Happy Home

Ensuring your house is a home that makes you feel happy through interior design inner secrets.

  • Where does Your Ultimate Design Brief fit into my upcoming renovation or new home build?

    Right at the beginning! 

    When you create your home with love, you get clear on what home means for you and what your vision of your future home might look like.

    It is important to understand why you’re creating these new spaces or building your home in the first place.

    It is crucial to get informed and guided so you can be an active collaborator in making your

    dream room or house happen. Creating a home with (personal – not someone else’s) passion is what turns a house into a home.

    Remodelling or building a new home can be on a homeowner’s mind for two or more years. During this time, they will work on their renovation or new build, and gather inspiration and ideas. Unless you have a clear idea of your first steps or specific knowledge about where you live and what you plan to do, that time could be wasted. 

    You can benefit from guidance from someone who’s done this before. Taking this step will help you manage your risk, get the guidance you need through tricky bits, and produce your Ultimate Design Brief ready to get going. You can do this. You don’t have to do it alone.

    In fact, why would you? When a room makeover has this much significance, meaning, and impact;

    • * The room can affect your mood every time you walk into that space;
      • * A finished renovation has the power to energise, relax or make you feel physically ill.
    • * A room refresh can waste up to 1/3 of your precious budget on dreaded and embarrassing rework.
    • * A home improvement project can provide you with an increased feeling of happiness (over and above any pay rise or amount of wealth you have accumulated).
    • * Any form of room alteration can make you regret and endlessly say “It looks technically perfect – yet there is something just not right about it…”
      • And frustrate you endlessly – if only you…
      • (a) knew what was annoying you about it, and,
      • (b) you had the budget and expertise to fix it…

    Do you really want to just ‘wing it’?

    Doing your homework in the form of Your Ultimate Design Brief is not only sensible, but it will accelerate your journey and ensure your success – if you get knowledgeable guidance to show you the way. To learn more about Kristina  (your guide), and ‘Team Cope’ click here. To learn more about ‘Your Ultimate Design Brief’ click here. To get answers click on common FAQs here


  • Are you ready to take a leap of faith with your next home renovation project?

    How to make a renovation successful

    Maybe you’ve seen friends take a leap of faith in starting their own business, or deciding they can lose weight, etc.?

    You probably also know someone who does that every time they start a DIY project around their home?

    Doing any form of home renovation / room makeover is potentially scary. Everyone that I have surveyed (over 1200 of them) has expressed feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed, or misunderstood when talking to a supplier through to their chosen interior designer or architect. 

    They are completely justified in feeling this way because 75.4% of homeowners do NOT like their finished home improvement project – regardless of whether they DIY or use a design professional. 

    In fact, this same 75.4 % could realistically say it is impossible to change “the odds” to guarantee you join the 24.6% who not only avoid being stressed, anxious and overwhelmed with all decisions they need to make, but are cool, calm and confident throughout the process… and as a bonus, minimize the villain called “budget blowout” that eats up to 29.6% of your hard-earned savings through rework.

    However, to get ahead, you need to take a leap of faith to prove that the impossible is POSSIBLE – beating these horrible odds and investing in yourself. 

    Now, before you freak out and think this is some intensely emotional ‘walk across hot coals’ life-transforming process (aka cue Tony Robbins to the stage), let me explain what it is and isn’t! OK?

    The key to taking a leap of faith is that it is 100% all about you, personally. You need to have done your homework prior to ensure that whatever you are leaping into –  will work! 

    Having created many successful businesses over the years with my husband Simon, we do a lot of research prior to ensure there is a need in the marketplace for whatever it is we are doing… Otherwise, you and I are going to waste a lot of time and money! (And if you are like me – you are not interested in that option!)

    With Creating Design Clarity, we have done the research, and there is a big need for our service; only 24.6% of homeowners love and are happy with their finished home renovation / room makeover (regardless of whether they used a professional designer or 100% DIY).

    The Creating Design Clarity leap of faith comes from trusting and believing that:

    • *Your opinions, personality, and preferences are worth documenting and referring back to (like a compass) for the soon-to-be made-over space. 
    • * If you are already “creative” or have successfully completed many DIY building projects on a budget before, you can make the results even better than before. i.e., you can be more happier with the finished project-and this feeling of happiness will last longer (and may never stop)!  
    • * The current process used by professional designers to “learn about you” (what the industry calls a “design brief”) prior to designing a space for you is woefully inadequate.
    • * My process will guarantee you will join the elite 24.6% of homeowners who have ongoing love and affection for their finished project. (Hence why there are 49% to 75.4% of homeowners who dislike having to “put up with” the finished project until they can afford to fix it). 
    • * It is worthwhile putting aside 3-4 hours every week over 6-9 weeks to clearly document your design personality via my Creating Design Clarity Toolbox® process, before starting your room makeover project.
    • * You know that “good things come to those who wait” (to do this upfront homework for decades of reward forever after).
    • * You can reuse the knowledge over and over again—like an insurance policy that keeps paying out over and over again—but with no further premium payments (yeah!)
    • * Watching a mix of online videos, attending supportive live Q&A brainstorming sessions, doing some reflective homework, and (definitely) having fun creating your first Obsession Creation Board®, Blueprint Intention Planning Board®, and Dream Concept Board® will enable you to know your design personality.
    • * You will minimize the dreaded “budget blowout” that eats 29.6% of your project costs, and, these savings will pay for your investment in ‘Your Ultimate Design Brief’ course fee and put money in your bank account for those extra accessories or an item of furniture you didn’t think you would be able to afford. 🙂
    • * I will honour our 100% money-back guarantee: you put the effort into doing the course, and you have up to the last day to decide if it has done what we promised, or get all of your money back.
    • * You will be more confident, less anxious, less stressed and less susceptible to being overwhelmed

    You will become a Fearless Homeowner! 

    I would love you to take the leap of faith that will provide ongoing joy and increased happiness in your home. Click here and join the waiting list for my next upcoming Your Ultimate Design Brief course.

    I look forward to meeting you (where ever you are in the world) online and watching you get to know your unique design personality. Go here to find out more. Got a question? Please ask me


  • Love At First Sight (Yes It Is Possible For A Finished Home Improvement Project – Even When The Odds Are Stacked Against You)

    Renovation love is in the air

    My husband Simon and I are compatible on many levels (business, finance, children, & politics), and are also tolerant of our differences and interests. (I promise this is not a chocolate box story)… 

    However, this is Simon’s 2nd marriage, and there are many differences (according to him and the Private Investigator 

    I paid to confirm all of this) between ‘her’ and me…

    Now, before I go completely off-topic (and you’re probably wondering where this is heading already!), most importantly, there are the similarities that bind Simon and me together.

    So, what on earth has this to do with interior design and your home? Interestingly, like humans;

    • * colours resonant[1] with us, and
    • * affect our mood and emotions;
    • * design styles are personal and revealing about oneself,

    but this can be easily masked by trends and how we think the world should ‘see us’, or who we should be ‘seen with’…

    The problem with “love at first sight” is it is actually ‘lust’, and history has proven with an ever-increasing number of relationship breakups – living with someone because of their skin-deep looks does not necessarily stand the test of time

    Interior design is very similar to the world we live in now – a sea of photos showing incredible home interiors, across many different styles, 10 million+ colour variants, endless patterns & texture choices to choose from, let alone styles of furniture, rugs, wallpapers, light fittings etc…  They are readily available… Do you swipe left or right when choosing them?

    And here lies the problem, ‘lust’ kicks in so fast it can take us quickly… or the perceived opinions of our friends, family or neighbours are given too much weight when we decide which style or colours or ‘look’ we think the room in our home should have, just like that trophy wife, or that hunky guy we are attracted to at work, the gym, or your girlfriend’s partner you are magnetically attracted to…

    Divorce only cost my husband ~$50,000 back in the 90s, thankfully no children were involved, and they parted amicably. 

    However, that room makeover you are about to start can be just as costly, and embarrassing if it just doesn’t ‘gel’ with you and anyone else who shares your home with you. In fact – every time you walk into that room you think “something’s not quite right with this space.” 

    The average room makeover ranges from $10,000 to $70,000. Two recent independent research studies [2] found that after 4-6 months of completing a room makeover, 42.3% to 51% of the homeowners were NOT satisfied with the result. 

    They wished they had “not allowed the [professional] designer to heavily influence their decisions on [Z] [3]

    Or, if they DIYed the room makeover, they “kicked themselves for choosing [X] instead of [Y][4]

    Why? Because the homeowner was not fully aware of their personal design style, when knowing this part of YOU prior to doing a home improvement project is critical in today’s modern world.

    This is why I changed from designing homes and interiors as a qualified architect & interior designer, to now 100% focusing on helping homeowners and design professional clients by Creating Design Clarity – “I create design clarity in a homeowner’s mind, by unlocking their unique colour and design style.”

    The process is fun and well worth doing prior to using a professional designer or making DIY decisions yourself. (You don’t use me as your designer – I am your coach or mentor to unlock YOU!)

    With a ~50% dissatisfaction in a finished room makeover, you are gambling the entire home improvement project budget of anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000+ of your hard-earned [5], money.

    Assuming you avoid those 50-50 coin-flip ‘odds’, the next gotcha is that 12.4% to 29.6% of home improvement projects have rework hidden in plain sight

    This equates to anywhere from $1,240 to $2,960 on a relatively inexpensive $10,000 bathroom renovation …through to $6,200 to $14,800,600 on a $50,000 kitchen or minor structural renovation, because;

    • * You chose the wrong colour and had to repaint…
    • * You had to return a piece of furniture / light fitting / accessories because ___(feel free to fill in the blank). Does it still look right now?
    • * Miscommunication between you and the designer; their preferred design style potentially clashing with yours
    • * ‘Internal miscommunication’ between your ‘natural’ design style, and the one you have attempted to superimpose on yourself…
    • * You now can’t afford to make the right changes (if you only knew exactly what they were), and now live with an unsatisfactory result

    How can you avoid a situation that occurs 50% of every renovation?

    In my husband’s case, he went to a marriage counsellor and read some books along with some navel-gazing. He realised it wasn’t “her fault” and thus armed with a better understanding of himself, he then found an awesome partner the 2nd time round – didn’t he make a great choice! 🙂

    Now imagine you doing the same for your home; it could be one room, the entire interior or a built from scratch… What would that new look feel like to you?

    My Creating Design Clarity Toolbox® has an easy to follow, fun, step-by-step online course you and your partner complete together in the comfort of your home via your phone, tablet, or laptop (Any device that you can go online with).

    Within the Ultimate Design Brief course within the toolbox, you and I unlock your deep-rooted and unique design style(s). Using my worksheets and exercises you document what you and your partner uncover about yourselves, blend, and understand each other’s styles, and then use it as a compass to guide you both as a DIY warrior(s), or, simply give it to your chosen design professional to ensure a match between the finished look and feel of the room(s), and YOU (both)

    Harmony, long-lasting satisfaction and minimal to zero re-work is the outcome. All for a fraction of the price of rework, or having to live with complete dissatisfaction and the unpleasant feeling of “something’s not quite right.”  Click here to save money, increase satisfaction and ensure your home space is the envy of others while bringing endless joy to you.

    May you also have love at first sight when you and your partner see your finished home improvement project completed!

    1. [1.] Colour is a form of visible light. It’s electromagnetic energy and each colour has a different wavelength. Colour has the power to affect our emotional state, mental focus, inner balance, and physical health. The intentional use of colour has been studied for decades and it has a huge variety of applications. More on the science in another blog!
    2. [2] 2019 & 2020 Endless Definition NZ
    3. [3]  & [4] A common theme in the feedback quoted by over 1000+ surveyed homeowners by Endless Definition 2019-2020
    4. [5] Or debt – whatever way you look at it – it is going to cost you by restricting you in some way, shape or form!