Joy Merrifield

  • Has written for City Magazine, BUST, Overspray, and Planet Mag
  • Joy has been writing for The Spruce since December 2018

Experience

Originally from rural Arkansas, Joy Merrifield studied Creative Writing at Florida State before moving to New York to navigate the challenging waters of fashion and design journalism. A novelty-seeker and lifelong learner, she continually finds herself in classes studying new subjects like statistics, sign language, chemistry, anatomy, labor support, and nutrition, collecting a degree in Fashion Design from F.I.T. along the way. She has worked in the style department of Real Simple, traveled the world on a shoestring budget, and co-written a book about the intersection of design and DJ culture. She is an enthusiastic, if amateur, pescatarian cook, fosters kittens and guinea pigs, and has a passion for art, design, music, and technology, and the ways they overlap and inform each other.

Education

Joy has her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and an Associate’s in Fashion Design from F.I.T.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.