Is The Covid-19 Pandemic Reviving A Historic Residential Design Feature?

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the pandemic has impacted almost every area of our lives, including our relationships with our home spaces. Regular Gold Notes readers know that I love my San Diego area townhouse, which I affectionately call “Chez J.” I bought it a decade ago, shortly after my divorce and move from Florida. At the time, not having any landscape to maintain was a big plus. I have a postage stamp-sized patio with a low wall that gives me just enough room for two side chairs, a side table, area rug and a few plants.There’s a part of me that would really like to have more private outdoor space, especially after the pandemic closed our community’s gym and spa. As I’ve been writing about in my Forbes.com wellness design articles, I’m not alone in this desire. The pandemic is driving a strong trend in outdoor improvements.

My latest piece looks at one outdoor feature that could become a part of many more home plans going forward. It’s already popular in shared living spaces like nursing homes, college dormitories, apartment buildings and assisted living facilities, and dates back to ancient times. You can read it here.

Courtyard gardens provide safe, comfortable spaces for residents to enjoy nature’s wellness benefits.


With cold and flu season approaching, I want to share this article again that I wrote last fall with three tips for reducing your risk of spreading those germs at home. It’s more important than ever this year with a more contagious virus that mimics some of its symptoms to protect yourself and your family. (Get a flu shot too please; this is just extra support.)



This weekend, in many parts of the country, we move our clocks back by an hour. For some folks, that signals the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as the winter blues! (I used to suffer from this every year when I lived in New York City. It’s much less of an issue for me in sunny SoCal.) Next week’s Gold Notes post will share tips from experts on how wellness design at home can help you beat back SAD.  If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up at the bottom of this page. (Don’t worry, your info will never be shared or sold!)



Save the date: I’ll be giving a presentation on  YOUR HOME AND YOUR HEALTH — THE FIVE FACETS OF WELLNESS DESIGN IN A PANDEMIC AND BEYOND on December 8, 2020 at 11 am PST/2 pm EST, hosted by the Coronado Public Library. More details to come!

I was honored to be quoted in House Beautiful‘s recent article on “future-proofing” your home by making it more accessible — one of the Five Facets of Wellness Design. Here’s that piece.

I was delighted to share wellness design tips with the Saatva blog recently. You can read those here.

Have you registered for the FREE Abundance by Design Virtual Summit yet? This will be a two day FREE event from this Friday, October 30 through Saturday, October 31, 2020 to cover your home and your best self. Here’s a link to register.



I’m always grateful for glowing reviews of my books. You can find them on Goodreads and Amazon. (I’d greatly appreciate your reviews too! Here’s a downloadable form to quickly and easily write one you can copy/paste onto your favorite book sites.)

Five Stars on Amazon: “AMAZING!!! This book is EVERYTHING!!! Great read especially during a pandemic. I like the tone of the author Jamie Gold. Very easy to relate to and apply to my business. The hardcover book is great quality.” Amazon Customer (Verified Purchase, Oct 2, 2020)

Four Stars on Goodreads: “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, so this may be a more appropriate introduction to someone who has not yet thought of things like HEPA filters and grounding outlets. But there were lots of great new-to-me ideas here too such as the idea of zoning your kitchen. This is a great informational read with a wealth of information – would have loved a few more pictures with aesthetic design ideas to round it out.” Christina (April 28, 2020)

Four Stars on Goodreads: “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.” Stefanie Bevins (Apr 5, 2020)



Here are some additional tips to make sheltering at home, working from home, homeschooling and working out there easier this season in my updated pandemic guide.You can download a FREE copy here.




Eight Wellness Design-Inspired Pro Tips For Your Back-To-School Experience - When I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York, we went back to school right after Labor Day. In many regions of the country, the school year begins much sooner. Where I am now in San Diego County, kids are returning this week! Yikes! I'm confident that my latest piece for Forbes.com can be helpful… Continue Reading
Design Pros Share Tips For Living Room-Based Work From Home Spaces - My latest piece focuses on creating a work from home space in your living room, both for one person and two. I hope it's helpful to you or maybe someone you know. Continue Reading
Why You Might Want Air Fryer Capability - Air fryers are probably the hottest home-related gift right now. It's estimated that close to 40 percent of American homes have one. That's good news! It means that people are looking for healthier ways to enjoy their favorite foods. If you're looking for a way to enjoy fried chicken or French fries with less fat,… Continue Reading
Wellness Benefits of Outdoor Living Spaces (Plus Bonus Nuggets!) - I shared some ideas and inspiration with Design Milk in my latest piece. Here's a link for you to enjoy.  Whether your living space is surrounded by rolling hills, trees and jasmine, as mine is, or city streets, as when I lived in New York, there are numerous benefits to being outdoors. I hope you're… Continue Reading
20 Wellness Design Gifts For Father’s Day 2021 - If you have a great (or OK) dad -- or celebrate the observance with one -- here are 20 ideas on gifts to enhance his physical and emotional well-being from my latest Forbes.com piece. There are splurge gifts, (some you can enjoy together, like this fire table from Room and Board if you share a… Continue Reading
Creating a Vegetarian-Friendly Kitchen - There's info in this piece I just wrote for Forbes.com on which features help make produce last longer. There's also info on the best ways to prep and cook your favorite vegetables in your kitchen, and how you might create a vegetable/vegetarian-friendly kitchen for this way of eating. Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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