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positive and negative space... 28 Feb 2017

Malika Favre

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I'm loving the bold and graphic illustrations of French artist, Malika Favre, and her play and use of positive and negative space. Whether in art, design, or architecture, I love how the use of negative space plays with the eyes and makes your brain try and fill in what's missing. 

mixing patterns on the table... 27 Feb 2017

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If you've read this blog for just one month or for twelve years, you probably know that I love patterns. We mix and match patterns a lot. And I totally understand that sometimes it may seem like a lot. You might be saying, "Joy, you guys are crazy over there with all that pattern mixing!" OR, "I wish I could mix patterns more, but I have no idea how." Well, if you're saying statement number two, we're on a mission to help guide you and make you feel more excited and confident about combining patterns. Today, we're using this tabletop setting as an example to show you how...

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1. Start with a color palette to give the full room (or table) a cohesive look. In this case, we started with black and white and added in a bit of color with pale pinks and shades close to it.

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2. Mix pattern scales. If you were to mix too many small scale patterns or too many large scale patterns, your eyes would go crazy trying to figure out what to look at. But if you mix scales (large next to small next to medium), it allows the eyes to more easily move around and see everything in front of you.

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For this table, we started with a large scale pattern (grid) with the base table cloth and then mixed a smaller scale and different pattern (dots) with the runner. Then, we added a third pattern (diamond stripes) with the napkin at a medium scale. To add texture and pop, we accented the patterns with gold accents and touches of pink. Flowers topped off the table in pale shades of pink and citrus colors to complement the pale pink plate but also to let the black and white shine as the focus of the table.

You can apply these same rules to a full room...or even to an outfit!

Items Shown: Ikea fabric, Sarah Sherman Samuel runner, Target geoburst, Target vase, Target spotted vase, Target flatware, Ikea plate, Savannah Hayes napkin

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong} 

an oh joy room in the modernism house! 24 Feb 2017

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Each year for Modernism Week in Palm Springs, The Christopher Kennedy Compound re-imagines a classic Palm Springs property, using the best of modern of technology and bringing together about 20 of the country's most prominent design talents for a house that gets completely decked out called the Modernism House. This year, I was one of the designers to design a guest bedroom for the home owner, Kelly of Kelly Go Lightly! Here's a look back at our plan, the before photos, and the finished room...

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crafted by time... 23 Feb 2017

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One of the things I tell people the most about having a business or having a career you love is that nothing happens overnight. I've had my business for almost 12 years, and every year, things get better because I have gained more experience and learned more from past mistakes. Today, I'm partnering with Nespresso and their new Selection Vintage 2014 coffee (which, too, was crafted by time) to share the story and a look back at the evolution of my career.

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Time is an important element to doing things well and finding true success. I have spent the last 16 years since graduation working towards my goals, and in the same way, Nespresso has aged this coffee for the last three years in a complicated system of rotation and regulation to make this Selection Vintage 2014 a fine aged coffee. This is a very long post, but worth a read if you want to know how careers really are built over time...

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just some fun things... 22 Feb 2017

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1. Ban.do circle clutch, 2. Dream Collective ring, 3. Cactus paper plates from Oh Happy Day, 4. Iridescent shoes from Golden Ponies, 5. Clare V. backpack, 6. Louise Misha pom pom socks, 7. Ban.do glitter water bottle, 8. Eye, Babe, and LA pins from Shout & About, 9. Three Potato Four letter board.

make a splatter paint entryway mat! 21 Feb 2017

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Last week, we brought splatter paint back to a wearable accessory. And today, we're bringing it into the home and onto a very practical item for your home—an entry way mat. It's not quite a rug and needs to be durable in an area that people are walking through most often. Yet, you can still make it fun! Here's how...

 

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happy friday + away we go... 17 Feb 2017

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Happy Friday guys! Today, I'm headed to Palm Springs to finish up our Oh Joy room for the Modernism House in Palm Springs. Follow along this weekend on my Instagram stories to take a peek! I hope you have a safe and happy weekend. Monday is President's Day so we'll be closed for the holiday, but I'll see you back here on Tuesday!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Balloons from Shop Studio DIY.}

color adventures: a red and blush room! 16 Feb 2017

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For the decor part of this month's Color Adventures, we put together a red and blush living room! As I mentioned a couple days ago, I have never allowed red before in any Oh Joy post in the last 12 years...until this month! The creative team did a great job putting together this room which I love and makes me start to like this whole red thing! Here's how this room came together...

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1. Start with the base pieces. The red chair and stool is the focal point of this room, so we kept the other large pieces (the rug and other seating) neutral—black and white, in this case.

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2. Next, add art. We kept the art neutral (yet still fun) since the red makes such a statement you don't want anything too colorful on the walls that will compete with the red.

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3. Bring in solid pillows and other soft accessories. Here's where you can add accent colors and textures with pillows and blankets. We complemented the red with shades of pink and added some additional neutral with faux fur textures.

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4. Add additional patterns. Now that you have your base colors, you can choose to top it off with some patterned pieces. We stuck to simpler patterns to keep the look graphic without overwhelming the eyes with patterns that are overly busy or detailed.

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5. Finally, set out some finishing touches. These are pieces you might not always have out, but can be placed out if you're having company over.

No matter what type of room you are styling, the same rules apply for how to add color, pattern, and how to layer them all together!

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Modernica Props bench, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Arro Home dotty pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillows, Calhoun & Co pom pillow, Virginia Johnson Pillow, Randal Ford print, Leah Reena Goren tray, Modernica Props chair & ottoman, Brahms Mount throw blanket, Anthropologie pillow.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.}

make a splatter paint backpack! 15 Feb 2017

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Splatter paint patterns from the 90's are back! So we wanted to show you how to bring that look into your wardrobe in a chic, yet inexpensive, way! Today, we have a mini back pack that went from plain to pop really easily!

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color adventures: oh joy wears red and blush! 14 Feb 2017

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I love red on other people but have never felt comfortable wearing it myself. With our Color Adventures series this year, my team purposely made a month with red in it to force me to try red. So here it goes! This was actually very fun to get out of my comfort zone. Here are four outfits I put together in red and blush! And while I am posting this on Valentine's Day, these can definitely be worn any time of year...

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