Photo: Elsie de Wolfe
After reading about Elsie de Wolfe life, I amazed the similarities not only in our last name but in our design philosophies. And so much of my own design style was unknowing influenced by Elsie, such as a love for French furniture and Louis XV antiques, leopard prints, trompe l’oeil, slipcovers and painted furniture. I should not have been surprised as Elsie has influenced so many designers since 1907 when she decided to change the dark and gloomy Victorian standards of interior design, opening up a new standard of design that is still in practice today.
As the debate over transgender bathrooms rages on, what I see is that a bigger problem is being ignored and that maybe both issues affecting a much larger sector of the population could be helped at the same time.
As the mother of a daughter with a traumatic brain injury a disability that had confined her to a wheelchair, getting out and about became a challenge. I needed help with her in the bathroom and if I was with a female aid not so much problem we could use the woman’s bathroom and I was able to bring my helper in with us.
But because of the waiver that she was on the staffing agency said I was not allowed to bring the certified nursing assistants (CNA) with me out into the community to go to her doctor and therapy appointments, stores or restaurants. The only way to go out with her would be to have my husband or a male friend which made it difficult to use the woman’s or men’s restroom. Places like Target that had family/handicap bathrooms were few and far between.
Great communication between the client and the designer is important to a successful design project; it saves both time and money for both the designer and the client. Give as much thought and research to what you want and like as you can, before the first meeting with the designer.
Communicate what you like and want in your project; spend time collecting photographs, clippings and color chips, and samples that explain your taste and sum up how you would like your home to look and feel. Do you like plaids, floral, stripes or solids, bold bright colors or neutrals? Clean lines or lots of detail? Are there special needs or time restraints? Maybe you not sure what you do like but know what you don’t like, this is all important information to communicate to your designer.
Interior designers use a variety of fee structures and, as with other professions, base their fees on variables such as if they are licensed interior designer or unlicensed, years of experience, education, geographic location, types of expertise, professional reputation and client demand. Most designers charge using one of the following fee structures or a combination to suit a client’s particular needs and type of job:
What is the RX for good mental health, lymphatic drainage, aching sore muscles and over all better health? More motion! And what is more fun than rebounding! Especially when your time is very limited and you just don’t have time to go to the gym, the beach for a swim or go for a long walk. When I am on a design deadline or I am writing and putting out a blog post I love to take breaks throughout the day even if it is for just five minutes on my rebounder.
Model Lindsay wearing workout outfit made from recycled plastic bottles by Threads 4 Thought available at Wholefoods Market or go to www.threadsforthought.com for a retailor near you.
Pacing briskly for 1 minute each hour cuts stiffness and soreness in half, Mini boosts of motion boost the output of pain-soothing hormones and rev blood flow to flush pain-triggering inflammation from tissue.
In the 1980’s when I was working at my first design job out of college I had a lot of clients moving to Florida from the cold winter states to retire. They needed to furnish their winter homes and were looking for a lighter Florida look that was different than what they had lived with in their northern residences.
They wanted to get rid of all the good dark furniture that they had and buy light mica laminate furniture that was becoming popular at the time. One of the problems with that thinking is that the budget that they had to work with would not go very far to furnishing their new place and they would be replacing good quality solid wood furniture with toxic laminate furniture. Also what would happen when all the custom mica laminate furniture was not trendy anymore? It would end up on landfills!
I think it is important for anyone reading this blog to know where I am coming from and why I am writing and sharing my ideas for design and healthy living, and to disclose how I make money or more like don’t make money.
At this time I do not make any money from my blog for endorsements and recommendations and I promise I will let my readers know when or if I ever do. I will promise to disclose freebies if someone where to send me a product to try out, not all bloggers do but they are not me. The http://Federal Trade Commission has rules about paid for content, and so do search engines like Google. It is important for me that you trust what I write about, sometimes it will be factual, backed up by data and sometimes I will be just stating my opinion.
I started this blog to drive readers to my Interior design website www.dewolfeinteriors.com and to showcase my design work and portrait paintings and attract new clients. I have been a designer since 1984 when I graduated from college and landed my first job as a designer working for Burdines department store. I worked as a director of design for Bloomindales department stores before opening my own design business. I worked as an interiors designer until March 18, 2010 when while at a client’s home I received a call that my daughter was in a serious auto accident and was at the hospital.
Buyers Beware There is a saying “what you don’t know won’t hurt you,” but when it comes to designing and building a healthy home what you don’t know can hurt you and your family. And if you have small children it can have a profound effect on their health and development. Depending on the amount and type of toxins in the home and the amount of exposure, some toxins can lead to anything from asthma, allergies, neurological problems, disabilities, cancer and even death.
Environmental issues are becoming more important to consumers and more people are becoming aware of the term “Green Design”. Some people are aware that the air quality in their home is 3 times more toxic than the air quality outside their home, mostly due to increased advertisements for home air cleaners. But what most people don’t know is what causes the toxic air and how to prevent it, or that in most buildings the air pollution is actually 5 to 10 times more polluted than outside air even in the worst cities. There are air cleaners and environmental companies available to help remove some of the toxins once they are already in the home, but they can be very expensive. It is more cost effective to keep the toxins out of the home, to begin with.
Healing environments as it relates to Interior Design is so much more than just creating a beautiful well-designed interior. Healing environments continue to be redefined with many new qualities including but not limited to safety, security, accessibility, sustainable green design and evidence-based design.
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In this blog I will be covering just about every subject related to keeping a beautiful healthy home; decorating, cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing and more. We hope to point you to the best product ideas and healthy resources available.
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Katheryn De Wolfe is an Interior Designer specializing in green design and healing environments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 561-364-0074 for an appointment for a free design consultation on your current or upcoming design project.