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.




10 Wellness Design Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving At Home - I hope your Thanksgiving is going to be a joyful -- and healthy one. Here are my recommendations for celebrating safely from my latest Forbes.com article.  There are 10 suggestions in this piece for making your preparations easier and making your home and festivities healthier.  Continue Reading
Food for Thought #20: Adapting and Overcoming in a Pandemic (While Taking My Own Advice) - It’s probably the understatement of the year to say that 2020 has been challenging for millions of people around the country (and the world). I’ve had friends fall ill to a serious new virus. Thankfully, everyone I know has recovered so far, but how much damage it has done to their long-term health is still… Continue Reading
Adding Movement to Your Work From Home Life - If you're one of the millions of Americans now working from home, things have changed a whole heck of a lot. On the plus side, you no longer have a commute and you slashed your dry cleaning bill. On the other side, though, you might be sitting for hours in a non-ergonomic chair, slumping over… Continue Reading
How To Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder With Wellness Design - Are you one of the estimated 10 million Americans who suffer from seasonal affective disorder -- otherwise known as the winter blues or SAD? If so, your symptoms might have started to kick in with last weekend's "fall back" time change. Check out some solutions here. Continue Reading
Is The Covid-19 Pandemic Reviving A Historic Residential Design Feature? - 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. Continue Reading
Thought Leader Conversation: Rancho La Puerta President On Bringing Spa Life Home - So when I read that world-renowned destination spa Rancho La Puerta -- just over the border from San Diego and Chez J in Baja -- was building a wellness design community of spa-inspired homes next to their facilities, I had to check it out! That led to my latest Forbes.com Thought Leader Conversation piece. I… Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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