ATEC - Episode 29: Reinventing Home ft. Rebecca West

Episode 29: Reinventing Home featuring Rebecca West

After the breakdown of her marriage, Rebecca West was ready to start her new life but reminders of her previous one filled her home. That’s when she realized she would have to transform her space to break free from her old story and reinvent herself.


What began as a fresh interior became a new career, a new relationship, and the conviction that living spaces influence and reinforce what we believe about ourselves and the world and even how other people treat us.

In this episode Rebecca shares her own story of self-discovery, what growing up on the move in an army family taught her about home, and offers inspiration for creating an environment that can nurture and support us through times of stress.

Thirteen years ago Rebecca West looked around her house and said “I can’t keep living like this” and she transformed her home on a recently-divorced-woman’s budget. Ever since, she’s been on a mission to help folks get happy at home. Now, Rebecca is CEO of the interior design company Seriously Happy Homes and author of the book “Happy Starts at Home.”

Even though she’s an award winning designer, she’s never really cared if anyone ever buys a new sofa. She just wants our homes to be our happy place. Rebecca can’t resist a cat video or a costume party, loves Oreos and Scotch whiskey, and has a knack for seeing the silver lining in most situations.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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