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happy friday + bringing it back home...


You know how sometimes in relationships, you're with someone for so long that things are easy and comfortable. It's great, and everyone's pretty happy but sometimes you need that spark that challenges you and keeps on your toes. Well, over the last six months or so, I've been feeling that way with my blog...


{flavor stories} mini peach pavlovas...

oh joy! | flavor stories | mini peach pavlovas

Lately I've been trying to think of just about any way to bake with fresh peaches. Our peach season came early this year but surprisingly it's lasted late into August and brought some of the sweetest peaches around. Almost all the baskets I've bought have been near perfect! 

oh joy! | flavor stories | mini peach pavlovas

In fact, I'm not sure why I hadn't previously thought of topping mini pavlovas with them. Pavlovas are one of the simplest desserts out there, and I think peaches complement them perfectly. 

oh joy! | flavor stories | mini peach pavlovas

For the photos you see here I used this recipe from Nigella Lawson except I substituted the fresh berries with a couple sliced and macerated peaches {to macerate, submerge a couple pitted and sliced peaches in Riesling Indian Summer Ice Wine for about 30 minutes prior to serving}. I also whipped up a quick batch of white chocolate ganache and served it at room temperature drizzled on top. 

oh joy! | flavor stories | mini peach pavlovas

Or for a chocolate alternative, skip the stonefruit and add a touch of cocoa powder to the pavlova mix and serve with fresh seasonal berries. Enjoy!


{photos and styling by Nikole Herriott for Oh Joy}

i love pie...

oh joy! | dining style | i love pie

{1. crinkled mini bakers from Anthropologie, 2. Momofuku's grasshopper pie, 3. polka dot cake/pie server from Fish's Eddy, 4. pie funnel from Sur la Table, 5. A Year of Pies from Amazon, 6. Dean & Deluca's petite tart assortment. — Joanna}

my {60's} uniform...

I've always had a thing for 60's style and love incorporating it in a modern way. Whether totally casual to meet up with friends for lunch or a little dressier for a night out with my guy, the 60's thing just adds a little swing to my step! — Bri

{Hanging out: (top to bottom): A.P.C. heart tee, Modcloth yellow scarf, Modcloth coral scarf, AG skinny jeans, Shopbop flats. Out Dancing (top to bottom): Topshop shift dress, Marni earrings, Anthropologie tights, J.Crew pumps.}

currently snacking on...


Have you guys ever had a canelé? While I've seen photos of them for a long time, I only first tried one earlier this year after my friend Mari introduced me to them. This petite French pastry has a custard batter that's baked inside the prettiest mold.


The result is a caramelized crust and custard-like inside. It has my favorite kind of texture—a mix of firm, with bite on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. It's how I love my cookies too. You might think I was fancy and made these, but I avoid baking French desserts at all costs. There are people who go to school for years for that kind of thing! I got this one at my favorite bakery in LA, Proof, and will happily let them be the experts at making them while I'll be the expert at eating them... — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy. spoons from Sucre Shop}

a day of "this & that"...

I've always wanted to create a real life version of our "this & that" column. So, I've partnered with HomeMint to create a day of what that might be like! I hope you guys enjoy...it was super fun to concept and make. And you can see all the items from the video right here {and a few are even on sale!}... — Joy

This video is brought to you by Oh Joy + HomeMint

{Video by Modshift. Music by Frances England.}

sustainable suds...


Last year, I created the branding and packaging for a line of soap called Hand in Hand. For every bar of soap purchased, another bar is donated to a child in need. We've been working on some brand new packaging to incorporate their new scents, and I'm thrilled to share some of my recent design work with you.




I art directed and designed the new packaging and worked with illustrator Emma Block to make our vision come to life with the help of her beautiful drawings. The soaps are available on Hand in Hand's website and will soon be at Anthropologie stores nationwide! — Joy

{photos by Hand in Hand}

happy friday + ruby's 1st haircut...


Ruby got her first haircut this week! Well, it was mainly a bang trim to get those bangs out of her eyes. It was the quickest hair cut ever, but someone was not so happy to have her head held and poked at while scissors came so close to her face. She cried for a minute near the end, but we all walked out 5 minutes later unscathed. She looks thrilled, right? And her short little bangs crack me up. She's totally kickin' it Parent Trap style.

Hope you guys have some fun things in store for the weekend. My in-laws come into town this afternoon for a week to get some one-on-one time with their granddaughter. I seriously cannot wait for my mother-in-law's Korean home cooking...yum. Enjoy your weekend guys! — Joy

Oh, and just a reminder to those of you in Chicago, if you're planning to attend the September 5th Blog, Inc. Book Party, please be sure to RSVP by early next week. The book doesn't officially come out until after this party, so we want to make sure to have enough for everyone there!

{photo of Ruby at 10.5 months by Oh Joy}

the {splendid summer} winners...


You guys did a seriously amazing job putting together your boards for the Splendid Summer contest. I reviewed over 900 boards and found myself getting inspired by so many images I had never seen as well as so many awesome Pinterest accounts that I've since started following. It was tough to narrow down the winners, but I chose the top 4 {grand prize winner + 3 runners-up} based on those who created a mood that felt cohesive within the board and made me want to jump right into their vision of their perfect summer.


Megan G. from Minneapolis, MN is our grand prize winner for her beautiful retro-inspired board. The colors, mix of photos and illustrations, and retro-style images of summer really captured a mood that I just loved. Megan won the grand prize of an Apple iPad in a Clare Vivier for Splendid case, a $500 Splendid gift card, Splendid skin care products, and a Splendid towel and bag.


Lindsay M. from Brooklyn, NY captured her summer in a more photo documentary way, and I loved the outdoorsy nature of the images she selected.


Amy H., a student in New York, created an eclectic and vibrant version of her perfect summer with colorful and quirky images.


Finally, Minna S. from Washington, D.C., put together a board that looks like a big bowl of rainbow sherbet with it's consistent color story throughout images of fashion, food, and home decor. These three lucky ladies receive $250 Splendid gift card, Splendid skin care products, and a Splendid towel and bag.

Also, a few more from the top 10 whose boards I really enjoyed: Jennifer Stuart, Honest Vintage, Jennifer Govero, and Sina Richert. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter and for showing me your summer! — Joy

{first photo by Bonnie Tsang, board montages by Oh Joy pulled from each winner's Pinterest board linked above}

{outside/inside} an outdoor 8...

oh joy | outside/inside | an outdoor 8

OUTSIDE / An abandoned tricycle rounds the curve of a figure-8 on the lawn of this child-friendly home...

oh joy | outside/inside | an outdoor 8

...while INSIDE, the décor is chipper and bright! Saturated and bold hues of color with the contrast of wood, cork, and wire. Everyday items take on quirky shapes—like a camera-shaped candle or wire wound into a DIY lamp. I can imagine wall-to-wall chalkboard paint in the house, ready for on-the-fly doodling! —Joanna

{from left to right, top to bottom: lemon gumdrop pendant from Serena & Lily, caravan dresser from Branch, Hee lounge chair from A+R, coil lamp DIY kit from The Future Perfect, companions bedside table from The Future Perfect, beeswax camera candle from Branch, polka dot wall vase from Poketo, German chalk set from Terrain.}

{image by photographer Radim Peško}