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in the company of women {giveaway}...(now closed) 4 Oct 2016

In the Company of Women

I have always believed that a big part of achieving success in anything is being able to learn from and be inspired by those who have taken a leap and embraced their dreams. I especially love supporting and learning about female entrepreneurs who are making their mark in the world. Grace Bonney, Founder of Design*Sponge, is one of those people who has inspired my career and who I am lucky to call a friend. Her newest book, In The Company of Women, shares the stories of 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs and is sure to inspire. And, I am honored to be included as one of those 100 women who tell their story in her book...

In the Company of Women

In the Company of Women

In celebration of the book release today, we've partnered with Grace to give away her new book In The Company of Women PLUS a ticket to her book tour that includes inspirational panels with those featured in the book (I'll be speaking at the Los Angeles event)!

The book tour is going to 13 cities: Austin, TX on October 7; Atlanta, GA on October 13; Chicago, IL on October 16; Los Angeles, CA on October 17; Seattle, WA on October 18; Rhinecliff, NY on October 22; Washington, DC on October 25; San Francisco, CA on October 27; Marin, CA on October 28; Philadelphia, PA on November 10.  If you are near one of these cities, or want the book and have a friend who could use the ticket, enter by commenting below by telling us who has inspired you in your life. Entries close this Friday, October 7th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Carrie H. from Columbus, OH for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers 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. $200 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 Sasha Israel}

altering vintage caftans... 3 Oct 2016

altering vintage caftans

Last month, I shared my newest Mrs. Roper vintage caftan collection and the "before" shots of how they look purchased straight from the flea market. While I love their roomy and comfy vibe, most were way too big for me to really be flattering at all. Years ago, I would have never been brave enough to wear pieces like this or make an attempt to get them to actually fit me. But I've grown to love vintage prints so much, that I've become better at taking a chance and knowing that simple alterations can do so much. So I took them to my local tailor to be altered and serve more function then their original state. Here's what I did...


have a wheelie good weekend...30 Sep 2016

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Earlier this week, I took the Oh Joy team on a retreat to Palm Springs to celebrate Oh Joy's 11th anniversary! We had a great time hanging out, getting inspired by vintage goodness, having a team dance party, and just getting away all together. I'll be sharing more photos from our trip soon, but in the meantime, have a great weekend! I'll see you back here on Monday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, prop styling by Julia Wester. Luggy basket by Olli Ella.}

joyful family homes {giveaway}...29 Sep 2016

joyful homes giveaway

I love a beautiful living room. But once you have kids, it does get harder to design a living room exactly the way you want to. However, it's not impossible! It's about adding in decorative pieces that are safe for kids, while keeping some items (that are still special to you) out of their reach! So today, we've partnered with Kid & Coe and some of my favorite home brands to help you create a beautiful and kid-friendly living room...

joyful homes giveaway

Enter here for your family’s chance to win $3,500 in prizes from Oh Joy!, Kid & Coe, Gray Malin, Hygge & West, Maryanne Moodie, Oeuf, and Aelfie. The giveaway ends on October 5 so make sure and enter!

$3,500 Prize Package Includes: 

- The entire Oh Joy fall home decor collection

‐ $500 in Kid & Coe travel credits to stay at a well-designed and kid-friendly rental home

‐ $500 Gray Malin gift card to hang a beautiful new framed print from "Gray Malin at the Parker" series

‐ $500 Hygge & West gift card for wallpapering a beautiful accent wall or an entire room

‐ $500 Maryanne Moodie gift card for a brightly woven wall piece

‐ $500 Oeuf gift card for modern and chic furniture to hold those toys that always seem to multiply

‐ $500 Aelfie gift card for a gorgeous, colorful rug that those little feet will love running on

 *Visit right here to enter and see all the rules for entry! And good luck!

how to use books for styling...28 Sep 2016

how to use books for styling

If you're like me, you have a lot of books. I have art books, photo books, cook books, fashion books, books about cookies, books about Japanese street art, and so, so many more. Books obviously have a very functional use. But when you are not actively using and reading them, they make for great styling pieces to add interest to so many spaces in your home. Here are three examples...


make mini mousse!27 Sep 2016

make mini mousse

Sometimes you want a luxurious dessert but you don't want too much of it. I always loved chocolate mousse as a kid because I thought it was so fancy, and I still love it today as a light and fluffy (yet still fancy) dessert. Today, we made these mini mousses—in strawberry, caramel, matcha, and salted caramel flavors. Here's how... 


finally, my bedroom makeover!26 Sep 2016

Oh Joy / Bedroom Makeover

A few months ago, I posted a photo of the sad state of my bedroom. It was one of my summer projects to finally take the plastic off the bed frame and cover up the torn wallpaper with a grown-up headboard.

Oh Joy / Bedroom Makeover

To refresh your memory, here's the "before" from my last post and the "after"! Check out more details below about what stayed and what went!


this is what 10 years of marriage looks like...23 Sep 2016

Cho Family Prom

Cho Family Wedding

Cho Family

In 1996 (when I was 17), I met this guy that I thought was a total slacker. We went to his Senior Prom together as friends. I thought we'd date for a few months and then he'd go off to college and that would be it. After dating (for real) soon after the prom and having a long-distance relationship for most of our early adulthood, 10 years later, in 2006, we got married. And 10 years after that...here we are living in Los Angeles with our two girls. I know I cut out a lot of the in-between stuff because I don't want to bore you.

But I seriously never thought I'd date this guy, have him turn into my best friend, and then still be with him 20 years later. I'll try and keep this anniversary post short and not too sappy. But in celebration of my 10 year anniversary with my husband, Bob, today, here are 10 things I've learned in my 10 years of marriage:

1. The person that you are married to should make you want to be a better person. They should lift you up when you're low, make you laugh when you're having a bad day, make fun of you when you need to be made fun of, and believe in you more than anyone else.

2. Marriage is always a work in progress and you have to work at it to make it progress.

3. You'll never agree on everything. But you should see eye-to-eye on most things.

4. If your spouse had an annoying habit when you first started dating, chances are, they'll still have it 20, 30, 40 years later. And you just need to be okay with it. And love them for it. Or laugh at them for it.

5. You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run. (Ok, I borrowed that from Kenny Rogers, but it's true.)

6. Marriage is loving someone so incredibly much and more than anyone else. But it's also being annoyed and infuriated with them more than you could be with anyone else.

7. Having butterflies in your stomach is a good thing.

8. Make time for each other even when your kids feel like your new priority. Don't forget to keep nurturing the relationship that made those kids in the first place.

9. It's a good sign when you can be independent and do your own things separately, but you're stronger (and have more fun) when you're together.

10. If you can fart in front of your spouse and not feel embarrassed, you're on your way to eternal happiness.

{Wedding photo by Karen Wise, family photo by Katherine Rose}

how to add family photos to your home...22 Sep 2016


For years I've only shared family photos digitally and never took the time to print and frame them to actually enjoy with my own family. In a day and age when we rarely print photos anymore, it is a treasure to see your favorite faces on your wall daily. But it can be overwhelming to even know where to start—what photos would you frame and how would you arrange them into a gallery wall? Today, we've partnered with Framebridge to show you three different ways to add family photos and memories to your home...


OMG...YAY!21 Sep 2016

Oh Joy for Target word vases

As a follow-up to our best-selling OK vase, our newest word vases just launched...OMG and YAY! These are available online only and make a fun addition to any party, celebration, or just to every day. And if you have more than one, oh the words you can create!


They are all available online only at Target right now! And, if you're not yet following our new Instagram account, @OhJoyCo, follow there to get the first scoop on all our products!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}


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