Joy Waida, founder and principal of Joy Home Design, has always been a creative individual. She started her career in international business, traveling to South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. During her travels, she acquired a taste for different cultures, and has collected many artifacts from the places she has visited. After 13 years of travel, Joy decided it was time for a change, and worked in the new home building industry as a design consultant and design center manager. She was employed by the Home Builders Association of Maryland for five years before starting her own business in 2005. Adding Home Staging™ services in September of 2007 has allowed Joy to combine all of her past experience, education, talents, and interests.
Joy is an Affiliate member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) and has been invited to exhibit her design work at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to her design coursework at MICA, Joy has a BA in international relations with minors in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Delaware. Joy is also proud of her recent certification as an ASP™ — or Accredited Staging Professional™ — from the founder in the industry of staging, Stagedhomes.com™. As an ASP™, Joy uses proven professional skills, guidelines, and techniques that truly work to sell your home.
Skills & Interests
Joy is active in her community with Harford Family House, a local charity that provides housing and support for homeless families with children. She also supports St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation. She is an affiliate member of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors (GBBR) and is active on the membership committee. Joy is fluent in Spanish. No dejar de comunicarse conmigo en español si prefieres.
As a mom to 10-year-old Meara (pronounced Meera), which means "mirthful" in Gaelic, Joy is enjoying being able to combine her love of design and staging with motherhood. Travel, shopping, boating, and generally living the good life are still some of her favorite things when she has time. She keeps up with styles and trends, but also has a steady footing in the classics of design going back to the 17th century.