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a cut paper wall hanging...11 Jul 2016

Cut Paper Wall Hanging DIY

For me, the home is a place to show your personality, and I love filling it with things that inspire me every day like a great piece of art. Lately I’ve been inspired by Curate Snack bars and the unique ways they bring together ingredients to create something delicious.

So today, I’m making my own version of a woven wall hanging by curating unexpected materials into something amazing! I’ll show you how to turn paper into a piece of art simply by applying a few simple techniques and combining a ton of fun colors together. See the video below for a full how-to!

Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “It's Beautiful“ by Sofia
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker

*This post is in collaboration with Curate Snacks. All words are my own.

some days i can't just post a pretty picture... 8 Jul 2016

oh joy sky photo

Sometimes it's hard to blog about cute things and pretty pictures when the real world going on around us isn't so perfect. No matter how hard we try, we can't always make real life look like that perfect social media life that we wish it was.

I really try to keep this space (and all of my social media outlets) positive and uplifting. When bad things, sad things, negative things happen in the world, it is not my gut instinct to publicly share my feelings about them. Maybe it's the conservative Asian part of me not to show pain outwardly...I internalize, I process, I think, I get upset...in private. So it took me a day or so to be able to even write anything about the world as of lately.

I don't know what it's like to be African American.

I don't know what it's like to be Caucasian.

I don't know what it's like to be gay or bisexual or transgender.

But I do know what it's like to have someone you love taken away from you unexpectedly. I know how it feels to be treated unfairly based on my skin color. I do know that pain is pain and lost lives are still lives no matter what color or gender or sexual preference. Whether it's in the hands of someone who was meant to protect us or someone who just felt like walking into a public space and taking lives that day, losing someone—whether you knew them or not, whether you loved them or not—hurts. 

It's okay not to know what to say or do. Because I myself am speechless. I don't know what the answer is to this past month, this past year, past decade, past hundreds of years of injustice, sadness, and loss.

I'll just leave you with this video below by that I came across by Brene Brown via Wit & Delight...

Thanks for listening.

dressing the babe... 7 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

What started as a blog series, Dressing the Babe, has now evolved into me putting together fun outfit suggestions for your minis. I'll still post real life outfits of me and my kids when I can, but since putting together kid's outfits is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, I've been sharing lots of outfit flats over on Instagram under #OhJoyDressingTheBabe. Our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia, hand paints and hand cuts the backgrounds for all them which super cute and a fun thing to see come to life. So watch for them over there where all sources are tagged (just tap for tags on Instagram!)

P.S. I have gotten requests for boy outfits, so I am trying to do more non-girl ones, too ;) 


Sources: Outfit 1 - Raincoat by Nobodinoz, onesie by Oeuf, sneakers by Zara; Outfit 2 - Noe & Zoe top, Childhoods pants, Pons sandals, hair clips by Meri Meri from Lux Tots; Outfit 3 - Target dress (past season), Boden sunglasses, Pitchoun bow, Ouistitine bunny from Bitte, Zuzii shoes; Outfit 4 - romper by Izzy & Ferd, shoes by Toms, vest from Target (past season), bow by June & January.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and Mary Costa, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester.}

summer project: my bedroom makeover... 6 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Bedroom Makeover

With summer in full swing, there are a few things I've been putting off FOREVER that I am finally attempting to tackle. One of them is an update to my bedroom. Many years ago, it looked pristine and lovely. But since then, two kids have arrived, my life got busier, and once you stop noticing that your bed frame is still covered in plastic, it just becomes a part of the decor.

As we save for a house, we'll likely be in our current place for another two years at least. So for me, that's enough time to make it worth putting in a little money into making a room that we spend so much time in, feel like a place we want to spend time in. I usually only feel like a room is worth updating if the new pieces you bring in are things that we could take with us to a new house someday. Here are the issues and what I want to fix...

1. Curtains - Remember when chevron was the "it" pattern back in 2010/2011? It's come and gone and while it's not terrible, I'm totally over these curtains. At the time, I couldn't find any chevron curtains that were sheer, so I drew the pattern, had them printed with Spoonflower, then had them sewn to size. What I did not account for when getting these sewn was that curtains need to be wider than your window, not the exact width of your window. So they never actually cover up any light that comes through and it's basically like hanging a handkerchief from a clothesline. So, I'll keep the great curtain rods we have, but update to some darker and thicker curtains that actually fit and block out light.

2. Bedframe and headboard - After getting pregnant with Coco, we upgraded to a king size bed from a queen. I LOVE my bed and probably spend way too much time in it, but we haven't really given the bed a place to rest (bedsides on the floor still covered in plastic). I also had never had a headboard (which feels very grown up) so now's the time to go for it.

3. Wallpaper - My wallpaper is still looking good on that back wall, however, over time some small children (who shall remain nameless) have pulled and tugged on a certain section that has now ripped a good chunk off. It's not worth fixing this or re-wallpapering, so a headboard will be a nice fix to just cover it up.

4. End of Bed Bench - I've always loved how hotels have those benches by the base of the bed that was so useful for getting dressed. And now that Emily Henderson said we all need one, I'm convinced.

5. Rug - I once had a rug in here to help cover the not-so-great grey carpet that is part of our rental. But it was super old and slowly got eaten by moths. So an upgrade would be good here.

Ok, so that's my plan. I know I could have waited to show you this before and after all in the same post. But by putting this out there, it's giving me more encouragement to get to work on this room!

honeycomb wall art... 5 Jul 2016

Honeycomb Wall Art

We've all seen (and probably used) those fun paper honeycombs that come in a ton of colors to decorate for parties. They add such life to a space that we wanted to figure out a way to use them for longer term decor as well! Hence, this multi-colored honeycomb wall art that is super easy to make...

Honeycomb Wall Art

You'll need:

8" honeycombs

- foam core (ours is 24" x 64") 

- acrylic paint

- double sided tape

Honeycomb Wall Art

Here's how:

1. Measure 8" squares on foam core board in size and shap of your choice. If you get larger honeycombs, then the size of square just needs to match the diameter of your honeycomb.

2. Then paint each square the color of the corresponding honeycomb and let dry.

Honeycomb Wall Art

3. Use double sided tape to secure the honeycomb on the corresponding color square. 

4. Hang the entire piece using command strips.

Honeycomb Wall Art

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong}

snippets from the week + happy long weekend! 1 Jul 2016

Oh Joy / The Broad

Oh Joy / The Broad

Oh Joy / The Broad

Oh Joy / Home Brewed Bar

Oh Joy

This week felt long, yet flew by! A few snippets from here and there...I got to see the new Cindy Sherman exhibit (and go back to Yayoy Kusama's infinity mirrored room!) at The Broad. We're also working on an Oh Joy mural at a kid's museum in Pasadena (yay!) so we've been spending a chunk of time there this week and I'm all about the boba tea from Home Brewed Bar. Finally, so random...my new favorite sandals by Marais that I seem to have worn every day this week.

We'll be off Monday to celebrate the July 4th holiday. I hope you and yours have a restful long weekend, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday!

P.S. I'll be snapping and gramming over the weekend if you need an Oh Joy fix ;)

a rainbow icebox cake...30 Jun 2016


Our friend and food blogger, Molly Yeh, was in town last week, so we put our brain power together to make this simple and totally delicious rainbow ice box cake! Here's how...

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Rainbow Icebox Cake

You'll need:

- 3 cups heavy whipping cream

- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- 1 tbs vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp almond extract

- pinch of salt

- (2) 9-ounce packages chocolate wafer cookies, graham crackers, or sugar cookies

- 1/2 cup of sprinkles

natural food coloring

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Here's how: 

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, extracts, and salt with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. If you are short on time, you can also buy ready-made cool whip. Divide the whipped cream into 3 smaller bowls and add drop of food coloring to your desired color. We kept it light with pastels in pink, yellow, and blue.

2. Arrange 7 or 8 cookies in a circle on a plate, spread with a thin layer of whipped cream and top with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining cookies, cream, and sprinkles and end with a layer of whipped cream and sprinkles. To get the rainbow look, we layered the colorful cream in order but you can make the order whatever you want!

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve!

Thanks to Molly for making this with us! Check out Molly's new book coming in October!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Molly Yeh and Julia Wester, recipe and concept in collaboration with Molly Yeh. Cake stand by A Heirloom, wallpaper by Chasing Paper, cake toppers by Meri Meri, table runner by Pom Pom at Home}

a diy dresser for the nursery and beyond...29 Jun 2016

DIY Striped Dresser

Our Creative Producer & Stylist, Julia, has had this dresser in her home for over 10 years. Her husband purchased it as his first "adult" piece of furniture. It's moved with him through several different apartments and now finally into his current home with Julia and their baby Zealand. Hoping to bring new life to the old dresser, Julia wanted to "Oh Joy it up" by refinishing and repainting it for her baby's room. 

DIY Striped Dresser

See how this dresser transformed from a drab antique to this modern and playful piece... 


a {giveaway} with pehr...(now closed)28 Jun 2016

Pehr Designs

Storage is a never-ending issue in my house—especially when it comes to the kids' toys, books, crafts, and everything else! So, I love these cute storage bins by Pehr that come in a bunch of cute patterns. These awesome drums are one of my favorite pieces by Pehr because they hold shape well and can fit a ton from towels and household items to the kids' stuff. But Pehr is not just for kids! They've got tabletop items, throw pillows, and so many things you need for the house.

So today, we've partnered with Pehr to give away $200 worth of credit on their site to two lucky readers - and 25% off their entire site for all our readers!

Pehr Designs

To enter, please visit Pehr's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorites! Entries close this Friday, July 1st at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. Use code OHJOYXPEHR at Pehr Designs to claim your 25% off discount until July 5th! 

UPDATE: Congrats to Haley S. from Cincinnati, OH and Sonia L. from North Vancouver, BC for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a backyard summer par-tay!27 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

A couple weeks ago, I introduced our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection! Today, I'm sharing a little video we made showing how the collection makes a juicy and sweet backyard party...and then how they fit right into your home after the festivities have ended. Press play below to watch and enjoy!

Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “I Love Us“ by Katrina Stone
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistants: Jessica Hong & Courtney Ketchersid
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Location rental: Kid & Coe
Catering: Heirloom LA
Photo stills: Mary Costa


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