In this interview, we chat with Rachael from Joyful Derivatives. She tells us about her favorite projects, lighting she uses and gives some pretty cool advice to our readers. What’s really cool about Rachel is that she is able to help anyone discover their own style and really make their home their own. She bought her first home in 2012 and being on a low-budget she totally mastered the skill of the DIY Transformation. Her motto, which we absolutely love, is – “No matter what your circumstances are, you deserve to love your home.”

Check out more about her and her incredible interior shots below:

1. How many years have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years.


2. What is your favorite Interior Design project that you’ve ever done?

My favorite thus far was our master bathroom. It was the first time I was able to incorporate all of my favorite modern farmhouse elements into one space, including white shiplap, a vintage buffet turned vanity, a vintage mirror, and faux ceramic floors.


3. What does a day in the life of an interior decor blogger look like?

I’m a huge fan of time-blocking, so each day has a focus. But those focus areas include project work (which includes in-process and finished photography), writing blog posts, pitching and collaborating with brands, and basic administrative work like finances and content planning!

4. What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?

My she-shed home office has a chandelier, sconces, and recessed lighting, as well as a “happy light” on my desk for the dark and dreary winter days!


5. What is your favorite lamp or string lights that you’ve used for a project?

I love the outdoor string lights we put around our back deck! They give off a super cozy and romantic feel on those late summer nights when we’re lingering outside.

6. What is the greatest tip that you could give to our readers?

Lighting is one of my favorite ways to add fun, creative style to space. Don’t be afraid to branch out and add a lamp that’s a tad more modern or eccentric than your typical style – I bet it’ll end up being your favorite thing in the room!

7. What is the hardest thing about interior design?

The hardest thing about interior design is not getting sucked into what’s “trendy” at the time. I always try to add some timeless elements to a room so when the trends change I’m not forced to completely redecorate.


8. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I’ve always been a DIY’er, but sometimes I wish I’d saved up and splurged on the real deal rather than creating a faux or similar DIY look for cheaper.

9. What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?

I’d say it was having a clear goal and focusing on the things that can get me there. Also, truly realizing who my audience is and catering my content to them.