Tips to Design Wellness into a Spectacular Life

Tips to Design Wellness into a Spectacular Life

I recently was invited to design some buildings for a new online university for the Edesign Tribe as part of a design contest.  I’ll let you know if my design wins!

I had numerous buildings I could choose to design from but decided to pick the Wellness Center. To me, the foundation for all good design is feeling happy, healthy, and inspired.

The building structure was already determined, and my challenge was to create something that embodied “wellness” as I see it and that could nourish and provide health and wellness for a wide variety of beautiful, creative e-designers!

wellness Center empty

Wellness has become extremely important to me this year, especially since the pandemic began but even before that. I thought about all the things I do personally and are important to me for my own wellness. I identified 6 areas I think are important to make space for because I personally do this daily. I designed each of these areas into my Wellness Center design.

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Here is the initial floor plan, incorporating the six areas.

Wellness Center Floor Plan
Wellness Center for the Edesign University. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
View from the front entrance doors.
View of the left side of the building .
Wellness Center by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
View of the right side of the building.

Meditation Area

I start the day with meditation and reflecting on things that are important to me and what I want to focus on. I write in a journal, read and take time for silence. Select a comfortable, quiet and beautiful place to relax and enjoy the silence.

Meditation Area
Meditation Area

Learning Area

 Every day I take time to learn something related to my wellness, whether it is listening to a podcast, watching a video, taking an online class, or reading. It is important to me to have an area to do this where I have books, a laptop and/or TV. The design below is set up with books,  and a TV to watch online videos or listen to podcasts.

Learning Area in the Edesign University Wellness Center
Learning Area

Nutrition Area

 One of the key things that helps me stay healthy and well is eating whole foods, shakes, drinking lots of water and supplements. Whatever diet you are on, we all need a place to prepare the things that nourish us. The design creates a place to gather with friends and refresh yourself with a healthy drink or snack after going for a walk or creating an amazing design.

Nutrition Area in the Edesign University Wellness Center
Nutrition Area in the Edesign University Wellness Center
Nutrition Area in the Edesign University Wellness Center
Nutrition Area in the Edesign University Wellness Center

Dance Area

My main form of exercise, other than a daily walk is dancing. I take `online dance classes every day. This is one of the silver linings of the pandemic for me, is the ability to learn dance from instructors all over the world on zoom that I never had a chance to study with before. Dance is great for your mind, body, spirit and creative self expression. In the dance area below, the chairs and table can be moved out of the way to dance on the rug as well as on the hardwood floor. There is plenty of room for dance practices and performances, and to add live music in the adjacent area.

Wellness Center by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Dance Area
Me performing at the Seward Music and Arts Festival

Music Area

Music is important to our wellness. Whether you express yourself in your own song, or you play in a group and make that connection that happens when you all play as one and the magic happens, music is good for us. Every day I play my steel pan drum, and often play one of my many other drums from all over the world. What vibrations are you putting out into the universe?

Music Area in the Edesign University Wellness Center
Music Area

For fun, here are some pictures of me performing or modeling with a few of my favorite drums.

In my Afghan dance costume with a Daf.
Playing middle eastern drums in a performance on my frame drum.
Playing my doumbec for a classical Persian performance.

Strength Training and Flexibility

I believe being strong and flexible is essential to our health and well being. An area to do yoga,  stretching and weightlifting is important. It doesn’t have to be large. Just somewhere comfortable, quiet and preferably with a nice view! Why not try working out with a beautiful yoga mat and leggings designed with my fractal art. See all my yoga mats and leggings at my store on Society 6. 

Strength and flexibility area
Strength and Flexibility Area
Jenna Yoga Mat-Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Jenna Yoga Mat-Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Jenna 2 Leggings-Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Jenna 2 Leggings- Fractal Art design by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

Take a 720 Tour of the Wellness Center

Take a 720 Tour of the Wellness Center

Shop the Look

Do you like some of the pieces I used in this design? Shop the look. Some products have affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission for sharing at no additional cost to you.

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

12 thoughts on “Tips to Design Wellness into a Spectacular Life”

  1. These tips you provided for living a life with wellness are inspiring! You gave such thought to incorporating many modalities to express our ideas of happiness in a designed space.

  2. Excellent job, Mary Ann! Great list of essential wellness areas to include in any home, work, or educational space!

    1. Thanks so much! These are areas that are important to me but of course any wellness area can be designed to fit what fits with your lifestyle and self care routine. So many possibilities!

  3. I love the art on the wall and overall color scheme!! And how fun to see these photos of you too!!

  4. Mary Ann, this is a beautiful, and thoughtful design. All of the areas are so well thought out and important for wellness. The one spot I kept going back to the meditation area. What a perfect spot!

    1. Oh thank you so much! Yes, a meditation area just needs to be peaceful and comfortable for you, a place that feels good. It does not have to be big or fancy. I do think color really affects how you feel in a meditation space so it should be something you love.

  5. Wow, I truly enjoyed reading this post. I too have become more interested in wellness and how to achieve that in our lives. I hope your post inspires your readers, I am sure it will! Great post Mary Ann!

    1. Thanks so much Amy, I hope it does too. Taking time and designing space for wellness and self care really can transform your health, and business too.

  6. Wow, what an amazing colorful and well-thought out room!! And LOVE the photos of you dancing and with drums. I love to dance too. You’ve inspired me to look for an online class. And your color choices are gorgeous! Good luck in the contest.

    1. Thank you so much!! I also appreciate that you like me adding some personal photos and love that you also like to dance! I am happy to recommend some online classes. Feel free to message me.

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