Thursday, May 2, 2013

Funky & Happy Home: Peek Into A Colorful Book


Last week I was invited to the press launch party for the German issue of Charlotte Hedeman Guéniau's  book 'Happy Home' or as it is entitled in Germany 'Funky Home'. Now many of you know that Charlotte is the founder, owner and creative mind of the Danish brand RICE, offering the probably happiest, quirkiest and most colourful selection of home accessories. Charlotte's creativity has now found its way into a book and it is absolutely great if you love colour, quirk and that funky bit for your home.

What I love above all in this book is its positive attitude. Charlotte advocates an approach to interior design that is detached from any design rules and trend parameters. She tackles interiors by experimenting with colours and shapes, solely listening to her inner voice and measuring the success by its fun factor. The result are funky and happy homes that represent her personality and ban every sort of  monotony. 


The book is structured into chapters that focus on the rooms' functionality from a very human perspective - hence the chapters have adorable names like 'Living, Loving, Laughing' or 'Cooking, Eating, Sharing'. I enjoyed the colourful feast with this book but above all I loved meeting Charlotte personally at her book launch party in Munich (alas, I didn't have my camera with me). She is as positive, happy and adorable as her book. Which proves the book's authenticity - I could definitely see Charlotte's personality on the book's 200 pages.

The only question remaining: How funky & happy is your home?


Photography by Igor Josifovic

20 comments :

  1. I really can't wait to have this book in my hands! I think that interior styling is exactly what Charlotte states: a reflection of your state of mind and not a pile of ideas that you collect from Decor mags. Our house is our haven and we must feel at ease in it - it has to be lived!

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    1. Lovely comment and absolutely my opinion, too! Thank you!

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  2. 'Living, Loving, Laughing'! Love this claim so much and the book seems to give great inspiration for a real funky & happy home - mine isn't that funky yet but I am still working with interior, deco & co. to make it as happy as possible... * julia

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  3. Wie jetzt, du hattest deine Camera nicht dabei?? Tolles Buch, kommt gleich auf die Wunschliste!
    Liebe Grüße,
    FrauSchmitt

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    1. Passiert selten aber doch:-) gerade wenn es After Work Events sind:-)

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  4. Schöne Bilder...und das Buch ist einfach himmlisch....mir kann es gerade gar nicht funky genug sein... LG, Anette

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  5. Looks really good! I like the matte finish as well!

    Trisha x

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  6. My home funky? Nah, not so much, but it's happy ;-)

    I do love the Rice products and their promotional stuff always look so colourful and fun. I bet this book is no different. When we lived in Copenhagen for a few months there was a store on the next corner that sold the Rice products and god only knows how often I entered to take a look.

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  7. My home is not happy and funky enough in terms of colour, I need to take a serious leaf out of this book! :)

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  8. Hi Igor!
    This is the kind of book I love flipping through when I feel sad, so happy!!
    xo. Elba
    live colorful

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  9. My beloved home is extremly happy because of my two cute kids ! Love them and love my husband, that´s all I ever wanted !

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  10. I'm loving the styling Mr.Igor!

    That last photo is gorgeous and the colouring beautiful! The book looks 'funky'.
    I can honestly say my home is 'funky' :-)

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    1. Thank you my dear!! And from what I've seen, your home is absolutely funky!!

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  11. My home is DEFINITELY funky! And much as I love interior design blogs, if I see one more white-on-white-on washed out house with only an occasional "pop of color" I think I'm going to hit my head against the wall. I think that's sometimes what speaks to people, but far more often, people decorate the way they think they should. It should be all about decorating from the heart!
    Any idea if that book is or will be available in the U.S.?

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    1. Hi Cathy! I agree!!! There is a link to the US Amazon page in the text above (where it says 'Happy Home'), so yes, it is available in the US too!

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    2. Now THAT makes me happy!

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  12. This book seems inspiration and full of trendy ideas to create unique design for your home.This will surely give some trendy, new, and contemporary profiles on furniture and other design-type items.I always keep my eyes open and do research, to make my room trendy and stylish so that it really add elegance and brightens my whole home.

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  13. I think it is worth in reading this book. There are some great interior designing ideas to try.

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