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framing vintage pieces (part 1)... 6 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Studio Wall Art

You guys know I love a good art wall (hence the one in my studio that is my favorite wall to look at EVER). But one thing I've always want to hang (somehow) are the cool vintage pieces that I find at flea markets—you know, those beautiful printed scarves or that random bejeweled purse that you love but probably won't wear because you don't want to ruin the scarf with baby spit-up or the beads of the purse would fall off everywhere after being used once. They are pieces I want to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of, but aren't always practical to use.

So I've team up with my friends over at Simply Framed to help me show you how you can have vintage pieces framed and turn those beauties you've been eyeing into hangable wall art. I am guilty of having so many small prints that need framing, so I love that you can just send things to them, and they take care of it and send them back to you framed and ready to be hung. I had a few vintage things I had been collecting I thought could be a part of this great vintage art wall, but needed to add a few more pieces so I went on a hunt for some cool pieces to see what else we could frame...

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Matchbooks

First, I stopped into a vintage clothing store and found these matchbooks among the clothing racks. I thought that a bunch of vintage matchbooks would be a cool thing to frame if I had maybe 9 or 12 of them all together to tile them together into one big piece. But since I didn't have quite enough for my vision, I moved on...

Vintage Clothing Store

I found these fun heart-shaped sunglasses which were fun to try on, but not right for framing...

Rosebowl Flea Market

So, I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in search of more vintage goodness. Guess who I ran into there? Of course, my buds Emily and Orlando were there scouring for the interiors they're constantly decorating. And even through the cold and rain that day, I came back with these beauties...

vintage wall art

I found color, texture, and lots of wearable accessories. As per my usual picks from flea markets, I was drawn to a ton of scarves in beautiful colors and patterns and some jewelry. Some pieces work better than others for framing so we chatted with the folks at Simply Framed to see what would work in reality to frame. They suggested vintage scarves could be tacked and matted and pieces like the beaded Obi would work, too.

vintage wall art

So after going through my vintage collection and finding a few more, here are the pieces that I decided to try and frame—it's a mix of vintage scarves and vintage jewelry mixed in with some prints (both new and vintage ones I've been collecting).

We sent all the pieces over to Simply Framed and discussed my favorite frame colors. I decided on a mix of white, gold, and silver frames and wanted 6-8 of these pieces framed to create a vintage art wall.

Stay tuned to see how we framed them and what the pieces look like framed, hung, and styled in a room!

P.S. As a special discount for Oh Joy readers, use code OHJOY for 10% off all orders at Simply Framed through July 31, 2015.

{Top photo by Zeke Ruelas. All the other photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Coffee print by Permanent Press Editions, Whatever Forever print by Read Between the Lines, orange print by Jen Gotch. All other pieces are vintage.}

just plain cool... 2 Apr 2015

Sugarhouse Studios UK

Sugarhouse Studios UK

Sugarhouse Studios UK

I have an extra appreciation for public murals and wall art lately, as we're always on the look out for cool, local backdrops for our Dressing the Babe series. I came across this image of Sugarhouse Studios (a collaborative studio and event space} in the UK and had to share if you've never seen it. It's just stunning and unlike anything I've ever seen before...

{Top two photos by Sugarhouse Studios, bottom photo by Full Time Fiesta.}

yeah yeah yeah... 2 Mar 2015

Custom Neon Sign DIY / Oh Joy Book

As we get closer to launch, I'm sharing a few peeks at projects from the new Oh Joy book coming out April 7th! One of my favorites is this custom Neon Sign project that you can make safely and easily in the comfort of your own home. And doesn't it look pretty awesome with the lights off...?

Oh-joy-book-neon-sign-2

...YEAH, YEAH, YEAH it does! You can find the how-to for this project and more by pre-ordering our book below...

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Wallpaper by Juju Papers}

one pattern, so many walls... 2 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

Five years ago when I launched this little collection of wallpaper, I had no idea that some of it would still be around now. Some designs come and go and are meant to have a short shelf life. But one of the first patterns I designed for my own company—Petal Pusher—has become a classic Oh Joy pattern and our best seller in the wallpaper category. We recently refreshed it with a few new color ways like blush and gold (so dreamy) and a more subtle whisper-like pearl (shown above).

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Anthropologie

And, it's also now available in a few of the classic colors at Anthropologie! Here's a look (below) at all the ways people have been designing their homes with the wallpaper... 

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper

A cool stairway by @alyssadkent.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

A great dining room by @hunted_interior.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

A modern bedroom via @hyggeandwest.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

...and the beginnings of more to come by @inhonorofdesign.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / room by Emily Henderson

Finally, a couple rooms designed by Emily Henderson include the dark grey version Petal Pusher behind an open bookshelf...

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / room by Emily Henderson

...and the classic cream and gold version used wall-to-wall in my own living room! My life was so different five years ago when I first drew this pattern. So when I see it around the web, it's this crazy-cool flashback of a time in my life that lives on in people's homes forever.

P.S. I love seeing these photos, so if you have our wallpaper, please share by tagging your photos on Instagram with #ohjoywallpaper. 

coco's nursery! 21 Jan 2015

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

A few months before my due date last year, my friends at Target said "Hey, what do you think about having Emily Henderson design the nursery for your new baby?" Since I'm a designer at Target and she's their style expert, it was a fun way for us to work together show people how you can design a nursery at a reasonable price and not have to go crazy on super fancy purchases. Plus, Emily and I have a loooong history of working together. She designed our living room for her show (and then again when we needed to baby proof). She designed our studio, and she has signed-on to design every single house I will live in for the rest of my life (just kidding, but not kidding because I will pay her in Ryan Gosling kisses). So it only made sense for us to work together again on Coco's room. She gets me, I get her, and we just have fun hanging out together.

However, the one thing about this whole "Let's design a new nursery" thing is that I didn't actually have an extra room dedicated to our 2nd baby. As is the case with the many second children (sorry, second kids), we weren't planning to do anything special with Coco's room. I figured we'd put a bassinet in our only extra room (our home office) until our new baby was sleeping through the night and then have her share a room with Ruby. So I proposed that we do an office/nursery-in-one because the reality is that not everyone has enough space for every kid to have their own dedicated room.

Since my home office was no longer my main office, we were able to scale back on the needs of that room and give Coco a special area just for her while she's little and getting her sleep skills mastered (more on that whole newborn sleep thing soon...).

Here is the space before...sorry it looks like an explosion went off in there. It was once my home office for Oh Joy but had since turned into an office/storage/extra junk room.

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

And here it is now...

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Since I already had the usual Oh Joy "pops of color and gold" in Ruby's room, Emily convinced me to go a different direction with this nursery and made it more gender neutral, graphic, and fun. The main pieces (crib, changing table, pouf, rug, lamps, book shelfoffice chairs, baby bedding) were all from Target and so well-priced. And everything else was a combination of pieces I already had (like the glider which used to be in Ruby's room), vintage finds (like that cool credenza with gold accents she found on Craig's List for $200), and other affordable sources like the Ikea desks which had custom legs and lucite tops added to them.

Here's a look at the "office" part of the room... (click below to see more)

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baby's breath can be cool... 20 Jan 2015

Baby's Breath Wreath

I don't know about you, but there's only one kind of baby's breath that I can't get enough of (and that's attached to my little Coco). The flower kind on the other hand has always seemed like an unnecessary floral to me used as a filler in cheesy, gifted bouquets. And because I love challenges, we challenged ourselves to do something with baby's breath that doesn't look cheesy...

Baby's Breath Wreath

I love wreaths and think they they should be a year-round thing. So why not use the above-mentioned questionable flower to make a decorative wreath? With the addition of other fresh flowers, it's really pretty for a party or event for the day. And, if you want it to last longer, use flowers that will dry nicely the way that baby's breath does.

Baby's Breath Wreath

Here's what you'll need:

- gold embroidery (we used a 10 inch hoop) 

- floral wire

- flowers (we used baby's breath mixed with freesia and hydrangea) 

- leather or faux leather strip with leather hole punch tool

Here's how:

1. Gather a small bundle of flowers and place them on the embroidery hoop.

2. Use a piece of floral wire about 12 inches long and wrap it securely around the bundle and hoop. Keep going around the hoop added baby's breath and wrapping with the wire as far as you like. We covered it only partway because the exposed gold hoop feels sort of modern and fresh.

3. You can hang your wreath directly from the hoop or make a strap using a piece leather and punch a hole at the end using a leather hole punch tool. The baby's breath will dry out but like dried flowers do, it should last at least a couple weeks.

Baby's Breath Wreath

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafts by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

happy friday + teamwork... 16 Jan 2015

Oh Joy Studio Tour

I was never much of a team player when I was younger. I alway played solo sports (like karate and tennis) because I've always had a hard time trusting and relying on other people to get the job done. It's totally the control freak in me and something I have always wanted to get better at. However, a couple years ago, I knew a lot of big projects were on the horizon, so I stopped working from home and got a new studio space (which we revealed here). I had to hire a real staff for the first time ever because it finally became obvious that I couldn't do it all myself.

What went from one part-time assistant a year ago has grown into three employees who each have their own role, their own talents, and a very special place on the Oh Joy team. Without them, I could not have designed the entire Oh Joy for Target collection, created the new Oh Joy book, or created the many videos and editorial content we create, style, shoot and publish on a daily basis.

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Decor8 recently posted some updated photos of the Oh Joy studio and captured a fun shot of my team below. I wanted to introduce them to you guys cause they are the ones behind-the-scenes, the ones who help make my visions come to life, and the ones (in addition to our amazing nanny) who help make it possible for me to be a working mother—because without their help, I really couldn't do it all!

Oh Joy Team

The funny thing is...they all applied for the same assistant job from this post I put up two years ago. But I ended up hiring each of them for different reasons, and they each blossomed into their roles and took on even more of a creative role than I originally expected. From left to right...

Julia does all the crafting and styling. While I originally hired her to do production for our videos, she showed me what she was capable of and now she not only handles production, but she also crafts our DIY's and styles our editorials on the blog and in our book.

Angie, our graphic and surface pattern designer, helps me design all of our licensed products. She is a whiz at patterns and is so good at knowing exactly what I'm envisioning in my head and bringing it onto paper. She also designed the Oh Joy book and creates the graphics for our videos.

That's me, Joy. Ever since building my team over the course of last year, I have taken a Creative Director role at Oh Joy. Which means I come up with the ideas, concepts, colors, and product direction. I also manage the business (securing new partnerships, clients, and jobs) which takes up more time then the fun, creative parts. I still write every blog post and help design products as well, but I rely on my team to help my vision come to life and execute them with their never-ending talent.

Casey was originally hired to be my adminstrative assistant and handle emails and scheduling. But she was also a budding photographer so I started having her shoot some photos for the blog from time-to-time. She began to get my aesthetic and has since grown into our full-time photographer (she shot the whole Oh Joy book, too!). She's also our office manager and makes sure that I remember to be where I need to be and keeps my meetings and schedule straight.

The last two years for me are when I went from a solo player to a team player and learned to let people help me. It's something I'm constantly working on, but when you have creative, passionate people by your side, it makes it much easier to let go and trust others to do what they do best.

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Also, if I can give one big piece of advice for budding creatives out there looking for a job or trying to grow at your current job, show your boss what you've got! All of the girls on my team had talents beyond what I hired them for, but because they put themselves out there and showed me what else they could offer, they all now get to do lots of different things on a daily basis.

P.S. You can see more photos of our studio space over at Decor8! It's fun to see how it's changed a bit since it was originally designed by Emily and Sam in 2013, like how we decorated that space above our storage cabinets with our paper lanterns!

{Photos by Kelly Brown for Decor8.}

paper fan wreath DIY... 22 Dec 2014

Paper Fan Wreath DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

It's been so fun sharing these DIY projects by Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell because they really made me think even bigger about how everyday party supplies can be used in new ways. In this last project, they used the Oh Joy for Target fans to make a giant decorative wreath for the holidays. Now, even if you don't use these particiular fans, it just goes to show you how using multiples of anything makes bigger impact even with something as simple as paper!

We've provided this PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make this Paper Fan Wreath. The Oh Joy fans have sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other store-bought decorative fans. Enjoy! 

P.S. Holiday Countdown GarlandPaper Lantern Mobile, and Striped Lanterns!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

oh joy for target / holiday snaps... 15 Dec 2014

Oh Joy for Target

Before the holidays come and go, I had to share some of my favorite #ohjoyfortarget photos you're sharing on Instagram of how you're celebrating the holidays with the Oh Joy for Target collection! I am constantly floored by how creative you guys are and appreciate the support more than you know. Here are a few of my favorites...

Above: I love how thebannerie mixed our fans with a bunch of others!

Oh Joy for Target

And more pretty holiday moments...colorful utensils by oleanderandpalm, falalala table by michelesarahphotography, fans by _laura_ford_, mug shot by myonlysunshine.blog,  iphone treats by sonixcases, cookie snack by takeamegabite, place setting by pizzazzerie, and kids party by stylewithinreach.

Oh Joy for Target

And, finally, this cookie exchange by perpetuallychic using our treat bags! The holiday collection will be available for a few more weeks and then it will be gone forever. I seriously can't thank you guys enough for all the love and support this year with our collection. It's been a dream come true, and it makes me so happy to see all the pieces out in the wild...

P.S. I'll continue to add my favorites to the Oh Joy for Target Pinterest board!

P.P.S. The process of making these products!

colorful clay coasters... 26 Nov 2014

Colorful Clay Coasters DIY

If you're looking for a last-minute, super easy DIY project to make for your guests arriving to Thanksgiving tomorrow, here are some colorful coasters we recently made for the studio. Inspired by colorful clay necklaces, they're a beverage-friendly version that can be made in no time at all.

Colorful Clay Coasters DIY

You'll need:
-polymer clay (FIMO or Sculptey)
-rolling pin
-circle cookie cutter (we used a circle cookie cutter 3.5" in diameter)
-optional: glitter

Here's how:
1. Preheat your oven to 265 degrees. Then, use a rolling pin to flatten out the clay to your desired thickness.

2. Use the cookie cutter to cut out your circle. Then create a pattern by adding other colored clay on top and using the rolling pin to flatten the clay. 

3. Place your coasters on a baking sheet and bake at 265 for 30 mins (or based on the specific clay's directions).

Colorful Clay Coasters DIY

And there you have some simple and fun coasters to hold drinks and welcome guests on Turkey Day or any other day!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafts and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

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