Welcome To Design Happy Living – a lifestyle blog focused on helping you design a genuinely happy life and home.
My name is Leslie Carothers. Thank you for taking time out of your day to be here with me. I APPRECIATE you. I know your time is valuable.
I know that whenever I land on a new website for the first time, I want to know what I can expect to find if I subscribe, more about the person behind it, and how the blog came to be.
So, let me now share that with you.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO FIND ON DESIGN HAPPY LIVING?
1. Fun sponsored giveaways with beautiful and colorful products from my favorite artists, makers and manufacturers for your homes!
Subscribe now to be eligible to enter all of them by taking the fun quiz to find your best #designhappyliving paint color palette!
2. Before and afters of homes from interior designers who share #designhappyliving’s light filled, colorful aesthetic.
3. Inspiring interviews with people who will share with you how they intentionally designed genuinely happy lives for themselves.
4. Inspiring tips and ideas about all the things that will help you design a light filled, colorful, happy home and life.
5. A selection of my favorite products for your #DesignHappyLiving homes.
The most important thing to me?
Your feedback. I always want to know what you care about seeing more of or seeing less of. Please reach out to me at any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
MORE ABOUT ME
I’ve been involved in one way or another in the furniture and interior design business for almost 40 years. I have loved design ever since I was a young girl. I grew up in Central Florida and, as a teen, my Mom took me to design showhouses with her in Winter Park, Maitland and Orlando.
Seeing those showhouses always took my breath away. I would dream about what it would be like to live in those gorgeous rooms, filled with colors, objects, textures and art that I had never seen before.
Then, during and after college, I had the opportunity to work in a furniture store in Winter Park, Florida and, although I didn’t know it at that time, my course was set.
I believe that beauty heals at a deep level, and it’s been my joy and privilege over these past years to have both been a luxury interior designer [ 16 years] and to now have supported luxury designers and brands through my main business, Savour Partnership, for the past 19 years.
I live with 2 cats, Big Boy and Pounce and within 10 minutes of every living member of my family. I don’t have children nor a husband – by choice. I love to read [ I collect children’s illustrated books ], and I love to travel. I’ve been many places all over the world.
I am a very early riser, I love nature photography and I am a trained labyrinth facilitator through Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Give me a choice between chocolate and Cheerios and I’ll choose Cheerios every time.
If I had to choose just *five things* to put in an empty room?
I’d choose a beautiful light fixture, a piece of art, a bookcase, a live plant and a comfortable chair.
HOW DID DESIGN HAPPY LIVING COME TO BE?
I have been planning to launch this lifestyle blog for awhile, but work and life got in the way. I started an Instagram feed instead, 5 years ago, as it was faster and easier for me to manage amongst my other commitments:
https://instagram.com/designhappyliving – which I invite you to follow.
Can you relate? Do you ever plan to do something and then *life and work* get in the way of what’s really on your heart to do?
Well, the timing is finally right for the blog to come into being.
And again, thank you for being here with me.
I hope that what I share on this blog will give you the seeds you need to plant and cultivate a garden of ideas that reflects your heart’s happiest self.
Again, I invite you to follow #designhappyliving on Instagram at https://instagram.com/designhappyliving and to use the #designhappyliving tag so I can see what you’re doing in your own lives to #designhappyliving.
Thank you for being here with me and please do subscribe and share this blog with your friends.
I hope that, over time, you will become part of the diverse community of people who believe in intentionally designing happy living. Who believe that happiness matters to health. People who who will help me spread the message of hope that *beauty heals* to people all over the world.
Crystal Hackl says
Gorgeous blog, Leslie! Love the 5 things in an empty room choices, it sounds like the perfect place to curl up with a coffee and a book. And I’m so looking forward to reading more!
Leslie Carothers says
Good morning, Crystal. Thank you so much for the kind compliment about the blog, I appreciate it. And I love knowing that you love my *5 things in an empty room* choices. I may have to expand on that for a future post!
Have a great day ahead!
Janet Lorusso says
I love this, Leslie and I’m delighted that you FINALLY got to launch your beautiful new blog! You have brought beauty and joy, inspiration and wisdom to so many others over the years and I know this blog will share those things with an even wider audience. XO
Leslie Carothers says
Thank you, Janet! I am so glad you do…and I appreciate your kind words so much! Have a glorious Sunday!
Mary Ann Benoit says
Love this. Especially the idea that you are planting seeds for others to plant and cultivate a garden of ideas that reflects their heart’s happiest self. I agree that beauty heals on a deep level. Key reasons for doing what we do:)
Leslie Carothers says
Good morning, Mary Ann ~
Thank you. It makes me happy to know that this post resonated with you…thanks for stopping in to let me know. And yes, beauty does heal at a deep level..and all of you who are designers are the healers of the home.