Seven years of Gold Notes!

July 2015 is Gold Notes‘ seventh anniversary month.  What a long, fun trip it’s been!  Much has changed in my life since starting my blog in July 2008, and I’ve shared most of it with you in my weekly posts.  Here are seven highlights to toast the occasion:Seven Cake

Happy birthday, Gold Notes!
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  1. I relocated from Florida back to California and moved into Chez J, my San Diego area townhouse.   Living in San Diego was the fulfillment of a two-decades-old dream.
  2. I became a member of Brizo’s Blogger 19 and Blanco’s Design Council.  Both have taken me to fabulous destinations!
  3. I got active and healthy again, losing 100 pounds in the process.  Here’s how I did it.
  4. I wrote my first book, New Kitchen Ideas That Work, published by Taunton Press in 2012.
  5. I was privileged to join Tile of Spain and Ceramics of Italy on trips to their nation’s leading tile shows in 2012 and 2013.
  6. I earned my Certified Kitchen Designer certification in 2013.
  7. I started writing my second book, New Bathroom Idea Book, this year with the same publisher.  It is currently scheduled for a 2017 release.



Food for Thought #21: Wellness Design Lessons We Should Learn from the Pandemic - There’s an expression I heard last year during the early months of the pandemic that resonated with me: “We’re all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.” Some of us were able to work from home, reducing our exposure to the virus. Others had extra rooms that worked for temporary home offices… Continue Reading
Small Kitchen Appliances Help Support Healthy Cooking Needs During Pandemic And Beyond - I need a new refrigerator. The freezer side of my 15-year-old GE Profile side by side doesn't work well any more. Fortunately for me, I don't eat much frozen food, so the replacement can wait. Given how scarce major appliances are these days, that's a blessing! In the meantime, I heavily use my small, countertop… Continue Reading
The Wellness Benefits of Weighted Blankets - What about you? What's your sleep style? The doctors I quoted in this latest article say that weighted blankets can help ease insomnia and anxiety. (They also say that other claims are unsubstantiated.) Take a look and let me know what you think. Would you try one? Do you already use and like one? Continue Reading
Wellness Benefits of Zoning Your Kitchen - My latest contribution to the popular Design Milk website shares the wellness benefits of zoning your kitchen -- whether you're remodeling or just reorganizing the space for easier meal prep. Continue Reading
Wellness Design in the Laundry Room - Wherever your laundry area is located in your home, it should be as functional and ergonomic as possible. I interviewed three pros to get tips on achieving this for my latest Forbes.com article on the topic, and for today's Clubhouse WELLNESS WEDNESDAY conversation to follow.  Continue Reading
Six Residential Interior Design Trends That Don’t Enhance Wellness - Here are six popular design trends that I don't think necessarily enhance wellness from one of my recent Forbes.com pieces. Are they features you're looking at for your redo? If so, check out both my reasoning and my suggested "modifications" to make them safer and/or healthier. Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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