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a glitter heart bud vase! 7 Feb 2017

glitter heart bud vase DIY

Yesterday, we shared a some tips on how to create a fun and festive brunch or gathering for Valentine's Day! Here's a fun little glitter heart bud vase you can make for your Valentines as part of a brunch or just to make and give. They're super fun and sparkly and make for a nice gift for co-workers or friends!

glitter heart bud vase DIY

You'll need:

silicone mold

resin

catalyst

- glitter

glitter heart bud vase DIY

Here's how:

1. Mix glitter in varying color combinations of your choice. We did: pink and gold, red and silver, and some in pure gold glitter.

2. Mix resin and catalyst as directed on the package.

3. Stir in glitter and pour into the molds. Let dry overnight until completely solid.

4. Pop out of the mold and fill with water and tiny sprigs of flowers!

glitter heart bud vase DIY

glitter heart bud vase DIY

These make for a fun place setting that you can give to guests to take home after. Or sans party, give them out to your pals with blooms to keep at their desk for a little pick-me-up!

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

color adventures: a valentine's day brunch! 6 Feb 2017

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

Red is a color that I have always had weird feelings about. While I love a good red lipstick, I have never been able to fully immerse myself with red! So with this month being full of red (with Valentine's Day) and our Color Adventures series happening, my team thought it was the perfect chance to convince me how great red can be. So this month, you'll see how we combine red and blush within home decor, fashion, and tabletop!

Today, we're starting with inspiration for a Valentine's Day brunch for your friends, family, or anyone that you like enough to have over for a meal. Here are a few tips for making a fun and festive seating area for Valentine's Day brunch...

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

1. Create a backdrop. Nothing makes a gathering feel more festive then a fun backdrop in an everyday space. We made this simple hanging honeycomb backdrop by attaching a bunch of paper honeycombs to string and draping them over a clothing rack. It offers an instant dose of fun to set the mood for your brunch!

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

2. Add plants to the table. While flowers are always great, here's a chance to bring some of your everyday house plants to the table so you don't have to spend a ton on fresh flowers. We added smaller plants that we already had and made them a tad more festive with colorful stir sticks and mini honeycombs attached to bamboo skewers.

A Valentine's Day Brunch!

3. Set the table mixed with patterns and solids. Since red and blush were our key colors, that served as a base for the table. But you can also mix in other complementary colors like shades of pink and neutrals like white, grey, and gold. For this table, the patterns came from the runner and napkins while we kept all the main plates in solid shades.

Even though these photos are specific to Valentine's Day, you can apply these tips to any table setting for any size gathering any time of year! 

Props shown: Target rug, Target bookshelf, Target planter, Senegal basket, Hester & Cook Provisions table runner, Modernica Props chairs, 1882 Ltd bud vase, Ikea plates, Target flatware, Pehr Designs napkins.

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

happy friday + mixing it up! 3 Feb 2017

Bird-vase-fillers

Happy Friday, all! I hope you're looking forward to the weekend like I am. We're celebrating Chinese New Year with some local events here in Los Angeles and taking the kids to a puppet theater for the first time. I hope you get some R&R this weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Oh and P.S. There's a sale through tomorrow for everything in our Oh Joy for Target collections! The baby clothing is on super sale at 50% off to make room for our new collections coming soon!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, background fabric from The Fabric Store}

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!

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