As an interior designer, being a bit of a planner goes with the job description. Having a solid game plan makes every project more enjoyable, and it makes my clients happy – which makes me happy!
Naturally, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with big projects. When I get into analysis paralysis, I know it’s time to take a breath, assess where I’m at, and take things a step at a time. This approach has served me well in many areas of my life, from design to activism. It’s one I share with people whenever I can. The idea of redesigning a whole house – or even a whole room – can be daunting if you’re new to the idea of compassionate design. If you’re thinking of committing to a vegan ethic for your surroundings, the one-step approach can help you make choices you can feel good about without having to make them all at once.
Here are some great ways to ease into a compassionate approach to your home.
#1 Find a (Friendly) Favorite
Many options exist for textiles and design elements that are wonderfully comfortable, easy to clean, and compassionate. Pick an area of your home life that you’d like to make changes to, and start your journey by acquainting yourself with some alternatives. Begin by exploring vegan alternatives to your bedding. Although many bedding elements use animal products like wool, down and silk, there are comfortable, durable and luxurious alternatives to these products, many of which are less expensive and more durable than their animal-based counterparts! Check out fabrics such as tencel, bamboo, modal, and cotton. Find a new favorite!
#2 Pick Five to Save Lives
Vegan glam doesn’t have to happen overnight. Spend some time in the room you want to redesign and take stock of only the items you’d want to swap for vegan materials. It could be velvet pillows, a wool throw blanket or a leather chair. Select five of these items that you’d like to change and form a game plan. What would you swap them out for? What fabrics would work best with your compassionate approach and the overall look of the room? Take some time to select items you love and incorporate them into your room after you have your list. Commit to a time frame to repeat this process.
#3 Texture Swap
Try filtering out one type of textile or upholstery from your home if you’re looking to do a more extensive project, or if you have many areas of your home that need a compassionate lift. Do you have a lot of leather items that need a more compassionate alternative? Commit to starting your journey to vegan design by slowly replacing all the leather items in your home. This could include seating, accessories, or other items made with hides.
Set yourself a timetable based on your budget and your desire to refresh your space. Commit to swapping out all the leather in your home for better alternatives within three months. It’s amazing the change that can take place when you focus on one element at a time. Incorporate human elements into your interior design plan.
Vegan furnishings are ultra fabulous, less expensive and saves animals.. It’s a win win all the way around.
I look forward to inspiring others to make humane choices when decorating their spaces. I will show you endless, beautiful, stylish and comfortable options. I am here to help. I welcome all questions, comments, thoughts or ideas. I hope my passion and excitement about vegan design jumps off this page and touches you as it has touched me.
Vegan furnishings are ultra fabulous, less expensive and saves animals.. It’s a win win all the way around. Join the #humanerevolution!
Deborah Rosenberg, is a leader in Cruelty Free (Vegan) Design and Design Therapy. She is the founder of the ultra-luxury design firm DiMare Design. Her projects are national and global. She combines specific textures, scents and colors with vegan materials to create optimal thriving spaces. Deborah is a PETA advocate, has been a featured designer on TLC and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show. She lectures and writes articles on humane design and design therapy. Deborah grew up in New York. She resides in Miami with her daughters and dog Lucca. Lucca’s favorite pastime is being a total beach bum. www.DiMareDesign.com, info@DiMareDesign.com