Good Space: be HUE explores the connection between interior design, architecture and well-being

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What is the link between interior design, architecture and well-being? Kimberly Writt says there’s more than you think. As the boundaries around what defines well-being expand far beyond the simple concept of being healthy to include sustainability, equity, accessibility and flexibility alongside physical well-being and mental health, Writt, who has always had a keen interest in health and nutrition, decided to take the plunge and launch to be HUE mid-pandemic. “I took the time to think about where my passions – wellness and design – and my professional expertise – working with designers – might take me, and also what gaps were missing in the world of wellness”, she says. “It was truly an ‘aha’ moment when I chose to focus on the home and design industry as it relates to well-being at home, because we were all then linked to our homes during this time and using rooms in versatile ways that were not always intended to be multi-functional.

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“My niche turned out to be a huge advantage this way because there was a demand for this type of coaching and many designers were going through operational changes and extreme stressors as the industry evolved,” says -she. Writt, an integrative wellness coach, yoga and meditation instructor, and hygge expert, also has extensive marketing and branding experience in interior design, architecture, and design. real estate, has found a way to weave its two worlds together: wellness and design. “be HUE is a wellness brand, specifically designed for home and design professionals and enthusiasts, focusing on wellness coaching, yoga and meditation,” she says, describing the concept behind “MOOD. MOLD. MAKE.”, a three-month wellness coaching program on how internal forces (mindset) and external forces (environment) are in direct conversation with each other. others and impact energy, stress levels and perception of the world around them.” I also work directly with design and business entities through lectures on relevant topics – color psychology or how to set boundaries as an interior designer – as well as yoga and meditation sessions to improve connectedness with themselves, their colleagues and their space.”

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But what do yoga and design have in common? “A direct link that the brand emphasizes is color as it relates to overall well-being. be HUE is a color-infused game of ‘be you’,” says Writt. “In the program, we assess the impact of color on our functionality, from the nutrients we ingest to our energy levels and chakras to our environment and how we interpret colors, textures and sensory details. In other words: how we construct memories. She continues, “Color is made up of wavelengths of light and each color has its own frequency, just as we humans operate at different frequencies and are attracted to colors and people because of their frequencies. Neuroscience also argues that the brain’s processing of colors releases neurotransmitters that induce strong feelings, which can impact our mood, attention span, and decision-making abilities. This relates to the design selections we make in our home, office or private spaces, but what I like to point out to clients is that it also impacts how you feel in a space. that’s out of your control – a work event, a family party, the doctor’s office. What colors, textures and sensory details are around you and how does this influence your mood? Are you able to reframe your perception and appreciate where you are independent of these factors? »

Ready to explore these limits even further, Writt created a series of yoga taught in interior design showrooms. “I started Yoga Curated in 2016 at Montauk Sofa and found that people were intrigued by the idea of ​​practicing yoga in uniquely designed spaces and enjoyed networking with their peers in a more intimate way,” says -she. “I was also co-chair of the DIFFA/Chicago Sub-Council, so it was only natural that all donations would benefit an organization that meant so much to me and to the industry,” she says. “Since 2016, I have taught in nearly thirty showrooms in the city. For her, watching others relax and connect on a deeper level during these sessions has always been inspiring, even more so over the past difficult years. “There were many elements of the pandemic that were out of our control and yoga and meditation were proven methods to help regain some of that control, even just to breathe,” she says. “We didn’t know what the future held, so getting into a practice like a body scan meditation or a 4-7-8 breathing exercise diverted those flickering thoughts or worries and instead helped individuals and clients alike. to return to that parasympathetic state.”

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“One of my favorite mantras – with everything in life – is ‘start before you’re ready’. With yoga and meditation, it’s easy because there really is no beginning or end – they are lifelong practices that look and feel different for everyone at different stages of life,” says Writt, whose priority is to unite the Chicago interiors community by offering the practice in showrooms or Zen design businesses. and inspiring.”be HUE meets individuals and groups where they are in their meditation or Vinyasa yoga practice,” she explains. access a mindset of abundance through thoughtful poses, breathing, stretching, and silence. Participants learn to separate their thoughts from their true selves and celebrate calm in chaos to relieve tension in the body. -mind and harness compassion for themselves and for the are others. On their way to emotional freedom, they feel lighter mentally and physically until their spark is imminent.

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Think of it as a chance to get your daily dose of endorphins, let go, and relax just steps from your desk. But what are the key elements that make a space conducive to looking within, you might ask? “I really believe that ‘home is where you are, not where you land’, so while it’s important to tailor a space to your liking, I also think you can leverage the tools to look inside. indoors, whatever setting you’re in,” she said. said. “My best advice to design professionals is to work with what you know to design your space,” she says. “What colors inspire or calm you, what scents keep you centered, what music or stillness do you need to maintain awareness? For some it might also mean thinking outside the home as it might remind them of their profession – instead it might try immersing themselves in nature for a walking meditation where they can feel a sense release and absorb the natural elements. Inside or outside office walls, be HUE invites us to spark inspiration, spark creativity and develop essential life skills, while rethinking the ways we improve mental and physical health. At the end of the day, what if taking a well-deserved break from work meant rolling out a yoga mat in an interior design showroom with your colleagues?

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