As I was walking from my office to Hotel Le Germain on Mansfield street in Montreal to meet with Colin and Justin, I kept saying to myself, ”I hope I will not be sneezing 13 times as I sometimes do in winter, this could be very embarrassing even though Colin and Justin were about to share with me some of their allergy proof tips for your home Christmas decorations, I don’t think a sneezing introduction would be de mise .”
Colin and Justin’s hallmark as Interior Designers is to help their clients make choices for a beautiful, happy and healthy home, in their perpetual quest for this special task, they have realized that many people have indoor allergies, and they found out from Claritin that nearly two thirds of Canadians with or living with someone with indoor allergies have tried to protect their home against indoor allergy triggers.
So here are Colin and Justin’s tips for Christmas decorations.
Dust your ornaments: Christmas ornaments have been sitting in a box
all year, and may also be coated in dust or mold. If possible, unwrap them
outside to avoid spreading dust inside your home. Wipe them off with a soft
cloth before hanging. At the end of the season, wrap your ornaments in new
paper, rather than re-using old, dusty paper.
Clean your wreaths: Artificial wreaths can be vacuumed or dusted with a soft cloth. Use a vacuum with a Hepa filter, like the Dyson Animal, to remove dust, and keep it in the cleaner, rather than in the air.
Colin also told me he vacuumed their friends dog with this Hepa filter and the dog absolutely loves it, and it gets rid of all the extra floating hair.
Avoid scented candles: Scented candles can cause stuffy noses and
irritated lungs. If you crave a little atmosphere with your holiday meals, try
unscented beeswax and soy wax candles.
You can find these beeswax and Soy wax candles made in Scotland at Homesense, Winners & Marshalls, by the way Colin and Justin are from beautiful Scotland.
You can also visit Christmas fairs and buy from small independent makers who can tell you all about manufacture and components.
Christmas is Not To Be Sniffed At…Quote C&J
Shake it or fake it – seems to be the way for allergy sufferers to enjoy a
Christmas tree this year. Follow Colin and Justin’s tips for reducing indoor allergens and
enjoy an allergy-friendly holiday season, where the only tears in your eyes will be from the lovely family times ahead!
Tips for Real Christmas Trees
Real trees can a haven for mold, dust, and pollen – add in allergies to tree
sap – and to some particular genus of tree – and you might be itching to find
an alternative. If you long for a real tree then:
Choose an allergy-friendly tree: avoid pine trees as the pollen can be a
major allergy trigger for some people. Fir, spruce, or cypress may be a better bet, with the Leyland Cypress – a sterile hybrid tree, the best choice as it does not produce pollen.
Give it a shake: some tree farms have a mechanical tree-shaker that will
serve to remove dead needles as well as some of the dust and mold.
Wash your tree: before you bring the tree into the house, spray it off
with water and allow to dry overnight in the garage. This will remove
some of the loose mold and pollen that is on the tree. Using a vegetable
wash like Nature Clean veggie soak http://www.naturecleanliving.com/
fruit_veggie_wash_concentrate will remove more mold and pollen than water
alone, and will also help to remove any pesticides that have been sprayed on
the tree – another major irritant.
Pop it outside: If you long for a real Christmas tree, then why not take it
outside and dress a tree in front of your main window or out in the porch for
visitors to see as they arrive. That way you can enjoy it from afar without
Choose an eco-friendly alternative tree: some are modern, some natural
but all are ideal alternatives to those who want to make a holiday statement
without creating health issues. There is a card board trees like: http://boutique.cascades.com/ca/en/catalog/christmas-trees/
For a modern look you can use a cake holder and fill it up with Christmas balls and Christmas decorations and top it up with a lovely candle.
For a smaller tree, you can get one of these washed newspaper trees, they have an old feeling about them but are quite modern (I like to think of myself this way). The small driftwood tree would look terrific in your country home.
The good news is that an allergy-friendly home can still be a stylish home, Create a new tradition, a tradition of your own that will make your family and friends happy and healthy.
Yours truly with Colin and Justin.
For great tips, before and after decorating with Colin and Justin go to http://www.colinandjustin.tv/
Oops make sure you Watch those two boys renovating their log Cabin (leur Cabane au Canada) On ‘C&J’s Cabin Pressure’ – Cottage Life TV; launches Spring 2014. They are charming and sometimes irreverent, it’s all in good spirit and fun, you will love them.