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Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

March 1, 2013

I’m so thrilled to bring you today my review of Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau’s first decorating book, Happy Home – Everyday Magic for a Colourful Home. You may know Charlotte as the lady behind the super mega Danish lifestyle brand, Rice, or you may know her home since it appeared in my first book Decorate. Since Decorate published, Charlotte relocated to a new home that she renovated and decorated from the ground up in a colorful, friendly palette (complete with a glitter bathtub) and you can see most this color-filled castle in her new book. Want to have a peek inside?

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

In addition to Charlotte’s own space, you will see many homes belonging to her many friends and the bonus is that I’ve never spotted any of them before – even online – which makes this book even more special. Happy Home has everything you need to know about color, whether you love it or are scared to death to explore outside of your neutral world since it encourages you to experiment, play and not be so uptight about it – it’s only color, not hostage negotiation! Have fun!

I’m going to go a bit deeper though so this won’t be the standard reviews I do because in this case, the author happens to be my friend, so it’s tough for me to not let out friendship influence my opinion. Honestly, she could have filled it with photos of her home and wrote on a single page, I Love Color! and I would have bought a million copies because she is just a super special person. But you know what, if you like me and my style then the fact that I like her and her style may tell you that you can still trust my opinion and the gushing words that follow.

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Charlotte is the author of two Danish cookbooks, both of which I own, but when I worked in her home in 2010 for Decorate and got to know her better on the shoot, I felt really confident that she could also do a decorating book. We stayed in touch and after she appeared in mine, I dropped the idea by my UK publisher that Charlotte should do a book and before I knew it, she was sitting on a book contract because they agreed with me – she had something truly special to share that not a lot of people have. I am so glad she went for it and even happier that I was chosen to write the foreword for Happy Home because Charlotte is a true authority on hue not only because of how she lives but through the hundreds of products she and her team design for Rice which bring so much joy into homes, especially here in Europe where her brand is so well known and loved.

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Another thing about Charlotte that I adore is that whenever I’m around her, I’m so inspired by her clothes! She’ll show up in pink cords, neon striped shirt and a floral blazer topped with a big colorful brooch and a pair of sequined chucks on her feet and she thinks nothing of it. I adore that she owns who she is and her spirited design travels from her magical hands into everything she touches – her wardrobe, accessories, home, the food she prepares, party decor, her products… Even her car is a lovely sky blue Fiat. This is why I think she is the perfect voice for a book about colorful, bright decorating.

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

There is something about a woman who has such confidence and who wants to stand out and be noticed. You want some of what she has, you know? And for me, I have not only her friendship by now, her new book so there is always a little Charlotte in my life and I like that and I bet you will, too.

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Happy Home By Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Please check out Happy Home because I know that you’ll walk away with color confidence that you may not have guessed you had locked inside. Her approach is so casual, her words so warm and encouraging, and everything she teaches from how to make your outdoor space brighter to infusing your home with bold happy hues, will give you a burst of ideas and the energy to see them through. With Spring on its way, it’s about time we turn to sunny yellow, bold blues, perky greens, fresh-picked picks and juicy orange tones to wash away this gray winter.

Charlotte, well done! I’m so happy for you and hope to see many more books from you in the very near future.

You can buy Happy Home on, and it is soon to be released in German under the title, “Funky Home: Style und Design für ein farbenfrohes Zuhause” at The book is also available in all good bookstores in North America and the UK.

(images: holly becker)


  • Reply Juliette March 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This looks really FUN and I think it’s especially fun to read about on a gray day like today! I really love the colors and design of Rice products and can’t help but think that could translate well into a book.

  • Reply Molly {Dreams in HD} March 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    congrats to charlotte! love the splashes of color against the bright white walls, always so refreshing :)

  • Reply Miss Drawingdream March 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Seems to be a wonderful book! :)

  • Reply Charlie Day March 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Wow, it does look great. I need a bit more confidence when it comes to colour at home. I shall definitely be getting hold of a copy. Thanks.

  • Reply Martina March 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Hallo Holly,
    ich bin total begeistert.
    Ganz toll! Danke!
    GLG, Martina?

  • Reply janika R March 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Looks like a great Book. I will check it out soon.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Marjory March 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Perfect with springtime around the corner..Yes to spirited design!

  • Reply kalanicut March 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I totally go back and forth from wanting serene neutrals to wanting to fill my world with hot pinks and oranges. This book looks like a great way for me to really understand who that colorful girl inside me is and find a way to represent that in my home. I loved your description of Charlotte in her sequined chucks. What a dreamy and beautiful picture you paint. I think I might deserve a little Amazon treat today. winkywink.

  • Reply Elisa March 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    What a beautiful book! I’m excited to check it out!

  • Reply Monsterscircus March 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful guide to live with colours!!! I’m really looking forward to take a closer look at it! Have a happy and colourfull weekend :-)

  • Reply lian March 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    wow lovely!
    anddd where did you get those wonderful hot pink shoes?! <3

  • Reply Trish March 2, 2013 at 1:45 am

    My idea of a great book just pre-ordered it on Amazon. Thanks for the heads up Holly, I have always loved Charlotte’s style. Can’t wait to get it! Happy Weekend!

  • Reply Tracy A. March 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Love your glimpse into the book – and I just adore the title!

  • Reply Sarah March 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The book is great and you wrote a lovely foreward.

    I did a mini-interview with Charlotte last month which will be in issue 03 of Countlan magazine. The world needs more colour and Charlotte is a great person/great example of how to bring colour into a house.

    Can’t wait to see more of Rice around the world.

  • Reply Frau Hoelle March 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Where did you get these lovely neon pink shoes from?! I’d die for them! <3

  • Reply livingstyles March 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

    thanks for recommendations about the book.

  • Reply Karen March 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I love Rice products so much ^o^ , so I’ve pre-ordered Charlotte’s book and now its standing just next your Decorate book in my bookshelves ^_^.
    We are so in need of more fun and colors in life! Happy life!
    Thank you two for this book ^_^

  • Reply Bex March 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This looks wonderful and I will need it if for no other reason than to set my eyes on the glitter bathtub!!

  • Reply FrauSchmitt March 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I have already fallen in love with this book. So lovely! It’s on my wishlist right away. Thanks for sharing!
    xo, FrauSchmitt

  • Reply Marina Klima March 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I love Happy Home, I like the way Charlotte mix and match colors to create the perfect vibrant room.

  • Reply annaofgreengable March 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Love her store Rice. Thanks for the link!

    xo green gable

  • Reply Holly Schlickbernd March 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Looks great! Will definitely check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Thelma March 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    She sounds awesome! Can I be her friend too?

  • Reply Laura Gaskill March 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I love Rice! Charlotte’s book looks like a major mood-booster with all of that color…definitely want to buy it now! xo Laura

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Done! I know I am going to LOVE this one! :)

  • Reply Mireille Paillart March 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I can’t wait to have this book in French!!!

  • Reply Karina Simonsen March 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Jeg må have fingre i bogen! Den ser meget lækker ud. Hvor køber man den på dansk?

  • Reply Julie Gallagher April 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    This books look fab! Def. need to get a copy – your review is the push I needed!

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