How nice is it to walk in to your home that is filled with things that bring joy and incredible memories? That sounds lovely, however not that easy to achieve.
In this blog we have some advice from Rebecca West, CEO of Seriously Happy Homes, on how to design a happy home.
So what does it take to design a happy home?
When West meets with a client she asks“ ‘Let’s talk about the wholeness of your life and who you want to be and how your home can shape that. It’s not about the furniture or interior design but more about whether your home is working for you in the best way.”
The philosophy West follows is that your home can directly improve your well-being and contentment with better health, sleep and relationships. This can ultimately decrease stress levels and lead to an all-around happy environment. People should try to recognize the power they have to change things. Why would you want you be surrounded by things you dislike?” Life is short. At the very least, be happy at home.”
West stated, “Happy is different for all people, and it’s a very broad topic, I define it as one’s health and well-being”. Most of her clients choose one of two areas to start with – the first is the master bedroom. This is a private area where you wake up in a happy room and can set the tone for the rest of your day. The other area is a public space like the entrance way from the front door.
One of the main questions West will ask a client is “How do you want to use your home?” The question is not about design but about lifestyle. This will make the homeowner really think about what they want. People need to think outside the box and not listen to design police.
“Customers have come to me five years after I did several rooms and now want to do the rest of the home. And that’s true with many of my clients. I start with one or two rooms and six months later move to other areas of the home.”
The same attention paid to the interior of the home applies to the exterior .“Again, it’s a matter of the homeowner taking the time to think about what they want,” West said.
West has written “Happy Starts at Home,” a book that commits to a philosophy of buying fewer things and doing more to create a home that makes you smile. Besides beautiful photographs, there are a variety of self-assessment activities to connect financial, emotional and physical health to the home’s space to ensure that it nurtures one’s personal vision.
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