HEALTH & HOME

TEACHING & SPEAKING

Are you looking for a dynamic and experienced speaker to inspire and empower your audience to take control of their health and wellness? Maybe a design professor, architect, or medical professional looking for someone to come educate your students or staff on how interior design can impact health & wellness? Maybe you are putting on a health or wellness conference and want to educate, empower and equip your attendees to take control of their health from a different lens?

Look no further! I’m Haley James – interior designer, speaker, advocate, content creator, podcast host and the CEO / Founder of Health & Home, a new type of interior design business that helps people create healthier homes for healthier lives!

After becoming chronically ill in my 20’s, I began investigating the factors that could have contributed to such a severe and sudden onset. I found that one of the most prominent factors was actually due to heavy metal toxicity in my living environment. As I continued to investigate and learn, I discovered something I hadn’t learned in interior design school. The design of a space, what you put in it, and how you use it, can have a powerful impact on your health – for better or worse.

This motivated me to continue studying the correlation between health and the interior environment during graduate school and further through various certificate courses. It became abundantly clear to me that this was a really big issue and I knew it wasn’t being addressed.

It was then that I went on to develop what became my approach.

Minimize Toxins + Optimize Design = Maximize Health

This approach ensures that chemicals in the home environment are minimized by replacing unsafe products that can cause disease. The next step optimizes the design of the space so that it intentionally and naturally supports a healthy lifestyle. When these two methods are combined, it becomes possible to truly maximize the health of those living in the space.

This all finally led to the creation of Health & Home, as well as the Health & Home podcast and YouTube channel. I began public speaking in an effort to create more awareness about these topics, and to help others create healthy environments for themselves and their loved ones in an easy, accessible way.

From design students to medical professionals, to any person who lives in a place they call “home” and wants to prevent disease and optimize their health – my talks are engaging, informative, empowering, and have the power to be life-changing – so what are you waiting for!? Let’s start working together to help people create healthier homes for healthier lives!

EDUCATION

Certificate in Chemicals & Health
JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
 
Certificate in Environmental Health
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
 
Certificate in Environmental Law & Policy
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
 
Certificates In Real Estate
REAL ESTATE EX – CA
 
Masters in Interior Design
STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY: NATIONAL DESIGN ACADEMY
 
Certificate in Interior Decorating
ASHWORTH COLLEGE
 
Bachelor’s in Interior Design
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
 

Examples of Places I speak & Teach at

ONLINE

GRADESCHOOL

COLLEGE

WORKSHOPS

HOSPITALS

DESIGN SCHOOL

FIRMS

WORKPLACE

ONLINE

GRADESCHOOL

COLLEGE

WORKSHOPS

HOSPITALS

DESIGN SCHOOL

FIRMS

WORKPLACE

CONFERENCES

INTERVIEWS

PANELIST

WEBINAR

PODCAST

YOUTUBE

SEMINAR

GUEST BLOG

CONFERENCES

INTERVIEWS

PANELIST

WEBINAR

PODCAST

YOUTUBE

SEMINAR

GUEST BLOG

Keynotes

Healthy Homes: Building a Foundation for Well-Being

The EPA states that Americans spend 87% of their time inside. That is a lot of time! So shouldn’t we put more thought into our spaces than just making them “look good” – especially when we know they have the power to make use feel good too? In this presentation, we’ll delve into the importance of creating a healthy home and how it can impact all areas of your health. From disease prevention to improving mood and lifestyle, we’ll explore the key factors that contribute to a healthy home, enabling you to build a strong foundation for your well-being!

Designing for Wellness: How Your Home Can Help You Achieve Your Health Goals

In this keynote, we’ll dive into the fascinating connection between interior design and health, exploring how the design of your home can impact your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We’ll discuss the latest research on how design can influence everything from sleep quality to stress levels, and share practical tips for optimizing your living space to promote optimal health and wellness. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, reduce stress, or simply feel better every day, this keynote will show you how your home can be a powerful tool for achieving your health goals!

Healthy Homes: Building a Foundation for Well-Being

The EPA states that Americans spend 87% of their time inside. That is a lot of time! So shouldn’t we put more thought into our spaces than just making them “look good” – especially when we know they have the power to make use feel good too? In this presentation, we’ll delve into the importance of creating a healthy home and how it can impact all areas of your health. From disease prevention to improving mood and lifestyle, we’ll explore the key factors that contribute to a healthy home, enabling you to build a strong foundation for your well-being!

Designing for Wellness: How Your Home Can Help You Achieve Your Health Goals

In this keynote, we’ll dive into the fascinating connection between interior design and health, exploring how the design of your home can impact your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We’ll discuss the latest research on how design can influence everything from sleep quality to stress levels, and share practical tips for optimizing your living space to promote optimal health and wellness. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, reduce stress, or simply feel better every day, this keynote will show you how your home can be a powerful tool for achieving your health goals!

The Forgotten 8th Dimension Of Wellness: How Fixing Your Environment Can Help Fix Health

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with messages about the importance of physical fitness, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. However, there is one crucial dimension of wellness that is often overlooked: the environment we live in. In this keynote, we will explore the power of a healthy environment and its impact on our overall wellbeing. From the air we breathe to the spaces we occupy, we will uncover how a healthy environment can positively influence our physical health, mental clarity, and emotional stability. Join us as we dive into the forgotten dimension of wellness and discover how a healthy environment can be a game-changer in achieving optimal wellness!

Minimizing Toxins & Optimizing Design To Maximize Health: A New Approach To Interior Design

In our innovative approach, we aim to create spaces that not only look beautiful and functional but also promote optimal health. In this thought-provoking and informative keynote, we will explore how the design of your home can impact your health for better or worse, and how our Health & Home approach of Minimize Toxins + Optimize Design = Maximize Health can transform your living space into a haven that supports a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. With practical tips and insights that can be easily implemented, this keynote is a must-attend for anyone interested in creating a home that promotes wellness and vitality. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the power of interior design to maximize your health!

The Forgotten 8th Dimension Of Wellness: How Fixing Your Environment Can Help Fix Health

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with messages about the importance of physical fitness, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. However, there is one crucial dimension of wellness that is often overlooked: the environment we live in. In this keynote, we will explore the power of a healthy environment and its impact on our overall wellbeing. From the air we breathe to the spaces we occupy, we will uncover how a healthy environment can positively influence our physical health, mental clarity, and emotional stability. Join us as we dive into the forgotten dimension of wellness and discover how a healthy environment can be a game-changer in achieving optimal wellness!

Minimizing Toxins & Optimizing Design To Maximize Health: A New Approach To Interior Design

In our innovative approach, we aim to create spaces that not only look beautiful and functional but also promote optimal health. In this thought-provoking and informative keynote, we will explore how the design of your home can impact your health for better or worse, and how our Health & Home approach of Minimize Toxins + Optimize Design = Maximize Health can transform your living space into a haven that supports a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. With practical tips and insights that can be easily implemented, this keynote is a must-attend for anyone interested in creating a home that promotes wellness and vitality. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the power of interior design to maximize your health!

Designers – We’re Doing It Wrong

Attention all designers! We need to rethink our approach to interior design. It’s time to recognize that our work has the power to change lives, to improve physical and mental health, and to support people in achieving their goals. Creating aesthetically pleasing spaces is not enough. As designers, we need to take responsibility for the impact we have on the lives of those we design for. We have the ability to alter the course of a person’s life by creating spaces that truly support and empower them! Through this keynote, I am going to show you how we can create spaces that help people live their happiest and healthiest lives, that inspire and motivate them, and support them in achieving their goals!

Custom Presentation

Have a specific talk idea in mind? Great! At Health & Home, I am all about meeting people where they are and making the best-personalized plan to help get them closer to achieving their goals through design – my presentations are no different. If you have a topic you want a presentation on, I will work with you to figure out how to create the best presentation to support your audience!

Designers – We’re Doing It Wrong

Attention all designers! We need to rethink our approach to interior design. It’s time to recognize that our work has the power to change lives, to improve physical and mental health, and to support people in achieving their goals. Creating aesthetically pleasing spaces is not enough. As designers, we need to take responsibility for the impact we have on the lives of those we design for. We have the ability to alter the course of a person’s life by creating spaces that truly support and empower them! Through this keynote, I am going to show you how we can create spaces that help people live their happiest and healthiest lives, that inspire and motivate them, and support them in achieving their goals!

Custom Presentation

Have a specific talk idea in mind? Great! At Health & Home, I am all about meeting people where they are and making the best-personalized plan to help get them closer to achieving their goals through design – my presentations are no different. If you have a topic you want a presentation on, I will work with you to figure out how to create the best presentation to support your audience!

A Personal Note To You

As someone who has studied interior design at a certificate, diploma, bachelor’s, and master’s level, I never once learned about the impact of interior design on health. Knowing what I know now, I wish that there had been someone who had introduced and taught these concepts to help make myself, other designers, doctors, and just everyday people aware of this topic.

Whether it’s talking about free ways to minimize toxins in the home or ways you can optimize the space to maximize health, I am here to pass on what I have learned to others so that together we can all do our part to help change the standards of care in the industry, our own homes and change the system to create better health outcomes for all people.

If you are ready to schedule, want to chat about your event, or have any questions you can contact us by clicking below and filling out the form under speaking & teaching. I can’t wait to work together!

A Personal Note To You

As someone who has studied interior design at a certificate, diploma, bachelor’s, and master’s level, I never once learned about the impact of interior design on health. Knowing what I know now, I wish that there had been someone who had introduced and taught these concepts to help make myself, other designers, doctors, and just everyday people aware of this topic.

Whether it’s talking about free ways to minimize toxins in the home or ways you can optimize the space to maximize health, I am here to pass on what I have learned to others so that together we can all do our part to help change the standards of care in the industry, our own homes and change the system to create better health outcomes for all people.

If you are ready to schedule, want to chat about your event, or have any questions you can contact us by clicking below and filling out the form under speaking & teaching. I can’t wait to work together!

F.A.Q.s

In general, I’m available globally! There may be special considerations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, such as travel restrictions, but that is something we can discuss when we connect!

Absolutely! Any of my presentations, custom talks, teaching engagements or panels can be done virtually!

As the needs of each event are unique, please fill out the inquiry form and we will be in contact. We’ll determine the correct price based on the event. We absolutely can work with you to find a budget and package that works best for you.

Yes, certain types of events are eligible for volunteer public speaking. This can be something we discuss when we have our first meeting!

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!

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HOW DID THIS PAGE MAKE YOU FEEL?

We wanted you to feel excited, energized & reassured that we are able to meet a variety of needs as you look through our teaching & speaking page! The video featured on our Teaching and Public Speaking page shows a vibrant array of different colored flowers against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. This visual representation aims to evoke feelings of excitement, energy, and joy, while also conveying Health & Home’s ability to connect with diverse audiences at various stages of their journey towards creating a healthy home. By featuring a multitude of colors and the symbolism of a blue sky, the video signifies the flexibility and adaptability of Health & Home’s teachings to cater to the unique needs and preferences of each individual or group.

Color psychology research supports the intentional use of a variety of colors in the video of different flowers. Each color carries distinct connotations and can evoke specific emotional responses. For instance, vibrant red flowers are associated with passion, energy, and motivation, while yellow flowers symbolize happiness, positivity, and creativity. Purple flowers often represent spirituality, imagination, and transformation. By incorporating this diverse range of colors, we hope to demonstrate our commitment to meeting audiences where they are on their personal journeys and tailoring teachings to suit their individual needs and preferences. The backdrop of a clear blue sky provides a sense of expansiveness, trust, and calmness. Blue is known to promote feelings of tranquility, reliability, and open-mindedness which reinforces our approachable and inclusive nature, inviting audiences to explore and embrace the possibilities of creating a healthy home in a supportive and welcoming environment!

These elements can be applied to interior design to create a welcoming and vibrant space that is perfect for connection! The key here is you want to have one to two colors that ground and dominate the space – in our example, we used the color white – and then the colors can be added. This way, like the garden, the colors are not competing with each other, but instead complement and balance each other out making the space feel fun, calming, and cohesive all at the same time!  (Elliot & Maier, 2014; Tyrväinen et al., 2014).

  • Elliot, A. J., Maier, M. A., Binser, M. J., Friedman, R., & Pekrun, R. (2009). The effect of red on avoidance behavior in achievement contexts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35(3), 365-375.
  • Kaya, N., & Epps, H. H. (2004). Relationship between color and emotion: A study of college students. College Student Journal, 38(3), 396-405.
  • Mehta, R., Zhu, R. J., & Cheema, A. (2012). Is noise always bad? Exploring the effects of ambient noise on creative cognition. Journal of Consumer Research, 39(4), 784-799.

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We are so excited for Homes & Hope and are in the process of getting things ready to be able to take on these amazing projects!

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Thank you for taking the time and the interest in being part of this project!

Coming Soon!

We are so excited for Homes & Hope and are in the process of getting things ready to be able to take on these amazing projects!

We would LOVE to get your nominations, your help, your talents and your support when we start though – so be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter and you will be the first to know our plans and be able to nominate, help and support us as we try to support people who need it!

Thank you for taking the time and the interest in being part of this project!

Coming Soon!

We are so excited for Homes & Hope and are in the process of getting things ready to be able to take on these amazing projects!

We would LOVE to get your nominations, your help, your talents and your support when we start though – so be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter and you will be the first to know our plans and be able to nominate, help and support us as we try to support people who need it!

Thank you for taking the time and the interest in being part of this project!