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How to Design Your Home Around Wellness and Lifestyle Zones

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your home supports and enables almost everything you do like preparing healthy meals, working from home, working on your most important relationships, getting a good night’s sleep, tending to your appearance and wardrobe, pursuing hobbies, down time and much, much more. 

Above Via Doug Atherly

Homes of the future are going to reflect easier to clean surfaces, areas that are more activity driven and will be more focused on wellness related topics like exercise, relaxation and healthy meal preparations.

How your home feels and works is as important as how it looks. If everyday life around the home doesn’t feel right, if maintaining your home is a challenge, if you’re not able to be highly effective while there, if finding things is next to impossible, if putting things away is like running a gauntlet it’s definitely time to do some work. Consider utilizing my free download Healthy at Home which provides you with an outline and clear action steps to making your home a healthy foundation for you. 

How your home looks is very important of course, but even more important is how it feels to you, how it functions, how it supports, rejuvenates and inspires you. If your home isn’t supporting the many facets of your life, and if you find planning a home overwhelming just thinking about it, maybe it’s time to take action before you’re completely burned out, rather than after! 

Here are some design concepts that will help simplify things for you. If you fail to plan, plan to fail right? That’s a huge concept in my own life and nowhere is it more evident than in the potentially snowballing “mess” of our own home! Hang with me here. 

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Planning Around Wellness and Other Lifestyles

Think about your values or the things you stand for. What are the one to three things that are stand outs to you and the people living with you? Do you value design, art and fine music above all else? Or are travel and the memories and mementos collected while traveling a bigger priority? Or are wellness, eating right and exercising your top priorities? Or do you have a large family with high needs for organization?

Each of these scenarios creates different priorities in the home and require planning. Your lifestyle should always be addressed before decorative decisions are made. Surprisingly, each of the above mentioned scenarios will play a small role in the home’s overall aesthetic.

For an art lover, wall space and often times floor space is highly valued for displaying art and for areas to view and appreciate them. Less pattern on the furniture and floors. More emphasis on each individual piece of art. White walls. Ebony hardwood floors. Modern furniture.

For a large family, kid friendly surfaces such as patterned flooring and fabrics; washable paint finishes; and large, sturdy and comfy furniture.

Can you see how this could work for you? What would your one main theme be? What do you value? Be careful designing your entire home around hobbies. Hobbies come and go and usually, they’re only valued by one person in the home! So if you love dolls and if you have other people living in the home with you, planning your home around your doll collection is not fair to the other household members! Just as planning a home around golf would be unfair too. For hobbies, see the next concept on planning your home in zones.

Planning Around Activities or Zones 

Planning your home around connecting, rejuvenation, work or studying, exercise, or hobbies means less preparation and making fewer decisions. And fewer decisions such as having a capsule wardrobe or following a workout DVD means less stress and that’s incredibly freeing in today’s world. 

What about having zones in your home designed around individual activities? Today’s homes have media rooms, exercise and wellness rooms, home offices, hobby rooms and even recording studios! Having rooms serve one main activity or grouped activities saves time from collecting various equipment and props that must otherwise be stored elsewhere. It saves decision making about where the activity will take place and what you’ll need for it. It can even add more joy to the activity when the space is specifically designed around it.

The idea in these two first concepts is to make decision making easy for you. In interior design, there are hundreds if not thousands of decisions to make and worse yet, tens of thousands of choices! No wonder design is such a stressful industry. So the first thing we pro’s do is narrow the playing field by determining lifestyle, aesthetics, a color palate, scale, metals, wood finishes, things the client wants to keep and work around. All these things narrow down the amount of decisions we have to make.

Here are some home features to watch for in the future.

Home office
Home schooling areas
Mother in law quarters
Separate casitas for adult children moving back home 
or extra bathrooms for quarantining family members
Designated areas for Zoom based business and school activities
Home schooling areas
Home gyms
Media/game rooms

Planning Around Comfort, Safety and Convenience

The concept is not as simple, nor is it a new one. For people who are infirm, who have growing disabilities or even small physical challenges.  This is called Universal Design and it’s an industry standard. This includes conveniences such as extra wide hallways and doors; one level living; rocker style light switches; lever doorknobs; lever style faucets; level flooring material changes from area to area; sufficient overhead task and ambient lighting; abundant natural light; home security features, et cetera. Extra attention is also devoted to the kitchen, appliances, counter heights, storage and more.

Here are some of the amenities in a well-designed home:

Abundant window space and beautiful views
Media rooms and great audio/video/security systems
Comfortable, well made furniture, particularly for seating and beds .
Art and quality accessories like rugs and lighting
Well stocked library
Well designed kitchens/equipment and “smart” appliances to make meal prep easier and more pleasant
Wine cellars (however, drinking in moderation and even abstaining altogether is a huge facet of a healthy lifestyle).
Home gym/spa/sauna
Ample storage/built-ins
Adequate ventilation and air quality/air purifiers
Filtered water for bathing and drinking
Indoor plants and flowers to oxygenate and cleanse the air
Sound absorption

Zen is In

Bringing home the calm is a little easier with good clean scents, pretty green views and tidy, organized surrounding.s

A dysfunctional home affects everyone and every aspect of your life and most homes are dysfunctional to one degree or another. Like everything else in life, you get out of your home what you put into it.

My Favorite Zen Moments

My yoga mat. Just seeing it in the corner is a wonderful visual reminder of the great care I give my body.

My essential oil diffuser.  I love Young Living lavender. Lavender is a classic French scent. So clean. So balancing. I’m relatively new to oils but I must say what a calming effect it has on me. I also love Rose Absolute essential oil from Doterra. I first discovered the power rose has over our moods while smelling my garden roses. You get a nice little mood elevation after a few sniffs! 

Lighting scented candles. I love high quality soy candles. Less expensive candles have cheaper scent ingredients. At night, candles are so warm and reassuring.

Mood music. I love Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Pink Martini and Rod Stewart songbooks for creating moods around the home. I especially love to decorate to music! 

The views of my gorgeous gardens from the living room and patio. Just sitting with an iced tea, book in hand and enjoying the scents and views of the outdoors is enough to fully balance me.

That’s it for today! If you need a little extra help, read further. I’ve got a launch coming up for my virtual design classes later this summer, and that means some fun extras and special pricing! So stay tuned for announcements!

Live beautifully, eat beautifully.