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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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