Two new titles explore the many ways to splash your home with joie de vivre.
Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life is the new book by designer Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau. She advocates filling your home with happy colours that make you smile. You see a front door painted cheery yellow and accented with pretty pink scatter mats. Hallways wear a coat of periwinkle blue and are crowned with light fixtures with patterned lampshades. Rooms are adorned with flowers and embroidered fabrics.
Smiles come from kitschy souvenirs and quirky accessories, as well as heirlooms with a family story. She views walls as playgrounds to display lively art and personal collections.
For Jonathan Adler, happy, happy, happy comes with unbridled self expression and small indulgences. In 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life, he reveals his favourite tricks for happy living in his trademark cheeky style.
Small indulgences include creating a tea moment, napping in unusual places and watching bad TV. Luxury is a stack of towels on a chair in the bathroom. “Same rules as an orgy: You need at least three as a minimum, then add on as many as you desire.”
Throw a sheepskin on a chair for casual squish and Laplander chic. Embrace the music of wind chimes and make your own valentines. Adler is not afraid to be irreverent or conventional. Although he will cheerfully embellish a staid portrait with mustache and goatee, he will also space out with cross stitch. Above all, his message is to keep an open mind about any domestic activity that brings you pleasure and makes you glad to be alive.