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dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover!

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

As we put the finishing touches on Oh Joy! Builds A House, it's been so fun to start getting the outdoor areas ready for Spring! I'm so excited to finally have an outdoor area to invite all my family and friends over that I couldn't wait to get a jump start on these spaces. So today, in partnership with Target, I'm sharing a peek at our deck area for the whole family and a balcony space for the kids! Come take a look...

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

I can't tell you how much it means to me to finally have an outdoor space to entertain. When designing our house, there was a big emphasis on outdoor areas where we could have friends over, host summer barbecues, have spontaneous dance parties, and a place to sit back and relax on any given day. We're lucky that the weather in Los Angeles is pretty temperate all year round, so our patio space is really an extension of our kitchen, dining, and living rooms. We divided the large deck into two main areas—a lounge space for sitting and relaxing and an outdoor dining area for meals of all kinds. In order to provide lots of seating in this larger deck area, I combined a mix of love seats, individual lounge chairs, and an epic egg chair.

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

Since the deck is separate from the house, it feels like a super casual and cozy place to entertain that'll always be prepped and ready for spontaneous get-togethers. It was really important to us that the space be inviting and cozy, so we piled pillows on every seating area, threw in a fun egg chair that is so comfortable I could curl up there all day long, and packed in the faux plants to help remind us spring is near. Faux plants have never looked better (seriously, several people asked me if this banana leaf tree was real as I walked to checkout in Target!). Faux plants are great for adding texture, life, and color to any space—indoor or out—without having to worry about constant watering and upkeep. 

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

Here, we have an outdoor dining area that seats 6-10 people (the table extends!) which is perfect for having other families over for dinner or when we want to entertain friends at our house. I also love that it easily flows to the lounge space for when you're having a party, and the dining table serves as food or snack central for people to hang around. When we're not actively entertaining, some items to always keep here include outdoor lanterns to light up those spring and summer evenings as well as plants (even faux!) to keep the area looking alive and inviting.

Sources shown: Love seatsEgg chairGold side tablesCoffee tableClub chairsFloral lumbar pillowsYellow pillowsStriped rugDining tableDining chairsUmbrellaUmbrella baseGold lanternsWhite lanternsFaux fiddle leaf figFaux bird of paradiseFaux grassAqua gray rugMetal side tablesFloral square pillowsAqua dots pillowsBlue lumbar pillowsBlue square pillowsBlack pillowsFaux banana leaf treeFaux billy ball plantsmall faux succulentFaux string of pearls succulentFaux cactusFaux rosemary.

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

In addition to our deck patio, our kids will have their own small balcony space off of their rooms. It's an enclosed area where they can hang out and read, chill, and just get outside. I'm always happy for them to have space to do a wide variety of activities outside to help limit their screen time. Since their rooms aren't big, we think of it as an extension to their space where they can have a mini retreat away from mom and dad ;).

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

Since we wanted this space to feel like their own little oasis, we brought in tons of pillows and faux plants. Their balcony is a relatively small space, but just the perfect size for a love seat, coffee table, a side table with plenty of room on the floor to play. Since my kids LOVE hanging around on the floor, we added a durable rug and lots of floor pillows to make their lounging extra comfy. I love imagining them coloring, reading, chatting, and hanging out with their friends here! Really giving yourself a functional and playful balcony is such a fun way to extend living space even in apartments or other urban spaces where the balcony may be the only outdoor area.

dreaming of spring with my outdoor makeover! / via oh joy!

Sources shown: Love seat & coffee table setrugside tableLED fairy lightsParty floral round floor cushionYellow pillowsWhite lanternsDotty round floor cushionParty floral lumbar pillowCoral round floor cushion.

Spring is calling my name already!

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

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

a bird house for your little valentine...

a bird house for your valentine... / via oh joy!

Some birdie loves you! We love a good pun, and these cute bird house valentines are full of them. They make for an inexpensive and unique gift, AND they double as a fun craft for your mini valentine! It's the gift that keeps on giving. Check it out...

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the glitter drawer diy of your little one's dreams...

Glitter Drawer DIY / via Oh Joy!

If you love glitter as much as we do, you're in luck! Today, we're showing you how to give your dresser an extra sparkly makeover with glitter drawers inspired by the fun floors at the Meri Cherry studio. For this project, you can make it permanent if you know you'll want extra glam for the long haul, or you can make it semi-permanent if you don't want to fully commit. Either way, the sparkle will be sure to make you smile. And, kids will love helping out on the project. Check it out...

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candy charcuterie for Valentine's Day...

candy charcuterie for Valentine's Day... / via oh joy!

I WANT CANDY! When we think of Valentine's Day, we think of lots of pink and red hearts, sweet treats, handmade valentine cards, and tons of candy! So today, we're showing you a super fun way to incorporate chocolate and candy galore with a fun sweet treat charcuterie board (aka our dream come true!). Check it out... 

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faux florals for winter...

faux florals for winter... / via oh joy!

We love plants over here at Oh Joy! They bring life and texture to any room, any time, any where. We've shown you how to style statement branches (a little goes a long way!), and we've shared lots of ways to bring plants into the home.

So today, we're here to show you two ways to style faux spring florals specifically for the winter months! Bringing plants into the home during winter is crucial since there's not a lot of greenery happening outside. Check it out...

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how to come up with a name for your business...

how to come up with a name for your business... / via oh joy!

Over at the Oh Joy! Academy, I've been teaching various topics for small business owners to help them grow and take their business to the next level. BUT, what if you don't already have a business and want to start one? I created this free PDF called, "What Kind of Business (or Side Hustle) Should I Start?" for those interested in the idea of starting something. Since then, I've been wanting to address some of the early business basics that comes after that. So today, we're talking about How to Come Up with a Name for Your Business!

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color adventures: green abstract outfits...

color adventures: green abstract outfits... / via oh joy!

Now that we're mixing patterns in with our Color Adventures, my outfits this month are filled with green AND abstract prints! I'm trying out the new Nuuly clothing rental program, so you'll see a few pieces from them. Check it out...

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book review: make your kid a money genius (even if you're not)

Book Review: Make Your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Kobliner

Last week, I mentioned that this book—Make Your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Kobliner—was on my list of reads for 2020. Well, I started and finished last weekend, and I can't recommend it enough! So I thought I'd do a slightly more in detail book review. Now that I've finished it, I can tell you why every parent should read this book...

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my executive office bathroom at oh joy: final reveal!

my executive office bathroom at oh joy: final reveal! / via oh joy!

While you've been seeing updates on my house progress, there's one room in the Oh Joy! office that was finished a while ago that we've never revealed to you! My office bathroom! We revealed my Executive Office exactly two years ago. And, just like any renovation, all this stuff takes time and money so it took a bit before this room became something more special than what it was...

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a simple popcorn knot cardigan diy...

a fun knot sweater diy... / via oh joy!

You know we're all about the popcorn sweater (Joy LOVES her handmade version from Misha and Puff). So today, we're showing you how to get a bit of that look by adding to your very own existing sweater! You can create the look on a sweater or cardigan, whatever your heart desires. Check it out...

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