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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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make a splatter paint entryway mat! 21 Feb 2017

splatter paint entryway mat DIY

Last week, we brought splatter paint back to a wearable accessory. And today, we're bringing it into the home and onto a very practical item for your home—an entry way mat. It's not quite a rug and needs to be durable in an area that people are walking through most often. Yet, you can still make it fun! Here's how...

 

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color adventures: a red and blush room! 16 Feb 2017

Pink-red-room-blog

For the decor part of this month's Color Adventures, we put together a red and blush living room! As I mentioned a couple days ago, I have never allowed red before in any Oh Joy post in the last 12 years...until this month! The creative team did a great job putting together this room which I love and makes me start to like this whole red thing! Here's how this room came together...

color adventures: a red and blush room!

1. Start with the base pieces. The red chair and stool is the focal point of this room, so we kept the other large pieces (the rug and other seating) neutral—black and white, in this case.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

2. Next, add art. We kept the art neutral (yet still fun) since the red makes such a statement you don't want anything too colorful on the walls that will compete with the red.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

3. Bring in solid pillows and other soft accessories. Here's where you can add accent colors and textures with pillows and blankets. We complemented the red with shades of pink and added some additional neutral with faux fur textures.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

4. Add additional patterns. Now that you have your base colors, you can choose to top it off with some patterned pieces. We stuck to simpler patterns to keep the look graphic without overwhelming the eyes with patterns that are overly busy or detailed.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

5. Finally, set out some finishing touches. These are pieces you might not always have out, but can be placed out if you're having company over.

No matter what type of room you are styling, the same rules apply for how to add color, pattern, and how to layer them all together!

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Modernica Props bench, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Arro Home dotty pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillows, Calhoun & Co pom pillow, Virginia Johnson Pillow, Randal Ford print, Leah Reena Goren tray, Modernica Props chair & ottoman, Brahms Mount throw blanket, Anthropologie pillow.

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

the oh joy pet collection is here! 13 Feb 2017

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Bow wow wow, yippee yo yippee yay! I'm excited to share our newest collection for...pets! Pets are such an integral part of a family, and they need a little color and whimsy, too. Our new collection has a mix of functional and whimsical pieces for everyday including bowls, beds, collars, clothing, and of course, party hats for birthday celebrations! And the best part is they tie back into other pieces in our Home Decor collection. You have to watch our video below for a ton of pup cuteness!

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

The Oh Joy Pets Collection is in select stores now and online for SIX WEEKS only! So go grab them while you can. And please tag us on Instagram with #OhJoyforTarget so we can see and share your cuties with their new pieces.

Special thanks to our amazing models: Tuna, Boden, Bella, Alvie, and Juliet. And the super talented photographer, Grace Chon, who is a legit dog whisperer!

Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Get Ready" by Midnight Riot
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Video Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Grace Chon

a glitter heart bud vase! 7 Feb 2017

glitter heart bud vase DIY

Yesterday, we shared a some tips on how to create a fun and festive brunch or gathering for Valentine's Day! Here's a fun little glitter heart bud vase you can make for your Valentines as part of a brunch or just to make and give. They're super fun and sparkly and make for a nice gift for co-workers or friends!

glitter heart bud vase DIY

You'll need:

silicone mold

resin

catalyst

- glitter

glitter heart bud vase DIY

Here's how:

1. Mix glitter in varying color combinations of your choice. We did: pink and gold, red and silver, and some in pure gold glitter.

2. Mix resin and catalyst as directed on the package.

3. Stir in glitter and pour into the molds. Let dry overnight until completely solid.

4. Pop out of the mold and fill with water and tiny sprigs of flowers!

glitter heart bud vase DIY

glitter heart bud vase DIY

These make for a fun place setting that you can give to guests to take home after. Or sans party, give them out to your pals with blooms to keep at their desk for a little pick-me-up!

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

color adventures: a valentine's day brunch! 6 Feb 2017

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

Red is a color that I have always had weird feelings about. While I love a good red lipstick, I have never been able to fully immerse myself with red! So with this month being full of red (with Valentine's Day) and our Color Adventures series happening, my team thought it was the perfect chance to convince me how great red can be. So this month, you'll see how we combine red and blush within home decor, fashion, and tabletop!

Today, we're starting with inspiration for a Valentine's Day brunch for your friends, family, or anyone that you like enough to have over for a meal. Here are a few tips for making a fun and festive seating area for Valentine's Day brunch...

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

1. Create a backdrop. Nothing makes a gathering feel more festive then a fun backdrop in an everyday space. We made this simple hanging honeycomb backdrop by attaching a bunch of paper honeycombs to string and draping them over a clothing rack. It offers an instant dose of fun to set the mood for your brunch!

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

2. Add plants to the table. While flowers are always great, here's a chance to bring some of your everyday house plants to the table so you don't have to spend a ton on fresh flowers. We added smaller plants that we already had and made them a tad more festive with colorful stir sticks and mini honeycombs attached to bamboo skewers.

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

3. Set the table mixed with patterns and solids. Since red and blush were our key colors, that served as a base for the table. But you can also mix in other complementary colors like shades of pink and neutrals like white, grey, and gold. For this table, the patterns came from the runner and napkins while we kept all the main plates in solid shades.

Even though these photos are specific to Valentine's Day, you can apply these tips to any table setting for any size gathering any time of year! 

Props shown: Target rug, Target bookshelf, Target planter, Senegal basket, Hester & Cook Provisions table runner, Modernica Props chairs, 1882 Ltd bud vase, Ikea plates, Target flatware, Pehr Designs napkins.

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

plant life! 1 Feb 2017

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

Plants add so much life to any room through their natural color and texture. Today, we wanted to show you a few bold ways to use plants in your home!

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

1. The Statement Shelfie — This is the "go big or go home" option. If you love plants and are not afraid to have a bunch (and you're okay with watering regularly), you can make a statement filling most of a shelf with plants. To really up the wow factor with your plants, make sure to use a variety of plants and a mix of shapes for pots and planters! This helps to add interest, shape, and texture. When working with a lot of plants, we like to cluster plants together in 3’s in varying heights in addition to some stand-alone pieces. Use artwork, books, and some other decorative objects to break up the plants. But in this version, the plants are the star of the show!

Props shown: Eric Trine plant stand, eSaleRugs rug, Target shelf, Target planter, Jenny Vorwaller painting, Target boxes, Modernica white/wood planterOh Joy! for Target gold lady planter, Anthropologie faux fur pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillow, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Target blue throw blanket.

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

2. Floored Flora — Sometimes we have empty corners at home that need a little something. Here's how you can fill in that area with a mix plants on the floor. Start with a large plant, then add a few more in various sizes to fill in the space. In addition to using planters and plant stands in a variety of sizes, you can also use books for an easy way to add height to smaller plants.

Props shown: eSaleRugs rug, Eric Trine mint and white plant stands, Modernica gray/wood planter, Anthropologie pillow, Ai Modern credenza, Target white ribbed planter, Ban.do glass boxes, Monroe Workshop wooden figurine, Modernica white/wood planter.

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3. Just a Touch — If you're not quite ready to go too bold with plants, you can start with a small area to focus on...like a side table! Cluster a few small plants on an end table in varying heights with different textures. By putting them in various planters of the same color, they feel like they belong together, yet still varied enough to add interest.

Props shown: Target rug, Target blue throw blanket, Oh Joy! for Target cloud pillow, Arro Home pillow, Joybird pink sofa, Jeff Mindell palm tree print, Calais Le Coq motel print, Target white planter, Modernica white/wood planter.

Some of our favorite indoor plants include: ZamioculcasDracaena MassangeanaNeanthe Bella PalmEpipremnum Aureum, and Dieffenbachia.

What do you guys think? Would you go super bold like the first version or more minimal like the third? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong. Props shown in intro image: eSaleRugs pink round rug, Anthropologie shag pillow, Arro Home pillow, Modernica gray planter}

rainbow photo backdrop... 31 Jan 2017

Streamer-gif-blog

Photo backdrops are such a fun piece to have for a party, shower, or any celebratory gathering of friends and loved ones. It makes taking a picture together feel a bit more special and also not-too-serious when there's something happy in the background. We recently created this rainbow and cloud backdrop for a very exciting new product line we have launching soon (eek!), and we thought it would be fun to show you how to make one of these for one of your own upcoming celebrations. Here's how...

You'll need:

- white honeycombs

- streamers in assorted colors

- foam board

- fishing line

- tape

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Here's how:

1. Using fishing line, hang honeycombs from a horizontal pole at staggered heights to make a cloud effect. You could use a simple wooden dowel like a broom stick. We used a couple of c-stands and a crossbar since we have those in the studio.

2. Cut a thin horizontal rectangle of foam board, about 5” high by whatever length you need. This is the piece that your streamers will attach to and hang behind the white "clouds". So you want it to be thin enough that you won't see it behind the the cluster of honeycombs.

3. Cut streamers to about 7 feet long (it’s ok to have the lengths vary too), and fold in half. Lay the folded ends on the foam board side-by-side as you go mixing the colors however you like. We did a mix of multi-colors for a rainbow effect.

4. Once you’ve cut all strips of streamers and have them laid out in a row, lay a strip of tape over them, folding the tape around edges of the foam board to secure.

5. Poke two holes in the two top corners of the foam board and string fishing line through.

6. Finally, tie the fishing line to hang the streamers behind the honeycombs. You may need to adjust the positioning of the honeycombs a bit, but the idea is for the clouds to hang in a cluster up top and the streamers to come down from behind them. Depending on the width of your backdrop, you can keep adding more to make it wider.

rainbow photo backdrop

rainbow photo backdrop

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Our matching sweaters from dRA.}

color adventures: oh joy decorates in pink and green! 26 Jan 2017

Pink-green-room

As our final ode to pink and green in this month's Color Adventures, here's a living room styled in two of my favorite colors. Now, before you say, "Joy, this living room is crazy! I could never have that!", please hear me out. Color is fun, color makes (most) people happy. And living rooms are so easy to change around and accessorize every year or so when you want to freshen it up. So, let's indulge in this full-on pink and green living room, and let me tell you how to make it come together!

A Pink and Green Living Room!

1. Start with the couch. The couch is always the base for me in any room. You could go bold (like this pink couch) or keep your couch neutral and build color around it. Since we're going bold for this story, we're starting with this pink one from Joybird.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

2. Hang art. Next, add wall art that serves as the focal point above the couch. We chose pieces that have various shades of pink and green to work with the color story and tie in the couch.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

3. Add plants for texture. We added in plants in a couple of areas for a natural dose of texture (and green!) to the room.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

4. Add smaller furniture and accessories. A side chair or pouf adds extra seating and offers an opportunity to add more color or a neutral, if you need it.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

5. Finally, accessorize with pillows! Pillows can take something up an extra notch or tone it down based on the colors, patterns, and textures you choose. We upped the pink and green factor by bringing in pillows in a few shades of pink (a lighter pink, a bubblegum pink to tie back into the couch, and pops of bright magenta). Green came in with shades of turquoise, mint, and a medium kelly green. To introduce a shade of a color, we usually try to have at least two areas where you see that color repeat to tie it all together.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

What do you guys think? Would you do this color combo in your home?

Items shown: Joybird pink sofa, Urban Outfitters pillow, Target bookshelf, Target giraffe figurine, Lisa McLean abstract print, Target elephant figurine, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Target wooden box, Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting, Calais Le Coq Motel print, Arro Home pink pillow, Arro Home round pillow (past season), Arro Home eye pillow, Virginia Johnson colorblock pillow, Anthropologie striped pillow (old), Jonna Saarinen tray, Oh Joy! for Target cloud pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Target turquoise chair, Target rug, vintage coffee table, white pouf from Serena & Lily, and Modernica ceramic & wood planter.

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

decorate your cozy throw! 24 Jan 2017

striped embroidery DIY

With the chilly and rainy weather we've had in Los Angeles lately, I've been curling up with a throw blanket more than usual. Today, we wanted to show you an easy way to spruce up even a basic throw blanket with this jumbo embroidered striped edging. Here's how...

striped embroidery DIY

You'll need:

throw blanket

- yarn

embroidery needle

- scissors

striped embroidery DIY

Here's how:

1. Thread the yarn through the needle making a single strand.  Leave about a 3 inch tail. Make a knot at the other end of the yarn.

2. Begin a simple loop stitch to start your striped edge.

3. To change colors, knot the end of the yarn on the underside of the blanket and repeat with the next color until you've reached the end!

striped embroidery DIY

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

Props shownModernica planter, Dwell Magazine for Target shelf, Jeff Mindell print, Target geoburst, Urban Outfitters pillow, Target Canister, Modernica chair, Eric Trine plant stand, and wall hanging by Maryanne Moodie.

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