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happy friday + styling my new hair cut! 19 May 2017

how to add texture and waves to straight hair

I recently chopped off my hair to a lob (long bob). It feels lighter and really great for summer. I am VERY minimal when it comes to hair and would prefer to roll out of bed and not do anything at all. But when your friend (who happens to be the founder of DryBar) says, "Let me show you what you can do with your new hair cut!"...you say, "OK!". So Alli Webb came by to style my hair, and we caught it all on video so that I could recreate it myself and show others who might have a similar length or type of hair how to style it, too!

If you can believe it, I am actually fixing my hair a few times a week now! It's a fun change to my normal straight hair, and I finish the whole thing in about 5 minutes. I love that the styling here is not about perfection, and looks best loose and however feels right! See the video above for the full how-to!

Have a great weekend all!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, video by DryBar, hair styling by Alli Webb, my dress by Whit.}

38! 18 May 2017

Oh Joy

Today, I celebrate my 38th year of life! I remember when I thought 38 was SO old...it seemed like I would never be that age. But once my 30's hit, I gained a new-found confidence. I felt stronger as a person, more confident in who I was, and it felt like I was just starting to turn into whomever I am really meant to be. I don't mean to get all mushy or anything on my birthday, but I also am feeling very happy and content about growing older. Things aren't perfect, there are lots of things I still want to do, but with age, I learn more, I become better at the things I love, and I get to better understand what makes me (and those in my life) happy...which is really the most important thing.

Thanks for following along here on this journey of mine, and I hope to keep bringing you back for a while to come!

4 ways to teach young kids about giving back... 16 May 2017

4 ways to teach young kids about giving back

As my kids get older, it's been really important to me and my husband to help teach them how to give joy to others—especially those who don't have as much or have been born into unfortunate circumstances. So throughout the year, we have a few different ways that we try to teach our kids the gift of giving and to also teach them to be grateful for what we do have. I get a lot of questions about this when I share some of the things we do on Instagram stories, so I wanted to put together a few of my favorite ideas here on how to teach young kids to give back...

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the oh joy studio kitchen: before... 3 May 2017

Studio-before-19-blog

At the start of this year we moved into a bigger studio, Oh Joy Studio 2.0. It was bittersweet to leave my first ever real office, but it was time to get a larger space where we could designate set areas for all of the different things we do here at Oh Joy. I'll be showing you every "Before" and "After" over the next few months as we work on getting it designed and finished. I'm so excited to work with my friend, Sarah Sherman Samuel, on a few of the rooms in our office. She has such a great eye and style that I'm thrilled to have her hand in our new Oh Joy office! Today, we're starting with the kitchen! The photo above is what the Oh Joy kitchen looks like right now. 

Oh-joy-kitchen-v2-floorplan-blog

It's a decent-sized kitchen that spans a corner of our office. When discussing what we wanted the new kitchen to look like and the aesthetic, I wanted to keep all the surface area but add more. Aesthetically, I wanted a modern kitchen with touches of Oh Joy in accents of mint and gold. Sarah put together a few options for us to review, and here's the one we are going with! This is a view from the top that shows how Sarah added a peninsula in to offer another workspace as well as a small seating area that can be used for meal time or when prepping recipe posts.

Oh-joy-kitchen-design-plan

When planning and designing the office kitchen, we looked at what appliances were needed for everyday use—both functionally for when our team is prepping lunch and for the many recipe shoots we do in which we need to cook, bake, and prep. I'm SO excited to finally have a real kitchen where we can cook! In the last studio, we were always making things at home and then finishing off recipes in the toaster oven of our faux-kitchen. I'm opting for essential appliances from KitchenAid like a Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher and Built-In Microwave. Now we'll have everything to cover everyday cooking needs, as well as a dishwasher for when we have events and need to wash in mass quantities (I can't wait to have workshops and little gatherings here!). For the cabinetry, I wanted to keep it simple and clean with white cabinets that allow the colors (and the items we'll eventually have in the kitchen) to pop. It made so much sense to get the cabinets from IKEA to create our custom kitchen with their classic white matte finish. This kitchen will look really beautiful and high-end with cabinets that are really affordable in price.

the oh joy studio kitchen: before

Here are a few other details and items that Sarah has selected for our kitchen including a sink and faucet from Ferguson, stool from CB2, and sconce from Cedar & Moss. I've been working with Clé Tile to create custom tiles which are a part of a larger Oh Joy for Clé Tile collection coming soon! We started renovations on this kitchen this week (eeek!) and are excited to see this sketch turn into a reality. I'll be sharing the process along the way on Instagram Stories, so come follow along! And a final finished post will be here once we're all done. Stay tuned...

P.S. You can see more of the process and designs that didn't make the cut over at Sarah's blog post right here.

*A special thank you to KitchenAid, IKEA, Cedar & Moss, and Clé Tile for providing their products for our kitchen remodel.

Resources:

Design/ Sarah Sherman Samuel

Appliances/ KitchenAid

Sink/Faucet/ Ferguson

Lighting/ Cedar & Moss

Tile / Oh Joy for Clé Tile

Stools / CB2

Cabinetry / IKEA

Contractor / Good Fellas

happy friday + take a seat! 21 Apr 2017

Oh Joy Furniture

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're starting to get back out again and do some of our normal family activities as my husband is slowly getting back into the swing of things. Thanks so much for all your kind comments from this post. We'll be checking out the newest Bob Baker Marionette show and soaking up the warm weekend ahead. Have a great weekend, all!

Items shown: Benjamin Moore Springtime Peach paint, J. Otto Seibold house print in Framebridge frame, CDR hand print, Lisa McLean abstract print, Tuesday Mourning face print in Framebridge frame, Oh Joy! x Cloth & Co. daybed, Castle round pillow, Anthropologie stripe pillow (past season), Urban Outfitters face pillow, Target ombre pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Lorena Canals rug, Moroccan pouf (similar), Anthropologie mug, Target lamp (past season).

happy friday + a field of dreams... 31 Mar 2017

Oh Joy Family / by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Family / by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Family / by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Family / by Bonnie Tsang

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that we had quite a week last week as my husband was in the hospital after I had to rush him to the ER last Sunday night. It's a long story, but he had a health condition we didn't know about that is now thankfully being treated. He is back home with us and recovering and getting stronger and stronger every day.

After a week of going back and forth to the hospital and the agony of not knowing what fate had in store for our family and once Bob was home with us safe and sound with his parents in town to help us, I took the girls out to get their mind off of things for a few hours. We went on a mini adventure to the wild flower fields at Lake Elsinore...about an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles. Our friend and photographer, Bonnie Tsang, captured these photos that I wanted to share with you. They'll always remind us of the time that our family became even stronger and more grateful that we are here together to live this wonderful thing called life.

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang}

happy friday + barcelona/mallorca suggestions! 17 Mar 2017

Gray Malin Barcelona Beach Print

Happy Friday all! This spring is seriously flying by, and I just realized that in a month and a half, my family and I are heading to Spain! We have been planning this trip for over a year, and I'm getting excited (and nervous) to go on a far away trip with both kids for the first time. I tell people all the time..."Just go for it! Your kids will be fine!" But now that it's my turn, of course, I am thinking about the long flight, jet lag, and trying to get around in a country we have never been to. If any of you have been to Barcelona and/or Mallorca, I would LOVE your suggestions of things to do, eat, see...anything! We already have places to stay but I need to start figuring out what we should do while we're there.

Thank you, thank you in advance! And have a spectacular weekend!

{Barcelona beach print by Gray Malin}

happy friday + rearranging... 10 Mar 2017

Oh Joy Furniture

Happy Friday friends! Do you ever have that need to do a big purge of stuff in your home and move things around from where they have been for years? This weekend, I am hoping to finally get to those tiny piles that have built up in thirty different places around my house. Exciting, I know. I hope you have a great weekend with more fun things in store than that ;)

P.S. Target is having a HUGE furniture sale through Saturday and our Oh Joy furniture is part of it (30% off till Saturday which is a BIG DEAL cause it doesn't happen often)!!!

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

happy friday + thank you! 3 Mar 2017

Oh Joy Bouquet

Happy Friday! How is it March already?! I just wanted to say thank you so much for your support and love of our furniture collection launch! You'll begin to see new types of products from us this year and next year, so I'm always excited and happy to hear your feedback. As for this weekend, my little brother is coming to visit, and I'm going to show him our new studio plus the kids will love some uncle hang time! I hope you all have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!

P.S. For those of you in LA, I'll be doing a fireside chat with Boss Ladies on March 19th—come join us!

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

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

Oh Joy Room for Modernism House

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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