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Wellness Design Home Makeover in One Weekend!

I’m so excited to share with you that I’m featured on Deirdre Fitzpatrick’s, Dying to Ask Podcast talking wellness design and how to give your home a wellness makeover in one weekend!

Dying to Ask is her podcast where she gives candid interviews with celebrities, influencers, authors and entrepreneurs for their ‘step-by-steps’ to success. Deirdre is a consummate pro, having won numerous Emmy Awards on her journalist work and news anchoring. She has been with Sacramento’s KCRA News for over 20 years. She’s a marathon runner, competing in over a dozen marathons, and an Ironman triathlete.

I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with her and talk about Wellness Design and how to create a home that supports more health, wellness and joy.

Be sure to tune into Dying to Ask and if you enjoy it, please leave a review. Your reviews are so appreciated, and they keep Deirdre’s kind of journalism available so we can continue to enjoy it!

Here’s that link.

I also have a special treat for you.

After listening to Dying to Ask, come back here and dive deeper into Deirdre’s and my topic, How to Give Your Home a Wellness Makeover in One Weekend that I wrote especially for her podcast listeners.



light filled room with amber leather egg chair



Wellness Home Makeovers

Wellness Design is most often thought of in commercial buildings, green building and health facilities. But there are features and elements of it that are absolutely applicable to your home, and not just your kitchen and primary bedroom suite. Your home has a much bigger effect on your wellness, energy, productivity, efficiency, health and emotions than you probably realize.

The home makeover concept is fantastic and has worked for me for many years, even as a prerequisite to some of my full-service projects. I know without a doubt it will work beautifully for you because you’ll be working with many of the things you already like and are accustomed to. 

Why Wellness Home Makeovers Work

First and most obvious, a home makeover makes your house look and feel better immediately. Every member of the family benefits from it and I promise if you rearrange your home furnishings in a great way, they will flock there. A new energy will be felt, and you’ll naturally gravitate there

Second, is that when you’ve done a home makeover, you can actually see for yourself what your home is missing. By that I mean, it will become obvious to you through the process of rearranging, which pieces need to replaced, and which, if any, need to be discarded. This in turn saves money, time and frustration. A great home makeover keeps you from buying the wrong things and even helps you plan for future purchases.


What You Will be Doing during Your Wellness Design Home Makeover 

Over the weekend you’ll be placing furniture in warm and inviting conversation areas; hanging artwork; placing ambient lighting (table and floor lamps); editing out unnecessary or unattractive items; moving in new items from other, less used rooms; and arranging accessories in the most beautiful and natural ways. 

Fair warning. You will be repurposing all the best stuff to your living room and entry. That pair of beautiful lamps in the guest room? The stunning vase in the master bath? Those just got put on hold with “Living Room’s” name on them.


Arrange for one to two people to help you with the heavy lifting. Make it very clear to them that you will be “experimenting with furniture placement” to identify the best floor plan, otherwise they will think that you’re changing your mind and become aggravated.

Let them be in on the fun. Everyone wants to be a designer, husbands and sons included and quite frankly, they’re often a great help at design because they urge you to be practical, and practical is key when arranging furniture. 


Stone fireplace





Identify a service area, also called a staging area, such as a nearby spare bedroom or hall or kitchen table and set up a table for all the extra accessories you will be picking and choosing from.


Bring out any and all old accessories including artwork from your cupboards and storage. Even include the things you don’t really care for. You can use them as visual aids for sizing and color if nothing else. Pull out hard bound books. Hard bound books work beautifully on tabletops! Pull out your all white candles, clean ones only. Pull out baskets, stacks of dishes, plants, pots and serving pieces.


Go to the spare rooms and bathrooms and bring out any favorite items that have been under appreciated there for too long. 


Gather your tools. You’ll need a pencil, picture hangers preferably in three sizes, a tape measure, a hammer, glass cleaner, paper towels, and a rag. Yes, part of a makeover often includes cleaning! 





Completely un-decorate your room. Set all those items aside in a safe spot, preferably in the staging area where you can easily access them without risking bumping into them.


Begin moving furniture. Please be careful not to trip, it’s a common problem with this particular type of project. When you back up to assess your work, be sure to always look behind you for the dog, cat, kid, and errant chair. I’ve had every accident imaginable doing this in my lifetime.

Practicality and scale are basic priorities when placing furniture. Every room needs at least one fairly large, what I call ‘anchoring’ piece.

For instance, in my small entry, I placed a very large sideboard. It just barely fit the wall I placed it against with two inches to spare yet that piece ‘makes’ the entry. In my tiny home office, I placed a large pine hutch between two windows with no spare space on either end. My mom and husband warned me it wouldn’t fit. Yet it was absolutely perfect and again, ‘made’ that room too. So don’t be shy with scale.

Observe your natural foot traffic. Always have a clear path from door to door ideally with a minimum of 36 inches of clearance. You can have a turn or two but if getting from door to door means zigzagging or stepping over something, then it’s not functional, and dysfunction always looks silly.

Always begin with the living room and entry simultaneously. Choose a piece of furniture for the entry that best defines the space. For a recent client, I took a small buffet out of the breakfast area and repurposed it to the entry. I topped it with a lamp, a large artwork for the wall above, two candlesticks, some hard bound books, and a few nicely framed family photos. 

I find the boldest changes are often the ones that take your home to that next level.



Once you’re positive the furniture is placed in the most practical yet striking ways, it’s time for accessories.

As you place accessories, step back as you work (looking behind you) and assess how it looks. If it doesn’t jump out at you as feeling amazing, it probably isn’t. Keep trying. As a rule, it takes me four to ten times before I get a table arrangement just right. As contradictory as it sounds, I spend a little extra time to make sure it all looks unstudied.

Clearing the Cleansers and Cleaning the Air 

Once you’ve given your home a wellness makeover, consider ways to remove any toxic products from the kitchen, garage, and bathrooms. Save them in one central location, contact your local waste management and see what they recommend for disposal.

Except on the most inclement days, open your windows for 15 minutes. Fresh air makes your home feel and smell great.

Add fresh plants like fig, Boston ferns, maidenhair ferns, snake plants and violets to your decor. Plants are great air scrubbers.



The Wellness Home Check List cover


Thank you for stopping by Joy of Nesting today! 

Wellness Design is a big topic, but understanding it is easy with my download, the Wellness Home Check List that gives you quick, at-a-glance details on the many aspects of wellness design.

Here’s that link again. Bye for now!

For some goodness on yoga and wellness at home, check out Joy of Nesting’s, “Your Exercise Sweet Spot: how to create time and space for yoga, workouts and meditation”!


Bringing Beauty, Comfort and Joy into Your Home

Bringing beauty, comfort and joy into your home. These three little adjectives have powerful connotations when applied to your home.

And, while they may not be on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need’s, they will allow you to thrive at home and in life in general, rather than merely struggling to get by. 





6 Steps to Bringing Beauty, Comfort and Joy into Your Home


  •          Assess what you love about your home’s style and what you don’t love.
  •          Identify your style preferences; lifestyle; short- and long-term dreams and any unique needs you have.
  •          Determine how your home is currently functioning and not functioning for you.
  •          Devise a decorating, remodeling or building plan for the look you want and the lifestyle you lead.
  •          Choose colors and textures that appeal to all your senses.
  •         Create one ideal floor plan or furniture layout. When done correctly this one thing will enhance your sense of stability and security.





What Beauty, Comfort and Joy Looks Like in the Home

To help get you started, this is what beauty, comfort and joy looks like in my own home.

I love my home. I love relaxing there; working there; taking excellent care of myself there. Practicing Yoga in the den. Making my big raw salads and fresh green juice every day. Riding my stay-bike. Dancing barefooted on my rebounder to my favorite podcasts or music. My home supports all of my endeavors from building my businesses, to coaching my design client’s, to entertaining family and friends.


I’ve decorated it with a mixture of heirlooms and many new pieces and sentimental things collected from loved ones and extensive travels. There is original art, plants and professional photography of my family lining the hallway, in what I affectionately call my Rogues’ Gallery.

There are several wonderful libraries of hard bound books we’ve collected over many decades. The colors and textures are so soothing to my arthritis. And the large-scale pieces like the big hutch in the formal living room and the breakfront in the dining area add anchoring effects or the term I coined called Perceived Stability to my senses which can get a little frazzled with stress, chronic pain or arthritis.

Kitchen Tools

And lastly, the various kitchen tools and appliances I need to stay healthy including my Breville juicer, Cuisinart and my pretty red VitaMix blender.





Sheila Bouttier above.

I also love the way my home runs so smoothly and allows me to fit so much more joy and work into my days. I couldn’t accomplish nearly as much in a messy home or in a home without systems. My home has always been a great source of joy and stability. 

Living in a home that’s not only beautiful, but one that supports you has become increasingly important to your physical health, your relationships and your emotional stability. 





Why Your Home is so Important to Your Health and Wellness


Home is where you:

  • practice your most consistent wellness practices occur.
  • have control over what foods and tempting treats you keep on hand.
  • prepare healthy meals and connect with loved ones.
  • manage your finances, investments and even your business much of the time.
  • don’t have to fix your hair or drive somewhere to workout.
  • go to rejuvenate and reconnect with yourself.


Every one of these is huge, but any change, even if it’s an improvement requires an opening of the mind to new ways. So, though status quo may feel safer to you right now, committing to a better lifestyle at home will serve you in most if not all of the many facets in your life.


Light filled breakfast room.


Ideas for Bringing Beauty, Comfort and Joy into Your Own Home


  • Potted Indoor Plants
  • Fresh Cut Greenery from the Garden
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Faux Greenery/Topiary/Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Books
  • Throw Pillows
  • Throws/Lap Blankets
  • Favorite Things/Heirlooms
  • Mementos from Mate/Family/Travels
  • Framed Pictures/Portraits
  • Candles/Scented Soy/Plain White
  • Building a Morning/Evening Fire
  • Calming/Energizing Music
  • Clean/Clutter Free Home
  • Investing in Artwork
  • Home Design or Renovation
  • Home Organization
The Wellness Home

If your home isn’t supporting you the way it is, are you ready for a change? Get some help via my complimentary premier design and wellness download, The Wellness Home and learn my 5 simple steps to a beautiful, restful interior for women who value their home and wellness. It’s the prettiest little book and a quick read with super easy design solutions that help you lead a beautiful, healthier lifestyle at home. Get yourself some help post haste!

That’s it for today. Thank you for stopping by! Shiree’

For my at-a-glance must have’s for giving your home a wellness makeover, check out my “Design Help, Wellness and a Little Woo Woo”!