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weekend project: a snowflake garland...

a snowflake garland diy... / via oh joy!

Happy Friday! I love holiday decor that is festive but not super traditional (and shake it up from the usual red and green combo). So today, we're showing you how to make a pretty and modern snowflake garland that makes for a fun weekend project! Using a pale robin blue instead of green and coral red instead of bright red, here's our take...

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a low-maintenance holiday dinner party...

a low-maintenance holiday dinner party... / via oh joy!

Now that it's December, I'm in full-on holiday mode! I love this time of year and gathering with friends and family, especially centered around delicious food. Sharing a meal with the people I love is truly one of my favorite things. So today, I've partnered with Corelle to show you easy ways to host a dinner party at your home! Hosting can be overwhelming if you let it. So here are a few of my tricks for keeping it (and you) cool, collected, and stress-free... 

a low-maintenance holiday dinner party... / via oh joy!

1. Have fun mix-and-match dishes available. Whenever setting a table, I always make sure to incorporate fun colors on the table, from the food I prepare to the plates I use. I love mixing and matching dinnerware because it makes it less fussy and creates a personalized look for the occasion. These stylish, playful patterned plates and bowls by Corelle are just perfect (we used the Terrazzo Rosa Collection and pieces from their Vivid Splash Collection!) because they are light yet so durable.

a low-maintenance holiday dinner party... / via oh joy!

a low-maintenance holiday dinner party... / via oh joy!

2. Use plates and bowls to make serveware! Not everyone has a full set of serveware at home (I don't!). So when hosting larger dinner parties, I love to get creative with pairings! You can recreate a cake stand using two bowls or bowls stacked on a plate (see pictured above!). Instead of using a large serving dish, I might stack a smaller plate on top of a larger plate. This makes it feel a little more special and fun. Corelle's new collections offer lots of different shapes, sizes, and bold designs making it really easy to mix and match to your heart's content! 

a low-maintenance holiday dinner party... / via oh joy!

3. Semi-homemade foods! Don't feel the pressure to cook everything from scratch. The easiest, stress-free dinner party is when you can pick up a bunch of sides, salads, and delicious pre-made foods from the grocery store. You can feel free to make a couple of things from scratch (only if you want to!). Then plate them and have them all out and ready for guests to help themselves!

a low-maintenance holiday dinner party... / via oh joy!

It's also always helpful when your dinnerware is durable so you don't have to worry about chips and cracks! These dishes are lightweight and durable...the best of both worlds! Shop the new collection here (or on Amazon!) and get ready to host all season long. By giving yourself easy ways to make a dinner party low maintenance and stress-free, you're more likely to have them and actually enjoy yourself in the process!

*This post is sponsored by Corelle.

Sources shown: Target Pirouette paint (past season), Target mirror, Ikea green cabinet, vintage striped glass & pitcher set, W&P pineapple shaker, Anthropologie bird glasses (past season), vintage rug, Society 6 pool print by Helo Birdie*, Society 6 color block print by Colour Poems*, Ban.do x Chasing Paper professional print*, Ikea gold floating shelves, West Elm shelves, Anthropologie glass knot, Anthropologie gold jack, Jonathan Adler dice, West Elm gold sculpture, Target gold bursts (past season), Ikea chairs, Ikea table (painted), vintage parfait glasses, Block Shop napkins, Oyoy pink pitcher, Oyoy pepper shaker, Oyoy pink planter. 

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

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

I have never had to think about cabinets in my entire life in the same way that I have had to think about them over the past year. Building a house from scratch meant thinking about a ton of different types of cabinets (bathrooms, kitchen, bookshelves, closets) all at once. It some ways, it was completely overwhelming. And in other ways—with the help of Project M+—I was able to look at all the rooms of our house like a family...each member of the family could be different but were also united in some way.

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

When we first looked at all of the options we had for cabinets, I went for two opposite ends of the spectrum. We got bids for building everything custom to the exact size for each space. And, we looked at what was already pre-made and could be plopped right in. I thought maybe I could swap out hardware of existing pieces and save a lot that way! But it turns out that the completely pre-made options were really hard to make fit in this blank new space. Pieces were just a tad too small or too big. On the flip side, doing everything custom was completely out of budget. So we ended up doing a mix of a few different things...

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

We decided to go semi-custom for a bunch of areas using Reform cabinets. Reform offers modern options for cabinet fronts that get installed onto Ikea bases. So you have the convenience and great pricing of working with all the sizing options that Ikea offers. But you have more options for panels and fronts. We used them here to do a custom color in the laundry room shown above...

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

...and used Reform Degree here in a bright white in our kitchen! As well as the Chelsea in another (yet to be revealed) area in the very first photo.

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

For the major closets in the house (master, kids' rooms, and entryway closet), storage was essential to make the most of each space as possible. For these major areas, we worked with California Closets to design and maximize the use of each of these spaces.

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

oh joy builds a house update: cabinets!

Finally, for a handful of areas where a semi-custom option would not fit or would not offer the exact type of storage needed, we did have some custom pieces built. We saved the custom pieces mostly for bathroom vanities and this built-in storage/desk area in our living room. Custom pieces made sense for areas with a unique size and in rooms that will be used very often whereas semi-custom solutions worked really well mostly everywhere else!

What have you worked with in the past? Pre-made, semi-custom, totally custom? Tell me yours pro's and con's! Or, any questions you have!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors in collaboration with Project M+. All cabinets linked above. Written by Joy Cho.} 

cyber monday in the oh joy! shop...

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Happy December and Happy CYBER MONDAY! As a small business, it's hard to have a lot of sales during the year, but we love doing them whenever we can to say thank you for your support. So today, we're thrilled to tell you that THE ENTIRE OH JOY SHOP! IS 20% OFF!

That's right. EVERYTHING! From home decor to toys to holiday decor...even our sale section! Just use the code CYBER20 at checkout now until this evening at 11:59PM PST. Here are a few of my favorites...

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a colorful nesting table diy...

a colorful nesting table diy... / via oh joy!

We're all about space-saving tricks for the home, especially when it comes to kids' stuff! While it's nice to have extra tables and storage on hand, it's even nicer when you're able to tuck them away when needed or consolidate multiple items into one. So today, we're showing you how to maximize nesting tables! Check it out...

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oh joy builds a house update: floors!

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

For the last 9 years, I've lived in an apartment with wall-to-wall carpet. I grew up with carpet in my parent's house so there's a certain coziness to it that reminds me of childhood. And, since we don't wear shoes in our house, carpet actually feels pretty great underfoot. BUT, carpet does feel a bit dated to me, and it's so much harder to keep clean with kids and pets and life! I can't tell you how many times a week we bust out our mini carpet cleaning machine to try and get some sort of stain out.

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

So when we had the chance to start fresh for flooring for our house, hardwood floors were a must. I researched a lot of brands and price points, and going with full-on true hardwood floors was just too costly on top of all of our other costs to build this house. So we decided to go with engineered hardwood flooring meaning that it's constructed of layers of both hardwood and plywood instead of just hardwood the whole way through. We chose Mohawk's Coastal Allure collection from Wayfair which features longer, wider planks in light, neutral tones so that the wood doesn't darken the room and makes it feels bright and open. This hardwood was also engineered to resist dirt and dents, hide scratches, and look oil-finished without all the costly maintenance. While we are waiting till next year to give you all the full final reveals, here are some more peeks showing you the wooden floors and details going in....

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

In our living room, we have a special hardwood floor detail...on the ceiling! This room has high ceilings and is meant to be the center for our family, so our team at Project M+ suggested adding wood to the ceiling to add a cozy factor to this modern home. This was one of the first areas that the wood flooring was installed and it really started to make the house come together. We chose a slightly lighter shade of the same Mohawk flooring for the ceiling (called "white" but is just a tad lighter shade of the floor color).

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

We have these hardwood floors throughout the entire house except in areas where the floors are likely to get wet (kitchen and all bathrooms).

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

oh joy builds a house update: floors!

And, we also were able to incorporate the wood flooring and mix it with other materials like this terrazzo tile detail on area of stairs!

Have you had experience with hardwood floors vs. engineered hardwood floors before? What do you think?

{Photos by Lily Glass and Morgan Pansing. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors in collaboration with Cleo Murnane at Project M+. Written by Joy Cho. This post is in partnership with Wayfair.}

color adventures: a purple dining room!

color adventures: a purple dining room! / via oh joy!

We're back with our second Color Adventures post of the month, and this time we're showing you how to style a dining room in my new favorite color ;). We layered lots of tonal purple shades to create a relaxing, inviting, and calming space. Check it out...

color adventures: a purple dining room! / via oh joy!

The rug! We brought in a bright lilac rug by Block Shop to give the room a bright pop of color! It has fun shapes to bring in a bit of pattern and fringe for a dose of texture. Pro tip: Add a thick rug pad underneath cotton rugs to help give them more structure and no-slip!

color adventures: a purple dining room! / via oh joy!

Greens! You might be thinking...this is a post about purple! But when looking at a focal color, we also want to show you colors that accent them. So we brought in lots of green for this space because it mixes so magically with purple. The deep green dining table compliments all the different purple shades, balances out the space, AND adds an air of sophistication. 

color adventures: a purple dining room! / via oh joy!

The gold metal chairs also help bring some sophistication to the space! 

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More purple! Finally, the magic of a color like purple is that it goes from light to dark, reddish to bluish, and therefore there are so many versions of it. We loved mixing violet, plum, and lavender here to create a rich and happy space!

Sources shown: Benjamin Moore Metro Gray paint, Benjamin Moore After the Rain paint, Society 6 multi-color abstract print by Sandra Poliakov*, Oh Joy! tulle print, Society 6 lady & cat print by Willian Santiago*, Society 6 abstract black print by Grace*, Society 6 flower field photo by Moriah Ziman*, Idlewild Cali print, Max Wanger black print (past season), Society 6 yellow ladies print by Isabelle Feliu*, Society 6 C'est La Vie print by June//Journal*, Target bench, Block Shop Textiles rug*, Wayfair chairs, Target round shag pillow, Ikea table (painted), Target table runner, Crate & Barrel plates, Block Shop Textiles napkins*, Ikea black flatware, Anthropologie glasses, Anthropologie white glass knot, HomeGoods green glass knot, My Comfy Zone faux fur*, World Market round purple pillow, Target basket, Target throw blanket, Target square purple pillow, West Elm round mauve pillow.

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

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)!

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

For my entire adult life, I have dreamed of having a nice bathroom that wasn't tiny or falling apart or where the sinks didn't have to be fixed every few months (which has pretty much been my experience with my adult rental apartments). I just want a bathroom that feels luxurious...and works! So, when we started designing this house five years ago, I wondered how our new bathroom could give me my most "Calgon, take me away!" experience...

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

When McShane at Project M+ initially asked for our must-haves for the master bathroom, it was all about the bathtub. I haven't taken a bath in my home or apartment since I lived with my parents over 22 years ago. To me, getting a grown-up home meant that I would get to draw myself a luxurious bath at the end of a long day and let Calgon take me away. I even made Bob get in the bathtub when we visited the Ferguson showroom years ago, so that we could find one we both felt comfortable in.

Other than a focal bathtub, my only other requirement was to have two sinks. I longed to never again have moments where our heads are butting over the sink while trying to wash faces and brush teeth on an early Tuesday morning while getting ourselves and our kids ready for the day. So here's a look at the design plan that came about...

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy! // original design

On the left of this drawing is a large window which serves as the focal point of the bathroom. The bathtub sits right by that window. Next to it, there is a separate, smaller shower. On the other side of the shower divided by a pony wall is the toilet which sits next to a double vanity. Five years ago when this layout was designed, we had one kid with one on the way. We didn't know how our lives as parents of two would really be and so the bathtub seemed like something that should take priority back then...

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

Fast forward to earlier this year when the house was being built and the rooms were being framed. It was the first time we got to walk through the spaces and feel everything come to life in true scale. When we walked through the space, it felt as if the jewel of the bathroom (the large window at the end) was mostly being taken up by this large tub that I wasn't sure would get used very often. I felt bad to question its presence but I knew if I didn't, I might regret it later. By the time we were seeing this stage of the build, we valued a great shower and didn't see baths being something we would take very often.

Perhaps we would take baths more often than we do now, but we wouldn't take them enough for it to take up a major footprint and leave us with a much smaller shower for daily use. So, we made the call to change the layout of the bathroom mid-way through construction, and we...REMOVED THE BATHTUB!

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy! // new design

In the updated layout, the area by the window (that was previously the bathtub) is now a large shower with two shower heads (one on each side of the wall if you can imagine one wall being where we are looking from). While the double shower might seem like a sexy boutique hotel detail, it honestly came out of practicality on those days where time is at a premium, and we both need to get ready at the same time.

Then, the toilet moved to a semi-enclosed area where the shower used to be. It has two pony (short) walls which means you're separated from the shower and vanity but not fully enclosed. By moving the toilet, it allowed the vanity to run the remaining length of that wall so we could really spread out a bit more. I am super happy with the changes and glad we caught it in time to be able to make a change that made more sense for our current lives.

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

Here's a peek at the space in real life in the process of being built!

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

Now, when it comes to tile, I love the clean and sophisticated look of the carrera marble tile, but I felt that we needed some other texture or color elsewhere so it wasn't all white and neutral. I still wanted it to feel serene and not as busy as some of the tile we have in other areas. So, while we were designing the interiors with Cleo at Project M+, we decided to change the tile that was planned for the vanity area to this Clé Tile zellige version instead. Because of the variance in color and texture, it added an extra depth to the bathroom that we were missing in the original design.

1. Clé Tile zellige in Tea Ceremony (for vanity backsplash), 2. Clé Tile Carrera Marble tiles for shower and floors, 3. Caesarstone Pure White for vanity countertop, 4. Schaub & Co. Lumiere Brass T-Knob for vanity pulls, 5. white oak vanity (custom).

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

Here's a look at the tile going in! Just when we thought this bathroom was done with changes, the grout went in and the contrast was just not right. When we chose grout way back when, we matched the grout to the marble tile grout thinking that it would look more consistent. But once it went in, the high contrast grout did not do this beautiful soft blue/green tile justice. It seems like such an obvious thing to choose grout that works with the tile, but we've had to make a millions little decisions along the way, that I just said YES and didn't look at it again before the grout went in...

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

While I love the tile, the grout on this type of tile should not stand out in order to let the tile really be the focus of the wall. Luckily, our installer has a tool that makes it easy and not expensive to make this change, so we are changing the grout this week to a lighter grey that will blend in much better.

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

Here's a sample mock-up that we looked at to compare the colors! I've learned my lesson now that that was something we should have looked at more closely before it went in.

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

Here's the fixed grout that JUST went in a couple days ago. It looks SO much better and now you really see the tile because the grout fades away more than it did before.

oh joy builds a house: our master bathroom (and the changes we made halfway through)! / via oh joy!

So, what do you think? Are we crazy for removing a bathtub from a master bathroom or changing the grout color? Would you have done the same or not?

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors in collaboration with Cleo Murnane at Project M+. Renderings by Project M+. All other layouts by Joy Cho. My boots are Red Wing Heritage*.} 

how to make a marbled planter...

how to make a marbled planter... / via oh joy!

Who remembers when we made these marbled hanging planters a few years ago? They were such a hit, that today, we're back to give them a fun update. We used more muted colors (less neon!) and opted to keep them as regular planters to place on a shelf or stack. It's such a fun way to bring multiple colors to a plain pot, and the possibilities are endless to create your own unique work of art. Check it out...

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color adventures: purple home decor

color adventures: purple home decor / OH JOY!

A new month means new Color Adventures! For November, we're all about PURPLE. If you've followed along for a while, you might know that I used to hate purple. It was my least favorite color ever, but now I'm coming around to it. I've even been joking that it's my new favorite color. So first up, we have home decor items all in my new favorite shade ;). Stay tuned for more outfits and a very purple room later this month!

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