Today’s home builders, designers and innovators are working to create interiors and living experiences that take into account consumer trends toward seeking a more healthful environment, inside and out. This year’s “Whole Home Concept House,” by leading design magazine House Beautiful, places focus on design elements and appliances created to promote health, livability and sustainability, reflecting the increasing desire of American consumers for an approach to interior design that goes well beyond aesthetics.
"At House Beautiful we believe our homes should be a refuge that helps you recharge and unplug from our busy external lives — and that if you design it well, you will live a happier and healthier life," said House Beautiful’s market director Carisha Swanson. "The Whole Home Concept House is the culmination of our year-long wellness initiative. We've built out a real home that embodies and showcases ideas and innovations that feed happiness and drive well-being in every facet of our lives."
Here are some of the 2019 Whole Home Concept House’s top features that consumers can adopt in their own home designs and renovations to improve livability and enhance their home environment.
1. Make it easy to clean.
Especially for homes with children, choosing fabrics and other materials that are tough enough to withstand dirt and stains for flooring, walls and furniture makes it easier for parents who don’t want to spend every moment cleaning. For the Whole Home Concept House, Atlanta-based designer Vern Yip used heavy-duty, stain-resistant fabrics in the foyer and living room, along with wipe-able wallpaper that’s easy to keep clean. Swanson emphasizes that this approach gives families more time to do the things that they really want to do in life.
2. Fight allergens where they live.
The latest technology for the laundry room now keeps clothes and linens as free from allergens as possible. Choose appliances certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for the best results, such as LG’s TurboWash 360 front-loading washing machine. The washer’s proprietary Allergiene cycle removes 95 percent of pet dander and dust mites. All LG products in the home are equipped with smart technology, enabling users to control key features from anywhere with the ThinQ mobile app or using voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
3. Avoid chemicals.
For refreshing clothes and removing light wrinkles in under 20 minutes, the LG Styler steam closet helps extend the life of clothing between laundering. There is no plumbing required, so the unit can be used in any room. It reduces the need for dry cleaning, cutting down on potentially harmful chemicals in your wardrobe, as well as removes 99% of allergens and bacteria from clothing, pillows and even children’s stuffed animals with the gentle power of steam.
4. Keep food fresh longer.
To store and prepare healthy, fresh food effectively, the Whole Home Concept House featured the latest in food storage and preservation technology from luxury kitchen appliance brand Signature Kitchen Suite. Their integrated refrigerators and freezers are engineered to provide the largest capacities in their respective classes, while also minimizing temperature fluctuations to help maintain optimal food freshness longer, reducing food waste.
5. Cook like a chef.
For cooking your healthiest, most delicious meals, the Signature Kitchen Suite 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range provides home chefs with all the tools available to professionals, such as the first-of-its-kind pro-range with built-in sous vide modality, along with induction and gas, all on the cooktop. The sous vide cooking technique uses precise temperature control to deliver consistent, restaurant-quality results that preserve the true flavors, vitamins and nutrients of the food, needing little or no added salt or fats.
To learn more about the 2019 Whole Home Concept House, visit Housebeautiful.com/wholehome or see the November issue of House Beautiful.