What makes a house a home? Sea Cliff’s girlfriend Joannie Accolla explores this question and how to live a healthy and happy life at home through her holistic lens on her own TV show.
Ms Accola, 56, grew up in Seacliff and comes from a “family of designers, architects and engineers”, which helped shape her early ideas of what a home should look like. She studied at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, which she says gave her a solid artistic foundation, and she immediately began working in interior design.
“I’ve been in the interior design industry my whole life,” Akora said. “That’s just what I was asked to do, you know? I love the idea of interior design.”
But while going through a divorce in 2005, Akola suddenly realized that the industry she had spent so many years in had lost some of its luster. She moved back to Seacliff from Queens, where she struggled with customers who demanded too much from her and who were “a little too meager for what I had to offer,” she said.
Akora decided to study holistic health at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which provides training for health counselors and life coaches. According to the institute’s website, the institute aims to provide participants with “the tools and knowledge they need to transform not only their own personal health, but the health of their clients and communities around the world.” It is said that the focus is on
Akola said the experience he gained there changed the way he viewed the relationship between people and their homes, and he began to restructure his interior design work around a holistic approach. She started focusing on finding furniture and layouts that helped her feel emotionally and mentally fulfilled, rather than finding a couch that filled the room itself.
“I designed a new business model to help people not just with their homes, but with themselves, because people are looking for something, and it’s not an object,” Akola says. added. “We found that most people were actually disconnected from home and looking for others to help them connect with home.”
Accolla launched a new interior design business, Mind Body Home, in 2010. Since then, she has worked with dozens of people in and around Sea Cliff, helping them fill their homes with not just objects, but pieces that fit into a larger puzzle. Who are they and what do they want in their home?
One of the satisfied customers she worked with was her friend and fellow Seacliff resident, Kathy Virgilio. Virgilio decided to sell her old house and start her new life after her husband suddenly died from a stroke, and she explained that Accola helped her in every way. .
“She not only has the heart and vision of a designer,” Virgilio said. “She also has a level of creativity that is greater than any designer I have ever known.”
While running her business, she also founded Healing Headbands, a nonprofit organization that promotes healing through laughter and art.
While running Healing Headbands, Akora participated in World Arts, an event sponsored by North Shore TV, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a wide range of educational and cultural programming at television stations on Long Island’s North Shore. I was invited to the annual celebration of the day. At the event, she met Erica Bradley, North Shore’s executive director, who wrote in a statement that she was immediately impressed by her enthusiasm and vision for her work at Accola.
“She has so much energy and passion that you can’t help but be drawn into her world,” Bradley said. “Joanie has discovered the connection between her client’s energy and the energy of their space.”
Accola and Bradley teamed up to create a show for the network, “Mind Body Home: Growing Healthy,” which premiered on September 30 of last year. Consisting of nine episodes, it focuses on the journey of people to find a place to call home and live with intention.
Akola added that the show is still looking for sponsors, and anyone interested in appearing on the show or helping sponsor it should contact [email protected]. She also stated that being able to convey her personal vision and her experiences to a wider audience was “transformative” and she looks forward to continuing to expand her collective community. Ta.
“It’s important to make decisions not because you have to, but because they are necessary decisions that will impact your health,” Akola says. “Every decision you make about your home and environment affects your health.”