My mother was a master gardener and a lover of fuschias, temperamental flowering trees that apparently loved her San Francisco side yard and expert touch. When she died, my father dedicated a bench in Golden Gate Park’s Fuschia Dell to my mom. I wrote the inscription: “She tended lovingly to her family, friends and flowers. All that she touched blossomed.”
Not a green thumb myself, I’m just glad when I can keep my plants alive, and don’t expect to be regularly blessed with blooms. Nonetheless, I’ve been adding to my plant collection and I greatly enjoy their greenery. I have plants in my bedroom, guest suite, living room and patio.
Plants bring wellness benefits to your home, which I explore in my latest piece for Forbes.com. You can read it here, then tune in this afternoon to my Wellness Wednesdays conversation with the expert contributors from the article. It starts at 4 pm Eastern/1 pm Pacific and all the related timezones. Here’s a link for that conversation.
Self-watering and grow light systems make “plant parenting” easier!
TODAY on Clubhouse!
I’ll be talking about designing with plants with a panel of experts TODAY at 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST and all the related time zones. I hope you’ll join us!
- 6/15 Designing with Plants
- 7/6 Beat the Heat
- 7/20 Wellness Benefits of Co-Living
- 8/3 Creating Healthy Back to School Home Spaces
- 8/17 Creating Healthy Work from Home Spaces
- 9/7 New Smart Home Technology and Wellness Design
- 9/21 Creating Healthy Garage Spaces
Past Clubhouse Recordings
Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.
- 6/1 Wellness Design and Pets — Recording Link
- 5/18 Wellness Design and Art — Recording Link
- 5/4 Spa Bathrooms — Recording Link
- 4/20 Wellness Design and Appliances — Recording Link
- 3/16 Healthy Bedroom Spaces — Recording Link
- 3/2 Wellness Design and Tile Trends — Recording Link
- 2/16 Wellness Design and Autism — Recording Link
- 2/2 New Technology Ideas — Recording Link
- 1/19 Healthy Pantry Spaces — Recording Link
- 1/5 Top 2022 Wellness Design Trends — Recording Link
- 6/2 Smart Homes / Healthy Homes — Recording Link
- 6/16 Home Fitness Spaces — Recording Link
- 7/7 DIY-Friendly Outdoor Wellness Design — Recording Link
- 7/21 Healthy Kid Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/4 Healthy Work from Home Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/18 Smart Home CEDIA Expo Preview — Recording Link
- 9/1 Great Grill Centers (in time for Labor Day) — Recording Link
- 9/15 Laundry and Flex Rooms — Recording Link
- 10/6 Small Appliances for Healthy Living — Recording Link
- 10/20 Healthy Beverage Centers — Recording Link
- 11/3 Healthy Holiday Entertaining at Home — Recording Link
- 11/17 Self Care Spaces — Recording Link
- 12/1 Healthy Home Holiday Gift Ideas (And Pro Shopping Tips) — Recording Link
- 12/15 Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions with Wellness Design — Recording Link
When I designed my home office, I didn’t have video sessions in mind. It was going to be a comfortable, inspiring space to work, and it has been so for the past 11 years. When the pandemic started though, I was forced, like millions of other working adults, to invite colleagues, clients and audiences into my space via videoconference. Maybe the same has been true for you too.
How to Zoom Your Room: Room Rater’s Ultimate Style Guide (Voracious Books, 2022) makes your space look great when it has to go on camera. The book was inspired by the authors’ crazy-popular Room Rater Twitter account (@ratemyskyperoom). The account started rating the room setups of commentators on news shows when everyone was appearing from home. It was a fun way to humanize luminaries, and many even began to promote their ratings after cable appearances.
As the authors, Claude Taylor and Jessie Bahrey note in the book’s introduction, “We’ve never made any secret of the fact that we’re not interior designers or decorators, and rating rooms was definitely not our day job. However, after seeing hundreds of thousands of rooms, we’ve picked up a thing or two. We saw what worked and what didn’t…”
This book is designed for everyone, as the authors note. It’s got practical, affordable and easy-to-implement tips on making your Zoom room telegenic. As they say, “We can help you nail the interview, earn the promotion, and impress your friends and family.” What’s not to like?
Gold Dust will return soon!