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color adventures: oh joy wears blue and green! 30 Mar 2017

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This month's Color Adventures challenge seemed easy in theory, but as much as I love these two colors, I rarely wear them together! Here are four outfits I put together in green and blue from dressy to casual...

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color adventures: a green and blue office! 27 Mar 2017

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As we close into the end of the month, here's another look at this month's Color Adventures and how to use green and blue...this time in an office area!

a green and blue office

a green and blue office

In this case, the beautiful blue rug was our starting point for the room. If you fall in love with a piece, you can build a room around it. Because the blue is really bright and pops, we focused on pairing it with a lighter green using mint green accents from the chair and lamp, and keeping the desk a neutral white. Gold metal works with almost every color combination and adds a warm texture so we used it as additional accents throughout. Finally, for a touch of contrast, try adding a warm color to cool colors or vice versa. We added a light pink (warm) with the rug and basket as a finishing touch to the cool green and blue room.

a green and blue office

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Target faux fur rug, Arro Home round pillow (past season), Ikea navy pillow (past season), Anthropologie striped pillow, Justina Blakeney blue & green pillow, Senegal woven basket, CB2 chair, Target desk, Oliver Bonas espresso set, Target wooden boxes (past season), Target gold geo (past season), Ban.do round glass containers, Justina Blakeney mirror, Bonnie Tsang print, Poketo calendar, Urban Outfitters lamp, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Eric Trine plant stand, Pehr bin, Zara shoes (past season).

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

color adventures: a green and blue living room! 20 Mar 2017

a green and blue living room!

For this month's Color Adventures, we're focusing on blue and green! The nice thing about these two colors is that most people feel a bit more comfortable with green and blue and rarely consider them hard colors to wear or decorate with. In this pairing, we played up the analogous tones that green and blue have and worked with all the shades between them. Here's how to create a green and blue living room!

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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...

color adventures: a red and blush room!

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.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

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.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

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.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

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.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

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.}

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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color adventures: a valentine's day brunch! 6 Feb 2017

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

Red is a color that I have always had weird feelings about. While I love a good red lipstick, I have never been able to fully immerse myself with red! So with this month being full of red (with Valentine's Day) and our Color Adventures series happening, my team thought it was the perfect chance to convince me how great red can be. So this month, you'll see how we combine red and blush within home decor, fashion, and tabletop!

Today, we're starting with inspiration for a Valentine's Day brunch for your friends, family, or anyone that you like enough to have over for a meal. Here are a few tips for making a fun and festive seating area for Valentine's Day brunch...

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

1. Create a backdrop. Nothing makes a gathering feel more festive then a fun backdrop in an everyday space. We made this simple hanging honeycomb backdrop by attaching a bunch of paper honeycombs to string and draping them over a clothing rack. It offers an instant dose of fun to set the mood for your brunch!

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

2. Add plants to the table. While flowers are always great, here's a chance to bring some of your everyday house plants to the table so you don't have to spend a ton on fresh flowers. We added smaller plants that we already had and made them a tad more festive with colorful stir sticks and mini honeycombs attached to bamboo skewers.

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

3. Set the table mixed with patterns and solids. Since red and blush were our key colors, that served as a base for the table. But you can also mix in other complementary colors like shades of pink and neutrals like white, grey, and gold. For this table, the patterns came from the runner and napkins while we kept all the main plates in solid shades.

Even though these photos are specific to Valentine's Day, you can apply these tips to any table setting for any size gathering any time of year! 

Props shown: Target rug, Target bookshelf, Target planter, Senegal basket, Hester & Cook Provisions table runner, Modernica Props chairs, 1882 Ltd bud vase, Ikea plates, Target flatware, Pehr Designs napkins.

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

color adventures: oh joy decorates in pink and green! 26 Jan 2017

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As our final ode to pink and green in this month's Color Adventures, here's a living room styled in two of my favorite colors. Now, before you say, "Joy, this living room is crazy! I could never have that!", please hear me out. Color is fun, color makes (most) people happy. And living rooms are so easy to change around and accessorize every year or so when you want to freshen it up. So, let's indulge in this full-on pink and green living room, and let me tell you how to make it come together!

A Pink and Green Living Room!

1. Start with the couch. The couch is always the base for me in any room. You could go bold (like this pink couch) or keep your couch neutral and build color around it. Since we're going bold for this story, we're starting with this pink one from Joybird.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

2. Hang art. Next, add wall art that serves as the focal point above the couch. We chose pieces that have various shades of pink and green to work with the color story and tie in the couch.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

3. Add plants for texture. We added in plants in a couple of areas for a natural dose of texture (and green!) to the room.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

4. Add smaller furniture and accessories. A side chair or pouf adds extra seating and offers an opportunity to add more color or a neutral, if you need it.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

5. Finally, accessorize with pillows! Pillows can take something up an extra notch or tone it down based on the colors, patterns, and textures you choose. We upped the pink and green factor by bringing in pillows in a few shades of pink (a lighter pink, a bubblegum pink to tie back into the couch, and pops of bright magenta). Green came in with shades of turquoise, mint, and a medium kelly green. To introduce a shade of a color, we usually try to have at least two areas where you see that color repeat to tie it all together.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

What do you guys think? Would you do this color combo in your home?

Items shown: Joybird pink sofa, Urban Outfitters pillow, Target bookshelf, Target giraffe figurine, Lisa McLean abstract print, Target elephant figurine, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Target wooden box, Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting, Calais Le Coq Motel print, Arro Home pink pillow, Arro Home round pillow (past season), Arro Home eye pillow, Virginia Johnson colorblock pillow, Anthropologie striped pillow (old), Jonna Saarinen tray, Oh Joy! for Target cloud pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Target turquoise chair, Target rug, vintage coffee table, white pouf from Serena & Lily, and Modernica ceramic & wood planter.

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

color adventures: a pink and green velvet bench... 12 Jan 2017

velvet bench DIY

As part of our pink and green theme for this month's Color Adventures, here's an easy home decor DIY for those of you who have a fireplace, window bench, or any surface that could use some freshening up! With velvet being so hot right now, we loved the idea of using velvet to create a simple and chic new surface for a flat seating area like this hearth. Here's how...

velvet bench DIY

You'll need:

- about 2 yards soft velvet fabric

foam

iron on adhesive

- iron

velvet bench DIY

Here's how:

1. Measure and cut the foam sheet to fit the cushion size you want to fit whatever nook needs a little extra padding.

2. Rather than making just a solid cushion, we made a diagonal color block with two shades of velvet. So we joined the two colors together first by placing a strip of the iron on adhesive along the front edge of one color and then lay the second color of fabric on top of the first with the backsides facing up. Iron them together.

3. Then center the fabric over the top of the foam, leaving enough to fully wrap under the bottom.

4. Flip the entire cushion over, and wrap fabric over the the bottom bonding with the iron adhesive.

5. Finish the ends by folding as you would with a present and a final strip of adhesive to hold it all together.

This is meant to add some color and texture to an otherwise plain spot. You can change up the fabric seasonally with just a couple yards of fabric from your local fabric store!

P.S. If you make anything seen here for your home, share it with us on Instagram with the hashtag #MadeWithOhJoy

velvet bench DIY

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props shown: Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Arro Home pillow, Anthropologie pillow, Arro Home pillow, Target giraffe figurine, Ikea planter, Famille Summerbelle print, Arro Home pillow}

color adventures: oh joy wears pink and green! 4 Jan 2017

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Last year, I started sharing more of my personal style on Instagram stories through my Outfit of the Day posts. A lot of you asked how to incorporate more color into your wardrobe and tips on color, in general. I used to only wear black and grey (if you can believe it!). For me, it took time to slowly integrate color into my style, and now it's a big part of my style in so many ways. This month, we're starting a new series, Color Adventures, where every month, we'll be showing you how to mix a couple different colors together—in your wardrobe and in your home! Today, we'll start with the style version of this month's color combination, pink and green. In each of the four outfits I put together, the colors get more and more bold to help you work your way into the color combo...

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If you're apprehensive of mixing two colors together in your wardrobe, start with subtle versions of each color. This heathered green sweatshirt mixed with pale pink offers a bit of color without getting too bold right away. Plus, this is a comfy outfit perfect for a low-key weekend.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Just-a-Hint: Ban.do sweatshirt, J.Crew jeans, Benumade earrings, Zuzii shoes, and Clare V. bag.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Take it up a notch by mixing a "safe" version of one color with a bolder version of another. The olive green could be worn with anything, but serves as a great neutral base to mix with these bubble gum pink pants. Because the pants are on the baggier side, the body suit offers a good contrast so that both piece aren't too baggy. Finally, I  added crisp white shoes for a fresh and bright (yet neutral) accent.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Casual and colorful: Common bodysuit, Zara pants (past season), Marais sandals, and vintage necklace.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Once you feel a little more comfortable with mixing pink and green, go for a bold pattern that incorporates both colors. You can then highlight a color or two from the dress with your accessories. I paired this floral dress with an olive bag and customized pink typography to tie into the pink and olive from the dress. Any other pieces that you could add to this outfit (shoes, jacket, or jewelry) should stay neutral to let the dress shine and be the focus.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Pattern-filled: vintage maxi floral dress, Benumade earrings, customized Madewell bag, and Bryr sandals. 

oh joy wears: pink and green

Finally, here's a way to go bold or go home ;) Once you get comfortable with various shades of colors, you can feel more free to mix light, bold, and dark shades together. I mixed these pale green pants with a magenta pink coat for a combo that not everyone would think to combine. But with a patterned shirt that has a touch of each color in it, it all somehow works. If you're mixing a bunch of bold pieces together, then use shoes and accessories as a place to stay neutral.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Pow Wow: Doops Design tee, Ellie Kai coat, vintage pants ($20 at a thrift store), Loeffler Randall sandals (past season), and Benumade earrings.

What do you guys think? Which combos of pink and green here are your favorite?

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat and prop styling by Julia Wester, prop assistance by Jess Hong}

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