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WINTER 2019

M AG AZ I NE PLUS OUR

WINTER WONDERLAND

2019

GIFT GUIDES!

CANADA IS CALLING

See our guide for what to do during the winter months across the country.

WINTER WHITES

Leading designers share their work and tips for layering shades of white for a warm and welcoming winter space.

HAUTE C H O C O L AT E

Cocoa never had it so good. Get the recipes on page 11.

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cont ents

WINTER 2019

read in this issue...

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CANADA CALLING

T R AV E L

CANADA WHY HAWAII GIFT IDEAS FOR THE VOYAGER

FOOD

HAUTE CHOCOLATE QUICK FOOD GIFT - BOUQUET GARNI HAPPY HOLLANDAISE

E N T E R TA I N I N G

BOARD GAME BONANZA SETTING A TABLE FOOD AND ENTERTAINING GIFT IDEAS

DESIGN

Discover snowy adventures and spectacular panoramas. We visit Canada to tell you why it belongs on your winter travel list.

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NEW YEAR NEW YOU

Time for a new start. From health to time management, we look at the best new apps to put your best foot forward in 2020.

LAURA SCHWARTZ-MULLER BIOPHILIC DESIGN WINTER WHITES

CONNECT WITH US

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ON THE COVER: Canadian Cabin

FAMILY FUN

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Stuck inside this winter? Our board game round-up and tips for fun family game events will make the hours melt away.


THE BEST IN SEASONAL LIVING FOOD. TRAVEL. DESIGN. WELLNESS. ENTERTAINING.

from the editor

IT'S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD IN THE WINTER Three leading designers share their winter white inspiration.

27 As Fall turns into Winter, and we enter a new season, I want to thank all of you for supporting the growth of

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Seasonal Living Magazine over these past 2 years. I am deeply grateful.

CONNECTING TO NATURE THROUGH BIOPHILIC DESIGN

Beginning with this issue, my team and I are excited to bring you even more inspiring articles on what you've told us you like the most, especially more

It's more than just buzz words. Learn the basics of this design philosphy and how it is changing the landscape of today's interiors.

NEUTRAL POSITION Laura Schwartz-Muller shares her expertise on how to get the most out of neutrals in your space.

seasonal food, cocktail, entertaining and recipe ideas. Seasonal interior design will get a larger focus, as well, and, along with our seasonal travel tips, we will be adding a wellness section, too. Our publishing schedule will shift to quarterly, in alignment with the seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

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We hope you enjoy the new and expanded Seasonal Living Magazine and as always, we welcome your feedback at editor@seasonalliving.com. In Appreciation, Gary Pettitt

COME SEE US! A

LAS VEGAS MARKET JANUARY 26-30, 2020

DESIGN EDGE BOSTON MARCH 25-26, 2020


C CANADA has its winter from december to february. while there is plenty of cold wind, ice, and snow, the people of canada have learned to adapt. as a result, the winter months are full of wintertime activities and fun for those who head north to enjoy them. from ice bars and hotels to dog sledding and skiing, there is something for everyone who wants to embrace the glory of winter.

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easonal vacations are on everyone's minds right now, but where to go? Canada! During the warm months, the countries top spots are overwhelmed with tourists. However, colder temperatures bring with them better travel deals and hotel and restaurant availability. It's the perfect time, right now, to make plans to visit one of North America's most beautiful countries. Canada hosts fantastic festivals and cultural events throughout the year, but major hot spot

cities like Toronto, Montreal, Ottowa, and Quebec City are still vibrant, despite the frigid temperatures. Fortunately, there is no need to limit yourself to city destinations. Canada is full of outdoor adventures yearround, but especially during the winter months. Strap on some skis or hire a dog sled tour guide. Skate the day away or take a sleigh ride... or just relax by the fire at one of the numerous ski lodges. Canada is waiting for you this winter. Just be sure to bring your gloves.


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ON TOP OF THE WORLD

CANADA IS HOME TO SEVERAL WORLD CLASS SKI RESORTS FROM COAST TO COAST. THE MANY MOUNTAIN RANGES IN CANADA MAKE IT IDEAL FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO SKI OR ENJOY OTHER OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES. NOT INTO SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING? NO PROBLEM, MOST OF THE RESORT AREAS OFFER MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES, SPA TREATMENTS, AND SIGHTSEEING OPPORTUNITIES.

ENJOY STACKS OF MAPLE GOODNESS OR SKATE ON THE WORLD'S LARGEST RINK.

SEE THE SPLENDOR OF A COLORFUL NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW.

TOP: A snowboarder soars above the snow in Whistler. FACING PAGE: An entrance to an ice hotel, Hôtel de Glace, in Quebec. LEFT: A stack of inviting pancakes topped with iconic

Canadian maple syrup. MIDDLE: Ice skaters pass the day away at the world's largest skatepark, Rideau Canal, in Ottowa. RIGHT: Campers take in the Northern Lights in Yellowknife.


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BANFF

Enjoy Lake Louise surrounded by glorious mountain views. Spend the day skiing or take a horse drawn sleigh ride. In January, enjoy the annual Ice Magic Festival.

WHISTLER

Spend you day on the slopes, but don't miss the Bobsled Experience, Tube Park, shopping and dining in Whistler Village, and some well-deserved pampering at Scandinave Spa.

DOG SLEDDING

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Experience Canada's beautiful landscape on a guided dog sled tour. There are many tours available throughout the country.

CALGARY

Take in a hockey game or lace up your own pair of skates. Enjoy world-class shopping, dining, and museums. Make your way through the elevated maze that connects the city buildings.


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NIAGARA FALLS

Take in one of the true wonders of the world on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Visit Skylon Tower for exquisite views and more.

... WINTER AWAITS YOU IN A PLACE THAT REALLY GETS IT.

SOME PEOPLE MIGHT BE PUT OFF BY THE IDEA OF EXPERIENCING CANADA DURING THE WINTER, BUT THAT MIGHT JUST BE THE BEST REASON FOR YOU TO GO. IN A PLACE KNOWN FOR SNOW, THE ADVENTURES ARE ENDLESS AND LESS PEOPLE IN THE CITIES MEANS A RELAXED VACATION.

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Explore the city along the Bentway Trail. Visit the Holiday Market and then make your way over to the Historic Distillery District. For shopping, be sure to check out Bloor-Yorkville.

ESCAPE TO MONTREAL The city of Montreal is full of history and culture. There is a vibrant arts and culture scene in this French-speaking city. Montreal is known for its festivals with over 100 events per year. You will find all kinds of shopping from luxury brands to handmade boutiques. In the winter months stay warm by spending your day in the Underground City. Because of its diverse population, you will find every kind of food, art, and music in Montreal. Wander through the streets to discover a variety of architectural styles and spectacular street art. If street art isn't your thing, check out one of the many art museums or kid-friendly museums like the Biosphere, Planetarium, or Insectarium.

QUEBEC CITY

Explore the Old World charm of this city. Take a toboggan ride or stay at the ice hotel. In January and February, take part in the annual Winter Carnival.


WHY HAWAII? The Big Island of Hawaii is a natural gem, a pearl in the Pacific. From the hustle and bustle of mainland life, this place seems like true paradise. Within minutes, you are swept from some of the world's top rated beaches through seas of hardened lava and almost moonscape terrain to lush rain forest settings. The natural beauty alone may be reason enough to visit.

... IF IT IS POSSIBLE FOR PARADISE TO EXIST ON EARTH, IT EXISTS IN HAWAII.

HAWAII HAS PLEASANT WINTERS, BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO START PLANNING YOUR SPRINGTIME HAVAIIAN VACATION. SPRING MONTHS ARE AMONG THE BEST TO VISIT THIS TROPICAL GETAWAY. ACT NOW FOR BEST AVAILABILITY AND TO LOCK IN LOWER FARES.

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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK HAWAIIAN BOTANICAL GARDEN PLACE OF REFUGE AT HONAUNAU AKAKA FALLS MAUNA KEA

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ATTEND A LUAU EXPLORE THURSTON LAVA TUBE HIKE TO POLOLU BEACH SPLASH AT HAPUNA BEACH SOAK UP WAIPI'O VALLEY


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COPPER ARTISANS PASS THEIR SKILL ONTO FUTURE GENERATIONS

BRING THE HEAT...

Each individual sheet is heated over an intense pinewood fire to make it malleable.

BRUT STRENGTH...

GETTING STARTED...

The sheet is then pounded flat by hand using incredible human force, which ensures the malleability.

Copper sheets are used for the skins of each piece. This begins a complicated and laborious process of turning theses sheets into a finished product attached to individual skeletons.

... PROCESS MATTERS

MASTERS AT WORK...

The clean and perfected sheet is then passed to an artisan, who uses a specially made hammer to embellish the metal with a specific design or pattern., Hundreds of strikes to the metal are required to create each precise and unique design.

THE FINAL TOUCHES...

QUALITY CONTROL...

It is reheated and pounded a second time. The flattened sheet is washed, inspected for defects, marked, and repaired.

Once the design is completed, the sheet is "fitted" to the shape of the structure and adjusted to ensure alignment. After each section of the skin is applied, welded to the skeleton, and edges soldered together, each edge is polished and stained to ensure the highest quality appearance possible.


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SALTED CARAMEL HOT CHOCOLATE Place 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce in a cup. Add 8 ounces of our hot chocolate. Add marshmallows and caramel waffle sandwich cookies (Stroopwafel). Drizzle more caramel over the marshmallows and sprinkle with fleur du sel. Sam Henderson

Ha Ch u t oc e ol at e

HOT COCOA NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD


COVER STORY

IS MAKING HOT CHOCOLATE FROM SCRATCH REALLY BETTER? ...YES!

FORGET THE INSTANT POWDER. WITH JUST A FEW EXTRA MINUTES YOU CAN HAVE A RICH AND THICK CHOCOLATEY EXPERIENCE THAT SIMIPLY DOES NOT COMPARE. YOU'RE IN CONTROL, SO PICK THE KIND OF CHOCOLATE YOU LIKE AND INDULGE. THEN TAKE IT UP A NOTCH WITH ONE OF THE DELICIOUS IDEAS BELOW FOR AN ELEVATED EXPERIENCE YOUR TASTE BUDS WILL THANK YOU FOR DURING THESE COLD WINTER MONTHS.

AMARETTO HOT CHOCOLATE Begin with 8 ounces of our basic hot chocolate recipe. Before serving, add one ounce of amaretto liqueur. Top with meringues, crumbled amaretto cookies, and chocolate.

HAUTE CHOCOLATE serves 4

The ingredients: • 4 cups whole milk • 10 ounces dark chocolate, chopped • 6 tablespoons brown sugar The instructions: 1.

Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. When it begins to simmer, remove it from heat.

2. Add chocolate and whisk until all of the chocolate is melted. 3. Return to medium heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Whisk occasionally until it reaches the desired consistency. 4. Turn off heat and add brown sugar. Whisk to fully incorporate. 5. Garnish as desired and serve immediately. NOTES:

KAHLUA HOT CHOCOLATE Add one ounce of Kahlua to 8 ounces of our basic hot chocolate recipe. Top with whipped cream. Dust with espresso powder. Add chocolate covered espresso beans and chocolate cookie sticks.

Heavy cream is not necessary. The longer it simmers, the thicker it will get. Use good quality chocolate. Choose bittersweet to very dark and adjust the brown sugar level to your liking.

*Make smaller marshmallow disks by rolling whole marshmallows under a sharp knife on a cutting board.


HAPPY HOLLANDAISE

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GETTING STARTED

Fill a medium saucepan with an inch or two of water. Bring the water to a simmer and reduce the heat as low as you can while keeping the water at a simmer. Melt butter and set aside. Place egg yolks in heat-proof bowl over simmering water.

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WHISKING THE EGGS

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FINISHING THE SAUCE

Start whisking the eggs and then whisk in the vinegar. Keep the heat low to prevent the egg yolks from scrambling. Whisk until smooth, pale, and creamy.

Keep whisking while slowly drizzling in the melted butter. Continue to whisk until all of the butter has been incorporated. Whisk in seasoning to taste and add squeezes of fresh lemon juice until you reach the desired consistency.

Hollandaise is a soft and creamy sauce that is often found on holiday brunch tables. While there are premade versions available, a homemade version will always be superior. The process is easier than you might imagine and the results are superb. While we often associate Hollandaise sauce with eggs benedict, it has many other applications. Try it with vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, or spinach. It also pairs very nicely with seafood such as salmon and other fish or lobster, scallops or crab. Consider a fresh made Hollandaise sauce for dinner with appetizers like the one on the next page or perhaps an entree of roasted pork tenderloin.

BASIC HOLLANDAISE SAUCE serves 4

The ingredients: • • • • •

10 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 large egg yolks ½ teaspoon white vinegar juice of one lemon pinch of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste

NOTES: A clean bowl and a wire whisk are the keys to success. It is critical that the water be on heat as low as possible, but still simmering. If the heat is too high, the eggs will cook. You must continue to whisk, especially when adding the butter. This will keep the sauce smooth. The sauce should be served right away or kept warm. To keep the sauce warm fill a thermos with hot water and then pour the water out. Fill the thermos with the sauce and seal until ready to use.


TIP:

Sam Henderson

IF YOU CAN'T FIND POLENTA CAKES, MAKE YOUR OWN BY SPREADING 4 CUPS OF COOKED POLENTA IN A 9 X 13 BAKING PAN LINED WITH PLASTIC WRAP. REFRIGERATE UNTIL FIRM. CUT OUT CIRCLES WITH A BISCUIT CUTTER OR LARGE COOKIE CUTTER.

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE IS GOOD FOR MORE THAN JUST EGGS BENEDICT.

POLENTA CAKES WITH SPINACH AND SMOKED SALMON The ingredients: •

8 polenta cakes

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 cup chopped spinach

salt and pepper to taste

thinly sliced smoked salmon

1 cup marinated mushrooms

fresh chives

4 teaspoons caviar

1 cup Hollandaise sauce

The instructions: 1.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook polenta cakes in oil on both sides until golden brown on edges. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

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Heat spinach in saucepan or microwave. Squeeze and drain spinach to remove excess liquid. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Assemble plate with polenta cake on the bottom. Top it with ⅛ cup of spinach, a 4 inch piece of salmon, a couple of mushrooms, and chives. Top with ½ teaspoon of caviar.

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Drizzle Hollandaise sauce over the top just before serving. Add a little more sauce to the plate with a few mushrooms.

HOLIDAY PARTING GIFT

BOUQUET GARNI IS A GREAT WAY TO SAY GOODBYE. Say so-long to your food-loving friends with a neatly wrapped assortment of herbs for their next meal. The basic bouquet should have parsley, thyme, and bay leaf. After that the choice is yours. Consider rosemary, basil, or tarragon. Wrap them up in twine, ribbon, or even the outer leaves of a leek. Keep some ready at the door for a last minute gift idea.


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A game for anyone who has ever seen a movie. Collect a card for simply being the fastest to shout out the name of a film in one of eight genres.

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KING OF TOKYO Compete with your fellow monsters to smash the city. This game is easy to play, full of fun, and suitable for almost any age.

This simple game is a great party starter. It's a cross between a trivia game and hot potato.

THE CLASSICS

TACTICAL THINKING

Show off your detective skills with this classic game. Collect clues as you travel the board to reveal the real killer... even if it is you.

Gorgeous Disney artwork and clever strategy is at the heart of this game that allows you to channel your favorite Disney villian.

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GAME NIGHT TIPS: • • • •

Invite plenty of people... an even number will work well for team games. Choose your game(s) beforehand. Take time to chat a bit before starting the games. Play around the coffee table versus the dining table for a more relaxed vibe. Serve finger foods and light nibbles.

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Have plenty of drinks on hand. Be sure to include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Provide a simple dessert to keep the party going. Pile pillows on the floor if you don't have enough chairs. A little background music is good, but don't worry about creating a mood. The game night IS the mood.

BRING YOUR HOLIDAY GAME NIGHT TO LIFE CLICK BELOW FOR A HOLIDAY PLAYLIST


SETTING THE TABLE Ready to 'dinner party' like a pro? If you are setting an elegant dinner party for the holidays use our diagram for proper placement. Don't worry about using all of the pieces. Simply remove them from the scheme and make adjustments to the spacing.

A SOMETHING R O F G N I K O O L CASUAL? LITTLE MORE IMPLIFIED TRY THESE SSUCCESSFUL TIPS FOR A SCAPE. TABLE

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DON'T WORRY ABOUT PLACEMATS. THE TREND IS TO GO WITHOUT AND THEY WILL HIDE YOUR BEAUTIFUL TABLECLOTH.

TABLETOP TIPS... SIMPLIFIED • • •

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Set the stage with a great linen tablecloth. Start with plates, but don't go overboard. A charger is absolutely NOT necessary. Add the cutlery, but only what you will actually use. Most people do not know what to do with five different knives. Choose just one size wine glass and one water glass. Use good, linen napkins. No need to press to perfection. Simply fold them and place them on the plate or under the knife/spoon. Add cork trivets for hot

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dishes to protect your tablecloth. Add flowers or greenery in short vases. The food and company should be the stars of the evening. Lighting should be dimmed and candles should be low. Place a couple sets of salt and pepper pots or grinders around the table. A few small bread baskets and butter crocks is a good idea, too. Keep wine bottles on a small tray to avoid stains on your tablecloth.


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or many of you the new year starts the same way. You feel a surge of excitement and a sense of unlimited potential for the coming year. Perhaps you have reviewed the previous year and feel that you didn't quite fulfill the promises you made to yourself last year. But this year will be different... Now it's time to make some new resolutions, or carry forward on the success from old ones. You are

brimming with anticipation of what the new year could bring and ready to tackle your objectives like starting a new business, losing weight, picking up a new hobby, saving for the future or a big splurge like a new house or vacation of a lifetime. To get to your goals, you will need a little support. With today's technology, everything you need is at your fingertips. We have gathered some of our favorite apps to get you started on the right path... *available for iOS and Android and stay there.

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SLEEP CYCLE ALARM CLOCK

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With over 250,000 product barcodes, this app is ready to help you manage your weight loss and nutrition goals for 2020. Use it to track food, activity, sleep and even mood.

This is most popular meditation app for iOS. Insight Timer has thousands of guided sessions to keep you on the right track. Choose from the large library to find soundtracks that fit with your schedule.


... SOMETIMES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUCCESS AND FAILURE IS HAVING THE RIGHT TOOLS

KEEP THE MOTIVATION COMING CLICK BELOW FOR A MOTIVATIONAL PLAYLIST

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MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

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... WINTER... A DELICATE INTERPLAY BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW.

BALANCING ACT


Earl Kendall / Abe Holte

Laura Schwartz-Muller and Cliff Muller, husband and wife partners in Los Angeles, CA based design-build firm, Four Point Design Build Inc., are well known for their expertise in the use of sustainably sourced materials in their many commercial and residential projects.


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Zeke Ruelas

LAURA'S LIST OF HOLIDAY MUST-HAVES

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FRESH ORGANIC MULLING SPICES SIMMERING ON THE STOVE. A BASKET OF FLEECE SOCKS BY THE FIREPLACE SO FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN EASILY SLIP OFF SHOES AND PUT ON A COZY PAIR OF SOCKS FOR LOUNGING BY THE FIRE. FRESH PUMPKIN, BANANA, OR PECAN LOAF IN THE FREEZER FOR SURPRISE COMPANY. BAKE, COOL, SLICE, AND PLACE PARCHMENT PAPER BETWEEN THE SLICES. WRAP UP TIGHT AND STORE IN THE FREEZER FOR UP TO A MONTH.Â

Earl Kendall / Abe Holte

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FRESH CUT GREENS SUCH AS PINE, SPRUCE, AND CEDAR SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE ON MANTELS AND IN LARGE VASES AND CROCKERY. THESE CAN EASILY BE PICKED UP AT YOUR LOCAL CHRISTMAS TREE FARM.

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LAYERS OF INVITING SOFT TEXTURED THROWS AND PILLOWS IN NEUTRALS FROM BEIGE AND TAUPE, TO WINTER WHITE THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.

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With years of design/build experience between them,

LAURA SCHWARZ-MULLER

LA based husband and wife team, Laura and Cliff Muller are widely known for their relentless focus on wellness in design and their use of sustainable products in their work. According to Laura, " Wellness in design is EVERYTHING." Their mission is to create spaces that give their clients a sense of genuine physical and emotional well being. Their work takes into account how their clients will move and interact with the texture of the materials and the flow of the natural light in their environments. Laura and Cliff also recognize the importance of air quality, of color, of sound. Everything is considered holistically in response to their client's own needs and preferences. When selecting materials, the team at Four Point Design Build considers first those that are sustainable and responsibly produced. They are very aware of how much of a product is made with recycled content, where it was made, by whom and under what conditions. They stay up to the minute through research and and often visit factories to see first hand how the products they specify are manufactured. The time they invest in acquiring this in depth understanding allows them to design with a conscience, and gives their

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clients confidence in their abilities. Laura has a speciality in lighting, which she believes is a critical factor in creating a sense of well being in the built environment, and in creating beauty with the layered neutrals that are so prevalent in their work.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES * WELLNESS INSTITUTE

* EARTH EASY

* PLANET REUSE

* ZERO WASTE HOME

* THE PISTACHIO PROJECT

* SUSTAINABLE FURNISHING COUNCIL

* GET GREEN BE WELL

She says the lighting in your home should

When designing a monochromatic or

always be designed in layers: 1.) The

neutral layered space, Laura has another

ambient dimmable layer which consists of

tip. To highlight a deep texture, place a

the strategic placement of LED recessed

*wall washer* light above it in such a way

integrated can lights for full light coverage.

that the beam grazes the the surface

TIP? For the warm look of incandescent,

and recognize that beam spread will also

look for LED bulbs at 2700 Kelvin. For a

impact how the textures will appear with

cooler, whiter look, buy 3000-3500 Kelvin.

one another.

Zeke Ruelas

Some LED bulbs now even come with the ability to switch color temperature within a

Lastly, she advised to always have LED

single bulb. 2.) The task layer, which is often

dimmable switches so you can optimize

lighting directly over a work area such as a

your environment for your own well being,

kitchen countertop and 3.) The decorative

day or night.

layer for dramatic impact, like chandeliers and sconces.

FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: White kitchen and island are

create a soothing bedroom. The outdoors comes in with a plant on the

the backdrop for natural elements and metals. Layered shades and sheens

counter of this light-flooded kitchen. Using space effectively to meet how the

of white create a simple backdrop for pops of color. A soft neutral palette

client "lives". THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Layers of texture and color create

supports clean dark lines. A spa-like bathroom setting to create a wellness

a white room that is monochromatic, but decidedly warm. A well conceived

retreat. Practicality in design for a mudroom. Layers of lighting and texture

laundry room for ALL of the family members.


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... INDOOR/OUTDOOR CONNECTIVITY CREATES HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE HABITATS FOR MODERN HUMANS.

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what is biophilic design? Biophilia is the hypothesis that the presence of natural, outdoor elements like plant life provides measurable benefits to our mental and physical well being. Even the soil works to nourish us through “outdoorphins”, which release cytokines that act as natural antidepressants. The practice of biophilic design is the use of direct and indirect natural elements to connect our indoor spaces to this innate need for the natural world, and it is becoming a central focus of residential and commercial design projects. The use of biophilic design has grown significantly in recent years as our modern lifestyles increasingly separate us from our outdoor roots.

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*PRO TIP: FOR THOSE WITH SMALLER SPACES OR BROWN THUMBS, CONSIDER STARTING WITH ORCHIDS. ORCHIDS THRIVE IN INDIRECT SUNLIGHT AND REQUIRE MINIMAL CARE.

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A really unique way to implement biophilic design is through the use of furniture

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Choose an outdoor-inspired color palette: calming paint colors, especially blues or

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For those with smaller spaces or brown thumbs, consider starting with Orchids.

and decor designed with biophilic elements. Opiary Studio, out of Brooklyn, handcrafts stunning pieces like sculptural tables with built in cachepots for greenery.

colors with a blue base, adding accents of verdant green, for example, an accent table in Farrow and Ball’s Folly Green, to support balance and harmony.

Orchids thrive in indirect sunlight and require minimal care. Place plants in rooms with north- or east-facing windows and allow the potting medium to dry completely before watering.

How to think of it as it relates to wellness in the Winter season? In winter we spend a greater amount of time indoors, as the days grow shorter and colder. Embracing plant life indoors allows us to reap the benefits of outdoor exposure through even the harshest winter months. Adding biophilic design elements to our spaces can stave off the winter doldrums, improve air quality, reduce stress and even increase productivity when we would otherwise feel compelled to hibernate until spring!


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EMILY CLARK, CLARK & CO. HOMES When working in an all-white palette, the recipe for success is layering tones and textures: mix creams, off-whites and natural linen tones with crisp whites; layer chunky knits with supple linens and buttery velvets.

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JILLIAN LARE, JILLIAN LARE INTERIOR DESIGN When I use whites for fixed finishes in a kitchen or bathroom design, I make sure to select materials that compliment each other but have a variety of textures and intensity.

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YOUR ARTWORK OR COLORED ACCENT WALL TAKE CENTER STAGE IN AN ALL WHITE ROOM.

DESIGN BY EMILY CLARK

AN ALL WHITE ROOM CAN BE INTIMIDATING FOR SOME HOMEOWNERS. THERE IS THE FEAR THAT IT MIGHT APPEAR TOO STARK, UNCOMFORTABLE, OR UNWELCOMING. BY CONTRAST, DESIGNERS KNOW THAT AN ALL WHITE ROOM CAN BE EVOCATIVE, SOPHISTICATED, AND EVEN, YES, WARM. LAYERED WHITE ROOMS WORK WITH A VARIETY OF STYLES, PAIR WONDERFULLY WITH YOUR METAL OF CHOICE, AND TRANSITION FROM SEASON TO SEASON SEAMLESSLY. HERE, SOME LEADING DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR WORK AND TIPS FOR EMBRACING THE LIGHTER END OF THE SPECTRUM.


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JANA DONOHOE, JANA DONOHOE DESIGNS Avoid using the same color of white. It will make your space feel stark and clinical. Using slight variations in soft creams and whites look great together and add interest and depth to a room.

"ADD SPARKLE AND DIMENSION TO THE SPACE WITH REFLECTIVE ELEMENTS LIKE MIRRORS, METALS, AND ART PIECES." ~emily clark

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