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3 STEPS TO VEGAN GLAM IN YOUR HOME DECOR!

Deborah DiMare

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.

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Autism & Animals

Deborah DiMare

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

I have always had pets. My children have been fortunate enough to have never known life without a dog cuddling next to them. We are a family of animal lovers. Pets are not only warm, fuzzy loving buddies, but they offer developmental benefits to children, especially children in the Spectrum of Autism. A recent study was performed at four schools in Australia. The students in the Autistic Spectrum were monitored as they were playing with either toys or the classroom guinea pigs. The children were more verbal and social when they were with the guinea pigs than when they were playing with dolls. They were also more approachable while playing with the guinea pigs. Pets are social icebreakers. They force even the most socially unskilled to become social. Our dog, Lucca, has led us to more people who have become life long friends endless times. So, it only stands to reason, that children and adults within the Autistic Spectrum would benefit even more. Having a pet next to them is providing them with the security and confidence to become social, tactile, aware and emotional. It’s a win win all around.

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DIMARE DESIGN X PETA: WOOL ALTERNATIVES

Deborah DiMare

In the northern part of the country, where winters start in November and don’t seem to end until March, it can become unbearably cold. Think layers of shirts and sweaters as well as thermals under your jeans just to run an errand. It’s no surprise that many people turn to warmer materials to stay bundled up during the winter. You curl up with a wool blanket while catching up on your favorite TV shows and think, “Warmth, thank goodness.”

But what took place in order for you to get that coveted wool blanket?

Lean, Green Office Machine-Plants and Office Environment

Lean, Green Office Machine-Plants and Office Environment

Deborah DiMare

3 Reasons Why You Should Add a Plant to Your Office

Adding a plant to your desk is not only visually appealing, but benefits the overall workplace.

Over the holidays, like many companies do, I joined in with the rest of my coworkers in a Secret Santa. We used a website to coordinate this and to make our wish lists too. My coworker (I’ll call her Amy) had put a few knick knacks on this list, but the one that stood out to her Secret Santa the most was the hanging succulent.

Her reaction to a plant being on Amy’s wish list was, “That’s so Amy.”

A little background on Amy: along with the rest of her coworkers, Amy worked long hours both in and out of the office. Working with a team overseas does that and unfortunately with the cold winter weather, it caused most of the staff including Amy to wind up with a cold.

When it came time to reveal the Secret Santa presents, Amy was excited to receive this little succulent hanging plant, not much bigger than two fists. Most people want gift cards to Amazon or iTunes, but Amy wanted a plant.

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Cruelty-Free Celebrity and self proclaimed “Lazy Vegetarian” comedian Bill Maher

Deborah DiMare

 

“We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It’s overrun with sheep and conformists,” states Bill Maher. Maher, a well known talk show host, comedian and animal activist always has something to say. He grew up that way after all.

 

Born in New York City in 1956 and raised in New Jersey, Maher grew up in a rather simple lifestyle post World War II in the 1960’s. He once described it as a “Leave It To Beaver” scenario. Despite this, controversial subjects, often brought up by his father who was a news editor for NBC, were discussed at the dinner table. Maher was always encouraged to speak his mind on current events. Maybe this is how his journey began.

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A Hunch From Work? Humane Design Therapy Is the Answer

Deborah DiMare

My 21 year old healthy yoga practicing daughter has been working in an office for the past six months.  Recently, she’s been experiencing intense neck and shoulder pain that drove her to seek weekly trips to an acupuncturist.

According to a recent article in Oprah’s “O” Magazine, my daughter’s neck and shoulder inflammation is a very common and ever growing injury. The article’s research states “as many as 63 percent of all office workers will suffer from neck pain within the year. Women are at particular risk.” This is alarming. But it can be prevented. The cure lies in thoughtful design.

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Peta Prime: The Cruelty-Free/Vegan Home – Leather Alternatives

Deborah DiMare

Recently, I was visiting a client’s home that I had designed over a year ago. As I was walking through the residence, I couldn’t help but notice that every room in the entire house contained one or more items made with animal skins. The living room showcased large leather swivel chairs, an oversized horsehair ottoman was in another room, and suede sofas and wool area rugs had been placed throughout. A few months ago, I would have considered this project one of my finest. Walking through the spaces now was a nightmare. I felt as if a complete stranger had designed the place.

Take a few seconds right now and look around you. I would bet that within the space that surrounds you, there is an item made with animal skin or fur. It could be an office chair, sofa, car seat, desk blotter, blanket, or pillow, perhaps.

PETA PRIME - VEGAN INTERIOR DESIGN

PETA PRIME – VEGAN INTERIOR DESIGN

Deborah DiMare

diMare design will change the heart and direction of interior design with compassionate style. Through awareness and demonstration, interior design will be therapeutic and cruelty free. Please take a look at our first post for PETA on tips for designing a fabulous vegan space! VEGAN DESIGN TIPS CLICK HERE

 

 

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DIMARE DIARIES: SARA BRITT, Junior Corporate Liaison, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Deborah DiMare

   

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

Meditation and silence. Oh, and working out. My part-time job is teaching group exercise classes, like boot-camp with lots of plyometrics and high intensity interval training. Keeping my butt in shape and also motivating others to feel better about themselves keep me healthy inside and out.

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