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a diy belt bag!

A DIY Belt Bag / via Oh Joy!

The fanny pack trend is back in full swing, so today we're showing you how you can make your very own chic version: a belt bag! It's easier than it looks and is super cute and lightweight to carry around! It's perfect for all those small things you want to carry with you but want to keep hands-free. Here's how...

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happy friday + my favorite podcast episodes lately...

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This photo has nothing to do with podcasts, but I didn't have a good "podcast" photo so here we go! ;) Lately, I've been enjoying car rides alone (which rarely happen in the first place) because I get to catch up on podcasts. Driving is truly the one time that I can really absorb a podcast because I'm forced not to do anything else but drive and listen. So, I wanted to share not just my favorite podcasts, but my favorite podcast episodes, lately...

Jen Gotch is OK Sometimes — Are We Addicted to Social Media?

Rise Together — You Have to Fail to Grow

Asian Americana — Boba/Bubble Tea (not my usual suggestions but fun if you like learning about the history of things)

Out of Line — Jihan Zencirli on Reinvention

And two that I happen to be in recently that I personally really love and hope you'll enjoy, too!

Awesome with Alison — Mastering Growth, Confidence and LIFE with Joy Cho!

Raising the Bar with Alli and Michael — Jump for Joy

Have a great weekend!

home away from home when traveling...

How to Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

Staying in a new place in a new city when traveling can feel a little off especially when traveling with kids. Today, we're partnering with Embassy Suites by Hilton to share tips on how you can make your hotel room feel like a home away from home for your kids when traveling. Check out this little video below!

Now, we can go about on our adventures for the day and return in the evening to a cozy and prepped bedroom and the kids can get the sleep they need to head into a new day of exploring tomorrow!

{Photo by Lily Glass, Video by Jenner Brown}

pattern adventures: oh joy wears rainbow!

Pattern Adventures: Oh Joy! Wears Rainbow

While rainbows can seem youthful, I love them so much and love interpreting what a rainbow outfit could look like in a more grown-up way! So, I'm wearing a few different versions of the theme in this month's Rainbow Pattern Adventures...

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styling with fringe...

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I'll be honest, I'm not super into fringe. I tend to prefer cleaner lines and flatter heights of rugs. But the fringe trend is everywhere (both in cloth and home decor) so we wanted to show you how we'd interpret it and bring it into a space!

How to Style with Fringe / via Oh Joy!

We're showing how we let this pretty rug inspire a bright, cozy seating area...

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a rainbow-inspired backyard party!

a rainbow-inspired backyard party / oh joy!

We're celebrating the end of summer with a fun and festive rainbow-inspired backyard party today. In collaboration with BAND-AID®️ Brand and our new Oh Joy! BAND-AID® Brand Bandages, we'll show you how to bring all the color into an easy and fun get together. Watch our video below to get inspired!

Don’t forget, you can get the Oh Joy! First Aid Kit FREE when you buy three qualifying items (like the Oh Joy! Band-Aid®️ Bandages) online at Target.com and in Target stores.

{Photo by Lily Glass, Video by Jenner Brown}

spotted: oh joy! for clé tile in an office!

Spotted: Oh Joy! for Cle Tile in an Office Space

Happy Friday! Our friends at Chandler Farms recently designed this space for Swell Investing with our Oh Joy! for Clé tiles, and I'm swooning. I love, love, love seeing the tile used in any space. But it's extra fun to see it used in this VERY COOL office space...so I had to share! They used our Pinwheel design to create a clean yet playful design that accented the crisp whites and blues throughout the space. Everything is so bright and fun! Here are a few more peeks...

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Oh Joy! Builds A House: Choosing an Architect and Contractor

How to Choose an Architect and Contractor / Oh Joy!

After finding land, our next step in building our forever home was to find an architect and contractor to make this dream come to life. The process in which this happens can vary depending on what type of home you're building. There are some developers and builders you can hire to design and build a custom home with both parts built into their process. In these cases, they may have specific types of land to build on or have a set style they build and design to. But you know by now, our land is on a hill and not the easiest to build on, so we chose each partner (Architect and Contractor) separately based on who was the best fit for our project.

Here's a video that shows at a glance of the process and how we went about it! We found an architect first and fully designed our house before finding a contractor that could execute it. Because the reality is...you can't get an estimate for the cost of construction until you have a design to show. And, both are crucial to my next post about getting construction loans for a home build. And, you can't get a construction loan until you know how much it's going to cost to build your home and you don't know how much it will cost until you have a design in place. There are so many interconnected parts to this process that heavily rely on one another.  

How to Choose an Architect and Contractor / Oh Joy!

The Architects. Cleo and McShane of Project M+ had recently finished building their own house around the time we were contemplating this crazy project. We had mutual friends in common so we chatted with them about their process. The next thing you know, we got to see their own home first hand which is a prime example from their own portfolio. Their style and aesthetic matched what we were looking for, and after a few phone calls to various past clients, we decided to hire them to design our home. They were really the first partners of ours for this project when we first found the land four years ago as we spent a good chunk of the first year with them designing and prepping for permits. We have had many in-person meetings as you do in the early stages of any design process. But once major designs are in place, we now communicate a lot by phone and email. In upcoming posts, we'll dive deeper into our actual home design and that whole process!
 
If you are looking for an architect and don't have any personal referrals, ask around as much as possible on Facebook, Instagram, and any social media channel you use. Chances are that friends, acquaintances, or even strangers who follow you or you may follow have similar tastes so those suggestions are a great start! You can also check out sites, like Houzz, where many architects feature their work!
 
How to Choose an Architect and Contractor / Oh Joy!

The Contractors. When it came to finding a contractor, I asked every architect I knew for a referral. Architects are a great place to start because they have to work with contractors on every job to make their designs come to life. Because both my husband and I work very busy full-time jobs, we needed a contractor who was very organized and had great communication skills. This is where Boswell Construction came in. While they were higher in price than another contractor we almost went with, their communication and organization skills are incredible so we felt they were worth the value they would bring to our project. We have weekly meetings on site (which is crucial for us on staying informed with our entire team), they respond to emails and texts quickly, and really make the process as seamless as possible for us. Most of your interaction with a contractor will happen after construction begins. Some people are very involved with their sub-contractors and want to be able to choose each sub-contractor for the job. We chose to let our contractor handle most of that. We do get to chose between some subs if there are varying price options, but for the most part, we do not interact with the sub-contractors.
 
In this process of choosing both an Architect and Contractor, you'll likely meet and interview several of each. After you decide who you're going with, I always like to close the conversation with those you have not chosen. While you don't necessarily owe them a "We've chosen someone else" email, I think it's good feedback for everyone to know why they didn't get chosen for a job. Whether it's due to their fees, you wanted a smaller or bigger company to work with, their style wasn't quite right, etc. That helps to inform them for their own knowledge and everyone can move on being in clear communication with one another of where you stand.
 
Check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever, for the specific criteria I suggest looking for in both an Architect and Contractor!

If you have any other questions about this process or anything else you want to see in my upcoming posts on this project, please leave a comment here so I can make sure to reply and cover it!
 
{Photos by Lily Glass, video by Jenner Brown}

Glitter Jar DIY for Kids!

A DIY Glitter Jar for Kids / via Oh Joy!

Let's shake things up with these fun DIY Glitter Jars which are perfect as a sensory activity for kids! They even make for an interactive project with small kids because they can pick what special toys go inside. Here's how... 

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dressing the team / in two-piece sets...

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We have an extra special Dressing The Team today! We're not only showing you how to rock two-piece sets, but we're showing you fun ways to mix and match each one! See how each member of the Oh Joy! team took a two-piece outfit and turned it into a completely different look with just a few simple swaps! Take a look...

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