We’ve recently released our next six Atlanta 4-Course dates. We look forward to having you join us.
Wellness Within Your Walls® has produced a practical educational series featuring The Healthy Living System™, a 10-step approach to building and designing healthier living environments. The Healthy Living System™ is designed to complement residential construction projects resulting in lower toxin levels and better health for homeowners.
Recent scientific evidence indicates that air quality in homes tends to be significantly more polluted and harmful than outdoor air. People spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Analysis of indoor air and proper design of ventilation systems — with consideration given to available technology, climate zones and naturally-occurring toxins — can significantly improve this issue. Indoor air quality is especially important for at-risk groups such as the young, elderly, and chronically ill. A number of options exist to remedy these issues such as building with air-purifying drywall, whole-home air purification systems and even well-placed house plants.
Hydration is paramount to human health. The water we consume plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Over 300 chemicals of concern have been identified in municipal tap water. Analyzing water for contaminants — through a consultant, local extension office, or public interest group database — is essential. Equally important is selecting the proper whole-home or personal water purification system to remove undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, suspended solids and gases.
Exposure to natural light provides the body with vitamin D, lifts moods, improves concentration, aids sleep, reduces signs of dementia and improves overall health. Our bodies rely on the daily cycle of natural light to synchronize circadian rhythms. Designing homes to capture and optimize natural light maximizes health while delivering energy-saving benefits. In the northern hemisphere, south facing rooms receive the most sunlight; rooms should be positioned to the sun’s rotation. Artificial light should be considered after natural exposure has been maximized.
DO THE RIGHT THING. Build your business by getting certified and committing to The Healthy Living System™. Learn how you can reduce the level of toxins in the homes and products you build to reach today’s health-conscious consumer. And, certify your homes and products to create awareness of your commitment to consumer health, like the ABC Green Home 4.0 photographed above.
Our founder, Jillian Pritchard Cooke, was interviewed by House Beautiful for top tips. Read the article — 6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes to Avoid for your Baby’s Health. It’s great information for expecting parents.
By Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal
Luxury developers are touting wellness real estate, offering private and communal spaces for meditation and yoga
Now that you’re comfortably seated on a Wellness Within Your Walls approved chair, here are a couple of additions to make your living space really comfy—and non-toxic!
From Pom Pom at Home, the Montauk (left) a beautiful lightweight throw in soft hues made of 100% organic Belgian Linen, which falls into our Natural category. The perfect weight for relaxing summer days!
And for putting your feet up (or adding more seating), this very cool asymmetrical ottoman from Norwalk Furniture, the Nora (right). Made using responsible practices, and with a linen and cotton blend fabric, it checks all three of our categories—Natural, Sustainable and Responsible.
We all certainly spend a lot of time sitting. Too much time, right? But if you choose carefully, you can at least make sure you’re not plopping down on a chair full of toxins. Today’s highlights from High Point–spots for sitting.
First, from Craft Associates, the oh so Modern Chaise Lounge which falls into all three of the Wellness Within Your Walls categories. It’s constructed with organic natural fabrics, wood species sustainably grown in Ohio, and natural foams and filler. Chic modern design meets a company with a responsible manufacturing process.
Next, another modern choice, the Lucia Mod Chair from Justina Blakeney for Selmat Designs, is made of rattan and finished with a water based sealant. The company was founded with a mission to create beautiful accessories with the leftover materials of the furniture industry. We love this bohemian chic indoor/outdoor line, which achieves our Natural, Sustainable and Responsible categories through its use of a natural, rapidly renewable reed.
Last but far from least, the Bryan Sectional from Joybird which falls into our Sustainable and Responsible categories. Available in organic cotton fabric with Trillium fill–a hypoallergenic fill made entirely of recycled water & soda bottles. For every loveseat or sofa purchased, 2-4 trees will be planted, and, since all pieces are made to order, no materials are wasted!
It’s that time again! Our Wellness Within Your Walls spotters are hard at work at the spring High Point Market, eyes peeled for amazing products of all types, from fun to useful to beautiful, from big to small.
Our favorite part of the job? How thrilled a vendor is when we tell them that we recognize their efforts to protect their customer and the planet.
Our biggest surprise? The number of companies that don’t realize yet how unhealthy their products are, or how big the demand is for home furnishings that don’t bring toxic chemicals into a home.
Here are two of our first finds this spring.
This double drum light fixture, from Low Country Originals, uses recycled metal and natural oyster shells gathered off the coast of Georgia, so falls into both our natural and Sustainable categories.
For lighting with a completely different flair, check out the Balad rechargeable lanterns from Fermob, available in seven great colors. Not only do we love this French company because of their fun and fresh garden furniture, they’re also amazingly forward thinking about the health and welfare of their employees and the environment. In addition to being ISO 14001 certified, which maps out a framework for setting up an effective environmental management system, they use solvent free paints, optimize raw materials and energy consumption, and use recycled metal and canvas. Especially fitting for an outdoor furniture company that wants us to spend time in the great outdoors!
Are you in the Atlanta area and looking for something to do this weekend? We encourage you to come tour the Organic Life House at Serenbe and see how truly stunning a healthy home can be. For those not in the Atlanta area, we’ll keeping sharing more fabulous pictures!
The entire design team who worked on the house has taken the complete four part Wellness Within Your Walls course, and made sure that both the home and the products and furnishing inside meet the Wellness Within Your Walls standard. The home owners consulted with Dana Lynch, of Dana Lynch Design and a Serenbe resident, on all the finish selections and cabinetry in the home. WWYW approved retailer BEE supplied furniture, lighting, accessories, area rugs, bedding and soft goods. World class art was curated by Bill Lowe of Bill Lowe Gallery. Additional featured art includes pieces from Thomas Swanston, Rob Brinson, Gail Foster, Corinne Adams and Warren Sams.
The house will be open until March 5. Click here for tickets.