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happy friday + flower fields...

The Flower Fields / Carlsbad, CA

Happy Friday! Yesterday, I was on CNBC which felt very fancy and a fun thing to have gotten to experience. But now, I am READY for the weekend and to slow down just a little bit! Last weekend, my family and I went to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA (just north of San Diego). My in-laws were in town, and they love gardens, so we figured we'd bring them to the biggest garden of all in a sea of ranunculus (one of my favorite flowers!). It was pretty magical...

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why I love styling with branches...

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Happy Monday! We talk a lot about how to style with flowers, but what about branches? There are SO many pretty trees, bushes, and plants that we see all the time and have in our own yards. So, let's take advantage of those plants blooming in our own backyard to bring the joy inside before they dry up and fade away!

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the prettiest painted plant stand...

The Prettiest Painted Plant Stand / DIY via Oh Joy!

I love spring for SO many reasons, but one is...all the greenery! Bringing plants into the home is one of my favorite things to do year-round, but spring is a great time to refresh and add new life to your space. SO, today we're showing you how to make these super simple plant stands which you can put any kind of plant (real or faux) and any kind of pot (decorative or simple!) on top of. They'll help keep your plants at varied heights, provide a buffer from any water spillage, AND they'll bring a great dose of color to your space. Here's what you need to know to make your very own...

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an easy rainbow floral arrangement

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We recently made this simple, but beautiful, arrangement for a video because it's so perfect for any last-minute gathering. If you're not super comfortable arranging florals, this is an easy way to make a statement with simple white flowers that doesn't require any florist skills! The trick is to use clear glass vases and then dye the water different colors so that it makes a rainbow effect! Here's how...

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a succulent jewelry box...

succulent jewelry box DIY

We love coming up with unique ways to display plants—particularly succulents because they are so hardy and easy to take care of. Today, we're showing you how to take this simple wooden jewelry box and turn it into a fun and modern vessel for a mix of your favorite succulents!

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plant life!

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

Plants add so much life to any room through their natural color and texture. Today, we wanted to show you a few bold ways to use plants in your home!

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

1. The Statement Shelfie — This is the "go big or go home" option. If you love plants and are not afraid to have a bunch (and you're okay with watering regularly), you can make a statement filling most of a shelf with plants. To really up the wow factor with your plants, make sure to use a variety of plants and a mix of shapes for pots and planters! This helps to add interest, shape, and texture. When working with a lot of plants, we like to cluster plants together in 3’s in varying heights in addition to some stand-alone pieces. Use artwork, books, and some other decorative objects to break up the plants. But in this version, the plants are the star of the show!

Props shown: Eric Trine plant stand, eSaleRugs rug, Target shelf, Target planter, Jenny Vorwaller painting, Target boxes, Modernica white/wood planterOh Joy! for Target gold lady planter, Anthropologie faux fur pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillow, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Target blue throw blanket.

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

2. Floored Flora — Sometimes we have empty corners at home that need a little something. Here's how you can fill in that area with a mix plants on the floor. Start with a large plant, then add a few more in various sizes to fill in the space. In addition to using planters and plant stands in a variety of sizes, you can also use books for an easy way to add height to smaller plants.

Props shown: eSaleRugs rug, Eric Trine mint and white plant stands, Modernica gray/wood planter, Anthropologie pillow, Ai Modern credenza, Target white ribbed planter, Ban.do glass boxes, Monroe Workshop wooden figurine, Modernica white/wood planter.

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3 Ways to Bring Plants into Your Home

3. Just a Touch — If you're not quite ready to go too bold with plants, you can start with a small area to focus on...like a side table! Cluster a few small plants on an end table in varying heights with different textures. By putting them in various planters of the same color, they feel like they belong together, yet still varied enough to add interest.

Props shown: Target rug, Target blue throw blanket, Oh Joy! for Target cloud pillow, Arro Home pillow, Joybird pink sofa, Jeff Mindell palm tree print, Calais Le Coq motel print, Target white planter, Modernica white/wood planter.

Some of our favorite indoor plants include: ZamioculcasDracaena MassangeanaNeanthe Bella PalmEpipremnum Aureum, and Dieffenbachia.

What do you guys think? Would you go super bold like the first version or more minimal like the third? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong. Props shown in intro image: eSaleRugs pink round rug, Anthropologie shag pillow, Arro Home pillow, Modernica gray planter}

3 unexpected places to display plants at home...

3 unexpected places to display plants at home

When I buy or receive a plant for my house, I tend to put them in the same spots—on the dining table, to the side of my TV (where my kids can't reach it), or on my desk at work. But since flowers and plants make everything better, I wanted to share a few not-so-typical places to put them. Once you try it, you'll never resort to the same old, same old spots again!

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shortcuts...

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

We have a new series of short-length videos called "Shortcuts by Oh Joy!". They provide easy and quick tips that you can watch in less than a minute. These videos will only be posted on our Oh Joy Facebook page and YouTube channel, so please "like" the page or subscribe to the channel to see them regularly.

Click here to watch the first one!

{Video by Casey Brodley, production by Jessica Hongand styling by Julia Wester.}

clustering tabletop centerpieces...

clustering tabletop centerpieces

One of my favorite mantras when it comes to simple decor—whether for a temporary party or an everyday area in your home—is to "cluster it"! In many cases, things just look better in multiples. So today, we wanted to show you how you can create a table centerpiece using a few different types of things that you might already have at home...

clustering tabletop centerpieces

1. Found Objects - whether that means vintage knick-knacks you have been collecting, leftover paper balls from your last party, or even your kid's toys, by grouping them together, they create a vignette that would look great on a table for a party or on the top of a mantle for everyday decor that you can easily change as you wish.

clustering tabletop centerpieces

2. House Plants - If you have lots of small plants around your home, gather them all together in a nice neat row, add some confetti, and you've got an easy centerpiece for a dinner party...made with some things you already had.

clustering tabletop centerpieces

3. Flowers in drinking glasses - Rather than having to buy a ton of vases, simply use drinking glasses to hold a group of your favorite blooms. Whether on a coffee table or a party buffet table, each glass only needs to hold a few flowers, but it adds immediate impact by clustering them all together.

No matter what you use, the idea is simply to take multiples of one thing and put them together to instantly style an area that needs a little extra love.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney.} 

mini valentine's brooch bouquets...

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

While flowers are an obvious gift to give for Valentine's Day, they are also always a people pleaser. There are very few people in the world who don't like flowers (and if you don't like them, I want to know who you are!). Whether you're gifting your mom, your teacher, your co-workers, or your besties, here are some Mini Valentine's Brooch bouquets that are super easy to put together...

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

All you'll need are your favorite blooms, some pins (we used both new and vintage), and strips of leftover fabric to tie the bouquets. Simply assemble your mini bouquet with blooms of your choice, then wrap the stems and tie with a strip of fabric. Pin your brooch to the fabric for a decorative accent that your gal pal can also wear later on her collar and think of you every time she does!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

And, don't forget to add non-floral plants like kumquats off your tree or basil for an extra dose of color, texture, and fragrance. We topped this one with a vintage brooch I've had for years!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

Or use a modern pin like this one from Ban.do for your nearest and dearest. You can make the bouquets up to one day before you're planning to give them out. If you make them in advance, make sure to keep each bouquet in cool water in the fridge and then tie them and pin them right before giving them out!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and florals by Julia Wester}