How I made $10K in a month on my Interior Design Blog

Yes, you are reading this correctly. I made $10K in a month on my Interior Design Blog.


How I made $10K in a month on my Interior Design Blog by Dina Marie Joy at www.dinamariejoydesigns.com

How I started!

First, I had my website up for several months before I figured out everything. I started with a Squarespace Website and I started building it myself. Then I started researching how to monetize my website in between client meetings, and designing. I listened to Podcasts, I read the books, I watched Youtube, and I read many articles I found on Pinterest.

I knew that in order for Google to show my website on Page 1, it needed to be updated on a regular basis and traditionally on a Professional Interior Design Website, the only updating you do is add new pictures of new jobs completed. Am I right?

Knowing this about Google I knew I needed to add a Blog and I also knew I needed to add content on a regular basis. So the process began. I am not going to lie, this is very hard to do as an Interior Designer because you are already doing so much client work, there is not a lot of time to Blog. Honestly, I am still working on this. This is a goal, to post at least once a week.

Next Step

Sign up to be an Affiliate with Target, Wayfair, and Amazon. As an Interior Designer these are some of the sources I use daily for my clients. If I recommend to them to purchase a product from one of these three stores and I send them my affiliate link, they make the purchase and I make a commission.  It is really that simple. You can sign up with other Affiliate Companies that you use, just do some research on Affiliate Marketing and find the one’s that work for you.

Now the Website/Blog is Up and you are Signed up with some Affiliate Marketing Accounts

Well, now the real fun begins. It is all about Marketing at this point. What Social Media works best for you?Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest? For me it is Pinterest. Pinterest sends the most traffic to my website. It is really important that you figure this out and stick with the one that works best for you, and everyone is different. What works for you might not work for me when it comes to Social Media.

Each time I write a Blog Post, I use a few images on the Blog Post and I add all of them to Pinterest. I put them on different boards and then I wait for the clicking to begin. Pinterest has made Affiliate Sales for me, I have been hired several times from my Blog Post’s and recently I started doing Consulting helping other designers with monetizing their website/blog.

Here is the Breakdown of my monthly sales from my Blog

Affiliate Commissions - $3250

Freelance - E-Design, Renderings, Design Clients - $5000

Consulting - $1750

I feel that the Interior Design Community has been so focused on getting clients IRL that we all forget that we should be creating other Passive Income for yourself. There are many different ways to create additional income and this is just one way that I have found is working great for me.

This is not going to happen for you overnight, I have put a lot of work into this and have done many hours of research and have taken many courses.

If you are stuck and need some help, please feel free to sign up for a FREE 30 Minute Consult with me. We can talk about where you are at, where you would like to be, and what your goals are. I am now available for Consulting. I know exactly how you feel. I have been in Interior Design for about 20 years and I wished someone would have told me to do this 10 years ago.

Please, reach out, I would love to help you create Passive Income with your Interior Design Blog.

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3D Renderings Done for You!!

We are excited to bring to you 3D Renderings done for you!!

We work with everyone from Interior Designers, Architects, Builders, Contractors, Tile Fabricators, Cabinet Makers, Home Owners, and You!

3D Interior Design Renderings for Interior Designers, Home Owners, Builders, and Contractors by Dina Marie Joy Designs at www.dinamariejoydesigns.com

Interior Designers

We know as an Interior Designer you have to wear many hats from design and all the drawings to marketing, to billing, to networking, to sourcing, and the list goes on. We would love to help you with all your 3D Renderings so you don’t have to take the time to do them, you don’t have to hire an employee just to do renderings and/or you don’t have to learn the software to do 3D Renderings yourself.

We at Dina Marie Joy Designs will work with you and do all your 3D Renderings so you can present to your clients exactly how their space will look. In today’s world, if you are able to produce these types of drawings which look very realistic, your clients will be more than impressed. We work directly with you, not your client.

Give us a a quick email or sign up for a 30 minute FREE Consult and we can go over what we do and find out how we can help you be more productive.

Home Owners

If you are doing a remodel but you think you need help with the visualization of the project, contact us and let us help you with those drawings. It is important that you get your project done right, you don’t want to be in a situation where you hate it after it is installed. Imagine spending $25K on a bathroom remodel just to discover you don’t like how the tile looks on the wall? With a professional 3D Rendering we will show you exactly how your space will look, there will be no questions in your mind and if you don’t like something, it will be simple to change it on our computer screen rather that IRL (in real life)!

We look forward to working with you on all your design projects.


Dina Marie Joy Design





Week #11 - The Joyful Home Project - Give Your Space a Plant-Over

We have arrived to Week #11 of The Joyful Home Project. This week we are going to add plants to your space(s). Give your Space a Plant-Over, and add some amazing plants. Adding plants to your home brings the outdoors in, it adds a feel of calm, they look beautiful, and it’s always a good thing to bring nature into your home.

Week # 11 of The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Give Your Space a Plant Over. www.dinamariejoy.co

My advice to adding plants into your home is to start small. Maybe just add one plant into your home especially if you don’t have any yet. After you feel comfortable add another. Before you know it, you might have a home filled with different plants. Remember when you are adding the plants into your space, you need to think about natural light and you also need to think about watering them by putting your plants on a watering schedule.

I have my favorites which I will share with you now…

Rubber Plant


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Fiddle Leaf Fig

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Snake Plant

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Cactus

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Ivy Plants

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Aloe Vera

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So this week if you don’t own any plants, go out and buy just one plant. You can purchase them at your local Grocery Store, Home Depot, Lowes, Farmers Market, and yes Amazon! If you already have a plant, think about adding more.

For me taking care of my plants and watering them is very therapeutic, I enjoy it and they make me very happy. I love finding a new leaf on them and I have propagated many already. Good luck, and enjoy adding plants into your space(s). Give Your Space a Plant Over!!

Dina Marie Joy

Week #10 - The Joyful Home Project - One Amazing Thing

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Hey you! How are you? How is your Joyful Home Coming? We are on Week #10. This week is called One Amazing Thing. What I mean by One Amazing Thing is that for each room in your home you should have One Amazing Thing that stands out, that pops, that says this is your home! We are clearing out, decluttering, and making our home Joyful so stand back and look into each room and is there something that just stands out to you, something this is amazing?! Probably not, right! Let’s change that this week. Let me help you with some ideas. Imagine you invite a lot of people over for a party or get together, what is the one piece in the room that everyone is talking about? Don’t worry if you don’t know what it is, that is my job to help you. Here are some examples of One Amazing Thing in your space.

  • A curved sofa

  • An incredible piece of Art

  • Wallpaper

  • An extraordinary piece of furniture

  • A Vintage Piece

  • An Area Rug

  • Something Sexy

  • A sculpture

  • A light fixture

  • A gallery wall

  • A magical fireplace

I hope this got you thinking. Now you might already have something like the examples above but maybe there are all in the same room, or maybe they are hiding in your basement or attic. Time to get these pieces out or it might be time to go shopping.

I have some Inspirational Images Below to get you thinking. Remember you want One Amazing Thing in each room. Everything else in the room compliments this One Amazing Thing, that everybody talks about.

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Source - Light Fixture

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Source - Gallery Wall

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Source - Art Work

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Source - Wallpaper

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Source - Furniture Piece (the chair)

Week #10 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Each Week Dina Marie Joy's brings to you a small idea to transform your home into a Joyful Home. www.dinamariejoy.co

Source - Statement Wall done with tile to match flooring

Have fun with this one. If you plan on doing something like this tile example, plan for it. You are not going to be able to make this happen over night, but you can start planning and put a date of completion on it. Have fun adding the One Amazing Thing to each of your rooms, and don’t forget to share them on Instagram #thejoyfulhomeproject

Dina Marie Joy

Week #9 - The Joyful Home Project - Work Your Space

Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co

Here we are together at Week #9 of The Joyful Home Project. This week we will be organizing, decluttering, and cleaning our desks off and I am calling it, Work Your Space! Sometimes (and I am guilty of this too,) our desk surfaces become so cluttered we re-locate ourself to work somewhere else like our dining table. Are you guilty of this? I know, my desk will have so many piles on it, I get overwhelmed and I just go to my dining table. Well this week we are going to tackle our desk surface and clean it up. We are taking back our desk surface, Work Your Space!!

The way to go about this, is the following. Trust me this really works. I have tried several ways and this is the only way to keep your desk surface clean and for me it will last for the entire month and by the end of the month, I see my desk is starting to have piles on it again so I just start over every month. I am hoping that I will get better and stretch is out to 2 months or even every quarter but we have to take this is small steps. So here you go…

Steps to Declutter your Desk Surface in a week

  1. Clean everything off your desk surface - put it on the floor or another table

  2. Clean the desk surface with water and dawn in a spray bottle or something organic that smells great and cleans all the dirt and dust.

  3. Make piles/stacks of the stuff you took off your desk - for example - to toss, to file, to save, to donate, to put away, etc.

  4. Now that you have the piles/stacks do what you need to do to get all of that away

  5. You might need to get a container, or a file, and/or a box to clean and declutter everything you took off the desk. The goal is to not bring it back to the desk surface. Put it away, throw it away, and/or file it away.

  6. Now rearrange your desk surface with the essentials that you need and give yourself a high five! Share your pictures on Instagram at @thejoyfulhomeproject

I have some inspiration pictures for you here to get ideas on your desk surface! Good luck, I can’t wait to see your Before and After’s. #thejoyfulhomeproject

Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co
Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co
Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co
Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co
Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co
Week #9 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Work Your Space. www.dinamariejoy.co

That is it for Week #9, The Joyful Home Project, Work Your Space! I am excited for you to clean and declutter that desk surface. It is such a good feeling when it is all clean and organized, trust me!!

Dina Marie Joy

Week #8 - The Joyful Home Project - Elevate your Everyday in your Bathroom

Hello My Joyful Home Project Champion. How are you doing? I hope that your home is starting to feel more Joyful each and every week. We are on Week 8 now! How did last week , Make and Entrance work out for you? I am curious how your Entrance into your Home is looking. Send me your pictures. Follow our tag #thejoyfulhomeproject on Instagram and tag your pictures.

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This week we are moving into the bathroom to Elevate your Everyday. One room you for sure use everyday is your bathroom and this week your are going to elevate it to the next level. Your bathroom should be clean, organized, smell amazing, and be functional. It does not matter what size your bathroom is- big or small, it just needs to function properly for you.

The first thing you will do this week is clear your counters. Your counters should be clear of clutter and “stuff.” Use your drawers, cabinets, medicine cabinet, and/or something to contain all your “stuff.” You can always use the Toilet Tank Lid as a shelf. Purchase a tray that fits on the toilet lid and store your must-haves on the tray. The tray is the crucial part in case you need to remove the lid and when you are cleaning, you just raise the tray to remove everything.

Clear the clutter on your countertop’s in your bathroom today and store the “stuff” elsewhere. As always, I have some great examples below for you.

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A little shelf about the toilet serves as decor and/or storage

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Clean Countertops, Statement Backsplash, and a lot of storage for all the “stuff.”

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Add a little floral to your clean countertops.

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Bring in a Side Table, Bench, and/or stool to hold some of your items while in the bath or shower.

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Week # 8 The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Dina Marie Joy is a Vacation Home Expert. www.dinamariejoy.co

Have fun Elevating your Everyday, your Bathroom! Clear the Clutter and Create the Joy. #thejoyfulhomeproject

Dina Marie Joy

15 Ways to Add Pink to your Home this Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to you. I love Valentines Day for the simple reason it just gives me another excuse to buy candy and to love Pink even more!!! Have you added Pink into your home? I am going to show you today how to add Pink into your home and celebrate the color pink each and everyday.


15 Ways to Add Pink to your Home this Valentines Day by Dina Marie Joy. www.dinamariejoy.co

Add a Pink Table Lamp. Source

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I love all the pink here. Add pink pillows to your sofa. A pale pink wall paint color for your walls screams Spring and Fun. Add pink in art, books, and home decor today to celebrate Valentines Day and don’t forget to buy some candy hearts to fill some candy dishes. Yum - Source

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I love how StudioDiy remodeled their Master Bathroom with Color and the addition of pink. I mean a pink sink to brush your teeth in, is fabulous. Source

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Add a pink sofa to your space. Source

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Go out to your local market or florist and bring home pink flowers and arrange them around your home. Pink flowers = Valentines Day!!! Source

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15 Ways to Add Pink to your Home this Valentines Day by Dina Marie Joy. www.dinamariejoy.co
15 Ways to Add Pink to your Home this Valentines Day by Dina Marie Joy. www.dinamariejoy.co

A great way and inexpensive way to add pink into your bedroom with drapery. Source

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A Pink Desk! Source

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What are you making for dinner this Valentines Day? How pretty is this table setting. Source

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15 Ways to Add Pink to your Home this Valentines Day by Dina Marie Joy. www.dinamariejoy.co

Add a little comfort to your feet with a Pink Sheepskin. Source

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I hope you have a fabulous Valentines Day and enjoy adding Pink to your Home Decor.

Dina Marie Joy

Week #7 - The Joyful Home Project - Make an Entrance

Hey you! We are working on Week #7 now which I am so excited to introduce you to this week. Make an Entrance! Your Entrance into your Home is what makes you happy when you arrive and what greets your guests when they come over! So what does your Entrance look like? If it is a hot mess, no worries that is why you are doing The Joyful Home Project and this week you will focus on your Entrance into your home.

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You Entrance is your Front Door but the really Entrance is when you walk into the Front Door. Do you have a drop station? Everything should look tidy, clean, and organized. You should have s spot for your mail, your keys, your handbag, your shoes, your coat, and whatever else you bring back with you on a regular basis.

If I had the opportunity to come to your home, I would tell you that your Entry Way is your Focal Point and not only should it be tidy, clean, and organized but it should greet guest with something unexpected, something they didn’t see coming, inviting, fun, bud edgy maybe even over the top!

I put some ideas for you together below…



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Bold Art and Plants a great additional to your Entry. Source

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Places to sit to put your shoes on! And adding wallpaper is always a plus!!

Hit your local Vintage stores and find yourself a statement Console Table like this. Also, the Gallery Wall is another statement.  Source

Hit your local Vintage stores and find yourself a statement Console Table like this. Also, the Gallery Wall is another statement. Source

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Think Drama!!! Look around your house, shop your house and Make and Entrance!

The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Week #7 Make an Entrance. www.dinamariejoy.co
The Joyful Home Project with Dina Marie Joy. Week #7 Make an Entrance. www.dinamariejoy.co

If you don’t know already, my style is Black and White. I love to make the back drop of your house black and white and then add color in or sometimes no color! Love the use of pale pink here. Great ideas for the handbags and the Drawer Unit to store all the “stuff.” Source

I hope you are enjoying The Joyful Home Project. Join the #thejoyfulhomeproject on Instagram

Week #1 - Morning Routine

Week #2 - Clutter Free Zone

Week #3 - Create a Monday Zone

Week #4 - Create a Reading Corner

Week #5 - Sleep, Meet Sexy

Week #6 - Glam it Up

Week #7 - Make an Entrance

Have a great week!

Dina Marie Joy