Bring Nature's Restorative Power Indoors - Biophilic Design

Reblogger Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509


This re-blog is intended to spread the beautiful message written by Bernie Stea JD. Married couple Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD are advocates for living in harmony with nature and educating consumers about the power nature can bring into our lives when you believe in the power by implementing Biophilic Design ("the passionate love of life and all that is alive.") For additional information, be sure to click on their links as they also contain valuable information. And be sure to follow their blog. The following quote was found on one of the links which are the nitty-gritty about this topic and the designer's artistic consciousness:


If we stray too far from our inherited dependence on the natural world, we do so at our own peril.
— Stephen Kellert, “Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World” (2012)
Our culture doesn't have to be a material world. Things that are cheap (but very costly) and manufactured with toxins end up in landfills and plastic is a huge problem in people's homes, the oceans, bodies of water, and in the environment everywhere around the globe. As business owners in the real estate industry, it is important to get the word out to channel the good about natural products by design that are much healthier for all and less costly where health is concerned. 
I believe strongly that the products currently being used in many homes throughout our country are the reasons why many children have asthma and people have cancer. I was keenly aware something was wrong with my son during the first two years of his life. 42 years ago, we rented an old cottage on the lake because we believed in living closer to nature. There was no attic or wall insulation so the landlord discovered a new product to blow into the walls and my son spent the majority of the first few years of his life in the hospital. We found out much later after moving out, that the product was recalled because it was causing cancer. Thank God, my son didn't have cancer, but he suffered from severe asthma. And his father, my husband died of brain cancer shortly thereafter. You might also be interested in knowing, we loved birds but we couldn't keep birds alive in our homes in cages because they all died suddenly after the insulation was blown into the walls.  
I do believe Bernie and Debb know what they are talking about, especially when it comes to "The relationship between Humans and Nature." 

Biophilic Design - The Relationship between Humans and Nature

We continue to learn spending time in natural settings is restorative. It's one of the big reasons we specialize in homes located in soothing environments. A growing body of evidence confirms being in nature has a profoundly positive impact on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being


This nature-wellness link is resulting in a rising interest in biophilic design. Biophilia literally translates to "the passionate love of life and all that is alive."  Therefore, from corporate offices to personal homes, architects and designers are working to help people feel happier, healthier, and more focused at work, and at home. 

Over a decade ago, the so-called Godfather of Biophilia, Stephen Kellert, identified more than 70 elements to help create a strong connection to nature in an indoor setting. Rather than discuss the various architectural nuances of biophilic design, we are focused on how to easily create it in your current home. 


A Spirit of Place 


Amanda Sturgeon, author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, believes a structure should reflect a geographic area. An understanding of the region's ecosystem make us better stewards of the land, and help satisfy our need for a harmonious connection at home.  A "Spirit of Place." 

"Spirit of Place" is defined as the tangible and intangible elements that give meaning, value, emotion, and mystery to a place. 


   Tangible: Eg: Buildings, sites, landscapes (rivers, mountains, meadows), routes.


   Intangible: Eg: Memories, narratives, written documents, rituals, festivals, tradition,   values, and textures. 


 In short, the soul of a place. 


How to Increase Biophilia at Home 



Obviously, a soothing and pleasing view is a great way to start working toward biophila at home. However, if your current view is lacking, there are other simple things you can do to foster tranquility. 


Fresh Air - Make sure you allow plenty of fresh air to move freely about your home.  Open windows also allow us to hear the rain, the wind blowing through trees, and the sounds of birds chirping. 


Play with Light and Shadow - having access to daylight helps balance our circadian rhytmns. Take note of shadows and sunlight moving through your home and landscape. If you have particularly sunny corner on a deck, create little spot to breathe in the outdoors. Try to minimize the boundaries between inside and outside spaces. 


Natural Elements - Bring nature inside.  Plants, soothing greens, other natural elements ( think wood and stone), and a simple fountain can help connect us to nature. 


Promote a Sense of Refuge - enclosed spaces help us feel secure, but with the addition of the ability to survey the landscape the space becomes restorative.  Plant trees or shrubs, create a beautiful garden - there are many ways to add a soothing view to a home. 


Natural Shapes and Forms - Obviously not all buildings have natural form in their design, but we can use patterns from nature as decorative motifs. Think of art pieces reflecting an evergreen tree, fern, or wildlife - or another symbols reflecting your particular region. 


Order and Complexity - Nature is orderly, but quite complex in the detail. Consider while every leaf has a similar shape, the size varies. Bring nature's designs and principles indoors. 


The number one rule of biophilic design - go outside and understand your surroundings first. Observe, listen, and learn about your ecosystem - then bring nature's lessons and gifts inside. 


If you enjoyed reading about Biophilic Design, you'll likely enjoy this article, written by Bernie, What can we learn from Nature? Everything! 



ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Patricia, I didn't know how sick your little son had been or of your husband's brain cancer, but I fully believe that many of the products we use so blithely are harming us in ways not completely known. You re-blogged a worthy post.

May 23, 2019 07:25 PM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am always in awe of your magnificent writing skills and this was a wonderful post to reblog, I love what Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD share with us!

May 24, 2019 06:38 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh, how kind to share this one, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Bernie and I appreciate your continued support in AR. As for your story - wow, oh wow. That is truly and amazing story - breaks my heart to read about ill health being linked to toxic products. I agree we have far too many things in our current environment that can cause all sorts of diseases and sicknesses.  It's really unacceptable. 

May 24, 2019 06:43 AM #3
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lottie Kendall , and Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I spent the first 13 years of my child's life helping him to cope with respiratory problems, bronchitis, pneumonia, and severe asthma which was life-threatening. 

My husband was a healthy 17-year-old kid who entered the military and served in Korea and Vietnam. He wrote to me about the spraying of chemicals before his helicopter flew out to areas where he was on missions. I didn't think anything of it, after all, the mosquito truck was in my neighborhood spraying DDT since I was a kid. In his letters, he shared about the weird rashes he developed and it never went away. By the time we all heard about Agent Orange, he was dead. He was constantly exposed to toxins by working on helicopters, automobiles, trucks, etc., construction projects tearing down walls with asbestos. It wasn't until that insulation was sprayed into our walls that weird things happened like the birds dying and I was always rushing both of them to the hospital. Those were very hard times and my husband's death was quick without any form of compensation or apologies. Toxins cause physical, emotional, and financial distress to the highest level known to man.  

May 24, 2019 07:45 AM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Your blog posts about living in harmony with nature is so valuable. Please keep writing blog posts just like this re-blog. I believe you are living your purpose and raising awareness that is so needed not only for us but for generations to come. Our dwellings, our homes, have to be our sanctuary, a healthy environment in which to live. Everyone has a right to breath fresh air without toxins. As for the children, their schools need to be built with health & safety in mind and they must be educated in an environment where they are secure. Too many of the older schools still have asbestos inside. It wasn't until I moved to TX, long after my kids were out of school that I found out their elementary schools had to be torn down because of asbestos. I wish physicians would stop pushing prescriptions without even a discussion about what is the root cause of the child's sickness. 

May 24, 2019 08:01 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Patricia, for sharing your thoughts and this excellent reblog selection.

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