I Asked 4 Stylish Women How They Make Their Homes Feel Happier

Much like how we dress can have an impact on our overall mood and confidence levels, how we decorate our homes will also affect the way you feel. And if you're anything like us, right now all you want is it feel happy in your own space. But how can you make your abode feel brighter and fresher without spending a fortune? Cue these stylish ladies.

I asked some of my influencer friends, interiors experts and Who What Wear UK's very own editor, Emma Spedding (who has recently moved), to find out how they make their homes feel cheery without a full renovation. Discover their insights below, and you'll make your home feel happier in no time—and with zero fuss!



(Image credit: Emily Jane Lathan)

"I would absolutely say plants. They always improve an area visually, and there's a particular quote I love: 'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.' I think it's good for the soul to have something to check on every day—to know you're helping it thrive. In my opinion, nothing beats that feeling when you see a new leaf unfurl."



(Image credit: Ciao Chiara)

"Having a calm home makes me beyond happy. A soothing colour palette is essential, as well as comforts like cushions and blankets for the cooler months. I also have lots of plants and recently bought a wall-mounted brass hoop to update my home with seasonal foliage. Not only will it look super pretty, but it'll be incredibly therapeutic to work on, too."



(Image credit: Style Idealist)

"That's easy. I'd have to say my prints. I like to collect wall art with punchy slogans and motivating captions, as they give me a boost whenever I look at them. I've recently gone freelance, so I need all the enthusiastic encouragement I can get!"



(Image credit: Emma Spedding)

"I have recently moved into my house, and while a lot of my furniture still hasn't arrived (I am eating off a beer pong table, sitting on a camping chair). Despite the chair, I tried to nail the comfort factor first. I have lots of blankets, linen pillows and quilts in both the living room and bedroom. I have made sure to pick linens, high-quality cotton and wools in go-with-anything patterns of sage green, light pink and subtle stripes."

Next, this vase is all over my Instagram, and now I want one too

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.