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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. 

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}

DIY fringe sandals!15 Jun 2017

DIY fringe sandals / Oh Joy!

We're loving the fringe sandal trend happening right now. So today, we're showing you how to make a fun, colorful version really (really) easily! Here's how...


a super mom kit!14 Jun 2017


As a mom on-the-go, I often need some essentials on hand for emergencies or for entertaining the kids in a pinch. So today, we partnered with BAND-AID Brand to put together a Super Mom Kit which includes a bunch of essentials for all your mini adventures! See what's inside...

a super mom kit

The kit includes a combination of things for last minute boo-boos, buttons that need to be replaced, toys and a book to keep kids occupied during unexpected traffic, stickers for rewarding good behavior and some chocolate peanut butter cups for rewarding yourself ;) You can find all of these items during your next trip to Target!

Items shown: BAND-AID x Oh Joy! first aid kit, Target lint roller, hand sanitizer, BAND-AID Skin Flex bandages, BAND-AID x Oh Joy! bandages, Neosporin anti-bacterial ointment, scissorslip balm, Target sunglasses, Planes book, peanut butter cupsTarget toy cars,  sewing kit, Target crayons.

Also, as a reminder, you can get our Oh Joy First Aid Kit free with three qualifying purchases like our Oh Joy BAND-AID Bandages, BAND-AID Skin Flex, and Neosporin which I have in my kit. Then, fill the rest of the kit with other goodies to #SaveTheDay!

color adventures: a fancy pink & blue picnic...13 Jun 2017

a fancy pink & blue picnic

Summer is right around the corner, and we have outdoor living on our minds! If you want to take advantage of the season and do a little al fresco dining, a picnic is always fun. With this month's Color Adventures (pink and blue), here are a few tips for creating a fancy picnic to make it extra special...

a fancy pink & blue picnic

1. Set the stage for your picnic. Create your base with a thin rug or large blanket. Then, add in soft and cozy touches like faux fur blankets and a ton of pillows.

a fancy pink & blue picnic

2. Mix paper with glass. Keep your clean up easy with paper plates, paper napkins, and disposable wooden spoons, but mix in a bit of glass for a bit of class!

a fancy pink & blue picnic

3. Add a special touch to old pillows or cushions. We took simple pillows and added some pom-pom fringe to give them some new life!

a fancy pink & blue picnic

4. Bring flowers! You can bring some blooms to your picnic to add a little extra decor. Or simply bring them to give to your friends. Everyone loves getting flowers...especially when it's unexpected.

a fancy pink & blue picnic

5. Sit back and relax! Whether you're on a romantic date or pretty picnic with your besties, savor the moment and enjoy this festive area you've put together.

Items shown: Target large round rug (similar), Target pink shag rug, Arro Home abstract pillow (past season), Ikea blue with white dot pillow (past season), Ikea pink lumbar pillow, Willful watercolor pillow, Ikea solid blue pillow, Moroccan sequin tote (similar),  Natti Natti dotted floor pillow, vintage stool, Bonjour Fete grid plate, Whitney Port x Cheeky white floral plate, Whitney Port x Cheeky pink floral plate, Bonjour Fete wooden cutlery, Ikea glasses (past season), Party Porcelain napkins, Sequin tote (similar).

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

an oh joy diaper drive...12 Jun 2017

Oh Joy Diaper Drive

Over the past few years, I've been extra passionate about helping children and families in need. When you have children of your own, it's so hard to think about other kids who may be born to unfortunate situations and don't have the most basic necessities like diapers. So, today, I'm starting an Oh Joy Diaper Drive in hopes that (as a community) we can help to provide diapers for so many babies in need. And, as a thank you for donating diapers, I will be raffling off one-on-one consulting sessions with me. Here's how it works...

A few years ago (before babies and a growing business and life took over), I used to offer one-on-one consulting for small businesses to help them with marketing, branding, social media and entrepreneurship questions in general. I LOVE helping other small businesses. But as Oh Joy! has grown, I have had less time to offer personalized sessions. I get questions daily about starting or growing a business, but it usually takes more than one sentence (or emoji) to answer! So, I am raffling an hour-long one-on-one consulting session to a lucky reader as part of this diaper drive I'm hosting for Baby2Baby (who provides basic necessities for families in need).

Here's how to donate diapers and enter to win a session:

1. Purchase one case of diapers to be donated to Baby2Baby through this registry link on Amazon. You can buy as many cases as you want! One case = one entry.

2. Tell your friends if you have anyone else who would want to help out to this great cause. For every 500 cases of diapers donated, I will offer an additional session which means there can be more than 1 winner and more chances to win a session with me!

3. The registry will be open starting today for one week. When it closes, the winner(s) will be chosen at random. We'll contact you to schedule your consulting session with me either through Skype, phone, or in-person if you happen to be in Los Angeles. If you don't have a business, but still want to hang, you can come visit the Oh Joy office, grab some ice cream, or we can even go shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for one hour.

*This is open to anyone, anywhere in the world (as long as you are able to purchase through the Amazon registry). 

Sorry for this very long post, but it's something I'm really passionate about—gathering donations for these babies who need them and getting to talk to some of you and help you fulfill your career goals!

dark chocolate olive oil cake... 9 Jun 2017

Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake by Karen Mordechai

Happy Friday! If you're looking for a for dessert to make this weekend, we're sharing the recipe for this Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake by Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers. I've been a fan of her blog forever, and her newest cookbook Simple Fare is a beautiful and inspiring guide to make delicious and simple recipes. And for a fun twist, most of the recipes have alternate options for you to customize to your particular taste! See how to make this delicious chocolate cake...


color adventures: a pink & blue living room... 8 Jun 2017


Every month, we've been exploring a new pair of colors and how to mix them together in our Color Adventures series. Today, we're inspired by this vintage rug—with shades of pink and blue—and showing how a living space could be created around it. While you may not be looking to style your space with these exact colors, the idea is if you come across an amazing staple piece that you just must have (like this vintage Moroccan rug), you can use it to inspired the rest of the space. Here are some tips!



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