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old drawers turned new! 10 May 2017

old drawers turned new

There are so many times I see a cool piece at the flea market, but it's so worn with age that it doesn't seem like it will work in my current home with my more modern decor. But, don't let that cool piece pass you by yet! Today, we've partnered with Rust-Oleum to show you how easy it is to bring in the old and give a piece new life like we did with these metal drawers! Here's how...

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color adventures: a purple and blush office! 9 May 2017

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For May, we're welcoming spring with two very feminine colors—purple and blush! Did you know that purple is my least favorite color in the whole world?! But with our Color Adventures series, Julia made me include purple to embrace my hidden inner purple lover. Today, we're starting with an office in this soft and feminine pairing. Here are our tips on how to combine the two colors!

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the oh joy studio kitchen: before... 3 May 2017

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At the start of this year we moved into a bigger studio, Oh Joy Studio 2.0. It was bittersweet to leave my first ever real office, but it was time to get a larger space where we could designate set areas for all of the different things we do here at Oh Joy. I'll be showing you every "Before" and "After" over the next few months as we work on getting it designed and finished. I'm so excited to work with my friend, Sarah Sherman Samuel, on a few of the rooms in our office. She has such a great eye and style that I'm thrilled to have her hand in our new Oh Joy office! Today, we're starting with the kitchen! The photo above is what the Oh Joy kitchen looks like right now. 

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It's a decent-sized kitchen that spans a corner of our office. When discussing what we wanted the new kitchen to look like and the aesthetic, I wanted to keep all the surface area but add more. Aesthetically, I wanted a modern kitchen with touches of Oh Joy in accents of mint and gold. Sarah put together a few options for us to review, and here's the one we are going with! This is a view from the top that shows how Sarah added a peninsula in to offer another workspace as well as a small seating area that can be used for meal time or when prepping recipe posts.

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When planning and designing the office kitchen, we looked at what appliances were needed for everyday use—both functionally for when our team is prepping lunch and for the many recipe shoots we do in which we need to cook, bake, and prep. I'm SO excited to finally have a real kitchen where we can cook! In the last studio, we were always making things at home and then finishing off recipes in the toaster oven of our faux-kitchen. I'm opting for essential appliances from KitchenAid like a Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher and Built-In Microwave. Now we'll have everything to cover everyday cooking needs, as well as a dishwasher for when we have events and need to wash in mass quantities (I can't wait to have workshops and little gatherings here!). For the cabinetry, I wanted to keep it simple and clean with white cabinets that allow the colors (and the items we'll eventually have in the kitchen) to pop. It made so much sense to get the cabinets from IKEA to create our custom kitchen with their classic white matte finish. This kitchen will look really beautiful and high-end with cabinets that are really affordable in price.

the oh joy studio kitchen: before

Here are a few other details and items that Sarah has selected for our kitchen including a sink and faucet from Ferguson, stool from CB2, and sconce from Cedar & Moss. I've been working with Clé Tile to create custom tiles which are a part of a larger Oh Joy for Clé Tile collection coming soon! We started renovations on this kitchen this week (eeek!) and are excited to see this sketch turn into a reality. I'll be sharing the process along the way on Instagram Stories, so come follow along! And a final finished post will be here once we're all done. Stay tuned...

P.S. You can see more of the process and designs that didn't make the cut over at Sarah's blog post right here.

*A special thank you to KitchenAid, IKEA, Cedar & Moss, and Clé Tile for providing their products for our kitchen remodel.

Resources:

Design/ Sarah Sherman Samuel

Appliances/ KitchenAid

Sink/Faucet/ Ferguson

Lighting/ Cedar & Moss

Tile / Oh Joy for Clé Tile

Stools / CB2

Cabinetry / IKEA

Contractor / Good Fellas

a peg board hanging planter DIY... 2 May 2017

a peg board hanging planter DIY

We're always looking for fun ways to bring plants into the home. Today, we have this versatile Peg Board Hanging Planter which allows you to add as many plants as you want! Here's how... 

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styling with mirrors... 27 Apr 2017

styling with mirrors

There's an old interior design trick where everyone used mirrors to make a room look bigger. Remember those floor to ceiling mirrors that were all over homes in the 90's?! We love mirrors and what they can do for a space, but we like the idea of using them for areas that need extra interest, in addition to serving a functional role when you need a mirror near by. Here are three ways to style with mirrors...

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a pink & yellow bird-themed table setting... 18 Apr 2017

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We're loving this month's Color Adventures combo of pink and yellow! Today, we have a bird-themed table setting to bring a super springy vibe into any special occasion or meal. Here are some tips on how to pull this look together...

a pink & yellow bird-themed table setting

1. Color block the wall. Yellow can tend to skew a little young and bright, so we color blocked the wall with white to add a touch of color without it being too overbearing. If you keep the top half in white, it helps the room feel fresh and clean.

a pink & yellow bird-themed table setting

2. Add a subtle base to complement the brighter pieces. For the table cloth, we went with a light blush pink color so the other  table top pieces pop while grounding the table. The bright pink chairs give the room that extra bit of whimsy and really ties the table together. 

a pink & yellow bird-themed table setting

3. Add contrast and pattern with plates and napkins. For the plates and the table linens, you know we had to bring in the pattern here. We choose a dotty paint splatter plate and a striped napkin. The patterns mix-and-match well because they have different scales and contrast enough while both still having yellow to unite them. 

a pink & yellow bird-themed table setting

4. Add the centerpiece. The best part is the centerpiece! We started with a faux green garland and some faux wildflowers. We found these fun tropical birds at the craft store to add extra color and fun to the table. The base colors of the birds were pink and yellow but we added some others in bright green and white to complement. 

a pink & yellow bird-themed table setting

And there you go! It's so fun and happy and would make for an amazing Mother's Day table!

Items shown: Benjamin Moore Banana Yellow paint, eSale Rugs rug, The Animal Print Shop flamingo print with Framebridge frame, Modernica chairs, Blu Dot table, Ikea tablecloth, Pehr Designs napkins (past season), Target flatware, Hawkins New York plates, vintage mini pink glasses, Anthropologie yellow glasses (past season), Moskatel's faux birds (similar).

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

color adventures: a pink & yellow bedroom... 11 Apr 2017

color adventures: a pink & yellow bedroom

For our Color Adventures this month, it's all about pink and yellow—two of the most cheerful colors around! Today we're sharing some tips on how to instill this color combination into your bedroom! Come see how...

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a pom-pom living room! 1 Apr 2017

a pom-pom living room

Over here at Oh Joy, we love pom-poms so much that we wanted to show you how to infuse this whimsical look into your living room, too! It goes with just about any of your existing decor and works with any style of home. Here's how...

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color adventures: a green and blue office! 27 Mar 2017

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As we close into the end of the month, here's another look at this month's Color Adventures and how to use green and blue...this time in an office area!

a green and blue office

a green and blue office

In this case, the beautiful blue rug was our starting point for the room. If you fall in love with a piece, you can build a room around it. Because the blue is really bright and pops, we focused on pairing it with a lighter green using mint green accents from the chair and lamp, and keeping the desk a neutral white. Gold metal works with almost every color combination and adds a warm texture so we used it as additional accents throughout. Finally, for a touch of contrast, try adding a warm color to cool colors or vice versa. We added a light pink (warm) with the rug and basket as a finishing touch to the cool green and blue room.

a green and blue office

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Target faux fur rug, Arro Home round pillow (past season), Ikea navy pillow (past season), Anthropologie striped pillow, Justina Blakeney blue & green pillow, Senegal woven basket, CB2 chair, Target desk, Oliver Bonas espresso set, Target wooden boxes (past season), Target gold geo (past season), Ban.do round glass containers, Justina Blakeney mirror, Bonnie Tsang print, Poketo calendar, Urban Outfitters lamp, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Eric Trine plant stand, Pehr bin, Zara shoes (past season).

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

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

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