At health & home, we know the impact toxins can have on health and we want to help you minimize the amount you and your family are exposed to in a simple, straightforward, science-backed, non-wasteful and affordable way.
Our approach to minimizing toxins starts with assessing your specific situation and determining your short and long term goals. Some people like to start with one category be it products, decor, design or building materials, some do a few categories, while others prefer to dive in all at once – there is no right or wrong option, just what is right for you!
After determining your goals and approach, we take inventory of what you currently are working with and which items we may want to consider replacing with a non or less toxic option. Next, we prioritize which items are the most important and will make the biggest impact when swapped out. These bigger impact swaps are the ones we will focus on first and work from there. After that we move into the planning phase where we plan out how and when these products will be swapped. Which goes right along with our next step of knowing what your options are and being able to decide which new option is best for you if you plan to replace or change the product, decor piece, design finish or building material. Then when it comes time, you can replace the item with the new option we chose.
Lastly, we make sure you feel educated and equipped enough to continue to make choices in your product and home design decisions that will continue to minimize the amount of toxins you and your family are exposed to.
After minimizing the amount of toxin exposure, we begin to turn your home into a place that not only prevents disease, but encourages health through optimizing the space for you! This means building, designing, decorating and filling your home in a way that encourages healthy habits that support your long and short term health goals.
We look at ways we can optimize your home through the lens of various important elements of health such as: air, light, fitness, social health, sleep, mental health, nutrition, water, safety, spiritual health, temperature, noise, ergonomic health and more! It’s through these areas we explore ways we can optimize your home so that just by the way it is created it is supporting your health and making it easier for you to achieve your health goals.
Our approach to optimization is similar to how we begin minimizing toxins in that we start with assessing where you are at and what your short and long term health goals and habits are. We take time to figure out the obstacles standing between you and achieving your ideal healthy living lifestyle and try to address them through design and curation of your space.
An example of this could be that your goal is to lose weight and eat healthier, but you feel like you can’t stop eating. One way we could optimize this through design is by switching out the kitchen lighting from the typical kitchen lighting that encourages food consumption, to a light that will help you not feel the need to eat as much. We could also choose to add more windows and use certain colors in your kitchen which naturally encourage you to eat less and healthier! From a decor perspective, we could use pieces that make healthy eating and snacking accessible and encouraged through decorative non-toxic bowls of fruit, art pieces that promote health etc. From a product perspective we could swap out your kitchenware for a healthier non-toxic option that is made in a smaller size and is a color that also helps to support you naturally eating less.
No matter what your health goals are, there are so many science based hacks like these that we can implement throughout your space to make it so your home is not just a place you live, but a true tool in helping you create the healthy life you want.
Through minimizing toxins and optimizing design we are able to maximize the health of those living in the home! To us, maximizing health means that we are not only peventing disease, but are creating a home that is encouraging and suporting good health!
Living in a house that is made to maximize health makes a difference short term, long term and even generationally.
In the short term, you may notice improvements in a decrease in allergies or how often you are getting sick. These have to do with eliminating toxic allergens such as mold and dust that would have been addressed in the minimize toxins phase. You may also experience better focus, and more energy which can be impacted not only by the removal of toxins, but also by the way the home has been optimized to support your health goals!
In the long term, these changes can help to prevent you from getting sick and developing diseases! They can also help you get fit, become less stressed, help you eat healthier, positively impact your overall mental health and so much more!
Healthy habits and practices are passed down from parents to kids and to their kids’ kids and their kids and so on. Whether that is for better or worse, these have a huge impact on families and really shape their health. By prioritizing health in your home, you are able to not only lead by example, but you truly set the tone for the health of your family in the generations to come. Not only are you setting this through example, but also genetically! Studies have shown chemicals, stress, disease etc. can all impact how your DNA is expressed. By prioritizing your health now, you are also prioritizing and setting the stage for the health of your family generations from now. We would love nothing more than to be able to help set you and your family and your future families, up for health success!
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 encouraged, hopeful & excited as you shop the amazing non-toxic products that will help you create a healthy home! The video featured on our Home page showcases the natural beauty and calming aesthetic of bluebell flowers gently swaying in the wind amidst lush greenery. This was carefully chosen to create an atmosphere that embodies calmness, tranquility, and trust. Inspired by the science-backed benefits of colors and elements from nature, we wanted to evoke a sense of calmness, openness, and trust in our visitors.
Research shows that exposure to blue colors can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of anxiety and stress (Elliot et al., 2015). By incorporating this calming color into our home page, we aim to show you that when you are here with us you don’t have to stress about creating a healthy home and figuring it all out because we are here to help! It was also influenced by the principles of biophilic design. This design approach emphasizes the integration of natural elements into indoor spaces to improve cognitive function, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being (Kellert et al., 2008; Ryan et al., 2014). By incorporating the beauty of bluebell flowers and the organic sway of greenery, we aim to foster a deep connection with nature, which in turn promotes a sense of balance, renewal, and well-being.
Embrace the soothing shades of blue found in the flowers by incorporating them into your color palette. Soft, pastel blues or deeper hues can be used for accent walls, furniture upholstery, or decorative accessories (Elliot et al., 2015). Introduce natural materials and textures that mimic the organic qualities of lush greenery. Opt for wooden furniture, rattan accents, or jute rugs to create a connection with nature (Kellert et al., 2008). Choose fabrics and textiles that evoke a sense of comfort and tranquility, such as plush cushions, cozy throws, and soft curtains in calming blues or complementary earth tones. These soft textures invite relaxation and reinforce the soothing atmosphere (Hemphill, 1996).
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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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