Meet Our Design Center Manager at Brambleton: Joy Allen

Joy Allen has been helping families customize their new Miller & Smith Brambleton homes as a design manager for a little over a year. Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, she has called the Washington area home for the last 17 years. Whether it’s a townhome, single family, or 55+ home in the Brambleton community, with Joy’s guidance and expert eye, families are able to build the home of their dreams. For a resource that will help you achieve a one of a kind living space, be sure to see Joy.

Q: What’s one thing that people are surprised to learn about you?
A: People are always surprised to find out that I used to play the saxophone, both Alto and Soprano, for marching, stage and concert band. I even earned a college scholarship for music. My musical background gives me a unique perspective when designing because I have an eye for bringing in different elements to create a composition that perfectly encompasses the family I’m working with.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Seeing a homeowner’s face light up after selecting an option that really wows for their new place always reminds me why I love what I do so much. Being a part of all the selections that turn a house into their dream home is such an honor. From the big decisions down to the tiny details, and everything in between, it’s the time we spend together that creates a home reflective of their families’ personality and vision.
Q: What’s your favorite feature in the homes at Brambleton and why?
A: With Brambleton, there’s no picking one feature. I can try to narrow it down, but it would be impossible to pick just one! The modern feel, open floor plans, and massive windows in all the Brambleton homes are a designer’s dream. The extra space and light make all of the details and accents in the home really pop. While some may overlook how a stairway can impact a space, it’s my job to notice. At 4 feet wide, the stairways offered in the Garden Collection make the homes feel extra roomy. Last, but certainly not least, are the luxurious owner’s bath showers that will have you feeling like you’re in your own personal spa, and who wouldn’t want that!

Meet Our Sales Manager at the Stafford Collection at Embrey Mill: Debora Flora

Debora Flora has been helping families smoothly navigate the purchase of their Miller & Smith home for over five years. When Debora isn’t working, you can probably catch her watching a football game. She’s eagerly awaiting the official kickoff of fall so she can draft her fantasy football league. Fall is also Debora’s favorite time of year to show families the magic of Embrey Mill, home to nearly 300 acres of parks and open space.

Q: What’s one thing that people are surprised to learn about you?

A: When I say I know what homebuyers are going through its because I once moved 19 times in 19 years. I’m a real life army brat, and I definitely perfected the art of moving. While I’ve been settled in the Washington area for over 30 years now, I still remember what it’s like to be in that transitional time of life. It’s why I always guide my clients through the process of home buying so that they always feel cared for. For me, job one is to help people feel rooted in their community, and of course, their beautiful Miller & Smith home.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

A: The most rewarding part of my job is that I get to help people take a big leap towards their dreams. It’s pretty neat I can say that’s what I do for a living! Getting to the core of what a family envisions allows me to help them create a home that excites them today and continues to work well for many years to come. Whether it’s a young family looking to grow, or retirees looking for a home base between travels, I love showing my clients all the ways Miller & Smith at Embrey Mill can work for them.

Q: What’s makes your homes such a great value at Embrey Mill?

A: The open floor plans in the Stafford Collection are stunning, but one of my favorite features is the way our garage shifts create unique indoor and outdoor living spaces. We’re the only builder doing this in Embrey Mill and it’s such a great design feature. It allows for so much usable private backyard space, perfect for a large patio that lives like an outdoor family room. I also have to mention the amazing community events offered to residents. Movies on the lawn, concerts in the bistro, live animal shows, outdoor yoga, stargazing, fun runs, and more. Time and again I hear from homeowners that their favorite part about Embrey Mill is the one of a kind community perks and amenities.
Stop in to say hi to Debora today at our brand new Hartwood model home, just steps from Embrey Mill’s newest amenities coming soon!