Healthy Kitchens – A Day with Bloomsbury

“The kitchen is the heart of the home”

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When we think of the source of our allergies or sensitivities, we often think of those glaringly obvious culprits; pollen, gluten, pets or dust all immediately come to mind without an ounce of hesitation. But what if I told you that in actuality your kitchen may be what’s behind your seemingly never-ending fatigue or those pounding headaches?! Yes, you read that correctly… your kitchen. To be quite frank I was just as shocked as I’m guessing that all of you are – unless of course, I live under a rock, but I’m hoping that’s not the case! However it is one hundred percent true! In fact, just last week, I had the pleasure of touring the Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry workshop & they absolutely schooled me on my lack of healthy kitchen knowledge… which I’m now SUPER excited to share with all of you today!

A Day In The Bloomsbury Workshop

Okay first things first… before we get into the actual “technical”/important details of this whole article situation today – AKA your HEALTH & well being – I have to say that these kitchens & the insane amount of intricate detail that go into crafting this cabinetry is absolutely mind boggling! I mean, I don’t think that I have ever seen a more beautiful kitchen in my whole entire life. To say that that their work is stunning would be something of a massive understatement. BIG thank-you to Bloomsbury designer Jack Creasy for inviting me into their workshop for the day!! It was pure bliss.

I mean can we all just take a moment to look at these photos…

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Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry is a boutique, furniture style & family-owned business that is dedicated to the English tradition of old world craftsmanship; founded by husband & wife team, Rhonda & Robert Thornton – who might I add, are still heavily involved in the day-to-day operations! Rhonda actually accompanied me on the workshop tour! Fun fact of the day: She is amazing! 

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These. Were. Crafted. Individually. By. Hand.

Let that sink in for a quick minute…

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The intricate detail on these pieces & kitchens are so unique & specific, it’s comparable to getting your suit custom made-to-measure from a bespoke tailor, rather than your everyday company that will simply make a minor adjustment to customize… AKA there is ZERO mass production here folks. Everything is custom made to your specific liking or style… & finished in house!

On average, the craftsman in the workshop will be working on only about 6-8 kitchens at any given time, so rest assured… your kitchen will get a LOT of TLC!!

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Here’s just a small handful of some of the insanely talented craftsman at work in the Bloomsbury workshop! What’s amazing is that because of the non-toxic & eco-friendly materials utilized by Bloomsbury, the work-space environment is extremely clean & healthy! Even the paint utilized by these craftsman is the lowest VOC paint available that is still cabinetry grade.

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One of the lead designers, & my VERY good friend, Jack Creasy, showing off some recent, handcrafted pieces in the shop.

What’s unique to Bloomsbury is that the designer working with you will see the entire project through to the very end – from the planning stages, all the way to the install. This means that you literally have to deal with one company throughout the ENTIRE design process. One word: Godsend.

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How gorgeous are all of these details?!

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This picture has absolutely zero purpose, other than the sole fact that I can’t get over how stunning these antique fixtures are! I could stare at them all day long.

Green Living – The Bloomsbury & PureBond Difference

Okay so as much as I love ogling over various hardware metallics or detailed cabinetry finishes, this IS primarily a wellness blog, & we should therefore discuss both the health & environmental benefits of the materials utilized by Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry… specifically PureBond hardwood plywood!

As awareness of our symbiotic relationship with the environment increases, living a more green or natural lifestyle has become an integral aspect of daily living that has now made its way into the interior design arena. Columbia Forest Products, the creators of PureBond products, has been a leading pioneer in utilizing sustainable forestry practices to create quality hardwood plywood that is formaldehyde-free, opting for soy-based materials. Snaps for Columbia Forest Products.

Why is this such a big deal? Well exposure to formaldehyde (which unbeknownst to me, is almost always found in kitchen cabinetry) has the potential to illicit some pretty nasty & severe symptoms – ranging from fatigue & headaches, to skin rashes & tightness of the chest. Uhm… no thank-you! Formaldehyde has even been shown to trigger asthma in those individuals that are more sensitive to this chemical irritant. I mean, this is literally a “poison” that we’re talking about here people!

So as we begin to transition to a more indoor lifestyle during the colder months, it’s incredibly important to ensure that the air quality in our homes & the materials we utilize on a daily basis are both healthy & non-toxic! Not so fun fact of the day: Did you know that our home has the potential to be more polluted than the air outside, and that formaldehyde-laden materials is a major contributing factor to this? Considering that “air” – specifically breathing it- is literally how we, oh I don’t know, stay alive.. I think that it’s safe to say that we should all be more mindful of the materials we’re bringing into our homes!

Thankfully, we have companies like Bloomsbury & Columbia Forest Products who are able to foresee a need & requirement for greener, healthier & more sustainable materials in our homes & marketplace!

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PureBond formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood has recently been awarded the Greener Synthetic Pathways Award by the Environment Protection Agency for its assurance of the long-term health of various forested properties & use of non-toxic materials.

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In addition to many PureBond wood paneling in the Bloomsbury workshop, the craftsman also utilize various all-natural, solid woods; walnut, cherry & white oak to be exact (as pictured).

Can we all just envision how beautiful these “soon-to-be” kitchens are?!

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So what about you?! Is your kitchen healthy?!

Brit

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