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matching terrazzo pitcher + cups diy...

Matching Terrazzo Pitcher + Cups DIY / via Oh Joy!

Picnic seasons is in full swing, so today, we're showing you how to take a simple pitcher and glass set and turn it into a terrazzo masterpiece! Here's how...

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color adventures: oh joy wears blue!

Color Adventures: Oh Joy! Wears Blue / via Oh Joy!

Today, I'm back with some very blue outfits for the last Color Adventures of July! Blue has always been one of my favorite colors to wear because it comes in a range of shades and has so many different personalities! Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear blue right now...

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back to school must-haves...

Back To School Must-Haves... / via Oh Joy!

Can you believe it's back-to-school time already?! We're gearing up here at Oh Joy! with our favorite items to head back to school in style. Whether it's a little one headed back to school or things to get you organized and refreshed for fall, we've got lots of items to make the transition back into the school year colorful, functional, and fun! Here are our top picks...

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oh joy builds a house: a construction update + both good and bad things that have happened...

Oh Joy! Builds A House: A Construction Update + Both Good and Bad Things That Have Happened... / via Oh Joy!

It's been a few months since I've given you an update on what's happening inside the construction of our house! We now have walls, doors, and windows! Plus, finishes (like tile and floors) are starting to go in! Here's a mini walk-through video for you...

This (almost) 5 year process has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least, so I wanted to share some of the awesome (but also not-so-awesome) things that have happened recently...

Oh Joy! Builds A House: A Construction Update + Both Good and Bad Things That Have Happened... / via Oh Joy!

Not-so-awesome things:

Break-ins. We were given a heads up when we started this project that break-ins are unfortunately very common on construction sites. I was in complete denial because I just believe that most people are good people. But we've unfortunately had a handful of break-ins over the course of this project with the most recent being not too long ago. People mostly steal tools and sell them to pawn shops. Even though it's not a house that we yet live in and so many people are currently working there everyday, it still feels completely violating.

Money Stress. I have never been so stressed about money in my whole life. Everyone tells me that home ownership changes the game, and they weren't kidding. Being a renter thus far in my adult life has sheltered me from this feeling of knowing the stress of owning property that is yours...plus, all the responsibilities that come with it.

I Cry a lot. I'm already a very emotional person, and I cry probably once a week lately. It's a lot of things to manage on top of my regular job, running a business, and trying to have some sort of life. There are some days I just want to give up and undo all of it. I truly do try to remind myself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and my husband has been so amazing is reminding me of that!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: A Construction Update + Both Good and Bad Things That Have Happened... / via Oh Joy!

Awesome things:

It's starting to look like a real house! Once the walls went up, it all started feeling much more real. It was no longer just this pile of dirt that we looked at for years! We are now able to walk through and actually see how the space is coming together, where things will go, and where my family will be living.

Having control over where we live and what we do to/for our house. No more broken faucets due to faulty old plumbing or having to wait for a landlord to fix something that always breaks! I've rented for so long that I gotten used to having to make do with old parts that constantly break. To know that we can fix something or change something on our own feels very freeing.

Seeing all of our hard work pay off. This project has been nothing short of time-consuming and stressful. But when I have a moment to take a deep breath and really take it in, it's pretty incredible when I let myself appreciate how hard my husband and I have worked to save and save (and will continue to save) over the course of our adult lives for this forever home for our family.

{Photos by Lily Glass and Morgan Pansing. Video by Jenner Brown. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors in collaboration with Cleo Murnane at Project M+. All other layouts by Joy Cho. My pink dress is Kate Spade, boots are Red Wing Heritage. Written by Joy Cho.} 

Julia's 3/300: Flying Trapeze!

Julia's 3/300: Flying Trapeze! // via Oh Joy! // Trapeze School New Year + Los Angeles

Hi! I'm Julia. I'm the Creative Content Director and Stylist over here at Oh Joy! I handle all of the creative conception and production for the daily blog posts, production for our photoshoots, as well as prop styling all of the other photos you see on social media and on the Oh Joy! Shop. You've probably also seen me singing or dancing while I work! 

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abstract pattern scribble diy...

Abstract Pattern Scribble DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Abstract patterns are everywhere, and what we really like about them is that you can replicate them on your own very easily! We're here today to show you just HOW easily it can be done by taking a plain and inexpensive pair of sandals and a backpack and creating our very own scribble abstract design on each! It's fool proof and super cute. We call it the "scribble method." Check it out...

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color adventures: a blue sitting room...

Color Adventures: A Blue Seating Area... / via Oh Joy!

We're back with another chic room for this month's Color Adventures! For July, we're all about BLUE, so we created a super relaxing seating area with all different shades of the most calming color there is. Check it out...

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so you want to write a book?

How to Pitch a Book Idea by Joy Cho

Whether it’s been a dream since you were a kid or something that just got added to your bucket list last week, turning an idea for a book into a reality can seem completely overwhelming. How does it happen? Who do you talk to? Do you find a publisher? Do you self-publish? I'm here to help! I’ve pitched, developed, and written a range of books (6 in total published by next year!), and I want to share everything I know with YOU! My new 40-page downloadable workbook, "How to Pitch a Book Idea" is here!

How to Pitch a Book Idea by Joy Cho

In the guide, I'll offer insight on...

  • Concepting and refining your book idea
  • Getting a publisher versus self-publishing
  • Researching publishers for your book idea
  • Everything you need to know about book agents
  • Putting together the book pitch!
  • Submitting the pitch
  • What to do if you receive a no or a yes!

We're offering it for a limited early bird rate of $10 for the downloadable workbook. So get it now, and let's get your dreams of being an author realized!

P.S. If you're in Los Angeles (or want to travel here to hang out ;), I just added TWO in-person business workshops in September (about freelancing and licensing your work). See more details and come join me right here!

Oh Joy! Workshops

{Photos by Lily Glass, Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Workbook written by Joy Cho.}

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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