Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life

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An inspiring collection of practical ideas and do-it-yourself projects to transform any interior with good design, comfort, and a spirit of playfulness and fun. Happy Home brims with useful ideas for transforming a ho-hum home with relaxed contemporary style featuring bright colors, cheerful patterns, and varying textures and scale inspired by designer Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau and her home furnishings company Rice, which are well-known among design fans for innovative home furnishings and houseware collections ...
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Overview

An inspiring collection of practical ideas and do-it-yourself projects to transform any interior with good design, comfort, and a spirit of playfulness and fun. Happy Home brims with useful ideas for transforming a ho-hum home with relaxed contemporary style featuring bright colors, cheerful patterns, and varying textures and scale inspired by designer Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau and her home furnishings company Rice, which are well-known among design fans for innovative home furnishings and houseware collections featuring ethically sourced and produced products. The book shows how the basics of everyday life can be enlivened by bringing color and a sense of fun to daily living, whether by using brightly colored accessories or by introducing fabrics with patterns, textures, and hints of humor throughout the home. Included are practical suggestions that add informal charm to any room, as well as do-it-yourself projects ranging from brightly colored throws and cushions, storage ideas to hide clutter, hand-painted furniture, and decorative motifs for walls and other surfaces.
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"..gorgeous new tome.." ~The Daily Basics

“[Happy Home]…will provide amateurs and professionals alike with plenty of colorful ideas on how to enliven their décor.” ~Library Journal

"This book explodes with color and ideas that are not only bright and cheerful, but easy to follow and duplicate." ~Snug Harbor Bay

"This book was created on the basis that bright, lively color creates a happy home… and we totally agree! On each color-drenched page, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau shows different ways to bring color, patterns, and varying textures into your home.  What we love most is that all of the ideas are very easily accessible and she guides readers through the steps of achieving it in their own homes." ~Rue Magazine

Library Journal
Gueniau is the founder of Danish housewares company RICE, which is known for its ethically sourced and produced products. Here she shows how to use color and patterns to create a relaxing, welcoming home that will "make you smile." She advocates the bold use of color, especially through decorative accessories, textiles, and furniture, which are shown in every room of the home, including the garden. The colors used are never "matchy-matchy" nor are they overwhelming; instead they resemble more of a crazy-quilt approach. Throughout Gueniau shares her tips on assembling furniture and decorative accessories to create a pleasing interior, demonstrating her results in more than 300 color photographs. VERDICT Those seeking a guide to the use of color in the home will be better served by Eve Ashcraft's The Right Color. However Gueniau's personal approach to decorating will provide amateurs and professionals alike with plenty of colorful ideas on how to enliven their decor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847839919
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 798,225
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau founded Rice, an ethical homewares company, in Odense, Denmark, in 1998. She focuses on contemporary Scandinavian designs ethically produced in Asia and has won a worldwide following of devoted design aficionados. Holly Becker is an author and journalist whose articles have appeared in Europe’s leading lifestyle publications.
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