Smartstyle Interiors believe truly good design is more than just visually pleasing, it also has to function brilliantly and feel fantastic. Founder and Interior Designer, Phoebe Oldrey (Associate BIID) is championing holistic interior design through her approach to all projects as well as spreading the word through TEDx Talks. Here she explains the concept of holistic interior design and outlines some key accessories to achieve wellness in the home…
The concept of holistic interior design connects the individual’s lifestyle to every aspect of their home. By understanding this intimate interconnection between the physical, emotional, social and visual triggers in their daily life, Smartstyle Interiors consider the homeowners and the lifestyle they lead to design spaces that feed their souls and create happiness.
Homes can become stressful and hard to manage as bad layouts, lack of good storage and clutter become overwhelming for the families living in them. In the US, ‘The Wellness Institute’ recognises 7 aspects of health that need to be addressed in buildings to be awarded a “Well Certification.” These 7 aspects are Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort & Mind. These 7 essential elements can be incorporated into the home with a few simple accessories…
Air & Light
Though our bodies need vitamin D from rich natural light to really flourish, we also need to see when it’s dark in the evenings, so we have to light indoors. I treat pendent lights like sculptural pieces to give focus to the top half of a room. This clever design gives us a very simple light but also helps our plants to thrive so they can help purify our air. I would love to include three of these in a kitchen design where you could keep some fresh herbs in them, not only helping you cook but they’d also fill your rooms with beautiful smells too.
We all know about the two litres of water a day we should be drinking to keep healthy but so few of us do it. Not only could you have these amazing people on your bedside table but I would recommend keeping them on your desk at work so you can keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Keeping water to hand makes it so much easier to and makes sipping your way through the day a habit.
In the UK, we have a recommend fruit and veg intake of 5 a day. In Japan, they recommend up to 17! This is where having the right tools for the job really helps out and getting as many as those fruits and veg in a nourishing juice makes life a lot easier and I’m a big fan of juicers. I also love the brand Cuisinart as they make robust appliances that really live on and keep on doing their job amazingly well for years to come.
Exercise equipment and home design don’t often mix! So often the fact that a bike is buried deep under a pile of stuff in the garage doesn’t make you rush to get it out and jump on it. However, this is a really clever design that makes your bike a work of wall art as well as stopping it being a trip hazard. If you make something easy to use, you use it more and your health will benefit.
Comfort & Mind
A desire to be comfortable is ingrained in us humans and I’m all about layering for comfort on sofas and bed using cushions and throws. This allows you to snuggle up as much or as little as you want. In addition to wellness, I am also a big supporter of the unique and individual small business. I get a really great piece of mind when I make a purchase that supports these artisans. Niki Jones products are fabulous and her designs have become the benchmark for current geometric designs on the market.