You By Design: Welcome


Barbara Ficarra - Health Designer


Hi, I’m Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, and HEALTH DESIGNER™. Welcome to, the place to find inspiration and guidance to DESIGN YOUR HEALTHY LIFE™. I am thrilled to write my first post for, the lifestyle destination site to help you live a happier, bolder, healthier and a more stylish life. explores the intersection between interior design, health, tech and art.

Caring for your health isn’t just what happens between you and your health care providers. It’s about taking care of yourself, in and out of the doctor’s office, and it’s about maintaining your well being and achieving spectacular health. It’s about being empowered and in charge of your health, and taking small steps to achieve your healthiest life. It’s YOU by Design.


As a registered nurse and an interior design enthusiast, I combined two loves, health and interior design. As your HEALTH DESIGNER™ my passion is to bring you inspiration and guidance with simple healthy design elements so you can take action to achieve your healthy design goals. I hope to empower you to take action and design a healthy life you adore so you can live your healthiest life!

I love interior design. I’m in awe of how interior designers transform spaces into functional and beautiful places, and sometimes with the simplest design elements.

Interior design is all about creating a space that reflects your personal style. Health design is about creating, your style, and your life to reflect who you really want to be. The best interior designers will tell you that in order to achieve a spectacular oasis in your home, you don’t need a complete overhaul. The same goes for your life. There are doubtless many things in your life that are working for you now, living well and taking care of yourself doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul; simple actions can have a big impact – you don’t need to change everything.


With a few simple flips, a few pops of color, and little harmony and balance, and a few bits of organization and creativity, I will guide and empower you on your journey to design a blueprint for a happier, bolder, stylish, and healthier life.

Any chic interior designer will show you how to create a fabulous home with a few key moves. As your HEALTH DESIGNER™ I can show you how to design your life in the same way, by using key elements of interior design.

Women (and men) are busy juggling an endless list of responsibilities and often your needs are consistently pushed aside. Together, we can make small tweaks to your everyday routine and create a lifestyle that benefits you.

From DIY projects, to home décor inspiration, happiness, harmony, and balance to foods and fitness, and creating your (BLISS LIST AND BLISS BOARD™) to the latest trends in technology; from the smart home, green home to fitness apps, as well as happiness, beauty and confidence, positivity and communication, I will show you how to enliven your personal space and help you create a life filled with passion, purpose and—liveliness and a healthier you as you envision it and design it.

Thanks for being part of the healthy design community at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here.

Your Turn

How do you design your healthy life? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Intersection of Design and Health: Designers Team Up to Bring Wellness Into the Home

Two creative designers, Christopher Burns, INTERIOR DESIGNER, and Barbara Ficarra, HEALTH DESIGNER team up to bring wellness into the home. Read more here.

Barbara Ficarra, Health Designer(TM) and Christopher Burns, Interior Designer Team Up to Bring Wellness Into Homes

Intersection of Health + Design


Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, health designer™, health educator and a multidisciplinary creative—intersects health + design. Barbara Ficarra and Christopher Burns, Interior Designer, are here to help you create a beautiful and healthy home.

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, Health Designer™ and Christopher Burns Interior Designer --Intersection of Health + Design

Get started now on your beautiful newly designed healthy home. Contact Barbara here for more info.

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    I really like the interior design analogy–it’s so apt. I’m going to steal that one when I counsel clients on their diets!

    Congratulations on your new website–it’s going to be so helpful to so many.

    Janis Jibrin, RD

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      Thanks so much Janis! Hey, bring me in as the HEALTH DESIGNER when you counsel your clients! 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words. I greatly appreciate it!

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    hi Barbara – Great web site. I am launching a new web site soon and you site provides some great ideas. I am not a designer but my wife and I have learned alot ‘pretending’ to be designers at our lake cabin. We look at nature and try to bring the feel/look indoors. Keep up the great work ! congrats….Scott

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