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spicy chicken pasta salad... 19 Jul 2016

spicy chicken pasta salad

One night when I was prepping my "family meal" at the Oh Joy office (where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team), I mixed a bunch of leftovers together into a dish that turned out way better than I expected and is now an office favorite. We wanted to share the recipe with you today for an easy lunch or dinner full of protein, flavor, and a kick of spice!

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floral honeycomb decor for a baby shower... 18 Jul 2016

floral honeycomb decor DIY

Once you reach your 30's (or at least in my case), baby showers are like weddings and you find yourself going to one (or throwing one) multiple times a year during the baby boom that happens among your friends and family. Decor is always a fun aspect to a shower to celebrate the baby to be and we wanted to share our take on a piece you could make for a baby shower that could also be hung in the baby's room after, too!

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a rainbow table runner... 13 Jul 2016

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Table runners are one of my favorite go-to tabletop items to make a dinner or brunch look put together really quickly. It adds a pop of color without being too fancy like a full-on tablecloth. So we turned a plain, inexpensive runner into something much cooler to have on hand for our next gathering! See how...

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a cut paper wall hanging... 11 Jul 2016

Cut Paper Wall Hanging DIY

For me, the home is a place to show your personality, and I love filling it with things that inspire me every day like a great piece of art. Lately I’ve been inspired by Curate Snack bars and the unique ways they bring together ingredients to create something delicious.

So today, I’m making my own version of a woven wall hanging by curating unexpected materials into something amazing! I’ll show you how to turn paper into a piece of art simply by applying a few simple techniques and combining a ton of fun colors together. See the video below for a full how-to!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “It's Beautiful“ by Sofia
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker

*This post is in collaboration with Curate Snacks. All words are my own.

honeycomb wall art... 5 Jul 2016

Honeycomb Wall Art

We've all seen (and probably used) those fun paper honeycombs that come in a ton of colors to decorate for parties. They add such life to a space that we wanted to figure out a way to use them for longer term decor as well! Hence, this multi-colored honeycomb wall art that is super easy to make...

Honeycomb Wall Art

You'll need:

8" honeycombs

- foam core (ours is 24" x 64") 

- acrylic paint

- double sided tape

Honeycomb Wall Art

Here's how:

1. Measure 8" squares on foam core board in size and shap of your choice. If you get larger honeycombs, then the size of square just needs to match the diameter of your honeycomb.

2. Then paint each square the color of the corresponding honeycomb and let dry.

Honeycomb Wall Art

3. Use double sided tape to secure the honeycomb on the corresponding color square. 

4. Hang the entire piece using command strips.

Honeycomb Wall Art

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong}

a rainbow icebox cake... 30 Jun 2016

Ice-box-cake-3-blog

Our friend and food blogger, Molly Yeh, was in town last week, so we put our brain power together to make this simple and totally delicious rainbow ice box cake! Here's how...

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Rainbow Icebox Cake

You'll need:

- 3 cups heavy whipping cream

- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- 1 tbs vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp almond extract

- pinch of salt

- (2) 9-ounce packages chocolate wafer cookies, graham crackers, or sugar cookies

- 1/2 cup of sprinkles

natural food coloring

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Here's how: 

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, extracts, and salt with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. If you are short on time, you can also buy ready-made cool whip. Divide the whipped cream into 3 smaller bowls and add drop of food coloring to your desired color. We kept it light with pastels in pink, yellow, and blue.

2. Arrange 7 or 8 cookies in a circle on a plate, spread with a thin layer of whipped cream and top with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining cookies, cream, and sprinkles and end with a layer of whipped cream and sprinkles. To get the rainbow look, we layered the colorful cream in order but you can make the order whatever you want!

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve!

Thanks to Molly for making this with us! Check out Molly's new book coming in October!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Molly Yeh and Julia Wester, recipe and concept in collaboration with Molly Yeh. Cake stand by A Heirloom, wallpaper by Chasing Paper, cake toppers by Meri Meri, table runner by Pom Pom at Home}

what to do with leftover wrapping paper... 22 Jun 2016

wrapping paper collage DIY

We all have scraps of wrapping paper leftover from those gifts we've loving wrapped and given. Sometimes you buy a roll of beautiful paper only to see leftover slivers get tossed in the trash. So we created these colorful and (super easy to make) pieces of wall art using those scraps that won't go to waste again!

wrapping paper collage DIY

We created a few different collaged pieces using a variety of wrapping paper scraps and put them in frames afterwards to make them feel more elevated.

wrapping paper collage DIY

You'll need:

-wrapping paper scraps

-a frame

-foam core

-mod podge & paint brush

-gold leaf kit (optional)

wrapping paper collage DIY

Here's how:

1. Group your wrapping paper scraps by color and compile together a combination that you like. We recommend sticking to a certain color palette so that it feels more cohesive than a mix of all colors.

2. Tear the paper into strips and shapes of your choice.

3. Using mod podge under and over each piece, paint a thin layer over the strips of paper, and mount them to foam core that match the size of your frame. Continue to layer until you're happy with it.

4. Pop the piece into the frame and display! We left the glass out of the frame but you can use with our without the glass on top.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong. Papers from Urbanic and Paper Source.}

diy beanbag toss game... 21 Jun 2016

DIY beanbag toss game

With summer in full force and July 4th just around the corner, today I’m going to show you how to make a Bean Bag Toss game for summer fun anywhere you go. You can make these without sewing, too! Watch the video below for the full how-to!

pink lemon & grapefruit granita! 15 Jun 2016

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

With summer in the air, icy cold treats are one of my favorite indulgences. I came across some pink lemons at Trader Joe's and knew we needed to make something with them. So today, we're sharing a recipe for pink lemon and grapefruit granita! Granita is pretty fool-proof because you don't need an ice cream or sorbet maker, and you can make it ahead of time and serve when you're ready. It's fun to eat (or sip) on a hot summer's day...

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

You'll need (makes 4-5 servings):

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/4 cup agave syrup

- 1 tsp grapefruit zest

- 1 tsp pink lemon zest

- 1 cup unsweetened grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)

- 1/2 cup pink lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

- a dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

- 3/4 cup water

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

Here's how: 

1. Combine sugar, agave syrup, water, cayenne pepper, grapefruit zest, & lemon zest in a small sauce pan. Stir frequently over medium heat until it reaches a steady boil. Let boil for 1-2 minutes. 

2. Pour syrup into a small bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Pour syrup through a mesh sieve to remove zest.

5. Add grapefruit & lemon juices and mix well.

6. Pour the liquid mixture into a shallow baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer. Let freeze until solid, about 8 hours.

7. Use a fork to scrape it into fine ice crystals, and scoop out to serve. Top with extra cayenne if desired and some basil leaves.

Enjoy!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong} White ceramic bowl by 1882 Ltd..

a rainbow of flowers... 6 Jun 2016

Oh Joy rainbow flowers

Oh Joy rainbow flowers

Happy Monday! Rainbows are pretty on-trend right now and we wanted to share our floral take on the rainbow with this chic, yet simple, centerpiece.

Oh Joy rainbow flowers

In order to have access to a variety of colors, a wholesale flower market is best so we went to the Los Angeles Flower Mart to create this beautiful rainbow-inspired display. Simply gather different flowers in each shade (a few reds, some oranges, yellows, etc.) and arrange each color separately in its own white vase. The variation of flowers within each texture helps to make it look more sophisticated than if you only used one kind of flower.

Oh Joy rainbow flowers

You can also mix analogous shades together (we mixed pink and orange here) and also left out blue since it's hard to find blue naturally in nature. Then, arrange them in a row or a cluster for a bold centerpiece that everyone will love!

{Photos by Mary Costa, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong. Table Runner by Pom Pom at Home. Rainbow blanket by Las Bayadas.}

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