Design For Happiness
Find your happy place with the right design, whether it's a roomful of grandma's hand-me-downs or a minimal retreat.
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In Pelosi’s own home and business, she has turned to feng shui to help create spaces that lift spirits by truly working the way they’re supposed to (see The Feng Shui Way). As she learned about furniture placement and energy she was appalled to discover that she had placed an antique mahogany end table given to her by an ex-boyfriend right next to her husband’s side of the bed. The piece, while valuable, "carried the angry and resentful energy of an old difficult relationship." It’s been replaced and now the spirit of the space is much improved.
When you get a space set up so that it functions well (see The Art of Furniture Arrangement), you’re far more likely to get into that wonderful mental place called "flow," says designer Mark McCauley, ASID. He points to a University of Chicago study on "When are people happiest?" The results, he says, confirmed that people are happiest when they’re doing something and don’t notice the passage of time," he explains, whether it’s reading, writing, playing piano. "That’s flow."
In the Shelly Riehl David bedroom above, it’s all about the lamp. While the textures in the room are really pleasing, it’s the fixture with the yellow base and the inviting glow it sheds that tells me I could get into some serious snuggling and reading "flow" right here.
Photograph by Roy Quesada.