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 take every opportunity to pull inspiration from nature. The planet that we all call home is effortlessly picturesque. The colors and aesthetics of nature are perfect by design; they are the original classic, and they’ll never go out of style. What’s more is that, by capturing and imitating the Earth’s natural beauty, we can even influence our moods, heal our bodies and minds, and evoke particular feelings and behaviors within ourselves.
Throughout our website, we’ve intentionally chosen different nature-themed visuals on each page to arouse certain psychological responses. As you navigate our pages, take the time to be present within your mind and draw attention to how each page makes you feel. The purpose of this is to demonstrate how making intentional design choices rooted in biology and psychology can have a profound impact. You can click to expand the side tabs on each page to discover the science behind what we’ve chosen.
The color green symbolizes growth, renewal, and new beginnings. It is the most abundant color in nature, and thought to be the most soothing and relaxing color. Cognitively, the color green enhances stability, endurance, problem-solving, and focus. It even improves memory – we’re more likely to remember words written in green! It motivates us to persist and pursue our goals. Viewing greenery in nature, such as trees and forests, has been shown to have lots of benefits, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving self-discipline, attention, and work performance. This is why we intentionally chose this theme for our “learn” page, which includes e-courses and educational materials. It’s also why it would make a smart choice for a home office or study.
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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