HEALTHY HOME, HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

A few weeks ago, I donned a pair of pink ballet slippers and headed off to my very first ballet class – ever.

In doing so, I crossed the line from an observer of Ballet to a participant.

It was an exciting first step!

Later, it occurred to me that I’d been playing the same side-stepping game around my passion for food – always the observer, never the participant.

Well, all that’s about to change.

I, for one, find it impossible to envision a vibrant, nurturing home without also focusing on food, and the kitchen, thus bringing our range of sensory experiences full circle.

This is, in part, why I’ve introduced a new tagline to my Harmony Design Studio website – “Healthy Home, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”.

I believe in approaching client projects from every angle, and have long embraced a more holistic approach to interior design.

I also believe in nourishing ourselves in every sense of the word by celebrating beauty and enjoying the bounty on our tables.

And when it comes to nourishing ourselves, I am also an advocate for that segment of our community dealing with food allergies and Celiac Disease.

For this reason, I’m excited to announce my new Blog and website, titled “The Gluten-Free Designer”.

While the new Blog is an off-shoot of my primary business – Harmony Design Studio – it has been established with your health in mind.

For anyone wondering what a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind have to do with interior design and your home, the answer is simple.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

“How can you, without drying up, make things with the same pleasure, as a gift to others, for so long? The word playful is therefore an important part of our quality as a designer”.

Eva Zeisel, designer

 

Eva Zeisel, as you may know, is a world renowned ceramic designer who will soon be 105 years old.

This is a significant fact because Ms. Zeisel is still actively creating new products, no small accomplishment at her age.

Can you see why the ‘playful search for beauty’ that she refers to is so important? As she herself says, with an 80 plus year career, how else can you keep creating for so long without ‘drying up’?

I will go a step further and say that maintaining a sense of humor is always a good idea regardless of your age or job title.

For an interior designer, adding a touch of whimsy to a room design goes right along with this way of thinking.

In other words, interior design does not need to be a serious endeavor. Being playful, even whimsical, is not only OK it’s practically a requirement.

Perfection is a serious thing.

Therefore, allowing yourself to lighten up and fully enjoy the process of designing and furnishing your home, will benefit you in the long run.

You’ll have the energy to keep going, rather than feeling burnt out.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

“The word playful is a necessary aspect of our work because one of the problems of our work is that we have to… produce lovely things throughout all our life”.

“How can you, without drying up, make things with the same pleasure, as a gift to others, for so long? The word playful is therefore an important part of our quality as a designer”.

Eva Zeisel, designer

Eva Zeisel, as you may know, is a world renowned ceramic designer who will soon be 104 years old.

This is a significant fact because Ms. Zeisel is still actively creating new products, no small accomplishment at her age.

Can you see why the ‘playful search for beauty’ that she refers to is so important? As she herself says, with an 80 plus year career, how else can you keep creating for so long without ‘drying up’?

Which means that, maintaining a sense of humor is always a good idea regardless of your age or job title.

For an interior designer, adding a touch of whimsy to a room design goes right along with this way of thinking.

In other words, interior design does not need to be a serious endeavor. Being playful, even whimsical, is not only OK it’s practically a requirement.

Perfection is a serious thing.

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