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Shiree Hanson Segerstrom Design and Wellness for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain.

My Dirty Little Design Secret plus Three Part Free Design and Wellness Book Series!

I’ve put together three signature freebies for you on design, wellness and mindset. I poured in a ton of experience, guidance, love and hacks into all three so you’ll have some of my best tools to get yourself lots of results!  

I think they are pretty amazing and I hope you will love them too!

Shiree's Three Steps to Mastering Your Mindset

What about your home do you love? What don’t you love? Does it provide you with a place free from frustration and distraction? Do you feel balanced and rested there. Or do you see a lot of unfinished business lurking in its hallowed rooms! Don’t feel bad. Let me tell you my ‘dirty little secret’

Shiree's Five Pillars to Optimal Wellness

It took me almost twenty years and two or three incarnations to get my own, beautiful 1930’s Spanish style home “just right”. Yep. Even though the architecture was spectacular to begin with, it took me time to soften the masculine, craftsman architecture, budget the projects, refurbish the large terraced property and make several non-decorative improvements (hello tile roof leaks).

Shiree's Interior Design and Lifestyle Tips

Got get ya’ self some mama. GO! 

Live beautifully, eat beautifully.


Soothing Paint Colors for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain

As a woman with chronic pain, you look for ways to soothe yourself physically and mentally, right? Well color is one of my favorite tools when designing homes for women with arthritis but if it’s used incorrectly it can be as much hindrance as help. There are thousands upon thousands of paint colors which can be both a blessing and a curse. 

Arthritis is a heat generating illness. When choosing paint for your home, you want pale, cool and slightly muted colors. Keep color contrasts to a minimum and remember to consider trims and wood finishes in your overall color schemes.

Use flat finishes in your living room, dining room, entry and bedrooms; velvet or eggshell in the kitchen and bathrooms (these soft, semi washable finishes are appropriate for most surfaces), satin which is washable and stain resistant, is good for high traffic areas like hallways and kids’ rooms, and semi-gloss on doors, trim, molding and cabinetry. Gloss is also good for cabinetry, doors, trim and molding but make sure your surface is in excellent condition because gloss shows every imperfection. Gloss is also highly washable.

Dunn Edwards

I worked with an extraordinary color expert Marie Brown, LEED AP ID + C at my local Dunn Edwards to come up with these beautiful colors. Dunn Edwards paint colors are often preferred by interior designers. They are quality paints with a more affordable price per gallon than Pratt and Lambert.

Winter Morn DET 617, light gray

Silver Setting DE 6359, a versatile, complex, light gray (gorgeous on my new kitchen and bath cabinets!)

Porpoise DE 6373, one of DE’s most popular light grays

Miner’s Dust DEC 786, DE’s most popular medium gray beige (this “greige” is a little darker, and would be lovely in a powder room)

Fine Grain DE 6213, a light gray, that is at once cool and warm.

Clear Vision DE 5875, pale blue

Polar Ice DE 5798, pale blue

Morning Mist DEW 388, pale blue

Mist Spirit DE 6302, pale celadon

Lightning Bolt DE 6295, pale celadon

Windy Sky DE 6288, pale celadon

Cool Frost DE 5931, soft lavender

Whisper DEW 340, one of DE’s most popular whites and with good reason

White Picket Fence DET 648, another of DE’s most popular whites

Cool December DEW 383, white

Foggy Day DE 6226, taupe-gray (Greige)

Pratt and Lambert 

One of my favorite paint companies is a boutique company called Pratt and Lambert. Their colorist Cynthia and I devised these color selections just for you! They are pale, soft and cooling, just what you need to soothe pain and cool your inflammation. 

What I love about Pratt and Lambert is that their pigment content is high, giving their paint much more depth and complexity than the others. I prefer their top of line, Accolades formula. 

Some paint companies change, discontinue and add to their formulas so whatever company you go with, always ask for their current, premium paint formulation. Be willing to pay the extra money for it and it will not only look stunningly beautiful, it also won’t need to be repainted for at least ten years. My Pratt and Lambert paints at last count are eight years old and I still sigh when I walk in my home. High quality paints have depth, character, better coverage, are easier to clean, last longer, have fewer toxins and are easier on the home’s inhabitants and the environment in general. Those represent considerable value, even if you pay $20 more per gallon.

Cynthia at Pratt and Lambert was kind enough to help me choose some beautiful paint colors for you.

Chanteuse 25-27 is a beautiful pale blue green.

Chervil 22-30 is a pale celadon.

Hare 2-31 is a soft lavender.

Summer Sky 22-31 is a soft gray-green.

Phantom 11-31 (my living room, entry, dining room, stairwell and halls are Phantom in Pratt and Lambert’s Accolades flat finish and it’s giving me years of sigh inducing, visual pleasure, every time I come home!)

Smokestain Rose 3-1, a muted rose

Half and Half 7-2, white  

My other favorite is Half and Half, a creamy white with skin flattering undertones, perfect for the master bedroom, bathrooms and dressing room. My master bedroom is painted in the flat Accolades Half and Half and also the doors, crown molding, and base molding. It is quite frankly the most beautiful creamy white I’ve ever come across. How often do you actually notice white? Well this one is impossible to ignore.

How to Test Paint

Buy a small amount and paint it on two 8 x 10 pieces of paperboard. Test the color by holding the papers up or taping them close together, wrapped around a corner, opposite the windows. Test in multiple spots during different times of the day. Look at them against plain white paper, and look at many different, yet similar colors side by side to get an accurate idea about each color. 

Choosing Trims and Ceilings

This next part is a bit more advanced than what we’ve been talking about so far. If you have crown molding, choosing ceiling paint is quite a bit easier. But if you don’t, my choices below are the solution. 

Use the whites for ceilings. Use a flat finish. Also use these whites for cabinets, doors and trim, in a semi-gloss or gloss finish, but only if your surfaces are in excellent condition.

Choosing dark accent walls is problematic. Though painters are willing to “cut in” paint color changes from wall to ceiling it never looks professional when there is a noticeable color contrast without crown molding to divide it. To be honest, I never liked the accent wall look to begin with. It looks great in Starbucks and other commercial applications but not in residences, and particularly not in today’s residences where the open floor plan is so prevalent. With all pale wall and ceiling colors there is little color contrast so you can go with a white ceiling if you like or even match the ceiling to the wall color. As long as they are soft and pale like the colors I’ve chosen for you below (with the exception of Miner’s Dust), the magnifying effect of colors bouncing off one another will be minimal.

Go get a copy of my new book Shiree’s Interior Design and Lifestyle Tips. It’s chock full of lifestyle goodness. It’s up on our beautiful, newly remodeled website now!

Live beautifully, eat beautifully.


Thank You Midlife Movement Podcast! Get Your "Wellness at Home" Action Steps Here...

My gorgeous new namesake website Shiree Segerstrom and my three amazing freebies are ready and I'm so, so excited to share them with you! We literally spent three months on these and they are my signature gifts to you all!

Shiree's Interior Design and Lifestyle Tips is beautifully designed and full of my best design principals such as how to create your 'one best' floor plan and my favorite elements. Can you spell scale, texture and greenery! Well I can! 

Shiree's Five Pillars to Wellness is literally everything you want know to get started on a solid, consistent wellness practice right at home so you're no longer reliant on leaving the house or driving somewhere which entails you know, getting on your best yoga clothes and doing your hair! And where you practice healthy eating like making daily fresh green juices and a big raw lunch salad and how to ensure it tastes not just okay, but is absolutely bursting with flavor.

Shiree's Three Steps to Mastering Your Mindset because you are going to run into mental road blocks. We all do, me included! These three tips will completely change your game around so you'll be in control of your mindset, instead of your mind controlling you! 

The Midlife Movement

I was a guest on The Midlife Movement Podcast last week! We talked a lot about putting in place a consistent wellness practice in the home so you won't ever have an excuse or feel the need to skip workouts ever again.

Why is having a wellness practice at home important? Tune into The Midlife Movement Podcast episode number 36, February 5, 2020 entitled Making a Wellness Practice at Home .

As an interior designer and someone who’s committed to a healthy eating plan and exercise, I’ve observed that first: our most consistent wellness practices begin at home.

  • Exercise: You don’t have to go somewhere or stop someplace to exercise, meaning no fancy workout clothes or lipstick is required.

  • Diet: You have the option to “have” or “not have” in the home tempting bad boys like wine, dairy or sugary treats. In other words if it's not there, you won't be tempted.

  • Rest: Where you can always find a quiet, pretty and comfy spot to rejuvenate.

Your home has the ability to support and revitalize or drain you.

  •  When the home is well planned, beautiful to your senses and nicely maintained it adds balance, support and so much joy to your life.

  •  Or conversely speaking, when it’s worn, dysfunctional and dirty it has the ability to drag you down and discourage you, lending to disorganization, depression and apathy not only in your surroundings but in you, you precious gal.

To get you started I’ve prepared a list of action steps below! 

The Pain Free Design and Wellness Clean Sweep

Identify the 10-25 things that really bother you about your home. Write them down and save them, then one by one address the items that you can address. For instance, organizing your kitchen is probably doable in a day or two. But replacing a sofa may not be doable for a year or more. So save the list and keep it handy and address just the things you can right now.

Play with Floor Plans (Furniture Arranging)

There is one and only one ideal furniture arrangement (or floor plan as designers like to call it)for each room. You can use a floor plan app like mine from Chief Architecture or by moving things around until you get them right.

Observe where the fireplace is. Observe the doorways and general foot traffic. Place the largest pieces first.

Add Scale

Scale refers to something that is large. It could be an armoire or an entertainment unit or a large set of built in bookcases. Scale is important to your floor plans because it adds a sense of permanence and stability. The rest of the room must be planned around that large scale piece. It is the room’s anchor.


Give the house a good cleaning and keep it that way. Very few people realize how noticeable dust and dirt are because our conscious eye is accustomed to seeing them. But your subconscious picks up on it and realizes something is uncomfortable.

Open the curtains and clean the windows. Enjoy the views if you’re lucky enough to have them. Open the windows and let fresh air in.


Being a designer and owner of a design store for years, I always realized how big of an effect accessories have on our homes. But when it really became evident was when I updated my own home with just accessories. I spent around $2,000 US dollars on accessories in 2012. The home was already lovely but moving my existing items around and adding these new accessories updated the style and lightened the mood quite a lot.

If Your Home is Missing Something

If your home is missing something and you don’t know what it is, it’s likely scale, texture or greenery.

Texture can come from woven baskets, textiles, cane or rush seating, some wood and stone surfaces, and rugs.

Scale can come from large pieces of furniture, like an armoire, an entertainment unit (to house the tellie), or large built in bookcases.

Greenery is obvious. Any indoor plants. I like a pair of topiary in the dining room at the least. And numerous pots of flowers and house plants (3-5) in the living room. 

And if you'd like even more help getting started, look at my Pain Free Strategy Sessions where together we develop an comprehensive plan for your most important home project, face to face via Skype or Zoom. It has an affordable, set price tag and clear steps to get you from where your home is now to where you want to take it. 

Live beautifully. Eat beautifully, Shiree'


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