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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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Are Backyard & Local Eggs Ethical?

I was fortunate enough to chat with Jewel from the Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig’s Roost while attending the ARC Conference in Washington DC. I was very surprised at her response about chickens raised in local farms. Take 2 minutes to understand the story behind backyard eggs.

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I was considering adding eggs to my diet if the chickens were treated ethically on local farms. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis & believed that eggs would be a good option. Listen in! – Deborah

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.

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.

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.

Eco Friendly Lighting

Looking for Eco-Friendly Lighting Option? Try LEDs

Deborah DiMare

Turning your house into an eco-friendly home is continually becoming an easier task. From updated and energy efficient appliances to the type of paint you put on your wall, more and more companies are creating products that fit an eco-friendly, child-and pet-friendly lifestyle.

There are some elements of the house that are more obvious to change. But then there are parts that are easily forgotten about. As you browse the checklist of needed changes throughout your home, be sure that new lighting is on that list. Find out more about Manifesto Times Table Tricks

How To Host a Vegan BBQ (both herbi- and carni- vores will LOVE!)

Deborah DiMare

Choosing a healthier and compassionate lifestyle shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying a holiday that celebrates independence, togetherness and sharing food. So we prepared the ultimate guide on what to bring to the table for all the Vegans out there – and we bet it would entice the carnivores out there too – because knowing no animals were harmed makes it so much more delicious!

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Easy and Affordable Fall Decorating Ideas: #3 – Pillows

Deborah DiMare

Tis the season to start movin’ stuff around… when the leaves start afallin’ start ahaulin’. I just made that up. A new season is always the perfect time to do a little updating to your decor. Fall is such a beautiful season. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to recreate the following fall decorating ideas in your own home. They’re super easy and all of our tips are affordable.

Keep in touch with us. We’ll be posting easy and affordable fall decorating ideas from now until the end of November.

Fall Decorating Idea #2: Pillows

One of the easiest ways to decorate for the fall is to simply switch or add pillows and throw blankets. Use warms colors that are more reflective of the fall. Colors include red, orange and rust and even deep jewel tones such as purple, royal blue and sangria. Bring in heavier, meatier pillows and throws, ones that you want to wrap yourself around in. Think of how good it feels to come inside on cold, windy, fall days and nuzzle up in a cozy throw and lie your head on a soft, weighted pillow. Now that’s soooooo good.

Here is a great article with other tips on how to decorate using pillows:

If you have any fall decorating ideas please share them with us! We would love to hear them.

 

-Deborah Rosenberg

 

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Easy and Affordable Fall Decorating Ideas: #2 – Use Candles

Deborah DiMare

Tis the season to start movin’ stuff around… when the leaves start afallin’ start ahaulin’. I just made that up. A new season is always the perfect time to do a little updating to your decor. Fall is such a beautiful season. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to recreate the following fall decorating ideas in your own home. They’re super easy and all of our tips are affordable.

Keep in touch with us. We’ll be posting easy and affordable fall decorating ideas from now until the end of November.

Fall Decorating Idea #2: Candles

Decorate your home with candles. Include the beautiful rainbow of fall theme colors for your candles; reds, oranges, brown, gold and white. Candles immediately add warmth and glow to any space, especially in the dead of winter. They’re one of the most inexpensive ways to transform a space and create an entirely different mood.

Check out some great ideas on how you can arrange candles to create a beautiful decorating piece for your home here.

If you have any fall decorating ideas please share them with us! We would love to hear them.

-Deborah Rosenberg

 

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Things not to do in interior design

7 of the Biggest Decorating Mistakes

Deborah DiMare

If you could be Cinderella this Halloween and your Fairy Godmother waved her magic want to give your home a complete makeover, what would she change?

Since we can’t all be Cinderella, here are 7 of the biggest decorating mistakes you should avoid when decorating your home:

1. Bathroom cover rug / use rectangular rug instead. It’s the unwritten law of bathroom rugs. Rectangular is the way to go.

2. Undressed cables. Think of your undressed cables as a person. You wouldn’t want to be out in the wide open street undressed would you? If you disagree, you should be checking out a different blog. This one certainly isn’t going to do it for you.

3. Out of place themes (A home’s decor needs to be authentic and provide a sense of where you are. Decorating too much in the same print is overwhelming and tacky.) Remember, small doses, small doses.

4. View Askew – Furniture placed at odd angles in a room never feels right. Line up sofas, beds and other pieces parallel to walls—it will make the space feel finished and permanent rather than like a work in progress. We like symmetry. Our body is most comfortable with symmetry. So, don’t go all artsy and try to give the room a “look.” It will get the “look” by appearing symmetrical.

5. Popcorn ceiling!!! No get rid of it. The only popcorn in your life should be the one you eat at the movies.

6. Correct way of using patterns. Don’t overuse patterns or you’ll get yourself and your guests dizzy. Think simple. Keep it simple.

7. Curtains must fit your windows properly. Think of them as a pair of pants. You know that dorky guy you see with the pants up to his ankles?? That’s what your curtains look like when they’re too short. They look like a dorky curtain.

Share your Halloween decorating ideas with us! Send them to ddigz@dimaredesign.com and you can win a Ddigz.com room design for free (worth $479.00) We are not a Fairy Godmother but we can surely make your wish of re-decorating your space come true. The contest ends September 2nd. Make sure to write “Halloween Décor Contest” on subject line.

-Deborah Rosenberg

 

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