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Come in to New Living Bedroom in the Heights any day this summer for a quote and grab a free organic breakfast popsicle made by our close friends at B POP who have just launched their Indiegogo campaign!

Do nutritious organic breakfast Popsicles sound like a yummy way to get through Houston’s summer? Learn more about what B Pop is up to by clicking here:

Last Thursday here at New Living we had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Angela Mosley on how indoor toxins can affect our health.

You can find some of her advice on what to avoid and how to create a healthy home on our blog.

We are having a big Independence Day Sale starting Saturday and going through July 4th weekend. Most OMI Mattresses are 20% off. Cisco Furniture will be 20-50% off (*see store for details). 

Last Thursday here at New Living we had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Angela Mosley on how indoor toxins can affect our health.  Below are a few highlights that we know you will find helpful!

Volatile Organic Compounds, known for off gassing, are around in several commonly used household products such as paints, upholstery fabrics, air fresheners and cleaners.  According to recent studies VOC levels can be up to 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors!

Being exposed to high levels of VOC’s can cause many different health issues.  Short term side effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Even worse, long term side effects can lead to cancer, liver and kidney damage.  The issue today is that many people do not associate disease and illness with the mattress they are sleeping on or the fabric on their furniture.  The fact is, often times we are surrounded by VOC’s without even being aware!

Knowing all of this information leads to two big questions, how do we know if toxins are effecting our health, and how do we rid our homes of toxins??

One method for observing environmental damage is testing the health of your thyroid. A person has four iodides circling their thyroid at all times. When exposed to environmental toxins, the iodide will literally be replaced by toxins such as benzine. This leads to auto-immune diseases and literally causes your cells to resist fighting off diseases, such as cancer. The first is determining the probable sources of VOC’s in our homes.  The easiest way to determine if a product is toxic is off gassing.  Inspect your home for anything that has a harsh chemical smell. There are also professional indoor air quality investigators or industrial hygienists who can assist you in this process.

Once you have determined the source, the next step is to eliminate it.  Things such as sealants, air filters, water filters, and non toxic mattresses are all a great way to help diminish toxins in your home.

Another great way to help decrease the number of toxins in your home is ventilation and climate control.  It is important to increase ventilation by opening windows and doors, using fans, and making sure to get fresh air into your home whenever possible.

Our motto at Made @ New Living is “Let’s Build Together,” and our mission is to work with the community to create healthy, locally made furniture. We were very excited to work with our favorite bookstore in the city, Brazos Bookstore, to create the Book Nook. We used all non-toxic finishes and the foam is made with natural latex from the sap of a rubber tree. Order one this month and we will give you a $100 gift certificate to Brazos, so you can put some new books in your Book Nook.

We are having a big Independence Day Sale starting Saturday and going through July 4th weekend. Most OMI Mattresses are 20% off. Cisco Furniture will be 20-50% off (*see store for details). 

Did you know that our non-toxic furniture, made right here in Houston, can be beneficial to your health? Come out to our Rice Village location to hear a special talk from Dr. Angela N. Mosley on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 pm, and learn simple tips on what you can do to protect yourself and your family’s health from common toxic indoor chemicals, like the ones found in traditional furniture pieces (Facebook Event Page).

Until the end of June,  we will be throwing in a $200 gift certificate to Whole Foods with the purchase of any of our healthy beds, dinner tables, standing desks, or Certified Organic Queen or King Mattresses*.

Already one of our customers? Refer a friend to New Living who purchases any of the forementioned products (this month) and we’ll send you a $100 Gift Card to Whole Foods!

Stop by this weekend and see what we can make for you!

Live-Edge Walnut Bed
This bed uses two live-edge slabs for a head-board and footboard. Every bed holds standard mattress dimensions, but every bed is truly an original.
Standing Desk
Our modular reclaimed, standing desk meet NL’s mission in every way– besides the fact that we’re using reclaimed materials and non-toxic finishes, it’s also healthier because of all of the benefits of standing up while you work as opposed to sitting in a chair all day.
Live-Edge Dining Table
We love making tables that tell a story.  Each piece is made using solid fallen timber that’s mostly foraged or reclaimed wood sourced locally. All of our finishes are plant based or non-toxic. Made At New Living only our shop or within a few miles of our store.
Thoreau Bed
This bed doubles as a planter box and book shelf. It’s modern lines and museum grade finish makes it the perfect bed for any high-design modern home. If the thought of reading a book in the forest with a night lamp makes you want to jump in bed, this is for you.

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It’s getting hotter, and we’re spending more time indoors now. Here are some of our favorite ways you can feel better in your home this weekend:

Drink pure water in your own home with our Aquasana water filters
Take a stand for health by standing at work. Our adjustable standing desk makes it easy to adopt healthy work practices.
Sleep on a Thoreau Bed, surrounded by plants and books. What could be healthier than that?

Austin Air Filters are designed to remove VOCs, formaldehyde, allergens, and odors from the air in your home.

Relax on an organic mattress for a healthy and luxurious sleep
Smell some fresh wildflowers. We have fresh flowers every day at our store in the Heights for you to enjoy.
Give your room some color with our non-toxic paint
It’s a lot easier to feel good in a clean home, so why not make the task healthy and fun? Branch Basics are a completely natural and non-toxic line of cleaning products

Did you know that we’re making furniture using the highest standards in the industry?

We source beautiful slabs from a network of foragers and area harvesters incorporating the most sustainable practices in the industry. Nearly all of our wood is indigenous to our region– wood that would have been used in Harris County 200 years ago. That wood typically consists of Oak, Spalted Pecan, Cypress, and Black Walnut.

Once you’ve picked the perfect slab from your favorite species, we take measures to kiln dry, ensuring maximum durability and performance in Houston’s humid climate.

We then finish with all plant-based, botanical finishes that bring out the natural beauty. This is our specialty! At the end of the day, you will get a finished product that is 100% handmade right here in Houston. Your table will be free of formaldehyde, VOCs, and other toxins. The finished product is so pure that you could eat right of of it!

The New Living team will be set up at Northern Grade this weekend, on both Saturday May 2nd from 11am-7pm. Come see our perfect live edge table for yourself, and look at the other amazing products being made in Houston by our friends in the community.

For more information, visit the event page.

We are so excited to share a sneak peak of what we hope will be one of the most talked about designs at this year’s Lawndale Design Fair.  This piece resulted from a collaboration with Brazos Bookstore, a fellow locally owned, community focused business.  The collaboration was a very natural process, Brazos Bookstore has been a vital part of our community (as well as one of our personal favorites). We have always felt that good books were an important part of a healthy home.

The Brazos Booknook Chair is comfortable upholstered chair surrounded by shelves, this chair is every readers dream. It is made of botanical-based fibers and natural upholstery, finished with our in-house finishes so you can truly feel better when you want to relax.  You can surround yourself with all of your favorite books in the Booknook.

The Brazos Bookstore team had the final approval on this design, and New Living is proud to partner with them as they are one of Houston’s most beloved independent bookstores.

The New Living team will be at Lawndale Design Fair again this year, on both Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015, from 10 AM – 5 PM. Come see our healthy bedroom lifestyle design, in addition to the debut of our new Brazos Booknook.For more information, visit the Lawndale Design Fair site.