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oh joy builds a house: our kitchen!

oh joy builds a house: our kitchen!

Ah, the kitchen! To me, the kitchen is often the center of a home. It's where you cook meals. It's where friends and family gather when they are over to snack on tiny bite-sized snacks and chat about life. It's the place where my children will have meals, learn to bake cookies from scratch, and where my husband and I will prepare meals for our family. Here's a peek at some of the plans for our kitchen...

oh joy builds a house: our kitchen!

Our current apartment rental (where we have lived for 9 years) has brown wood cabinets, black countertops, and rust-colored tile. I don't own it and have therefore left it exactly as it is. It has served us well over the years, and we have made the best of a smaller kitchen and limited countertop space. But, it's dark and not inviting at all.

So, for our new home, I wanted the kitchen to be light and bright and feel open and inviting. The new kitchen isn't huge, but we will have space for a small island which I am very excited about to be able to have a surface to prep and also to have a few counter stools where we can also have meals. The white cabinets that will fill most of the kitchen are accented with texture from the countertop, backsplash tile, and accent wallpaper. Smaller doses of brass and wood will warm up the bright and light space.

Shown: 1. Clare paint in Timeless, 2. Tabarka Basel 1 cement/brass tile for a small backsplash area, 3. Concrete Collaborative terrazzo tile on floor, 4. Makelike wallpaper for an accent wall, 5. Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo 5131 for countertop, 6. Fyrn stools, 7. Schaub appliance pulls.

oh joy builds a house: our kitchen!

Here's a peek at the floor! It has brass accents in the flooring (with schulter strips). This was a way to bring in the look of something custom without the price tag of a completely custom poured floor or brass detail. It still needs to have grout put in between the tiles, but it's all happening!

oh joy builds a house: our kitchen!

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Shown: Reform Degree cabinets, Tabarka Basel 1 cement and brass tile for a small backsplash area.

I love the mix of texture and shine with the combo of cement and brass and wanted the tile to be a way to bring in a bit of pattern since the cabinets will be all solid white. Here are some tile studies we played with for a small area of backsplash. Some feel heavier while some feel lighter. Which one do you like best?

I can't wait to show you more as we go!

{First photo by Morgan Pansing, all others by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors and renderings in collaboration with Cleo Murnane at Project M+. All other layouts by Joy Cho. My dress is past season Gorman, boots are Red Wing Heritage. Written by Joy Cho.} 

paint your own vase...

Paint Your Own Vase / via Oh Joy!

Our markets have been bursting with peonies over here in Los Angeles, so today, we're showing you how to paint your very own vase to display all your pretty summer blooms! It's the simplest way to give glass vases a little personality and flair...

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setting up a home office in a small space...

Setting Up a Home Office in a Small Space...  / via Oh Joy!

If you have a smaller home or apartment and need a sometimes home office, creating a dedicated office space can be low on the priority list. But it's SO nice to have a space ready when you do need to work from home for a bit, pay those bills, or sit down and write letters. So today, we're showing you how you can create a small home office either as part of a guest room or a small corner of another main space in your home! It just takes up one corner, and with a few key elements, it truly feels like its very own special place. Here's are a few key tips...

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cozy up with our newest pillow collection...

Oh Joy! Pillows

HOORAY! You can now get cozy with our new Oh Joy! Pillow Collection! Pillows are such an easy and cost-effective way to add a bright dose of color and cheer into your home. So for our collection, we've partnered with our friends at Peking Handicraft to bring you eight joyful pillows that can be added to a living room, bedroom, or kid's room. Each one is designed with our signature Oh Joy! colors and patterns, and they're certain to bring a smile to any space. Come check them out...

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy!

Meet Radiant Sunshine! Our new collection has lots of fun shapes, including round pillows, which I love! This one incorporates lots of colors and a fun, whimsical smiley face. 

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Love Pillow

Here we have a mix of pillows—All Smiles, Love, and Abstract Fields—which I love when styled together, too! They make a playful, positive statement for the office, living room, or bedroom. 

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Hooray Pillow

This Hooray pillow is perfect for when you want to cheer loud and clear! Rainbow letters are extra fun and the perfect way to add a dash of rainbow love to any space.

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy!

Ice Cream Sprinkles and Full Hearts make the perfect pair for a nursery, kid's room, or for anyone who loves ice cream as much as we do ;)

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Love Pillow

You can shop all eight designs at ohjoy.com now! They all look amazing individually or in groups if you want to mix-and-match to create your own colorful oasis. 

Oh Joy! Pillows

P.S. That's not all! We just launched a ton of fresh new finds for summer over on the shop, so go check it out here now!

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Traci Michael and Joy Cho.}

happy friday + something new we're trying...

Happy Friday + Something New We're Trying... / via Oh Joy!

2019 has been the year of refreshing and opening my eyes up to new things...both personally and professionally. I wrapped up a year-long session with my life coach, and I'm doing my best to break out of my workaholic tendencies (like go out for lunch on a work day more often!). I really emphasized to my team how much I want them to come along for the ride in continuing to think outside the box both in their jobs and their personal lives as well. We did an all-day brainstorming session a couple months ago to dive deep into new ideas, new ways of doing things, and what's next for Oh Joy. It was great to get everyone's feedback and have their involvement in part of that process.

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