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Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Design your home to optimize your healthy lifestyle with this room-by-room guide from certified kitchen designer and wellness design consultant Jamie Gold.

Like a lot of folks these days, you’re committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You watch your diet, stay active, meditate, and surround yourself with positive people. So why should your home be any different?

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Tiller Press
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Alicia Bayer
This is a well illustrated book that aims to give you tools to design your home to provide good health in terms of safety, chemicals, etc. It goes room by room with suggestions and features a lot of lovely photos. It is most definitely designed more for wealthy people who are building their own homes or doing major remodeling, rather than just giving steps for anybody to make their home greener and healthier. There were a few areas where I was surprised by things not included. For instance, it r ...more
Stefanie Bevins
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book had really great ideas for making your home functional and comfortable . There were a lot of references made to adding or changing things that likely would only be done by someone with an unlimited budget so a bit unrealistic for the average person. Overall I would recommend this book. It is an easy read with good tips.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. I have been working on both remodeling my house and improving my wellness, and this book had some great ideas on how to combine the two. One of my doctors has recommended I get a water filtration system, and this book has some good tips on that, though I would have loved some more detail on how to choose one. I really liked the pictures of some of the design ideas in this book and would have loved to have seen more of them. I am something of a wellness-obsessed person, ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
An ok read. I'm very happy that the author made a big point about chemicals and volatile organic compounds off gassing from carpets, furnishings and other materials. I've not read any home design books that discuss indoor air quality. ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong - I love the IDEA of implementing the eco-friendly and healthier alternatives this book provides. I definitely don't have the funds to implement more than a few of them though. I would have liked to see more relatable "quick fixes" for those of us that already have the living spaces they do/can't make major changes and want to improve their overall wellbeing with simple and affordable fixes. ...more
Ro Scott
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had really great ideas for making your home living space a more functional to maximize your health. There is so many safety and accessibility ideas for the home, that I never thought of. Would make a great housewarming gift.
Cozy Book Spot
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book and learning some wellness tips. It has a lot of informations and tips for each room of the house. Tips for safety and how to make your home feels better and more welcoming. Great book! I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wellness by Design is a beautiful book to help the reader adjust their current living space to maximize health. Admittedly, this concept sounds a bit woo-woo initially, but the author provides valuable tips to optimize your home in 5 areas: accessibility, safety, functionality, decor, and connections. There are design tips for every possible room you can think of and includes gorgeous photos. At times some of the design tips are a bit out of touch for the average person and are likely directed f ...more
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I found this book to be very fun to look through, the layout of it makes it very easy to find what you are looking for. This book has a lot of really fun ideas for designing a functional, while also aesthetically pleasing house. The only complaint I have is that some of the ideas were unrealistic for someone with an average budget to do. But overall it is still a pretty good book.

I want to thank Tiller Press for sending me an ARC of this book.
Elizabeth Boquet
Aug 27, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 I liked this book’s focus on selecting features and systems that promote health and wellness in the home (beyond simply redesigns that look nice). I get impatient looking for things like the most effective ventilation fan for a bathroom or spending money on a whole-house water filtration system. This book is a good reminder why those things are important investments.
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Some interesting/new-to-me information, but sooo much focus on fitness activities. I was interested in this book for learning about making a home optimally supportive for neurodivergent people so the fault is mine really.
Brianna Sowinski
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
With such useful and relatable sections such as "morning kitchens" "in-law kitchens" and a full page photo of an entire small room dedicated to pet care this one wasn't for me. Composed of any brief sections with not a much info and not enough photos for an interior design book. ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: home-decorating
So boring, like a wiki-how entry for each little subheading; written maybe for rich people designing their dream home, not at all relatable to me
Nick Salenga
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that explores how simple changes to things like lighting, ventilation, storage, & outdoor space can make huge difference in how you feel every day.
April Dickinson
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
It just wasn’t as helpful as I hoped. Kitchen zones and some material recommendations were all I could really take away from this book.
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I’m a San Diego-based Wellness Design Consultant, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, journalist, speaker, industry consultant and author.

Since becoming a designer in 2004 after a three-decade career in media and marketing, I’ve completed hundreds of kitchens and baths, working with homeowners, architects, builders and contractors

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