Lo Bosworth, founder of the beauty brand Love Wellness, technically has a home office in her New York City apartment. But, more often than not, she found herself working from her kitchen table, preferring the airier space over the closed-off room whose classification was rooted more in realtor-speak than reality. And since this is New York City, where every square foot is a precious (and pricey) one, Bosworth was determined not to let the “office” go to waste. After months of deliberation, she installed a Clearlight Infrared sauna and covered the rest of the room in gym flooring ordered off of Amazon. Now, she uses the space almost daily, either for a dry heat session or for streaming an online workout class. “I have some metal toxicity and residual Epstein-Barr I’m working on, and an infrared sweat helps to detoxify the body, especially for anyone dealing with any kind of autoimmune issue,” she says of her choice. “I converted the space that got no use into one I use frequently.”
Bosworth is among the increasing number of Americans who are prioritizing wellness spaces, amenities, and accents in their own homes. In a recent report from the American Society of Interior Designers, “health and wellness” was highlighted as one of the top interior design trends for 2022: “Homeowners are increasingly searching for designs and products that will promote good health and an overall sense of well-being,” the report reads, noting an increased interest in “mental wellness enhancements,” “outdoor living spaces,” and “places where they can relax and restore from the increased stresses of everyday life.”
So what does “wellness” look like in a home, exactly? For some, like Bosworth, it’s a dedicated space for a relaxation treatment of choice. (Or treatments, plural: Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, enlisted Roman and Williams to craft a complete spa in her Montecito home.)
According to Victoria Sass, founder of interior design firm Prospect Refuge, infrared saunas and meditation corners have become extremely popular among her clientele. “I think these days we work at least one dedicated wellness space into nearly every project, if not more,” she says.
Other times, wellness isn’t just confined to one area. In fact, it can be the complete home concept: Fashion and home decor designer Jenni Kayne tells Vogue she has turned her 20-acre California ranch into a retreat geared toward “slow, intentional living.” Bathtubs have sprawling views of the Santa Ynez Mountains (“you can just sit there for hours,” she says) hammocks dot the backyard, and a pool provides ample room for relaxation. Meanwhile, there’s not a television in sight (because there simply aren’t any around).