Category : Interior Design

Make Your Bedroom 100% Vegan

Love is in the air!!! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we all know that a heart shaped box of chocolates and flowers are the standard gifts. However, how about shaking things up a bit and give the gift of true romance – a beautifully styled bed for that special “ba-da-bing,  ba-da-boom night!

Let’s get down to setting the stage for a night of passion in a fabulous bed created with all the vegan trimmings. Good design should not only be visually beautiful. But it should address all our senses including touch (texture), sound and scent. The selected items, together, create the perfect sensory balance for an environment that is soothing, warm and purely romantic.

 

Free Tips on How to Choose Outdoor Furniture

Free Tips on How to Choose Outdoor Furniture

⛱️Free Tips on How To Choose Outdoor Patio Furniture!

Outdoor patio furniture comes in all  budgets. But no matter how much or little you spend on patio furniture, make sure to mix and match pieces. One color and style is not only boring, but looks cheap.  Mix textures, colors and looks. Here’s a few tips on how to choose outdoor patio furniture. Check out my 60 second video below on how to “shake up” your outdoor look, all while keeping the compassion. 0% cruelty & 100% vegan. No need to harm any living being, human and non, including our planet for furniture.

Here are a few of my outdoor favorites;

  • This set is a great example of mixing wood and metal with the comfort of iron in this outdoor table and chair set by Christopher Knight.  0% cruelty & 100% vegan. No need to harm any living being, human and non, including our planet for furniture.
  • As many of you may be aware, I am obsessed with furniture that rocks and glides. This rustic rocking chair would look great in any outdoor space. Here’s an image of a custom 100% non toxic and cruelty free hanging chair we designed. It seats up to 3 people, 2 dogs, 4 puppies and 6 kittens.. give or take.
  • Ok, one more rocker! I can’t help myself. This one is a double rocker. It’s got enough room for you and someone or something (hint – fur babies) to cuddle with.
0% cruelty & 100% vegan. No need to harm any living being, human and non, including our planet for furniture. Hope you enjoy. Deborah. 💚

Your Mattress Is Making You & Your Family Sick!

                                                          How To Pick A Mattress!

Tips on what to look for when choosing a safe, healthy, non toxic and ethical mattress for you and your family.

Most mattresses are loaded with chemicals.We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed and yet don’t put much thought into buying one of the most important items of our life and the lives of our family. You will be astounded at the shocking facts of the chemicals and poisons most mattresses on the market are soaked in. One of my daughters has terrible allergies and I am convinced her old mattress worsened her condition.

Take a few minutes to find out what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a mattress. it’s important that we choose a mattress that is safe, clean and ethical. So, Here’s a couple things to keep in mind when looking to buy a mattress;

  • Our skin is porous, and dangerous chemicals can be absorbed into our bodies through our skin.
  • Stay away from Memory foam, which is so common now in pillows and cribs. Memory foam can contain a family of chemicals called isocyanates ( isos-io-nates) which can cause sicknesses like asthma and bronchitis
  • Stay away from animal based mattresses meaning that they don’t contain wool. Go vegan in your mattress. Besides being a completely and horrifically unethical product, wool is soaked in dangerous chemicals including pesticides. Anything originating from an animal is going to be very toxic in order for the material not to disintegrate, get infested with bugs or rot since it was once part of a living creature. Think of our own skin, when we get a scab, it flakes off – its dead skin. Same w animal based materials.
  • It’s proven that children, the elderly and pregnant women are more sensitive to chemical exposure.
  • Today, one in six kids in the US have a developmental or learning disability.1Some experts believe these issues may be due partly to early exposures to toxic chemicals in their environment, which for sure could be their bed.

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10 Unique Ways To Decorate Your Home Cruelty Free

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There’s a difference between feeling as though you are in a house that you love and being home. Home is a place that conveys who you are, where you can be surrounded by the things that make you feel comfortable. It’s your escape at the end of a hard day where you can hide from the world.

While there are plenty of interior design trends that can make your house look like it’s straight out of a magazine, it takes something special to make a home. Here are some unique design elements to create your personal space.

Custom Art

Art prints have a time and a place. You can purchase recreations of your favorite paintings and find joy. You can pick up discount pieces from the department store to bring a room to life. Gallery walls and oversized art displays have long been a fan-favorite interior design element that adds personality to a room.

To truly make your house a home, you need pieces that no one else has. Have a photo of your favorite place mounted on a canvas and displayed in your living room. Commission the most amazing portrait painting of your parents on their wedding day or of your beloved pet lounging in their spot. Art should elicit an emotional response– the more true to you, the better.

Have a Signature Look

If there’s a pattern or color you love and wear often, incorporate it into your decor. If you have a yellow paisley scarf that you’re rarely seen without, have a similar fabric sewn into throw pillows. If you have a favorite shade of lipstick add an accent piece of the same color to various locations throughout your home.

There are many ways to add a common thread that connects all of your rooms without having cookie cutter designs throughout your home. Perhaps no one else will pick up on the theme, but it’s something personal that tells you you’re home.

Break the Rules

Mixed patterns are becoming more popular as interior designers strive to break the rules and shake things up. If you want a chevron rug with a polka dot pillow, do it. If you like the idea of having multi-colored quilts and patchwork curtains, do it. The years of conforming to a set of style rules are over. Now is the time to embrace your creative chaos and make a space that works for you.

Open Walls

Open concept isn’t for everyone, but closed walls can create a sense of claustrophobia. Work with a contractor to find ways to open the walls without removing them, whether it’s large archways, half-walls or interior windows. Interior glass walls are a particularly beautiful way to add separation between rooms without detracting from the natural light and ambiance. 

 

Center Bathtub

Rustic Bathtub

Bathtubs are traditionally something that’s cast to the side to create open space in the center of a bathroom. Rather than making your bathtub and after-thought, make it the focal point. Put it in the center of the room. Opt for something other than the traditional tub unit and adorn it with design elements that make it pop.

Add Plants

While some people have furbabies, others have plant friends. Green plants add life– literally– to interior design schemes and can aid with temperature control and air purification. Add plants to every room for a breath of fresh air.

Create a Bedroom Lounge

A bedroom is a private retreat within a home that should be used for more than just going to sleep. Create a small lounge area in your room, with a reading lamp, comfortable chair, and side table. If space allows, you can even have a coffee or tea station for those weekend days when you aren’t quite ready to leave your solitude. Read more about codependency coaching near me

Use Functional Designs

Homes are getting smaller and minimalism is becoming more prevalent. When incorporating design elements, prioritize functionality. Woven baskets tucked onto shelves add a rustic, humble look but also store extra wires and other unsightly gadgets. Adding a tall, thin cabinet between your fridge and the wall looks great but can also store your spices, find more.

Add a Slide

Indoor slide

What child hasn’t dreamed of having a slide in their home? For those with a wide or open staircase, adding a slide is an entirely unique design element that adds fun and whimsy to your home. Had a bad day? Hit the slide.

In-Floor Seating or Storage

Don’t let the space between your floorboards go to waste. Create functional storage that will amaze guests and have your home feeling well-organized and functional. Alternatively, use that space to create a sunken seating area that can be uncovered when company arrives. This works especially well in bungalows and basements.

The most important element in making your house feel like home is personalization. Our home is a way to showcase your personality and create a space that welcomes you with open arms.

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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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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.

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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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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