Builders and designers are often only concerned with air quality and what the content of the materials are. However, these are only two components of a much bigger and holistic approach for a healthier environment.” — JILLIAN PRITCHARD COOKE FOUNDER OF WELLNESS WITHIN YOUR WALLS
The Woman of the House Laura K. Sullivan of ID.ology Interiors & Design in Asheville is the powerhouse Principle Interior Designer setting the stage with trending, classic style in the market.
who live in green homes are happier, healthier and more productive than those in non-green homes. In response to this problem, Wellness Within Your Walls has taken a holistic approach to health and wellness in the building industry by certifying and promoting healthy eco-sensitive products that result in beautiful, sustainable, non-toxic environments. There are some misconceptions about the meaning of building and living green. One of the biggest is about the word “natural.” Many believe this word means that a product is safe to use or eat, but this usually isn’t the case. For example, radon, lead, and mold are all naturally-occurring but are highly toxic. Another misconception is the belief that if a home is built in a healthy way, then a healthy environment is ensured. However, it’s really up to the homeowner to maintain a clean home through behavioral strategies. Jillian recalls that Sean and Laura were some of the first people to become WWYW certified because they made health and wellness in the home a priority. They understand how important it is to ensure that one’s home isn’t just “green”,
Intentional Outdoor Space A gourmet kitchen, double sided fireplace and generous seating welcome you to kick back, relax and enjoy the view.
but that the homeowner’s health and wellness are considered throughout the design process. They also know the importance of maintaining the long-term indoor health of a build long after it has been finished. They’ve implemented this by suggesting behavioral strategies, such as using non-toxic cleaners, locking up chemicals, cleaning vents and ductwork regularly, removing shoes and doing a deep clean twice a year. Clients can use these strategies to responsibly maintain a natural and healthy environment for years to come.