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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.} 

this to that: tool box to jewelry box

this to that: tool box to jewelry box / via oh joy!

Today we're taking a plain, wooden tool box and are turning it into something completely unexpected...a jewelry box! It's surprisingly functional and PERFECT for storing all your jewelry, from earrings, necklaces, bracelets, to rings. Check it out...


color adventures: bright favorites!

color adventures: bright favorites!

Summer is almost here and has us craving bright colors of all kinds to inject into our home! Our Color Adventures series shows you how to bring our favorite color combos into styling a space and styling a wardrobe. But, we also wanted to show you some of our favorite things that we're loving right now in this month's brightly colored theme to inject easily into your home this summer and beyond...


weekend project: a ring toss diy...

weekend project: a ring toss diy... / via oh joy!

Happy Friday! When we came across these colorful dog hooks, we had to find a fun way to use them! So as we head into the weekend, we're sharing a super fun ring toss DIY that's perfect for your kid's room or to put outside during the summer for backyard parties. Games instantly make any space more playful, and I love when we can incorporate them into the decor! Here's how to make one of your own...


from this to that: toy box to planter!

From This to That: Toy Box to Planter Box

Happy Monday! We love taking one item and turning it into something different yet still very functional. So today, we're showing you how to take a plain storage box and turn it into a pretty painted planter box! Here's the before...


from planner to office...

From Planner to Office: An Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Inspired Space / via Oh Joy!

Today, we're taking inspiration from our two new Oh Joy! x Erin Condren designs, Rainbow Slide and Petal Playground, and styled an entire office space around them. Check it out...


oh joy builds a house: the (garden glam) dining room!

Oh Joy! Builds A House / Garden Glam Dining Room

I'm back with a house update! Gah...this will eventually be the dining room at my house! The dining room is such a special place to me as so many memories of the best conversations happen in the dining room...my little family's daily ritual of Favorite, Least Favorite, Tomorrow...as well as deep conversations with friends involving both lots of laugher (and sometimes tears). It's the place we bond over our favorite meals, catch up on the day, and chat long into the night after our kids have gone to bed...

Oh Joy! Builds A House / Garden Glam Dining Room

Since the dining room is a space that's meant to be filled with friends and family and tons of great conversation, I love the idea of a statement wall in the dining room. Why not have the wall be a conversation piece, too? I'm a huge fan of the work of SheShe, a female duo based in Minneapolis known for hand-painted murals and wallpaper. I don't know exactly (yet) what we're doing for this wall, but one of their past murals definitely feels right in line of the look I'm going for! And, because the wall will have a few different colors, we kept the rest of the furniture neutral with brass, cognac leather, white, and shades of grey!

1. Mural by SheShe, 2. Pendant lamp from Lamps Plus, 3. Dining table from Wayfair (coming soon!), 4. Mohawk wood floors in Beachwood Oak, 5. Dining chairs from Wayfair, 6. rug from Wayfair, 7. Emtek knob for cabinets,

While we'll use this room for entertaining with friends, we also need it for daily meals with our kids. I don't want anything to feel too precious and need it to be durable as well.

Oh Joy! Builds A House / Garden Glam Dining Room

Here are a few things I kept in mind when designing a chic dining room to use (with kids):

Wipeable surfaces. As much as I love textured wood tables and upholstered chairs, this is the one of the areas in my house that there are no restrictions on food or drink. So, we chose a table where the surface was smooth and easily wipeable and chairs that could also be wiped down. While I love velvety upholstered chairs, they didn't make as much sense in this room.

Size of dining table. We have a 6-person dining table in our current apartment, and it's fine for an average night. But it gets tight when we have friends over or when we host Thanksgiving dinner. I would have loved a 10-person table here, but the room isn't quite big enough so we compromised with an 8-person table which I'm VERY excited about.

To rug or not to rug? I'm always conflicted about rugs in a dining room. Rugs help to define a space, yet it feels odd to have something under a dining table that is harder to clean than the wood floor underneath. We have not finalized a rug here yet and curious to know what you guys think about rugs in dining rooms?

Stay tuned for more updates here and on Instagram...we are a few months away from being done so updates will keep coming as we get closer and closer!

{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. My dress is Mara Hoffman (past season), sweater is Misha and Puff, boots are Red Wing Heritage.} 

color adventures: a bright and colorful kids' room!

Color Adventures: A Bright Tonal Kid's Room / via Oh Joy!

Happy JUNE! We're paying tribute to summer with this month's Color Adventures theme: BRIGHT colors! Bright colors are nothing new to this team over here, but we thought it was the perfect month to really play it up and show you how we bring it into both home and fashion. Check out this kids' room that we are loving...


day trip: concrete collaborative

Day Trip: Concrete Collaborative / via Oh Joy!

A couple weeks ago, I took a little road trip down to San Marcos to visit the Concrete Collaborative showroom and factory! They make gorgeous, sustainable, and super unique concrete products, like my current favorite TERRAZZO. We're working with them for our house, so I also got to see some of the actual slabs that will be in our home while there. It was so cool to see how terrazzo gets made!


diy floral headboard...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


A DIY Floral headboard... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

We love adding unexpected color and fun here at Oh Joy! So today, we've partnered with Cricut to show you a really fun way to make your very own focal headboard using a large scale pattern cut out of adhesive vinyl! The Cricut Maker is one of our favorite tools because it allows us to get really creative and go BIG when dreaming of new ways to bring joy into our home. If you haven't heard of the Cricut Maker, it's an electronic cutting machine that cuts hundreds of materials like our vinyl project, but also heavier materials like leather and chipboard. Check it out... 

A DIY Floral headboard... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

We created a large scale floral pattern (made of smaller pieces) for the Circuit Maker to cut on adhesive vinyl. It can cut out super intricate designs, like these fun florals, and is so easy to use. We picked all our favorite colors (coral, pinks, yellows, blues, and greens!) for the vinyl, grabbed our Cricut Maker, and got to work... 

A DIY Floral headboard... // Step-by-step instructions / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

Here's how...

1. When creating your headboard, you can either upload your own image or download one from Cricut Design Space. We uploaded one of our own Oh Joy! floral patterns!
2. Once you have your design uploaded into Design Space, place your vinyl color side up onto the mat and follow the Cricut Maker vinyl cutting instructions.  With the Maker, it's super easy to select the exact vinyl you're using.  We used Cricut Premium Vinyl, which comes in both permanent and removable rolls. 
3. Once your vinyl design is cut, peel it and stick it on the wall as you want to create your headboard. If you need to place more than one design at once or need to line up designs, you can use Cricut Tranfser Tape to easily move vinyl from the backing to whatever surface you're sticking it to.

A DIY Floral headboard... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

We stuck the vinyl adhesive to the wall and made it so that the designs trailed off into the negative space of the wall! In this case, we overlapped the pattern onto an actual headboard but you can use this idea for a bed without a headboard to create the look of one. We also love this for a kid's room where you can play with placing them anywhere in the room and make whatever shapes you want. 

A DIY Floral headboard... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

A DIY Floral headboard... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling and crafting by Julia Wester, styling and crafting assistance by Jess Hong.}