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my path to a green thumb! 23 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

I've talked about my black thumb in the past and my inability to keep plants blooming. Well, I'm on a mission to change that and have teamed up with Miracle-Gro to create a series of projects that make gardening a little easier and a lot more fun. I figured if I use the plants for things I can make to give to others or to decorate my home, it will seem more fun to see them flourish.

Today, I'm making a Floral Herb Centerpiece which makes use of herbs you can grow anywhere (even on a window sill) to make into a centerpiece whenever you're having friends or family over for a meal. You can see the full video below!

If you make any garden-inspired pieces, please share with me using the hashtag #GROJOY as I'd love to see! And, click here for more inspirational garden ideas from me and Miracle-Gro.

You can see all the materials used in the video below...

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

Materials Used:
Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mixtea tinscontact paper, gold embroidery hoops, and foam core.

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Miracle-Gro
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production Asst: Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup by Laura Peyer
Music is “Bravo” by The Little Indians
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Miracle-Gro. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. 

so dreamy... 22 Jul 2014

Suku Home

Suku Home

...the colors, the ombre, the coziness...this bedding by Suku Home is what my dreams are made of...

an oh joy for target summer... 30 Jun 2014

Oh Joy for Target / insulated bag

Oh Joy for Target / Condiment Bottles

Oh Joy for Target / Goblets

Just a reminder that the Oh Joy for Target summer collection will be in stores for just a couple more weeks. And, from now until Saturday, July 5th only, there's a special 25% discount on all Oh Joy for Target pieces. Simply enter OHJOY at checkout to purchase online or redeem through the Target Cartwheel app in stores.

Here are a few ways we've been using the summer collection around here... 

-Carrying around things for the beach, park, or really, anything at all in the insulated tote.

-Storing beads, confetti, and other craft supplies in the condiment bottles.

-Using the goblets to hold mini floral arrangements.

Oh Joy for Target

I always love seeing how you guys are using your Oh Joy for Target goodies on Instagram. Keep sharing how you use yours at #ohjoyfortarget!

{Instagram's via @atsuyosworld, @tori__hendrix, @alyssarosencheck, and @amanda_smith. Other photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

love these... 23 Jun 2014

Muima blankets

I always say my favorite pieces for my home are those I collected when I stumbled upon them by accident and wasn't looking for them. These wool blankets with giant pom-poms by Muima are one of those pieces that you never really need, but they feel so special and full of character that I'd need to find a way to use one...

{Photos by Muima}

kittens on a wednesday... 11 Jun 2014

Oh Joy for Target picnic basket (kittens not included)

My friend, Jen, rescues kittens in her spare time and sent me this photo before she found these little cuties new homes. This photo is pretty much a pick-me-up for whatever kind of day you're having...

{Photo by Jen Gotch. Picnic basket by Oh Joy for Target.}

a mini closet makeover... 3 Jun 2014

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

Storage has always been an on-going issue for me where we live. We have closets, but they aren't huge and therefore I am always stuffing drawers and shelves to the brim or putting things in places where they don't belong. Bob keeps his closet in our bedroom and since we can't fit all our clothes in the same closet, I keep my clothes in the closet in Ruby's room. However, that situation isn't ideal because I can't always access my closet (like when she's sleeping at night).

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

So for the past couple years, I've turned this tiny alcove in our bedroom into my temporary closet for things I am currently wearing and used the closet in Ruby's room to store off-season items. The location and access has been so much better for me even if it's a smaller version of a full-sized closet. We got a cheapo clothing rack (before photo) that worked okay for a little bit, but eventually the rack fell over in the middle of the night so many times that something needed to change. I knew I could maximize that space more but didn't know exactly how until I met Beth of Bneato, a personal organizer, who made my life so much easier with a simple and beautiful update to my closet. Here's what she did and her tips for maximizing the space in any closet...

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

1. When reworking a closet, always lookout for negative space. For example, in Joy’s alcove closet, there was a lot of unused space at the top and bottom. When you see negative space, think how you can add shelves and hooks. 

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

2. In a closet, even if you’re not working with built-ins, you can recreate drawers with a free-standing drawer unit or dresser. They work great nestled underneath short hanging garments like blouses and shorter skirts. The Elfa Closet system from The Container Store is my go-to solution for transforming a closet. It’s a great price point for a make-over without breaking the bank. My favorite features are the pull-out drawers and shoe shelves.

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

3. Maximize either the pull-out or standing drawers for storing clutches, folded jeans, accessories and sweaters. 

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

4. I like to see decorative boxes on shelves to stores scarves and other hard-to-wrangle accessories. With Joy’s new closet, she can now store winter gear and clothes not used as often on the top shelf and swap out as needed. 

Oh Joy Alcove Closet Makeover

5. I highly recommend getting a few sets of uniform hangers so they are all the same. It's a quick and easy way to tighten up a closet and make everything look super streamlined and neat. 

6. In addition to sections clothes by type (blouses, dresses, pants, etc.), color-coordinating clothes also makes a closet more visually stunning and a good trick to help you get things back to where they belong quickly. 

7. Instead of storing bags on the new shelves, I opted to hang them on a hook which helps to free up more space in the alcove closet for items that need to be stored flat. 

8. A stool is super helpful for making things easy to get to as well as put away (we all know how we can get lazy and leave things on the floor or bed). If you choose a stool that matches your aesthetic, it will feel more like decor than a utility.

9. Label any closed boxes in a way that makes it easy for you to find those accessories or off-season clothes. Some use polaroids, I used gold sticker letters to label the boxes which you can label with any phrases or descriptions you want.

10. If you have the floor space, it's helpful to keep a place for laundry (like a basket or hamper) so you can have an area to easily toss dirty clothes and get them off to the wash. I like to put a dryer sheet in the laundry hamper, like Caldrea Black Coriander Lime, to refresh the small space and keep it smelling fresh.

A organized closet honestly makes my brain feel less cluttered. It's amazing how easy it was and so worth spending the time to figure out a new and more efficient solution! Thanks to Beth for her guidance and helping me to get a little bit more on track with my organization!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Caldrea. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

family check-in station DIY... 28 May 2014

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

Running around and juggling work and family and life can be totally overwhelming. There are some days I really just wish I could blink my eyes and have everything all come together seamlessly. I've found that staying organized is really so key to keeping myself sane, so today we're sharing a fun DIY for making a central area to help keep the whole family organized with this Family Check-In Station. With the additions of some easy-to-use home organizational items, we’ve created a life-sized catchall for the whole family so we can worry less about where everything is and focus on time together instead. 

Instead of just having a bulletin board for to-do's for each member of the family, we wanted to create an area that each person could keep things to grab on the way out the door, as well as a place to put everyday reminders and notes on a custom magnetic wall. We also wanted to make place to put those daily belongings you need on your way in or out of the house—it's like a giant bulletin board mixed with a super practical cubby area. The whole piece is modular so you can make it for a family of two or a family of six. And it's great for roommates, too.

Here's how to create one:

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

1. Cut out and stick contact paper (we used gold) onto the backing of 4 cube shelves. Build the shelves using the adhesive strips provided to secure them together. 

2. Line up the cubes along the wall based on how many cubbies would be a good fit for each family member. They could all be the same height or different (like we did). Outline the wall with area you wish to paint behind the cubes with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

3. Paint the entire area above the cubbies within the taped outline with magnetic primer. You will need to paint at least 3 coats —the more coats, the more magnetic it will be.

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

4. Once completely dry, use painters tape to outline the individual sections. Then paint each section with its individual color using regular wall paint.


5. Stack the cubbies and fill with each person's daily essentials as well as various memos to keep notes, tickets, receipts all in place.

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY


I love how The Home Collection by Post-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brands helps busy families stay organized so they can spend time less time organizing and more time enjoying time together.

See below for all sources/items used:

Mom (mint green): Map out family activities for the week with the Post-it® Planner with Perforated List Pad. We also used the Post-it® Grip Board to keep important receipts, business cards, and any other loose pieces of paper that need to be attended to. 

Dad (green): The Post-it® Dry Erase Grip Tile holds tickets and other things to grab on the way out the door while offering a spot to make notes for the day or week. You can also hold receipts or other loose papers with the Post-it® Magnetic Grip Disk and the Command™ Clear Smartphone Station holds his phone, loose change, or keys.

Daughter (pink): Hang up the week’s homework or play date reminder on the Scotch® Restickable Strip while displaying her latest masterpiece with the Scotch® Display Frame.

Pup (yellow): Hold onto Doggie Daycare coupons or other pet mementos with the Post-it Magnetic Grip Disk and make sure the dog walker lets you know your pup’s latest updates using the Post-it® Reminder Tile

Also used: gold contact paper, white storage cubes, magnetic paint, and regular wall paint.

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with 3M. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

(Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Special thanks to Tuna the Frenchie!)

oh joy for target summer / launches sunday! 22 May 2014

Oh Joy for Target Picnic Basket and Mat

The Oh Joy for Target summer collection launches online and in all Target stores this Sunday, May 25th! As promised, here's a look some of the actual products coming out. This collection was all about creating a fun summer picnic with extra special summer pieces like a picnic basket, picnic mat, insulated tote bag, tiffin box, and condiment holders—as well as summer party essentials like paper cups, napkins, lanterns, and more...

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target Tiffin Box

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection


Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection

Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection, and you can see them all online and in-stores (in the US and Canada) starting Sunday! Like last time, some things will sell out fast, so get them while you can. The collection will be available for just 6-8 weeks (and get what's left from the spring collection on sale now)!

{Environmental photos by Thuss+Farrell. Product images by Target.}

oh joy for target summer collection / a preview! 15 May 2014

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection Coming May 25th!

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection Coming May 25th!

I'm excited to give you a peek at the new Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming out in less than two weeks! Here's a little video we put together to get you excited for all the fun picnic party pieces coming soon. The collection will be online in all Target stores in the US and Canada on Sunday, May 25th for six weeks only.

P.S. You can follow along here to see more peeks leading up to launch! And, to make room for the summer collection, the remaining items left in the spring collection are now on sale!

{Video by the amazing paper artist Chloé Fleury}

{field trip} twig & twine... 6 May 2014

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

I love shops where you can just walk in and feel instantly inspired, refreshed, and walk away with the perfect gift for so many occasions. One of my favorites in Los Angeles is Twig & Twine.

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

I love the mix of both flowers and gifts. The store has so many beautiful corners and vignettes that seem to tell a story all their own.

Twig & Twine | 716 N. Virgil Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90029 | 323.660.4100

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}


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