As in rides a Harley biker.
He has tattoos covering both arms (and I do mean COVERING) as well as on his back, legs, and who knows where else....umm, anyway. We were catching up recently and I learned a few things about him such as:
he drinks hot tea, not coffee, in the morning
he has nightlights throughout his house
and, get this,
he listens to pop music - like Katy Perry pop music
Not what most people would expect from Mr Tough Tattoo'd Biker man
But do you know what? These things make him happy - in particular, in his words, the music is 'happy' music.
And doesn't it just make sense to incorporate things into our lives that bring us joy and make us smile - 'happy' things ?
So what does this have to do with design?
It's confession time. I have to admit that I have a weird overwhelming growing attraction to yellow.
Like seriously big time.
It makes me smiley happy.
It's 'sunny' and bright - which is energetic - but the right shade is also warm and calming. Like relaxing on the beach on a warm sunny day.
And I find myself bringing more and more yellow into the house. And while I don't want to overdo it or be obnoxious with it, I have to say that 'happiness' is a really valid design 'element'.
I have painted my bedroom a pale soft yellow. I adore it.
I ran across these the other day:
My kitchen, nor my dining room incorporates yellow and I am not sure the subtle yellow on these would work, and still, I WANT them. ;-)
or what about this chic planter? A bright spot in the house or outside.
Or this fun faceted vase from The Inglenook Decor
I love the faceted shape of this as well. :)
My other growing obsession is dutch doors. I looked at a house when I was hunting last year, and there was a dutch door off the back of the house into the backyard.
I was smitten.
here are a couple to entice you too:
Granted that entrway above is just lovely no matter what. . . . .
Yellow, dutch doors - just two things that make me smiley happy when it comes to design.
What are your happy smiley decorating things these days?