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Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

I know I'm smiling in this photo, but the last several months have been partially the most fulfilling part of this house build process...and also partially the hardest so far. I often have a hard time letting myself publicly express my stress because I am so very grateful to be in this process of building a house. But, to be honest, it's WAYYYYY harder than I had anticipated, and I've shed many tears over the last several months. Here's a look at some of the things that have changed part way through...

Here's a little video update of how it currently looks inside! Then, see below for a breakdown of what's happening and what's changing...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Since my last Construction Update, we've finished framing, there's a roof on the house, and we now have walls! Here I am standing in our kitchen. We've finalized the kitchen design (which I'll share soon in coming months). We didn't have any major changes in this space. BUT we've had lots of random and unforeseen incidences like: rain delays (this year happens to be the 7th rainiest year in the history of Los Angeles! Of course!), thousands of pounds of materials arriving from a vendor to the wrong address, and large deliveries of supplies being left on the street only for someone in the construction crew to find randomly find them sitting on the street!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Last minute lighting. When the framing is up and the rooms start to look like rooms, it's easier to walk into a space and get a feel for it in real life vs. a flat drawing we've been viewing from above. We've made lots of small changes here and there during this part of the process. For example, our kids will have bunk beds when we first move in until they are ready to split up into their own rooms. Therefore, it made sense to wire lighting for each of the bunk beds (especially the higher one) since it's hard to get lighting up there otherwise. So, we mapped out already exactly where the beds will go and also where we'll add a small light by each of their beds.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Additional Skylight in the Hall. Because the house is built into a hill, all of the windows are on the front side of the house with no windows on the back side. Therefore, our architects designed light wells into a couple of the spaces to bring light in from above. We also decided to add a couple additional skylights into the hallway to bring more light into the backside of the house (seen here on the right side of the photo). This is the hallway on the 2nd floor of the house!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Additional Skylight in Our Closet. Our Master Closet may end up being my favorite room in the house. Having always lived in big cities (New York, then Philly, then Los Angeles), I have never had a regular-sized closet. So when planning our Master Bedroom, rather than having a giant bedroom, we opted for a smaller bedroom but a large closet. There had to be some give and take (since there is only so much square footage in the house), and I'm so happy to finally have a closet that is wider than 3 feet! We added in skylights in here part way through to give it some natural light as well.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

No master bathtub. I'm peeking out from our master bathroom window above. About a month ago, we decided to completely change the layout of our bathroom. After it was framed and we saw how the layout was executing in real life, the bathtub was taking up so much of the space. And while a tub sounds like an awesome Calgon moment, we rarely take baths. We decided to remove the tub altogether and make a bigger shower. We basically had to rework the whole space around that and made the vanity and sink area wider, moved the toilet, and moved the shower, too! It's a pretty drastic change from the original design, but we really felt the changes were more practical for the way we live and our priorities for that room. Luckily, we made the change before it was too late, so the costs to adjust those few things were minimal.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

No pool! I'm overlooking our yard right here. We had previously planned to put in a pool. But, as the process went along and more and more unexpected costs or increases in material costs went up, our budget for a pool eventually became $0.00. I had envisioned summers with our kids' friends over hanging poolside, but the reality is, we just could not justify the cost of it so we decided to (literally) pull the plug on a pool. The plus side is that our yard will now be a good size (for Los Angeles, anyway) without the pool, and I won't have to stress about small kids and pools (and the liability of it) which fed into all my worry-wort fears.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Increase costs! Yup, this is the biggest one and the one that has given me the most stress in this process. SO, many things have come up that have resulted in an increase in costs. Some things they involved small changes we decided to make based on our needs and functionality, but often it involved increase in materials costs or a change in code that we needed to meet.

My architects told me that after this process, I'll know so much that I'll be super equipped with all the knowledge to build our NEXT house! And, my response...."OH NO! There won't be any more houses...I'm staying here forever :P" As overwhelming as this process can be, I keep looking to the light at the end of the tunnel...a finished house for my family to live in forever!

If you have any questions for me about any of this, please let me know!

{Photos by Lily Glass, video by Jenner Brown. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+}

double duty: from home office to guest room...

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Happy Monday! We love showing you some ideas for making the most out of small spaces. Rarely do a lot of people have enough space to have a separate, designated guest room. It's often a guest room/office, guest room/play room, or let's be honest...a couch in the living room! So today, we're showing you how to effortlessly go from a home office to guest room with a few simple tips! Check it out...

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a pretty floral and citrus table...

A Pretty Floral Table… / via Oh Joy!

Today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos mandarins to show you how to create the prettiest floral and citrus tabletop you've ever seen! It's perfect for an Easter or Mother's Day brunch with family, friends, or little ones while also keeping the fruit font and center. Halos are such a colorful addition to any part of the day, and I love incorporating them into our table decor for a bright pop of color. Here's what you need to know to make your own tabletop garden...

A Pretty Floral Table… / via Oh Joy!

You'll need...
- fence baskets
- wooden houses
- white spray paint
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- craft paper
- pencil
- scissors
- glue stick

A Pretty Floral Table… / via Oh Joy!

Here's how...
1. Use spray paint to paint baskets and houses. Let dry 20 minutes.
2. Once houses are dry, we used acrylic paint to add small pops of color to the house details. Let dry 20 minutes.
3. Use a pencil to draw loose, abstract flowers. They don't need to be perfect, so have fun with it! 
4. Cut out flower shapes as well as imperfect circles for the centers of the flowers.
5. Use glue stick to glue centers onto the flowers.
6. On your table, lay out flowers, overlapping some. Put baskets and houses on top of the flowers and fill baskets with Halos mandarins.

A Pretty Floral Table… / via Oh Joy!

A Pretty Floral Table… / via Oh Joy!

It's so pretty and super simple! I also love this idea for a spring-themed kid party where you get the kids involved in making the crafts. The best part? If they get hungry in-between projects, Halos will be within arms reach! They're sweet, seedless, and easy to peel, which makes them THE ideal snack for a kids. Enjoy!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Wonderful Halos.

Sources Shown: Benjamin Moore New Retro paint, Wayfair curtains, Target bookshelf, Target white and gold tray, vintage gold and clear glasses, Anthropologie yellow glasses (past sesason), vintage pitchers, Ban.do pink wooden container, West Elm abstract gold figurine, Target stoneware vase, Anthropologie gold jack, Ikea box, Oh Joy x Lorena Canals daisy rug, Oh Joy! DIY table, Urban Outfitters plates, Target gold flatware, Anthropologie napkins, Target chairs.

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

why I love styling with branches...

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Happy Monday! We talk a lot about how to style with flowers, but what about branches? There are SO many pretty trees, bushes, and plants that we see all the time and have in our own yards. So, let's take advantage of those plants blooming in our own backyard to bring the joy inside before they dry up and fade away!

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a blush and coral office...

A Blush and Coral Office... / via Oh Joy!

Styling with a monochromatic palette is a fun and surprising way to make a statement, and in this case, it's also super soothing. We wanted to show you how with this blush and coral office! It's calm, cool, and very chic. Come check it out...

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painted woven pendants...

Spruce up Hanging Lights with the Fun DIY / via Oh Joy!

Today we have a really fun DIY for you that is perfect for spring! I love bringing in bright pops of color year round, but sometimes I want to kick it up a notch during spring when everything is bright and in bloom. So, if you're looking for a fun way to incorporate some cheer into your home, here's how to take plain hanging lights and turn them into colorful pompom lights! Check it out...  

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Oh Joy! Builds a House: My Hip Hop Dance Studio!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: My Hip Hop Dance Studio!

During the process of building this house, I've realized my true dream and untapped potential has yet to be met. And, that's my dream of becoming a professional hip hop dancer. I've pushed off the dream long enough, so we made the decision to turn our guest room into my new...dance studio! Here's the inspiration...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: My Hip Hop Dance Studio! / Inspiration

I've been super inspired by beautiful open spaces, curved and soft walls from the Valentino store by India Mandavi via Design Boom and fun signage from Covent Garden Grind neon sign in designing my new dance studio. Here's a look at some of the materials I'll be using...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: My Hip Hop Dance Studio! / French Hip Hop Dance Studio

Plus, I had to share some tips on designing a Dance Studio at home:

1. Mirrors. Make sure there are floor to ceiling mirrors so you can always check your dancing form. I think we're going with pink-tinted mirrors for a twist on a typical studio mirror.

2. Soft wood floor. You want a hardwood floor, but softer woods gives some give (and is easier on your joints) when you're stomping the beats.

3. Phrases or art that inspires. We're creating a custom neon sign, but any kind of artwork that keeps you motivated when the workout or choreography gets hard is a great piece to put up on your studio wall.

After the house is done, I'm taking some time off to pursue my love of dancing. Agents have been calling me after seeing my dances on Instagram stories and so I figured there was no better time to seize the day!

{Design via April Fool's Day! I love dancing, but I'll be keeping my day job for now ;)}

weekend project: a colorful storage decal diy...

Cute Decals for Clear Storage Boxes / DIY via Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! Today, we have a fun weekend project that's sure to add some color and fun to your space with cute decals to spruce up fun (and functional) storage boxes! I love clear storage boxes because I can see exactly what's inside to find what I'm looking for. But I don't love all the randomness inside on display. The solution? Colorful and fun decals! This way you can still see what's inside but the focus shifts to the fun designs when being kept out on display. Check it out...

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3 ways to style with large faux leaves...

Three Ways to Style with Large Faux Leaves / via Oh Joy!

It's the small details that really make your space feel like a home! So if you're looking for a fun way to liven up your space, we're showing you a super simple style trick with styling large faux leaves. It's an easy and fairly inexpensive way to bring some life and personality to your home. Plus, faux plants are a great option if you're looking for something super low maintenance! Here are three ways to style them... 

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a colorful painted basket diy...

DIY: Colorful Painted Baskets / via Oh Joy!

I love using baskets in my home to help give everything a spot! Whether it's to hold blankets, toys, or all those random pieces that just need a place to live, they're a great way to stay organized. So today, we're showing you how to take a plain basket and give it a colorful makeover with some paint and pompoms. Check it out...

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