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Sense of Place: Lighter + Brighter Homes

By |2021-01-26T13:52:28-08:00January 21st, 2020|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

Your home is a special place. It should be your sanctuary, where you feel content & safe. Creating that happy space requires careful planning. It takes an understanding of how a home’s design affects our emotional state and how to maximize the positive effects. Neuroscientists + psychologists have joined forces with architects + interior designers

Invest in Your Home Part 2: Daily Savings + Aging in Place

By |2020-01-03T12:21:31-08:00January 3rd, 2020|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

Your home is a great source of joy. It brings you warmth + safety and allows for self-expression. For many of us,  it is also one of our most significant investments and ongoing costs in our lifetime. By paying close attention to short-term maintenance costs and planning for the long-term potential to remain in your

Invest in Your Home Part 1: Protecting + Growing Your Asset

By |2020-01-02T08:18:37-08:00January 2nd, 2020|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

For many people, buying a home is the biggest investment in their lifetime. Although, very few people think of their home that way, which can be a costly mistake. A home is an investment as well as many other things, including a sanctuary and an expression of who you are.  We encourage you to keep


By |2019-12-11T12:26:04-08:00December 11th, 2019|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

For many years, new home buyers and builders have operated on the equation of price per square foot, which assumes that the lower the price per square foot =  higher the value. We’re here to say that this could not be further from the truth.  Although the price per square foot can be useful in

Green Building: Exploring the Timeline

By |2019-11-21T09:27:57-08:00November 21st, 2019|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

As we all know, green building has really taken shape and increased in popularity in the last few decades. Many choose to build green as a quality of life choice: to ultimately preserve our earth’s natural resources while reducing negative impacts on our environment.  But WHEN did green building begin? While there are numerous definitions

The Guide to Kitchen Lighting

By |2019-11-12T14:11:52-08:00November 12th, 2019|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

Many say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Not only is it space where meals are created- it’s where friends, families and loved ones meet to nourish their bodies and discuss their days. Now, imagine the value of the kitchen if you were to remodel it. Whether your budget range is small

The Transitions Approach to Design: Health, Happiness, Nature + Space

By |2019-11-01T07:43:47-07:00November 1st, 2019|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

When we envisioned what kind of company Stearns Design would be, we focused on the matter at hand:  Designing and Building Happiness. While this is our company tagline, it means so much more than just a marketing slogan. Designing and building happiness is actually based on substantial and empirical evidence. Studies show that individuals who

Aging in Place

By |2019-10-23T10:17:42-07:00October 23rd, 2019|The Business of Happy Homes Blog|

Seniors are staying in their homes longer, otherwise known as aging in place. This is significantly affecting their quality of life, all while dealing with financial issues.  Being at home allows seniors a higher level of independence, while also reducing the stress of individuals having to relocate. As you can imagine, a sense of connection

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