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SecondNature

Welcome to Second Nature, a Q+A series with Jute founder, Ali Davin, that explores all things healthy living, with a fond emphasis on that thing she does best—interior design.

01

Decorating a Vacation Home

You know that relaxed, recharged, rebalanced feeling you get from spending a week (or two) at a resort? That’s how you should feel in your vacation home. And because it’s a place to escape everyday life, the décor should look somewhat different from your primary residence.

02

Designing Your Vacation Home

When you were a kid, chances are your family spent most vacations in the same place every time. That likely shaped how you recharge and where you go to do it. And while traveling the world is always a rewarding experience, there’s something comforting—and instantly relaxing—about returning to a familiar destination.

03

Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Climate change is real. Over the last 150 years, increased greenhouse gas emissions—particularly carbon dioxide—have trapped heat in the atmosphere and made the planet gradually warmer. The number-one source of these emissions: burning fossil fuels for energy.

04

The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

Have you ever noticed that whenever you’re entertaining at home, everyone always ends up in the kitchen? It’s the social hub of your home—and where the food and drinks are—and thus where everyone wants to be.

05

How To Dine Outdoors

For many of us, the first of spring isn’t the when the trees begin to blossom, the birds start to sing, or even an arbitrary date on the calendar. Instead, it’s the first day that’s still bright enough to enjoy dinner outside—even if we’re still bundled up in our parkas.

06

Give Your Home Curb Appeal

When it comes to real-estate buzzwords, curb appeal is the new location, location, location. While a good-looking exterior can get prospective buyers in the door and potentially increase your home’s value, it impacts more than just selling (or buying) a house.

07

Lighting Your Home

When designing your home, lighting is probably one of the last things you think about. But it’s just as important as the structure, surfaces, and furnishings, if not more so. Light plays a huge role in the functionality and the mood of a space, as well as how you feel inside of it.

08

Buying A Move-In-Ready Home

If you have the means, building your dream home from scratch—or undergoing a to-the-studs renovation—can be totally worth it. It can also take years of waiting for permits, addressing unforeseen setbacks, and even battling your neighbors in court.

09

New Year, New Space

For many, the start of a new year means committing to a transformation, whether that’s focusing on fitness, finances, family, or all of the above. And while radical resolutions can take time to manifest, giving your living space a makeover can be both fairly simple and highly impactful.

10

All About Flooring

Floors are the foundation of our living space—they’re where you do yoga, play with the kids, or just rest your feet. And as the largest surface in your home, they can have a dramatic effect on its look and feel.

11

Setting the Table

Dining in is the new dining out, and with the holidays approaching, chances are you’ll be entertaining at home in the upcoming months. But as anyone who’s ever hosted a dinner party knows, what food you serve is often the least important part.

12

Feels Like Fall

For many people, autumn means going back to school, changing colors, and pumpkin spice everything. For others, it means shorter days, the common cold, and even a sense of sadness as the freedom of summer comes to an end.

13

The Ultimate Closet

Picture this: perfectly hung rails of clothes. A neat stack of sweaters. Shoes lined up tidily along floor-to-ceiling shelves. A comfy seat in the middle. But you’re not in a chic little boutique—you’re in your very own closet.

14

The Best In Bedding

Cotton or linen? Blanket or quilt? Top sheet or not? The bedding options are endless, and in spite of what your grandmother might have told you, there’s no right or wrong way to make a bed.

15

The Home Office

Thanks to modern technology, we take conference calls in the car, check email after putting the kids to bed, and send invoices from the sofa. The lines may be blurred, but there is a way to make working from home work for you.

16

Creating Kids’ Rooms

From the first time they sleep through the night to the days when you have to drag them out of bed before noon, kids grow up so quickly—and so do their tastes.

17

All About Bathrooms

Kitchens tend to get all the attention, but the bathroom is one of the hardest-working spaces in your home. Serene yet practical, luxe yet utilitarian, it’s a small room with a big emphasis on function.

18

Sustainable Travel

Whether you’re a beach person or a city person, travel is a way to connect with different cultures, appreciate the beauty of the world, and create memories to last a lifetime. It’s also an opportunity to protect and preserve our planet.

19

All About Kitchens

Have you ever noticed that when you host a gathering, everyone ends up in the kitchen? It’s where the food and drinks are, but it’s the heart of the home, where we nourish ourselves and connect with each other.

20

Feng Shui 101

Our living spaces have more influence over our day-to-day lives than we realize. And if things aren’t going as well as they could be, it may not be you—it may be your home. The good news? It’s all fixable.

21

All About Upholstery

Are you sitting down right now? If the answer is yes, chances are it’s on a piece of upholstered furniture. From dining chairs to sofas, most of our waking hours (and frequently our sleeping hours) are spent on these comfy furnishings.

22

La Dolce Vita

If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ve probably noticed that Italians know how to live. It’s more than delicious food and wine; la dolce vita—the sweet life—is all about embracing simple pleasures every day.

23

A Healthy Outdoor Space

It’s a beautiful day, and you want to relax outside with a book for a few hours. Which sounds more enticing: a random cluster of plastic furniture, or a living area filled with natural materials that’s just as cozy and comfortable as your indoor one?

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Indoor Outdoor Living

Picture this: there’s a fire in the fireplace, you’ve just made a drink at the wet bar, and now you’re sitting down to relax on your sofa. But you’re not in your house—you’re in your outside living room.

25

Renovation Cheatsheet- Part 2

As anyone who has ever decorated a home knows, the options are endless—and dizzying. But beyond aesthetics, everything from the paint on your walls to the linens on your bed can affect your health.

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Renovation Cheatsheet- Part 1

You’ve made the decision to renovate your home, and that’s super exciting. But there’s more to it than just designing your dream space. From demolition to construction, the materials and techniques you use can affect the environment inside and outside of your home.

27

Yes to Natural Light

The Scandinavian concept of Hygge has been all the rage for awhile. Who doesn’t love feeling cozy, comfy, and content? But Hygge is more than a cup of tea and a thick blanket. It’s part of a greater design movement that embraces simplicity, function, and connection to the natural world.

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All About Area Rugs

A cozy, approachable living space starts from the ground up—literally. The right area rug should visually define a room, but there’s more to it than style. Area rugs absorb impact and sound, add warmth, and help us feel grounded by slowing down the energy flow of a space in a calming, welcoming way.

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Tips from our Ancestors

Much like the paleo diet, there’s a lot to be learned from the past. From how they built their homes to how they cleaned them, our ancestors were pioneers in sustainable living.

30

Detox Your Home

Green juice. Raw food. Elimination diets. Sound familiar? Chances are, you’ve given your body a detox from time to time, and you’ve felt amazing afterward.

31

Creating Good Energy

At its surface, feng shui can seem like a mystifying combination of colors, elements, and directions. But there’s more to it than painting your front door red, adding a water fountain, and hanging a few crystals.

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Why Natural Fibers

Whether you live in a climate that changes with the seasons, your linens wear out, or just because you feel like a change (no judgment!), soft goods come into your home more regularly than anything else. Here’s why you should always choose natural ones.

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The Air You Breathe

It’s common knowledge that we should eat organic food, cook with nontoxic pans, and clean with natural products. We are conscious of what we consume with our bodies, but what about the environment we live in?  The next step in living a green, sustainable life is being conscious of the materials in our home, from the surfaces that surround us to the air we breathe.

34

How to Sleep Better

Have you ever had such a good night of sleep that you felt like a bear emerging from a months-long slumber? Remember that feeling of waking up clear-headed, bright-eyed, and ready to conquer the world?

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Why Choose Antiques

Antiques do more than add character to your home. They can last for hundreds of years and are more than an investment—they’re a way to keep your home (and the planet) healthy.