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After living all over the United States, Joy Wilson, better known as Joy the Baker, found her spirit city in New Orleans. Bold and irreverent, her new space is a perfect match for her fun-loving, come as you are attitude.
A New Life in New Orleans
Deciding it was time to put down roots, Joy the Baker bought an early 1900s home that had been left unoccupied since Katrina. There was a lot of work to do, but she knew it was an ideal spot to set up her bakeshop and home because all of the rooms flowed into one another. The bakeshop would function as a place to test recipes, teach baking classes, and entertain guests.
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"Living in New Orleans is like living in a different world. It's magical, it's joyous, the pace is much slower, and we'll celebrate anything, everything, all the time," Joy says.
The only problem was that Joy had no idea how to fill all of her new space. "I've lived such a food-focused life that I've let my design style get away from me," she says. "I know things that I like but I don't know how to put them together," she explained.
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"Joy's style is all over the place in the best possible way," James says. "You can tell she's traveled a lot, and she's collected so many beautiful things. So I wanted to blend those objects with textures, patterns and colors that fit how bright, warm and fun she is."
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Dining in Style
The dining room is where Joy gathers friends to try her recipes and enjoy each other's company. A live-edge wood table that one of her friends made sits in the middle of the room, surrounded by chairs upholstered in French ticking -- a nod to NOLA's French heritage. On the dining room wall, a memorabilia-filled gallery of art is lit by the farmhouse-style pendant lights that hang above the table.
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Cooking Sunny & Bright
The dining room flows straight into the sunny kitchen. There is plenty of counter space for Joy to do her baking and open shelves that provide easy access to her serving pieces. Some of them include items that were passed down from her grandparents, such as wedding china and antique cakestands.
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Form Meets Function
The whole kitchen walks a line between form and function. "Function is very important to me. I like things to look pretty, but I also need them to work. I need to be able to toss flour around the kitchen and not worry that an $800 bowl might break," Joy says.
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The living area is a blend of soft textures, from a buttery leather sofa to a cowhide upholstered bench, and a variety of velvet and fur throw pillows. A few rustic touches were added as well, like the vintage-style wine riddling rack filled with air plants that hangs above the sofa.
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A Romantic Abode
Romantic yet comforting, the space now has a French vibe that Joy compares to a meal like duck confit.
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Baking Up Beauty
With the design process complete, Joy now feels comfortable inviting all sorts of people into her home and bakeshop, both friends and strangers curious to learn a new skill and have a taste of something delicious.
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Warm & Welcoming
"I am so proud of the vibe here now," Joy beams. "It feels welcoming and warm and I will try to make sure it smells of fresh bread as often as I can."