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My Favorite Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles...29 Jun 2017

Bob Baker Marionette Theater / Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles so much. There is so much to do here and see year round...and I've certainly discovered more things to do after having kids. We get emails and messages asking for suggestions on what to do with kids when visiting Los Angeles, so here are some of my favorites in no particular order. Please keep in mind, I do live on the East side, so this is skewed towards the East side of the city. A West sider might have additional suggestions and if you do, please share them in the comments!

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A Modern Picnic Basket!28 Jun 2017

A Modern Picnic Basket DIY

Did you know I love a good picnic? Especially when they are unexpected and you just decide one day to gather up some friends and go hang in a field with some snacks. Picnic baskets feels old fashioned in some ways, but still so fun and novelty in other ways. Today, we're sharing this Modern Picnic Basket to make for yourself or someone else who loves a good picnic! Here's how...

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mini fruit cookie tarts!27 Jun 2017

mini fruit cookie tarts!

July 4th is next week...yessss!!! So today, we're sharing a simple but fun snack/dessert you can make and bring to a summer BBQ. We're calling them Mini Fruit Cookie Tarts. They mix fresh fruit and toppings with a crispy waffle cracker for a refreshing treat that tastes like summer!

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Color Adventures: Oh Joy Wears Pink and Blue!26 Jun 2017

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To wrap up this month’s pink & blue Color Adventures, I put together four outfits in various shades from soft and subtle to bright and pattern-filled. Let me know what you think of these...

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Happy Friday + Happy National Pink Day!23 Jun 2017

Mini Bouquet / oh joy!

Happy Friday! Did you know today is National Pink Day? In celebration, here's a few of my favorite past pink Oh Joy projects in case you're in the mood to make or style something pink this weekend... 

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a summer activity tote...22 Jun 2017

A Summer Activity Tote DIY

Summer is here and full of everyday adventures! Today, we've partnered with BAND-AID Bandages to make an activity tote to hold all your adventure essentials! Watch the video below to see how to make one!

A Summer Activity Tote DIY

 // CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Band-Aid Brand
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Make It Happen" by The Likes Of Us
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Lily Glass

the ikea museum in sweden...21 Jun 2017

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

A few weeks ago, I went on a special trip to Sweden with the Ikea US team for a press trip and tour of the Ikea Headquarters. I saw all of the new collaborations they are working on, meet with designers (many who have been there for over 15 years!), visit the studio where the Ikea catalog is shot, and visit the Ikea Museum! The museum had such an amazing collection of items from the very beginning of Ikea history in Älmhult, Sweden in 1943. Here's a peek at some of my favorite things from the Ikea Museum...

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

Of course, the textiles were my favorite part. Decades of patterns and fabrics lined the first floor...I could have just stayed in that room all day long!

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

There was an entire timeline of Ikea's evolution—from the beginning to today. It was fun to see how style has changed but also come full circle. Some of the spotlights were fun to see where they highlighted some of their iconic pieces—like the Poang chair...and of course, the Swedish meatball!

The Ikea Museum in Sweden

If you grew up with Ikea like I did or even if you just love the store, it's a really fun place to go and get a look at the history, nostalgia, and legend of this iconic brand!

{Photos by Joy Cho}

from fabric to room...20 Jun 2017

from fabric to room / oh joy!

Have you ever come across a great piece of fabric and didn't know what to do with it? Let it inspire you to create a color palette for a space in your home!

from fabric to room / oh joy!

Here are some tips for going from fabric to room:

1. Decide what colors from the fabric you'd like to bring into your room. From this fabric swatch, we focused on a few colors to establish the color scheme—peach, orange, yellow, and green. 

2.Take the fabric shopping with you. If you're creating a new room and need to purchase a few items, bring the swatch with you for color reference to match/complement the new pieces you're getting.

3. Keep large furniture neutral. If you're going to play with fun color combos, keep the couch neutral and added the pops of color in the wall prints and the accessories. 

4. Incorporate your inspiration piece if you can! Since a yard of vintage fabric inspired this room, we had enough to turn into a pillow and put it back into the room that inspired it. You can do the same if it's a piece of art, cover of a magazine, or anything else that can turn into decor.

from fabric to room / oh joy!

from fabric to room / oh joy!

Items shown: Benjamin Moore Salmon Peach, Benjamin Moore Dusk Pink, Amazon disco ball, Urban Outfitters gold planter, vintage rug, Modernica daybed, Anthropologie shag pillow, vintage velvet pillow, Lorena Canals blanket, Max Wanger beach print, Jenny Vorwaller large abstract painting, Jenny Vorwaller small abstract painting, Randal Ford llama print, vintage lamp, Natti Natti floor pillow, Modernica Props table, Nomah Project hat, Arro Home ottoman.

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

movie night with our new summer collection!19 Jun 2017

Oh Joy for Target Summer Home Decor Collection

Oh Joy for Target Summer Home Decor Collection

I’m thrilled to show you our newest Summer Home Decor collection at Target! Inspired by backyard parties and my favorite florals, the Oh Joy for Target summer collection offers items for summertime entertaining and for indoor living even after the season ends. From versatile cups and plates to cozy pillows and blankets, this collection brings a fresh splash of color to inside or out! Watch the video below to see how the pieces can be used for an outdoor movie night right in your own backyard!

You can find the full collection available for a limited time ONLINE ONLY at: Target.com/OhJoy. Also, please continue to share how you’re using the collection in your home with the hashtag #ohjoyfortarget. 

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Good Day" by Planes
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Photography: Nicki Sebastian

happy friday + rad dads...16 Jun 2017

RAD DAD Cookies / Oh Joy!

Happy Friday, all! Wishing you a great weekend celebrating your favorite Dad or parental role model! We're getting Bob his favorite fried chicken sandwich this weekend which will be his favorite gift of all... ;)

Have a great weekend!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Prop styling by Julia Wester, Crafting by Jess Hong}

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