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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!


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...


setting up a home office in a small space...

Setting Up a Home Office in a Small Space...  / via Oh Joy!

If you have a smaller home or apartment and need a sometimes home office, creating a dedicated office space can be low on the priority list. But it's SO nice to have a space ready when you do need to work from home for a bit, pay those bills, or sit down and write letters. So today, we're showing you how you can create a small home office either as part of a guest room or a small corner of another main space in your home! It just takes up one corner, and with a few key elements, it truly feels like its very own special place. Here's are a few key tips...


cozy up with our newest pillow collection...

Oh Joy! Pillows

HOORAY! You can now get cozy with our new Oh Joy! Pillow Collection! Pillows are such an easy and cost-effective way to add a bright dose of color and cheer into your home. So for our collection, we've partnered with our friends at Peking Handicraft to bring you eight joyful pillows that can be added to a living room, bedroom, or kid's room. Each one is designed with our signature Oh Joy! colors and patterns, and they're certain to bring a smile to any space. Come check them out...

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy!

Meet Radiant Sunshine! Our new collection has lots of fun shapes, including round pillows, which I love! This one incorporates lots of colors and a fun, whimsical smiley face. 

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Love Pillow

Here we have a mix of pillows—All Smiles, Love, and Abstract Fields—which I love when styled together, too! They make a playful, positive statement for the office, living room, or bedroom. 

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Hooray Pillow

This Hooray pillow is perfect for when you want to cheer loud and clear! Rainbow letters are extra fun and the perfect way to add a dash of rainbow love to any space.

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy!

Ice Cream Sprinkles and Full Hearts make the perfect pair for a nursery, kid's room, or for anyone who loves ice cream as much as we do ;)

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Love Pillow

You can shop all eight designs at ohjoy.com now! They all look amazing individually or in groups if you want to mix-and-match to create your own colorful oasis. 

Oh Joy! Pillows

P.S. That's not all! We just launched a ton of fresh new finds for summer over on the shop, so go check it out here now!

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

styling with a rug in your dining room...

styling with a rug in your dining room / via oh joy!

Do you have a rug in your dining room!? I know some people steer clear of them in places where food is involved, but today we're here to show you how great it can be! Rugs are a practical way to define a dining space visually while adding color, personality, and texture. Here's how...


give your coffee table a makeover...

A Coffee Table Makeover / Oh Joy!

Paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to add some new life to a plain (or older) piece that feels just so-so. Today, we're showing you how to take a simple wooden coffee table and give it a makeover with just a few supplies...


easy color-block shelves...

easy color-block shelves... / via oh joy!

It's nothing new that we love color-blocking here at Oh Joy! There are SO many fun ways to color-block with shelves (like this or this). But for this bright, whimsical playroom, we thought it would be fun to add in painted color-blocked walls and then incorporate shelving into the space. It creates a great focal wall that is stylish, functional, AND allows you to introduce even more color into your space. Check it out...


a colorful picnic table for your kids...

A Colorful Picnic Table for Your Kids... / DIY via Oh Joy!

Summertime means lots of playing outdoors and tons of PICNICS! So today, we're showing you how to make this fun striped kids' picnic table to put right in your own backyard...


simple ways to add joy to your sink…

Who Knew Softsoap Could Help?

Bring A Splash of JOY to Your Sink... / via Oh Joy!

Bring A Splash of JOY to Your Sink... / via Oh Joy! // Softsoap Shea & Cocoa Butter scent

I'm all about finding and creating small moments throughout the day where I can add unexpected doses of joy and color. So today, we're showing you how to bring happiness to a space that typically doesn't get much attention...the sink! That's right! We wash our hands SO many times throughout the day, so why not make it feel more special? Today, we’ve partnered with Softsoap to show you three really fun ways to transform your kitchen and bathroom sink into a beautiful space that'll be sure to put a smile on your face! Their Décor Collection has FIVE beautiful bottles that will bring a pop of color to the sink while sparking small moments of happiness with their lavish scents. Check it out...


oh joy builds a house: the kids' rooms!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kids' Room / via Oh Joy!

Ahhhh...drywall is in! And, it's time to show you a peek at one of my favorite rooms...the kids' rooms! My girls currently share a room in the apartment we live in. In our new house, they will each have their own smaller room. But they love sharing so much that we've decided to have them share for a little while longer and let them split up later when they're ready. So, for now, one room will be their shared bedroom, and one will be their play/craft room. Here's a peek...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kids' Room / via Oh Joy! // Graphic Wonderland a Kids' Room

Mixing in some items from their current room (see the evolution here) with some newer pieces, the two rooms mix neutrals like white, wood, and brass with pops of color as I've always loved from their current room. These two smaller rooms are connected by their shared bathroom.

1. Eleanor Bowmer wallpaper, 2. Bunk Beds by Oeuf, 3. Cedar and Moss Fjord Light, 4. Tamar Mogendorff Shell Pillows and Aelfie Lion Pillow, 5. Schoolhouse mini ledges, 6. Aurora Petal Wallpaper by Calico, 7. Speckle wallpaper by Studio Cope, 8. Craft table by Nico & Yeye and Chairs by Nico & Yeye, 9. Reform closet doors, 10. Oh Joy! for Lorena Canals washable rug, 11. Oeuf bookshelf (from their current room), 12. Mohawk wood floors in Beachwood Oak.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kids' Room / via Oh Joy!

Here are some things to consider when designing kids' rooms:

1. Design for longevityIf you're in a home that you hope to stay in for a while, bring in pieces that can evolve with your kids as they grow. For example, while we're getting a bunk bed for now, I chose a bunk bed design that can easily separate and be used individually. In the play/craft room, we have two smaller tables that will be pushed together to create one long table. But those tables can later separate to bring one into each room to also use as a desk for homework.

2. Custom elements. With something like bunk beds, you're missing out on floor space for the top bunk to have a traditional night stand. So, think of ways you can customize that area for maximum function. We're adding a small lighting source up top near the upper bunk and adding a place to hold books and other night time items with a brass floating shelf.

3. Let your kids give input. My kids are generally okay with things I pick out for their rooms, but they still love being involved and getting to have a say. For example, I showed them wallpapers and paint colors to see what they liked. There was a flamingo wallpaper I was initially thinking about for their room until my oldest daughter said, "Mommy, I really like it. But I wouldn't want it to be in the room I sleep in because I feel like the flamingoes would be staring at me all the time." Noted! And I saw that as a very relevant point and switched wallpapers!

If you have little ones, how have you seen your kids' rooms evolve and change over the years? Anything you wish you did differently?

Check out my post at over at Architectural Digest's Clever to see some of my initial inspirations for the rooms.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors in collaboration with Cleo Murnane at Project M+. All other layouts by Joy Cho.}