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"Creating a Healthy Home Environment in 2023: The Benefits of Biophilic Design"

Welcome to 2023! This year, consider investing in the health and well-being of you and your loved ones by creating a healthy home environment through biophilic design.

My name is Dorothy Huntsman, and I am the founder of Dayhouse Studio, an interior design firm specializing in biophilic design, sustainable practices, and an evidence-based approach to improving health. To learn more about our services and values, check out our video presentation on our website.

In 2022, we published a peer-reviewed article entitled "Healthy Dwelling: Design of Biophilic Interior Environment Fostering Self-care Practices for People Living with Migraines, Chronic Pain, and Depression" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We also presented a seminar called "Healthy Dwellings for Dementia Caregivers" at the 2022 Lynden Legacy Caregiver Conference. Both of these events were the result of a successful collaboration between Dayhouse Studio and OMNI Self-care, LLC.

In the "Healthy Dwelling" article, we discussed evidence-based methods for creating biophilic interiors that can enhance health outcomes through the promotion of relaxation, mindfulness, music therapy, physical activity, aromatherapy, quality sleep and other self-care practices. At the "Healthy Dwellings for Dementia Caregivers" seminar, we presented a biophilic design for an indoor refuge space that can restore mental and physical health through nature-inspired surroundings.

Did you know that biophilic design is a design approach that brings nature into the home through multi-sensory connections with natural elements? Studies have shown that connecting with nature can have numerous health benefits.

In future blog posts, we will delve further into biophilic design features that can support the health needs of individuals living with conditions such as migraines, chronic pain, depression, and dementia. Let's explore the wonders and benefits of nature together. As the saying goes, "Nature itself is the best physician." (Hippocrates).

In 2023, Dayhouse Studio will continue to serve our clients and communities by helping to create environments that support specific health needs and the overall well-being of residents. With six out of ten Americans living with chronic diseases, there is a great opportunity for architects, interior designers, and construction companies to provide the best at-home care possible. We will continue to work with individual clients and raise awareness about the health benefits of biophilic design and self-care.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to Dayhouse Studio to learn how we can support your health and well-being goals. Remember, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." (Helen Keller).

We look forward to fostering healthy dwellings in 2023!

Best wishes and Happy New Year,

Dorothy Huntsman

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