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!