March 30, 2023

I flip through a great deal of property design and style publications in this occupation. Frankly, most operate jointly. In point, collectively, they could all be 1 large gorgeous e book of homes. On the other hand, “Design Happy ─ Colorful Homes for the Fashionable Family” (out there Feb. 21, Gibbs Smith Publishing) stands out as the exception.

All the interiors featured in the book’s image-loaded 224 internet pages jump out for their brilliant, unapologetic use of colour, joyful coloration.

“You can do that?” was a thought that struck me extra than at the time, as I seemed as a result of an superior copy.

Indeed, you can.

Perfectly, at least Betsy Wentz, the artistic pressure powering the interiors and the book’s creator, can.

Wentz, 49, grew up working alongside her mother, an inside designer who ran a structure shop out of the family members residence. Wentz went off to go after a vocation in psychology and, in 2001, soon after doing the job for numerous several years as a counselor, came back again and partnered with her mentor mother. When her mother retired 10 yrs later on, Wentz rebranded herself and launched her personal studio in the vicinity of Pittsburgh.