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Design is all around us and we are better for it.

When my daughter was young, it wasn’t uncommon for her to rifle through the recycling bin in search of materials to create something. The spirit of creation and inspiration is all around us, just as my daughter saw in discarded objects. Teach your kids to see design that is all around us, in local, everyday ways and places such as…

Farmers’ markets: There is no better place to discuss color than at a farmers’ market. Not only can your kids take part in shopping locally for their food, they can also turn it into a colorful, yummy meal that is highly nutritious.

Forest walks: Peavy Arboretum is a special place a short drive for many of us in the Albany-Corvallis area. The Japanese term “komorebi” means interplay between light and leaves when sunlight shines through trees. Point it out to your children so they learn to appreciate a simple moment of beauty.

Urban art tour: Along with several art galleries in the Albany and Corvallis area, we have numerous public art displays. Whether you’re on the water-front in Albany or Corvallis, there are several pieces by talented artists to enjoy.

One of the greatest skills we can teach our children is to observe and enjoy the beauty of design in the places and spaces all around us.


Heather Van Eyk is a mother of two and founder of

Kalluna Interior Designs, established in 2014.

New name and location! Northwest Design House is now Kalluna Interior Design, relocated to historic downtown Albany.

541-738-2806 /

127 Broadalbin St SW Albany


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