There's no question that we're moving into a more environmentally aware, sustainable landscape. Whether it's the elimination of plastic straws or the shunning of chemical cleaning products, it's a movement we're all getting behind...
But one woman taking it to a whole new level is Lee-Anne Stevens, who founded the company Healthy Abode with her husband, Lee. As serial renovators, they had transformed over 150 homes when they realised something was missing. While the aesthetics were fresh and modern, the products and finishes contained toxic properties that were not aligned with their personal focus on health, wellbeing and simple living. Thus, Healthy Abode was born. Lee-Anne and Lee now focus on creating homes that are bespoke, featuring elements that are locally made, handmade, fair trade, sustainable, ethical, non-toxic and natural. We spoke to Lee-Anne about Healthy Abode, and how we can begin to incorporate more healthy practices into our homes – even if it is just one small step at a time.
Tell us a little bit about Healthy Abode...
Short version – we work on all stages of our client’s journey to making their home healthier.
Long version – we help clients achieve natural, clean and simple living to optimise health and wellness in their home. We do this by creating a bespoke plan for our clients, which outlines the changes they can make to their home to create a Healthy Abode. We also help them navigate through the changes, so it is simple and easy to achieve.
We create the vision, draw on our team of experts and then deliver the project. We cover renovations, new builds and interior refreshes. We can set up the project or manage it from beginning to end, depending on our client’s scope.
Our passion is to help clients create their forever homes. A sanctuary that they feel safe and secure in. Timeless finishings and furnishings are selected based on the ethos of investing in lifetime pieces. We give clarity on creating a healthy home and reducing toxins without feeling overwhelmed.
We also offer consulting services focused on detoxing your home.
What sparked your interest in creating healthy living environments? Can you tell us a bit about your health challenges?
My husband and I are the founders of Healthy Abode. We met in our teens, and purchased our first property a few years later, on Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula. This is where our passion for renovating started. Since then, we have worked with large teams, small teams and everything in between and have renovated/built/project-managed more than 150 properties. In 2013, I fell pregnant with our first daughter. After realising that the house we had purchased had a phone tower nearby I engaged a building biologist and started investigating the principles of creating a healthy home. This was the catalyst for digging deeper and better understanding the impacts of building a home using non-toxic materials. Whilst our home was under renovation, I became very ill and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was determined to get to the root cause of my inflammation. I began re-visiting our previous homes over the years and realised that living so close to phone towers, electrical meter boxes and transformers and using toxic paints, glues and sealant had finally caught up with me — the damage had been done. I fought back and refused to take the prescribed drugs which also had a list of negative side effects of their own. Instead, we introduced shielding paints to combat the microwave frequencies being emitted from the phone tower, among many other healthy home principles. I have made a full recovery, acknowledging that the environment played a big part in this, along with the changes to lifestyle and diet.