Published on March 24, 2019

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This story originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Domino, titled “10 Things That Make Me Happy.” Subscribe to be the first to receive each issue.

Instagrammable pop-up experiences are taking over our feeds, from the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles to the Rosé Mansion in New York City. By now, you’ve likely seen the notorious blue ball pit at the NYC pop-up, Color Factory, a pop-up that’s currently in NYC but will have a new home come spring. So, when it comes to color, we’re looking to Jordan Ferney, the mastermind behind the interactive pop-up.

When she’s not behind the next Color Factory project, Ferney heads up an equally vibrant, cheery party website called  Oh Happy Day. As someone who creates experiences that makes others so happy, we wanted to know where she gets her inspiration, so we asked, and she delivered.

Below are the 10 things that make Ferney feel all warm and fuzzy. Hint: The list involves a scissor collection and some really funky candles.

Colorful storage

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Courtesy of IKEA

I love IKEA. Like, I really love it. Give me some good egalitarian design—such as this utilitarian storage—any day of the week.

Rainbow pajama set

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Courtesy of Sleepy Jones

We made a Color Factory pajama set and silk sleep mask, designed by Erin Jang, in collaboration with Sleepy Jones. Each color represents a shade found in New York City, like SoHo scaffolding. I love wearing pj’s during the day and throwing a blazer on top so it doesn’t look as if I just rolled out of bed—ha!

Funny prints

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Courtesy of Scott Patt

I bought some of these funny prints by artist Scott Patt for my sons’ room a few years ago and they never get old.

Color Factory

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Courtesy of Jordan Ferney

Color Factory started as a small art project with friends and took on a life of its own. Our goal is to make thoughtful art experiences through color.

Vintage rugs

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Courtesy of Furbish Studio

I’ve been buying vintage rugs from Furbish for years. It always has an amazing selection.

Collectables

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Courtesy of Sportique

I collect scissors, and this pair is my latest acquisition. The clean lines and perfect circles make my heart happy.

Smiley face anything

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

I’m not a huge sports fan, but if you add a smiley face to something, there’s a good chance I’ll buy it.

Rainbow… again

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Courtesy of OVO Things

The perfect party trick: birthday candles with rainbow wicks.

A warm derrier

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Courtesy of Galanter and Jones

As someone who is always cold, I’m obsessed with these heated chairs and sofas. Designed for the outdoors, they make you want to cozy up and hang out.

Customized keepsakes

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Photo by Paul Ferney

My friend Abby Clawson Low just wrote a book called This Is Mexico City, and she sent me to an incredible letterpress vendor there who makes custom business cards while you wait.

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See more stories from the spring issue:

Now This Is How You Decorate With Color
A Design Lover’s Field Guide to Cuba
Is Color Really the Key to Happiness?

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