At Health & Home, we believe that creating a healthier living space starts with minimizing toxins in the home. This step can be challenging, as chemicals are not always made, labeled or regulated in a way that prioritizes our health. We believe this can and should change in every industry. That’s why we’re committed to advocating for safer and healthier products, legislative requirements on labeling, more transparency to the consumer, education and awareness campaigns, and stronger regulation legislation.
But creating change isn’t easy, and we can’t do it alone. That’s why we encourage everyone to get involved in chemical and health advocacy efforts! Whether it’s supporting legislation, sharing your story, prioritizing buying from organizations you support, donating to organizations doing the work, or getting involved in local campaigns, there are many ways to make a difference! To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of chemical and health advocacy groups that are doing amazing work to promote safer products and a healthier world! These groups provide easy ways to get involved, from signing petitions to contacting your local representatives and more.
Together, let’s advocate for a better, safer, and healthier world for all.
WHY THE NATURE VIDEOS ON AN INTERIOR DESIGN SITE?
At Health & Home, we’re all about creating a healthy home by minimizing toxins and optimizing the design to maximize your health! And you know what? The easiest way to do that is to look to nature! Research has shown time and time again that using more natural and non-toxic products as well as incorporating elements of nature into our spaces, can both have a really positive impact on your overall health & wellness!
Now, don’t worry – you don’t have to turn your family room into a forest to get those benefits! Actually, you don’t have to change your aesthetic at all if you don’t want to! No matter what your personal style may be, we can work with you to create an environment that supports your health and wellness goals. We do this by looking at nature for things like colors, textures, and sounds to determine how they can positively or negatively impact your well-being based on the latest research, and then we use that information to create a space that’s just right for you & what you want from your space!
So why are there these videos at the top of the pages? Well, we put these here to help set the tone for the page and give you a taste of how exposure to elements of nature can impact your mood, your perception, and even your physical health! Below you will find an in-depth explanation as to why we chose the video we did for the page you are on and the research that we used to decide on that. Our hope is that this can help you see how you can intentionally take this kind of research and apply it to the design of your home so you can naturally get all the amazing benefits AND have a beautiful home at the same time!
HOW DID THIS PAGE MAKE YOU FEEL?
We wanted you to feel empowered, curious, open, and connected as you browse through our resource pages with helpful databases and advocacy groups. The video featured on our Resources page portrays large, expansive green mountains, representing the vastness and abundance of information and advocacy resources available to you on this page. The video aims to create a sense of awe, inspiration, and empowerment, highlighting the extensive database and diverse range of resources offered. The mountains symbolize the depth and breadth of knowledge and advocacy efforts that can provide support to you as you create your healthy home. The imagery invites you to explore the vast landscape of resources and discover valuable information to enhance their well-being.
Research suggests that exposure to natural landscapes, such as mountains, can elicit feelings of awe, connectedness, and motivation (Shiota et al., 2007; Joye & Bolderdijk, 2015). These positive emotions and experiences can enhance cognitive functioning, creativity, and a sense of empowerment. By incorporating the video of big green mountains, we aimed to create an environment that encourages you to engage with the resources available on the platform, fostering a sense of wonder, discovery, and the motivation to take action towards a healthier home.
To bring these feelings into your space you can incorporate earthy green tones and cool blue hues. Green can be introduced through accents like furniture, textiles, or plants, representing growth and connection to nature (Kaplan, 1995). Blue colors can be incorporated through wall colors, artwork, or decorative elements, creating a sense of calmness and inspiration (Kwallek et al., 1997). Integrating natural textures and materials, such as wood or stone, can further enhance the connection to the symbolized mountain landscapes (Berman et al., 2008). By incorporating these design elements, individuals can create a home environment that fosters a sense of calmness and openness which is great for any kind of common area!
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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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