We love team­work. It is al­ways nice to have that per­son who will fill in for you when you need it. —

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“Doors have opened up for us in ways we never thought pos­si­ble,” Joy says. The years of friend­ship mean their day-to-day op­er­a­tions be­hind their wildly suc­cess­ful blog runs smoothly.

On a typ­i­cal day, they have a con­fer­ence call in the morn­ing to go over what needs to be done af­ter they get their kids off to school. They share the task of post­ing on their blog and an­swer­ing emails, though this al­ways changes de­pend­ing on the day and what they have on their plates at the time.

“We love team­work,” Janet says. “It’s al­ways nice to have that per­son who will fi ll in for you when you need it.”

This co­op­er­a­tion re­sults in a blend of their two styles and per­son­al­i­ties. While Janet de­scribes her­self as a book smart, Tony Ben­nett-lov­ing, red wine snob who drives painfully slow, Joy is the street smart, fast-driv­ing Stephen Tyler fan.

When it comes to style, the two seem to rel­ish their dif­fer­ences as well as their com­mon­al­i­ties. Joy de­scribes her own style as modern/an­tique with a touch of ex­otic. She likes to mix old with new and is heav­ily in­flu­enced by Moroc­can de­sign right now. “I would de­scribe Janet’s style as tra­di­tional/clas­sic. And I love the way she mixes vin­tage fi nds in clever and unique ways,” ABOVE: Joy’s farm­house style kitchen is warm and invit­ing. The com­bi­na­tion of wood, steel and stone show these el­e­ments all work­ing to do what they are in­tended for. The Aga stove is the show­stop­per in the room that looks like it was de­signed with fun-lov­ing en­ter­tain­ing in mind. she says. “It never goes out of style.”

Janet, of course, agrees. “My ideal style is clas­sic, with a touch of modern, but warm and invit­ing à la Bar­bara Barry. My imag­i­nary dream home is fi lled with her de­signs,” she adds, while ad­mit­ting that rais­ing three kids means that in re­al­ity, her cur­rent style leans to­wards a mix of con­tem­po­rary with vin­tage touches.

She has high praise for Joy’s unique style: “I love her home – it is so warm and invit­ing, and I love how she is mov­ing to­wards a more ex­otic, ‘Mar­rakesh’ kind of sen­si­bil­ity.”

Although there’s no doubt that Joy and Janet have cor­nered a niche in the de­sign mar­ket and their pop­u­lar­ity is on the rise, the two women are all about hav­ing a good time. They ad­mit to hav­ing a lot of fun with their work and never take them­selves too se­ri­ously. For them, it’s about en­joy­ing each day as it comes and feel­ing blessed to be able to do what they love.

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