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alternate vessels for plants...20 Jan 2016

alternate vessels for plants

As a lover and collector of vintage objects and vessels, I always find myself with these items I love but never really make use of. I'll get that vintage bowl set from the flea market, a tiny brass trophy, or a beautiful Japanese tea kettle only to see them collect dust because they're not functional on a daily basis. So we decided to finally use them for something...holding flowers and plants! This is an easy and beautiful way to keep those vessels around but also actually use them every day. Here are a few ways we used a few from my own collection....

alternate vessels for plants

My friend, Jihan, gave me this tiny vintage brass trophy a couple years ago, and I love it. It's perfectly suited for just a couple blooms and great when when you come across a flower that fell off a nearby bush and deserves to be celebrated.

alternate vessels for plants

I bought these beautiful Japanese tea kettles a few years ago in Kyoto, but now I find myself using an electric kettle when I need hot water fast. They're too beautiful to get rid of, so I used the shorter one for holding a pre-potted plant and the larger one for holding fresh florals. The taller vessels are better suited for fresh flowers while shorter ones are best for plants that might need to hold soil.

alternate vessels for plants

I fell in love with this set of vintage dessert bowls and look at them every day but have yet to use them for actual dessert. So we turned one into a little succulent garden.

alternate vessels for plants

Finally, we removed the top of this ice cream cone piggy bank and it turns into a quirky vase for a fresh set of blooms. 

Quick tip...In terms of drainage for plants, if you're using a plant that needs good drainage, consider drilling a hole at the bottom of the vessel if you're okay with making that permanent change to the piece (ie. in plastic or metal). But if you're using a glass vessel or something you can't drill a hole into, then stick to flowers or use succulents where you can place rocks on the bottom for drainage.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester and Joy Cho}

from home decor to clothing...19 Jan 2016

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Having designed mostly home decor products, I always love looking at patterns to see how each some work on home decor versus apparel. There are some that go better on pillows or blankets and some that are much more suited to clothing. But when you can get those patterns that work on both...now that's awesome. I'm loving these by Variety Hour...

10 on the go essentials...18 Jan 2016

On-the-go-essentials

Whether you're headed out the door for a business trip, a day at work, or just to run errands, here are a few of my favorite items lately for being on the go...

1. Ban.do phone case because this is just too fun not to want to carry around all day long.

2. Ban.do floral duffle for that overnight or weekend trip!

3. This is Ground cord taco to hold your cord basics while on the go.

4. Sunnylife travel radio for when you want to amplify those tunes whether indoors or out.

5. Poppin gold folio for business papers, meeting files, or projects.

6. Baggu 3D Zip Tote for shoes, extra clothes, or anything that needs to be put into a larger bag.

7. Lifefactory water bottle for the gym or just to stay hydrated throughout the day.

8. Frends headphones to keep your tunes to yourself while on the move.

9. Rifle for Le Sport Sac cosmetic bag because it's compact and easy to clean!

10. Owen & Fred luggage tag to keep track of your belongings no matter where you go.

making dinner easier...14 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Kitchen

I am not one of those people who can make dinner from scratch every night. Or even most nights. By the time I get home from work, I have a few hours with my kids before they get to bed and I want to maximize that time as much as possible. We try to cook mostly on the weekends when we have more leisurely time. So during the week, we often use services that help make meal preparation easier and faster. Since there are so many out there and I'm always in search of the best, I have tried a lot of them. I wanted to share my favorites with you in case you're like me and just need a little help every so often...

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bedrooms...13 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Bedroom / Photo by David Tsay

One of the things I'm hoping to work on this year is a refresh of our bedroom. A few years ago, our bedroom looked like this (shown above) and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. But then we got a bigger bed (from a Queen to a King) and didn't have a bed frame for it. So when it arrived I figured we'd just keep the plastic on so it wouldn't get dusty on the ground. Now over a year later, it's still there covered in plastic and it's just become a part of the room I don't even notice it, sadly. Those lovely curtains shrunk in the wash so they just don't even cover the windows right. The wallpaper is peeling off in one area because Ruby thought it would be fun to peel off when she was going through her terrible 3's. It surely doesn't look like that beautiful photo (shot by David Tsay) above. My style is a bit more colorful now, and it just needs a facelift for sure.

Anyway, as I dream of a new project, here are a few bedroom photos that I've come across as inspiration...

HomeStyle Magazine

I have always wanted a headboard but haven't been able to commit to one I really love. So I like that this one is painted. It gives a focal point without the huge commitment.

HomeStyle magazine

This one is a bit too colorful for me overall, but I love the full wall of pattern working its way around the closet and door frame.

Nuevo Estilo

Here, I love how the color only comes from the bedding and everything else is surrounded in pure white.

Photo by Duncan Innes

Finally, I love the mix of neutral and color in this one. The colors come mostly from the accessories, but all the various textures going on add sophistication to the playful colors. It feels adult, yet fun.

I'll keep you guys posted as we progress and I (hopefully) get that plastic off my bed!

{Top to bottom, photos/credit by: David Tsay, Melanie Jenkins, Jim Tannock, Nuevo Estilo, and Duncan Innes.}

being there for bedtime...12 Jan 2016

Being there for bedtime

These days I can't say I'm the most social butterfly. I've learned that I don't have to say "yes" to every party, every invite, or every instance that someone asks to hang out. Sure, I'd love to go to everything. But I can't. And I choose what's worth it. Life with two kids has finally gotten a bit better (the first year was INSANE and I cried a lot). We're (mostly) in the swing of things, we have our new routine, and I'm able to take a bit of "me time" to have dinner with friends or go out and be social when I can. But I really limit what I say yes to and what I'll go out to.

My main thing is that I have to (need to) be there for bedtime, and all of my plans are based around that. I say no to 99% of things that conflict with bedtime and worry that I might seem lame for saying "no". But it's unless I am out of town for work or there's something exceptional going on, I plan date nights with my husband, dinner with friends, or any social events around my kids' bedtime. All of my friends know that once 7pm hits, I am free. But not a minute before. Often, I'm tired and eager to get them to bed because I am ready for some moments of peace, but it's often that time right before those moments of peace where the best parts of the day live. Seeing their sleepy faces, being part of the getting them bathed, PJ'ed, and off to dream about whatever kids dream about is such a treasured part of my day. 

I kiss their faces 25 times, I say goodnight...and just as I am about to close the door, Ruby whispers, "Mama, you're going to be home all night, right? Are you going to leave the house while I'm sleeping?"

Ha. Caught in the act.

{iPhone photo of sleepy Coco at 14 months}

3 ways to wear a colorful coat...11 Jan 2016

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

To help with the cold and gloomy weather that often comes with winter, one of my favorite accessories is a colorful jacket or coat! I have a magenta coat I've been wearing for years and every time I wear it, people smile at me when they pass by. It's one of those pieces they aren't expecting to see in the winter and it immediately makes us cheerful. Here are a few outfits we pulled together to show how you can rock a colorful coat this winter...

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

1) The Mid-Length Coat. This is the most flattering cut for a coat on almost anyone and goes with the biggest variety of outfits. It's easy to throw on over a cute top and some jeans and makes you feel pulled together even when you're not. 

1. Ellie Kai Pink coat, 2. AG grey polka dot jeans (similar), 3. Ace & Jig top (past season), 4. J.Crew cowl neck scarf (similar), 5. Zuzii loafers.

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

2) The Cropped Coat. Because this has a boxy fit and a short length, this type of jacket goes well with pieces that flatter the lower half of your body and emphasizes the smaller portion of your waist (like an a-line skirt). Add some heels or wedges for some height to give that the boxy top more contrast.

1. The Bee and the Fox tee, 2. skirt from Target, 3. blazer by D.Ra, 4. necklace by LouLouLollipop Finery, 5. booties by Dolce Vita (similar).

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

3) The Long Coat. The long coat works best for dressier or more formal outfits. Because this type of coat can take over your whole body (all the way down to your ankles), a softer shade helps to add color without taking over your whole body. Pair this with a long dress or pants with heels.

1. Apiece Apart coat (past season, similar here and here), 2. vintage dress (similar), 3. Ban.do pins mixed with vintage owl pins, 4. BC Footwear wedges (similar), 5. Anthropologie necklace (past season, similar).

Which style of coat is your favorite?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester and Ariel Fulmer, outfit styling by Joy Cho.}

hello... 8 Jan 2016

hello

...it's me...did anyone else totally miss out on getting Adele tickets like I did?

I wasn't allowed to go to concerts when I was a kid/teenager living with my parents. So I am catching up now big time (especially with boy bands from the 90's) and went to see Justin Timberlake, Hanson, New Kids on the Block/TLC/Nelly in the past year. This coming year, I'm taking the Oh Joy team to see Justin Bieber and going to see Britney and Janet with some of my girls. Concerts are just such a fun escape for me because I love experiencing this other world that is so different than my own.

Ok, back to Adele for a second. Do you remember back in the day when you could just go online and buy tickets like a normal person? Now, we have to try and get them before they sell out in 2 hours and eventually buy them from someone who got them before you and reselling them to make a quick buck! Ah....end of rant. 

Happy weekend guys! Thanks for listening to my very random post. Oh, and Oh Joy for Target nursery collection is now LIVE!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, ornaments from Anthropologie}

how do you know when it's time to hire? 7 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Answers

It's been a while since I've posted a business video for you small business dreamers out there. With the start of the new year and thoughts of growth and change and dreams being fulfilled, I wanted to address a question I am often asked by other small business owners...how do you know when to hire employees and how do you find the right people? This video is a little longer than my usual ones because I am answering two related questions, but a great topic for discussion for those of you with small businesses out there, so grab your coffee and let's chat...

career day / a prop stylist... 6 Jan 2016

Career Day with Justina Blakeney

Career Day with Justina Blakeney

Career Day with Justina Blakeney

Ruby recently starting paying a lot of attention to this one little corner of her room and set it up with a little chair, some pillows, and some of her favorite toys. I heard her saying that she was "styling" it and asked Coco to please not mess it up. I had no idea that she even knew the word "styling" but must have heard me say it from work. So, for our newest Career Day, I decided to take her to visit my friend—Justina Blakeney—a self-taught designer, prop stylist, author, interior designer, and all around ambassador of bohemian style, to get a lesson on what styling really is and to learn from one of the best around...

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