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DIY colorful painted mugs!

Pretty Painted Mug DIY / via Oh Joy!

I love adding splashes of color in unexpected places, like to the bottom of clear glass mugs! It makes for the perfect party glasses and are extra fun when filled with a sparkly clear beverage. Take a look...

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tile love...

Oh Joy Favorite Tiles

As I work on finishes for our house, I've been immersed in the world of tile lately, and there are SO many good options. And, since I don't like keeping things to myself, I had to share a few of my favorites with you...

1. Tabarka Kavim, 2. Oh Joy for Clé pinwheel tile, 3. Fireclay Ogee, 4. Tabarka Kavim, 5. Juju Fruit Salad, 6. Fireclay Runway.

a play room to grow with...

A Super Sophisticated Play Room... / via Oh Joy!

Whether it's a room or a corner in your living room, a playroom doesn't have to look or feel young when it comes to the styling! So today, we're showing you how you can make a playroom look sophisticated and decorate it in such a way that it can grow and change with your kids over the years. Check it out... 

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wallpaper love...

Oh Joy! Loves Wallpaper

As I work on the interiors of my home, I've been having a great time exploring new wallpaper collections and dreaming of new spaces. I had to share a few of my favorites with you in case you're searching to spruce up a room yourself!

1. Eleanor Bowmer pink leopard, 2. Anewall citrus, 3. Calico ursa, 4. Juju Papers bomba, 5. Drop it Modern bosom. 6. Urban Outfitters pink current.

our valentine's shop is now open!

Now Open: The Oh Joy! Valentine's Day Shop

Our Oh Joy! Valentine's Day shop is officially open! We've filled it with lots of love for YOU, your valentine, and your galentines. There are even a few brand NEW items just added. Come check it out...

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color adventures: a pretty in pink room!

Color Adventures: A Pretty in Pink Room / ...via Oh Joy!

We're back with one more very pretty in pink Color Adventures for this month! We focused on ALL things pink for this super sweet seating area. Here's are few tips to recreate a space like this of your very own...

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how to style a credenza 3 different ways...

How to Style a Credenza 3 Different Ways... / via Oh Joy!

A credenza is a functional piece of furniture that can find its way into pretty much any room. So today, we're showing you how to take a credenza and style it in three completely different ways depending on your living situation! If you share your space, don't, or have kids to factor in, we've got a way to make the most of your credenza and tailor it to your specific needs. Check it out...

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weekend project: a cool terrazzo table diy...

A Cool Terrazzo Table DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! If you're looking for a project for the weekend, today, we're showing you a fun way to take a simple wood table and turn it into a super cool terrazzo-inspired table. Terrazzo is super in right now, but it can be spendy. So here's a VERY easy way to give an old piece of furniture new life and some sparkly personality. Plus, it makes a fun weekend project! Come check it out...

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Oh Joy! Builds A House: The Interior Layout of our Home!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: The Interior Layout of our Home!

When we last left off with the design process, I shared the exterior design and architecture of our home with you! While the house was being designed, we had weekly meetings with our architect to review each step and the design plans as they evolved and needed tweaks. I remember being SO pregnant at the time with my second baby (this is back in 2014 when we designed the house!), and there was so much to consider. We were designing and building for our future life with two kids (a life I wasn't living in YET), so it's wild to see this house now coming to life with our two kids now being 4 years older since it was originally designed by our architects at Project M+. Here's a look at how the layout of the house was designed to consider form, function, and our family's needs....

Oh Joy! Builds A House: The Interior Layout of our Home!

As a refresher, the overall shape of the house is like a "U" on the bottom with a long rectangle on the top. It was designed to give flow and movement between the inside and outside and really make the house feel one with the outdoors. When you look at a house to buy, layout is something you notice but you don't have a ton of say over. The layout of an existing home may be important in your decision to buy a house, but often you work with what exists. So in thinking about layout for our home build, we had to retrain our brains to think about how we wanted rooms to flow with one another because we actually had the ability to decide...!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: The Interior Layout of our Home!

The First Floor: When we were thinking about how the rooms were positioned, we started with the bottom floor. This is the heart of the home where we will spend most of our awake hours and where we will entertain with friends and family. With the U shape, the two largest rooms and biggest areas for entertaining were at the ends of the "U". They both surround the outdoor area so it made sense for us to focus those larger areas on the living room and the kitchen. We did away with the idea of a formal living room and more casual living room because we wanted to take advantage of the outdoor space, and we didn't really feel the need to have two living rooms like some homes have.

Also, while I would normally want the kitchen and living room to be side by side and spill into one another, the unique shape of the bottom floor makes it such that you can see the living room from the kitchen and vice versa through the large glass doors in the courtyard. Since we'll have an outdoor dining area, we're making our kitchen island a spot for quicker meals inside and the more official dining room in the back of the house by the kitchen.

Oh Joy! Builds A House: The Interior Layout of our Home!

The Second Floor: The second floor is all about the spaces we retreat to for relaxation and rest. Similar to how traditional two-story homes are laid out, all of the bedrooms are upstairs. With the desire to mix indoor and out, the master bedroom has a balcony and the girls' rooms share a balcony. It's a 4-bedroom home. And while we designed it so each of our girl's has their own room, they LOVE sharing a room currently in our apartment, so we'll keep them together until they are ready for their own spaces. The second kid's room will serve as their playroom until then.

When it comes to the master bedroom, we didn't need a huge bedroom. Sometimes I walk into homes, and the master bedroom is the size of a whole apartment! For us, it was more important to have double sinks in our bathroom and a bigger closest. I am finally getting a walk-in closet! If you follow me on Instagram stories and have seen my TINY closest, you know part is extra thrilling for me :P

Finally, our 4th bedroom will serve as an office/guest room. We don't have quite enough space in this house to have a separate stand-alone guest room, so this felt like a great way to double up on potential use of the last room. If you have any questions about any of this, please leave a comment below!

Check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever for tips on what to consider when deciding the layout of your house during a custom build or major home renovation. Plus, I'll start sharing my design inspiration for each room with you in upcoming posts! 

{Photos by Lily Glass. Architecture renderings by Project M+

a clever way to store toys!

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In my place, my kids do not have a separate playroom, so their play and craft areas are mixed in with our living room. If you're in the same camp, sometimes it feels like toys can completely take over the living room. So today, we've got a clever way to store toys in shared spaces! This is a great way to keep them organized while still having them accessible in your family room...

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