Five Things You Should Know About the Holistic Home Workshop Series: Bringing Nature Home
What a holistic home is and how you can create one for yourself.
Botany 1 wallpaper photograph courtesy of Lemon.
When thinking of #NewYearNewMe resolutions, incorporating new health habits is often what springs to mind – like working out a few times a week, meditating, or eating more vegetables. However, it turns out there’s another aspect of our lives that we may be overlooking in the quest for wellness – home design. On January 27, cSPACE King Edward will host Bringing Nature Home, the second in the Holistic Home Workshop Series. Workshop leader and founder of Lucida, nora bouz, tells us what a “holistic home” is exactly, and how to get started on creating your own.
A holistic home goes beyond HGTV worthy trends and focuses on the whole picture.
While Pinterest, Instagram, and interior decorating magazines are sources of endless inspiration, bouz encourages those in search of a holistic home to move beyond the surface image and consider how your home shapes your life. “We humans have two aspects to us, the physical and psychological. The physical aspect is really obviously understood — be healthy. The psychological side of our being is about our emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health,” says bouz.
“People tell me they want a functional space, a functional kitchen and a comfortable living room, but they don’t go beyond that," says bouz. "A home needs to support us in every way. It needs to nurture a person.”
Start to create your holistic home by lending yourself a listening ear.
In order to start making your home into a holistic home, back away from the design samples and start thinking about what makes you happy.
“The first step involves a lot of listening to oneself. The whole idea about holistic interior design is truth. We need to be totally truthful and honest with what resonates with us,” says bouz.
Henry David Thoreau was really onto something.
One of the essential elements of a holistic home is to incorporate nature into your living space. According to bouz, the most important things in a holistic home are “air, light, nature, integrating nature indoors, colour, safety, and security.”
Embrace the objects you love, and get rid of what you don’t — no matter what the original price tag.
While the impressive price can sometimes keep us holding onto objects, even if they don’t really fit, bouz recommends a more Frozen approach to getting rid of things and just let it go. Discard anything you don't love. “We have a very important relation to objects," she says. "I might pick up something cheap or something old from a flea market or from a secondhand store and it really resonates with me. Or, I might spend thousands and thousands of dollars, but something’s not right about it. Maybe I bought it because it’s trendy. Maybe I bought it because my friends recommended it. Regardless of how much that object cost, if we don’t love it, we need to let go of it.”
Those three little words.
bouz describes a holistic home as healthy, beautiful, and supportive.
The Holistic Home Workshop Series: Bringing Nature Home is on January 27, 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit cspacekingedward.com.