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summer berry tart!28 Jul 2016

summer berry tart by sweet laurel

Few things are more refreshing then a berry tart on a summer day. Today, our friends Claire and Laurel from Sweet Laurel are sharing this beautiful dessert with us that takes only 15-20 minutes to make! And what's even better, for those of you have food allergies, this tart is gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar free! Here's how... 

summer berry tart by sweet laurel
 
Summer Berry Tart
Makes one 8-9 inch tart
 
To make the tart crust:
- 2 cups almond flour + 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 tsp pink salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 egg
 
1. Preheat oven 350
 
2. Place flour and salt in food processor. Pulse briefly.
 
3. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball.
 
4. Press into lightly greased (you can use coconut oil) 8-9 inch tart pan.
 
5. Bake crust about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. While crust cools prepare coconut whipped cream.
 
To make the coconut whipped cream:
- 2 cans coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (I use Natural Value)
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
 
6. After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open cans of coconut cream and spoon solid cream into Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream is peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
 
Refrigerate until use.
 
7. Finally, to decorate tart, fill cooled tart crust with coconut cream. Decorate with 2 pints of organic strawberries or berry of choice. Enjoy!
 
summer berry tart by sweet laurel
 
{Photos by Claire Thomas}

three places to use a side table...27 Jul 2016

three places to use a side table

A side table is staple of any home. You probably have a side table in at least one room in your home. So today, I'm sharing places to use and style a side table in different parts of your home using our Oh Joy for Target version.

three places to use a side table

1. Living room - The most classic use of a side table next to a couch or set of chairs (like the two examples above) offers a place to keep drinks or snacks when hanging in your living room as well as surface to hold decorative items like plants, books, or decorative objects. I always like to keep at least half of the surface clear so it doesn't feel too cluttered.

three places to use a side table

2. Bedroom - A side table by the bed holds all your evening essentials—a glass of water, book, and a pick-me-up vase of flowers.

three places to use a side table

3. Kids play room - Whether storing small toys or other mini keepsakes, add this to a kid's room for an extra surface to draw and play on. You can also make use of the underneath area to tuck away storage and other toys.

three places to use a side table

And, if all else fails...just fill it with flowers!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, table is Oh Joy for Target (on sale now through Saturday!}.

Other items: Eva Throw by Pom Pom at Home, Living room chair cushions by Oh Joy for Target, chairs from Sunbeam vintage; bedroom wall hanging by Maryanne Moodie; living room pink Paris print by Famille Summerbelle, pink/yellow rug by Lorena Canals, pink pineapple nightlight by Goodnight Light, "pick me up vase" by 1882 Ltd., Mio toy collection by Manhattan Toy Company.

some jewelry i'm loving...26 Jul 2016

jewelry I'm loving

A bit chunky with some subdued flashes of color, here are a few pieces I'm loving right now...

1. J.Crew link necklace, 2. necklace by The Wilde Bloem, 3. Babe necklace from Ban.do, 4. Eye ring from Leif, 5. Pateel Sandrik necklace, 6. ring from Leif, 6. J.Crew foliage necklace, 7. Gorman earrings, 8. Kate Spade stud earrings, 9. Maslo bracelet.

what's your signature dish?25 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Pattern Play

I'm not super domestic when it comes to home cooking. I like cooking and I would love cook more, but life and work often take over and I often get assistance when it comes to meal time. However, I still one day would love to have a signature dish. That one thing I know how to make without a recipe, that I can make well, and that I'd probably bring to every pot luck dinner because it's my go to. It doesn't have to be super fancy or complicated but something you just love and know inside out.

Do you guys have a signature dish? If so, what is it?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and pattern play by Julia Wester, wrapping paper background by Moglea from Urbanic.}

an oh joy mural!22 Jul 2016

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

I have always wanted to see an Oh Joy pattern large in and in charge on a wall mural somewhere in the world. So when we were asked by the Southern California Children's Museum to paint whatever we wanted on the walls of their new space, it felt like the perfect moment to bring that dream to life for the kids who play there.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Our designer, Angie, and I worked together to concept a mural that I wanted to be fun, bold, very Oh Joy, yet not too specific that it would feel dated later on. So I didn't want to use any Oh Joy patterns that have already seen on our products and instead decided to merge a few different patterns together to create a brand new one just for this project. I worried how we would execute the mural because with my team's already busy work schedule, we didn't have enough resources to be able to paint the very large project on our own. So it was time to ask for help from someone with mural experience.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

With the incredible help of Rachel Deitsch of Really Fake Digital and Carrie Hansen, we were able to make our vision a reality. We matched our Pantone colors to Benjamin Moore paint colors, Angie drew the pattern to 1/10th scale, then Rachel and Carrie blew it up to full scale to draw out all the lines on a grid for the shapes. The mural took almost two weeks from start to finish thanks to their amazing work. The Oh Joy team took a break from our usual work and came to help paint, too, which was seriously so therapeutic.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Here's the finished mural! We are still waiting on vinyl decals of the museum's logo which will go right in the entryway overhead as well as a plaque that will tell about our involvement and inspiration behind the mural's design. This was such a fun change for me to conceptualize and see Oh Joy come to life in a different way than we're used to! For those of you in Los Angeles with kids, I hope you'll stop by the Southern California Children's Museum in Pasadena and see it in person. And if you do, please tag @ohjoy so we can see your photos!

A huge thank you to Benjamin Moore for donating all the paint for this project and to Rachel and Carrie for their help with this project!

P.S. For reference, we used Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint in an eggshell finish in the following colors: Bubble Bath 1326; Limelight 2025-40; Bahama Waters 576; Pink Ladies 1347; Cactus Flower 1335; Paddington Blue 791; Bayberry Blue 790; Golden Orchards 329; Tangelo 2017-20; Neon Green 2032-10; and Cool Aqua 2056-40.

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

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