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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.}

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.} 

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