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About Rachel Joy

Welcome, friend! 

I’m are so glad you’re here.

You’re in the right place if:

  • You want a nicely styled home, but don’t have much money to decorate.
  • You’re tired of the way your house looks, but get overwhelmed at the thought of all it would take to change it.
  • You want to transform your home using low-cost DIY options, but you have no idea where to start.

I’ve been there too! When we bought our first home in 2012, it was a basic, builder-grade home with old flooring and dirty-looking cream paint on every wall. My husband and I had both just graduated from college, and with the cost of a new mortgage on top of our student loans, we didn’t have very much “extra cash” to use towards fixing up our house.

But our passion for having a home we loved told us we needed to do SOMETHING. So we slowly worked our way through each room in the house – coming up with low-cost, DIY projects that increased the style but didn’t put us into a bunch of debt. When we sold the house four years later, it was a beautiful home filled with style!

Now, after fixing up our second home and helping people every month transform their homes on a tight budget, I’ve decided to share our wealth of knowledge and creative decorating solutions with you here, on Joyful Derivatives!

Over the last 10 years, we’ve spent countless hours developing a deep understanding of how to effectively DIY a home transformation, and we can’t wait to teach you all of our tricks.

No matter what your circumstances are, you deserve to love your home.

I want you to feel good every time you walk into your home.

I want you to welcome your guests into a home you love and are proud of.

I want you to discover simple ways to love your home and help you get past the point of feeling overwhelmed by everything that “needs” to be done.


Here at Joyful Derivatives, I teach non-designers simple and affordable ways to create a home they love.

I specialize in DIY-focused designs that allow you to achieve a high-end and stylish home at a fraction of the cost.

My passion is to help you affordably create a home that you love to spend time in and are proud to share with others.

This blog as a place for me to share creative adventures with you, and in the process, inspire YOU, my readers, to be creative.

I want our home projects to motivate you to change the things you don’t like about your home. I want our tutorials to enable you to make new things. I want our entertaining tips to empower you and our dialogues to bring you joy.

What you’ll find on this blog is a mix of…

  • Simple Decorating Tips and Tricks
  • Budget-friendly Decor Recommendations
  • DIY Projects and Tutorials
  • Hosting and Event Planning Tips and Inspiration

In other words, you’ll find everything YOU need to create a home you love at a price you can afford.

I publish fresh content to the blog 2 days per week – typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Thanks again for being here, friend!