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Hi, I’m Ingrid Fetell Lee. A designer and author, I founded the Aesthetics of Joy to help you create more joy in life and work through design.

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The science behind the “unexpected red theory”

The "unexpected red theory" says that adding red to any space where it doesn't belong makes the room look better. But why does it work? This post breaks down the science behind this viral phenomenon.

How to Make a Lightweight, Fabric-Covered Pinboard for Your Home Office

I’ve been longing for a big pinboard to capture inspiration that isn’t too heavy. After scouring the internet for a tutorial, I ended up designing and DIY-ing my own. This post will teach you how to do the same!

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The creative principles I live by

These ideas come from wise writers and teachers I’ve encountered through the years. They’ve helped me avoid many of the traps that creative energy gets stuck in, and keep a sense of flow in my work.

Design quiz

What's your design personality?

You know your style, but what about your design personality? This quick quiz will help you understand your strengths and challenges when it comes to designing your home, and give you tips to create a home you love on your own terms.

“This book has the power to change everything! Writing with depth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need to know in order to create external environments that give rise to inner joy.”

- Susan Cain, Author of Quiet and Founder of Quiet Revolution

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14 Essential Books for Home Design Inspiration

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Ask Ingrid: Secret Talents, Slow Design, and What To Do When You Have No Idea What Brings You Joy

Color blocks in multiple colors | The Art of Discovery in an Algorithmic Age

The Art of Discovery in an Algorithmic Age

15 Joyful TV shows to watch right now

The Heroine’s Journey Home

The Heroine’s Journey Home

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16 Multicolor Nail Ideas to Inspire Your Next Manicure

Girl sitting out looking over the sea | Why the secret to happiness might be joy

Why the secret to happiness might be joy

Why Plants Make People Happy

Why Plants Make People Happy

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12 Beautiful Board Games To Play Again and Again

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