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five tips for making laundry a little easier! 9 Aug 2016

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You guys might know that I am really lazy about doing laundry. I honestly dread it. But it has to get done, so I wanted to come up with some ways to make the tedious parts a little easier and fault-free. Here are a few of my favorite tips...

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1. Wrinkled dried clothes. How many times have you left your clothes in the dryer overnight and came back to a big wrinkled mess? Rather then spending the next 2 hours ironing things you don't want to be ironing, simply add a couple of ice cubes and run the dryer again one more time. The wrinkles will loosen out with the additional dampness.

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2. Laundry communication. If you have a spouse or roommate who often picks up the load where you left off, make sure any specifics aren't missed. By keeping a small dry erase board and pen above the washing machine, your delicates won’t get tossed into the dryer by accident. Here you can note any details needed so you don’t end up with a shrunken sweater or whites that have turned pink.

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3. A pocket catchall. Do you ever find yourself emptying out change, receipts, toys, or snacks from your family’s pockets when prepping clothes for the laundry? To make it easier to help those items go back to their rightful owner, put out a divided container in your laundry area as a pocket-content catch-all.  It’s easy to keep everyone’s property separate and a breeze to transport room-to-room from the laundry room.

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4. Laundry caddy. If you use a laundromat or your building has a communal laundry room, create a laundry caddy that contains an easily portable amount of items for your trip including quarters, several pods of detergent, dryer sheets, etc. The Seventh Generation Free & Clear laundry packs we used here have EPA Safer Choice certification which means that every ingredient in the laundry packs meets the EPA's stringent human health & environmental criteria. This also means one less thing to think about when it comes to keeping a product on a shelf away from kids.

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5. Sheet Storage. Once you’ve washed and folded everything, keeping your clean sheets organized and looking sharp can be a challenge.  Make it easy by folding the sheets, and putting all the sheets into the coordinating pillowcase. Your linen closet will be in order for the first time and you can keep all the bedding collections together!

Do you have any other go-to tips for making laundry day a little more bearable?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Seventh GenerationAll words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

what to do with extra chairs around your house... 1 Aug 2016

what to do with extra chairs around your house!

Often times we have a six-person or eight-person dining table in our homes for those few times of the year that our table is full of loved ones and extended family gathered around the table. But unless you have a big immediate family, more often than not, those extra chairs don't get used on a daily basis. Rather than having them collect dust around the table, here are a few other ways you can use them...

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three places to use a side table... 27 Jul 2016

three places to use a side table

A side table is staple of any home. You probably have a side table in at least one room in your home. So today, I'm sharing places to use and style a side table in different parts of your home using our Oh Joy for Target version...

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a rainbow table runner... 13 Jul 2016

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Table runners are one of my favorite go-to tabletop items to make a dinner or brunch look put together really quickly. It adds a pop of color without being too fancy like a full-on tablecloth. So we turned a plain, inexpensive runner into something much cooler to have on hand for our next gathering! See how...

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a cut paper wall hanging... 11 Jul 2016

Cut Paper Wall Hanging DIY

For me, the home is a place to show your personality, and I love filling it with things that inspire me every day like a great piece of art. Lately I’ve been inspired by Curate Snack bars and the unique ways they bring together ingredients to create something delicious.

So today, I’m making my own version of a woven wall hanging by curating unexpected materials into something amazing! I’ll show you how to turn paper into a piece of art simply by applying a few simple techniques and combining a ton of fun colors together. See the video below for a full how-to!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “It's Beautiful“ by Sofia
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker

*This post is in collaboration with Curate Snacks. All words are my own.

summer project: my bedroom makeover... 6 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Bedroom Makeover

With summer in full swing, there are a few things I've been putting off FOREVER that I am finally attempting to tackle. One of them is an update to my bedroom. Many years ago, it looked pristine and lovely. But since then, two kids have arrived, my life got busier, and once you stop noticing that your bed frame is still covered in plastic, it just becomes a part of the decor.

As we save for a house, we'll likely be in our current place for another two years at least. So for me, that's enough time to make it worth putting in a little money into making a room that we spend so much time in, feel like a place we want to spend time in. I usually only feel like a room is worth updating if the new pieces you bring in are things that we could take with us to a new house someday. Here are the issues and what I want to fix...

1. Curtains - Remember when chevron was the "it" pattern back in 2010/2011? It's come and gone and while it's not terrible, I'm totally over these curtains. At the time, I couldn't find any chevron curtains that were sheer, so I drew the pattern, had them printed with Spoonflower, then had them sewn to size. What I did not account for when getting these sewn was that curtains need to be wider than your window, not the exact width of your window. So they never actually cover up any light that comes through and it's basically like hanging a handkerchief from a clothesline. So, I'll keep the great curtain rods we have, but update to some darker and thicker curtains that actually fit and block out light.

2. Bedframe and headboard - After getting pregnant with Coco, we upgraded to a king size bed from a queen. I LOVE my bed and probably spend way too much time in it, but we haven't really given the bed a place to rest (bedsides on the floor still covered in plastic). I also had never had a headboard (which feels very grown up) so now's the time to go for it.

3. Wallpaper - My wallpaper is still looking good on that back wall, however, over time some small children (who shall remain nameless) have pulled and tugged on a certain section that has now ripped a good chunk off. It's not worth fixing this or re-wallpapering, so a headboard will be a nice fix to just cover it up.

4. End of Bed Bench - I've always loved how hotels have those benches by the base of the bed that was so useful for getting dressed. And now that Emily Henderson said we all need one, I'm convinced.

5. Rug - I once had a rug in here to help cover the not-so-great grey carpet that is part of our rental. But it was super old and slowly got eaten by moths. So an upgrade would be good here.

Ok, so that's my plan. I know I could have waited to show you this before and after all in the same post. But by putting this out there, it's giving me more encouragement to get to work on this room!

honeycomb wall art... 5 Jul 2016

Honeycomb Wall Art

We've all seen (and probably used) those fun paper honeycombs that come in a ton of colors to decorate for parties. They add such life to a space that we wanted to figure out a way to use them for longer term decor as well! Hence, this multi-colored honeycomb wall art that is super easy to make...

Honeycomb Wall Art

You'll need:

8" honeycombs

- foam core (ours is 24" x 64") 

- acrylic paint

- double sided tape

Honeycomb Wall Art

Here's how:

1. Measure 8" squares on foam core board in size and shap of your choice. If you get larger honeycombs, then the size of square just needs to match the diameter of your honeycomb.

2. Then paint each square the color of the corresponding honeycomb and let dry.

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3. Use double sided tape to secure the honeycomb on the corresponding color square. 

4. Hang the entire piece using command strips.

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{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong}

a backyard summer par-tay! 27 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

A couple weeks ago, I introduced our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection! Today, I'm sharing a little video we made showing how the collection makes a juicy and sweet backyard party...and then how they fit right into your home after the festivities have ended. Press play below to watch and enjoy!


// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “I Love Us“ by Katrina Stone
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistants: Jessica Hong & Courtney Ketchersid
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Location rental: Kid & Coe
Catering: Heirloom LA
Photo stills: Mary Costa

what to do with leftover wrapping paper... 22 Jun 2016

wrapping paper collage DIY

We all have scraps of wrapping paper leftover from those gifts we've loving wrapped and given. Sometimes you buy a roll of beautiful paper only to see leftover slivers get tossed in the trash. So we created these colorful and (super easy to make) pieces of wall art using those scraps that won't go to waste again!

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We created a few different collaged pieces using a variety of wrapping paper scraps and put them in frames afterwards to make them feel more elevated.

wrapping paper collage DIY

You'll need:

-wrapping paper scraps

-a frame

-foam core

-mod podge & paint brush

-gold leaf kit (optional)

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Here's how:

1. Group your wrapping paper scraps by color and compile together a combination that you like. We recommend sticking to a certain color palette so that it feels more cohesive than a mix of all colors.

2. Tear the paper into strips and shapes of your choice.

3. Using mod podge under and over each piece, paint a thin layer over the strips of paper, and mount them to foam core that match the size of your frame. Continue to layer until you're happy with it.

4. Pop the piece into the frame and display! We left the glass out of the frame but you can use with our without the glass on top.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong. Papers from Urbanic and Paper Source.}

oh joy for target / summer collection! 16 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Yay! It's here! Our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection launches online and in all Target stores this Sunday, June 19thWith summer in the air, I was inspired by bright florals, juicy citrus trees, and thoughts of being by the ocean all summer long. From glasses and bowls to heart-shaped platters and a super fun bar cart, these were designed with summer entertaining in mind. The pieces are perfect for backyard parties but also for casual indoor gatherings for the rest of the year, too.

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Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

The collection will be online and in all Target stores (on an endcap in the home decor section). This is a limited collection for the summer only and will not be restocked. Last season, some of our most popular items sold out in the first couple weeks, so once it's gone, it's really gone.

P.S. Oh, and tomorrow, June 17th, I'll be sharing a more detailed look at ALL of the products LIVE on Facebook Live at 9am PST and Periscope at 9:30am PST. Come watch it in real time if you can so I can answer your questions! But both will be available to reply later if you can't watch live ;)

{Photos by Mary Costa}

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