ABOUT HEALTH & HOME
ABOUT HEALTH & HOME
Health & Home is an interior design-based business that seeks to help others create healthy homes by minimizing toxins, optimizing design and maximizing health.
We do so by addressing the design of the space, the decor and the products used, so our clients can live their healthiest life!
Design isn’t all we do though! The heartbeat of Health & Home is you! It’s your wellness. It’s the stories you have to share. It’s about creating accessible, non-overwhelming ways to help support you on your journey to creating a healthier home and living a healthier life!
Our mission at Health & Home is to support and empower others to live their healthiest lives by keeping people at the heart of our work and providing person-centered design services, accessible health education, and advocacy at home and beyond!
That’s why we go further than just beautifying spaces by offering a variety of ways to support you on your journey! Whether it’s through our services, public speaking and teaching, e-courses, freebies, our podcast, youtube, instagram, or blog – whatever you are looking for, we have got you covered!
We hope you feel at home here with us ♡
GET TO KNOW ME
Hi there! I’m Haley James and I should probably start off by saying that I am not your typical interior designer.
While I love and am passionate about being creative and cultivating beautiful spaces for people to live in, more than anything I would say my first passion lies in loving on and helping other people.
So when I learned firsthand getting sick due to my college housing, the negative impact that our living environments have on our health AND also the positive role they can play in optimizing our health, I knew I had to specialize in creating homes that were not only beautiful and functional – but also minimize risk for disease and support the health and healthy habits of those living there.
A BIT MORE ABOUT ME & HOW HEALTH & HOME CAME TO BE
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and as far back as I can remember, even as a little girl, I always knew I wanted to do interior design. So when it came time to pick a college and a major, it was a no-brainer; I chose to get my bachelors in Interior Design at San Jose State University.
During my time in design school though, I struggled with figuring out if I wanted to stay with my major, not because I didn’t love it (because I absolutely did!) but because, if I’m honest – I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to tangibly help people. Don’t get me wrong! I think designers absolutely can help people through their work, it’s just that it wasn’t going to be able to on the level or in the way my heart had always wanted to.
It felt superficial to a degree for me and I really had to consider if design without helping others in ways I had imagined, would be enough for me. My parents encouraged me to continue on, having full confidence I would figure out a way to help others using what I learned later on; so I did. I began dreaming and brainstorming all the ways I could give back to others in the future and began to get excited about it again!
It was towards the end of my senior year at SJSU though, that my life, plans, vision, and dreams were flipped upside down.
I started feeling sick every now and again, then it began happening more and more often until it was all the time. I had to move home and begin trying to figure out what was happening. This turned into years of being undiagnosed, dismissed, misdiagnosed, and more to finally get an answer, only to find out 5 years later, that I had somehow gotten heavy metal poisoning from my college living environment which caused damage to my nervous system and me to develop a bunch of chronic conditions.
While I was grateful to finally know what was going on with my body, I found I had even more questions than answers.
How did this happen? Why did this happen? And who else is it happening to?
As someone who had a:
I can tell you not a single one of these educational paths ever talked about the direct impact our homes can have on our health.
After learning about this health and home connection, I decided to continue my studies by getting my:
Here, I spent 2 years doing every project and my thesis on how the interior environment can impact health. At this same time, I was also studying it from a medical perspective as I tried to put the pieces of my experience and my life back together.
Doing these, really got me interested in learning more about how exactly someone can get sick from their environment and what happens to their body when they do, so after graduating, I went on to take certificate courses in the more broader topics of:
Doing these diploma & certificate courses truly opened my eyes and gave even more meaning and purpose to the career path I was on.
…and so much more!
I created health & home as a way to share all that I have learned with you as we explore ways to minimize toxins and optimize the design in our homes in order to maximize health for ourselves and our loved ones.
I hope that through the health & home freebies, courses, resources, podcast, blog, recommended products, services and social media pages, we are able to help you start to create the healthy home and life you have been dreaming of having.
Together, we will learn, grow and create healthier homes for healthier lives!
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Health & Home is an interior design-based business that seeks to help others create healthy homes through minimizing toxins, optimizing design and maximizing health. We do so by addressing the build of the home, the design of the space, the decor and even the products used in the home, so our clients can live their healthiest life!
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