here!

Once you’ve decided on the menu, it’s all about setting the table. Click here to see the segment I did for NBC 6 on table settings.

Send us your Rosh Hashana table setting pictures, ideas and recipes. We would love to hear from you!

-Deborah Rosenberg

***This month we are donating to GRASP/Autism. We thank you for helping us help others!

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Playrooms & Functional Interior Design

Deborah DiMare

Playroom design at a non-celebrity budget. When my daughters were very little, I began looking at schools for them. I was clueless. I visited a very prestigious school and the director explained that the students would be traveling to London to see the opera while in elementary school. I was soooooooo impressed. I called my mom immediately and told her the news. There was dead silence on the other end. After what seemed an eternity, she said “you know honey, kids are just as happy playing Ring around the Rosie.” Moms do know it all. So, with that little story in mind, let’s see how that transfers to your prince or princess’s playroom.

Kids like boxes. They especially like playing with the boxes that their most expensive gifts come in, which can be a real downer as a parent. So, when you’re deciding on what and how much to spend for the playroom, think of my mom’s advice. “The opera is great, but kids like to be kids.” So, you don’t need to buy a puppet theatre. Take a closet, remove the door and hang inexpensive curtains. You now have a stage, a puppet theatre and a nook for reading.

I’m always emphasizing “Design with Direction.” It applies to every area of a home or office, and a playroom is no exception. What is the goal of this space? Once you know, work backwards. Example; your boys are boys. They are very active. The playroom should have objects that they can push, pull and throw without harming anyone or anything. Imagine them throwing a light bean bag at one another. Makes sense that there should be no hanging lights in the space. Lighting should be flush mounted. Shelves should be anchored to the wall etc.. You get the idea. Work backwards.

Here’s a list of items that I believe are staples for any playroom. When deciding how much to spend, unless you have an unlimited celebrity budget, think about mom and the opera.

  • Legos, can’t live without’em. Legos are wonderful for kids in every imaginable way. They’re tactile, colorful, symmetrical, indestructible, and timeless. The only annoyance is that they can be a challenge to clean up. So, that’s where the next item comes in handy.

  • Storage Bins, preferably clear. All tiny toys, such as egos can be stores in them. Have the kids draw a picture of the Lego, spell it out and tape it to the bin so they know that everything has a place. They are in charge of taking things out of the bins and putting them back. That’s the deal.

  • Rocking or Hanging Chair are excellent for calming and the senses.

  • Covered nook such as a small Teepee or a corner with a cover (if you don’t have the spare closet). Nooks provide anchoring and calm. They are wonderful quiet places for your child to read a book, play, and not allow outside interference to break their concentration. It helps promote their imagination.

  • Bean Bags are one of the best inventions of all time. It’s anchoring, close to the floor, cocoons the body and allows for concentration.

  • Chalkboard of any size or shape will do, the bigger the better. When my children were little, nothing kept them busier on a rainy day than the chalkboard. There is something so sensory about the feel of the chalk and the sound of the board. Most of us adults still enjoy writing on a chalkboard.

  • Extra seating for mom, dad, nana or whoever is in charge. Let’s face it, when the kids are ittle, someone needs to keep an eye. Comfy seating can make al the difference for the adult supervisor. I loved watching the kids in their playroom. I had an extra bean bag for myself. I could make phone calls, work and play a board game all at the same time. Multi-tasking moms rock!

  • Mini fridge for the fanzy lazy parent.

We’ve created a playroom board that we believe covers all the necessities. Check it out HERE.

What’s great about your playroom? We’d love to hear.

-Deborah Rosenberg

***This month we are donating to GRASP/Autism. We thank you for helping us help others!

 

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Modern Bathtubs and Design

Deborah DiMare

Bathtubs have become a strong design element in a space. Gone are the days of a simple scrub in the tub.

When was the last time you took a lingering bath? Carving out 30 minutes to soak our bodies in a relaxing environment seems nearly impossible these days. Here’s a crazy thought… YOU DESERVE IT!!! Your kids are driving you crazy? Your husband is annoying you? You’re depressed because you don’t have a husband to annoy you? Give yourself a free pass to tell everyone and everything to go bye-bye while you take an ion filled, positive, sensory enriched bath.

Since we’re going all out, you might as well consider this bathtub by MTI (www.Mtibaths.com). It’s a sensory bath experience on steroids. It’s a Jacuzzi tub with LED lighting that changes color according to his or majesty’s mood. Not too shabby. It costs a little more than you might or might not imagine. But, hey, as I mentioned earlier, YOU DESERVE IT! Also great for anyone with sensory challenges, which, by the way, is 1 in 5 people in this country. Home and Stone in Brooklyn, NY sells the tub. Ask for Stu. He’s da man.

Do you have a funny bathtub story? We’d love to hear! Tell us about it on the comment section.

– Deborah Rosenberg

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Autism and Interior Design Connect

Deborah DiMare

Each month Ddigz.com donates a portion of every purchase to a different charity or organization. Our mantra is “Interior Design with a Purpose. We all have special needs, especially when it comes to creating a comforting environment in which to live.”

Much thought is put into which organization to highlight each month. It’s a difficult choice and one we take to heart. This month we have chosen GRASP, an organization that focuses on autism.

Their mission is to improve and enrich the lives of adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, at NO COST to its members. They envision a world where all individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, valued, and fairly represented, where people on the spectrum are empowered to participate in personal decisions that affect their lives.  As the mother of a young adult in the spectrum, reading their mission statement was emotional.

In honor of GRASP’s mission, we’ve created a Ddigz.com sensory room board for young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. The room board is based on a television show that my daughter and her peers are obsessed with. It’s called Teen Wolf. The show covers all the necessary bases: blood, love, gorgeous young men and woman and a plot that I still can’t figure out…

Click Here to view the full board.

-Deborah Rosenberg

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Single Male Seeking Hello Kitty!

Single Male Seeking Hello Kitty!

Deborah DiMare

Recently I watched an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker. It’s a reality great show about a matchmaking agency in LA run by a woman named Patti Stanger. My daughters and I really like it.

On one episode, Patti’s client was a successful young woman who was seeking a future husband. Patti gave her tons of advice about how to act, how to dress, what to say etc. She gave her a total makeover. However, she neglected one important detail. This woman lived in a house that was entirely decorated in a Hello Kitty theme. For those of you who are in the dark about Hello Kitty, it’s a children’s character, and it is a kitten. This “eligible” bachelorette had decorated every inch of her home with Hello Kitty décor, even her bedroom. Imagine a typical American male feeling comfortable in a home that is hot pink and filled with stuffed animals. Don’t think so.

Our personal space is a reflection of who we are at this moment in time, our past and our hopes for the future. Clearly this woman was not serious about meeting someone. She had a wealth of great bachelors to choose from, and in the end, she selected the one who was in it just for fun. Patti should have gone one step further with this woman. She should have visited her home to get a better understanding of who she was. Then, if the woman was serious, a simple home makeover should have been on the to-do list as well. The stuffed toys should have been removed, the bedding changed etc.

We attract what we want in our lives, whether or not we care to admit that fact. So girls and guys, look around your home. What does it say about you? If you’re seeking a partner, are you proud of how your space could sum you up? If not, start cleaning house.

Share your dating stories with us. We’d love to hear from you!

-Deborah Rosenberg

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Tony Meatball and Dining Room Tables - Dine

Tony Meatball and Dining Room Tables

Deborah DiMare

Mangia Mangia…. Big tables, Big people, Big food equals great memories. When I saw this picture that my high school friend posted, it brought back my childhood. I could smell my grandmother’s gravy (sauce), as the real Italians call it., simmering in a big pot on her stove.

 She lived in the Bronx in a beautiful old building. The family would gather in her tiny apt. The dining table would come out and take up the entire space. If one had to get up, either you crawled under the table to get to the other side, or an entire row of people had to move. It was wonderful. The food never stopped.

When I design custom dining tables for clients, I go as big as the space allows. A dining table is more than a piece of furniture. It brings people together under neutral ground. It creates an environment where tough conversations can be had, important topics can be discussed, strangers and new members of the family can be brought together. Stir up the gravy, rip up the bread, give it a good dunk and enjoy! This custom table is from Uhuru in Brooklyn.

Share your dinning room story with us. We’d love to hear from you!

 – Deborah Rosenberg

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