Category : Interior Design

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day gift ideas. As a cruelty-free designer, one of the challenges I encounter most is finding gifts for my family & friends that don’t harm any living being & are safer for our planet. We all want to be happy, healthy and strong. So surrounding ourselves with positive, good things is a strong part of mental and physical health.  The gifts below are thoughtful and special. They meet quite a bit of my ethical criteria. So without further ado, here are my “Father’s Day Gift Ideas” for all the papas out there!

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How To Pick Paint Safe For Families

How To Pick Paint Safe For Families. Shopping for paint can be confusing and over-whelming.  There are endless brands to consider. Also, it’s not only about finding the perfect color for your design project.  But it’s about educating yourself about healthier & safer paint options. Many are not aware that paints can be highly dangerous and unhealthy. We all love a beautifully decorated space, but clearly not at the cost of getting sick or harming the planet, animals and humans right? So, here’s everything you wanted to know about healthy & humane paints in “laywoman’s” terms. 🧚‍♀️

WATCH FULL INTERVIEW “SAFE PAINTS”

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The Famous Flowers Of The Four Seasons Paris

The Famous Flowers Of The Four Seasons Paris. Jeff Leatham is the creative genius behind the magnificent floral arrangements of the George V Four Seasons Hotel in Paris and Beverly Hills, California. I have had the privilege of watching how the flowers in the Paris hotel are arranged, changed, watered and loved.  Honestly, there are no words to describe the beauty and the amount of work it takes to maintain them. I was fortunate enough to sit down with the Director of Floral design in Paris and chat about the famous flower arrangements of The Four Seasons Hotel Paris.

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CLEANING: HEALTHY SAFE SOAP

CLEANING: HEALTHY SAFE SOAP. The doctor is in – Dr.Bronner that is! As a cruelty free designer who focuses on health & wellness, I’m always on the hunt for ethical soap & cleaning products. That’s where Dr. Bronner’s comes into the picture! The more I learn about the ethics and heart behind Dr. Bronner’s mission, the more I’m falling in love. Watch the interview below with Lisa Bronner. By the way, we are so proud to have had Lisa appear as one of our experts in our online nursery design course.  She is a marvel.

The soaps listed below are are all cruelty-free & non-toxic. They meet my personal ethical criteria. They’re safe for babies and fur babies alike. Keep scrolling to check them out:

Castile Liquid Soap

Cruelty-free & made with Sustainable Palm Oil(It’s true. No orangutans or children suffer for Dr. Bronner products)

Dr. Bronner 18-in-1 Soap

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Non Toxic Safe Vegan Baby & Kids Rooms

Non Toxic Safe Vegan Baby & Kids Rooms. We want our babies, from newborns on up, to be happy, healthy and strong right? The last thing we would want is to surround our children with is chemicals and toxins. Infants should be surrounded by love, safety and good energy.  Most of us understand that we need to make healthy, sustainable choices for our family. But also for the future of our children. Climate change is real folks.

A cruelty free nursery is one of those choices to make since it will affect your baby from now until they’re fully grown. A humane home ensures that your baby is in a space that is designed with materials that are less toxic, healthier and safer for you and your children. Less chemicals in furniture and decor are also gentler on the senses, the skin and a baby’s delicate, fragile body.  Overall, a vegan nursery is an ideal, healthy environment.  for your baby to develop mentally and physically. Here’s how to create a safe, non toxic nursery for your infant.

Do Your Research

A product may appear clean and cruelty free at first glance but beeswax or animal products may be used in the finishing process. In most cases, the only way to ensure that a product is actually safe is to make an enquiry with the manufacturer. Furthermore, don’t be misled. Just because a material is vegan, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthy. Low-quality man-made materials such as cheap leathers are made from synthetic materials that contain toxic chemicals. It’s important to research all the materials that you plan to use in your baby’s nursery. There are plenty of non-toxic materials that are safe for indoor use, you just need to look for them.

Look for Non Toxic Alternatives

It’s hard to imagine a nursery without a leather rocker, woolen blankets or down pillows.  But the good news is that you don’t have to.  There are plenty of safe alternatives. There are many substitutions you can make in your baby’s vegan nursery:

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Interview: Safe Healthy Home Fabrics

Safe Healthy Home Fabrics. We all want to be happy, healthy & strong. We do our best to eat the right foods and exercise. But many of us are completely in the dark about how our environment can make us sick. Cancer, infertility, neurological issues are just a few of the illnesses that continual contact with chemicals can cause. It’s incredibly frightening to know that we, unknowingly are buying furniture, sheets and fabrics for our homes and work areas that are harming ourselves, our babies and our families. Watch this interview with leading textile expert Patty Grossman. She and I covered how to choose Safe Healthy Home Fabrics. We also cover many other important topics; CLICK ON VIDEO BELOW TO WATCH A SNEAK PEAK.

WATCH FULL VIDEO ABOUT HOW TO CHOOSE SAFE FABRICS

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Closet Design And Storage

5 DIY Closet Design Hacks

Closet Design And Storage. No matter how small or large a closet is, it can never be organized or store enough stuff! Closets are, in my opinion, one of the most important hidden gems in a home. A cluttered closet is a cluttered mind. Yes, I believe that. So here are my tips to a beautiful, happy, organized closet design and storage. Of course, my hacks are non toxic, vegan and free from tragedy.

Tip for an Amazing Closet Design and Storage: Paint Your Closet with Non Toxic Paint Only

  • Why I love it: Most paints contain strong dangerous chemicals that can make you and your family very sick. These chemicals go into the air. It’s called “off gassing.” Your skin is porous and these highly toxic chemicals seep into your bloodstream through your clothing within seconds!
  • Advice for Pulling it off: Learn about which paints are low VOC, meaning have low volatile organic compounds. Translation; safer painter for you and your family.
  • Color tip; If the closet has no windows or is in a dark area, use a light color or you will have a hard time seeing your clothes.
  • Fave products I’d like to call out: Here’s two of my favorite brands, Montage  and Renaissance 

 

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The Doctor Is In – Dr. Bronner That Is!

The doctor is in – Dr.Bronner that is! As a cruelty free designer who is focused on health & wellness, I’m always on the hunt for ethical soap & cleaning products. That’s where Dr. Bronner’s comes into the picture! We all want to be happy, healthy and strong. So, surrounding ourselves with clean environments is a key factor of our mental and physical stability. The soaps listed below are are all cruelty-free & non-toxic. They meet my personal ethical criteria. So without further ado, here are our favorite Dr. Bronner’s cleaning products just in time for mother’s day! The Doctor Is In – Dr. Bronner That Is!

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Mother’s Day Bedding Gifts And More

Mother’s Day Bedding Gifts And More. As a cruelty free designer, one of the challenges I mostly encounter is finding decor that doesn’t harm any living being, is safe and less toxic. We all want to be happy, healthy and strong. So surrounding ourselves with positive, good things is a strong part of mental and physical health.  The gifts below are thoughtful and special. They meet quite a bit of  ethical criteria. So without further ado, here are our favorite “Mother’s Day Bedding Gifts And More” for all the mamas out there!

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