Wellness Watch

  • Residential Wellness Design 1.0

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    Historically, many architects have experimented on their own homes, pushing boundaries, or testing new ideas that set the stage for their career.  20 years ago, my wife Nancy and I set out to design our loft accommodating our newborn son Bo. The 800sf space located within the Hotel des Artistes on Central Park West is where we incorporated the maximum natural daylight and ventilation possible. We added biophilia, designed dual-use spaces, and incorporated a home office, thereby integrating early “wellness practices.”  This toolbox of healthy-home criteria soon developed into our signature design style.

  • HOTel & Spa in Paris 2019

    HOTel & Spa Forum 2019
    HOTel & Spa Forum in Paris 2019


    Forum HOTel & SPA in Paris

    12th Edition held May 23rd 2019


    Robert D. Henry will be the Keynote speaker discussing “Wellness Design.”



  • 4 Reasons Design Matters

    Sale of this apartment garnered the highest price per square foot in the building.

    Sale of this apartment garnered the highest price per square foot in the building.

    Whether you are contemplating  a renovation to your personal residence, your business, or hospitality venue – hotel, restaurant, spa – it’s very important to hire an architect and an interior designer with experience in that area. (more…)

  • Design the Ultimate Romantic Interlude for Valentine’s Day

    Design the Ultimate Romantic Interlude for Valentine’s Day {Time to Read: 3 1/2 minutes}  Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other?  Why not create a Spa Experience and try being a “spa butler” within your own home by designing a love-infused bath? Setting up a luxurious bathing experience can become a romantic interlude for you and your love.  It’s easy and affordable, and more importantly, it is one of the most thoughtful gifts for Valentine’s Day.


    With just a little effort, you can put a personalized spa package together for the special person in your life, that just transforms the bathing experience into something romantic or even create this sensuous experience for the two of you, as a couple. Here is how.


    What You Will Need


      • ❤  Purchase 3 or 4 candles ideally with your significant other’s favorite scent. Arrange them around the bath and create a romantic setting.
      • ❤  Get Kniepp herbal bath essential oil – lavender for balancing or muscle soothing juniper, or a bathing ball – a fast dissolving orb – rose petal is a favorite.  These items are available at bathing stores such as: Sabon,  Bed, Bath and Beyond, Bath and Body Works, The Body Works,  Frontier Coop.  Your local Walgreens, WalMart, or CVS will also carry a line a aromatherapy salts for the bath.  At a minimum, some inexpensive Epsom salts will work just fine and only cost about $4.00.
      • ❤  Try some aromatherapy and select a preferred scent.
      • ❤  Pick up a loofah brush or sponge for exfoliation.  Also, works as a body massager in the bath.
      • ❤  Gather their favorite lush towels, in their favorite color and arrange artfully within the room.
      • ❤  Depending on your budget, you may decide to purchase a luxurious new robe and/or slippers for after the bath


     Spa Butler Duties

        • ❤  Display his/her robe in a convenient place.

    Design the Ultimate Romantic Interlude for Valentine’s Day

    • ❤  Have their favorite music playing softly in the background
    • ❤  Draw and prepare the bath, fill the tub deep enough to submerge up to their shoulders
    • ❤  Add some of the bathing oils and/or salts. Lavender or rose blossom are nice, or chamomile if you want to really relax.
    • ❤  Light all the candles that have been strategically placed.
    • ❤  Spray some aromatherapy into the air, if the candles are not aromatic.
    • ❤  Offer to scrub his/her back or give a massage.
    • ❤  Apply oils after the bath that replenish the skin and/or again offer a massage.



    This is really the perfect gift for that special person in your life, exhibiting thoughtfulness in terms of choosing their favorite scent and type of soothing bathing mixture.  It is also affordable and can provide a really transformative experience right at home. It’s the ultimate gift for Valentines Day!


    ❤  Robert Henry

  • Health = Wealth

    Robert D. Henry, http://rdh-architects.com, discusses the importance of well-being influences in the home.Our last blog, Healthy Home Part 1,  we talked about the healthy renovations a City apartment dweller has made to her home.  This attention to personal health and well being has also made it to the suburbs, as Part II demonstrates.


    Healthy Home – Part II


    A young couple who have two children recently approached us to design a new house for their family in Rumson, New Jersey.  It is a beautiful estate property that offers views to the Navesink River with a full dock, episodic gardens, and terraced pools. They want to create a place for entertaining friends, family and business clients.

    We designed the lower level to be a dedicated entertainment and relaxation space with a  comprehensive spa, fitness, and wellness enclave, with walk out “social garden space” with a 10’h green wall and a 20’ long fire place.  The design also contains a grand relaxation room,  wine tasting room and home theater, complimented with a fitness room and nurturing couples massage room.


    We designed a pool that combines several features:


    – A lap pool

    – A waterfall Jacuzzi for 6 integrated within the pool

    – A water aerobics space with aqua-bike and resistance equipment

    – A deluge experiential shower that massages and invigorates sore muscles


    From the lounge and pool areas, you can visit the outdoor garden area where a dynamic green wall and stairs guide back to the upper level gardens connecting to the rest of the property. The pool, lounge and even the fitness room, focus out to this green wall and light filled outdoor space.  This sunken garden brings light down into the lower level spaces and provides a calming view of nature.


    We are finding that people are becoming more invested in their sense of personal health and well being.  They are taking proactive measures by asking us to design their home and integrating wellness into their lives for them and generations to come.


    Robert Henry