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.

WHAT I SHARE

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!