Its what is inside that counts. Part 1.

There are three main phases in becoming a parent. The pre-pregnancy, the pregnancy and finally the protégé. At each stage it is what happens inside is that counts.

During pre-pregnancy what happens with in the body’s and hormone systems of prospective parents sets the stage for successful conception and a healthy outcome. More and more scientific reports point to the ill effects of exposure to chemicals and environmental toxins to the endocrine system of humans.  Unfortunately, most prospective parents are blissfully unaware, one of the key sources of these pollutants is domestic house paint. The vast majority of readily available commercial paint products are not just pretty but actually pretty awful when it comes to the air we breathe, what we absorb and were we live.

Governments have slowly begun to address this issue by tightening regulations as to paint content but it is a far from where it needs to be. Standards vary wildly and worse still allow unscrupulous companies to “greenwash” their products. This is a travesty for people actually trying to make the right choices when it comes to paint product selection.

Once the pregnancy is in place expectant parents go to huge lengths to ensure the inside of Mum to be, remains safe and free from risk. However, the nesting urge to decorate baby’s first space, drive many into the land of unsafe paint products.

Article Summary:

Ignorance is not bliss, it is import to understanding the damaging effect of decorating your home with paint products that are not environmentally and human friendly.

Colourfied products are the is an alternative because they have no “nasties”, look beautiful and work well.

has no nasties.

 

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Preparing the way

2018 here we come. New Year is a time to let go of the past and to plan for the future. For some of us that will involve planning for, or preparing to become parents. It is really important to understand that what we do before the moment of conception can be an invaluable foundation for helping that miracle to occur. There are all the obvious lifestyle changes such as no smoking, restricting the use of alcohol and other recreational substances, losing weight, a healthy varied diet, exercise and reducing stress. However how much do we consider the possible ill effects of the environment we expose ourselves to?

The stats are in, between 1973 – 2011 the male sperm count has dropped by 52% in Western countries. Although there are a multitude of factors at play here, one that keeps  rearing its head, is that of environmental pollution and exposure to harmful toxins. The list goes on and on including, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, methylene chloride, xylene, organic esters (plasticisers) and solvents. What, you may ask, do all these substances have in common? They are all widely used and present in most commonly available household paints. Even in many of the ones that claim to be low VOC.

Now, Napoleon did not expect to be poisoned by his choice of wall paper/paint but he was, because it was full of arsenic. Nor do we expect to be “poisoned” by our choice of decorating materials but we are. These substances leeching and gassing out of paint products in our homes have been shown to cause endocrine disruption. In layman’s terms they mess up our hormones in both sexes. Not great for anyone, let alone those trying for a family. Plus just consider, the long term damage being done to our health.

So what to do? Get out the paint brushes and provocatively cover up/seal in all the horrors with safe non toxic, 100 % solvent free paint, guaranteed to not contain harmful substances. Not only will it beautify your home, it will make it good to live in. Here at Colourfied that is why we only supply paint products tested to the highest European standards. This makes the task of home “environmental health repairs” easy affordable work.

So, after a hard day at the office and your partner meets you at the door with a chart, thermometer and ice cubes, your new fresh, safe, colourful interior, maybe just what you need to help set the mood.

Jacquie

White light

Everyone wants a safe home, but for some among us, behind closed doors there is actually a lot of darkness. That darkness takes the form of family violence and in particular violence against women. Forget the stereotypes, this issue may well be found in areas of social deprivation but make no mistake, it is also there in the smartest suburbs around.

On an extremely personal note, my first husband used to boast and I quote, “that I abuse you everyday but because I do it with words, nobody can see what I do.” So believe me when I say, that even in the most painful of times, there is light waiting to be found and hope at the end of the tunnel. That is why for me, the fact that White Ribbon day is represented by a white ribbon, is so important.   www.whiteribbon.org.au

I love white, it is the colour of purity, healing and hope. White light contains within its beautiful spectrum all the colours of the world. Cool whites and warm whites, from polar bears to angel wings, the expression of white in decor is simply endless in its possibilities. It can form a blank canvas on which to express your individuality or create a serene space to hold your new born child.

At Colourfied, we wish everyone can find their way to let the white light in.

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Power of persuasion.

The other day I was watching television, while ironing, as one does, and I was witness to a new advert by a large paint company. The advert consisted of a well known interior stylist personality, wearing a rather strange cocktail dress, telling everyone, unfortunate enough to be watching, to buy this particular paint brand.

It really made me think, is this the level society has dropped to ? Do we now believe so strongly in the cult of personality that just hearing the “right person” instruct us how to choose, will have us running lemming like to our nearest paint store?  What I wondered, would happen if, said expert, was offered twice as much to do the same job for Brand Y instead of Brand X? Or would their views and choice change, if given the sack as Brand X’s ambassador ?

Past use of personality Brand promotion has not always gone so well. Remember the Malboro Man, sitting on his horse, smoking those must have cigarettes. Unfortunately for the brand, he died of lung cancer. Or British Paint having Rolf Harris telling you “sure can”,  probably enough said!

At Colourfied we would rather be endorsed by real people who have actually used our products. Good reviews spread organically are not only great, but fill us with pride. Maybe it will take longer to get the message out there but at least it is honest.

Paint it black

Alright, it is Halloween again. You may not know, but this was the original Scottish New Year. It marked the end of summer and the start of winter. On that night, all the souls of those departed could roam the earth to seek connection or revenge with the living. Not such a warm fuzzy thought.

That is were the disguises come in to play. Some believed, if you dressed up as something else, you could avoid being found by the souls out looking for you.  The less generous theory was, that the custom came, from people dressing up to scare their neighbours. These terrified victims would gladly pay some money, or give goods to make the demons go away.  Worth remembering, when the local kids come knocking, that it is actually an age old protection racket. Not so much “Trick or Treat” but more “if you know what is best for you!”

We are not superstitious like that now, I hear you say. Then explain why it is, that all the black cats get left behind at the rescue shelters? It is a well excepted fact, that it is very hard to re-home them. I have a black rescue cat called Sabi and so far no terrible doom has befallen my family. He is also very handy if one gets the urge to whip up a few spells or curses.

As for huge orange pumpkins, what a joke, I can assure you there are no pumpkins in Scotland. Honestly, Americans can make anything Hollywood. What was so wrong with  a skull with a burning candle in it, to ward of evil? So for me, Halloween is not an orange but very much a black affair. Black does not have to be Gothic or dull, it can be elegant, dramatic, enclosing, womb like, lustrous and wonderful. Combined with other strong colours, it is a very smart look, even for little people.

Spring is springing

How lovely, its spring in Melbourne. However that means more of us are racing to find the anti-histamines and inhalers than racing to the Spring Carnival. Blossoms, flowers, grass and shedding animal fur, can for some of us, seem a high cost for nature’s renewal. Ask yourself, what  colour of spring outfit to choose, to match red eyes and a dripping nose?

It got me thinking about hyper sensitive individuals. They suffer feeling like this, not just for a short time come spring, but all the time. This is way beyond a case of irritation, it can be at times, a life threatening condition. The modern world is over flowing with chemicals, scents, solvents and other air borne horrors. This means some people have no choice but to live a very restricted life. They just cannot cope, with the toxic overload. We probably know about the “Boy in a Bubble” but not all the others who suffer like this.

It is worth remembering that Melbourne is the asthma capital of the world.The air we breath outside and even more importantly indoors, is all we have to sustain us and our health. Anything we can do to keep it clean and toxin free, is a vital contribution for all living creatures. At https://www.colourfied.com our safe paint, is a small way we try to help.

 

Its what is inside that counts Part 2.

Now the pregnancy phase and beyond for parents and painting.

To enable it to dry on the walls, most modern paints, use solvents which gas off into the air setting the paint in the process. This is the horrible wet paint smell that so many people react to adversely. Do not be fooled, the smell may settle down after a few days but that product continues to gas off for up to 5-7 years, leading to a litany of health issues.

Now due to the regulatory push to lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in paints many companies have swapped their high level of solvents by adding new chemical plasticisers instead. The frightening list of chemicals involved would give anyone nightmares. Also remember that although the tin may say low VOC on the label, the tint used to colour it, will most likely not be. Most readily used tints are high in VOC’s.  More slightly sneaky underhand deception by the big corporates.

Even worse, now, some companies to make their products supposedly more washable are using Nano particles to form protective plasticised top layers. Because this Nano mesh layer makes the painted surface unable to breath they then have to add anti-fungal anti-Bacterial chemicals into the mix.

There are at this point, no regulations, about adding Nano particles to paint. Let me stress, that no long-term scientific studies have been undertaken to work out what effect these particles will have on humans and the environment. These particles are smaller than the cells in the body and can quite literally go anywhere. Remember asbestos anyone?

Finally, all being well, the baby or babies arrive into the world.  At this point the average baby sleeps 10- 18 hours a day. By now you have no doubt realised that the air quality and chemical safety of inside that sleeping environment is critical to promoting infant wellbeing. Tiny lungs and developing brains surely deserve the best options and that means only using the correct decoration products.

That leads to the last inside, what is inside truly safe paint products.  First there are no heavy metals, or harmful plasticisers and they are 100 % solvent free in base and tint. They allow the walls to breath and are composed to offer great wash-ability without Nano particles. Then the paints are strictly tested and pass the highest European standards for ethical, health and environmental qualities.

This is why Colourfied only offers paint products that will enhance your life with beautiful colours not endanger it. Great safe paint designed for use in all three stages of parenthood. If you want to find out more please visit our web site or contact us by e-mail at enquire@colourfied.com for more help and information.

Article Summary:

Ignorance is not bliss, it is import to understand the damaging effect of decorating your home with paint products that are not environmentally and human friendly.

Growing up

It dawned on Melissa and I the other day that our precious first customers are growing up. The realisation was that we need to grow with them. Our ambition from the start of Colourfied, was to provide safe, beautiful paint for all stages and ages.

So we are proud to introduce “Create” our new range for the ‘not so little anymore’ little people.

We have spend lots of time researching the colours that are just right to simulate and advance this stage of growth development and awareness.

But as Mum’s, we know that this stage can also be demanding both on emotions and the built environment. That is why Create is engineered not only to excite but to perform.

We hope you love our new range as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you.

Love to all our existing Colourfied customers and all our customers to be.

See the new range on the website www.colourfied.com or see our inspiration on our Pinterest pages.

Melissa and Jacquie.

Special Vision

For years now, I have been studying the the physical and mental effect that colour has on humans. Recently I have come across some great information on how colour affects children who are classified as having ASD – (Autism Syndrome Disorder). Research has found that children with ASD, have anomalies in their eye components due to chemical imbalances or neural deficiencies. They also appear to use a lot of peripheral vision and head tilting to view objects. ASD can now be diagnosed from around two tears old.

Controlled colour testing on children with ASD has produced some quite astounding results. In summary, of the ASD children tested, 85% perceived colours with a far greater intensity than non ASD children. Red, especially appeared as a fluorescent, vividly vibrating colour. Of the remaining group tested, only 10% had colour vision similar to non ASD children. The last 5% had colour vision which meant that they could not perceive muted colours. Of all the test children they were the only ones to seek out intense, vibrant and primary colours as normally they see everything as shades of grey. Most families who care for ASD children, are well aware of the issues surrounding sounds and texture sensory sensitivities but little is made of this area of colour sensory.

Colour selection, is a major issue in fact, in the decoration of rooms and environments for ASD children. There are however, some good well founded rules for embarking on this task. Designers or parents should try to use muted, natural colours which have a calming effect. Less is definitely more, with monochromatic colour schemes working well. Cool soft greens and blues are also soothing. Surprisingly pale pink appears to be the most successful colour. This can seem counter intuitive to most of us, when considering there are four boys to every one girl with ASD.

Here at Colourfied we have made a natural/neutral paint inspirations board, to enable you to get a feel for the colours in our range, that will work well, within these guide lines. It is also worth noting that our non toxic paint has no smell and a very smooth matt velvet texture, both features are ideal for use with the sensory sensitive.  We believe that special kids have special needs and we are here to help. Anyone wanting free assistance or advise in this area should simply contact us.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/colourfied/natural-neutral-paint-inspirations/

https://www.pinterest.com.au/colourfied/special-kids-with-extra-needs/

The beginning of being.

After great effort or just an amazing surprise, the words are spoken that will quite literally change your life for ever. Congratulations, in just under nine months from now expect a new life to enter the world.  I remember being swept up in a vortex of emotions as the news was confirmed. Then later, as the world around me settled again, came the strange thought that this was one train ride you cannot get off until the station of your personal destination is reached. You are it for the long haul, no matter what nature brings, one has become part of a remarkable process that some how has a life force all of its own.

As a women ,your body is no longer your own, it has become an enclosure for the miracle of creation. As a partner one has to take on the role of carer, protector, supporter and sometimes even a kicking post for pent up feelings, one hell of a roller coaster ride.

The desire to do the right thing in all regards is a pressing and urgent need for both parties. High among these is the nesting instinct, the need to create a safe external enclosure for that precious gift that is going to arrive. So much to take in and decide.

The best designer advise I can give is as follows, get the foundations right and everything can slot in and build up as it evolves. The foundation of any safe baby space starts with the walls and that means paint. This is were it is so important only to decorate with a specialist product that has no toxins, solvents or hidden chemicals, yet will be easy to maintain. Colourfied offers that choice, all the worry removed, so you can just relax and enjoy creating the visual environment you dream of. Check out our Pinterest pages for inspiration and ideas.

The paint we supply was actually used for the Giant Panda enclosure in SA. because it was so pure and practical. Now if your Baby or perhaps Babies are as precious to you as a Giant Panda then it is pretty much a no brainer what to choose.  Paint so safe even expectant Mums can use it.

 

 

 

Contemplating Christmas

So here it is, Christmas again, how time flies. Got me thinking about the real meaning of Christmas in this crazy, commercialised, multi cultural, politically confused, modern world. One thing is certain, it is not about an obese individual in a red suit swilling Coca-Cola while hoho-ing at children. The sole purpose of which is to get parents to spend more money on sugary drinks to bring joy !!! to their little ones.

Growing up in the very north of Scotland, Christmas was understandably very traditional, snow, pine trees and freezing ones butt off for the most part. We actually had a real chimney for Santa to come down, weight allowing of course. Truth be told, I was never that fussed about Santa. What I dreamed of more than anything was to hear Reindeer hooves on my roof, but as children do, I always fell asleep before the magic could happen.

Now back to the Christmas story, it is in a nutshell about a young couple forced to travel under political duress, to a strange city, when just about to deliver their first child. Not an ideal scenario to say the least. Taken in as refugees, given only a stable to protect them, their baby makes his entrance into the world. So the Christmas story is about birth, hope and renewal for mankind, despite what the world throws in the way of conflict or difficulties.

As any parent who has witnessed the miracle of birth will tell you, there is simply nothing to compare to the raw and staggering emotion of looking into the eyes of a new born baby. As one looks into those eyes, you sink down and are lost forever in a never ending well of innocence. All we have to do as humans is, to tap into that well and let the love flow out. We all enter the world the same and will leave the world the same, it’s what we do in between that counts.

Lets take care of the world, the helpless, and our loved ones and make Christmas truly a time of joy, beauty and happiness for all.

Jacquie