Sustainability and Color

Did you know that color can help you save money while also having a positive effect on the environment? One of the major consumers of energy in the home or office is lighting. Approx 80% of consumers are already replacing traditional light bulbs with more energy efficient brands so lets learn how the correct use of color can also be used to create an even more positive impact.

Using what is called LRV ( Light Reflective Value) we know that light colors reflect light making rooms appear much lighter and brighter while dark colors absorb heat and light making rooms appear darker.

Colors can also convey a sense of temperature and are referred to as “warm” or “cool”. Warm colors appear to advance or move towards you while cooler colors appear to recede or move away from you. Rooms feel warmer and bright with the use of warm colors such as reds, yellows and oranges , while a warmer room can be cooled by utilizing blues and greens.

An example can be used by comparing the impact of sunlight in Miami Fla. vs. Seattle Wa. In Miami, the majority of the year is warm so many homes and buildings are painted in lighter yellows, blues, greens, beiges and white to reflect heat. Effective use of LRV will make the most of daylight in a space through reflection , therefore decreasing the reliance on artificial light sources.

Utilizing color properly in the environment can not only help facilitate healing, calm and relax the mind, enhance creativity , foster social interaction, boost productivity , and attract customers it can help the environment and save money as well!

Kandace Dole AS, AFDP, IFSG, Green AP
Allied Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
Phone: (919) 923-7143
© 2016 Kandace Dole and Tranquil Flow

Holistic Design, The Environment, and Your Health

Consumers are becoming more aware of environmental issues affecting their homes, businesses, lifestyles and health.

I am an Accredited Green Design Professional and I have knowledge about how to avoid hidden toxins in the home and how to create healthier homes. I can help you reduce home energy use, conserve water, improve indoor air quality and suggest Eco Friendly and Environmentally Safe materials, furnishings and products. I understand how to make health and sustainability integral parts of your home without compromising your homes comfort, style and budget.

If you or a family member are suffering from chronic health issues I can help you create a living space that supports your health and enhances your ability to heal.

Today, 133 million people live with a chronic conditions .By 2020, as the population ages numbers will rise to 157 million. In addition to out door air pollution, pesticides/herbicides, GMO’s our homes are full of things that can make us ill. Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, yet the air inside our environments is two to five times more polluted than the air on the outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cleaning products, tobacco, paint, furniture, drapery, floor coverings, adhesives, and fireplaces are only some of the item’s that emit small particles and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can contribute to poor indoor air quality and are known to be carcinogenic. Biological Pollutants, such as mold, pollen, dust mites and animal dander, also compromise indoor air quality.

Good indoor air quality is an essential element for a healthy home. Since volatile organic compounds are the major components of smog, reducing VOC’s and other pollutants in your home also will contribute to a better, healthier world.

Steps to a Healthier Home Environment

  1. Leave your shoes at the door to prevent tracking in dirt and pollen. *At a minimum , keep your shoes outside your sleeping area.
  2. Smoke outside, even if you live alone
  3. Use natural cleaning products to reduce household toxins and VOC’s
  4. Open your windows regularly for atleast 10 minutes per day to ventilate rooms, unless your home has an air exchange system
  5. Use the vented fan in the bathroom to reduce moisture and prevent mold growth
  6. Wash bedding weekly in hot water (130 degrees) to kill dust mites
  7. Add allergen-impermeable , organic cotton covers to your mattress and pillows to reduce dust mites.
  8. Switch to high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) appliances
  9. Set up your nursery with a natural crib mattress and use the home improvement guidelines below.
  10. Reduce VOC’s when you make improvements by:

    • Utilizing VOC free paints
    • Installing VOC- free flooring with low VOC adhesive
    • Using furniture and cabinets made with water based elements and varnishes and with urea formaldehyde-free particle board and pressed board.
    • Use Antiques or reclaimed furnishing as well as Bamboo, Mango and Rubber Tree woods as well as furniture made of wood from legally harvested forests.
    • Use furniture with plant based foams.
Please feel free to contact me for Eco Friendly and Environmentally Safe home furnishings, fabric, flooring 7 window coverings resources etc. There are many affordable options.

Kandace Dole AS, AFDP, IFSG, Green AP
Allied Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
Phone: (919) 923-7143

© 2016 Kandace Dole and Tranquil Flow

Holistic Design for Infants and Children

The importance of Holistic Design for infants and children

You have spent months planning and reading up on how to prepare your body for pregnancy and the birth of a healthy baby, you have eaten all the right foods, taken prenatal vitamins, researched childbirth classes, plan to breastfeed and written a birth plan. Perhaps you have hired a Doula, planned a natural birth either in the home, birth center or hospital. What an exciting and special time in life!

Fixing up the nursery is one of the most exciting things you’ll do in preparation for your baby’s arrival. It is another way of showing love for your unborn child.

While we often think of what we put into our bodies while carrying our babies we may not necessarily be concerned or even realize what kind of environment we are bringing baby home to.

mother and babyAccording to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infants and children are exposed to higher concentrations of pollutants and toxic compounds found in their environments because they breathe more air, drink more water and eat more food in proportion to body weight than adults do. In addition their skin is more permeable to certain toxins and as they learn to crawl and play they are exposed to pollutants on the floors.

A baby’s immune system is not fully developed until he/she is about 6 months old making them even more susceptible to things. We are fortunate that nature has compensated for this by enabling mothers with the ability to transfer immunity onto their baby( passive immunity) by way of antibodies through breast milk., however most people are unaware that materials typically found in a child’s nursery can endanger their child’s health and degrade the quality of the environment.

These days, most conventional products parents may choose to decorate a new nursery with including wall paper, carpeting, baby furniture, bedding and even clothing can contain toxic or irritating components. Carpeting absorbs dust mites, lead, dust, pesticides, pathogens, allergens and many other air-borne and tracked-in compounds from the day of installation.

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution the US has created over 80,000 chemicals. It is assumed that all of these chemicals are safe when in fact , many have proven to cause cancer, developmental disabilities and other illnesses. Most of the time these chemicals stay in the body forever where they are stored in the liver and body fat of humans.

baby nurseryDid you know that cribs, changing tables, and shelving that contain laminated wood, particle board, pressed wood or chip board release formaldehyde into the environment? All paint gives off fumes. It is best not to paint during pregnancy or when you have children under one year old in the house. Oils based paints , and polyurethane finishes include solvents know as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). VOC’S such as formaldehyde , benzene and ethylene, chlorides are known or suspected carcinogens.

While we cannot protect our infants and children from everything we can learn how to create environments that support their health and wellbeing by becoming educated about what products we choose to expose them to so they can have a strong foundation to build on for optimal health through out their lifetimes.

I can make suggestions and refer you to resources that will enable you to provide the safest possible environment for your newborn and children as well as creating a beautiful environment that will support them energetically and foster learning and creativity through Feng Shui and the right use of color.

For instance did you know that small babies are very sensitive and vulnerable to strong color?

Studies show that infants cry more frequently in rooms that are painted yellow. If your child suffers from colic or asthma warmer colors are more beneficial while a child who is more hyperactive needs cooler calming colors.

Through a combination of Eco Friendly , Environmentally Safe materials, Feng Shui and Chromtherapy you can provide a lifelong foundation for your children physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Call for a consultation today.

Kandace Dole AS, AFDP, IFSG, Green AP
Allied Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
Phone: (919) 923-7143
© 2016 Kandace Dole and Tranquil Flow