Can’t Be Done…? Imagination Designs

You just have to love it when you think of an idea and people tell you it won’t work. Our pool with the floating edge does not conceal rattlesnakes. You can drill a hole in a boulder and create a fire rock. You can create an affordable stage with electricity. Up next, a living water-conscious garden wall to counter all the barren ground brown.

We have five weeks left until our first wedding. What do you think would be a perfect addition to a wedding venue?

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Home Tour Inspirations

Do you enjoy home tours? My friend Jane Meade and I went to a special event to share holiday decorating ideas at a fancy Beverly Hills estate. Not only did we see exotic, exclusive, and extraordinary design, we saw the setting for historic events and countless movies. The home is an interior designer’s delight with new rooms every year.

The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion was built for Edward “Ned” Doheny, Jr., and his family, including five children. A gift from his oil tycoon father, the home cost over $3 million to build in 1928. Doheny Sr. was a major character in the Teapot Dome scandal. (Before the Watergate scandal, Teapot Dome was regarded as the “greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics”.)

Would you enjoy a mural like this in your home? The satin headboard and Lucite pillars seem more Hollywood than Beverly Hills. What do you think?

I’d like to create a lamp with crystals like this.


What kid, any age, wouldn’t love this musical hideaway/bed?


This was my favorite takeaway from the home tour. I’m going to frame my Main Bedroom TV.

Would you like to read more about creating a magnificent home without spending a lot of money? Check out Seven Secrets to Glorious Home Design!

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Pasadena Red Cross Home Tour Spa

The Pasadena Red Cross Design Tour featured a home and garden in La Canada-Flintridge. The terraced gardens include a huge pool, magnificent spa, waterfalls, water slide, sunning beach in the pool, tables and stools built-in the pool, and a magnificent, super-sized, outdoor kitchen with more amenities than most mansions, an outdoor living room with a second large flat TV, a grotto bathroom, and even a secondary kitchen area for serving!

The clever spa design takes full advantage of the view setting overlooking the Los Angeles basin to the ocean.

All of this will be featured in an upcoming Joy TV special “Joy to the Home” series.

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Joy Bird Songs

You can barely hear the birds in this short video. Besides stopping to smell the roses, do you stop to listen to the birds singing?

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Welcome to Joy to the Home!

Jeanette's Florida Home

Joy to the has been redesigned many times. This is the first time the entire site has been taken down. In the transition to a new server, we lost the blog contents. Since good design gives you a timeless feeling, I felt sad about losing all my writing. The blessing emerging from this minor annoyance, all new content, creates a new home for us to pursue interior design ideas with a fresh perspective.

Over the years of the old website, we have moved from the Victorian dream home above to a lakeside resort home…

My family recently moved from the home I lived in longer than any other. As you may know, moving causes stress. Whenever I begin to feel sorrow or overwhelm for leaving, I feel grateful for the beauty of the former lake house. I am so fortunate to be moving into my dream home I designed on paper with my architect son years ago. Someone else built our “castle” and didn’t finish. For the first time in my life, I get to design the gardens.

I discovered interior design psychology in 1986 when our daughter Katie, then ten, fell through the kitchen floor. I’ll share the trials and triumphs of researching, fixing, experimenting, and designing the Victorian dream home over and over in a later post.

The benefits of all this for you… join me on my journey fixing my new home as I rewrite the design psychology textbook into Joy to the Home using my home as the illustrations. Feel free to ask your interior and exterior design questions in the comments section. You might just get a spark of a new design idea to inspire your glorious home.

Joy to your home~




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