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We were interviewed by Michele Marko to take part of the story that she was writing for West Coast Homes & Design Magazine. The title was "the Upside of Downsizing". It was featured at the Home & Garden show and also published on the Vancouver Sun on Mar 02, 2022. The article shows how the right furniture pieces and layout can make a smaller space functional and feel spacious. “If you have a smaller room, you can pick higher quality pieces for the same budget,” says Dee Chan. “You can make a big impact instead of spreading out your money and buying cheaper stuff.” With no need to fill a lot of rooms with furniture, it’s about quality versus quantity, she adds. Click here to read the full article.

We were interviewed by Shawn Conner for this special article he wrote and was published for the Vancouver Sun on Feb. 13, 2023. ​In the article, Sandra mentions that we look for opportunities where we can display our work properly and with impact. The artwork becomes more special because it's not competing with so many different artworks around the house...When helping clients choose art, the Chan's look at pieces that reflect the homeowners' interest first, then consider factors like "the moods that we are going for in the room and the colour scheme, as well as the size and the scale that fits, it it's in proportion to the furniture below the artwork that has good balance." Click here to read the full article.

small homes make us happier

We are thrilled and honoured to be included in this fantastic article by Matthew Hague in the Globe and Mail on August 24, 2019!

The article starts with Matthew's interview with Danny on why we think smaller homes could make us happier and we talked about why we rebranded from CHAN + DEE DESIGNS to Happy Home Design so we can focus on helping people love their smaller homes. The goal is to help clients make better use of what they have instead of “chasing the illusion that bigger is better,” he says. “I’m trying to get people to think about the quality of their lives, not the quantity.”


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California Closet custom built wall unit

We collaborated with California Closet for our clients who were downsizing from a 5,000 s.f. house in West Vancouver to a 1,200 s.f. apartment in downtown. 

Of distinct importance, we wanted to showcase their figurines, books, and other special items while minimizing the clutter.

This article shows how good design can be achieved when you put two creative minds together.

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Decorating tips Danny Chan Sandra Dee

We were interviewed by Sheila Hansen of Parc Retirement Living on how seniors can make the most in their small spaces. We gave her 5 decorating tips that will sure to make home their happy place. 

This article shows how downsizing to a smaller home can still make you happy.

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Vancouver top design firms

We are so honoured to be named one of the 30 best interior design companies, among many truly top talented firms in Vancouver, for our specialty in small space design. This was before we rebranded from CHAN + DEE DESIGNS to Happy Home Design.

This article starts with a quote by Juan Montoya, one of the world’s most renowned interior designers: "A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.”

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