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3 ways to use firefly lights... 29 Mar 2016

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

Have you guys ever used firefly lights before? They are sort of the toddlers of the string light world (they're smaller and cuter!) and my new favorite way to add a little whimsical glow to a small corner of the room.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

1. Plant friend - String them around a plant in your home and get a miniature version of those warm fuzzies you feel every year when putting up the Christmas tree.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

2. A Jar of Light - Whether it's a terrarium, a mason jar, or a carafe that's not being used, put those lights into a clear glass vessel to add instant magic.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

3. Flower Power - Double up on the decor by wrapping firefly lights around your favorite vase. That way, when you get up in the middle of the night for a late night snack, you've got a little extra glow to light the way.

We used our Oh Joy lights here but the same goes for any set of firefly lights you might already have, too!

UPDATE: We've had a lot of questions regarding where the battery pack gets stored. You can see it in some of the photos, but we just hide it behind the object. It can also be taped to the back or lengthen the cord a bit so that you can have it trail down behind the table the object is on (like in the glass carafe image). Hope that helps!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

living wall art! 23 Mar 2016

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

Have you ever had air plants in your home? They have become one of my favorite plants to keep around because they're easier to maintain than other house plants and you can put them pretty much anywhere (since they don't need a pot of soil to grow in). Inspired by the living walls we see a lot around here in Los Angeles, we made our own version using air plants...living wall art, if you will!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

You'll need:

nails

elastic cord

- hammer

plywood board (ours is 2ft by 1ft) 

- white paint

Here's how:

1. Paint a piece of plywood white.

2. Once dry, hammer nails on the long edge of the plywood on both ends. We placed the nails 1 inch apart. Hammer the nails in halfway leaving enough room to string the elastic cord around the nails. 

3. Once all the nails have been hammered in, you can start stringing. Tie a double knot of string one the first nail on the bottom left, then loop it to one of the top nails, then back down again keeping the tension as you go. You can go in a very orderly pattern or go crazy with it! We started from one end and went left to right using two different elastic colors overlapping them in some areas. Once finished, tie off the last string on another corner nail and trim the ends.

4. To hang the board on the wall, you can use picture-hanging strips!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

The end result is a fun piece of wall art for your home that also holds air plants. The air plants are super easy to pull in and out when you need to water them and then place them back in their spots!

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

tick tock...make a clock! 15 Mar 2016

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Now that we all have phones that do 498 things in addition to telling the time, I rarely see clocks in homes anymore. But I LOVE clocks. Not only do they make it easy to assess the time at a quick glance, but they serve as objects that are decorative AND functional. Today, we're sharing a simple way to make and decorate a wall clock!

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

You'll need:

-mod podge 

-paint brush

-gold clock hands

-wood clock face

-white spray paint

-craft paper in assorted colors

-scissors

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Here's how:

1. Spray paint your clock base white (or other color if you want a different background color). 

2. Now here's the fun part...coming up with your design! Cut out paper in various colors and shapes. You can go more loose and organic like the first photo or more structured and geometric like our bottom photo.

3. Use Mod Podge to glue pieces onto the clock base and then paint a coat of Mod Podge over the entire face once all pieces are glued on. This seals the pieces onto the base.

4. Let dry overnight.

5. Once dry, add clock hands and voila!  

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Hang or place the clock in an area that needs a pop of color. The cool part about making your own is you can customize the colors and patterns to fit your space exactly how you want it!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafting by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong, styling by Julia Wester. Wall hanging in last photo by Maryanne Moodie.}

three ways to fill a vase... 9 Mar 2016

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

I have an obsession with vessels of all sorts...vases being one of my most beloved vessels. Vases are beautiful and decorative, but how often do we really have fresh flowers in our vases? For me, not as often as I think (or hope) I will. So today, we're sharing a few ways to keep those vases filled even when they aren't filled with fresh blooms...

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

1. Studio Helper - Place a vase desk-side and turn it into a decorative caddy for your office essentials.

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

2. Botanical Marie Antoinette - For a romantic addition your vase, add some faux palm fronds and/or feathers. They add a light and organic shape to an otherwise structured base.

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

3. We Like to Party - Use leftover party supplies (like tissue paper pom-poms and honeycomb balls attached to skewers, sparkly drink stirrers, or noise makers) to create a happy display for an actual party...or for any corner of your home that could use a little festivity.

What other fun things would you fill a vase with?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, all background wallpaper by Chasing Paper, vase is Oh Joy for Target}

clustering tabletop centerpieces... 4 Mar 2016

clustering tabletop centerpieces

One of my favorite mantras when it comes to simple decor—whether for a temporary party or an everyday area in your home—is to "cluster it"! In many cases, things just look better in multiples. So today, we wanted to show you how you can create a table centerpiece using a few different types of things that you might already have at home...

clustering tabletop centerpieces

1. Found Objects - whether that means vintage knick-knacks you have been collecting, leftover paper balls from your last party, or even your kid's toys, by grouping them together, they create a vignette that would look great on a table for a party or on the top of a mantle for everyday decor that you can easily change as you wish.

clustering tabletop centerpieces

2. House Plants - If you have lots of small plants around your home, gather them all together in a nice neat row, add some confetti, and you've got an easy centerpiece for a dinner party...made with some things you already had.

clustering tabletop centerpieces

3. Flowers in drinking glasses - Rather than having to buy a ton of vases, simply use drinking glasses to hold a group of your favorite blooms. Whether on a coffee table or a party buffet table, each glass only needs to hold a few flowers, but it adds immediate impact by clustering them all together.

No matter what you use, the idea is simply to take multiples of one thing and put them together to instantly style an area that needs a little extra love.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney.} 

3 ways to decorate with string lights... 25 Feb 2016

3 Ways to Decorate with String Lights

The year was 1997, and I moved into my first college dorm room at Syracuse University. As every college student does with limited space and limited decor options, I taped string lights (um, Christmas lights to be exact) to my side of the room onto the painted cement walls. I plugged them in every night while doing my homework and always found them to add just the perfect glow. Fast forward to 2016, and I still love string lights. Used in the right way, a strand (or two or three) casts the most subtle and beautiful glow in any space. So here are a few ways to decorate with string lights (we used the Oh Joy for Target dotty lights in these examples)...

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oh joy it up! 18 Feb 2016

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We've had such a fun time styling rooms with the new Oh Joy for Target home decor collection. Today, I’ll show you how you can refresh a space and add a little Joy to everyday. Watch the video below and follow along on our Pinterest board to see more styling and decorating ideas!

Share how you’re using the collection in your home with the hashtag #ohjoyfortarget!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Lemonade“ by The Dinahs
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Casey Brodley
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker

wallpapering for renters... 17 Feb 2016

Wallpapering for Renters

Oh wallpaper. It's one of those home decor items that so many people love, but so many are also afraid of. Whenever I share photos of my living room (which is covered head-to-toe in wallpaper), we get a lot of questions from those of you who can't or don't want to put up something so permanent. Usually, you love wallpaper but...

A. You don't own your home and your landlord won't let you use wallpaper.

B. At $150/roll, it can get pricey to wallpaper a whole room or even a whole wall.

C. You're not sure if you will love THAT ONE PATTERN...forever.

So we came up with an easy solution for adding some wallpaper love to your home that doesn't involve a huge commitment or lots of money. Simply wallpaper one giant panel and turn it into a statement piece for any room. We used one single roll of wallpaper from Justina Blakeney's collection to demonstrate. Here's how...

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soft hearts run free... 11 Feb 2016

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If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift to make for a friend or loved one, check out these no-sew pillows we made for the L.A. Times!

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

a changing gallery wall... 9 Feb 2016

How to Change Up Your Gallery Wall

There's nothing I love more in a home than a good gallery wall. With my love of artwork and prints by all the talented artists and makers out there, I have grown a collection of art that I want to share and display. I have two large gallery walls that you may have seen previously—one in my home and one in my studio—and I wanted to show you how they have changed over the years and also my tips on how to change them when you're feeling like a refresh...

Oh Joy Living Room / designed by Emily Henderson

2010 - In 2010, we had our living room designed by a certain interior designer/blogger named Emily Henderson for her then-show Secrets from a Stylist on HGTV. She is the queen of gallery walls, and I owe her a life-sized cut-out of Ryan Gosling for showing me how to do it right. You can read Emily's tips right here for how to create a gallery wall from scratch.

Prints in 2010 photo: lady print by Peggy Wolf, floral hedgehog byChipmunk Cheeks, vintage poodle print from Rosebowl flea market, popsicle print by Anna Tillett, heart by CDR, portrait by Gemma Correll, bird print by Yumi Yumi, Manhattan print by Jim Datz for Three Potato Four, lemon print by Dear Colleen, lady print by Peggy Wolf, Swan girl print by Sophie Blackall, rabbit by Fifi Lapin, and buildings by Julia Rothman. Photo by Laure Joliet.

Oh Joy Living Room / designed by Emily Henderson

2012 - After the show in 2010, Emily and I became fast (real-life) friends cemented by our love of The Bachelor. We realized how much we loved working together so we did it again with a baby-proof update to my living room. She helped me update the art so that it felt a bit more unified with the same frame colors and a color palette that had pops of blue that tied back to the baby-proofed couch cover we added.

Prints in 2012 photo: Brooklyn Print by Jim Datz; Summer's End Print by Aeropagita; Polaroid Prints by Jen Gotch, "Static" and "Lucky 13"; Before Print by Leah Giberson; Female Portrait by Zoe Pawlak; Abstract Painting by Michelle Armas; ceramic hanging woman is vintage; Heart Print by Christopher David Ryan. Photo by Bonnie Tsang.

Oh Joy Living Room

2016 - Four years later, I was ready to freshen up the wall again. This time I updated just a few pieces and wanted to keep the overall layout the same as before. Using the placement that Emily established previously, I added in some gold frames to mix in with the white frames as well as dimensional elements like the neon heart.

Prints in 2016 photo: Heart Print by Christopher David Ryan, Oh Joy for Target "You're Okay" print, Summer's End Print by Aeropagita, Abstract Painting by Michelle Armas, Polaroid Prints by Jen Gotch, "Static", Oh Joy for Target "Hey Hey Hey" print, Oh Joy for Target neon heart light (restocking soon). Photo by Casey Brodley.

After changing the art a few times now on the same wall, here is what I've learned:

1. Establish a general sense of size, quantity, and layout of artwork from the beginning. Emily changed our layout significantly from 2010 to 2012 by reducing the number of pieces and using larger pieces. I definitely like the update more as I preferred the larger pieces and being able to focus on fewer pieces that felt more unified (especially up against that graphic wallpaper). Once the preferred layout was established, it was much easier to change in 2016 when I did it myself.

2. Use the existing art (and the nail/hooks that hold it as a basis for where you'll put the replacement). This might sound obvious, but sometimes a new piece isn't the same exact size as a previous one. Using an existing hook as your guide, place a new piece on the old hook, and then take a step back. From there, you can tell if you need to move the piece up, down, left or right a few inches to make up for the adjusted size in the new piece.

3. Unless you know you will love one frame colors for the next 10 years (ie. white), choose 2 or 3 colors for your artwork frames. The 2010 wall had a few too many different frame and matte colors for me. But once we toned it down and then I ended up with white and gold as my main colors, it felt more cohesive yet still eclectic.

Here's one last gallery wall update for you to see in my studio...

Oh Joy Studio / Designed by Emily Henderson

This is still probably my favorite wall in the history of gallery walls, and I feel very lucky to get to see it at work every day.

Prints, left to right: Ashley Percival panda print, Studio Legohead cat print, Bonnie Tsang custom print, Animal Print Shopbaby giraffe print, Jen Gotch paper cups print, Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting, Ruby sketch by Casey Brodley, Lulie Wallace floral painting, Bonnie Tsang custom pool print, Paul Octavious kite hill print, Jen Gotch glasses custom print, Cali print by Rocket Ink, Joel Penkman popsicle print, Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting, Geronimo x Jennifer Youngcustom Ruby photo, Ruby oil painting by Casey Brodley, Max Wanger custom print, Ashley Percival cool deer print,Studio Legohead floral print, Marion Barraud fish print. Framing by Curve Line Space. Photo by Zeke Ruelas.

Oh Joy Studio - Gallery Wall

We made some minor updates recently which didn't change the overall feel too much. It was mostly so that we could update our wall with our own artwork while still keeping the general feel the same as before. It's kind of a fun "find the differences" exercise to do to see what got replaced or what just moved around a bit!

{Photos referenced above. Final 2016 studio photo by Casey Brodley. Both rooms shown were designed by Emily Henderson.}

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