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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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crafted by time... 23 Feb 2017

crafted by time / oh joy

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.

oh joy timeline

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

oh joy red and blush balloons

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.}

omg, it's the weekend... 10 Feb 2017

OMG Oh Joy

Happy Friday guys! This week went by soooo fast. I've been working on lots of new products for next year and just going and going and going. I hope you get some good R&R in. We're taking the kids to LACMA before the yellow noodles go away and launching our new Pet Collection on Sunday at Target! Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you back here on Monday ;)

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, side tables by Modernica, rug from EsaleRugs, everything else from Oh Joy for Target.}

happy friday + mixing it up! 3 Feb 2017

Bird-vase-fillers

Happy Friday, all! I hope you're looking forward to the weekend like I am. We're celebrating Chinese New Year with some local events here in Los Angeles and taking the kids to a puppet theater for the first time. I hope you get some R&R this weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Oh and P.S. There's a sale through tomorrow for everything in our Oh Joy for Target collections! The baby clothing is on super sale at 50% off to make room for our new collections coming soon!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, background fabric from The Fabric Store}

so i had to say... 30 Jan 2017

Dallas Clayton print

Over the weekend, I had a really hard time posting pretty pictures on social media. I couldn't think of anything to say that really meant much of anything. I'm an optimistic person. I am a hopeful person. And I have never felt comfortable discussing politics on social media. It doesn't mean that I don't care or that I am not thinking about it or feeling it or discussing it with people around me. It just means that I usually keep my opinions private because most of the time I am not strong enough to have the conversations with people that I can't look in the face and have a real dialogue with.

If you feel like seeing a little bit about my current feelings, you can see my Instagram story from last night. I needed to vent and speak from my heart for just a few minutes. So if you watched, thank you. I've read every single comment.

No matter what you feel about the state of the country right now, we all have the desire to feel united..to feel like we all belong here. I found that this image above spoke loudly to me with very few words.

{Print by the amazing Dallas Clayton}

favorite, least favorite, tomorrow... 20 Jan 2017

Oh Joy

A friend of mine recently told me about a family she knew who played the Rose, Thorn, Bud game every night at dinner. I loved the idea and immediately implemented it for dinner time with our kids—except we call it more literally, "Favorite, Least Favorite, Tomorrow". The idea is that during dinnertime, we go around the table and everyone tells their favorite part of the day, their least favorite part, and what we're looking forward to tomorrow. It often helps us hear more about what Ruby did at school, encourages us to share what we did at work with the kids, and Coco ends up having the same three answers every single day (since she's only 2).

My favorite thing about this daily exercise is that it gives us a moment to reflect upon the day, get caught up on what everyone did at school, home, or at work, and mostly, it has given my kids (mostly Ruby cause she's old enough to process it) a chance to think about both the good and bad parts of a day. And how to look forward to a different and better day tomorrow. It's also given my husband and I a way to tell the kids about not only the best parts—but also the worst—parts of our day. It's made us think how explain to kids why something didn't go great that day and how you still got through it.

If you've never tried it before, I encourage you to. It's so simple, but it makes you stop and reflect even if for only a few minutes. Especially on a day like today when lots of things are changing and you may be unsure of what's next, it helps to make you hopeful towards the potential that every tomorrow holds.

{Photo by Oh Joy}

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