• How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep — Sleep Hygiene

    In this age of pandemic, emotions run high — worry, fear, anger, confusion, sadness, despair and depression. It is no wonder that we are all losing sleep, and yet, sleep is critical to our mental and physical health. It is during sleep, when our bodies recharge themselves and repair our crucial immune systems. 
    Robert D. Henry Bedroom designed to encourage good sleep
    In the best of times, 1 in 4 adults have sleep issues. During the covid-crisis, that all-important sleep may be in even shorter supply. Below are some of my tips for preparing and getting a better night’s sleep, derived from 20 years of pioneering “wellness design.”


    Preparing for a Good Night’s Sleep (sleep hygiene)


    Robert D. Henry designed bathroom


    • — Take a relaxing shower or a soothing bath with epsom salts and add a few drops of lavender or chamomile, dial-up the ambiance w/ candlelight


    • — Download a “white noise” App. or consider a machine that masks disturbing sirens and outside noise pollution from amazon, maybe consider a “HEPA” air purifier machine that not only cleanses the air, improving air quality while providing the desired “white noise” especially relevant in Urban environments / healthmate by Austin Air manf. provides a good size for your bedroom.

    Robert D. Henry bedroom reading nook design

      • — Read a soothing book vs electronic media


    • — Choose relaxing reading content, no chilling news or financial reports


    • — If you are someone, who checks their phone before bed, set your phone to “night-shift” for dusk, changing from that blue screen light (that triggers alertness), to the warmer – amber tone, which reinforces your circadian rhythms


    • — Meditate or practice calm/conscious breathing exercises just before going to sleep



    The Bedroom – design considerations


    Robert D. Henry Bedroom design with view of Bathroom

      • — Lower the temperature of your bedroom 3-degrees below your comfortable house temperature, requiring you to sleep with a blanket during both the summer and winter – (like how a bear hibernates – provides a deeper sleep)


      • — Your bedroom lighting should reinforce your natural circadian cycle, warm incandescent lighting with its amber coloration (think- setting sun), helps calm you in the evening, producing melatonin


      • — Insure complete black-out within your bedroom


      • — Consider motorized shades, ideally programmed to open and close with the sun


      • — Choose soothing natural fabrics and sheets with a high thread count


    • — Select a warm soothing color palette with light neutral bedding and furniture that creates a cocooning environment. I prefer a warm taupe and/or mocha-chocolate wall color.


    Sleep WELL…for your personal sustainability…sweet dreams



  • Harlem’s Hyatt House (HHH)

    To watch the video from the Top Hotel presentation click here

    Hyatt HouseFront Prespective
    The new ground-up Harlem Hyatt House, designed in collaboration with WOCA, will be a 175 key hotel located in Manhattanville on the west side of Harlem at 128th Street and Convent Avenue. Our aspirational design welcomes guests into a 3-story ‘hanging garden’ atrium, along with a rear-yard garden cafe, both of which contribute to the “greening” of Harlem. An alleyway with rotating public art, connects the street to the Cafe and also provides access to a 2nd-floor “community space” and a unique rooftop speak-easy lounge with views of the surrounding neighborhood.

  • A Place to Rest and Rhumba

  • “Wellness Design” for Multi-Family Housing

    Wyndham Condominiums, Garden City NY.

    Wyndham Condominiums, Garden City NY.

    {3 minutes to read} Why are we integrating wellness-design for the multi-family housing sector?


    It’s not just about updating finishes today… Residents want “wellness” architecture and interior design that promote a healthier lifestyle. We are designing the amenity spaces for three notable 150+ unit buildings in the New York City area. The original purchasers were baby boomers, who are obsessed with quality of life and longevity, in addition to increasing the value of their real estate. This “personal sustainability positioning” (PSP) is very appealing to both younger and older purchasers alike. (more…)

  • The Growing Investment in Personal Health and Well Being

    We are finding that we are getting a lot of response from residential clients who have visited our spas, hotels and resorts and have had such a memorable experience that they’re asking us to design a spa inspired home for them. They are investing in their personal sustainability by integrating wellness into their own daily lives and creating home sanctuaries.


    Healthy Home – Part I

    Robert Henry,, discusses the increase of health and wellness in architecture.


    We recently completed a home spa on the upper West Side of Manhattan for a client interested in creating a master bedroom suite in a healthy, nurturing environment.  Since she has asthma and allergies, we designed a 5’x 5’ experiential shower and steam room with a bench where she could sit and relax while inhaling curative steam. An experiential shower allows her to control multiple water jets from a rainwater shower head at the ceiling, and body sprays along each side.


    Robert Henry,, discusses the increase of health and wellness in architecture.


    She also loves taking baths, so we integrated a steeping tub within the plan that allows her to soak up to her shoulders in water infused with restorative minerals and sea salts. She can recline and relax aching muscles within that deeper tub or pep up the water with invigorating eucalyptus or pine infusions. This bathing area opens up to the master bedroom with wrap around views to the city beyond.



    Robert Henry,, discusses the increase of health and wellness in architecture.

    As part of her master bedroom, we incorporated a very large library and reading area connecting to an outdoor deck and terrace. We surrounded her with what she loves- books and art that nurture her mind and soul. We have motorized shades and sheers that provide a complete blackout to ensure a good night’s sleep. About one in three New Yorkers have sleep issues so, we carefully orchestrated her bedroom to provide the utmost in sleep hygiene eliminating even small LED “on” lights, even alarm clock lighting was diffused ensuring a higher quality of life.


    In our next blog, we will discuss another design project that emphasizes the benefits of integrating health and wellness elements into a home.


    Are you incorporating elements in your home to increase your health and wellness?


    Robert Henry