Design Happy to make you Smile on this Sunny Weekend!

Design happy…

Design for happy is a concept I fully understand and aspire to bring to each project I design and craft for my Clients.   I understand that the physical spaces within your “home” hold great power over how you feel, how productive you are, how joy filled you can live, how robust your life can be.  My design impacts my Clients and I focus my solutions on designing for happy exuberance.   If you have experienced a sunshine filled day after a dreary slew of winter days you know the energy and spiritually positive shift you experience deep within your being.  Residential design and renovation has that same power over your being.  The positive feelings we experience as humans in a beam of sunlight is much like the reactions of my Clients at the reveal of their new space(s).  I focus to design for happiness and betterment within my Client’s lives and that is exactly why I love what I do.  Presently, I’m so jazzed to move out of winter and into Spring!  Bring it on baby!  Let that sunshine sing!  The beams of fresh sunlight and these inspiring images below have great power over my enthusiasm and create design happy within me!

As a spirited residential designer I keep my inner creative well filled on the daily with new home product, finishing materials, design solutions and purely fantastic inspirational research.  Necessary research to stay at the top of my game as a designer and solver of problems within my Clients dwellings.

Power of Sunlight and Flowers makes me Smile….

This week when I saw this image on Kristy Wicks Instagram feed I had a moment.  A moment where I was instantaneously transported to June and the peonies in peak bloom!  This inspiring photo sparked a smile on my face.  The freshness of these transitional soaring kitchen cabinets, the crisp white vitreous china sink overflowing with fresh tulips and that glorious burst of sunshine blazing through the window!  Beautiful!

Fresh Kitchen in Spring
Beam of light, aroma of fresh flowers, warm white Kitchen cabinetry thanks to @kristywicks

Sunlight is a life line to our Happy spirit…..

Sunlight is indeed a necessary force in our everyday life.  If we do not receive enough sunlight in our day the effects on our ability to function positively, sleep regeneratively and be focused are severely diminished.

Who wants to wake up and have a lousy day?  Not me for sure.

This bright shiny weekend has gifted me a spirit boost with a taste of Mother Nature’s Spring.  I’m day-dreaming about Garden Parties, decorating outdoor spaces for my Clients, flowers in bloom, the smell of fresh laundry on the line swinging in the breeze, sunshine cascading over my everyday.

Recently I downloaded an app called Headspace (available as an app or from their web site) that focuses on Mindfulness and training the spirit to consciously select “happiness” of thought.  Andy Puddicombe, founder and guide, is an interesting fellow and his voice is quite soothing as he guides you through each baby step on a day-by-day journey to focusing your thoughts towards goodness within your mind and spirit.

Seriously for years I could never understand the draw to meditation and/or yoga until about two years ago when the demands of my extremely busy Entrepreneurial lifestyle, the scale of my company’s projects exploded McNeil Design Group Interiors  and the responsibilities of being sandwiched between Teenagers and Aging Parents all collided with the limitations of a 24 hour clock.  Today I rise in the morning just a little earlier to gift myself “a slice of pie”.  The slice of pie I’m talking about is from my daily clock.  I intentionally start my days with a little yoga followed by an intensive burst run on the elliptical to release stress and wrap up my day at the very end with 5-15 minutes with Headspace (benefit research link).

Interior Design makes my heart sing…..

What ultimately keeps my happiness meter full is how my world is steeped in residential design.  I create Homes.  I solve problems my Clients experience when they purchase a home lacking in light, storage, visual beauty, comfort or connection to the lifestyle they lead or desire to lead.  I take the dwellings my Clients purchase; assess it, manipulate it, blend it with desires, reinvent it with great design and return that lack luster dwelling as a “Home”.  A true joyous polished beautiful Home.  There is an immense process from Step#1 to Reveal but come with me today to chat about some inspiration that lit up my happiness sensors this week!

Lovely Kitchen sink vignette of white and black, brushed champagne hardware & natural wood. Fresh flower scents and great design.  Thank you @decoristofficial.

I’ve always loved black.  The saturation of it, the impact of it, the elegance of it and I’m so happy as a designer in this present time because Black is more predominant in interiors than ever.  With more examples in main stream design my Clients no longer have any reservations to utilizing black on walls; in tile or wallpaper, floors, in accessories, light fixtures and/or hardware.   I love it!!

Photo credit: unfortunately unknown
Tablescape of matte black dishware, gold and iron wood cutlery, linens, touches of champagne finishes and the most extraordinary floral arrangement meandering the full length of the table. Photo credit: unknown


Floral and Contemporary Art pieces by Celadon Art, available through McNeil Design Group Interiors

The entrance of Oversized Murals and Art in Floral and Contemporary designs are an exciting addition into present design esthetics.  The predominantly earthy neutrals or cool grey neutrals we’ve seen for years are being transformed by these new design elements.  The sophisticated addition and layering can bring some design intrigue into spaces in dire need of personality.  We love selecting Art for our Clients spaces and the options are vast but just one piece of Art at the right scale and size can completely finish or reinvent a room.   These are a few of the Design for Happy components I have my eye on!

Take a chance;  Life is short.  Buy the Art.  Eat the cake!

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