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unexpected color combinations at home... 18 May 2016

unexpected color combinations at home

I love color. I’m guessing you guys already know that ;) Color inspires me every day. And I surround myself with color in my home, what I wear, and things I make. Because I know that color can be intimidating to some, today, I wanted to show you how to take a color combination you might come across and how to integrate it into your home. Inspired by the bright and vibrant flavors and packaging color pairings of our sponsor, Curate Snacks, I’ll take two sets of colors, create a mood board to show how to bring it to life, and then show you how you can work it into your home.

Today we’re working with Pink and Green (inspired by Irresistible Dark Chocolate) and Apricot and Yellow (inspired by Harmonious Blend). I’ve teamed up with my fellow color lover, Justina Blakeney, where she’ll be doing the same exact color exercise and styling in her home with two other color combinations, too! Come see what we came up with...

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murals... 11 May 2016

Marie Claire Maison

Photowall Brussels

Leah Bartholomew Mural

Alisa Burke Mural

We're getting ready to do an Oh Joy mural project (weeee!), so I've been looking around for inspiration around the internet and had to share these beauties with you. We're working on something for a museum and can't wait to paint something big and lovely on some walls!

{Sources: Marie Claire MaisonPhotowall, Leah BartholomewAlisa Burke}

3 unexpected places to display plants at home... 3 May 2016

3 unexpected places to display plants at home

When I buy or receive a plant for my house, I tend to put them in the same spots—on the dining table, to the side of my TV (where my kids can't reach it), or on my desk at work. But since flowers and plants make everything better, I wanted to share a few not-so-typical places to put them. Once you try it, you'll never resort to the same old, same old spots again!

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behind the scenes / making an oh joy for target product... 2 May 2016

Oh Joy for Target

When creating an Oh Joy for Target collection, it often takes a year or more to take a product from an idea to the final piece you see in stores. I love sharing how things happen behind the scenes, so today, I'm sharing a little into the process of designing and making the products! We filmed this video over the course of a year so you could see all the steps in real life as they happened. Enjoy!

{Video by Jenner Brown, top photo by Target}

shortcuts... 27 Apr 2016

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

We have a new series of short-length videos called "Shortcuts by Oh Joy!". They provide easy and quick tips that you can watch in less than a minute. These videos will only be posted on our Oh Joy Facebook page and YouTube channel, so please "like" the page or subscribe to the channel to see them regularly.

Click here to watch the first one!

{Video by Casey Brodley, production by Jessica Hongand styling by Julia Wester.}

palm frond wall hanging... 25 Apr 2016

palm frond wall hanging

Because plants make every room look better, we wanted to create a wall hanging that makes it easy to add a little greenery to any space! If you live in a warm area where they happen to fall from the trees, you can use real ones. Or you can scoop up some faux ones (and faux ones these days look pretty legit!). We made this palm frond wall hanging that looks sort of like a mobile and beaded curtain had a baby. Here's how...

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dotty leaf decor... 12 Apr 2016

dotty leaf decor

Palm fronds and other tropical leaves are super on trend right now. To give you the Oh Joy version of this look, we updated an inexpensive faux leaf simply by painting white dots on it. It adds a little bit of whimsy to it and make a really easy and fun decorative accent.

dotty leaf decor

Simply Use a brush to paint dots (or any design of your choice) onto the leaf. Then, let it dry and display it in a vase or vessel for a super easy (yet statement) piece in your home!

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

three ways to use a serving tray... 6 Apr 2016

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

A serving tray is one of those staple entertaining pieces to have around the house. You might buy one for having breakfast in bed or for carrying drinks when entertaining for the holidays. But what do you do with said tray when you're not lounging around having breakfast in bed (how many people really do that anyway?) or when you're not entertaining?

A tray is basically a vessel used to transport and hold lots of things at one time. And it doesn't have to always be food or drinks like you'd imagine. Here are a few ways we like using a serving tray within everyday life...

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

1. Art Tray - For art or craft supplies, help keep them organized with a serving tray. It also allows for easy transport if you're taking supplies from one area of the house to another (great for kids, too).

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

2. Coffee Table Tray - If you like having books on your coffee table, use the tray as a base for the books and other loose decorative items. That way, you can have a single unit to pick up and move if you need to quickly clear the table for drinks and snacks.

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

3. Plant Tray - Keep your house plants clustered together on a tray to create a focal point in any room of the house. Plus, if you need to quickly water them in the sink or outside, you can take them all in one go for their thirst quencher.

We used our Oh Joy for Target lucite tray here, but you can apply these tips to any serving tray with handles!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Blanket in top photo by Pom Pom at Home}

a {giveaway} with le creuset...(now closed) 5 Apr 2016

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

This spring, I partnered with one of my favorite kitchenware brands, Le Creuset, to offer some tips for hosting and throwing baby showers, bridal showers, and gatherings of any kind in their lookbook "April Showers". Check out my advice and the best Le Creuset pieces to accomplish a great event.

As a celebration of spring and their new Oasis colors, we've partnered with Le Creuset to give away a $1,000 credit to one lucky reader!  

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

To enter, please follow Le Creuset on Instagram and find your favorite products! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would buy with the credit. I personally love the tiered stand, mini cocottes, and multi-bowl we used here! Entries close this Friday, April 8th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. Le Creuset is also offering a signed copy of the Oh Joy book! Sign up here to be entered.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kimberly O. from Garden Grove, CA for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to readers located in the United States only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $1,000 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer}

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.}

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