During her 11-year stint in the US Army, where she rose to the rank of major, Joan moved a lot. And made over a lot of houses in the process. Naturally she caught the interior design bug.

She eventually took courses in design at Seminole College in Orlando and nine years ago, started as an intern at the Addison Dicus showroom. Today she manages the Orlando showroom and spends most of her time assisting interior designers with the facility's 600-800 rugs.

She and husband Pete love to travel, having recently completed a trip to Italy and a tour of the West Coast of the US from Calif to British Colombia.