Wellness by Design
A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness
Design your home to optimize your healthy lifestyle with this room-by-room guide from certified kitchen designer and wellness design consultant Jamie Gold.
Residential designer Jamie Gold has spent years exploring how simple changes to things like lighting, fixtures, storage, and outdoor space can impact our health and wellness. In Wellness by Design, Gold offers a room-by-room guide to refreshing your space so that it supports your wellness journey.
Good news, it doesn’t require a yoga room and can be done in small apartments as well as large houses. This book explains how simple changes can make a huge difference in how you feel every day.
- How to maximize accessibility and organization in your kitchen for faster, healthier, and more delicious meals.
- How to make easy fixes to your ventilation system to help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies
- How to optimize your home office to eliminate back, neck, and foot pain.
- How to enhance your bathroom tub and shower spaces to support fitness goals and simplify family life.
- And much more!
It’s time for your home to work as hard as you do to support your health. With the right organization and interior design, your home can help you maintain and improve your health in a variety of ways, from improving health and preventing disease to encouraging clean eating, sustainable living, safety, fitness, serenity, and joy.
Whether you’re building your dream home or decorating your new rental, this book will help you keep your fitness goals and stay on track for a long and healthy life.
Kitchen and bathroom designer Gold (New Kitchen Ideas That Work) focuses this helpful, if perhaps too narrowly targeted, guide on how homeowners can adjust their living spaces to improve quality of life. In recent years, she observes, "wellness design" has gained traction with architects and designers; beyond health-specific features like "better air quality from non-toxic building materials," "high-performance ventilation," and workout rooms, it also emphasizes how "mood lifters," such as family photos and plants, improve overall well-being. The book highlights ways to apply this concept room-by-room, whether with an accessible and attractive front entrance or a welcoming and well-organized kitchen. Dubbing the latter space "the heart or the hub of the home," Gold divides it into zones (areas for food storage, prep, and clean-up), with directives on decluttering. There is also advice on the reordering of the home office, the fitness room, bedrooms, bathrooms, the laundry room, and so on. While thorough, the book assumes a robust budget; renters or financially strapped owners may, at most, glean some useful tips for organizing. But for those with cash to splash, this will serve as a capable guide.