Yabu Pushelberg, Kelly Wearstler, and other experts share the small changes you can make right now to boost your mood.
“There’s no place like home,” Dorothy Gale once mused, a lasting pronouncement that takes on new meaning as many of us commit staying inside during the pandemic. As our homes stretch to become makeshift offices, schools, and gyms—and as stress, fear, and anxiety mount—it’s more important than ever that our dwellings bring us comfort. Here’s what revered designers have to say about making your home a happier place.
Define Your “Happy” Home—and Set an Intention
Meanwhile, Gabriele Chiave, creative director at Amsterdam-based design studio Marcel Wanders, says that a home is a sanctuary when it’s conducive to reflection and allows you to bring out your best self. He enacts this by surrounding his space with cherished trinkets, art, memorabilia, family photos, and souvenirs.
Canadian interior design duo Yabu Pushelberg’s George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg say that they begin every morning with a pour-over coffee ritual—their g0-to blend is Imperialiste Noir from Social Coffee & Tea Co.—because “it’s something enjoyed in the moment and allows us to set up possibilities for the day with a positive outlook.”
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Clear the Clutter
If you have more free time on your hands, New York–based interior designer Alyssa Kapito advises editing and eliminating non-essential items. “It helps with focus, relaxation, peacefulness, and to ultimately see things in a fresh, new light,” she says.
Chiave says that beyond the COVID-19 crisis, purging our living spaces should actually be a regular exercise: “I believe that this allows us to frequently shape our environments and reconnect with ourselves.”
Yabu and Pushelberg take it a step further and explain that if you have a weekend to spare, perform an intensive tidying up, from top to bottom: “Choose one space to focus on and remove everything. Then give its surfaces and crevices a complete exfoliation. This is the first step to clarity.”
“Give surfaces and crevices a complete exfoliation. This is the first step to clarity.”—Yabu Pushelberg
Doing so, they say, will result in a blank canvas that allows you to shape and define your new mood. “In re-evaluating the possibilities for this space, consider adding elements of joy and purposefulness to it,” they suggest. This method of paring back, organizing, and rearranging helps your home feel fresh and exciting, and meets your ever-evolving needs.
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