The Happy Home Workshop is a place for exploring the ingredients of a comfortable, nurturing home and taking them for a test drive. Its aim is to not only highlight elements that make a home look good—but also to uncover secrets that make a home feel good. As a lifelong devotee of architecture and design and the author of several books on the subjects, my goal is to establish a forum that deepens the notion of a happy home by chronicling my own home improvement experiences and inviting you to share yours. The idea is to encourage a cross-cultural conversation that re-examines age-old philosophies, observes new trends, and promotes fresh approaches to inspired, healthy design. By tapping into the common threads of a happy home—no matter its style, size or shape—we may be able to craft houses that not only reflect who we are, but also positively affect who we become—and reinforce our relationship with nature, too.