by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by Structured Photography


With a new home comes the responsibility of investment beyond immediate comforts. With the high sticker price of property comes the expectation that your home will serve you and your family for generations to come.

Keianna Rae Harrison, Executive Director of design and remodeling operations at HER Home Design has noticed that her clients are generally investing more into their homes because more Americans are interested in holding onto their forever homes and building generational wealth.

“This added accessibility into the long-term housing market has our clients thinking about generational strategies and how to preserve and upgrade their homes with classic and timeless features designed to improve their quality of life as well as those who come to enjoy the home with them and those who may ultimately inherit it,” she says.

Through the years, home designers have noticed that homeowners are taking a greater interest in designing a house that meets their physical, mental, and emotional needs. The coronavirus pandemic only served to amplify the wellness movement.

“I believe COVID-19 pushed us to live better to live longer,” says Keianna Rae Harrison, executive director of design and remodeling operations at HER Home Design.

She has found that her clients care about a variety of things, from fitness features to touchless kitchen faucets and antimicrobial bathroom faucets. They also are intrigued by smart technology, including smart water purifiers and remote temperature control sensors that purify the air, access controls like smart door locks, and security settings for kitchen and bath cabinetry.

“People want their homes designed to keep them healthy and safe,” says Harrison.

Some clients are focused on aging in place, so they ask for things like main floor bedrooms, designer grab bars in bathrooms, wider door openings in the home, and improved interior lighting. A good number of homeowners are asking for specialty spaces that enhance their quality of life – things like “secret hideaway” spaces under staircases or in closets so that kids have a fun retreat, or specialty relaxation rooms such as lounge areas, reading nooks, and dedicated bars.

Homeowners seem to be letting go of traditional interior design expectations that put the designer in the driver’s seat of their spaces.

“People have a better understanding of how they want to live in their homes,” says Harrison. “We help bring their ideas to life.”

To learn more about incorporating Wellness Design into your home, contact the team at HER Home Design today.