Smart Design With Suzette: Design That Inspires

A window wall brings the outside in. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Design That Inspires

Design that inspires creates emotions that make us feel, make us think and look at the world in a different light. Good design influences us.

It makes us feel peaceful and happy. Good design stimulates the five senses – not all at the same time of course – but deeply.

In America we spend around 90 percent of our time indoors, whether it’s at school, work, home, in shops, cafés, events, museums and galleries. Our environment says a lot about us, and the spaces that we inhabit in our daily lives can actually affect our emotions.

Emotions make us feel alive. Design that engages our five senses can touch the deepest part of us. If we feel it deeply enough, it can be spiritual.


A bedroom to delight the senses. Courtesy/Suzette Fox

I recently went on a trip to visit my family. My sister and her husband bought a house and, of course, I was excited to see it. Among all the beautiful rooms, one stood out – one that inspired me and brought a smile to my face. It was my niece’s bedroom.

Seldom do I see a bedroom that surprises me. It was named “Inside a Tiffany box.” The creative expression of the design brought me to a place where I looked at the world differently ─ from inside a Tiffany box! Bravo!

There are several design elements that bring inspiration. Light and texture are two big ones. These elements and others that connect us with nature and engage our fives senses – sight, smell, taste, touch and sound in our environment will stimulate our brain and feel inspired.

Comfort on a cold evening. Courtesy photo

This explains why the sweet smell of rain or fragrant flowers can involuntarily cause us to close our eyes, breathe in deeply and smile. This is why the sound of songbirds, nature sounds and music moves us. This explains why the feel of a soft throw or soft pillows that we snuggle while drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa is so comforting on a cold evening. This is why daylight, firelight, moonlight, starlight, task and accent lighting can make us feel energetic, relaxed, sleepy, or dreamy.

What inspires you? What moves you? Surround yourself with light, nature and soft textures – things that are pleasing to your five senses. It will change your state of being. Your environment will propel you to a place of peace and contentment. This could be the secret to happiness!

Feel free to contact Los Alamos interior designer Suzette Fox to suggest specific design topics or for help with your home. For more information, find her on Facebook at and on her website

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