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like works of art...18 Jan 2017




I find a ton of inspiration from fashion and designer's runway show like this Resort 2017 collection by Delpozo. Often, it's not the ready-to-wear version but the high concept, high fashion pieces that I'm intrigued by. The colors, the textures, and the mix of colors and textures. It's beautiful and stunning, and allows me to look at a form of art in a different way.

{Photos via Vogue.com}

pom pom socks!17 Jan 2017

pom-pom socks DIY


You know we're currently obsessed with anything and everything with pom-poms, right? So, we wanted to update those white pom-pom socks we had as a kid with a chic and whimsical version for wearing right now. Since sheer socks are super chic under sandals and other footwear, we combined homemade poms with sheer, colorful socks for a simple way to punctuate any outfit with a little whimsy. Here's how!


infinite rainbows...16 Jan 2017

Yago Hortal

Yago Hortal

Yago Hortal

Yago Hortal

...in these pieces by Barcelona-based artist, Yago Hortal. I could stare into these all day long...

happy friday + modernism week!13 Jan 2017

Modernism House

Ah! I'm so excited to share that next month I'll be designing the West Guest Bedroom at The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House for Modernism Week in Palm Springs! If you're not familiar with Modernism Week, the annual event celebrates and fosters appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.

Each year for Modernism Week, The Christopher Kennedy Compound re-imagines a classic Palm Springs property, using the best of modern of technology and bringing together about 20 of the country's most prominent design talents...and I'll be one of the designers this year! The Christopher Kennedy Compound is published in Traditional Home and California Homes magazines, and raises approximately $100,000 for architectural preservation, education, and neighborhoods in Palm Springs. Here's a look at the guest bedroom we're designing...

Oh Joy Guest Bedroom Design for Modernism House

I can't show you the whole thing YET, but this gives you an idea of the overall vibe—whimsical, colorful, and chic! And the best part is, the home owner is Kelly from Kelly Go Lightly! It's always fun to create a space for someone whose style you love and admire. For those of who heading to Modernism Week or who want to visit the house, you can read more about the house right here and buy tickets to see the house right here!

{Room Design by Oh Joy and rendering by Angie Stalker. All sources will be noted in final reveal of the room!}


color adventures: a pink and green velvet bench...12 Jan 2017

velvet bench DIY

As part of our pink and green theme for this month's Color Adventures, here's an easy home decor DIY for those of you who have a fireplace, window bench, or any surface that could use some freshening up! With velvet being so hot right now, we loved the idea of using velvet to create a simple and chic new surface for a flat seating area like this hearth. Here's how...

velvet bench DIY

You'll need:

- about 2 yards soft velvet fabric


iron on adhesive

- iron

velvet bench DIY

Here's how:

1. Measure and cut the foam sheet to fit the cushion size you want to fit whatever nook needs a little extra padding.

2. Rather than making just a solid cushion, we made a diagonal color block with two shades of velvet. So we joined the two colors together first by placing a strip of the iron on adhesive along the front edge of one color and then lay the second color of fabric on top of the first with the backsides facing up. Iron them together.

3. Then center the fabric over the top of the foam, leaving enough to fully wrap under the bottom.

4. Flip the entire cushion over, and wrap fabric over the the bottom bonding with the iron adhesive.

5. Finish the ends by folding as you would with a present and a final strip of adhesive to hold it all together.

This is meant to add some color and texture to an otherwise plain spot. You can change up the fabric seasonally with just a couple yards of fabric from your local fabric store!

P.S. If you make anything seen here for your home, share it with us on Instagram with the hashtag #MadeWithOhJoy

velvet bench DIY

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props shown: Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Arro Home pillow, Anthropologie pillow, Arro Home pillow, Target giraffe figurine, Ikea planter, Famille Summerbelle print, Arro Home pillow}

creative storage solutions...11 Jan 2017

5 Creative Storage Solutions

We always love to share design ideas for your home here at Oh Joy. But I find that design tips don't always solve storage issues. So this year, one of my goals is to share more practical solutions for you and for your home (on top of our beautiful styling ideas)!

Storage is one of the biggest struggles for me as a person who collects a lot of stuff. Often I want to take advantage of buying things in bulk, but I don't have a big pantry area or a ton of storage areas at home. So, today, we've partnered with Boxed (one of our favorite ways to shop online) to come up with creative solutions to store bulk items at home so that you can make the most of the cost-savings of getting items in big quantities!

5 Creative Storage Solutions

1) Use a magazine holder to hold and dispense canned drinks. We all have our favorite drink that we like to buy by the case. Since they take up lots of valuable shelf space, try putting them in magazine holders on top of the fridge. It holds canned drinks perfectly and makes use of an often unused space in your kitchen. And, if you don't want to see the cans, you can hide them simply by turning the magazine holders around.

5 Creative Storage Solutions

5 Creative Storage Solutions

2) Separate pantry items into smaller containers. When buying pantry staples (like pasta, rice, coffee, or snacks) in bulk, separate snacks into baggies for individual servings and loose pantry items into canisters to keep them fresh and ready to access. By putting the snacks into individual baggies, they are ready to grab and go for little snackers or for packing lunch. Glass canisters keep coffee, pasta, and rice fresh and divided into smaller containers for easier access than one large container.

5 Creative Storage Solutions

3) Use cubes or bins near the toilet in every bathroom to hold extra toilet paper. Toilet paper is one of those things that everyone needs a lot of. We're all about dividing things up into where they belong so divvy up the case of TP into decorative bins that can be kept in each bathroom of the house and easy to access when a refill is needed.

5 Creative Storage Solutions

4) Use a hanging shoe holder to hold diapers and wipes. For an easily accessible and often overlooked storage opportunity, use a hanging shoe holder for things other than shoes. In this case, they hold extra diapers and wipes perfectly. And if you have a baby, those items are some of the most used in your house! 

5 Creative Storage Solutions

5) Keep a kit of cleaning supplies in every room that you use them.  Since cleaning supplies often come in twos or threes, you can store them in each room they'll be used. Group together a cleaning essentials kit like—cleaning wipes, scrubbing solution, glass cleaner, and paper towels in every bathroom or the kitchen (for example). If you put each set in a little caddy, it makes it easy to have your cleaning kit ready on cleaning days!

I hope that helps give you more ways to store items like this in your home! If you haven't heard of it, you can order bulk items online or on your phone through Boxed.com or the Boxed app. It's like the cost-savings of a bulk retail store but with the convenience of getting them delivered to your door - and no membership fees!

P.S. Boxed is offering a special discount for Oh Joy! readers.  Simply enter OHJOY through 2/11/17 to receive 20% off and free shipping!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Boxed. All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props shown: Kitchen: Jonna Saarinen board, Bankers Box magazine organizer, Contact paperArro Home pot holder, Ikea basket; Snacks: Leah Reena Goren tray, Jonna Saarinen tray, Oh Joy! for Target bowls, Oh Joy! for Target vase; Bathroom: Pehr Designs basket, Eric Trine toilet paper roll, Eric Trine towel rack, Oh Joy! for Target table, Eric Trine plant stand; Back of Door: Shoe organizerContact paper; Dining Table: Target rug, Sunbeam Vintage chairs, Perch magnetic wall planter.}

oh joy day trip: koreatown...10 Jan 2017


I often get asked about what to do in LA when someone is coming to visit from out of town. I have so many favorite spots in Los Angeles, that it can be hard to narrow it down. And since LA is so spread out, you really want to see the city one neighborhood at a time as it's not easy to see a ton of different spots all around the city in one day.

So today, we're starting a new series called Oh Joy Day Trip, where we'll focus on one neighborhood in Los Angeles and share a few of our favorites there. It will by no means be able to cover everything I love in that neighborhood, but it's a good starting point for a handful of spots if you're visiting for the first time. Each day trip will include a mix of food, shopping, and treats, of course! See our first one below!


pom pom curtains... 9 Jan 2017

pom pom curtain DIY

While I love pattern, curtains are always one of those things I struggle with purchasing in a pattern. I usually want curtains that are neutral and classic so they don't compete with the other accessories I might bring into a room. However, I do love figuring out ways to bring fun details to curtains that add some color without over-taking the whole room. So, today, we're bringing you this fun pom pom curtain DIY! It's super cute for a kid's room or for any space that needs a touch of whimsy...

pom pom curtain DIY

You'll need:

- yarn

pom pom maker


- needle & thread

- scissors

pom pom curtain DIY

Here's how:

1. Decide what sized poms you want and how spaced apart you want them to be on your curtain. We opted for 1" wide poms spaced about 5" apart. So, using an extra small pom pom maker, that worked out to about 45 pom poms for an 84” length curtain.

2. Using a new curtain or one you already have, make sure the curtain doesn't have any fold lines or wrinkles on it, and iron them out if so. After making the pom poms and trimming the middle tie, sew them onto curtains through the base of each pom, spacing them however you like. For our curtain, we made rows of 4 and 3 poms, leaving about 5 inches between each pom pom.

3. Finally, hang your curtain up and enjoy! These types of curtains should not be in an area where they could get dirty or wet quickly (ie. not in a kitchen or bathroom). If they are kept in a clean, dry room, they'll stay fresh and colorful for a long time!

pom pom curtain DIY

pom pom curtain DIY

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

happy friday + yogurt mousse! 6 Jan 2017

yogurt mousse

As we start off the new year on the right foot, I asked our friends at Botanica to share a delicious, guilt-free snack that we could have any time of the day. Their yogurt mousse brings yogurt to a whole new level! Here's how to make it...

yogurt mousse

A few notes: In order to do this mousse justice, you’ve gotta start with good, thick yogurt. Our go-to is Aris, a thick sheep’s milk variety available around California. You can also use Greek yogurt purchased at any local grocery store. As long as you get your hands on a yogurt that has some heft (and tang!), you’re golden. Also important? Good eggs. Keep in mind you’re eating the whites raw, so you want them to come from a happy place!

You'll need:

Makes 2 ample servings (or 4 smaller servings)

- 3 happy eggs

- 2½ tablespoons honey (or more, if you want it sweeter)

- 1¼ cup delicious plain yogurt

- 1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest

- 1 vanilla bean, halved, seeds removed

Here's how:

1. First, separate your eggs. Add the whites to the bowl of a stand mixer or a big mixing bowl (if you have a handheld mixer). Save the yolks for another use (aioli, namely).

2. Beat the whites until light, fluffy and semi-firm.

3. Pour the honey into a small saucepan set over medium heat. When it bubbles, turn your mixer back on and stream the honey very slowly into the egg whites, beating all the while, until a stiff meringue forms. It should be glossy and form stiff peaks if you dip a finger in it.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, orange or lemon zest and seeds from the vanilla pod. Then gently fold the rest of the meringue into the yogurt in a few batches (we use a silicone spatula), making sure everything is incorporated, being very careful not to deflate it. Stir through a spoonful of meringue to loosen the yogurt a bit. The mousse should be light, fluffy and hold together well.

5. Spoon it into your serving vessel of choice (ramekins and teacups are nice), then chill in the fridge for at least an hour (preferably more, if you want it nice and cold -- but note that it will separate a bit as it sits and will need a gentle stir before serving).

We serve it with whatever fruit is in season — berries or stone fruit in summer, fresh citrus segments in winter — and any toasted nuts and seeds we have lying around. Feel free to experiment with different zests and spices, and serve this with any and all fruits and compotes. You seriously can’t go wrong with this one.

{Photos and recipe by Botanica}

glitter resin pins! 5 Jan 2017

glitter resin pins

After we made this tic-tac-toe set, we've been wanting to use the same resin technique for something wearable! So today, we're showing you how easy it is to make these cute glitter resin pins. They can be made into letter or any fun shape you want!

glitter resin pins

You'll need:

resin & catalyst

silicone mold (we made letters and hearts)

- glitter, sequins and/or confetti

pin backing

- hot glue

glitter resin pins

glitter resin pins

Here's how:

1. Follow directions on packaging for mixing resin & catalyst.

2. Mix glitter in paper cup or bowl. Make sure to use a container you don’t mind disposing of since the resin gets very sticky.

3. Add resin to the glitter and mix well.

4. Pour resin and glitter mixture into a silcone mold.

5. Let dry for 2 hours until hard, and then pop each piece out of the mold.

6. Use hot glue or crazy glue to attach the pin backing to the pack of your shape.

glitter resin pins

Finally, attach them to a jacket or coat. We like the look of clustering a few together. And, these would also make great gifts for friends for birthdays, Valentine's Day, or bridesmaid's!

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


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