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Bring the outdoors in

Silvia Ceria tells us about the importance of biophilic design

We are all aware of the benefits of spending time in nature, but often in our modern lives it can feel like we only see nature out of our office windows, or fleetingly whilst popping out to grab a sandwich at lunch. So, what’s the solution? Biophilic design, or, connecting the outdoors with the indoors. Interior designer, Silvia Ceria, tells us how and why we should all make our homes a shade or two greener.

My journey started with a moment of deep self-reflection. I was stuck in an office job I really didn’t like and I remember feeling like I was literally wasting my days. The moment I realised it was quite shocking to me, and that’s when I decided I needed to pull myself out of that situation. What followed was an intense period where I looked inside myself as I never did before. Then I came across a book about interior design which made something tick inside my mind. After some more research, I enrolled in design school and I loved it so much I understood that was my path to follow. And then, in 2017, the real journey began as I opened my own website, DforDesign. Today, DforDesign is both my job and my passion. Through my e-design services, I help people create a home where they can truly feel good. I also curate a design blog, where I focus on my main ‘design loves’: biophilic design, sustainability and minimalist style.

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Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor