Hapny Home founder and designer Priya Vij is no newcomer to hardware. Her dad started his own cabinet hardware company in the '80s, so an unusual appreciation for pieces of metal that open doors and drawers is in her blood! We love her super cute, curated collection of high-quality knobs and pulls, so we were very pleased to get to know her a little better through our Afternoon Questionnaire...

1. Where did you grow up?

Houston, TX

2. What are your big three astrological signs (sun/moon/rising)?

Pisces / Capricorn / Taurus

3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I was obsessed with penguins and the ocean, so I wanted to be a marine biologist. I thought this was original, but now I feel like a lot of people say that’s what they wanted to be when they were a kid so maybe I was ~influenced~

4. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

One of my colleagues who is in his mid-sixties recently told me that working with me makes working fun. I’ve been told that a few times in my career. Both in the context of work and personal life, I’m proud of my ability to bring light to situations and help people have a little more fun with what they are doing.

5. What is your most treasured possession?

A framed photo of my mom having a milkshake at her first McDonalds when she emigrated from India to America back in the 70s. It’s the photo in which I can most closely see our resemblance.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

These days it’s buying $6+ matcha lattes from cute coffee shops despite stocking my apartment with everything I need to make one at home. Same with martinis.

7. Who are your favorite writers and/or artists?

Artists: Rothko and Magritte. Writers: I don’t follow any writers religiously. I did finally join the library and have been reading like a machine to decompress. Latest loves are are Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, and The Flatshare.

8. Favorite online source of inspiration?


9. Favorite offline source of inspiration?

Museums, people watching, nature, my niece and nephew, wine bottle labels, matchbooks.

10. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

Sweden or Finland.

11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Omg” and “HAHA” (specifically in all caps)

12. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

As a concept, feeling stillness in my mind and not wanting for more. As a place, chilling by the ocean on a foggy day while nestled in a forest of trees (aka the Oregon coast). Or having a homemade dinner with friends and wine.

13. Which talent would you most like to have?

Being funny! It’s so hard and vulnerable and powerful!

14. Last good film or TV show you watched?

Loving The Last of Us, especially episode 3 😮‍💨

15. Last three songs or albums you listened to?

1) Mac Miller - Circles album
2) Belong in the Sun - ¿Téo?
3) Brown noise sound machine 12 hour loop 🙃

16. What’s your comfort meal?

I’m a sucker for a basic bowl of rice and beans. For those familiar with indian food, rajma chawal.

17. If you were to die and be reincarnated as a household object, what would it be?

Are matches considered a household object? I collect them - I have at least 300 - and have so much fun seeing the different designs. Plus, it’s cute that you use them to light a candle and make things smell good and feel cozy. I'd like to do that for others.

18. If you could have any architect, dead or alive, design a house for you, who would it be?

Luis Barragán

19. Do you have an overarching design philosophy?

My big three are:
1) Less is more
2) Color is important
3) (Almost) everything should have meaning


20. Morning light, afternoon light or moonlight?

Love morning light, but late afternoon golden hour glow is hard to beat.