Surprise

Surprise is a feeling distinct from joy, and yet they so often come together. We can be surprised by the pop of a firecracker, the stripes of a new shop’s awning in the neighborhood, the particular size and shape of a “thank you” note amongst the junk mail. Joyful surprises help to break the monotony of routines and can prompt us to reexamine preconceived notions and stereotypes. We use this aesthetic when we wrap presents, line our drawers with colorful paper, or play with norms around the scale and proportions of the objects in our surroundings.

There’s no perfect home. But there are lots of joyful ones.

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What’s your design superpower?

A yellow bench with blue blankets and throw pillow in the home of Ingrid Fetell Lee, photographed by Johnny Miller.

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Joymaker: Danielle Coke, illustrator and advocate

14 ways to make chores more joyful

15 joyful games to beat back boredom

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