My Father Died Almost 5 Years Ago — But He Still Lives in My Townhouse

Saturday marks five years to the day that I said goodbye to my 88-year-old father. I was by his side at his Las Vegas home when he died peacefully in his bed after a long struggle with kidney disease. We had always been close, so it wasn’t an easy farewell by any means, but I was glad he’d led such a fantastic life that ended mostly on his own terms, and that we’d had so much time to enjoy each other’s company.

I’m also glad that I have so many pieces of his art and craft pieces around Chez J, my San Diego townhouse, to celebrate his love and talent with whenever my eye falls on one of them. I wrote about the “Comfort and Joy” element of that for Apartment Therapy recently. Here’s a link to the piece. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope you treasure the personal pieces that turn your house into a home. Comfort and Joy is the fifth facet of wellness design — and (almost) everyone’s favorite!

Jamie and Dad sitting on the grass at summer house in Kiamesha Lake, NY.

Jamie and Dad in 1960s Catskills at our Forest Ridge summer home
(Family Collection)



Are you into strenuous workouts? If so, exercise recovery has to be a top concern! Many trainers and athletes swear by ice baths, and cold plunge pools to facilitate them more conveniently are a growing trend. Here’s what you should know in my latest Forbes.com piece.



I’ll be spending next week in Las Vegas and the massive International Builder’s Show/Kitchen & Bath Industry Show mega-expo. I also intend to stop by Las Vegas Market to check out some Ukrainian design exporters. There won’t be a fresh Gold Notes or Clubhouse Wellness Wednesday conversation until I get back. Look for my next post on February 8 and next Clubhouse event on February 15.



Bathroom with freestanding tub, floor to ceiling window with nature view and fireplace.


What other topics do you want to hear about in the new year? Comment below and let me know.



Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.

2023 Recordings:


2022 Recordings:

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I love sharing wellness-related insights from around the web. Here are a few to enjoy today:



Open kitchen and living room with floor to ceiling views and access to mountain view deck. How Much Are Your Wellness Design Upgrades Worth? - My latest piece for Forbes.com answers that question, letting you know the most in-demand wellness design features for your home. My expert sources come from Zillow, Delos Living smart home tech firm and other experts from the real estate and wellness communities. If you're looking at upgrading your home this year, you're going to want… Continue Reading
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Gift boxes in white and gold wrapping paper and bows with candle and ornament. Happy Holidays! - They're also about looking forward to what I want to accomplish in the new year. I hope you'll join me in 2023 for all new posts and Clubhouse conversations -- starting on January 4th with a fitness space focus! This will be my final Gold Notes post of 2022.  Continue Reading
Bright, modern kitchen with large, two-level magenta island. Wellness Potential Of Pantone’s 2023 Color Of The Year - Why Pantone's 2023 Viva Magenta Color of the Year might be a great choice for your work from home space too. There are other places, like kitchens, to incorporate this energetic hue. Continue Reading
Chromatherapy tub freestanding in a residential bathroom with floor to ceiling windows and panoramic view behind it. Best Healthy Home Upgrades For 2023 - Are you planning any home improvements for the new year? If the answer is yes — and you're health-conscious — you're going to want to read my latest piece! I went to three pros to discover the best in materials, technology and kitchen, bath and laundry room upgrades for your health and home. Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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