Spring into Home Renewal with New Designs and Biophilia

Laurence Carr shares how spring is a good time to freshen your indoor space with biophilic design, especially when we are spending more time indoors as the result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

03/26/2020
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Laurence Carr discusses biophilic design
Laurence Carr discusses freshening up interiors during spring. Image courtesy: The Assemblage Park

​Due to global health circumstances, people are traveling less and, as offices and schools temporarily close, working or studying from home. Laurence Carr Design is writing a series of blogs to help you enjoy your time at home and, hopefully, have a bit of fun if you’re there with your kids, young or older, who may be returning home for spring (for the Northern Hemisphere) and fall (for the Southern Hemisphere).

Here in the U.S., speaking of spring, all across the country, and certainly in New York, in addition to trying to keep ourselves healthy, this week we are also thinking about the changing of seasons. As buds begin to swell on branches and the first signs of crocuses and daffodils push through the earth, we are called into a new moment of renewal and growth.

Spring

This time of year always inspires us to refresh our personal space so that we may shake off any remnants of winter and stay well for the months ahead, a frame of mind that’s only heightened by the global health situation.

One of the best ways to support yourself and your immune system at home, regardless of season, is to focus on improving indoor air quality. Luckily, some of the most effective ways to do this are also the simplest and most elegant. By combining the natural purifying power of plants and the ingenuity of smart home devices, we can create at-home sanctuaries that lift our spirits as well as safeguard our health.

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Image Courtesy of Plant the Future

Biophilia

It’s common to welcome the first weeks of spring by tending to outdoor gardens, but by spending time cultivating plants in our indoors spaces as well, we can celebrate spring while simultaneously priming our health. In fact, there may be no easier way to bolster your overall well-being in your home than by simply bringing in some plants.

It’s long been common knowledge that plants can help to purify the air in our homes, since both their roots and leaves can absorb undesirable gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — insidious chemicals that creep into our homes through our cleaning products, perfumes, and even our moisturizers. (Yet one more reminder at how important it is to read ingredient lists and buy clean, environmentally healthy products!)

Researchers have more recently discovered that even the simple act of touching and smelling plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress, as well as elevate mood. Potting soil itself is now thought to nourish those who work with it through “outdoorphins,” which release cytokines that act as natural antidepressants.

Even more incredible, though, is how live potted foliage and flowers can boost creative performance and cognitive skills. Some researchers say that potted plants help us heal more quickly from injuries and after surgery.

For all of these reasons and more, biophilic design — which essentially means bringing plants into the home to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces — has been trending in the interior design world for a number of years, and its popularity is only growing.

It’s easy to introduce more biophilic design into your home, be it on a grand or small scale. 

Laurence Carr Beyond Aesthetics
Laurence Carr joins the Furniture, Lighting & Decor blogging team with Beyond Aesthetics.

 

Meet Laurence

Laurence Carr is the CEO of the eponymous award-winning design boutique NYC firm, Laurence Carr Design Inc. focused on holistic and sustainable residential and hospitality interiors. 

Laurence Carr is widely recognized as an influencer and a pioneering voice in the movement toward sustainable and wellness-centered interior design. Born and raised in Europe, she has an inherent appreciation for art and design — she is a natural aesthete and she is widely recognized for her application of wellbeing principles and ancient techniques.

As part of her focus on combining sustainability with quality, Laurence is a GREEN Leaders Accredited Professional and a Member of the Sustainable Furnishing Council. 

Laurence Carr is a leading voice in the field of Holistic Interior Design. With current features in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business of Home, Domino, Apartment Therapy, Sotheby’s Home, House Tipster, and podcasts A Well Designed Business, Style Matters, and The Chaise Lounge. Laurence is shaping our cultural dialogue through her work, her blog “Beyond Aesthetics” and her speaking engagements. In 2019, she won the BUILD awards from Homes and Gardens UK and was nominated for the ASID National Awards 2019 for “Design for Humanity.” Laurence revealed “The Restorative Room” at the Hampton Designers Showhouse 2019 in Southampton NY. She is active on industry panels such as New York Design Center What’s New What’s Next, DDB Market, KBIS, Circular City Week New York and Architectural Digest Show. 


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Laurence’s blog " Beyond Aesthetics” was created in early 2018 with the mission of educating on the significance of holistic, sustainable interior design to our own wellbeing and that of our planet. “Beyond Aesthetics” marries Laurence's global citizenship, well-trained eye for luxury and passion for raising awareness about eco-friendly design, providing a unique voice that is vital to the future of the interior design industry. Her blog has been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards in the UK and Laurence was hand selected for the 2019 High Point Market Design Blogger Tour and is a Designhounds Influencer for KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas to highlight sustainable products and design trends.

To learn more about Laurence Carr visit her blog (https://laurencecarr.com/blog/) her website (https://laurencecarr.com/) and follow her on social media @laurencecarrdesign 

 

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