interior design

Dina Marie Joy's Favorite 7 Things for Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday!!! I put together a List of my Top 7...Hurry for the deals - it's a mad rush. Have fun and enjoy all the deals. 

Dina Marie Joy's Favorite Things


nuLOOM Distressed Floral Anabel Area Rug

Saguaro Vase


My Favorite Go to Oil...100% SQUALANE OIL

One of my Favorite Stores - Rachel George

Have fun shopping and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Dina Marie Joy

New Home Decor Line at Target Perfect for your Vacation Home

Target just launched a new Home Decor Line called Project 62.  According to Target - "Your home’s poised for an upgrade, too! If you’re looking for chic options and more ways to bring your style to life across your home, you won’t want to miss Project 62—a modern home brand thoughtfully designed for everyday life. Watch for it to hit Target stores and in September 2017."

I am excited to see this new line and I can't wait to use it with my clients in their Modern Vacation Homes!!! 


Via: Target

Via: Target

And there you have it...Can't wait. If you need help designing your space or your Vacation Home, feel free to reach out to me. I do travel all over the world. 

Embrace Your Design Style,


Dina Marie Joy a Vacation Home Design Expert.

My San Ramon Client - Great Room Design

Well Hello,

Today I am sharing my clients Great Room Design. You can see a little of the process that goes into the designs here.

First - I had to measure the space

Second - I look at their Pinterest Boards and Created Some of my own Pinterest Boards

Third - The client went out and bought a sofa, so now I have to work around that sofa. (sometimes this happens and you just have to roll with the punches)

Fourth - I started drawing the room out, then I placed furniture in the room. In this paticular room, I could not change the Fireplace, the Windows, or the TV placement.

Fifth - Start shopping and create an Idea Board for furniture.

Sixth - Put all this together and send it over to the client.

Here is what some of it looks like...


My San Ramon Client's Greatroom designed by Dina Marie Joy.
Console Table
End Table
Nesting Tables.
Area Rug
Coffee Table
Light Fixture

Now we will wait to hear back from the client and see what they have to say. I will give you an update on this project soon!

Embrace Your Brand Style,


Dina Marie Joy a Vacation Home Design Expert.

What to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Paint Color for your Personal Home or Your Vacation Home

What to Ask Yourself when Choosing a Paint Color for your Personal Home or Your Vacation Home…

Cohesive Flow

You can begin by selecting your ideal hue for the largest and most centrally located space and then coordinate additional colors from there. Using the same transitional color can create a cohesive flow throughout the rooms. This can be achieved by selecting the same color for the connecting spaces like hallways and entries. If you can see into connecting space select a color that complements the color of the room. Selecting paint colors should create a cohesive flow so that your home does not feel disjointed.


Do Something Different with your Ceilings


Ceilings don’t ever need to be white. In fact, it is distracting if ceilings are white if there is no other white in the room. If you would like to add a splash of color on the ceiling, select a color that can be found in the room’s accessories.

If you have a colored wall and you paint the ceiling a bright white, your eye will be drawn to the strong contrast between the two. You become very aware of where the walls end and the ceiling begins, thus the perceived ceiling height drops.

And do be afraid to add some interest to some rooms like using a wallpaper on the ceiling to add a dramatic detail of interest.  


What to do with your Trim

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

If you want to deemphasize the trim within the space, paint it the same color as the wall color so that it disappears. To highlight your trim, paint it in a contrasting color to the wall, either lighter or darker.


Choosing the Finish

Source:  Studio McGee

Source: Studio McGee

When choosing a finish, pay attention to the function of the space. Use a satin or semi-gloss sheens in an area with high traffic, such as on a kitchen cabinet or bathroom cabinets, kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms. You may also want to consider a paint that has a mold and mildew-resistant finish for the bathrooms. If you are using a flat finish on the walls because you don’t like that sheen, be sure to use a semi-gloss on your mouldings.

Always consider natural light when picking your paint colors, test your paint colors on the walls first, and you should not pick your paint colors until the very last thing you do in your design/decor process. If you need help don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Source: Sherwin-Williams

Source: Sherwin-Williams

Embrace Your Design Style,


Dina Marie Joy is a Vacation Home Design Expert.