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Happy List: #214

Why, hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List!

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer in the U.S. Who is ready?

*raises both hands*

But could we keep the temperature under 85F this summer? Is that too much to ask? Probably.

This week on the blog I shared the outdoor furniture setup on our deck because I’m ready for summer! I also shared the American flag I painted on a wood door that hangs on the side of our barn.

Now, here is the Happy List!


Never would I think to paint an exposed ceiling fuchsia. Isn’t it amazing?

This wasn’t even the most impressive picture of this home, which is a restored warehouse owned by Spanish painter Lita Cabellut. Be sure and check out the picture of the kitchen sink, which comes from a royal garden and was used to wash roses.

photo by Pablo Sarabia restored warehouse the hague via desire to inspire on the happy list

(image: Pablo Sarabia via Desire to Inspire)


What a clever reuse for skis! A company on Etsy called Colorado Ski Chairs makes and sells cornhole board sets made out of old skis.

I bet you could do something similar with vintage sleds too.

ski cornhole colorado ski chairs via etsy on the happy list

(image: Colorado Ski Chairs via Etsy)


This Wisteria walk is magical.

Photographer: James Knowler | Story: Australian House & Garden via Homes to Love on the happy list

(image: Photographer: James Knowler | Story: Australian House & Garden via Homes to Love)

There is a wisteria plant growing just over our property line in a green space. It has grown up a tree and is probably 90-feet high now.


PBS will air the National Memorial Day Concert on May 30th! You can live stream it too.

There will be a special tribute to Vietnam nurses. Performers include General Colin Powell, Gary Sinise, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles, Steve Buscemi, Joe Mantegna, Alan Jackson, and more!

2021 National memorial day concert on the happy list


The counter in this bathroom by Mary Patton Design is so pretty.

bathroom mary patton design via my domaine on the happy list

(image: Mary Patton Design)


Handy Husband doesn’t tell dad jokes. At least, not yet! But if he did, I’d get him this shirt from Etsy for Father’s Day.

dad joke t-shirt ebollo via etsy on the happy list

(image: eBollo via Etsy)


Cal Newport, a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, penned an essay in The New Yorker this week titled “What if Remote Work Didn’t Mean Working From Home?”

In it he writes, “Here’s my proposal: organizations that allow remote work should not only encourage these employees to find professional spaces near (but distinct from) their homes—they should also directly subsidize these cognitive escapes.”

Handy Husband has worked remotely through the pandemic and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. His company might switch to a hybrid model instead of all remote though.

He has a space near, but distinct from our house to work in and it has made a world of difference to his productivity and the rest of the family’s productivity.

carriage house on the happy list


Musician Pharrell Williams is partner in a new art deco hotel in Miami Beach. Of all the gorgeous photos of The Goodtime Hotel, do you know what caught my eye?

The bathroom sink.

the goodtime hotel on the happy list

(image: The Goodtime Hotel)

I have spent a lot of time looking at console sinks as we’ve worked on our bathroom. Never have I seen wicker used on the sides of a console sink to conceal what I presume is a trash can. I don’t know how you’d do this yourself, but I’m sure someone will come up with a hack.


“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize”
– Voltaire

Thank you for reading today’s Happy List.

I hope you have an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. 

Be good to yourself and others. I’ll see you on Monday.


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