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DIANI Living Guide to Zero Waste

As we transition into the fall season, it’s a great time to clean, organize and make some simple changes around your home. It can be easy to accumulate excess clutter, but moving towards a zero waste lifestyle isn’t as hard as you may think. With some simple swaps, you can easily forego single use items for reusable favorites. DIANI Living is filled with what you need to get started, from cleaning brushes and tumblers to reusable totes and cutlery.

 

The Kitchen

One of the biggest sources of trash is in the kitchen, from plastic baggies and bottles to sponges, cleaning products and much more. When it comes to storing food, opt for glass containers, like this Moroccan Olive Oil Container. You can refill it at your local health food store or olive oil shop. Ditch the plastic soap dispenser and use bar soap and a wooden dish instead. Our Handcrafted Olive Oil Soap is made from all natural ingredients like coconut and castor oils, shea butter and essential oils.

Kitchen brushes are a cleaning necessity, whether you’re washing vegetables or that hard to reach place. Our Cleaning Brushes come in a variety of sizes and are made of natural-fiber bristles, zinc-coated metal wire, and beech wood. They are perfect for cleaning tea and coffee pot spouts, champagne glasses and vases. We also have wooden brushes designed specifically for cleaning vegetables, mushrooms, mussels and more. Store them on your counter in one of our fair trade bamboo bowls so they are easily accessible.

 

On -The-Go

Most of us operate on-the-go, whether we’re running late to work, heading to a meeting or catching a flight. Convenient single use items, like plastic cups and paper napkins, seem essential to keep us going, but they don’t have too. With a little preparation, you can pack a simple zero waste kit with all the supplies you need for where ever you may go.

Whether you brew a pot at home or grab a coffee from your local roaster, this insulated bamboo mug is perfect for on-the-go use. The cork top will keep your beverage hot and is great for preventing spills. When it comes to packing a lunch for work or a last minute weekend trip, it’s helpful to have a few zero waste essentials to add to your reusable linen tote. Toss in this stainless steel Madrid Cutlery Set, a linen napkin and a bamboo bowl and you’re set.

 

The Bathroom

 

The bathroom tends to be one of the smallest spaces in a home, but it still manages to accumulate a lot. You can start getting organized by ditching the plastic storage containers and instead invest in a Raw Jute Basket. These super versatile baskets are perfect for displaying guest towels, stashing away kid’s toys and so much more. They are made from 100% raw jute and are super strong, yet flexible, so they fit in those awkward spaces and last forever.

Incorporating a zero waste lifestyle is an ongoing process for us all. I hope this guide can inspire you to make some simple swaps, because even small changes can make a big difference.

 

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Handcrafted Olive Oil Soap, $22

Moroccan Olive Oil Container, $75

Handmade Soap Dish, $6

Cleaning Brushes, starting at $4.50

Vegetable Brush, $5

Mussel Brush, $10

Mushroom Brush, $8

Mug, Blanc Lacquer, $18

 

Bowl, Natural, $25

Madrid Cutlery Set, $98

 

Napkin, Rythmo Onyx Natural, $16

Knokke Bag, $120

100% Raw Jute Round Basket, $115

Organic Turkish Towels, starting at $15

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Pillow Talk with Jeffrey Doornbos

You might spot Jeffrey at DIANI Living hauling pieces of furniture to and from his vintage Land Cruiser. But he does so much more than the heavy lifting. Jeffrey, my partner in business and in life, splits his time as an actor, writer and photographer, as well as at the operational helm of DIANI Living. To say he is a busy man is an understatement. I’m excited for him to take center stage as our 7th Pillow Talk series, where we chatted about everything from starting a business as newlyweds and learning to trust your gut, to finding a meditation practice and his favorite way to recharge.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?

To be honest, I don’t really remember any particular subjects that I liked in primary school. It was all just school, and I liked school a lot. At least that’s my memory of it. In high school I was a big extracurricular guy, and I was Senior Class president, so all of the classes were a means to an end. In college I started to really hone in on theatre and film production, and I remember loving my philosophy courses… a blue book exam where you just had to answer one big question? I could take those kinds of tests all day long. Oh, and when I was in high school I saw some thing on 60 Minutes about bad anesthesiologists, so I added that to my other career goal of becoming an actor.

What contributed to you becoming the businessman that you are today?

As an actor, you become kind of a one person company… you are the executive, brand development, creative development, operations, sales, and the product all rolled into one. I always had an agent and a manager as well, but BEING the business is literally what an actor is. I never fancied myself as a super savvy business man. I was always much happier doing the creative bit, but you don’t have a choice but to deal with the business part of show business as an actor. However, my real growth as a businessman came when I met Caroline. I started watching her and observing her, and two things I learned from her, and am still trying to hone, is whether it’s a good day or a challenging one, there’s always something I can do to move the ball forward… it’s in my power. The other thing is, that creating a beautiful and inspiring customer experience is paramount. Those two things have been a huge gift that she gave me (without even knowing it).

Which entrepreneurs do you admire? 

Aside from my wife you mean? She’s number one in my book. Outside of my immediate world, I am continually inspired by Richard Branson. He seems to approach everything he does with a sense of adventure. He allows himself to think big. He focuses on the “what if”. And I love that. In the showbiz world, I have a couple of friends who have a theatre company in New York called Prospect Theatre Company, and they have been grinding away at that thing for decades and have created a viable creative hub for artists to create year after year. That tenacity is impressive to me. I would also have to give a shout out to the gentlemen who created Blue Man Group with whom I worked for many years… they were nothing if not dreamers who took the “what if” and put it up on its feet. And just by putting into the world something that they thought was cool, and not concerning themselves with what they thought would be popular, they happened to change the landscape of theatre.

Shortly after you and Caroline married in 2013, together you opened DIANI Living. What was it like to start a business as newlyweds?

It was a blast. First of all, I had never ever been anywhere close to retail. So it was so fun to decide what it was going to be, what the inventory was going to consist of, researching other makers and lifestyle companies. It was like Christmas everyday with deliveries of really cool vintage items and fabrics and furniture pieces. Our living room looked like a flea market! And I also loved the physical work of setting up the actual space. In the theatre, the moment that the set starts to go in, and the lights get hung, it all becomes really thrilling for me, because the world you’re creating is starting to materialize right in front of you… it’s the reward of lots of hard work and preparation. And you know showtime is right around the corner. I think that whole process really rooted and challenged our relationship in a way that as the years go by, I’m only going to appreciate more and more.

What role did you play in creating DIANI Living?

It’s hard to separate the roles Caroline and I played, because neither one of us had delved into the home goods territory before that. I suppose on the aesthetic front, I brought a masculine energy to that part of the brand which I think has helped DL to appeal to both men and women.  And on the operations, logistics front, I saw myself as the General, but Caroline was the Commander In Chief. She obviously brought her retail experience to the table, and was creating an extension to the brand, and as such, she had to keep her eye on the other pre-existing entities… the shoe store, the clothing store, e-commerce, etc… whereas I was more of the boots on the ground soldier. I’m a collaborator at heart, and I love being a part of a team. I love knowing what the larger vision is, and then doing my part to help shape and mold that vision and bring it to reality. It’s also what I love about being an actor… the writer puts it on paper, the director lifts the idea off of the page, and the actor puts breath into it.

Your artwork is featured on the walls and website of DIANI Living. What is the inspiration behind your photography?

My favorite photography is the same as my favorite theatre and film pieces. I love art that captures everyday, normal, or even mundane moments, and by observing them, makes them special somehow… either by celebrating them or questioning them. I think my photography speaks to that appreciation.  It occurs to me that if we see a deer standing in the field, we tend to pass it by because we see so many deer in this country. But if we see a Topi standing on an ant hill, suddenly we see the beauty. Or we see the interest in a stop sign in China, but we usually run through them here. My pictures aren’t about the craziest things on the planet, or even the most overtly dramatic, they’re about finding the extra in the ordinary. And I hope that expands our appreciation for the little moments that contain the extraordinary that we rush through on a daily basis. 

What do you think is the single most important ingredient to success? 

Easy. Point of view and authenticity.

What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?

Easy. Point of view and authenticity. The reason I say that, is because usually the simplest ideas, are the most organic and authentic to who I am as an individual, and trusting that the simple impulse idea is enough is the biggest challenge. It’s so easy to overthink a creative idea, to complicate it, or to spend too much time trying to figure out what will sell, or what’s “all the rage”. If you go for that, you end up chasing after what is already happening, and there’s no new ground broken. I love the challenge of keeping the focus on what I think works aesthetically, whether I’m applying that to my work as a retailer, a photographer, or an actor.  In theoretical physics, they use the term “elegant” to define an equation that is simple, clean, & reproducible. Sometimes they have to go way around the bend only to arrive back where they started with a renewed understanding that that is the answer. Elegant. I like that.

How do you try to manage your work/life balance?

I have begun meditating again. A friend of mine, Théo Burkhardt, started studying Vedic Mediation, and I took a class from him 5 or 6 years ago, and never really practiced. But recently, I have picked it back up, and I’m loving structuring my day so that I get a 20 minute session in in the morning, and 20 minutes later in the day. I also have the ability to compartmentalize my time fairly easily, so that when I’m with Caroline at the end of the day, or with friends, I’m able to let the work life go for a spell. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there’s nothing I can do now about what needs to be done tomorrow, but I’m usually pretty good about accomplishing that. I’ll also occasionally wake up at 5 AM thinking about the things I didn’t get done for the business the day before, or how I didn’t spend enough time on a script or something, and instead of tossing and turning, I usually get up, and get going. But it’s not always all that easy when you’re a business owner, that’s for sure.

What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?

Caroline and I are always talking about what the next level looks like with the business, and I’m also working on writing a play right now.

What do you currently have in the works that you want people to know about?

I know that Caroline has talked a lot about the farm in New York… I’m very excited about a few DIY projects that I’m embarking on there… stay tuned to our instagram account (@hudsonvalleyfarm). Also, I’m currently doing a play at the Berkshire Theatre in Massachusetts. We are in rehearsals, and we open at the end of September. And then, finally, I starred in a feature film made by a friend of mine Nathan Wetherington, called “A Thousand Miles Behind”. We shot it mostly in the Santa Barbara area, and we just got accepted into a beautiful film festival called The Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis. So we have our World Premiere screening on October 12th. It’s very exciting, AND it’s Caroline’s first foray into showbiz! She’s an Executive Producer on the project, and it wouldn’t be what it is without her. If you want, you can see the trailer here: www.lemoynestreetpictures.com.

How do you manage the fear and doubt that inevitably creeps in when you’re paving a less trodden path?

Well, this is a really good question, and sort of ties in to some of the other questions. For me, the path less trodden is almost always the most personal path… and this gets back to following my instinct and trusting in the simplest impulses and most elegant ideas. When I feel stuck or like I’m going in circles in the creative process, I stop what I’m doing, and I give myself 10 minutes to rail at my inspiration, and indulge my doubt. And then, when that 10 minutes is up, I sit back down and get back to work. Ten minutes is all I get. That’s the deal. Usually, when I get back to the task at hand, I see that I’m stuck because I’m doing something in a way that I think it “should” be done because that’s what “they” would do… whoever “they” are. That little break allows me to refocus on what my perspective is, and re-energizes my trust in that idea. I believe there’s little point in doing something if it doesn’t reflect who I am personally, and what I want to see in the world.

What have you been most afraid of trying in your career, but you did it anyway?

Retail. Retail has always terrified me. The idea of trying to sell someone something always made me feel a little uneasy. Until, like I said earlier, I observed Caroline doing it. Once I realized that retail is a creative process, I began to see it as a kind of storytelling process. There’s a story to tell behind the making of a product, or how one item might work with another, and together they tell a different story. I started to see that objects and in this case, household goods aren’t merely functional or utilitarian items to have in one’s house, but that they can be reflective of one’s personality. And when Caroline and I buy for DIANI Living (and I know Caroline does this when she buys for the clothing and shoe stores), we are always finding pieces that we think are interesting or pleasing. And when you love the inventory on the shelves, talking about them to customers isn’t only easy, but satisfying.

Was there any opportunity that you had in your life that you didn’t take?

There have been a couple of roles that I turned down as an actor, but I didn’t really see those as missed opportunities, because I didn’t want to play those parts. I sometimes think that an opportunity is only an opportunity if I take it. Otherwise, it’s just another of an infinite number of choices that are offered up in life from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.

Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?

Usually at the end of a long day, I fall asleep pretty easily. But, if I’m feeling particularly stressed or have been unsuccessful in compartmentalizing my time, I have learned a little mental method that has proven to be very effective. It essentially consists of some deep breathing, and then running through my day from the time I woke up until the time I hit the sack. And then I do the old fashioned counting backwards thing from a very high number. It’s almost always effective.

What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?

I love coffee. And making a cup of coffee and just sitting there and drinking it, and doing nothing else, is one of life’s great pleasures. There’s a line in the movie, “Jackie”, and I’ll paraphrase, when the priest talks about doubt and how he wonders what life is about, and then when morning comes, he wakes up and makes a pot of coffee, and then he says: “God in his infinite wisdom, has made sure it is just enough for us.” I don’t disagree.

What’s your favorite food to indulge in?

Twizzlers. Next question.

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?

Well, if you had asked me that a few months ago, I’d have a hard time coming up with something that I do consistently, but now, I meditate. Before I turn on the computer, radio, tv. I meditate. All of that other stuff will be there waiting for me when I’m done!

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

I turn down the house. In our marriage, I’m responsible for closing up shop. And I have turned it into a kind of ritual. Closing the doors, the shutters, turning off the lights, bringing in the pups… I love it. I have a visual memory of the ending of every episode of The Waltons… each light in each window being turned off one at a  time, until the house is dark, and everyone has said good night.

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

I’m not a genius at making the bed, but I like to keep the bed made. There’s something about pulling back the covers before crawling into bliss. Whether there are hospital corners to undo or not.

Thanks, Hubble. It’s always so inspiring when we slow down for a minute, chat and I learn more about what makes you tick and how your creative mind works. I love it and can’t wait to see what you do next. xo

 

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Seaweed Print Pillow, 20×24, $150

Topi Look Out by Jeffrey Doornbos, $175

In The Family by Jeffrey Doornbos, $225

 

 

“Before the Chase” by Jeffrey Doornbos, $175

Local Time Mbwa by Jeffrey Doornbos, $175

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Inside Caroline’s Travel Bag

I was just in New York for Fashion Week and will be leaving again soon for Paris Fashion Week and, when I’m on-the-go, there are some things I just can’t leave home without. This time of year my schedule is typically packed with buyer meetings, so it’s helpful to have everything I need all in one place. Besides the obvious phone, laptop and passport, I try to narrow down the contents of my travel bag to just the essentials. Here’s a peak inside, where I have everything from my go-to wallet and sunnies to wellness oils and a tea tumbler.

A large bag is a girl’s best friend. It helps corral all the bits and bobs that you just can’t live without. The Jerome Dreyfuss Maurice Bag is perfect for everyday use, especially while traveling. The suede exterior and luxe accents can easily take you from day to night. The handles are adjustable with the option to attach a shoulder strap and the snap tabs cinch the top to keep everything in place. The interior is lined and includes two zip pockets for easy storage and the brand’s signature key fob with flashlight is handy after a late evening out.

Even if the weather calls for rain, a good pair of sunnies is a travel essential. I love the classic shape of the Ellice Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples. Featuring rounded aviator-style frames with double bridges, these shades are a colorful take on a unique vintage style. The lenses have an anti-reflective coating, plus 100% UVA/UVB protection and the tortoise frames go with any outfit I throw on.

While we use our phone for almost everything these days, there is something to be said about writing an old fashioned note. This Bright Ideas Notebook is small, lightweight and goes with me everywhere. The leather exterior can be bent and folded without loosing its shape, which makes it the perfect travel companion.

The Jerome Dreyfuss Julien Wallet is the perfect travel companion. The size of a passport, this accessory is both efficient and chic. Crafted from lambskin, the naturally textured exterior is luxuriously soft with gold accents for a touch of elegance. The interior features cleaver storage compartments for small change and credit cards. I might switch out my bag, but the Julien Wallet is something I carry everyday.

The only downside to a large travel bag is small items tend to get lost at the bottom. My solution is the Anya Hindmarch Important Things Case. I use this zippered pouch to stow away my most prized possessions, like my passport and this keepsake necklace, which is adorned with my late parent’s wedding bands and a lion’s tooth from Kenya given to me by my parents when I was young. I tend to be a little superstitious, so I always wear this necklace when I’m flying. I feel that nothing bad will happen as long as I have it on.

Time spent in the airport and on the plane, not to mention the lingering jet lag, can really wear down your mind and body. There are a few wellness essentials I keep in my travel bag when I need a little boost.

The Double Wall Tumbler is perfect for transporting your favorite morning beverage from meeting to meeting.  Crafted from ceramic and vacuum insulted, your drink will stay hot or cold for hours. As a tea drinker, I particularly love the stainless steel strainer, which attaches to the lid, making tea on-the-go easy.

My personal holistic wellness guru, Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter (read more about her here), recommends a few supplements for keeping my immune system at its best. The Green Adaptogen by Sun Potion is something I take everyday, so you can guarantee it’s in my travel bag. The balancing blend of Suma, Maca, and Chlorella helps to promote energy levels, strengthen the immune system and promote overall wellbeing.

Flying is notorious for drying out the skin. My go-to solution for chapped lips is the UMA Oils Absolute Anti Aging Lip Oil. Nourishing avocado and grapeseed oils instantly revitalize lips and provide a rush of vitamin e and moisturizing fatty acids. Lavender, geranium and peppermint essential oils lock in moister and add a zing of freshness. It also acts as the perfect primer under your favorite lipstick.

 

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Jerome Dreyfuss Maurice Bag, $860

Jerome Dreyfuss Julien Wallet, $355

 

Double Wall Tumbler, $28

Anya Hindmarch Important Things Case, $245

Oliver Peoples Ellice Sunglasses, $585

UMA Oils Absolute Anti Aging Lip Oil, $32

APIECE APART Shirred Agata Top, $265

UMA Oils Wellness Oil Starter Kit, $45

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Pillow Talk with Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter

Holistic wellness and non-medicated approaches to health and healing have always been an interest of mine. The first person I turn to when I need some guidance is Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter of Nest Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kristi offers a mind, body, spirit approach to healing and her facility provides services like standard allergy testing and blood panel readings, as well as multi-vitamin IV drips, custom teas and much more. She has empowered me to believe that we can be in control of our bodies and that good nutrition is the most powerful form of medicine.

At this point you could say she knows me pretty well. So I was excited to get to know her for our 6th Pillow Talk series. We chatted about alternative medicine, the upcoming launch of her herbal products and a bedtime routine we’d all like to get behind.

 

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?

I loved biology and really wanted to be a marine biologist and work with the dolphins at Sea World. They are such amazing and intelligent animals! When I got into college I took my first organic chemistry class and, despite studying really hard, only got a C in that class. I switched my major to business at that point and it is probably one of my only regrets in life. It is ironic because when I was back in school taking pre-med classes I got an A, 98 percent actually, in my organic chemistry class.

What contributed to you becoming the business woman and naturopathic doctor that you are today?

I think the most profound influence that I have had in my career was working with the late Dr. Robert Young. We worked together in his office when I first moved to Santa Barbara and then he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During that time I worked through him with his patients and he mentored me for 2 years to help give them the best care possible. I learned more from him than I could have imagined about truly caring for patients and the practice of medicine.

I worked with Dr. Young’s practice even after he passed and there was a point when I knew that in order to fully practice the medicine I wanted that I needed my own space. I wanted a place that was nurturing, comfortable and bright, which led me to open my own business. I have owned Nest Integrative Medicine for the past 6 years.

How has alternative medicine changed your life?

Truly the most profound way that naturopathic medicine has changed my life is by allowing me to help patients feel their best.

How have you seen alternative medicine change other people’s lives?

I have the privilege of seeing changes in patient’s lives every day. It is really quite a gift that I get to see the process of transformation that patients have through the journey of getting healthy. From balancing their hormones, finally getting some sleep, having more energy, resolving their digestive upset, stabilizing moods, I see small and huge victories each day that shift these patients lives significantly.

How does your approach to working with patients differ from other practitioners?

In the state of California naturopathic doctors are licensed as primary care doctors. So a lot of what I do is similar to other general practitioners in that I perform physicals, order labs or imaging and write prescriptions. My approach is different because I look at a patient’s health from a very wide perspective, taking into consideration all of the different facets of their life that contribute to health, such as stress, diet, lifestyle, family history, genetics and their past medical history. I use that information to look for missing parts of their medical puzzle by looking at the body’s physiology using blood work or other labs. We can then pinpoint potential causes of health issues and treat those roots to create long-term optimal health.

Which female entrepreneurs do you admire? 

There are so many women doing amazing things but I really think Ellen DeGeneres is a great inspiration as an entrepreneur. I feel like her whole purpose is to make people realize that we have to be nice to one another and have fun. She has created an entire brand for herself by just being Ellen. I admire those that take their natural gifts and share them with the world in a way that makes everyone’s life a little better.

What do you think is the single most important ingredient to success? 

Integrity. I believe it is the foundation for success in life, professionally and personally.

What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?

Trying to be both business owner and doctor. I absolutely love being both doctor and business owner and strive to do both well. I can get overwhelmed, though, if I am trying to learn all the new knowledge about health AND keep up on the ways I can manage my business the best way possible.

How do you try to manage your work/life balance?

It is something that I have to work on consistently and constantly. In any profession where you are giving of yourself and helping others I feel like it is especially difficult to maintain a good balance. I can come home from work really exhausted from seeing patients and trying to help everyone I encounter, but then I have to have the energy to be a supportive, loving and giving wife as well. Some days I do better than others but my husband is very conscious of this struggle. I have altered my schedule so I am not working on Fridays, which really helps me.

What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?

I’m actually super excited about the next phase of my professional life. I have a lot of herbal products that I have been making for a long time that I am going to launch in the upcoming year. I make delicious organic teas as well as beautiful organic lotions and salves that have all been very thoughtfully curated and I am hoping that will help a lot of people. One of my biggest desires is to share my information and message with a greater community, so I am also developing some informative and entertaining online courses that can help folks around the country and world. I am also working on some really fun pop-up bar ideas for next year at the Nest!

How do you manage the fear and doubt that inevitably creeps in when you’re paving a less trodden path?

I work a lot on shifting my perspective. If I am fearful or doubtful it is usually coming from a place of disbelief…..I can’t do this because…..I am not worthy of this because…..I am not enough for this, etc. These fears can be daunting but if I shift the thought from skepticism to trust then I can use that to propel me forward. I use a journal to process through all these thoughts and usually changing the original fear or thought into a positive makes me do whatever I am doing even better.

What have you been most afraid of trying in your career, but you did it anyway?

Starting my own business. I decided to open my own practice at a time when I was really busy with patients, learning new skills and overall doing quite well. And then things in that practice shifted and I was (as my sister said to me at the time) kicked out of the nest. It was scary but I just took one step at a time and did it. Funny enough my practice name, Nest Integrative, was born out of that conversation I had with my sister and I love it even more because she was involved.

Was there any opportunity that you had in your life that you didn’t take?

Hmmmm….I can’t think of any.

Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?

I have a pretty early bedtime, usually around 9pm, so that allows me to make sure that I am getting enough sleep. I try to turn off screens about 30 minutes before bedtime and not read anything that is more exciting than a clothing catalog. If I do have an active mind I have Kava tincture that I will take to help quiet my brain train so that I can fall asleep. I also make quite an impressive nest with my pillows and blankets that help me drift into sleep.

What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?

Exercise. Each day I get up in the morning, put on my tennis shoes and take my dog Charlie for a walk, hike or jog. Getting out in nature, breathing the air and moving my body makes all things that come at me through the day more manageable. Plus Charlie is a big dog who either gets the walk or will not stop wanting to throw the ball all day.

What’s your favorite food to indulge in?

Sushi. Arigato’s is my very favorite and the jalapeno yellowtail nigiri is absolutely divine!

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?

Put on my contact lenses….I have very very bad vision! Then put on my tennis shoes, see above 🙂

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

Take off my glasses and kiss my husband goodnight.

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

I make sure that it is really simple, clean and uncluttered. I have all white linens on the bed, which makes me happy each time I see them. And I have so so so many pillows.

Thank you Kristi, we love your approach to health and wellness. To learn more about Nest Integrative Medicine, visit www.nestspasb.com.

 

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Raquel Allegra Grosgrain Hoodie, $595

Raquel Allegra, High Waist Slim Pant, $385

Vintage Linen Fern Pillow, 19×19, $150

APIECE APART Shirred Agata Top, $265

APIECE APART Floris Casual Pant, $295

Netillise Argent Pillow, 19×19, $120

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Your Guide to Buying a DIANI Living Rug

Authentic vintage rugs are coveted for their quality and craftsmanship. The intricate weaving and beautiful dyes create a true work of art. When it comes to choosing the right rug for your space, it can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider like size, shape, color and fabric.

I’ve spent years sourcing rugs for DIANI Living and helping clients pick out rugs for their home. Along the way I’ve gathered some go-to strategies that I use when deciding on the right rug for a space. From the importance of scale to spill solutions, these are my favorite tricks of the trade for buying and caring for your rug.

Most of our rugs at DIANI Living are vintage, ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1960s, and sourced from Turkey. Many of our rugs are crafted from wool and I find that the ones that are most versatile are flat, low pile and muted in coloration. I’m particularly drawn to rugs that have been faded by wear or sun. It makes them fit into a home so much easier.

One of the most important things to consider when buying a rug is scale. If the scale of the rug is off, it can spoil the scale you’ve created with your furniture. Large area rugs are good for grounding and defining a space in a living room or dining room and runners are popular to give warmth to narrow hallways and landings.

When choosing a rug I also consider texture. Rugs can be nice to walk on barefoot, so wherever there are well trafficked areas, you want to try and have rug coverings. Furniture doesn’t always have to completely live on top of a rug, but you want to have it either touching or halfway on. There are some exceptions to that, but this is a good rule of thumb.

If you are having trouble finding the exact size rug for your space, that’s okay. Choose a rug with a pattern and color that you love and you can make the size work by layering. My favorite trick is to layer a rug over seagrass or sisal rugs.

At DIANI Living we strongly encourage clients to take our rugs home to try before purchasing. That way they can see the coloration in their own lighting, not the store’s.

 

Rug Care Tips

 

To Vacuum or Not to Vacuum 

It’s not good to over vacuum a vintage rug, as it can wear down the pile and tear the fabrics. It’s recommended that a rug is vacuumed no more than twice a month. Each week I use a broom or stiff brush, depending on the size of the rug, to sweep away loose dirt and fur.

Use Non-Toxic Cleaners

There isn’t a hard and fast rule when it comes to cleaning a vintage rug. Be sure that you use a service that uses non-toxic cleaners, not only for the longevity of the rug, but so you aren’t living with toxic substances in your home.

Spills happen

The best way to treat a spill at home is to immediately blot the area, then place a towel or cloth under the rug and pour warm water through it until the stain rinses out. To ensure that colors don’t bleed, test a small area of the rug with a damp cloth. If color does transfer over, it’s best to leave the job to a professional rug cleaner.

 

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