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5 Ways to Transform Your Home Into a Wellness Haven

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

 When you're trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, it's essential to also optimize the wellness potential of your home. It's a medically proven fact that our moods, behaviors and physical and mental health are all influenced greatly by the home environment in which we live.

If you're interested in the correlation between wellness design and your home, here are five tips explaining how to create a healthy home environment for you and your family.

Create a Relaxation Area

One of the best things you can do for yourself is create a relaxation area in your home. It can be as large as a room or as tiny as a corner -- but you can make it your personal haven by enhancing it with your favorite scents, and decorating it with favorite flowers and art objects or leaving it bare, according to your taste. Be sure to install a comfortable chair or mat for meditation, prayer, yoga, music-listening or reading -- whatever relaxes and sustains you.

 

Invest in Wellness Products

Even if you're on a budget, there's a wealth of affordable -- and effective -- wellness tools available to help you create a healthier home environment. Consider investing in at least one of these health-boosting products:

Aromatherapy Diffuser

Medical studies have long supported the health benefits of aromatherapy, and it is recognized as especially effective in reducing stress and anxiety.

Wellness Soaps and Lotions

You can save the cost of an expensive spa day by investing in natural soaps, shampoos and body lotions made with skin-soothing ingredients such as goat's milk, shea butter, lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus.

Humidifiers

These add moisture to the air, and can help prevent health problems from dry skin, eyes and sinuses.

Go Natural

Many chemical cleaners contain toxic poisons that are not only harmful to the environment, but also harmful to human and animal life. In 2015, chemical cleaners were responsible for more than 11 percent of child poisonings in the US alone.

Today's environmentally safe cleaning products include everything from bathroom cleaners to rug shampoos and bug repellents -- all made with non-toxic combinations of plants, herbs and other safe, natural, chemical-free ingredients. By using chemical-free cleaners, you're protecting yourself, as well as your household items and even the air you breathe, from harmful toxins and gases.

 

Choose Social Impact Products

For a truly healthy lifestyle, it's important to make a commitment to purchase social impact products for the home. These include flooring and furniture made from environmentally sustainable materials such as bamboo and other eco-friendly woods, as well as light fixtures using energy-efficient LED bulbs.

It's a well-known medical fact that "doing good does you good." Physical health is closely related to mental and emotional health, and you can boost your sense of well-being by doing the right thing and filling your home with household items made under ethical trade conditions. Likewise, another great way to incorporate this dynamic into your environment is to support handmade while designing your home. Artisan-crafted items will not only give your home décor a custom-made designer touch; they'll also give you the opportunity to support talented artists (and their communities) from around the world.

Purify Your Air and Water

A clean, healthy environment means your air and water should be clean as well. You can improve the quality of both by investing in air and water purifiers. Water purifiers remove chlorine, pesticides, metals and other by-products from tap water, making it more chemical-free and, according to some experts, healthier. Likewise, air purifiers will remove pollen, dust, dirt and other pollutants and allergens, and a more expensive purifier can even remove viruses, mold and bacteria.

Creating a healthy home environment involves much more than giving your home a good cleaning -- it also means commitment to a whole new (and improved) way of living. If you need inspiration, a wellness interior designer can help you not only make the right design choices, but also choose the right products to make your home a healthier place to live.

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5 Ways to Transform Your Home Into a Wellness Haven

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

 When you're trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, it's essential to also optimize the wellness potential of your home. It's a medically proven fact that our moods, behaviors and physical and mental health are all influenced greatly by the home environment in which we live.

If you're interested in the correlation between wellness design and your home, here are five tips explaining how to create a healthy home environment for you and your family.

Create a Relaxation Area

One of the best things you can do for yourself is create a relaxation area in your home. It can be as large as a room or as tiny as a corner -- but you can make it your personal haven by enhancing it with your favorite scents, and decorating it with favorite flowers and art objects or leaving it bare, according to your taste. Be sure to install a comfortable chair or mat for meditation, prayer, yoga, music-listening or reading -- whatever relaxes and sustains you.

 

Invest in Wellness Products

Even if you're on a budget, there's a wealth of affordable -- and effective -- wellness tools available to help you create a healthier home environment. Consider investing in at least one of these health-boosting products:

Aromatherapy Diffuser

Medical studies have long supported the health benefits of aromatherapy, and it is recognized as especially effective in reducing stress and anxiety.

Wellness Soaps and Lotions

You can save the cost of an expensive spa day by investing in natural soaps, shampoos and body lotions made with skin-soothing ingredients such as goat's milk, shea butter, lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus.

Humidifiers

These add moisture to the air, and can help prevent health problems from dry skin, eyes and sinuses.

Go Natural

Many chemical cleaners contain toxic poisons that are not only harmful to the environment, but also harmful to human and animal life. In 2015, chemical cleaners were responsible for more than 11 percent of child poisonings in the US alone.

Today's environmentally safe cleaning products include everything from bathroom cleaners to rug shampoos and bug repellents -- all made with non-toxic combinations of plants, herbs and other safe, natural, chemical-free ingredients. By using chemical-free cleaners, you're protecting yourself, as well as your household items and even the air you breathe, from harmful toxins and gases.

 

Choose Social Impact Products

For a truly healthy lifestyle, it's important to make a commitment to purchase social impact products for the home. These include flooring and furniture made from environmentally sustainable materials such as bamboo and other eco-friendly woods, as well as light fixtures using energy-efficient LED bulbs.

It's a well-known medical fact that "doing good does you good." Physical health is closely related to mental and emotional health, and you can boost your sense of well-being by doing the right thing and filling your home with household items made under ethical trade conditions. Likewise, another great way to incorporate this dynamic into your environment is to support handmade while designing your home. Artisan-crafted items will not only give your home décor a custom-made designer touch; they'll also give you the opportunity to support talented artists (and their communities) from around the world.

Purify Your Air and Water

A clean, healthy environment means your air and water should be clean as well. You can improve the quality of both by investing in air and water purifiers. Water purifiers remove chlorine, pesticides, metals and other by-products from tap water, making it more chemical-free and, according to some experts, healthier. Likewise, air purifiers will remove pollen, dust, dirt and other pollutants and allergens, and a more expensive purifier can even remove viruses, mold and bacteria.

Creating a healthy home environment involves much more than giving your home a good cleaning -- it also means commitment to a whole new (and improved) way of living. If you need inspiration, a wellness interior designer can help you not only make the right design choices, but also choose the right products to make your home a healthier place to live.

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How to Create a Healthy Home Through Good Design

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

Do you want to create a home that promotes healthy habits, benefits the environment and supports social impact causes? That's 100% possible -- you just need to make the right design choices.

If you want to learn how to create a healthy home through good design, you're in the right place. Whether you're moving houses, planning a complete home makeover or just want to make a few small changes, the following tips will help.

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How to Create a Healthy Home Through Good Design

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

Do you want to create a home that promotes healthy habits, benefits the environment and supports social impact causes? That's 100% possible -- you just need to make the right design choices.

If you want to learn how to create a healthy home through good design, you're in the right place. Whether you're moving houses, planning a complete home makeover or just want to make a few small changes, the following tips will help.

Read more


How to have clean air in the home and improve your heart

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

 Your heart is the engine that powers your body. As you know, without the heart, we would be unable to live on this beautiful earth. Where am I going with this? YOU will see!!!

FUN FACT:

Did you know the cardiovascular system is responsible for supplying oxygen & nutrients to the body & transporting toxins & waste out?

What does this mean?

It means the environment that we live in and breathe in everyday affects our cardiovascular system.

But how does the heart relate to your home design?

By implementing wellness design principles at home, we can positively affect the health of your heart when it comes to air, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mental health. For the purpose of this article though, we are just going to focus on the air we breathe.  

Photo by 张 学欢 on Unsplash

Now let’s break it down… Air, water Your Heart

Like the other organs in your body, your heart will function optimally if you ensure that you have access to fresh, clean air and water. Especially in cities where the air quality can sometimes be less than ideal, it is wise to invest in an air filtration and purification system at home.

It is important to regularly clean your air conditioning unit & filters once a month. You can do this by adding a cup of diluted bleach or equivalent and hot water to the pipes that connect to your system. We also recommend a non-allergenic filter. You can choose to purchase disposable or reusable filters that you wash. Either way, it is great maintenance for your home and your health. Here is an Example: 

 Also, opening your windows to let air circular through your home is another way to ensure that you always have fresh air.
 

 

Here are a few more tips that will improve the quality of the air in your home:

  • Read the labels on paint and cleaning products and only use products that are VOC-free and contain no harmful chemicals. We recommend..
  • Deal with mold and mildew as it happens. Vinegar is a great antimicrobial and can be applied to affected areas without dilution. Leave it for a few minutes and then scrub off the mildew with a brush.

 Thanks for being apart of the movement, more to come!

Read more

How to have clean air in the home and improve your heart

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

 Your heart is the engine that powers your body. As you know, without the heart, we would be unable to live on this beautiful earth. Where am I going with this? YOU will see!!!

FUN FACT:

Did you know the cardiovascular system is responsible for supplying oxygen & nutrients to the body & transporting toxins & waste out?

What does this mean?

It means the environment that we live in and breathe in everyday affects our cardiovascular system.

But how does the heart relate to your home design?

By implementing wellness design principles at home, we can positively affect the health of your heart when it comes to air, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mental health. For the purpose of this article though, we are just going to focus on the air we breathe.  

Photo by 张 学欢 on Unsplash

Now let’s break it down… Air, water Your Heart

Like the other organs in your body, your heart will function optimally if you ensure that you have access to fresh, clean air and water. Especially in cities where the air quality can sometimes be less than ideal, it is wise to invest in an air filtration and purification system at home.

It is important to regularly clean your air conditioning unit & filters once a month. You can do this by adding a cup of diluted bleach or equivalent and hot water to the pipes that connect to your system. We also recommend a non-allergenic filter. You can choose to purchase disposable or reusable filters that you wash. Either way, it is great maintenance for your home and your health. Here is an Example: 

 Also, opening your windows to let air circular through your home is another way to ensure that you always have fresh air.
 

 

Here are a few more tips that will improve the quality of the air in your home:

  • Read the labels on paint and cleaning products and only use products that are VOC-free and contain no harmful chemicals. We recommend..
  • Deal with mold and mildew as it happens. Vinegar is a great antimicrobial and can be applied to affected areas without dilution. Leave it for a few minutes and then scrub off the mildew with a brush.

 Thanks for being apart of the movement, more to come!

Read more


A Million Reasons Why We Design...

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

There are a million stories I could tell of why I came into design, but I think that the fastest and most articulate way is to say, I too wanted to make the world a better place.

I saw problems that were not solved in the physical environment that we lived in, so I set out to study... and study hard... so that I could become a designer... a problem solver... a creator.

Then I met a lot of wonderful people along the way, and I got to learn their stories… each one teaching me something different. I went back to school to learn design, but in return, I learned how to think outside the box and become aware that I can never stop learning.

Now I want to make sure that knowledge doesn’t go to waste and gets paid forward.

So, we set up a blog about healthy living in the built environment so that anyone can have the knowledge to make healthy choices for their family, team, or just be an avid learner. Then I realized I wanted to help people find these healthy products... so we curated a collection. And finally talking wasn’t enough... so I made sure we are designing, better, healthier places as well. We want to teach you, help you, and provide solutions for you.  

Just like life, design isn’t black in white... it is grey… welcome to Grey Design.

I am glad you are here and I hope you stick around.

 

Thanks for being a part of the movement to make lives healthier!

 

 FOUNDER OF GREY DESIGN 

 

 

Ashley Marshall is the founder and visionary behind Grey Design, a boutique interior design firm that incorporates the principles of the WELL Building Standards into homes and offices. Her design practice specializes in creating holistic and beautiful spaces within the emerging field of combined live/work/play real estate projects. She received a  Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from George Washington University and has worked for Architecture firms in Virginia, DC,  & Abu Dhabi. She has now relocated with her awesome husband who is a Veteran and pit bull, Samson.

 

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A Million Reasons Why We Design...

Posted by Ashley Marshall on

There are a million stories I could tell of why I came into design, but I think that the fastest and most articulate way is to say, I too wanted to make the world a better place.

I saw problems that were not solved in the physical environment that we lived in, so I set out to study... and study hard... so that I could become a designer... a problem solver... a creator.

Then I met a lot of wonderful people along the way, and I got to learn their stories… each one teaching me something different. I went back to school to learn design, but in return, I learned how to think outside the box and become aware that I can never stop learning.

Now I want to make sure that knowledge doesn’t go to waste and gets paid forward.

So, we set up a blog about healthy living in the built environment so that anyone can have the knowledge to make healthy choices for their family, team, or just be an avid learner. Then I realized I wanted to help people find these healthy products... so we curated a collection. And finally talking wasn’t enough... so I made sure we are designing, better, healthier places as well. We want to teach you, help you, and provide solutions for you.  

Just like life, design isn’t black in white... it is grey… welcome to Grey Design.

I am glad you are here and I hope you stick around.

 

Thanks for being a part of the movement to make lives healthier!

 

 FOUNDER OF GREY DESIGN 

 

 

Ashley Marshall is the founder and visionary behind Grey Design, a boutique interior design firm that incorporates the principles of the WELL Building Standards into homes and offices. Her design practice specializes in creating holistic and beautiful spaces within the emerging field of combined live/work/play real estate projects. She received a  Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from George Washington University and has worked for Architecture firms in Virginia, DC,  & Abu Dhabi. She has now relocated with her awesome husband who is a Veteran and pit bull, Samson.

 

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