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just a few weeks left... 18 Aug 2016

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

...till our Oh Joy for Target summer collection goes away forever! We're already sold out of our bar cart, small vase, and painterly bowl...and nearly sold out of the large vases, glasses, bowls, and floral pillow.

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

So just a final heads up if you've been meaning to get something from our current collection...there's just a few weeks left until the fall collection arrives and the summer pieces are gone! We get a lot of emails asking to find products after the season has passed, and there's nothing we can do once it's sold out ;(

Get them online and in-stores now...

{Neon Light and marble table photos by Target and styling by Scott Horne. All other photos by Mary Costa and styling by Julia Wester.}

3 ways to style a vintage dresser... 15 Aug 2016

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One piece of furniture that I have always felt okay with splurging on is a dresser—particularly a vintage dresser. This long, low style (sometimes called a credenza or buffet when used in non-bedroom rooms) is the kind I have had in my bedroom for the past 6 years. And, we just picked up this new one last week! If you can find a vintage dresser that's in good shape, it's such a classic piece that can be used in so many ways and in so many rooms. Here are some examples...

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1. In the dining room. As shown in the top two photos, a long low dresser makes for a great buffet and storage piece in the dining room. You can keep extra plates, linens, and flatware inside while having a bar area up on top. To me, this piece is perfect if you entertain a lot and just need that extra storage while having another surface area for food or drinks.

To play up the dining room location, we hung up four food prints for a gallery wall equally distributed across the length of the credenza. To spruce it up for entertaining, place a runner along the length of the dresser for a bar area.

(Sources: Aelfie rugJoel Penkman and Paul Ferney printsVanessa Bean vase, Sarah Sherman Samuel table runner, Oh Joy! for Target drink stirrersW and P Design pineapple tumber, Oh Joy! for Target salt & pepper shaker, 1882 vase, vintage floor lamp.)

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2. Living room - Whether used in the entry way area to hold umbrellas and shoes or in the main living room to store DVD's, remote controls, and those gadgets that always need a home, a vintage dresser always looks good in a living room. In this version, we leaned the art print against the wall—which is a nice way to display art if you don't want to damage your wall or if you have art you'd like to rotate in and out. This print is placed off center and balanced out visually with other objects in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures.

(Sources: Aelfie rug, Target lamp, Famille Summerbelle print, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Virginia Johnson pillow)

oh joy / 3 ways to style a vintage dresser

3. For the nursery. Rather than getting a "changing table", these days a low and long dresser makes for the perfect height for diaper changes while investing in a piece that will last long after the baby stage for clothes, blankets, and baby bedding. Here we evenly placed two medium-sized prints above the dresser. Once your babe is mobile, you can edit and revise the items you keep out for display, but this height tends to be a good one to keep decorative items out of reach of smaller mobile babies.

(Sources: MiO playhouse, Mountain Haus Studio wooden blocksAnimal Print Shop baby giraffe printJen Gotch paper cup printsOh Joy! For Target changing pad cover, Oh Joy! for Target pillow, Eric Trine plant stand, Target rug)

What do you guys think? When I think about all the things you can do with one piece, it really makes me feel better about investing in nicer pieces that can change and grow with you...

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, assistant styling by Jess Hong. This dresser from Ai Modern, paint color is Sherwin Williams web gray.}

five tips for making laundry a little easier! 9 Aug 2016

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You guys might know that I am really lazy about doing laundry. I honestly dread it. But it has to get done, so I wanted to come up with some ways to make the tedious parts a little easier and fault-free. Here are a few of my favorite tips...

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1. Wrinkled dried clothes. How many times have you left your clothes in the dryer overnight and came back to a big wrinkled mess? Rather then spending the next 2 hours ironing things you don't want to be ironing, simply add a couple of ice cubes and run the dryer again one more time. The wrinkles will loosen out with the additional dampness.

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2. Laundry communication. If you have a spouse or roommate who often picks up the load where you left off, make sure any specifics aren't missed. By keeping a small dry erase board and pen above the washing machine, your delicates won’t get tossed into the dryer by accident. Here you can note any details needed so you don’t end up with a shrunken sweater or whites that have turned pink.

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3. A pocket catchall. Do you ever find yourself emptying out change, receipts, toys, or snacks from your family’s pockets when prepping clothes for the laundry? To make it easier to help those items go back to their rightful owner, put out a divided container in your laundry area as a pocket-content catch-all.  It’s easy to keep everyone’s property separate and a breeze to transport room-to-room from the laundry room.

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4. Laundry caddy. If you use a laundromat or your building has a communal laundry room, create a laundry caddy that contains an easily portable amount of items for your trip including quarters, several pods of detergent, dryer sheets, etc. The Seventh Generation Free & Clear laundry packs we used here have EPA Safer Choice certification which means that every ingredient in the laundry packs meets the EPA's stringent human health & environmental criteria. This also means one less thing to think about when it comes to keeping a product on a shelf away from kids.

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5. Sheet Storage. Once you’ve washed and folded everything, keeping your clean sheets organized and looking sharp can be a challenge.  Make it easy by folding the sheets, and putting all the sheets into the coordinating pillowcase. Your linen closet will be in order for the first time and you can keep all the bedding collections together!

Do you have any other go-to tips for making laundry day a little more bearable?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Seventh GenerationAll words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

what to do with extra chairs around your house... 1 Aug 2016

what to do with extra chairs around your house!

Often times we have a six-person or eight-person dining table in our homes for those few times of the year that our table is full of loved ones and extended family gathered around the table. But unless you have a big immediate family, more often than not, those extra chairs don't get used on a daily basis. Rather than having them collect dust around the table, here are a few other ways you can use them...

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three places to use a side table... 27 Jul 2016

three places to use a side table

A side table is staple of any home. You probably have a side table in at least one room in your home. So today, I'm sharing places to use and style a side table in different parts of your home using our Oh Joy for Target version...

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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.

summer project: my bedroom makeover... 6 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Bedroom Makeover

With summer in full swing, there are a few things I've been putting off FOREVER that I am finally attempting to tackle. One of them is an update to my bedroom. Many years ago, it looked pristine and lovely. But since then, two kids have arrived, my life got busier, and once you stop noticing that your bed frame is still covered in plastic, it just becomes a part of the decor.

As we save for a house, we'll likely be in our current place for another two years at least. So for me, that's enough time to make it worth putting in a little money into making a room that we spend so much time in, feel like a place we want to spend time in. I usually only feel like a room is worth updating if the new pieces you bring in are things that we could take with us to a new house someday. Here are the issues and what I want to fix...

1. Curtains - Remember when chevron was the "it" pattern back in 2010/2011? It's come and gone and while it's not terrible, I'm totally over these curtains. At the time, I couldn't find any chevron curtains that were sheer, so I drew the pattern, had them printed with Spoonflower, then had them sewn to size. What I did not account for when getting these sewn was that curtains need to be wider than your window, not the exact width of your window. So they never actually cover up any light that comes through and it's basically like hanging a handkerchief from a clothesline. So, I'll keep the great curtain rods we have, but update to some darker and thicker curtains that actually fit and block out light.

2. Bedframe and headboard - After getting pregnant with Coco, we upgraded to a king size bed from a queen. I LOVE my bed and probably spend way too much time in it, but we haven't really given the bed a place to rest (bedsides on the floor still covered in plastic). I also had never had a headboard (which feels very grown up) so now's the time to go for it.

3. Wallpaper - My wallpaper is still looking good on that back wall, however, over time some small children (who shall remain nameless) have pulled and tugged on a certain section that has now ripped a good chunk off. It's not worth fixing this or re-wallpapering, so a headboard will be a nice fix to just cover it up.

4. End of Bed Bench - I've always loved how hotels have those benches by the base of the bed that was so useful for getting dressed. And now that Emily Henderson said we all need one, I'm convinced.

5. Rug - I once had a rug in here to help cover the not-so-great grey carpet that is part of our rental. But it was super old and slowly got eaten by moths. So an upgrade would be good here.

Ok, so that's my plan. I know I could have waited to show you this before and after all in the same post. But by putting this out there, it's giving me more encouragement to get to work on this room!

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.

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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 backyard summer par-tay! 27 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

A couple weeks ago, I introduced our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection! Today, I'm sharing a little video we made showing how the collection makes a juicy and sweet backyard party...and then how they fit right into your home after the festivities have ended. Press play below to watch and enjoy!


// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “I Love Us“ by Katrina Stone
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistants: Jessica Hong & Courtney Ketchersid
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Location rental: Kid & Coe
Catering: Heirloom LA
Photo stills: Mary Costa

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