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this is what 10 years of marriage looks like...23 Sep 2016

Cho Family Prom

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In 1996 (when I was 17), I met this guy that I thought was a total slacker. We went to his Senior Prom together as friends. I thought we'd date for a few months and then he'd go off to college and that would be it. After dating (for real) soon after the prom and having a long-distance relationship for most of our early adulthood, 10 years later, in 2006, we got married. And 10 years after that...here we are living in Los Angeles with our two girls. I know I cut out a lot of the in-between stuff because I don't want to bore you.

But I seriously never thought I'd date this guy, have him turn into my best friend, and then still be with him 20 years later. I'll try and keep this anniversary post short and not too sappy. But in celebration of my 10 year anniversary with my husband, Bob, today, here are 10 things I've learned in my 10 years of marriage:

1. The person that you are married to should make you want to be a better person. They should lift you up when you're low, make you laugh when you're having a bad day, make fun of you when you need to be made fun of, and believe in you more than anyone else.

2. Marriage is always a work in progress and you have to work at it to make it progress.

3. You'll never agree on everything. But you should see eye-to-eye on most things.

4. If your spouse had an annoying habit when you first started dating, chances are, they'll still have it 20, 30, 40 years later. And you just need to be okay with it. And love them for it. Or laugh at them for it.

5. You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run. (Ok, I borrowed that from Kenny Rogers, but it's true.)

6. Marriage is loving someone so incredibly much and more than anyone else. But it's also being annoyed and infuriated with them more than you could be with anyone else.

7. Having butterflies in your stomach is a good thing.

8. Make time for each other even when your kids feel like your new priority. Don't forget to keep nurturing the relationship that made those kids in the first place.

9. It's a good sign when you can be independent and do your own things separately, but you're stronger (and have more fun) when you're together.

10. If you can fart in front of your spouse and not feel embarrassed, you're on your way to eternal happiness.

{Wedding photo by Karen Wise, family photo by Katherine Rose}

how to add family photos to your home...22 Sep 2016


For years I've only shared family photos digitally and never took the time to print and frame them to actually enjoy with my own family. In a day and age when we rarely print photos anymore, it is a treasure to see your favorite faces on your wall daily. But it can be overwhelming to even know where to start—what photos would you frame and how would you arrange them into a gallery wall? Today, we've partnered with Framebridge to show you three different ways to add family photos and memories to your home.

how to add family photos to your home

1. Yearly Photo — If space is at a premium, a simple (and inexpensive) way to add family photos to your home is to simply add one each year as your family grows. If the only time a year you take a special family photo is around the holidays, then frame your year-end family photo and keep adding to the wall as you go.

how to add family photos to your home

To keep the gallery wall area consistent, choose the same mat and frame color so that it's easy to add to over time. I chose gold frames for this set to put in the family room, and it's so fun to see our family grow and change over the years. Framebridge has over 40 styles you can pick from and a ton of gold options. It's fun to be able to preview them online before making a decision.


In this example, even though there was a mix of vertical and horizontal photos, we kept them all the same width so they could be spaced apart evenly to create vertical rows in this small area of wall space. By putting this in an area that we see everyday, it's fun for the kids to see how they've changed over time, too!

how to add family photos to your home

2. Everyday Photos and Drawings — If you prefer capturing more casual moments, mix some of your favorite iPhone and Instagram photos with your kids' drawings. I love that you can send original artwork into Framebridge (using their prepaid packaging) to have matted and framed however you want. And then photos can simply be uploaded to the site to be framed.

how to add family photos to your home

Because this set of images (from our designer, Angie's, family) combines both photos and artwork, we chose to have them framed in white in the same square size (these are 11" square) and hung them in a very simple grid. That way the full set of photos cohesively works together even if the images inside are eclectic. For a few of the art prints, Framebridge applied a treatment called float mounting. Instead of layering a mat board over the piece they "float" your art above the mat to add sophistication and drama. Prices are based on the size, and range from $39-$159, which is much less expensive than traditional custom framing.

Since this version relies on a straight grid, start by measuring the full width of your focal area (in this case the credenza underneath the photos) and make sure you can fit four rows across and three rows down within that space. Once you have your general plan and placement mapped out, start by hanging the top row spaced apart evenly and then work your way down.

how to add family photos to your home

3. Special Occasion Photos — If you have a chance to take a family photo session with a professional photographer (which I highly recommend doing once a year if you can), don't limit the photos to your Instagram feed...display them to enjoy daily.

how to add family photos to your home

The dining room is one of my favorite places to hang family photos because it's where you sit down at the start or end of your day and everyone gets to chat about their day. Since there were so many frame styles to choose from, we wanted to create a more eclectic gallery wall for our Creative Producer, Julia, that mixes some of our favorite neutrals using white, gold, and silver frames.


This version allows for more flexibility and a less structured way of hanging the pieces. To hang a gallery wall with prints in various sizes and orientations, start by measuring the full width of your wall (in this case a dark navy wall). Start by drawing a vertical line down the center of your focal area and hang your middle prints vertically spaced evenly apart. Then work your way out and hang and add as you go. I like to make sure the placement of the different colored frames are spaced and evenly spread out within the whole set.

Finally, some overall tips for hanging any gallery wall from the gallery wall experts at Framebridge:

  • First and foremost—don’t stress! Gallery walls don’t have to be absolutely perfect, and they usually look better and more natural if they aren’t.

  • Start by holding your lowest piece of art against the wall to find the perfect spot. Estimate and mark the correct nail/hook placement for your piece, and then hammer the nail so the hook is where you want the wire to hit.

  • Repeat the hanging process with the frames to the left and right of the first, then with those above. Try to keep all frames 2 - 3 inches apart from one another so placement looks purposeful.

  • Wait until you’ve hung all the frames in your arrangement, take a step back, and then straighten and level everything. Use a few pieces of sticky tac on the back of the frames to guarantee they stay put.

  • Find another piece you’d like to incorporate? No problem! We recommend building your wall out and up from your original arrangement, keeping the same 2 - 3-inch spacing between each frame.

  • And if you'd like design help for a total custom wall, you check out Framebridge's gallery wall service!

I hope this will inspire you to hang up all those family photo you've been admiring on your phone!

P.S. Framebridge is offering Oh Joy readers 15% on your first Framebridge purchase with code: OHJOY15 valid through 12/31/2016.

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Framebridge.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

OMG...YAY!21 Sep 2016

Oh Joy for Target word vases

As a follow-up to our best-selling OK vase, our newest word vases just launched...OMG and YAY! These are available online only and make a fun addition to any party, celebration, or just to every day. And if you have more than one, oh the words you can create!


They are all available online only at Target right now! And, if you're not yet following our new Instagram account, @OhJoyCo, follow there to get the first scoop on all our products!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

tokketok {giveaway}...(now closed)20 Sep 2016


I love getting handwritten notes—in the mail, on a gift, from my kids, basically anytime. And I love sending them to those I love. One of my favorite stationery brands is Tokketok because of the simple, yet whimsical, messages. So today, we've partnered with Tokketok to give away TWO complete sets of the ENTIRE COLLECTION ($395 value each)!


The collection includes all the flower card designs (7 sets); all the happy jotter sets (4 sets); 6 notepads; all the sticker notes; a set of flag notes; 3 sets of fill in notes; and boxed notes


To enter, please visit Tokketok's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorite product and who you would send it to! Entries close this Friday, September 23rd at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

*This giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $395 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a chic little tray...19 Sep 2016

a chic little tray

A tray is one of those pieces that adds an extra decorative (and functional) detail to any corner of your home...on a coffee table, on top of a dresser, or even a side table. We made this simple and chic version using just a handful of materials. So if you need an easy little addition to your tabletop, make this little tray! Here's how...

You'll need:

- bamboo basket lid

veneer edging

- wood glue

flexible copper piping

copper cutter

- white acrylic paint

gorilla glue

a chic little tray

Here's how:

1. Measure the veneer edging around the raised edge on the bottom of the tray so that you have enough to make a full closed loop. Cut two strips of veneer at this length.

2. Paint both of the veneer strips white. Let dry 10 minutes and apply a second coat if needed.

3. Once the paint has fully dried, begin to glue one of the veneer strips around the raised edge of the lid using wood glue, with the white side facing in. 

4. Use wood glue to glue the second veneer strip back to back, with the white side facing outwards. Let dry 30 minutes. (It may be helpful to clamp the two pieces together until dry using binder clips.) 

5. Use copper cutter to cut two pieces of the piping to 8 1/2" long each.

6. Bend copper to create the handles for the tray - make sure they're tall enough to comfortably grip without the veneer edging getting in the way - about 3" high.

7. Use gorilla glue to attach the copper handles to the tray. Let dry 1 hour.

a chic little tray

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props in photos include: Justina Blakeney wallpaper, Jenny Vorwaller painting, World Market paper weight; Paper Source paper, Leif tea towel, Leif coasters, Anthropologie napkin, Leif tea towel, Anne & Kate glitter stirrers, vintage glasses.}


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