Top 5 Places to Live in Miami for Nature & Design

Deborah DiMare

Being a vegan means a lot more than not eating meat. It is an ethical choice in all aspects of our life from the clothes we wear to the furniture in our homes. Everything we do must be informed by how it affects the world. In a previous blog we gave vegan design tips that prevent any animal skins being used in interior design but also showed how a vegan home can still be luxurious and stylish. Miami is a great city to be vegan as it is surrounded by nature and some of America’s most beautiful neighborhoods. While it is about making ethical choices, it is also about connecting with the environment around us. In this article we will look at the best neighborhoods in Miami to live and be connected with nature while also inspiring our creative side.

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Bringing Baby Home to Your Other ‘Baby’

Deborah DiMare

There are endless parenting blogs and books chock-full of advice and tips on introducing a young child to a newborn sibling. But how about introducing the real baby—your dog—to a new infant?

When I was expecting my twins, I was in bed for most of my pregnancy because of intense nausea and vomiting. My dad (who, sadly, has since passed away) visited several times a day to feed me the few foods that I could handle. I cherish those memories with him. I also had the love and loyalty of our dog, Baci. He rarely ever left my side.

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DiMare Diaries: Meet Acclaimed Director Mitch Boyer & the lovely Vivian

Deborah DiMare

Introducing Mitch Boyer…and one of his favorite ladies, his dog Vivian. Mitch is an acclaimed director, author, photographer and artist.  Vivian is a star in her own right. Mitch created an amazing photo series of himself and Vivian, with a twist. Vivian has now grown to giant proportions! Check out the photos here and get to know them below in this month’s “DiMare Diaries”.

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DIMARE DIARIES: ANDREA DUCLOS A.K.A. ‘OHDEARDREA’

Deborah DiMare

1. To stay centered, what is one activity you do religiously daily or weekly?

Drea: I sit outside. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult working from home because I feel like I’m often trapped, especially with the Florida heat— but I always try to make it a point to sit outside in the hot sun with a cool glass of water. Just feeling the breeze and sunshine.

2. What are the sources of happiness in your home?

Drea: The light and sunshine for sure! I love how cozy and bright our space is— and when the windows are open and the breeze comes in? It’s magic!

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#LEGO®: SO MUCH MORE THAN A TINY PIECE OF PLASTIC

Deborah DiMare

Sometimes you find profound things in the simplicity of a favorite childhood toy. I was on Facebook recently and came across a picture my friend Pablo and his son Dylan (pictured above). He is playing with his son, piecing together colorful bits of plastic, but really piecing together some pretty big life lessons. When I asked him about his love of LEGO® systems, he sang the praises of these colorful little blocks.

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#ELLENDEGENERES: FUNNY GIRL GOES VEGAN FABULOUS

Deborah DiMare

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They say, ‘Because it’s such a beautiful animal.’ There you go. I think my mother’s attractive, but I have photographs of her.”

Ellen Degeneres is equally quick with a one-liner, a design theme or a cause.

We got our first dose of Ellen’s signature style of activism when she came out on national television on Ellen in 1997. She’d been making the daytime talk circuit to make sure people knew that she and her character had a lot in common, and at the time it raised a lot of eyebrows. Never afraid to speak her mind or to get her point across with humor, she’s had a lot of success changing people’s perception of what a vegan, humane lifestyle can be as well.

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#VEGAN IN THE OFFICE: HUMANE INTERIOR DESIGN GOES TO WORK

Deborah DiMare

Everyone thinks of home when they consider interior design, but don’t you want your home office to reflect your style and commitment to your values too? My approach is to create a harmonious space where you can spend your hectic workday; it not only creates the right impression for colleagues and clients, but it also gives you more satisfaction and appreciation of the hours you spend there.

As an interior designer and animal lover, I recently made a decision to design spaces that are cruelty-free (vegan). I no longer use any items made with animal skins, fur or feathers. Vegan furnishings are fabulous, less expensive and save animals. Humane furniture is such a positive element to bring into a space because none of the decor is a result of cruelty or death. It’s a win-win all the way around.

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