More great discoveries from our Wellness Spotters! Today we’re sharing area rugs and wallcoverings.
Right, from Company C, rugs made from recycled plastic bottles
and left, from Loloi Rugs, an area rug made with no dyes at all, just wool from different colored sheep!
Below, wallcoverings made from banana peels and lotus leaves, both from York Wallcoverings.
A few more great finds from High Point.
This good looking outdoor furniture from Selamat Designs is biodegradable. So use it and love it, but then when its time on your patio is over, it will break down instead of clogging landfills.
A burled wood dining table from Phillips Collection was made from “trees without a future” (trees that are already dying in the forest).
Our first dispatch from High Point! Our Wellness Spotters have found lots of great chairs that won’t add to the toxins in a home. The first three pictured (right and below) are all from Lee Industries, and all feature FSC certified frames, no-VOC finishes, and Natural or Responsible fabrics and coverings. And the leather chair (middle) is a recliner! The fourth (bottom right) is made in Pennsylvania by Keystone Designer of locally sourced wood.
Meet three more of our fabulous Wellness Spotters. Stay tuned to find out what they discover at the High Point Market.
BEE / Buyer
Where you live: Chamblee, GA (a charming old community right outside of Atlanta)
Describe your personal design aesthetic in 3-5 words: happy, transitional with a twist, warm, casual, unique
Why are you passionate about wellness and health in the interior environment? I believe we are all called to care for the world and those around us. Our homes should reflect that care.
Joana Aranha Living Spaces / Architect
Where you live: Lisbon, Portugal
Describe your personal design aesthetic in 3-5 words: To create an experience to the user
Why are you passionate about wellness and health in the interior environment? WWYW creates the possibility to develop new and better techniques of construction and design. This is the future of sustainability, leading to the improvement of life quality which is in the end the great purpose of any design. As an architect I love to be part of it.
DES-SYN / Director of Design
Where you live: Atlanta, Georgia
Describe your personal design aesthetic in 3-5 words: bold embrace of pattern, color, and texture; balancing function and style
Why are you passionate about wellness and health in the interior environment? Experiencing first-hand exposure to harmful toxins and how it affects me personally and those around me created an internal awareness to connect the dots on how to reduce harmful indoor air quality whenever possible. Mixed with a balanced lifestyle; reducing harmful toxins is the way to a clean and heathy life for ourselves and future generations to come.
The spring High Point Market, the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show, is just around the corner. Over 75,000 people attend the twice yearly event, visiting over 2000 exhibitors to see thousands of products. This year, we’ve designated six Wellness Within Your Walls friends and Ambassadors as official WWYW Wellness Spotters. As they travel through the market, they’ll be on the lookout for new and unique furnishings, interiors and products that promote home wellness and lead to a healthier home. If you’re attending High Point, look for the Wellness Spotter signs that will identify chosen products. Not going? Don’t worry, just check back here—we’ll be sharing all their finds for you to discover.
We wanted to spend the next few days introducing you to our Wellness Spotters. First up, Kathy Browning and Carrie Smith
Kathy G. Browning
Design Consultants / Owner-Designer
Where you live: Virginia Beach, VA
Describe your personal design aesthetic in 3-5 words: Memorable, Personable, Affordable
Why are you passionate about wellness and health in the interior environment? I believe we have a responsibility as designers to use our resources more efficiently while creating healthier and more energy-efficient homes.
Wellness Within Your Walls / Business Development
Where you live: Phoenix. AZ
Describe your personal design aesthetic in 3-5 words: Classic with a twist
Why are you passionate about wellness and health in the interior environment? WWYW allows you to give the best gift of all to your family and loved ones-the gift of a healthy environment.
The SCAD Lecture Series in Midtown Atlanta hosted WWYW founder Jillian Pritchard Cooke last week at SCAD Show for the presentation “Starting the Dialogue: Stand up to Toxins.”
Jillian (2nd from left) presented to an audience of students, with visiting guests from the media, art, real estate and medical communities, and was joined by (from left to right) Liset Robinson from the SCAD Interior Design Department, Jillian, Bonnie Casamassima of Southface, and Christine Leuthold of C Insight Group.
Each presenter brought their own unique experience and perspective to the evening
Bonnie Casamassima of Southface shared her experience with holistic approaches to design and emphasized the importance of proper air flow when building and designing homes. Liset Robinson, an Interior Design faculty member at SCAD, discussed how evidence-based design, with its emphasis on both current research and individual needs, is just as important as esthetics in good design and how it creates always-changing recommendations. And Christine Leuthold shared her beliefs how authentic behavior from the heart and “doing good” are valuable components of getting to the core of branding and differentiation.
Christine also tied together how changes in both reducing toxins in the environment and a solid brand platform don’t happen overnight. Instead, for both, a solid foundation with deliberate consciousness toward making wise choices, then careful tending, is the key toward success.
We loved how the insights from different perspectives on design all combined to emphasize how important it is to think about wellness when designing a interior, and also powerfully represented the mission of WWYW—by working together and emphasizing the role of dialogue and education, we can all improve our interiors, our businesses, and our lives.
And we’re thrilled that we’ll have many more opportunities to educate future designers since WWYW will be part of the interior design curriculum at SCAD starting this spring. The dialogue continues!
The pollen floats into your house leaving a green coating, the bright spring sun illuminates the dust in every corner, and your snow boots have marked the carpet by your front door.
Its definitely time for spring cleaning!
We’ve got a secret cleaning tool to share with you that not only cleans without using any toxic chemicals, but cleans more effectively—a steam cleaner.
Ok, it’s not really secret, but we’re surprised how few people know about such a versatile and effective tool, and we’re happy to spread the word.
Keeping as many toxic chemicals as you can out of your home is the best first step toward a healthier interior environment. Since cleaning supplies are a top source of chemicals, we all struggle with what products to use that are less toxic. But what if you didn’t have to use any cleaning products at all, and could still get a clean home with improved air quality?
Today’s vapor steam cleaners turn water (only water!) into a fairly dry steam that penetrates and loosens dirt from almost any surface, from hardwood floors to tile to upholstery, yet leaves no or very little moisture behind. You might need to wipe or vacuum after, but that’s it. And the heat in the steam disinfects and sanitizes, so is effective in killing dust mites, e-coli, mold, and even bed bugs.
The cleaners come in a huge variety of prices and sizes and are widely available, so it’s worth doing some research and thinking about how you’ll use it.
One we love is the Polti Vaporetto GO Steam Cleaner, pictures above. It’s portable, is a fairly low price ($169.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond) and comes with ten attachments so it can clean a wide variety of household surfaces.