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3 ways to style a bench! 22 Mar 2017

3 ways to style a bench / oh joy

An often overlooked—but very versatile—piece in home decor is a bench. It's basically a long seat/narrow table/three-sided piece of furniture that can be used in so many ways. Here are a few ways that show you how much use you can get out of it and give you inspiration for changing up it's use as needed!

3 ways to style a bench / oh joy

1. Plant Bench. Because it's not as deep and bulky as a table, a bench works great as a plant stand for a row of plants. You can fill the entire piece with a variety of types and sizes of plants to make a statement. Or, mix it up with other objects like books and decorative boxes.

Items shown: Vintage rug, Moroccan pouf (similar), Modernica bench, HAY grid box (similar), Arro Home pink pillow, Anthropologie shag pillow, Target wooden boxes (past season), Urban Outfitters gold planter, The Animal Print Shop giraffe print, Sunbeam vintage chair, Dwell Magazine for Target throw blanket.

3 ways to style a bench / oh joy

3 ways to style a bench / oh joy

2. Entryway Bench. In this location, a bench can be used for it's originally intended function—to sit on! Have a seat to put on your shoes before heading out. Also, use it as a place to keep your bag and other items you need to grab on your way out the door in the morning. 

Items shown: eSale Rugs rug, Moroccan sequin tote (similar), Perverse sunglasses, Modernica Props bench, Bally white purse (past season), Target hat, Justina Blakeney mirror, J. Otto Seibold house print with Framebridge frame, Kristi Kohut stripe print, Urban Outfitters pillows, Blu Dot coat rack, DesignLoveFest backpack.

3 ways to style a bench / oh joy

3 ways to style a bench / oh joy

3. Coffee Table Bench. For a smaller space, a bench can be used as a coffee table because it's more narrow than most tables. It also doubles as extra seating should you need it when you have guests over!

Items shown: Lorena Canals rug, Justina Blakeney stool, Target planter, Kingdom print, Target couch, Ikea navy pillow (past season), Justina Blakeney tropical pillow, Justina Blakeney blue & green pillow, Target bench, The Container Store pink box, Leah Reena Goren tray, Pehr napkin (past season), Anthropologie plate, Anthropologie glasses (past season), Anne and Kate stir sticks, Urban Outfitters lamp.

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

color adventures: a green and blue living room! 20 Mar 2017

a green and blue living room!

For this month's Color Adventures, we're focusing on blue and green! The nice thing about these two colors is that most people feel a bit more comfortable with green and blue and rarely consider them hard colors to wear or decorate with. In this pairing, we played up the analogous tones that green and blue have and worked with all the shades between them. Here's how to create a green and blue living room!

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a succulent jewelry box... 15 Mar 2017

succulent jewelry box DIY

We love coming up with unique ways to display plants—particularly succulents because they are so hardy and easy to take care of. Today, we're showing you how to take this simple wooden jewelry box and turn it into a fun and modern vessel for a mix of your favorite succulents!

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the best way to position your desk... 13 Mar 2017

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We're currently in the process of designing the new Oh Joy studio, so we've been playing around with desk set-ups to see what feels best and optimizes our work flow and ability to see and interact with each other. You might not have thought much about how you position your desk, but how you position it within the context to the rest of the room tells a bit about your personality and also helps to cater towards the type of work style you want to have. So whether you're setting up a new home office or thinking about switching the set-up at work, here are three ways to position your desk and the pros and cons of each...

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happy friday + rearranging... 10 Mar 2017

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Happy Friday friends! Do you ever have that need to do a big purge of stuff in your home and move things around from where they have been for years? This weekend, I am hoping to finally get to those tiny piles that have built up in thirty different places around my house. Exciting, I know. I hope you have a great weekend with more fun things in store than that ;)

P.S. Target is having a HUGE furniture sale through Saturday and our Oh Joy furniture is part of it (30% off till Saturday which is a BIG DEAL cause it doesn't happen often)!!!

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

female artisans and their communities... 8 Mar 2017

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In celebration of International Women's Day today, here are a few of my favorite products and shops that help to advance the work and community of women all around the globe...

1. Toms' backpack (provides safe birth for a mother and child in need), 2. Putchipuu hat (provides a place of work for the women of the Wayuu tribe in Colombia), 3. Noonday Collection clutch (focuses on empowering Artisan Businesses to create dignified jobs in vulnerable communities), 4. Gaia for Women clutch, (empowers marginalized women through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success in our own local communities), 5. Indego Africa basket (At Indego Africa, we are all about empowering and uplifting artisan women in Africa through employment opportunities and education), 6. Yellow Leaf Hammock (creates jobs for mothers in Thailand and builds a foundation for positive community transformation).

how to style a colorful couch! 6 Mar 2017

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When it comes to couches, most people stick with a neutral color—partially because they're afraid of committing to a brightly colored couch and partially because they don't know how to style the room around a colorful couch. Today, we're going to show you three examples of how to style around a bright couch! Here's how...

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oh joy furniture! 1 Mar 2017

Oh Joy Furniture Collection

Weeee! Today, we launch our newest collection—upholstered furniture! We've partnered with Cloth & Co. to create this colorful collection of pieces made in America. From kids' chairs to adult chairs, settees to storage ottomans, they're colorful, fun, and make a true statement. We even have some solid velvet pieces in a beautiful blush shade (not shown) to mix in with all the patterns. 

Oh Joy Furniture Collection

Oh Joy Furniture Collection

Oh Joy Furniture Collection

Oh Joy Furniture Collection

This will be the first time you'll see higher priced items from Oh Joy because I want to create more pieces that you can grow with in your home and will last for a while. With special details like thick, clear lucite and tapered gold legs, incredible color, and beautiful fabric, every piece is made to order with a great price for the quality you'll get. Prices range from $220 to $1200. This is just a sampling of the collection—you can find all currently available exclusively online at Target.com

I would love to hear your favorites and where you would put them in your home!

Midnight Confetti Armchair SceneeSale Rugs rug, CB2 side table (past season), Anthropologie glasses (past season), Anne and Kate stir sticks, Eric Trine plant stand, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Oh Joy x Cloth & Co. arm chair, Mr. Ford's Animal Kingdom print,  CB2 bar cart, Target giraffe figurine, vintage mini glasses, W&P Design pineapple shaker, vintage pitcher, Calhoun & Co. striped pillow, Anthropologie shag pillow.

Jumbo Dot Settee SceneOh Joy! for Target side table, Oh Joy! for Target lamp, Oh Joy! for Target pillow, Oh Joy X Cloth & Co settee, Famille Summerbelle print, Oh Joy! for Target ottoman, Target bookshelf, Jenny Vorwaller painting, The Container Store white box, Marley & Alfie horseshoe, Target giraffe figurine, Target wooden boxes (past season).

Party Collage Armchair SceneTarget bookshelf, Vanessa Bean face vase, Marley & Alfie horseshoe, Target wooden box (past season), vintage deer, Jenny Vorwaller painting, The Container Store pink box, Ban.do round glass boxes, The Container Store white boxes, Senegal woven basket, Lorena Canals rug, Teil Duncan print, Framebridge frame, Oh Joy x Cloth & Co arm chair.

Midnight Confetti Daybed SceneLorena Canals rug, Oh Joy x Cloth & Co daybed, vintage round pillow, Anthropologie striped pillow, Urban Outfitters face pillow, Target ombre pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, J. Otto Seibold house print, Framebridge frame, Lisa McLean abstract print, CDR hand print, Tuesday Mourning face print, Framebridge frame, Anthropologie mug.

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

mixing patterns on the table... 27 Feb 2017

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If you've read this blog for just one month or for twelve years, you probably know that I love patterns. We mix and match patterns a lot. And I totally understand that sometimes it may seem like a lot. You might be saying, "Joy, you guys are crazy over there with all that pattern mixing!" OR, "I wish I could mix patterns more, but I have no idea how." Well, if you're saying statement number two, we're on a mission to help guide you and make you feel more excited and confident about combining patterns. Today, we're using this tabletop setting as an example to show you how...

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1. Start with a color palette to give the full room (or table) a cohesive look. In this case, we started with black and white and added in a bit of color with pale pinks and shades close to it.

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2. Mix pattern scales. If you were to mix too many small scale patterns or too many large scale patterns, your eyes would go crazy trying to figure out what to look at. But if you mix scales (large next to small next to medium), it allows the eyes to more easily move around and see everything in front of you.

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For this table, we started with a large scale pattern (grid) with the base table cloth and then mixed a smaller scale and different pattern (dots) with the runner. Then, we added a third pattern (diamond stripes) with the napkin at a medium scale. To add texture and pop, we accented the patterns with gold accents and touches of pink. Flowers topped off the table in pale shades of pink and citrus colors to complement the pale pink plate but also to let the black and white shine as the focus of the table.

You can apply these same rules to a full room...or even to an outfit!

Items Shown: Ikea fabric, Sarah Sherman Samuel runner, Target geoburst, Target vase, Target spotted vase, Target flatware, Ikea plate, Savannah Hayes napkin

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

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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