With the arrival of summer, we see cane, rattan, wicker objects from runway to home all over the internet.
So, what do you think? Do these woven handbags just put you in a vocation mood? These woven bags are seen to have their own charm—structured, functional, boho, artistic, vintage and unique. They can perfectly combine with any outfit, formal or non-formal with an understated relaxing elegance. Woven bags became popular in the 70s which was popularized by artist Jane Birkin that she wore for a walk. Then woven bags became a trend again in 2017 when several world designers showcased summer collections, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Charlotte Olimpia, Tory Bruch, Gucci and Chanel. In the year of 2020, these woven bags have became even increasingly popular thanks to their natural beauty. Maybe, we all desire to have a piece of nature to ground and calm us and keep us cool in this strange time.
Luxury brands are taking materials such as rattan, straw, raffia and canvas and treating them with the same care and attention as they would high-end materials. What’s more, they are employing techniques more commonly associated with cottage industries – such as weaving, macramé and crocheting – to create pieces with a more handmade appeal.
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This high-low approach of combining natural materials with unique hand-made artisan skills has been adopted by the home industry too. Woven furniture is having a moment according to ELLE Décor Trends for 2020. They are not just for outdoor furniture anymore. They are chic, fashion-forward, versatile, durable and functional and can elevate any space with their uniqueness without adding too much visual weights into spaces. And most important, these natural beauties create a calming and soothing vibe in our home and truly promote our wellness.
Nowadays woven furniture is more design-oriented and streamlined. They add a touch of warmth and sophistication to any modern interiors. You can click here to learn how to create a peaceful space by incorporating woven furnishings.
With beginning of the post-covid life, businesses start to re-open. However, we all feel it may take a while to go back the Normal. So how our home makes us feel play such an important role for our daily life both physically and mentally. Today we are going to talk about 7 ways to create a serene home.
1. De-clutter and Organize.
It is truly no fun when you have accumulated a lot of things over years without scheduling time to clean them up. The number 1 thing for a healthy home is about the free flow of the energy. A cluttered home often has a sagging energy.
After the clutter has been cleaned out, it’s time to organize. When everything has a place, we have fewer things to worry about.
We are all pleased to see a clouds of super relaxed and comfy cotton bedding in a dreamy bedroom. Bedding often serves as the statement piece around which an entire bedroom is designed. But there’s a lot more to consider about bedding than just its thread count thanks to people’s more awareness of their own wellness nowadays. We have started to see organic bedding has been increasing in popularity over the past decade.
We talked about how color, light, plants, air quality, noise reduction..etc affect our well being at home in our recent blog series of 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home. You can click here for part I , click here for part II , and click here for part III. The more time we spend at home, the more important we feel home is to us. Today, we are going to talk about one more important factor that will affect how we feel at home—the scent. We often say Stop to Smell Roses. The sweet and fresh scent of those fresh roses often relaxes us and puts a big smile on our face in a second—that is the magical power of the natural fragrance. Throughout history, fragrance has been used as a way to delight the senses. Some of the first known uses of fragrances date back to the times of the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians began incorporating fragrances and natural plants into ointments and other medical aids. The use of these fragrances and oils for medicinal purposes was the beginning of aromatherapy. We now use scented candles, herbs, plants and flowers and diffuser to make our home smell great, not just for reducing nasty smells, helping clean the air of unwanted smells, but for improving our well being as aromatherapy.
Today, we continue our 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home–part III. You can click here for part I and click here for part II. The environment we are in directly affects how we think and feel. A beautiful home can always enhance our moods and make us happier. Apart from that, a healthy and inviting home can also help us handle stress and fatigue more effectively. Today, these insights take on new meaning with new smart technologies that make home even more comfortable to live in since these smart home technologies make tedious, everyday tasks simpler, and at the same time boost our health and wellness. An effective smart home solutions take into consideration of our everyday emotional needs, desires, and routines.
With our staying at home for such a long period, we realize how important home to us, particularly how our home make us feel. Wellness has gained its wave in residential design industry and we talked about 4 ways of 7 ways to design a healthy human-centric home last week. You can click here to read this first part. Today we are going to talk about the second part of this topic —-color.
With most of us staying at home over 7 weeks, we more and more realize how important our home is to us, specially a healthy home. By this coming Friday, some businesses in California will be re-open. But we know it will take a while to go back the normal. And one of the facts of the new normal is that we will still have to spend more time at home. That being said, it may be a good idea to think a little bit deeper on how to create a home environment that makes us feel relaxing, soothing, comfortable and healthy. Rooms that inspire wellness create more comfortable and livable space for our daily routines. So, a healthy home is the foundation for a healthy life.
From today, we are going to talk 7ways to design wellness at home
You may have heard the terminology biophilic design a lot. the design concept has being grown popularity in architecture and design industry in the recent years. Simply put this way, biophilic design is all about wellness by incorporating natural elements – such as circadian lighting, natural sounds or scenes– into the modern living environment. According to many researches, brining in elements of nature into the built environment can reduce stress and lower heart rates and blood pressure, while also increasing creativity, productivity and well-being. Corporations like Apple, Google and Amazon are at the forefront of instilling biophilic design in their workspaces, and the idea has spread to homeowners and designers.
The term “biophilia” which translates to “love of nature” appeared for the first time in 1984. Edward Wilson, an American biologist and influential theorist at the time wrote a book titled Biophilia thus popularizing the term. Wilson brought up a bold hypothesis in the book, arguing that humans have an innate tendency to seek and form connections with nature. He stated that people can benefit greatly when they’re in close contact with nature and suffer if they’re excluded from it. When people focused on urban spaces, their bond with nature has weakened, and as a result, their health deteriorated. At the same time, a study conducted by Roger Ulrich’s provided objective proof that our health is greatly impacted by our environment. These theories and conclusions lead to great changes in architecture and that’s how biophilic design emerged.
The easiest ways for most homes to incorporate biophilic design are via plants , windows, skylights, and the use of natural materials (i.e. wood and stone) and natural sounds, and aroma. We have put 10 ideas for biophilic design at home.
Big windows always guarantee to bring in a lot of natural light.
2. And skylight in a room is another effective way to bring in a lot of natural light.
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The blog talked about how Anthony Baratta, Williamsburg Foundation’s first ever residential designer uses Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection to transfer this living museum as his home. Tony is known for his bold color signature style. So the overall color application is quite breath-taking.
Collaborating with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Benjamin Moore actually introduced Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection with 144 colors back 2013. Here are some of my favorites:
Here are several more:
Well you can tell that the color palettes for Williamsburg Paint Color collection are truly timeless and quite adapt to today’s contemporary living.
In case you are planning to do some fresh make-over for your home to celebrate the coming holiday season, this might be the perfect paint collection for you. And you can explore the whole Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection by clicking here
And of course, if you would like to learn more about autistic colonial colors in 18th century such as Prussian Blue I mentioned at the very beginning of this blog, you can click here to read more.
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