At interior designer Jade Joyner’s Athens, Georgia, home, the pink linen sofa is the favorite spot for lounging, and the oversized quartz kitchen island doubles as a surface for school projects and homework. Each of the main floor’s rooms flows seamlessly into the next, and plants add color to practically every corner. Not that the space needs any more life—it is, after all, also home to Jade’s husband and business partner, Graham, as well their blended family of four daughters: Reagan, 18; twins Ryan and Grace, 13; and Bella, 12; plus a dog, Ranger, and Sunshine the cat. But the point is, while Jade has decorated many formal homes, she knew exactly what she wanted when she and Graham married and merged their lives in 2016, and it wasn’t a show house. “We’re a lot, and its always ‘go, go, go,’ so I wanted the place to feel easy—the kind of space where you come in, drop your stuff, and just feel off-duty,” Jade says. Working with local builder Jared York of J.W. York Homes, Jade turned this vision into a reality, collaborating on a floor plan that worked for their busy lifestyle and customizing everything from the ground up: flooring, paint, tile, and fun lighting fixtures in each room.
It wasn’t always easy. Squeezing everybody into Graham’s bachelor pad while the house was being built, for one, posed a challenge. But once the space was move-in ready, the Joyners, despite owning an interior-design company and store, didn’t rush to decorate right away. Instead, they Kondo’d their individual stuff, keeping only a handful of all-time favorites—some vintage rugs, a few meaningful pieces of art and pottery—to serve as a base that they could build upon together. "Instead of making the area right off the kitchen a breakfast nook, I put a sofa there and made it into a hangout for the girls," says Jade. "That way, they can be a part of the conversation while I’m cooking."
Decorating has been, as Jade puts it, a slow evolution. The show-stopping palm-leaf wallpaper in the living room? That was Graham’s first anniversary gift to Jade, shipped from Ananbô in Paris. And the groovy hand chair in the entry? That finally made its way off Jade’s furniture wish list, since she now had just the right spot for it. Shopping vintage and at places like Anthropologie, little by little the couple filled in the blank spots in their eclectic, pattern-filled home. One big priority, though, was making sure every daughter had a space of her own. So Jade worked with each girl to choose paint colors, bedding, and furniture for their individual bedrooms. And being outnumbered 5-to-1 by women, it seemed only fair for Graham to get a “man cave” in the form of a study, just off the kitchen.
Now that the house is close to finished, Jade couldn’t be happier with the end result. “I love that we enjoy this house to its fullest and really use every room. It’s light, bright, and full of personality—just like us.”