What’s In A Name?

One question I often get is why is the name of my business is Joy Street Design.  My husband and I bought our first home in San Francisco about six years ago.  It is located on a 1-block “street” named Joy Street in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Joy Street was one of those great San Francisco weirdo things that only someone who truly loves San Francisco thinks is great.  Specifically, Joy Street isn’t an actual street but instead a set of 100+ stairs along a steep hill that leads you to 12 different houses.  Interestingly, these stairs didn’t exist until about 10 years ago when the builder of our house installed them as a condition to build on the empty lot (evidently people used to drive up the hill to their house like they were hillbillies in the country).

Joy Street

Infamous Stairs (as my grandmother probably refers to them)

Anyway, our house on Joy Street was/is awesome. Without getting into too much of our “first-world” problems, my husband actually bought the house without me ever stepping foot inside.  Needless to say I took a huge leap of faith and trusted the process to him. (I’m currently getting credit for that while we look for a house in LA but that’s for another post.)  Luckily, he did a fantastic job.  When I stepped into the house, it was love at first sight. My husband loved the stairs and the sight lines from the loft. I loved the layout (bedrooms on one floor, entertaining/communal space on another) as well as the ceiling heights in the living room.  This love is what sparked my interest in interior design and encouraged me to go to my first interior design class.  Over the years as I learned more about design, read more blogs, magazines, etc, I constantly experimented with our house.  So as we were deciding on what to name this business, we thought it was fitting to include the name of the house that was the inspiration for the new adventure.

This post is much longer than I expected to simply discuss a name so let’s end with some pictures of the house as it was staged when we bought it.  While I loved everything, I obviously made several changes to different parts of the house to make it our house, some big and some small. In later posts, I’ll do my best to show most of those changes as I’m not sure how many pictures I took was during that time (pre-blog reading and writing).

Living Room




Master Bedroom

Internal Stairs (Sight line from loft looking down)

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To Boldly Go Where Everyone Has Already Gone….

I’m finally jumping on the blogging bandwagon (albeit so late it might have already jumped the shark). In the last few months, there has been a tremendous amount of change in my life and I figured what better way to document it than a blog. Furthermore, I left all my friends in San Francisco and need to think that someone is listening to me talk.  🙂

I anticipate that this blog will focus on interior design and learning to love & live in Southern California. I recently left my career as a corporate attorney to begin an interior design firm, Joy Street Design, and moved to Los Angeles (after being in San Francisco for almost 10 years).

When agreeing to the move, I imagined my life would be filled with looking at pretty fabrics and furniture, sun/beach, and drinking (the last part being a common theme around these parts). Essentially, I thought I would look like this:

And live in a house like this:


While doing this:

Mel B sipping champagne by the pool.

Life was going to be good. I wasn’t going to be an attorney, I’d have a perpetual tan, and I’d sip champagne by the pool in our new house.

IF ONLY!! I now know that I didn’t really think this fantasy through (which my hubby probably isn’t surprised by). I definitely don’t have a body like that and don’t have the funds to live in a house like that or a life that allows me to drink champagne by the pool daily (or weekly, monthly, etc.).

So far, my life has looked more like this:



More Traffic.

With a little bit of the fun stuff:

Nala frolicking on the beach.

Memorial Day BBQ.

So all is not lost…haha!

I’m slowly beginning to like Los Angeles, getting out of the house and exploring more, searching for that house with a pool, and getting back to normal.

This blog will follow me through the trials and tribulations as I navigate this new world. The posts will focus mainly on interior design but will also probably include the random musings of the day. I hope it’ll be informative and helpful but also very entertaining. As I’ve been said to lack a verbal filter, I would guess the entertaining part may be easier than the other promises.

Join me…I’ll do my best to make it fun.

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