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Returning to the Light

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | January 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: candles, cold, color, dark days, fire, fireplace, home decor, interior design, light, light therapy, namaste, paint, Pantone Tangerine Tango, SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, seasonal depression, seasons, sun salutations, Vitamin D, winter, Yoga

Winter Light

I find color fascinating. The light frequencies we experience as color define our world in wondrous ways. Visualize an azure ocean, a verdant forest or a crimson sunset — these are all examples of color environments, which positively influence our emotions and restore our health.

As an interior designer, I know the power color has in defining a space and ‘creating a mood.’ We have all experienced that instant chill when entering
a ‘cold room,’ which has nothing to do with its temperature. Conversely, we automatically feel more relaxed and engaged in a warm-hued environment.
Think of a dining room painted a luscious burnt umber (dark red orange), such as Pantone’s color of 2012: Tangerine Tango.

I’m also mesmerized by the blue winter hues that abound right now and their accompanying reflections in snow — so dreamlike and otherworldly. This is the time of year we ‘go inside,’ both physically and figuratively. It is a wonderful time to do what the earth does: retreat deep within and cultivate inner renewal (hence, the perfect time for resolutions).

Unfortunately, it is also during these short days when many of us experience the ‘winter blues.’ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is now recognized as a common
disorder, affecting some people severely. But there are ways, other than jetting off to a tropical island (which I also recommend), to make these cold days
more bearable.

9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air quality, beauty products, bedding, carpet, chemicals, cleaners, clutter, Cosmetics, decor, detox, dirt, dry cleaning, family, flooring, food containers, furniture, green, home, house, indoor pollution, natural, organic, paint, personal care, plants, resolutions, spring cleaning, take off shoes, toxic, toxins, VOCs, window, winter

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

Handmade Holidays — Who’s With Me?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | December 13th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Green Living | tags: art, Buy Handmade, christmas, crafts, crocheted coffee cup cozy, eco-friendly presents, etsy, fair-trade, gifts, green gift guide, hand painted, handcrafted, handmade, Hanukkah, holiday, holidays, homemade, jewelty, paint, photo book, posters, prints, recycled, silver pendant, Small Business Saturday, sustainable, wooden iPad stand, wooden school bus

Knitted coffee cosy

With the creation of Small Business Saturday (and its huge following!), there’s another movement taking shape this holiday season: Buy Handmade. People around the world are pledging to buy handmade gifts for loved ones this holiday season and ask that others do the same for them.

Free to a Weird Home

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | October 18th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living | tags: consumerism, disposable, DIY, Dumpster diving, environment, freecycle, furniture, home furnishing, paint, reclaimed, recycling, reuse. refinish, roadside, salvage, upcycling

Purple chair on the side of the road

I’m so busted. By the moms at my kids’ school. My neighbors. People in passing cars.

But I couldn’t help myself. It was perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. And there for the taking.

I looked to my right. My left. All clear. Grabbed it.

White Roofs

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 10th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: climate change, geoengineering, paint, white roof

People who live in hot climates without air conditioning, like Greece or India, know that the key to keeping cool is to paint the roof — or, indeed, the whole building — a light color.

Turns out it could help counter global warming too. In London last month, Obama’s Secretary of Energy said painting roofs and roads light colors in urban areas could offset the impact of all the cars in the world for 11 years!