You know those things that make you happy no matter what kind of mood you're in? Cupcakes, balloons, a boss song from your past? Well in the name of the Be Happy Linkup and collaboration month (holllaaaa), I'm teaming up with Christie of bedsidesign for a little guest posting all about the things that bring us happiness. For the next few Mondays, she'll be sharing her very favorite things here on artsocial... and I'll be sharing my picks over on bedsidesign. Check 'em out, yo. I am thrilled to start this fabulous collaboration with artsocial. To kick-start this series I would like to share the things that make me happy as way to introduce myself to you. I tried to showcase the various things that make me... well, me!

I’m a lover of minimalistic/cozy interior design. Often those two do not go hand in hand but I am all about reality and at the end of a long day I just want to feel comfort (in a stylish way!). I am currently working through classes for interior design and blog a lot about trends and styles that I love. I came across Castle, an Australian company with stellar bed linens in fun prints. I could live in this picture.

I am not a morning person. I admit, I am addicted to coffee and I love it. I am lucky enough to have a husband who loves brewing coffee in different ways. My favorite is via Chemex - plus it looks so cool when you serve it to friends.

I’m a New Yorker. I’m all about representin’ where I hail from. I grew up in Long Island and there’s nothing quite like it. I moved to Syracuse in 2010 and I’ve fallen in love with this city. I love the diversity that this state offers. My current day job is at a letterpress print shop so I am continually surrounded by beautiful typography so this doubles as 2 things. NY + typography = a happy Christie.

Nothing can move me quite like music can. I grew up playing piano, and singing. I even tried out a music program in college but realized I didn’t feel quite at home with the classical style. I love a good folk band and while playing in a band a few years ago I was introduced to the melodica and my life was changed. If you haven’t heard this instrument you must!

Who doesn’t love a good Essie nail polish? Clam bake is my favorite color because it reminds me of Long Island summers and pretty much looks great with everything!

Colorful, geometric shapes inspire me. I also love Pantone swatches and paint chips and these little Leif boxes put a smile on my face. Skipping to the shelf - I love this for the same reason. I love how simplistic it is.

I am obsessed with sea otters, like for real. These cuties are from the Vancouver Aquarium.

Mark Rothko is my favorite artist and I have this print in my home. I can’t NOT smile looking at it. It captivates me.

Since I grew up near the ocean and my father was a fisherman, anchors are very dear to me. I have an anchor tattoo and I even had a nautical/anchor themed wedding. These earrings are just darling.

I can’t wait to be back here next Monday with more of the things that I am IN LOVE with.

Thank youuu, Christie!! See more from bedsidesign on twitter, facebook, pinterest, and instagram... and you can also get a sneak peek of our pins for the IN LOVE series right ova here.