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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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happy space: traci's library

happy space: traci's library / via oh joy!

We're back with our second HAPPY SPACE where our Creative Content team, Julia and Jess, design a room for everyone on the Oh Joy! team based on what makes us happy and isn't a room they have right now, like an arboretum...or a library! A library doesn't have to feel stuffy and stiff. It can be lounge-y and relaxing, and that's exactly what they created for Traci, our Social Media Manager. Traci majored in Creative Writing in college, so libraries are her jam. Check it out...

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oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

I am SO close to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! We are not quite finished yet with our house project, but I am hoping we will be in by the end of the year! In the meantime, I thought I'd share a peek at some progress happening by way of...all the tile! I've found a new love for tile with this house project because it allowed me to work with so many different materials and tile combinations that you don't get to even consider when you're renting an apartment (like we've been for the last 9 years). Here's a peek at some of the tile that's going into our home as we speak!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

Here's an update look at our Girls' bathroom which I shared the inspiration for back in February. There were so many helpful votes about which tile shape to go with, and we went with option two to keep it clean, yet fun, and to pair well with the rest of the accessories and colors that'll be in this room. I love this glass tile by Fireclay (in Rosy). It's sophisticated, yet soft, and adds a lovely glow with the glass.

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

The floor of this powder room is coming to life! I love the touch of brass inlay in this cement tile by Tabarka. We were able to use this tile because the room is super small and it added some lovely detail. It would have been too expensive and not as practical to implement this into a larger bathroom. But for this guest powder room, it's just perfect.

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

I'll be sharing a full post about our Master Bathroom soon (which had A LOT of changes and headache along the way), but here is a peek at some of the tile going in there with carrara marble tile by Clé Tile which is beautiful, versatile, and so durable. Along with this Zellige Tea Ceremony tile (not shown yet), it's going to be a dream...

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

Here's another guest bathroom (which we've yet to show you the full inspiration, but that's coming!). But, I just had to show you this combination of Fireclay's Venetian Green tile on the shower walls with Concrete Collaborative's terrazzo tile on the floor. It's beautiful, handsome, and playful all at the same time.

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

oh joy builds a house update: tiles, tiles, tiles! / via oh joy!

Finally, these Fireclay tiles in Harvest and Fallow were a fun way to bring pattern into a couple of other spaces. There's some super fun wall tile that will be paired with both of these floors, but that's to be saved to share with you on another day :). Plus, we still have all the tile in the kitchen to show you!

I feel like an expert on tile now, so if you have any questions about why we used what and what I'd recommend for various rooms and spaces, please feel free to ask in the comments below!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture and Interiors by Project M+. Written by Joy Cho.} 

painted color-block pumpkins...

painted color-block pumpkins... / via oh joy!

Can you believe Halloween is THIS WEEK!? If you're looking for a super colorful and fun last-minute painted pumpkin DIY, try color blocking them! It's really easy and makes a bold statement. Check it out...

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beautiful and functional pieces for the kitchen...

beautiful and functional pieces for the kitchen / oh joy!

Our kitchen is currently being installed so slowly (but surely), I'll have a new kitchen to make memories in! As I've been purging and sorting through our kitchen supplies to get ready to start packing, I've unearthed so many pieces that I've had and used for 10 years or more. There are some pieces that I use almost every day, and some that I haven't touched in years. Moving can be SO painful, but I'm excited to purge and keep only the things we really need. And, after living in the same place for 9 years with the same kitchen pieces, it will be nice to refresh with some quality pieces that can last us another decade. Here are a few of my favorite, beautiful, and functional pieces to use in the kitchen. These also make great housewarming gifts or as a treat to yourself!

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color adventures: an orange-inspired living room!

color adventures: a rust living room / via oh joy!

Happy Monday! We're starting the week off with a gorgeous living room for this month's Color Adventures: tonal orange. You might think designing a room based on orange would be tricky, but RUST is in the orange family. And, it's one of our favorite colors of the season. Rust paired with peach and gold makes this room a dream come true...

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a fall wreath + door decal diy...

a fall wreath + door decal diy... / via oh joy!

Bring on the fall decor! Autumn color schemes usually skew towards burnt oranges, browns, and deep reds. But today, we're showing you how to bring in some fresh color (while still feeling autumnal and chic!) with a fun door decal DIY and a gorgeous wreath. Here's what you need to know to recreate both for your home...

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