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getting excited for valentine's day... 2 Feb 2017

funfetti biscotti

Valentine's Day is coming up! Normally, I'm not huge into V-Day...but I really think we could all use a little extra love lately, so we're gonna come at you strong with a few fun Valentine's Day posts starting next week. Just to get you in the lovey-dovey mood, here are a few blasts from some posts of Oh Joy Valentine's past.

conversation hearts

mini floral brooches

Whether you want to make some funfetti biscotti, pie crust conversation hearts, or mini floral brooches, they're sure to bring joy to your numerous Valentines.

plant life! 1 Feb 2017

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

Plants add so much life to any room through their natural color and texture. Today, we wanted to show you a few bold ways to use plants in your home!

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

1. The Statement Shelfie — This is the "go big or go home" option. If you love plants and are not afraid to have a bunch (and you're okay with watering regularly), you can make a statement filling most of a shelf with plants. To really up the wow factor with your plants, make sure to use a variety of plants and a mix of shapes for pots and planters! This helps to add interest, shape, and texture. When working with a lot of plants, we like to cluster plants together in 3’s in varying heights in addition to some stand-alone pieces. Use artwork, books, and some other decorative objects to break up the plants. But in this version, the plants are the star of the show!

Props shown: Eric Trine plant stand, eSaleRugs rug, Target shelf, Target planter, Jenny Vorwaller painting, Target boxes, Modernica white/wood planterOh Joy! for Target gold lady planter, Anthropologie faux fur pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillow, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Target blue throw blanket.

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

2. Floored Flora — Sometimes we have empty corners at home that need a little something. Here's how you can fill in that area with a mix plants on the floor. Start with a large plant, then add a few more in various sizes to fill in the space. In addition to using planters and plant stands in a variety of sizes, you can also use books for an easy way to add height to smaller plants.

Props shown: eSaleRugs rug, Eric Trine mint and white plant stands, Modernica gray/wood planter, Anthropologie pillow, Ai Modern credenza, Target white ribbed planter, Ban.do glass boxes, Monroe Workshop wooden figurine, Modernica white/wood planter.

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3. Just a Touch — If you're not quite ready to go too bold with plants, you can start with a small area to focus on...like a side table! Cluster a few small plants on an end table in varying heights with different textures. By putting them in various planters of the same color, they feel like they belong together, yet still varied enough to add interest.

Props shown: Target rug, Target blue throw blanket, Oh Joy! for Target cloud pillow, Arro Home pillow, Joybird pink sofa, Jeff Mindell palm tree print, Calais Le Coq motel print, Target white planter, Modernica white/wood planter.

Some of our favorite indoor plants include: ZamioculcasDracaena MassangeanaNeanthe Bella PalmEpipremnum Aureum, and Dieffenbachia.

What do you guys think? Would you go super bold like the first version or more minimal like the third? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong. Props shown in intro image: eSaleRugs pink round rug, Anthropologie shag pillow, Arro Home pillow, Modernica gray planter}

rainbow photo backdrop...31 Jan 2017

Streamer-gif-blog

Photo backdrops are such a fun piece to have for a party, shower, or any celebratory gathering of friends and loved ones. It makes taking a picture together feel a bit more special and also not-too-serious when there's something happy in the background. We recently created this rainbow and cloud backdrop for a very exciting new product line we have launching soon (eek!), and we thought it would be fun to show you how to make one of these for one of your own upcoming celebrations. Here's how...

You'll need:

- white honeycombs

- streamers in assorted colors

- foam board

- fishing line

- tape

Honeycomb-clouds-4-blog

Here's how:

1. Using fishing line, hang honeycombs from a horizontal pole at staggered heights to make a cloud effect. You could use a simple wooden dowel like a broom stick. We used a couple of c-stands and a crossbar since we have those in the studio.

2. Cut a thin horizontal rectangle of foam board, about 5” high by whatever length you need. This is the piece that your streamers will attach to and hang behind the white "clouds". So you want it to be thin enough that you won't see it behind the the cluster of honeycombs.

3. Cut streamers to about 7 feet long (it’s ok to have the lengths vary too), and fold in half. Lay the folded ends on the foam board side-by-side as you go mixing the colors however you like. We did a mix of multi-colors for a rainbow effect.

4. Once you’ve cut all strips of streamers and have them laid out in a row, lay a strip of tape over them, folding the tape around edges of the foam board to secure.

5. Poke two holes in the two top corners of the foam board and string fishing line through.

6. Finally, tie the fishing line to hang the streamers behind the honeycombs. You may need to adjust the positioning of the honeycombs a bit, but the idea is for the clouds to hang in a cluster up top and the streamers to come down from behind them. Depending on the width of your backdrop, you can keep adding more to make it wider.

rainbow photo backdrop

rainbow photo backdrop

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Our matching sweaters from dRA.}

so i had to say...30 Jan 2017

Dallas Clayton print

Over the weekend, I had a really hard time posting pretty pictures on social media. I couldn't think of anything to say that really meant much of anything. I'm an optimistic person. I am a hopeful person. And I have never felt comfortable discussing politics on social media. It doesn't mean that I don't care or that I am not thinking about it or feeling it or discussing it with people around me. It just means that I usually keep my opinions private because most of the time I am not strong enough to have the conversations with people that I can't look in the face and have a real dialogue with.

If you feel like seeing a little bit about my current feelings, you can see my Instagram story from last night. I needed to vent and speak from my heart for just a few minutes. So if you watched, thank you. I've read every single comment.

No matter what you feel about the state of the country right now, we all have the desire to feel united..to feel like we all belong here. I found that this image above spoke loudly to me with very few words.

{Print by the amazing Dallas Clayton}

hey you, happy friday!27 Jan 2017

Oh Joy Hey You Print

Happy Friday, guys! What are you up to this weekend? I've got our usual routine of taking the kids to their weekend activities as well as some chill time with my fam. I'm hoping to squeeze in little vintage shopping this weekend and scour through beautiful patterns and colors for some inspiration time, too. Wishing you a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!


{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, print by Oh Joy for Target}.

color adventures: oh joy decorates in pink and green!26 Jan 2017

Pink-green-room

As our final ode to pink and green in this month's Color Adventures, here's a living room styled in two of my favorite colors. Now, before you say, "Joy, this living room is crazy! I could never have that!", please hear me out. Color is fun, color makes (most) people happy. And living rooms are so easy to change around and accessorize every year or so when you want to freshen it up. So, let's indulge in this full-on pink and green living room, and let me tell you how to make it come together!

A Pink and Green Living Room!

1. Start with the couch. The couch is always the base for me in any room. You could go bold (like this pink couch) or keep your couch neutral and build color around it. Since we're going bold for this story, we're starting with this pink one from Joybird.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

2. Hang art. Next, add wall art that serves as the focal point above the couch. We chose pieces that have various shades of pink and green to work with the color story and tie in the couch.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

3. Add plants for texture. We added in plants in a couple of areas for a natural dose of texture (and green!) to the room.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

4. Add smaller furniture and accessories. A side chair or pouf adds extra seating and offers an opportunity to add more color or a neutral, if you need it.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

5. Finally, accessorize with pillows! Pillows can take something up an extra notch or tone it down based on the colors, patterns, and textures you choose. We upped the pink and green factor by bringing in pillows in a few shades of pink (a lighter pink, a bubblegum pink to tie back into the couch, and pops of bright magenta). Green came in with shades of turquoise, mint, and a medium kelly green. To introduce a shade of a color, we usually try to have at least two areas where you see that color repeat to tie it all together.

A Pink and Green Living Room!

What do you guys think? Would you do this color combo in your home?

Items shown: Joybird pink sofa, Urban Outfitters pillow, Target bookshelf, Target giraffe figurine, Lisa McLean abstract print, Target elephant figurine, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Target wooden box, Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting, Calais Le Coq Motel print, Arro Home pink pillow, Arro Home round pillow (past season), Arro Home eye pillow, Virginia Johnson colorblock pillow, Anthropologie striped pillow (old), Jonna Saarinen tray, Oh Joy! for Target cloud pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Target turquoise chair, Target rug, vintage coffee table, white pouf from Serena & Lily, and Modernica ceramic & wood planter.

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

my favorite apps for kids...25 Jan 2017

Storybots App

Recently, when I flew home to Philly for the holidays, some of you saw a story of my kids playing with different apps on the airplane and inquired about my favorite apps for kids. So, I wanted to share some of my recent favorites with you!

Now, since I know you will ask or may be curious about my opinions on screen time or how much time my kids get, I'll tell you what we do. We limit our kids' screen time (which includes TV and/or iPad) to less than one hour per day. Sometimes they use it, and sometimes we are busy doing things outside of the house that we never see a screen for the entire day. But, in general, an hour is the limit that works best for our family (which usually works out to 30 mins while I am prepping dinner and 30 minutes after dinner). However, I have noticed that when my kids are on the iPad, they sometimes get super zoned in and don't play with anything else at the same time, so now we limit iPad time to weekends only...or special times like long car rides, flights, or sick days. Of course, every family is different and every parent has their own rules, that's just what we've decided to implement. Now, onto some of my favorites and why...

Endless Spanish

Endless Wordplay

Originator apps — Originator created one of my all-time favorite kid's app called Endless Alphabet which helps so much with letter recognition and learning the sounds of each letter. The animated letters and stories they apply to each word are so fun that I am mesmerized every time I've watch my kids play it. They've since expanded to Endless Reader, Endless Wordplay, Endless Numbers, Endless Spanish, and more!

Sago Mini App

Sago Mini App

Sago Mini apps — Kids love characters, and if you don't necessarily want them watching TV characters on an app, Sago Mini is one of my favorites. The animals are so cute and lovable and they go on simple, but fun adventures. This is a good series for a younger toddler as they begin to recognize cause and effect.

Storybots App

Storybots App

Storybots apps - Storybots mixes games, books, and videos from apps, online series, and a Netflix show to create a ton of fun interactive options for young kids. I love the topics like "How Does an Airplane Fly?" and "Why Do I Have to Brush My Teeth?".

Osmo App

Osmo App

Osmo apps - This set is for slightly older toddlers and kids, but I love the interactivity of Osmo which combines the iPad with physical objects that kids can interact with so it crosses real life play with virtual play. A couple of our favorites include the Tangram and Coding games which stimulate problem solving and creativity.

What I love about some of my favorite apps is they are part of a growing series. So, if your kids like one, chances are they will like others from that same company so there will be new versions that grow with your kids! If there are any others you guys love, please share, I'd love to hear!

decorate your cozy throw!24 Jan 2017

striped embroidery DIY

With the chilly and rainy weather we've had in Los Angeles lately, I've been curling up with a throw blanket more than usual. Today, we wanted to show you an easy way to spruce up even a basic throw blanket with this jumbo embroidered striped edging. Here's how...

striped embroidery DIY

You'll need:

throw blanket

- yarn

embroidery needle

- scissors

striped embroidery DIY

Here's how:

1. Thread the yarn through the needle making a single strand.  Leave about a 3 inch tail. Make a knot at the other end of the yarn.

2. Begin a simple loop stitch to start your striped edge.

3. To change colors, knot the end of the yarn on the underside of the blanket and repeat with the next color until you've reached the end!

striped embroidery DIY

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

Props shownModernica planter, Dwell Magazine for Target shelf, Jeff Mindell print, Target geoburst, Urban Outfitters pillow, Target Canister, Modernica chair, Eric Trine plant stand, and wall hanging by Maryanne Moodie.

details, details...23 Jan 2017

Alexandra Grecco

Delpozo

Valentino Summer 2013

Delpozo

I'm so inspired by textures, surprising details, and things that make my eyes look again...whether full of a million colors or only one, I'm loving all of this...

Sources: Alexandra Grecco gown, Delpozo Fall/Winter 2016, Valentino Summer 2013 via Vogue UK, and Delpozo Fall 2016 and Fall 2015.

favorite, least favorite, tomorrow...20 Jan 2017

Oh Joy

A friend of mine recently told me about a family she knew who played the Rose, Thorn, Bud game every night at dinner. I loved the idea and immediately implemented it for dinner time with our kids—except we call it more literally, "Favorite, Least Favorite, Tomorrow". The idea is that during dinnertime, we go around the table and everyone tells their favorite part of the day, their least favorite part, and what we're looking forward to tomorrow. It often helps us hear more about what Ruby did at school, encourages us to share what we did at work with the kids, and Coco ends up having the same three answers every single day (since she's only 2).

My favorite thing about this daily exercise is that it gives us a moment to reflect upon the day, get caught up on what everyone did at school, home, or at work, and mostly, it has given my kids (mostly Ruby cause she's old enough to process it) a chance to think about both the good and bad parts of a day. And how to look forward to a different and better day tomorrow. It's also given my husband and I a way to tell the kids about not only the best parts—but also the worst—parts of our day. It's made us think how explain to kids why something didn't go great that day and how you still got through it.

If you've never tried it before, I encourage you to. It's so simple, but it makes you stop and reflect even if for only a few minutes. Especially on a day like today when lots of things are changing and you may be unsure of what's next, it helps to make you hopeful towards the potential that every tomorrow holds.

{Photo by Oh Joy}

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