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a woven pendant lamp... 1 Sep 2016

a woven pendant lamp

I love the look of hanging pendant lights but sometimes they seem so overwhelming and too permanent when they need to be installed into a ceiling. Today, we're creating a smaller version that can be hung off a simple hook on your wall to add both light and decor to any small space...


a fun fix for a plain chair... 31 Aug 2016

Easy Custom Chair DIY

I'm sure everyone (including myself) had this Ikea chair in their college dorm or their first apartment. It's an affordable and comfortable chair that has become a classic. But what if you want to give it your own touch, the solution is super easy...just paint it!

Easy Custom Chair DIY

Using fabric paint, we brushed on a mix of colors in thick strokes and then layered some smaller grey polka dots on top!

Easy Custom Chair DIY

Keep in mind, if you do go with a pretty bold mix of colors like ours, off-set the chair colors with other neutral items (like the wall color and rug) so that your eye focuses on your new custom piece of work!

Sources from photos: Target shelf, Target canisters, Ikea chairAelfie rug, Bonnie Tsang print, Eric Trine plant stand.

{Photos by Mary Costa styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester and Jess Hong.}

yuzu citrus cake! 29 Aug 2016

yuzu citrus cake by tessa huff

yuzu citrus cake by tessa huff

In another life, I would love to be a pastry chef. I love, love, love sweets so much and completely admire the talent and patience that goes into making these beauties. So today, we're sharing a recipe for this ridiculously beautiful cake from the book Layered by Tessa Huff of Sweet Style CA. This is a longer recipe than we normally post on Oh Joy, but it feels like a real treat to me...something worth making for a birthday or special occasion.

Here's the recipe to make this gorgeous Yuzu Citrus Cake! I fell in love with yuzu after trying it in Japan 6 years ago so this cake just calls my name...


a heart-shaped picnic! 22 Aug 2016

Oh Joy Heart Shaped Picnic Mat

As a first hello to fall, take advantage of the weather to get your family outside for a fall picnic!  Today we are going to make a giant heart picnic blanket that the entire family will love. See our video below to see the full how to!

Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Go Time“ by The Brotherhood
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

how to make a mini charcuterie & cheese plate... 17 Aug 2016


how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Charcuterie and cheese plates might be one of my favorite things...EVER. I'm the one at every party standing above the food table popping these into my mouth. While I love those large charcuterie and cheese boards, I like the idea of making smaller versions that each person could have for themselves that has a mix of everything. So, today, we're showing you how to make this beautiful mini spread for your next lunch, brunch, or dinner...

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Start by gathering a mix of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, and other delights to your liking. I like to make sure there is a variety of textures (both crunchy and creamy), flavors (sweet and salty), as well as foods with some color (to make the plate pop!).

For these, we used:

- prosciutto

- sopressata

- champagne grapes

- breadsticks

- fresh figs

- fig jam

- cherry tomatoes

- marcona almonds

- garnish with micro arugula and edible flowers

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Here's how to make them:

1. Start by choosing your plates. The best part is you can use a mix of plates you already have. We used a mix of plates and small cutting boards—all roughly the same size. Because these mini charcuterie and cheese plates look and taste best with a variety of items, it's always easier to put together a bunch of them at one time.

2. Lay out the larger, main items first—like your cured meats (we loosely placed them on the plate), a cluster champagne grapes, breadsticks, a chunk of cheese and fresh figs.

3. Then sprinkle the smaller pieces around them making sure to distribute color and texture evenly. The key here is you don't have to keep them all together in sections. We sprinkled the cherry tomatoes and the almonds around the entire plate. Lastly garnish with micro arugula and some edible flowers for a hit of whimsy and extra texture.

4. Finally, place them on the table ready to be scooped up and enjoyed by your guests!

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

We ate these for lunch after we photographed them, and it was one of my favorite lunches of all time!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, assistant styling by Jess Hong. Table runners are by Hedley & Bennett in Papaya and Elderberry.}

DIY finger puppet friends! 16 Aug 2016

DIY finger puppet friends

Inspired by the new Netflix show Beat Bugs, today we’re making finger puppets that your kids can help you make. And once they’re done, they become the perfect companion to singing, playing, and creating adventures all through their imagination. See the video below for the full how-to!

*This post is in partnership with Netflix and their new family show Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles.

Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “All You Need is Love“ by The Beat Bugs
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

something fun to do with a vintage scarf... 10 Aug 2016

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

Every single time I go to a great flea market or vintage clothing store, I end up walking out of there with at least one vintage scarf. It's probably cause I'm a sucker for color and pattern and the fact that the scarf is usually one-of-a-kind. But then you know what happens? I never wear them. I usually forget about them in the back of my closet or the weather isn't quite right or I just don't know what to do with ones that have weird lengths. So, guess what...we decided to turn my long-forgotten vintage scarves into necklaces! It's super easy, still shows off the color and pattern, and it doesn't alter them forever (so you can wear it as a scarf again later if you want)! Here's how...

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

You'll need:

- Vintage Scarf

- Wooden Beads

- Clear Elastic Bands

Copper Beads (optional)

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

Here's how:

1. Fold the scarf a few times—length-wise—to make it narrower.

2. Starting in the middle of the scarf, cover a wooden bead with the scarf material and begin to twist the scarf so it tightens around the bead.

3. Secure and twist on each side of the bead and secure with a clear elastic.

4. If you want, add a decorative copper bead in between each wrapped bead. The decorative bead will hide the elastic.

5. Once you have as many beads on the necklace as you'd like, tie a double-knot with the ends of the scarf, and it's ready to wear!

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

You could even leave some of the scarf end free to hang down asymmetrically into a chic scarf/necklace!

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

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!


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!


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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