There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that physical, emotional and social blessings flow from looking at life in a lighthearted way. Today’s world is not always easy to come to grips with, but at least we can give one small patch of it a warm and happy glow. Our homes are not only about beautiful design; they are about us and about how we live. Here are some ways to enhance your lifestyle and your home through the best medicine of all.
A giant fish as a welcomer says, “Sense of humor ahead.” Corrugated iron is a popular material for gate art — it is relatively cheap and develops rusty battered charm as it weathers. Can you see EE I EE I O Sid the Sheep, handmade from 44-gallon drums, as a guardian for your gate?
The blissed-out elephant on the shower curtain here (reflected in the mirror) is sure to cause bath-time giggles for water babies of all ages. Just looking at it makes me want to splash and sing.
This family has put a giant photo where it’s impossible to miss the gorgeous, funny face and beautiful brown eyes. Most print shops will make stretched canvas prints of your photos.
Make a place where everyone is free to express his or her inner comedian, such as a giant pegboard or a wall, tabletop or kitchen cupboard door painted with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint isn’t just black anymore — it comes in all kinds of colors, and you can even make your own.
These custom-made copper cabinet handles add a frivolous touch to the kitchen — the arrow on the end is pointing out the wine refrigerator. I recently splurged on two bronze kitchen cabinet drawer knobs in the shape of brussels sprouts, which have caused much commenting and mirth.
An original mind with a great sense of humor saw the potential in an old ship’s porthole and gave the family cat, Gobi, a witty way to go in and out. A friend of mine has adorned her cat door with a gorgeous over-the-top picture frame — fitting for her uppity cat.