Designer Jade Joyner created a laid-back, vibrant family home for some of her favorite clients ever—her new husband and four daughters.

By Danielle Blundell
February 27, 2020
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Designer Jade Joyner poses in her living room. She and her husband, Graham, own Metal + Petal, an interior-design firm and brick-and-mortar shop in Athens, GA.
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family portrait in white kitchen
The whole family gathers in the open kitchen, where nothing is too precious—not even the countertops.
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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.

white tile backsplash and white kitchen sink
Jade went with an all-white kitchen, but easy-to-clean finishes like white subway tile make the space low-maintenance. Open shelving keeps dishes and glasses at the ready and provides a spot for plants and decorative accents, like Jade’s favorite vintage blue vase.
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wooden table and hand chair in entryway
In the entryway, a console holds a rotating tableau of objects from the family’s travels.
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eclectic sitting room with pink couch
The lounge area off the kitchen houses quirky, layered accessories and Schumacher pillows in Jade’s favorite velvet.
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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."

dark master bedroom with bright bedding
In the master bedroom, Jade balances out dark walls with a light upholstered bed and striped linens. Mounting curtain rods about a foot above the window frames can make a room feel loftier.
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girl laying on bed working on laptop
Eldest daughter Reagan went big and bold with a queen-size green metal bed and coral accent wall.
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girl sitting in bedroom reading
The youngest, Bella, kept it sweet and serene with sky blue paint, white furniture, and whimsical lanterns.
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girl holding laptop standing on bed
The twins went in totally different directions in their rooms. Grace’s mint green walls and well-stocked vanity give off glam-girl vibes.
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girl sitting on bed hugging dog
Ryan makes a case for serene white, as she continues her search for the perfect wallpaper. 
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