Wellness Trends Strongly in Premium Retail Chain

If you’re planning to upgrade your home this season, it pays to know what some of the major trends are. I’m not talking about styles, which come and go, but the enduring priorities that will influence how you and future owners will enjoy your spaces. That’s why I tend to pay attention when a national retailer catering to homeowners releases its trend reports. This week’s post looks at Ferguson, a chain of 250 stores in the US and Canada. I included numerous quotes from designers about what they’re doing with these trends too. Have a look!

Residential kitchen with leafy wall and dramatically printed black and white stone countertops and splash.

Biophilic influences, seen here in leafy wall pattern and natural stone look on countertops,
are a strong trend in home design.



When I was writing Wellness by Design, I called on professionals in the healthcare field for their insights on how your home can support or sabotage your well-being. Functional medicine nurse practitioner Maggie Berghoff was one of the pros who answered the call! I’m happy to share that Maggie has a valuable new book coming out in paperback on October 3. Eat to Treat: The Three-Step Program to Reduce Inflammation, Detoxify Your Life, and Heal Your Body looks like a very helpful addition to your health shelf! These nuggets particularly caught my attention:

  • How to set up an anti-inflammatory pantry

  • The ingredients in your daily products to avoid—including how everything from your personal hygiene products to your showerhead could be affecting you

  • Cutting-edge and easy household remedies you may have overlooked.

Book cover for Eat To Treat with fruit basket and author photo.

(Credit: Atria Books)



As I write this, Hurricane Idalia is bearing down on the Gulf Coast. When you read this, it will likely have made landfall. If your power goes out or you have to evacuate, it may be days before you get to it. I hope your household doesn’t sustain any losses. If your property gets damaged, please read this article about home repair scams before hiring anyone. It was written for survivors of an earlier storm, but the information still applies – and can save you lots of stress and money!



white bathroom with steam shower, wall-hung vanity and floor-to-ceiling door to garden outside.

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Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.

2023 Recordings:

Man with tissue at his nose, puppy on lap, on a living room couch

2022 Recordings:

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Here are some links from around the web to enhance your home, health, safety and life:



Garage with EV charger and solar panel backup battery storage units. Front of electric car showing. Add Resilience to Your Home (Bonus Chapter Excerpt) and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas - I'm thrilled to share an excerpt on adding resilience to your home that published Saturday in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The last time I had a piece on the front page of the Home + Garden section was when Wellness by Design published in 2020 and they excerpted the section on creating a home fitness… Continue Reading
kitchen with white cabinets, dark grey stone top, wood floors. Wellness Concerns Top Sustainability Report (I Told You So!) - I've been telling whoever would listen that regulators and legislators should pitch appliance electrification on the basis of the family's health, rather than the planet's. As one of my sources, a homebuilding marketing consultant noted, "No one wants to buy a house that will kill them." Continue Reading
Wood desk pulls and folds out from kitchen countertop. Counter stool behind it. Four Ways to Experience Multigenerational Living - When I was a young girl, I had two grandmothers. One lived in a nursing home. The other lived with us for extended periods. That was the grandparent with whom I was closest. The same was true for friends and cousins whose grandparents lived with or near them. It's a trend that's returning, thanks to… Continue Reading
Kitchen with white marble-look porcelain clad island and full height backsplash. Highlights from the 2024 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (Part 1) - Though it's written for an industry publication, I'm happy to share its insights with my Gold Notes readers who aren't kitchen and bath pros. I believe you'll find its points valuable too. Here's the first column, covering these trends... Continue Reading
Covered patio with tile deck imitating stone. Lap pool just beyond overhang. Five Tile Trends Worth Considering For Your Home In 2024 - This international expo brings together the best of Spanish, Italian and North American tile brands, along with natural stone companies from around the world. It's a fantastic opportunity to trend watch without jet lag! Continue Reading
Three older hands clasping each other on someone's lap. Joe Lieberman’s Death Highlights At Home Fall Risks For Older Adults - Maybe you face this fear in your home and life too. It's not unreasonable. (An older relative fell in their  condo not too long ago, and it took hours for someone to help; a tip in my article would have prevented that delay!) Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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