How to Design a Happy and Healthy Kitchen



Image Kitchen Krista Watterworth Design Studio Photo by Jessica Glynn

Krista Watterworth Design Studio | Photo by Jessica Glynn |

Fill your kitchen with style, love, laughter and healthy foods

How do you design your happy and healthy kitchen? Does your kitchen reflect your style? Is it filled with love, laughter and healthy foods? Designing your happy and healthy kitchen is part of designing your healthy life.

When you’re in your kitchen, how do you feel? Is it a space that makes you feel happy? Is there harmony and balance? Does it bring a certain rhythm? Do you love the colors? Does it reflect your style and personality? What about the foods? Do you cook healthy foods?

When you look at your kitchen, does it look happy and healthy?

Your kitchen should bring you joy, no matter how big or how small–size doesn’t matter. There are many tiny kitchens that function well and are very stylish. Take a look at these small kitchens from Traditional Home Magazine.

A beautiful kitchen expands far beyond its style. You can design your happy and healthy kitchen to be the hub of the home. it’s a place to prepare healthy foods, share stories and create memories.

After my mom passed away, my dad came to live with us. He was a quiet and humble man who loved to listen. I learned so much about him just from the simple conversations. He mostly listened, but when he did have something to say, it was so heartfelt. His face always lit up when he saw the kids. He loved being in the kitchen with the family.

Sadly, my dad recently passed away, but the memories remain vibrant. It was an honor to have him live with us. (Feeling very grateful and blessed.)

Whenever we’re entertaining at home, whether we’re having a few friends over or a large family gathering, we always hover around the kitchen.

Our kitchen is the center of our home. A place of calm, conversation, love, laughter and food.

I love when family and friends hang out in the kitchen.

Krista Watterworth, Interior Designer

Krista Watterworth, interior designer, TV personality and President of Krista Watterworth Design Studio, says that when it comes to design, “start from the heart.”

Krista’s design style is simple and elegant. From hosting HGTV’s Splurge and Save, Save My Bath to The Vanilla Ice Project, Krista’s passion for interior design shines.

I couldn’t agree more with Krista when she says, “Kitchens carry the weight of happiness because they are the hub of activity and laughter. It is the place to congregate and connect.” “Happiness is being surrounded by the things I love, colors that make me smile, and – function, function, function,” she added.

Barbara Ficarra, Health Designer™, I say fill your kitchen with healthy foods

As Krista mentioned, function is important. So I say as your Health Designer™ use your pantry and cupboards to function as a healthy storage space. Whether you have a large pantry or a small cupboard space for your nonperishables, the function is the same—storage for nonperishable foods. If the foods you have stocked in your kitchen aren’t healthy, how are you going to prepare healthy meals? Take a look at your pantry, what do you see? Are the foods stocked there healthy? If not, FLIP OUT the unhealthy nonperishables and FLIP IN healthy foods. Here are a few suggestions to get your pantry in shape. Keep these healthy foods stocked in your pantry.

  • Beans
    • Black Beans
    • Lentils
    • Garbanzo Beans
    • Navy Beans
    • Kidney Beans
    • Peas
  • 100% Whole Grains
    • Whole Grain Wheat
    • Whole Grain Buckwheat
    • Whole Grain Bulgur
    • Whole Grain Barely
    • Whole Grain Quinoa
  • Flour
    • Spelt Flour
    • Buckwheat Flour
    • Whole Wheat Flour
    • Barley Flour
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole Wheat Pastas
  • Kamut Spaghetti
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Organic Vegetable Broth-Low Sodium
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Tomato Paste
  • Fired Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • Whole Tomatoes
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Dried porcini mushrooms
  • Tamari Sesame

Don’t forget to keep your refrigerator stocked with healthy foods.

Your Turn

Does your kitchen bring you happiness, joy, bliss? Do you love spending time in that space? Do you enjoy preparing healthy meals? Is your pantry stocked with healthy foods? Remember, small steps have a big impact. So if you answered no to any of these questions, take some action to achieve your happy and healthy goals. From your physical space to healthy foods.

And remember to surround yourself with people and things you love for a happier and healthier life.

Now you’re on your way to a healthy and happy kitchen. This is only the beginning of the blueprint to design your healthy and happy life.

Thanks for being part of the Healthy Design Community at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here.

Healthy Design Element: Harmony and Balance, Rhythm, Color, Space

Healthy Design Action: Design ways to achieve health and happiness.

______ Design your kitchen that reflects your personal style. Surround yourself with things you love.

______ Design your kitchen to be the hub of the home. Fill it with love and laughter. Create memories.

______ FLIP OUT your unhealthy pantry and FLIP IN healthy foods. 

Remember, small steps have a big impact. Just start with one action. Have fun!

Design Your Healthy Life™


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I first met Krista in NYC at classes we took for hosting and broadcasting, and I interviewed Krista on the former award-winning Health in 30® radio show. We had a fantastic time in the studio talking about decluttering and organization. Find more info on Krista here and to take a look at her LOOKBOOK.

Image: Photographer Jessica Glynn

Remember–always consult your doctor or other health care professional before making any changes to your lifestyle. Some people may not be able to tolerate grains, beans etc. Check with you health care professional.

This information is not intended as nutritional or medical advice for individual problems.This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical condition. Promptly seek professional medical care if you have any concern about your health. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical regimen.


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