Live Natural: A Relaxed Approach to Creating Healthy Homes

Gibbs Smith. May 2024. 240p. ISBN 9781423665823. $45. INTERIOR DESIGN
Interior designer Davin was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder when she was a new mom. She soon learned that the vapors from formaldehyde, flame retardants, and pesticides used in fabrics were harming her. Her mission became to find safer chemical-free alternatives to build and furnish homes. Each chapter of her book opens with a personal belief statement, followed by inspirational photographs taken by Romerein (principal photographer, Love Is Served). Various pull quotes incorporated into the book’s design layout enhance Davin’s points. There are also engaging text boxes with essential information and facts. One featured topic is feng shui. Davin believes homes should be people’s sanctuaries, safe places to relax and recharge, and she recommends feng shui as the pathway to accomplish that. Punch lists are included to help readers ask the best questions when building or renovating their homes.
VERDICT Readers who want to construct a new home, remodel an existing one, or learn how to design healthier spaces in their home will find this book delightfully resourceful.
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