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Hello from Jeanette Joy Fisher Young…
I’ve taken the California Real Estate Salesperson Exam four times. And, I passed it four times. The first time, I was a young mother and people didn’t want to buy from me. I studied interior design instead. Later, I got my license again and sold HUD (Government-owned repossessed) houses with my late husband Brian Fisher. I used my interior design to help folks with ideas on how to fix up the distressed houses we called “Doghouses” and turn them into “Dollhouses.”
We moved our growing family to Florida for a better school for our daughter Sara, who had life-long challenges after four months in ICU with meningitis. Sara taught us all patience and Love.
Our Florida home taught us about Design Psychology. Our ten year old daughter Katie fell through the kitchen floor as she washed dishes. Brian and our oldest son Evan (an architect today) spent countless, hard-working hours replacing the joists, sub-flooring, flooring, painted-over cardboard walls–with newspaper stuffing for insulation and frayed extension cords for wiring….
Upon completion with new cabinets, appliances, and a few antiques mixed in to make the new kitchen seem like it evolved from 1878, I decorated the spaces with my “Expert Interior Design” skills.
Ha! The kitchen felt all wrong! What?
It felt cold, uninviting, dark, and dreary. Of course, Brian felt terrible, but it was all my fault. We had spent all our money on a disaster. The wallpaper, colors, textures and design details were all wrong. This project taught us how to correct mistakes and redesign the space on a strict budget!
I went to the University of Florida Architectural Library with Evan who began to study architectural design as I learned how to research without computers. Have you ever used a microfiche machine? I wrote the beginnings of Joy to the Home and Introduction to Design Psychology on a typewriter. I researched the elements of interior design backwards–not the way we learned in design classes. I studied the physiology, psychology, and sociology behind colors, textures, lighting, patterns and more. I learned where I had made design mistakes. Since this glorious home design and living experience, we bought many fixers and turned them into Dream Homes.
Our youngest son was born in Florida. We lived in the Victorian home for ten years before moving to a fun home on the river nearby. In 1998, we moved back to California because Sara couldn’t breathe in the humidity. We bought and sold around 15 homes in California. Sara and Brian passed on and I went though years of anguish and grief.
What does all of this have to do with you? I have learned how to make homes a sanctuary, a refuge, a serene sacred space, a joyous event estate, a mountain retreat in the sunshine, or (insert your home description here). I know how our emotions react to certain design elements. I can help you create a magnificent home. I won’t even charge you if you buy a home from me. Get your personalized Design Psychology Plan free. Home sellers receive a Design Psychology Home Staging Plan based on their target buyer’s profile.
The good news is: I met another widow and married him. Ned Young knows business and can help me so I can concentrate on finding the right homes for discerning buyers. Not all homes are really good for emotional support. Whether you want a modest, easy care home or a grand estate, I will help you find a home to support your emotional needs.
What do you need help with? Productivity? Creativity? Serenity? Do you need vibrant spaces to thrill you? A Main Bedroom designed for sex? A reading nook? A writing space? A tranquil Koi pond?
If you prefer a custom home, I can find you the perfect land. And, I know an award-winning architect who has designed country clubs, huge waterfront estates, Newport Beach oceanfront… I’ll introduce you to Evan Fisher.
Email me and tell me what you want. I’ll invite you to come see my home. We can meet at my Murrieta office if you like: Gold Shield Realty Group. (You get the expert broker Massimo Spadazzi!) It’s important to you for me to interview you before we start seeing houses. Another thing you should know: I may talk you out of a more expensive home because I believe we should live without additional stress of high mortgage payments. You can design a home for happiness and joyous living without spending all of your hard-earned money. I’ll share my secrets for great design for less money. Have you ever wanted an interior designer for a friend? You now have one.
Email Jeanette in care of JoytotheHome.com.
I accept text messages. If you’re in a hurry, call me between 10am and 6:00pm: 951-775-2252.
Gold Shield Realty Group License ID: 01444754
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40750 SYMPHONY PARK LANE STE 102
MURRIETA, CA 92562
My current home, Joy Gardens, is for sale. It’s an event space. Weddings, writer’s retreats, yoga spa weekends…
I’ve always loved Lake Arrowhead. Years ago, we lived in neighboring Crestline and dreamed about having a home on the lake. I still dream about living on Lake Arrowhead. I’m so grateful to have found a “Cabin” in the woods near the golf course and lake.
Fixing the long-vacant home has been more of a challenge than I expected. I knew about a water leak under the home. Fannie Mae sells houses “As Is” and would not fix the leak. After closing, the plumber dug out the leak and he discovered a whole batch of botched plumbing no one could have foreseen. I’d rather spend money on fun furnishings than fixing pipes under dirt. After the repairs, at least now I know the home rests on a firm foundation and has good water.
Join us as we transform this three story, four bedroom home into Joy Retreat. Perhaps you may like to come to a writer’s retreat, an art retreat, or another event we plan. There are hiking trails to incredible places nearby, boat rentals, golfing, fine dining, and fun shops to explore. What would you like to do in Lake Arrowhead?
My inspiration for the interior design comes from the movie Dr Zhivago. The Ice Palace scene has stayed in my dreams since I first saw the movie. That dreamy night and fixing this house with mirrors and crystals inspired a fiction novel in me. JOY! I’m learning how to write fiction.
Who else wants to write fiction? Want to have a fiction writing retreat?
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?
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”.)
What kid, any age, wouldn’t love this musical hideaway/bed?
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!
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.
Since we moved into our new home, I’ve learned a few home decorating ideas about my Design Psychology practices. I’m also amazed at how patient I’ve become waiting to finish the stripped kitchen.
No matter how many times I have updated the following photobucket slideshow, it still doesn’t delete deleted slides or show the titles.
One Wabi Sabi observation… While most faucets were stripped, the kitchen came with an oiled bronze faucet. A gold plated faucet purchased with many items off craigslist, fits the bar sink perfectly and sets off the antique fruit framed eagle mirror. Using what we have… mixing metals, iron, stainless, gold, bronze, and nickel feels just right!
What is the ONE thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
More about Wabi Sabi.
Carrie and Leslie know how to celebrate! Enjoy the fun and selected furnishings I love from von Hemert Interiors
With the world in financial distress, war, famine… we need a break. The royal wedding invites us to stop the struggle, look up in faith, and share the promise of a glorious life well-lived.
When my friends Leslie and Carrie asked me to help design an imaginary home for Prince William and Kate as part of a event happening near my home, I wanted to join the FUN! Imagine designing a home with no budget, with no thoughts on environmental impact, with no real work–just design pleasure.
As I post this fun daydream design details this week, I will keep in mind my basic design psychology beliefs, our Earth’s safekeeping, and blend style, form, function, and JOY into the Home.
I do call my home my castle. The gold chandelier, a second-hand purchase reportedly came from a $20million estate sale. You can furnish your home with extravagant fun on a budget.
Have fun with me and post your ideas as we explore luxury without limits.
A friend came to visit me recently. She complained about her home instead of sharing my happiness in our move. After she left, I thought about how grateful I am for such a glorious home. My life wasn’t always like this.
My friend’s jealousy and reading Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man: the adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the planet, and the discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process made me feel guilty about my home’s amenities.
When I thought about what my family has been through over the past six years, I realized we were given a piece of heaven to enjoy, to refresh our spirit and soul, and to share grace with our family, friends, and acquaintances.
The house was striped of lighting, heating, air conditioning, sinks, all doorknobs, dishwasher, garbage disposal, hot water tanks and more. The dirt road is impossible to pass on rainy days without four wheel drive. We have so much work to do. This property needed us to rescue it just as much as I need a project home to rescue me.
This is the last of a series of dream homes I have been fortunate enough to have lived in. This is not the largest, the grandest, or most valuable of houses. I gave up other homes for many reasons before I wanted to leave. In the eighties, we owned an oceanfront home in Newport Beach we had to give up for hospital bills. After numerous moves, I got to live in a Florida Victorian mansion for ten years. Later, I cried for months after leaving a riverfront estate to move back to California for our daughter’s health.
It always seemed that as soon as I got a house the way I wanted it, I had to leave. I don’t plan on moving again, but you never know what life gives you. Living every day in a home full of love, light, and laughter is all that matters. The house can be magnificent, but without family and friends to share, what difference does it make?
I hope you gain some insight into designing your home for happiness from this blog. Joy to YOUR home.