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happy long weekend + 12 years of oh joy! 1 Sep 2017

Oh Joy is 12!

Happy September folks! September is always a very special month for me because in September 2005, I started Oh Joy which means we're turning 12 this month! Throughout September, I'll be giving more behind-the-scenes looks at various parts of Oh Joy...where we were and where we're headed, a look back at our collections at Target (and launch our last one), and show you more the behind-the-scenes of Oh Joy!

Also, stay tuned to our Instagram tonight for a very special giveaway you won't want to miss! Have a great, LONG weekend all!

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong

oh joy for clé tile!31 Aug 2017

Oh Joy for Clé Tile

I'm so excited to share our newest design collaboration...Oh Joy for Clé Tile! Earlier this year when we began working on the design and renovation of our new Oh Joy office, and I was chatting with Clé Tile to bring tile into the space. After a few conversations back and forth, we decided to design brand new cement tiles for the office and make it available for sale for other homes, offices, and retail spaces everywhere! See all the designs and more about the process below...

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beaded bolo tie diy...30 Aug 2017

beaded bolo tie diy
beaded bolo tie diy

Do you guys remember bolo ties? They were super popular in the 80's and 90's and had a very Western look to them. Well, since some of the 90's have been making their way back recently, we decided to update the bolo tie to make it more feminine and necklace-like with the functionality of a bolo tie! Here's how...

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kid's books that show diversity...29 Aug 2017

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When I was a kid, I never saw characters in stories or books that looked like me. I never saw books with families that looked like my family. Now, as a mother with a new generation of kids, we've come such a long way. It's not perfect, but children's toys, tv shows, and books show so much more diversity then in years past. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite books that teach (and show) diversity to kids. Here are nine of my favorites... 

(left to right, top to bottom): The Skin You Live In, Goodnight Stories for Rebel GirlsI Like Myself, This is How We Do ItMommy, Mama, and MeThe Last Stop on Market StreetLove Family (a customizable book for multiracial families), Pepper Zhang, and Zero.

If there are any others you love, please share in the comments! 

color adventures: a yellow and blue bedroom!28 Aug 2017

color adventures: a yellow and blue bedroom!

To finish off our yellow and blue pairing for this month's Color Adventures, we're going back to the bedroom for a muted, yet playful, place to slumber...

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let's discuss: on surprises...25 Aug 2017

Oh Joy / Surprises

Recently, I went to a surprise party for a friend's birthday. I LOVE going to surprise parties as I love the expression on people's faces when they walk in when they are truly surprised and that joy on their faces to be surrounded by so many loved ones. As someone who has thrown surprise parties and has been surprised as well, I've found that some people love it and some people hate it. Also, there are some people that CANNOT BE SURPRISED. They always know even though they pretend not to. 

For me, I totally love surprises. But I also find that I am hard to surprise because I am very aware of when people are being sneaky. I knew the day my husband was planning to propose because of all the weird things he did...I knew something was off. He doesn't want to believe that I knew ahead of time, but I totally sensed it.

So, I'm curious...do YOU like surprises? And have you been able to be surprised before?

painted plexiglass wall art diy!24 Aug 2017

painted plexiglass wall art diy

We're often looking for easy, inexpensive wall art that makes a room feel special. Today, we're showing you how to make this super easy Painted Plexiglass Wall Art. Here's how...

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color adventures: oh joy wears yellow and blue!23 Aug 2017

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It's time for the style segment of this month's Color Adventures! Here are four fun outfits mixing and matching this month's yellow and blue color combo in varying degrees. I'm also re-wearing pieces from past posts in different ways. Take a look!

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oh joy day trip: pasadena...22 Aug 2017

oh joy day trip: pasadena

Today, we're going to Pasadena, CA which is just 20 minutes outside of Los Angeles for our latest Oh Joy Day Trip! Pasadena has a family-friendly vibe with Angelenos living here when they want more of a neighborhood feel than you might get in parts of Los Angeles proper. Here are some of our favorite spots in Pasadena...

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color adventures: a yellow and blue home office!21 Aug 2017

color adventures: a yellow and blue home office

This month, our Color Adventures pairing is...yellow and blue! Yellow and blue may seem like colors you'd never want to put together. BUT, when used with various shades and varying proportions of each color, it can feel sophisticated and fun all at the same time. Here is a home office we styled in these two colors....

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