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an (almost) all velvet living room...

an (almost) all velvet living room... / via oh joy!

Happy Monday! Nothing is quite as cool as an all (well, almost all) velvet living room. If you've ever loved a certain texture so much so that you just can't get enough of it, we say embrace it, lean into it, and style away! So today, we're showing you how we let velvet inspire this cozy living room...


oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

I might be jumping for joy right now because this is the first room in our house that is currently pretty much complete! I can't show you the full reveal just yet, but I'm excited to walk you through the process of designing our master closet! Come along with me for a magical journey...

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

So, first things first! Here's the closet I have had for the past 9 years. It's served me really well as it's super functional with cabinets and drawers that we had put in about five years ago. It's helped me purge often to try and keep it from busting at the seams. But, let's be honest...it's still small, and I find myself unable to keep a full wardrobe in there.

I have off-season items and dressier pieces divided up between the back of my kids' closet and at my office! Who keeps their clothes at work?! So, when we were designing our house way back when, I opted to have a smaller bedroom and a bigger closet. I honestly have no need for a giant bedroom or master suite. I really wanted to give that extra space to storage so that I could finally have the closet of my dreams!

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

Here's a look at all the dreamy materials! For this closet, we wanted it to feel special and sparkling, yet warm. While I typically defer to white cabinets, Cleo and her interiors team at Project M+ convinced me to go with a lighter wood to give it a warmer and richer feel for this space. To add some special details, I came across some magical wallpaper and added hardware to top it all off.

1. Drop It Modern Wallpaper in Wavelength Bomboleo (with glitter paper), 2. Studio Cope Wallpaper in Speckle Sea Glass, 3. Schaub and Company City Lights Knob, 4. California Closets in Natural, 5. Schaub and Company Haniburton Pull.

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

For my section, we opted for the rainbow and jewel-like wallpaper shown above. It will peek through all the open areas and behind hanging clothes and shoes. For my husband's section, we opted for the wallpaper behind to be a bit more subtle but still playful in it's own way! I love the way  they complement each other, yet are still so very different!

I'm so excited to be working with California Closets on this master closet! I have always loved the way they put so much thought and function into designing  custom closets to maximize space and create functionality based on your individual needs. Our designer, Nicole Caswell, was incredible in making sure she designed it based on how we live and what made the most sense for each section.

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!Here's a view of the closet from the top so you can see how it's shaped. It's sort of like a backwards "L". The process of designing this closet with California Closets was surprisingly easy as their CAD technology made it super easy to visualize exactly what was being done!

Bob's section is the upper left part. And my section is.....drumroll please...the REST of it! :P Well, not totally true. There are parts we are sharing with a hamper and an area to store our jewelry and watches. BUT, it's definitely like a 70/30 split. To help us figure out the best use of space, our California Closets designer, Nicole, had us count how many pairs of shoes we had, roughly how many feet width of clothes we had at different lengths, and even how many pieces of folded clothes we generally had. It helped her to decide how much space would be for shoes and accessories, long clothes, shorter clothes, tees, jeans, etc. Also, when someone makes you count how many pairs of shoes you have, you realize maybe you have an actual SHOE PROBLEM!

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

Here's a look at Bob's section with hanging areas for all of his hanging and dress clothes. He mostly wears dress clothes to work so those will hang while his casual folded clothes go to the right of that section. Corners always create an odd area for storage so it worked perfectly to be for his shoes. His folded clothes will go in the upper cabinet as well as the lower drawers in that section. To the right of that, we transition into my section with our shared hamper. From there, any off-season pieces can go above and my shoes to the far right!

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

And, here is my favorite part where all my clothes will be stored and organized! I have never had this much hanging space EVER, and I'm excited to be able to see my clothes and be able to organize them in some way now.

oh joy builds a house: our master closet!

And here's a tiny peek at what it looks light right now! Stay tuned for the full reveal after our house is finished. Plus, see my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever today for things to consider when designing a closet!

This post brought to you in partnership with California Closets.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+, Interiors in collaboration with Cleo Murnane at Project M+. Closet Design and Renderings by California Closets. All other layouts by Joy Cho. My top is The Odells, boots are Red Wing Heritage*.}

halloween doorstep decor...

halloween doorstep decor... / via oh joy!

Have you started decorating for Halloween yet?! I can't believe it's only a few weeks away! We're getting ready with a festive doorstep that's a fun twist on the typical spooky scene. We're swapping cobwebs for netting, florals, cotton garland, and mixing in lots of cool purple and green pumpkins. Check it out...


happy space: joy's arboretum!

Happy Space: Joy's Arboretum / via Oh Joy!

We're starting a new series called HAPPY SPACE! Everyone has a place that makes them happy, a space where they instantly feel at home and at ease in. So, our Creative Content team has created a new challenge for themselves: to style a dream room for everyone on the Oh Joy! team. First up? Me!


print styling 101...

print styling 101... / via oh joy!

It's no secret we love a good gallery wall! Whether you're a pro at them or are wanting to try it for the first time, here are a few of our go-to tips when creating a gallery wall! From just a few prints to a ton, we've got something for every space of the home. Check it out...


a dreamy teenage bedroom...

a dreamy teenage bedroom... / via oh joy!

Happy October! We're kicking off the new month with maybe the coolest teenage bedroom ever. If you've got a pre-teen or teen living at home and want to steal a few of our styling tips to create a space of their own to study, sleep, and get inspired, check it out!


these are a few of my favorite things...

Wayfair Home Decor Favorites

As I've been working on designing the interiors for my house for the past several months, I've come across so many amazing pieces. Some of these pieces you might see when we reveal the rooms, and some which didn't find their way into our project but are still amazing, nonetheless. Wayfair has been a go-to resource for finding a variety of items from toilets and sinks to pillows and coffee tables. So, I wanted to compile some of the best-of's for you of things we've found and adore in case they come in handy for YOU and your own home renovations or room makeovers!


canvas wall decor diy...

canvas wall decor diy... / via oh joy!

Want a fresh new way to decorate your walls?! Yes? OKAY! Here's how to create your own colorful canvas wall art! It's super simple to make, and it is a great alternative when you don't want to use lots of framed prints, wall hangings, or shelving. With this DIY, you get to pick your own colors and mix up the pattern whenever, however you want. Check it out...


color adventures: a jewel toned room...

color adventures: a jewel toned room... / via oh joy!

Helloooooo fall! Now that it's officially autumn, we're ready for cooler temps and all the rich, warm tones. So as we wrap up this month's Color Adventures, here is a super inviting, cozy living room filled with jewel tones. If jewel tones are your thing, or if you just want some tips on how to style a living room in general, here are THREE things we kept in mind when creating this space...


from print to nursery...

From Print To Nursery... / via Oh Joy!

Kids' rooms are one of our favorite spaces to reinvent. We took inspiration from a floral print and built an entire nursery around it...take a look!