Lo Bosworth, founder of beauty brand Love Wellness, technically has a home office in his New York apartment. But, more often than not, she found herself working from her kitchen table, preferring the more airy space to the closed room, the classification of which was more anchored in the language of the real estate agent than in reality. And since this is New York, where every square foot is valuable (and expensive), Bosworth was determined not to let the “office” go to waste. After months of consideration, she installed a Clearlight infrared sauna and covered the rest of the room with gym flooring ordered from Amazon. Now she uses the space almost daily, either for a dry heat session or to stream a workout class online. “I have some metal toxicity and residual Epstein-Barr that I’m working on, and an infrared sweat helps detoxify the body, especially for anyone dealing with any type of autoimmune issue,” she says of her choice. “I converted the space that was not being used into space that I use frequently.”
Bosworth is among the growing number of Americans who are prioritizing feel-good spaces, amenities, and accents in their own homes. In a recent report by the American Society of Interior Designers, “health and wellness” was highlighted as one of the top interior design trends for 2022: “Homeowners are looking for more in addition to designs and products that will promote good health and an overall sense of well-being. well-being,” the report reads, noting increased interest in “improvements in mental well-being,” “outdoor living spaces,” and “places where they can relax and restore themselves from the increased stress of the everyday life”.
So what does “well-being” look like in a home, exactly? For some, like Bosworth, it’s a space dedicated to a relaxing treatment of choice. (Or treatments, plural: Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, hired Roman and Williams to create a full spa at her Montecito home.)
According to Victoria Sass, founder of interior design firm Prospect Refuge, infrared saunas and meditation corners have become extremely popular with her clientele. “I think these days we’re working at least one dedicated wellness space in almost every project, if not more,” she says.
Other times, wellness isn’t limited to just one area. In fact, it can be a complete home concept: fashion and interior designer Jenni Kayne tells vogue she transformed her 20-acre California ranch into a retreat focused on “slow, intentional living.” Soaking tubs offer stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains (“you can just sit there for hours,” she says), hammocks dot the garden, and a pool offers plenty of space to relax. Meanwhile, there’s no TV in sight (because there just aren’t any around).
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