When I was little, I had a perfectly organized room

Rebecca West Seattle Interior DesignerFast forward to college where I put navy blue carpet down over the old linoleum in my dorm room to make it feel more comfy and inviting, then added perfectly matched curtains and bedding to create a wonderful home-away-from-home. Design was fun, natural, and easy for me. I loved it, but I never actually took it seriously.

Making design my career never REALLY crossed my mind.
Why?
Because design wasn’t “serious.”

Instead I majored in Geology and also got a second Bachelor of Arts in Community and Environmental Planning. After graduation, I joined the Peace Corps, teaching environmental education to grade-schoolers in Nicaragua.

When I returned home I got married and settled down into adult life with my new husband and our two cats. Life was humming along and then, just a few years later, it threw me a curve ball. It turned out the marriage wasn’t as perfect as it appeared, and soon I found myself career-and-marriage-free. I got to keep the house, which was a blessing in an expensive real estate market, but I suddenly felt trapped within the walls of my old marriage.

I mean, literally, I spent every day staring at the colors we painted on the wall together, eating at the dining table we’d inherited from his folks, sleeping on the bed we’d shared. Living there took what already felt awful (getting divorced) and made it ten-thousand-times worse.

One day I decided to change it. I found a gallon of nearly-black paint in the garage and I painted it all over the vaulted ceilings. (For the record, this was a horrible design decision.) It was ugly, but it was MINE, and at least it didn’t feel like us. I sold all the old furniture on Craigslist and replaced it with “new” stuff that I loved. It wasn’t long before I’d changed the whole space, and it stopped reminding me of my “failure.” Now it whispered to me of joy, possibility, and hope. I could once again walk in the front door and feel that’d I’d come home.

That was it. I realized that design isn’t just fun, it’s powerful. It’s transformative. It’s essential.•

So I started my own design business, and began to help other people feel happy in their homes the same way I’d done for myself.

Over time, as I grew in my new career, I realized that very few people were talking about the human impact of *residential* design. It showed up in urban planning and even commercial and hospitality design to some degree. But home design was all “this trend” and “that color of the year” and “look what you can buy to be happy.” This was before the days of mindfulness and the Japanese art of keeping things clean, and I realized…

I needed to tell everyone.
Paint and pillows can change the world.

So I wrote my book “Happy Starts at Home,” and I speak in front of groups encouraging my audiences to take what they have and make it better. I want everyone to realize the power they have right at their fingertips, and really feel wonderful in their world.

It’s been a decade, and I’ve worked with hundreds of people, designing rooms that uniquely feel like HOME. Whether it’s working with furniture they already loved or starting completely from scratch, I help craft spaces that enliven the people living in them. And whether I get to help them myself, or they read my book and start the process on their own, I know that I am making life better for folks, one home at a time.

Are you ready to start loving the space you’re in? I mean, seriously, why are you living with stuff you hate? Life is too darn short.

My team and I work with people who know why they want to redesign. They’re ready to shift, to step into their new life, and to really love their space.

So, if you’ve got the why, we’ve got the how.


Meet the Team

Leah
Admin Assistant
and Sanity-Provider

When Leah’s not helping clients get happy at home, you’ll either find her cuddling her Australian Shepherd Roxanne, playing board games, or hanging out at the mosaic studio attempting to create something resembling art.

her WEAKNESS:
Half Baked Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and The Office.

her Favorite song:
Never Had by Oscar Isaac

in another life:
She’d be Sherlock Holmes.

a quirky truth about her:
She can play her violin while hula hooping.

SHE HELPS PEOPLE GET HAPPY AT HOME FOR A LIVING BECAUSE:
Her home is her happy, safe escape from real world stress, and everyone should have that in their lives!

Angela
Associate Designer
And Project Lead

When Angela’s not making sure our clients couldn’t be helped in just one more way, she’s getting hands-on with her own home, ripping up carpet, painting the walls teal, playing with her dogs and traveling the world with her significant other.

her WEAKNESS:
Eating lemon bars while perusing Pinterest.

her Favorite song:
Madness by Muse

in another life:
She’d be a time traveler!

a quirky truth about her:
When having a meal, the different foods cannot touch each other on the plate!

SHE HELPS PEOPLE GET HAPPY AT HOME FOR A LIVING BECAUSE:
She loves to transform lives by creating environments that help people achieve happiness.

Sarah
Junior Designer
And Project Assistant

When Sarah isn’t helping create positive, lively spaces, she’s conquering mountains, browsing used bookstores for new additions to her growing library, or swing dancing the night away with friends.

HER WEAKNESS:
Giant cups of coffee and fuzzy blankets

HER FAVORITE SONG:
Standing By by Pentatonix

IN ANOTHER LIFE:
She’d be a ballerina!

A QUIRKY TRUTH ABOUT HER:
She has known how to ride a unicycle since she was eleven!

SHE HELPS PEOPLE GET HAPPY AT HOME FOR A LIVING BECAUSE:
Her goal in life is to spread positivity and she loves using her passion to give people happiness at home.

Daniel
Marketing Assistant
and Social Media Master

When Daniel isn’t helping spread the message of how your home can help you live your best life, he can be found perusing vinyl at local record stores or fueling up on iced lattes at one of a dozen local indie coffee shops.

His WEAKNESS:
Binge watching the latest, hottest, greatest on Netflix.

HIS FAVORITE SONG:
Panic by The Smiths

IN ANOTHER LIFE:
He’d be a superhero.

A QUIRKY TRUTH ABOUT him:
He hates bubbles. Water should be flat, and soda is gross.

HE HELPS PEOPLE GET HAPPY AT HOME FOR A LIVING BECAUSE:
He’s drawn to inventive ways of improving your life and your space is a great tool for finding happiness.

Carolyn
Bookkeeper
and Money Maven

When Carolyn isn’t calculating how to get Rebecca to show up and talk numbers, she’s sketching new fashion designs or cooking up the latest in vegan cuisine in her polka dot kitchen.

HER WEAKNESS:
Anything with stripes or polka dots

HER FAVORITE SONG:
The entire new Star Wars soundtrack

IN ANOTHER LIFE:
She’d be a death metal rock star!

A QUIRKY TRUTH ABOUT HER:
She can balance a spoon on her nose!

SHE HELPS PEOPLE GET HAPPY AT HOME FOR A LIVING BECAUSE:
Wait, is that what we do? I just like to crunch the numbers!

Murray
Furry Mascot
and Stress Reducer

When Murray isn’t lowering Rebecca’s blood pressure by demanding well-timed pets, he’s stealing designs right off the printer and eating them (no, really!) or indulging in a little catnip.

HIS WEAKNESS:
The sound of the printer and the little moving bits inside!

His FAVORITE SONG:
Kitty by the Presidents of the United States of America

IN ANOTHER LIFE:
He’d be a chinchilla!

A QUIRKY TRUTH ABOUT HIM:
He plays fetch (don’t tell the other cats)!

HE HELPS PEOPLE GET HAPPY AT HOME FOR A LIVING BECAUSE:
A good life is all about having a warm bed, a loving family, and plenty of catnip.