The mission of Happy Home Design is simple, to create happy homes for everyone because everyone deserves to be happy. There have been scientific studies done to prove that good design makes people happy. While you need a jacket to help you stay warm in the winter, you may go to many different stores and try on many different ones. Eventually, you pick the one that made you look the best (or at least you think so anyway). It could be the styles, the lines, the fabric, the colour, the details of the buttons, and so forth. What matters is that you are happy. It’s the same way with your home, except it’s on a much larger scale. After all, for most of us, our home is the single biggest purchase we will ever make in our life. While it’s true that all the living rooms are similar, in that they will all have some kind of seating, a coffee table, perhaps some side tables, a rug, etc. Just like in the example of the jacket above, all the details of design is what makes an ordinary home a well-designed home. It’s how each piece of furniture, window coverings, wall coverings and accessories is curated perfectly to reflect what makes the homeowners happy.
Whether you live in a big house or a small condo apartment, old or new, you deserve to live in a happy home that is as beautiful as it is functional. Using all the elements of design, our mission is to bring happiness to people by creating their happy homes.
Danny Chan, MFA
Interior Designer and Small Space Specialist
Danny is an interior designer and small space specialist. His passion is to help you embrace living in the city, even if it means you have to live in small spaces. As Leonardo da Vinci says, "Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind. Large ones weaken it."
Danny is a honored graduate of the Academy of Art University with a MFA degree in Interior Architecture and Design. He is also a support instructor and student mentor at his Alma Mater to nurture the next generation of young designers.
His passion for design has allowed him to create beautiful and functional spaces for clients in Vancouver as well as overseas through e-design. After working eight years along side with his wife, they co-founded Chan+Dee Designs together in 2014 and continue to specialize in small space design. At the end of 2017, they decided to re-brand once gain and created Happy Home Design, where every home has a happy life.
From a young age, Sandra has always displayed exceptional organization skills. As a child, she would rearrange her grandma's medicine cabinet whenever she went to visit her. Having graduated from Simon Fraser University with an Accounting degree, she worked for BC Hydro for several years, but eventually, she realized that her passion lied somewhere else. In 2006, she completed a diploma course with the Vancouver School Board on Interior decorating and immediately realized that this was her calling. It is not often to find a person to possess both organizational and aesthetic skills, but Sandra's instructor said that she was such a person and would be a waste not to pursue her dream to become a decorator.
Sandra Dee, B.A.
Interior Decorator and Organizer
why do they do it?
Danny and Sandra both love calling Vancouver their home. Over the years, they have seen how much this city has changed and in particular, how expensive it has become. As housing becomes more and more expensive, they witnessed friends and family moving away from this beautiful city to the suburbs in search of bigger homes. The down side is that their commute time became longer, work hours increased to keep up with mortgage payment, and there are always so much cleaning to do around a bigger house. For the couple, they love being close to school, library, banks, restaurants, grocery stores, and of course, the very walkable downtown. Instead of spending hours on transit to commute to and from work, they would rather spend that time with their young children. This is why they decided to live in a three-bedroom townhouse in the city with their three children rather than a bigger house in the suburb.
Their company mission is to help young families create their happy homes. Thoughtful space planning and good design are keys to creating a functional and beautiful place you'd love to call your HAPPY HOME.