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