I have had an interior design business for over ten years. I create beautiful homes and offices that, up until recently, I was proud of. But I was completely ignorant of the brutality and death that surrounded the furnishings I placed in the spaces of my clients. I can no longer look myself in the mirror or in the eyes of my children and design spaces that are created at the expense of our beautiful animals. My mission is now to create Dzcompassionate design…dzBeautiful Interior design without harming our earth and animals. Up until a few months ago, I was a meat eater. I also wore wool sweaters, leather jackets and boots and so on… I was thoughtless. I never chose to make the connection between slaughtered animals for the sake of the food or clothing I wore. One day, a friend posted a brutal PETA video of lambs being sheared. I was in shock and disgust. The next day another video was posted showing the horrific treatment of cows on dairy farms. I began to “see,” or let me rephrase that, I could no longer “ignore” the inhumane treatment of our beautiful animals. I then read an article about the probability that many leather sofas could bmade from dog skins
from China. I could no longer hide behind the cowardly curtain of ignorance.
My personal journey leading me to a vegan life has been deep and thought provoking. It’s been one of the several turning points in my life. It’s right up there with the births of my daughters and the death of my father. It has impacted me in every way, shape and form– for the better. Bringing awareness, educating others and transitioning my business to saving and protecting animals is going to be a very integral part of the next chapter of my life. It will be one of the several roads I will take and I’m very happy and fulfilled with this decision. My path to a life of not harming animals and saving and protecting them has begun. On that note, I present “DiMare Designs “Vegan-izing”your space 101 tip; -Down Feathers: Geese are brutally treated for their “down” feathers. They are plucked, beaten, strangled and often die during the torturous act of ripping their feathers while fully conscious. Manufacturers use down in sofas, pillows and upholstered goods. More and more companies are creating down alternatives. Down alternatives are not only an ethical choice, but a great option for those suffering with allergies. Plus, it’s less expensive. It’s a win-win all around. One of my favorite manufacturers is www.Pillowflex.com. However, most major retailers such as Target and Restoration Hardware also offer down alternatives.
Take a look at this video about down feathers; http://www.peta.org/features/down-investigation/ Here’s a space that I designed that is vegan inspired. Many of the materials in this space are cruelty free; cotton, linen, suede, silk and wool alternatives.
The next “Vegan-izing” your space 101 will focus on leather alternatives for furniture. I look forward to inspiring others to make humane choices when decorating their spaces. I will show you endless, beautiful, stylish and comfortable options. I am here to help… whatever questions, comments, thoughts or ideas you have, I welcome them. I hope my passion and excitement about vegan design jumps off this page and touches you as it has touched me. Deborah Rosenberg, founder of DiMare Design focuses on Design Therapy and Vegan Design. She combines specific textures, scents and colors with cruelty free materials to create optimal thriving spaces. Deborah grew up in New York. She resides in Miami with her daughters and dog Lucca. Lucca’s favorite pastime is being a total beach bum. www.DiMareDesign.com, info@DiMareDesign.com