Sunday, October 30, 2011

Donna Marie Mushinskie’s First Blog

Allow me to introduce you to my friend Donna Marie Mushinskie, a phenomenal interior designer and a new blogger.                                                                                  

Donna Marie DeGravina Mushinskie is a Certified Interior Designer, ASID Allied Member, NKBA member and the principal and founder of D M Designs. D M Designs is a full service interior design studio focusing on client satisfaction. This is accomplished through open communication between D M Designs and the client to assess the client's needs and wants, then taking the process to the next step to design a space that is pleasing to the client and reflects their personality.

Donna Marie Mushinskie, CID
D M Designs
donna@dmdesignsinteriors.com
http://www.dmdesignsinteriors.com/
http://www.blogger.com/goog_421976428
http://dmdesignsinteriors.blogspot.com/

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Color & Nutrition

Mother Was Right
Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG
Color Turners

We’re all aware of the importance of color for interior design, fashion and its sheer beauty. But did you know the colors of the food we eat can have a powerful effect on our physical and emotional state?

“Homegrown” is the new trend. Farmer’s markets are springing up in every community. Lawns are being torn out (even at the White House) to be replaced by vegetable gardens. If you’ve considered planting a vegetable garden, this is your time and here’s why. The natural colors of purple egg plant, red strawberry, yellow squash and the dark leafy greens, deliver goodness, healing and vitalizing energy.

When selecting produce, we’re drawn to the brightest colored fruits and vegetables. We intuitively know these are the best. This comes to no surprise. Scientists have proven that brightest foods have the highest nutritional value. By eating the appropriate colored foods, it can rejuvenate and balance the system, making you feel brighter and more alive. For this reason, Registered Dietitians suggest we consume a rainbow diet.

RED FOODS: support the body by increasing levels of vitality, with foods that are rich in minerals and a good source of protein. Possible signs if someone has red deficiencies: lack of stamina, anemic, weak and light-headedness.

EAT RED:
Vegetables: beat, red cabbage, radishes, red chili peppers, red bell peppers, tomatoes, red onions
Fruit: cherries, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon,
Other Foods: nuts, meat, fish

A diet rich in lycopene, found in large quantities in cooked tomatoes, reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by 45%.

ORANGE FOODS: support the body by containing antioxidants, which protects us against serious diseases. It supports the reproductive system, encourages creativity and keeps us alert. Orange has excellent detoxifying properties. Possible signs if someone has orange deficiencies: stiffness in joints and problems in the reproductive organs.

EAT ORANGE:
Vegetables: Carrot, pumpkin, pepper, rutabaga, potato, butternut squash
Fruit: orange, apricots, peaches, persimmon, kumquats, mango
Other Foods: oats, brown rice, shellfish, egg yolk

YELLOW FOODS: support the body, by taking on the warm vibration of the sun. Most people working long hours indoors, with minimal sun exposure tend to deplete their yellow energy. Possible signs if someone has yellow deficiencies: exhaustion, restlessness, tension, poor nutrient absorption, digestive problems, lowered immunity, depression, hot flashes, inability to make decisions and poor memory.

EAT YELLOW:
Vegetables: Yellow pepper, squash, grains, nuts, yellow lentils
Fruit: Grapefruit, bananas, lemon, pineapple, mellon
Other Foods: oil, fish, egg, butter, food rich in fatty acids

GREEN FOODS: support the body as detoxifiers. Green foods tend to be high in vitamins and minerals. Possible signs if someone has green deficiencies: Difficulty breathing, negative emotions and feeling of being trapped.

EAT GREEN:
Vegetables: Broccoli, cabbage, kale, sprouts, peas, green beans, leeks and dark leafy vegetables
Fruit: Pears, avocados, apples, green grapes, kiwi and limes
Other Foods: most culinary herbs

Green has beneficial effects on stomach acidity and blood pressure. If you are under great stress, you may need green- energy food.

BLUE & VIOLET FOODS: support the body with antioxidants; they support communication skills, glands and organs of the neck; blue & violet energy. Possible signs if someone has blue & violet deficiencies: inability to relax or sleep, respiratory problems, feeling confused

EAT BLUE-INDIGO:
Vegetables: Current, mushrooms,
Fruit: Black berries, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, prunes
Other Foods: Black olives, fish, yeast

EAT BLUE-VIOLET:
Vegetables: Oats, eggplant, shell fish, red cabbage, beats, purple onion
Fruit: Figs, dates, plums
Other Foods: kelp and all seaweed products

Eat your veggies!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

LOHAS Consumers

The Trend That’s Shifting Consumer’s Consciousness
By Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG
Color Turners

LOHAS is becoming one of the hottest new trends and is rapidly changing the way we do business. So what’s LOHAS and what’s it all about? LOHAS is the acronym for (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice.

Who Are Their Consumers?
LOHAS describes an estimated $290 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. The 41 million American consumers (approximately 13-19% percent) attracted to this market represent a sizable group in this country, but their power as a consumer market virtually remains untapped. Additionally LOHAS is an international trend. http://www.lohas.com/

What’s driving the LOHAS Phenomenon?
Consumers are evaluating every aspect of their life, in doing so; they are making more mindful decisions and prioritizing spending behaviors. Today’s consumers are demanding a greater value from products and services. The driving force behind this is to make the most of out of everything. More than ever before, there is a desire to conserve our natural resources, be self-reliant and to buy American made. Farmer’s markets are springing up in every community. Lawns are being torn out, to be replaced with vegetable gardens. Choices as small as taking public transportation to work instead of driving, cooking dinner rather than going out and growing foods instead of buying from the store are some examples of trends that are catching on. Although these changes may appear small to us, collectively they are changing the way companies approach green business strategy.

How LOHAS Is Affecting Color & Design Trends?
As consumers, we want to be surprised and delighted again, but not by artificial hype. We are looking for a personal connection and authentic brand stories. More than ever before, we want to understand how products and food sources were created and their origin. We are gravitating towards nurturing colors, tactile materials and products that evoke a sense of authenticity. Colors that mimic organic produce and vegetable-died textiles are hot. We’re adding splashes of accent colors on less expensive home d├ęcor items such as paint and accessories. For long-term investment items such as furniture and cabinetry we’re opting for neutral colors, for their versatility and staying power.

Adam Barry
Allow me to introduce you to Adam Barry, a phenomenal young man whose philosophies are in alignment with the LOHAS. Adam became a student at San Antonio High School, two and a half years ago, where he immediately became active in the Food Justice & Gardening Program. Adam is passionate about Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Living. He believes that we have a lack of respect for plants and animals.

Adam’s Solutions to Our Food Problems:
• Create more farms; have fewer freeways.
• Grow your own food.
• Support locally grown farmers and buy in season- Note: The further the food ships the more chemicals are needed to preserve them.
• But if you want to make this calmer than a cucumber farmer, angrier than a honey bee whose hive was robbed, just ask Adam about (GMO) Genetically Modified Foods and how scientists are manipulating and mutating our foods, all in the name of money.

Adam graduates from San Antonio High School in two months. Then he will begin at Santa Rosa Community College, where he will earn his degree in Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Living. While attending college he’ll be working and living on the farm. Keep your eye on Adam, this 16-year old dynamo who’s changing the way we think about food and the way we produce it.

San Antonio High School Food Justice and Gardening Program
San Antonio High School, in Claremont, CA, is an alternative education high school. The city of Claremont is a considerably wealthy community, however, a significant portion of the students at San Antonio High School are racial/ethnic minorities, come from low socio-economic backgrounds and receive free or reduced school lunches. Many of the students enrolled in this high school have had contact with law enforcement and are thus considered at-risk youth. Additionally, numerous students have had trouble passing state standardized tests. As a result, the pairing of teachers, high school students and college interns in the food justice and gardening program has been incredibly pivotal for these students. Our work in the construction and maintenance of the schoolyard garden, the outdoor classroom, lectures and more are all designed to improve the health, work habits and self-worth among these students. http://www.dosomething.org/project/san-antonio-high-school-food-justice-and-gardening-program

Color Turners-Turns The Art Of Color Into Profit
We help businesses and manufacturers make the best decisions where color choices are critical. By providing accurate and tangible ways to significantly reduce your business and manufacturing risks and turn that knowledge into increased sales and customer satisfaction. http://www.colorturners.com/