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a pink and green velvet bench... 12 Jan 2017

velvet bench DIY

As part of our pink and green theme for this month, 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}

pom pom curtains... 9 Jan 2017

pom pom curtain DIY

While I love pattern, curtains are always one of those things I struggle with purchasing in a pattern. I usually want curtains that are neutral and classic so they don't compete with the other accessories I might bring into a room. However, I do love figuring out ways to bring fun details to curtains that add some color without over-taking the whole room. So, today, we're bringing you this fun pom pom curtain DIY! It's super cute for a kid's room or for any space that needs a touch of whimsy...

pom pom curtain DIY

You'll need:

- yarn

pom pom maker

curtains

- needle & thread

- scissors

pom pom curtain DIY

Here's how:

1. Decide what sized poms you want and how spaced apart you want them to be on your curtain. We opted for 1" wide poms spaced about 5" apart. So, using an extra small pom pom maker, that worked out to about 45 pom poms for an 84” length curtain.

2. Using a new curtain or one you already have, make sure the curtain doesn't have any fold lines or wrinkles on it, and iron them out if so. After making the pom poms and trimming the middle tie, sew them onto curtains through the base of each pom, spacing them however you like. For our curtain, we made rows of 4 and 3 poms, leaving about 5 inches between each pom pom.

3. Finally, hang your curtain up and enjoy! These types of curtains should not be in an area where they could get dirty or wet quickly (ie. not in a kitchen or bathroom). If they are kept in a clean, dry room, they'll stay fresh and colorful for a long time!

pom pom curtain DIY

pom pom curtain DIY

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

happy friday + yogurt mousse! 6 Jan 2017

yogurt mousse

As we start off the new year on the right foot, I asked our friends at Botanica to share a delicious, guilt-free snack that we could have any time of the day. Their yogurt mousse brings yogurt to a whole new level! Here's how to make it...

yogurt mousse

A few notes: In order to do this mousse justice, you’ve gotta start with good, thick yogurt. Our go-to is Aris, a thick sheep’s milk variety available around California. You can also use Greek yogurt purchased at any local grocery store. As long as you get your hands on a yogurt that has some heft (and tang!), you’re golden. Also important? Good eggs. Keep in mind you’re eating the whites raw, so you want them to come from a happy place!

You'll need:

Makes 2 ample servings (or 4 smaller servings)

- 3 happy eggs

- 2½ tablespoons honey (or more, if you want it sweeter)

- 1¼ cup delicious plain yogurt

- 1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest

- 1 vanilla bean, halved, seeds removed

Here's how:

1. First, separate your eggs. Add the whites to the bowl of a stand mixer or a big mixing bowl (if you have a handheld mixer). Save the yolks for another use (aioli, namely).

2. Beat the whites until light, fluffy and semi-firm.

3. Pour the honey into a small saucepan set over medium heat. When it bubbles, turn your mixer back on and stream the honey very slowly into the egg whites, beating all the while, until a stiff meringue forms. It should be glossy and form stiff peaks if you dip a finger in it.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, orange or lemon zest and seeds from the vanilla pod. Then gently fold the rest of the meringue into the yogurt in a few batches (we use a silicone spatula), making sure everything is incorporated, being very careful not to deflate it. Stir through a spoonful of meringue to loosen the yogurt a bit. The mousse should be light, fluffy and hold together well.

5. Spoon it into your serving vessel of choice (ramekins and teacups are nice), then chill in the fridge for at least an hour (preferably more, if you want it nice and cold -- but note that it will separate a bit as it sits and will need a gentle stir before serving).

We serve it with whatever fruit is in season — berries or stone fruit in summer, fresh citrus segments in winter — and any toasted nuts and seeds we have lying around. Feel free to experiment with different zests and spices, and serve this with any and all fruits and compotes. You seriously can’t go wrong with this one.

{Photos and recipe by Botanica}

glitter resin pins! 5 Jan 2017

glitter resin pins

After we made this tic-tac-toe set, we've been wanting to use the same resin technique for something wearable! So today, we're showing you how easy it is to make these cute glitter resin pins. They can be made into letter or any fun shape you want!

glitter resin pins

You'll need:

resin & catalyst

silicone mold (we made letters and hearts)

- glitter, sequins and/or confetti

pin backing

- hot glue

glitter resin pins

glitter resin pins

Here's how:

1. Follow directions on packaging for mixing resin & catalyst.

2. Mix glitter in paper cup or bowl. Make sure to use a container you don’t mind disposing of since the resin gets very sticky.

3. Add resin to the glitter and mix well.

4. Pour resin and glitter mixture into a silcone mold.

5. Let dry for 2 hours until hard, and then pop each piece out of the mold.

6. Use hot glue or crazy glue to attach the pin backing to the pack of your shape.

glitter resin pins

Finally, attach them to a jacket or coat. We like the look of clustering a few together. And, these would also make great gifts for friends for birthdays, Valentine's Day, or bridesmaid's!

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

sprinkle party donuts! 19 Dec 2016

sprinkle party donuts

Sprinkle-donuts

One of my favorite gifts to give someone that has everything is an edible treat! Pretty much everyone loves donuts AND sprinkles...so, today, we're sharing how to make these seriously cute sprinkle party donuts and how to package them up for gift-giving! Here's how...

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pine cone pom table decor! 16 Dec 2016

pine cone pom table decor

pine cone pom table decor

How is it half-way through December already?!? If you're prepping for holiday visitors and entertaining, we have a fun table decor idea for you today! It's wintery and glittery and full of things that make adults happy and children sing...

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gift guide: get crafty... 15 Dec 2016

2016_giftguide_getcrafty

Our resident crafting assistant, Jess Hong, is no stranger to getting crafty. For her gift guide picks this year, here are a few of your favorite ways to give a little DIY cheer! 

01. Paper Source paper cactus kit, 02. Clover pom-pom maker, 03. Brit + Co. paper flower class (use code OHJOY20 for 20% off all online classes. Offer expires on 12/31.), 04. On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie, 05. gold and clear storage boxes from Container Store, 06. rose gold scissors from Anthropologie, 07.Bigban color pencils, 08. Hedley & Bennett apron, 09. Ban.do notebooks.

because plants need to party, too... 14 Dec 2016

trailing vines and plants

I love plants, but I rarely bring them indoors because large plants take up more floor space which I'm often short of. Plus, with tiny children around, it can be tough to keep plants safe at ground level. So I love the idea of taking advantage of wall space to instill some green into your space!

trailing vines and plants

We added these pretty Senecio Radicans Glauca (say that three times fast!) hanging succulents to these magnetic board planters for a little extra green in the office. Plus, we had to add a little extra touch of Oh Joy by throwing the plants a party with the addition of party picks and stir sticks!

trailing vines and plants

And, we're excited to see this project was part of the Pinterest 100—a round up of trending projects, products and ideas to try in 2017. We fell in love with with one of the home trends, cascading indoor vines, and gave it a go to bring new life into this office space!

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Target desk, Target giraffe figurine, Poppin pencil holder, Target office supplies, Perch magnetic boards & planters, Sunbeam Vintage chair, and Eric Trine plant stand.

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

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays... 10 Dec 2016

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Our friends at Botanica are known for their veggie plateaus—a multicolored jumble of gorgeous seasonal vegetables, prepared every which way, with flavors and textures and dips galore. It’s a tower of savory treats designed to be set at the center of a table and be utterly (and communally) devoured. It’s a constant at their parties and I'm in awe every time I see one. So, I asked them to share their tips on how to make one just in time for holiday entertaining!

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

The plateau is inspired by two of the world’s more delicious things: fresh vegetables and aioli. The key is to have a variety of shapes, textures and flavors.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 1: Hit the market and pick up the loveliest vegetables you can find. You’ll want a mix of things you can eat raw, poached (or steamed or blanched), roasted, grilled and/or fried.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 2: Pick your dips. The goal is variety! We consider some type of aioli a must (roasted garlic or smoked paprika are favorites), plus something green and herby (salsa verde, perhaps?), something bright and sweet (beet muhammara or squash hummus), something oily (like dukkah, olive oil and lots of lemon zest), something creamy (garlicky labne!)…really, whatever you want to dip things in over and over will work.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 3: Prep your veggies. Partially cook whatever needs it before hitting the grill (tiny potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes, beets); blanch whatever’s getting blanched (haricot vert, asparagus); slice what’s getting roasted, and so on.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 4: This one’s the key to it all: Season EVERYTHING. The only things that should hit the dish plain are the most basic crudité (fennel, cucumbers, radishes). Everything else should be seasoned — with olive oil and sea salt, at the very least — so that it tastes lovely even if you pop it in your mouth naked, without a lick of dip.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 5: Roast, grill, season, etc. Spoon the dips into little bowls and garnish them as needed. Stagger them on a platter, a board, tiered plateau, or whatever vessel you’re using to hold this array of earthy delights. Place the prepared vegetables around the dips in a semi-random fashion. (There’s no beauty in perfect order here! Delicious vegetable mayhem is the visual goal.) Tuck fennel fronds, carrot greens, rosemary sprigs or edible flowers here and there to make it extra pretty.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 6: Place on a table and prepare for “ooooooooh!”s. We view this as a use-your-hands-and-triple-dip situation, but we understand that sometimes plates and serving spoons have their place.

Enjoy! To see more about Botanica, visit their Kickstarter right here!

{Photos and recipes by Botanica

a pom-pom tree topper... 5 Dec 2016

a pom pom tree topper

Christmas tree trimming season is in full swing, so this week, we're giving you a bunch of fun ways to decorate your tree for the holiday season! Today, we're starting with a fun twist on the tree topper...one full of fluffy and colorful pom-poms! See how...

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