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#ohjoyfortarget babes! 29 Jan 2016

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Every time I release a new collection, I am blown away by watching how everyone is using their new pieces! This newest nursery collection has been so fun to watch as you wrap your babes of all ages in Oh Joy for Target! Even, tiny newborns coming home from the hospital...I can't even...

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Look at these peaceful sleeping babes! (via @scigitte, @tinykaper, @i_heart_loo, @brantlieherring)

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

These cuties are awake and as happy as can be!
(via @magic_kingdom_mamas@rubi_jones@rksleeter@tinykaper)

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Even pups love Oh Joy, too (especially when they are prepping for a new baby in the house)! (via @bradyandbaby, @nowservingboba)

Please keep sharing with me with using #OhJoyforTarget on Instagram! Have a great weekend guys!

{Top photo by @girlintheredshoes, other photos noted above}

in the studio lately... 28 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Studio / Darling Magazine

Oh Joy for Target pillows

Oh Joy Pantone

Rosebowl Flea Market

Kii Arens

We have been slammed at the studio lately shooting videos, prepping for our home decor product launch, and working on other fun projects and products I can't tell you about yet ;) I'm also in the process of hiring two new employees so it's all good things...just a little nuts and I am trying to take deep breaths. Thanks for baring with me as we haven't been able to shoot a ton of new blog posts recently, but will get back to more of those next week! Here are a few snippets from life around Oh Joy world lately...some from the studio, some inspirations, and just some wonderful things that caught my eye...

{Top photo by Naohmi from Darling Magazine from a shoot earlier this week. All other photos by Oh Joy: pillows post Oh Joy for Target event, Pantone colors from a recent project and some snippets from the Rosebowl Flea Market (vintage dresses and Kii Arens prints).}

10 quirky pillows... 27 Jan 2016

Quirky-pillows

Because a pillow makes every space better...

1. Pretzel pillow by Arro Home, 2. Roos Soetekouw embroidered pillow, 3. zigzag pillow from Leif, 4. Oeuf egg pillow, 5. Atsuyo et Akiko pillow, 6. Lucky Boy Sunday round pillow, 7. Target faux fur pillow, 8. Land of Nod sunglasses pillow, 9. Blabla knit apple pillow, 10. Ikea heart pillow.

the cutest cookies... 26 Jan 2016

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

I visited Japan almost six years ago and am still inspired by the attention to detail and craftsmanship there. These cookies by Henteco bakery in Tokyo are just ridiculously cute. And, they now have a book, too!

{Photos by Henteco}

my new favorite app... 25 Jan 2016

Colorstory-dresses

Every so often, I come across an app (or three) that I can't get enough of that changes my life enough that I can't not tell you about it. My new favorite app is called A Color Story. From the girls of A Beautiful Mess, this is hands-down my favorite photo editing app EVER. Not only does it handle basic edits for small tweaks to your photo (like brightness, contrast, etc.) but the number of gorgeous filters and special effects you can add is amazing.

Now, I have to say, I am not one who likes to go crazy with "filters". Sometimes you see a photo that had a filter applied to it and it just looks crazy (remember the early days of Instagram when everyone put that vintage blue-ish filter on all their photos?!?). Not only are there so many subtle nuances in the filters here, but you can also adjust the intensity of them. You can add some extra special effects (like light flares and color fogs) which are not meant to look like they were part of the original but do make them a bit more artsy if you want. And the best part...you can SAVE your filter combinations. So let's say you always like a certain look to your photos and use a combination of a few things to get them to look like that, you can save that combo to use again in the future...genius. Here are a few photos (all shot on my iPhone) that I tested out in a few different ways...

A Color Story - Coco

Here's a photo I took of Coco over the weekend in my bedroom. The light is great in here, but it can be very backlit. I brightened the photo up first and then applied a few different combinations of filters to get these...

A Color Story - Coco

...and then my favorite! Here's that "color fog" filter you can put over photos that makes those really bright photos a little more special.

A Color Story - Vintage Clothing

This was a pretty fun and colorful photo from the start from the Rosebowl Flea Market. This one didn't need to be fixed much since the lighting that day was perfect. But I felt like it could have use a bit of a vintage vibe so I played around with some of the moodier/vintage filters here.

A Color Story - Vintage Clothing

I ended with this one and love how this combo of filters I used and the lens flare made it feel straight out of the 70's.

A Color Story - Ruby

This was one of my favorite photos I took while waiting for food at a local cafe with Ruby. I made it look vintage, dreamy, romantic...

A Color Story - Ruby

...and also graphic with this last one in black and white.

A Color Story - Croissant

I usually stay away from using too many filters on photos of food. It's hard enough to make food look good in a photo that any sort of color tint or cast (especially greens, blues, and yellows) usually makes the food look worse. So I tested it out with this photo of a PB & Jelly Croissant (YUM, by the way!). I kept the edits light but wanted see how moody I could get before it looked too unreal.

A Color Story - Croissant

I loved this one in the end because the food still looks good but now the image has a bit of a film-like quality to it. It's a bit softer than the original and adds some mood without getting too vintage.

See what I mean? Such a good app!

{All photos by Oh Joy, edited in A Color Story

tell me why? 21 Jan 2016

Oh Joy

I consider myself a pretty happy and positive person. And I am trying to raise pretty happy and positive children.

As Ruby get older (and expresses more and more opinions), I have started to hear things come out of her mouth like, "Gross!", "Yuck!" or "I don't like that"—usually in response to a new food or to clothes I pick out that she doesn't want to wear. Initially, my response was to tell her that it wasn't nice to say things like that. (My least favorite type of people are those who complain about everything but do nothing to fix it...so I certainly didn't want to be raising a complainer).

But then I realized that it's okay not to like something...there are things we all don't like. Rather than complain about something just for the sake of it, I now challenge her to tell me why she doesn't like something. If she doesn't want to eat a certain food, then she has to at least try it once and then tell me why she doesn't like it. If it's because it's too bitter or the texture is weird, then I know it's something that her mini tastebuds just aren't ready for yet. But if it's just because it's "green" or because she doesn't want to, then it's not a good enough reason for me. Or if she doesn't want to wear an outfit that I picked out for her and her reason is because "the dress doesn't twirl and my friends will like it better if it twirls". Well, then that's when I know her real motives and the fact that even at four, kids are already aware of wanting to please their friends. Then, that helps me decide if I'll oblige her and change her outfit or if it's a "you get what you get and you don't get upset" situation.

If you ask anyone (not just a kid) why they don't like something, the answer you receive sometimes informs SO much more than the original point of the conversation...

Do you guys use this tactic at all? It's something that's been helping us a lot with a 4-year-old going on 14-year-old!

alternate vessels for plants... 20 Jan 2016

alternate vessels for plants

As a lover and collector of vintage objects and vessels, I always find myself with these items I love but never really make use of. I'll get that vintage bowl set from the flea market, a tiny brass trophy, or a beautiful Japanese tea kettle only to see them collect dust because they're not functional on a daily basis. So we decided to finally use them for something...holding flowers and plants! This is an easy and beautiful way to keep those vessels around but also actually use them every day. Here are a few ways we used a few from my own collection....

alternate vessels for plants

My friend, Jihan, gave me this tiny vintage brass trophy a couple years ago, and I love it. It's perfectly suited for just a couple blooms and great when when you come across a flower that fell off a nearby bush and deserves to be celebrated.

alternate vessels for plants

I bought these beautiful Japanese tea kettles a few years ago in Kyoto, but now I find myself using an electric kettle when I need hot water fast. They're too beautiful to get rid of, so I used the shorter one for holding a pre-potted plant and the larger one for holding fresh florals. The taller vessels are better suited for fresh flowers while shorter ones are best for plants that might need to hold soil.

alternate vessels for plants

I fell in love with this set of vintage dessert bowls and look at them every day but have yet to use them for actual dessert. So we turned one into a little succulent garden.

alternate vessels for plants

Finally, we removed the top of this ice cream cone piggy bank and it turns into a quirky vase for a fresh set of blooms. 

Quick tip...In terms of drainage for plants, if you're using a plant that needs good drainage, consider drilling a hole at the bottom of the vessel if you're okay with making that permanent change to the piece (ie. in plastic or metal). But if you're using a glass vessel or something you can't drill a hole into, then stick to flowers or use succulents where you can place rocks on the bottom for drainage.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester and Joy Cho... Table Runner from Pom Pom at Home}

from home decor to clothing... 19 Jan 2016

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Having designed mostly home decor products, I always love looking at patterns to see how each some work on home decor versus apparel. There are some that go better on pillows or blankets and some that are much more suited to clothing. But when you can get those patterns that work on both...now that's awesome. I'm loving these by Variety Hour...

10 on the go essentials... 18 Jan 2016

On-the-go-essentials

Whether you're headed out the door for a business trip, a day at work, or just to run errands, here are a few of my favorite items lately for being on the go...

1. Ban.do phone case because this is just too fun not to want to carry around all day long.

2. Ban.do floral duffle for that overnight or weekend trip!

3. This is Ground cord taco to hold your cord basics while on the go.

4. Sunnylife travel radio for when you want to amplify those tunes whether indoors or out.

5. Poppin gold folio for business papers, meeting files, or projects.

6. Baggu 3D Zip Tote for shoes, extra clothes, or anything that needs to be put into a larger bag.

7. Lifefactory water bottle for the gym or just to stay hydrated throughout the day.

8. Frends headphones to keep your tunes to yourself while on the move.

9. Rifle for Le Sport Sac cosmetic bag because it's compact and easy to clean!

10. Owen & Fred luggage tag to keep track of your belongings no matter where you go.

making dinner easier... 14 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Kitchen

I am not one of those people who can make dinner from scratch every night. Or even most nights. By the time I get home from work, I have a few hours with my kids before they get to bed and I want to maximize that time as much as possible. We try to cook mostly on the weekends when we have more leisurely time. So during the week, we often use services that help make meal preparation easier and faster. Since there are so many out there and I'm always in search of the best, I have tried a lot of them. I wanted to share my favorites with you in case you're like me and just need a little help every so often...

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