Good design should lift you up, make you smile, and empower you to go out and face the world.
Look around you. Does your home fill you with a transcendent joy that inspires your soul to harmonize with the song of the universe? Okay, probably not. But at the very least, it should make you happy. Not stressed. Not overwhelmed. Not bored. Happy.
Amy Brooke Baker: Designer, Storyteller, Builder of Nests
Things I Love:
Finding beauty and creating order in the chaos of daily life. Listening to a hilarious story. Looking at my grandmother’s antique hot chocolate service and being transported back in time. My late husband, who fell in love with me because of drywall (I’m serious). Using my past experience as a journalist and Hollywood screenwriter to work through challenges in wildly creative ways. When a client walks into a finished room and can’t stop smiling. Reading a great memoir. Brownies.
Things I Loathe:
Throwing in the towel. Going a whole day without laughing at least once. The word “impossible.” Rooms designed to enhance a professional’s portfolio, rather than improve the life of a client. (I can always tell and it drives me nuts.) Stories about designers who spent the entire budget because they could, not because the client’s house needed it. Spaces that stress people out. Car alarms at 5 am. Beets.