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Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! / via Oh Joy!

I'm back with interior updates for my house! I don't think I've ever been this excited to design a laundry room because...I've never had a laundry room before. In the last three places I have lived in my adult life, either: the laundry wasn't even in the building (Brooklyn living), laundry was shoved into a bathroom (small studio in Philly), or it's in a shared space with our duplex neighbor (our current place). So, to have a place to wash, dry, and fold...it's a dream!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! // Tutti Fruit Laundry Room / via Oh Joy!

All of the interiors for my house are being designed in collaboration with Cleo Murnane, the Creative Director at Project M+. It's so great to get the input and eye of an interiors/architect team because they bring a certain perspective to the process while I bring all my ideas for injecting fun into it. For this room, I wanted to go tile-heavy and use something statement and super fun. Since it's a small room, it felt like a great place to be able to make statement and make it feel really special. This cement tile by Juju was the focal point of this room so everything else was selected to complement it. This space provided an opportunity to bring in colorful cabinets...because if you're going to use THAT tile, you can't just go with solid white cabinets!

1. Juju Fruit Salad tile, 2. Clare paint in Seize the Gray, 3. Custom color Reform in dark green or blush 4. Emtek brass satin door knob, 5. Mohawk wood floors in Beachwood Oak, 6. Juju Fruit Salad tile, 7. Emtek hexagon knob in satin brass.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! // Cabinet Color Study 1 / via Oh Joy!

COLOR STUDY 1 (GREEN): This version pulls the dark green from the tile and gives the tile a pop that feels chic and sophisticated.

Cabinets by Reform (custom color), Caesarstone countertops in Calacutta Nuvo, Tiles by Juju, Washer and dryer by Whirlpool, Hardware by Emtek, Brass faucet by Newport Brass, Sink by Kohler, Art print by JimJam.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! // Cabinet Color Study 2 / via Oh Joy!

COLOR STUDY 2 (BLUSH): This version pulls the blush pink from the tile and offers a lighter palette in which the tile blends in a bit more into this feminine and colorful space!

Cabinets by Reform (custom color), Caesarstone countertops in Calacutta Nuvo, Tiles by Juju, Washer and dryer by Whirlpool, Hardware by Emtek, Brass faucet by Newport Brass, Sink by Kohler, Art print by JimJam.

Which color cabinets should we go with? And, check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever for my tips on things to consider when designing a laundry room.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture and renderings by Project M+, all other layouts by Joy Cho.} 

when a knob isn't just a knob...

When A Knob Isn't Just A Knob... // Simple Style Solution: Hardware / via Oh Joy!

As I've been working on finalizing design for the interiors of our house, it's the little details that I find to be surprisingly fun! Who would have known how many knobs, pulls, and handles exist but also this process has made me think about the functionality of all the pieces at the same time. Hardware is like icing on top of the cake! It's a detail that often gets overlooked but makes an easy way to add style to a new space or even change up an existing space especially in bathrooms and kitchens where storage is a huge priority. Today, we've partnered with Schaub and Company to show you some of my favorite pieces that will be going into our home and how you can use them in your spaces, too...

When A Knob Isn't Just A Knob... // Small Knobs + Pulls / via Oh Joy!

Small Knobs — For smaller cabinets, lighter drawers, and those that get used less often (like a dining room storage area), small knobs add function and not-too-much bulk. They are often round in nature and feel like adding stud earrings to an outfit. They're a bit more understated, smaller, and can go with lots of things. I'm going all brass with our hardware and love both the full brass options as well as those that have glass mixed in!

Small Pulls — For smaller cabinets and those that get used more often (like the top drawers of a bathroom or kitchen), you want to have the grip to be able open a cabinet that may have heavier items inside (like utensils). In these cases, small pulls work well because there is something with a bit more size to grasp onto. My favorites here are a mix of solid brass and these gorgeous brass and lucite options. 

1. Atherton Cup Pull, 2. Stargaze Cylinder Knob, 3. Haniburton Knob , 4. City Lights Knob, 5. Stargaze Round Knob, 6. Lumiere Brass T-Knob, 7. Lumiere Rose Gold T-Knob, 8. Haniburton Finger Pull, 9. City Lights Cylinder Knob.

When A Knob Isn't Just A Knob... // Medium + Large Hardware / via Oh Joy!

Medium Handles — A medium sized handle (anywhere from 4-8" wide) works great for kitchen and bathroom drawers and cabinets. You want to use these on cabinet and millwork doors that get very regular usage and need sturdy handles. If you're using handles to freshen up a space by swapping out your older ones, think about how you like to open drawers and do you want your whole hand to fit into the handle or just be able to pull with your fingers? That will help determine the size as well as how it visually looks with the size of your drawer or cabinet.

Appliance Handles — If you're able to panel your fridge or dishwasher, a special appliance handle adds a custom aspect to your kitchen that helps it feels special and unique to you. We're using these brass and lucite handles for ours, and it adds a detail that makes it feel so unique but doesn't cost a ton.

10. Lumiere Pull, 11. Haniburton 4" cc Pull, 12. Haniburton 6" cc Pull, 13. Brass Lumiere Appliance Pull, 14. Rose Gold Lumiere Appliance Pull.

Do you see what I mean when I say a knob isn't just a knob? ;P

P.S. One thing to keep in mind if you're updating hardware that you currently have is to measure the center to center spacing between the screw holes! This helps ensure that you find something of the same size or at least something to cover the holes that currently exist on your future from the old hardware. For example, when replacing knobs with pulls, make sure you find something that covers the center hole on the drawers from the previous knobs.This way you don't have to patch any unnecessary holes!

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Joy Cho.}

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+}

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 ;)}

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room!

Guys, it's very possible that I love bathrooms SO much because I'm about to show you a peek at another bathroom design that I am working on for my house with Cleo and her team at Project M+. I'm in the midst of toilets, sinks, and tiles a plenty, as we have finalized ALL of our bathroom designs before our main living spaces because all of those installed items (tiles, toilets, sinks, faucets, etc.) need to be ordered so much further in advance than furniture pieces. Here's a look at this vintage-inspired powder room...

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room! / Inspiration

We were inspired by vintage eras (60's mod and art nouveau) for this as well as European modern touches. I love seeking inspiration not just from homes but from others spaces like restaurants, hotels, and retail shops. Here are a couple from Senato Hotel in Milan (left) and a hair salon, Salon Delphine Courteille, in Paris (right, designed by Chloé Negre).

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room! / Vintage Gem Powder Room

We've been calling this powder room "a little jewel box with some vintage-inspired touches". Wallpaper is key for me, as we plan to use it throughout the house. But there are places where you want to go classic with it, and some places where you can really go bold. Since this bathroom is small and simple in structure, it allowed us the opportunity to go bold with the wallpaper to set the tone of the room. Here's a look at some of the materials we're using...

1. Wallpaper option by Calico (see the others below), 2. Brass toilet lever from Wayfair, 3. Brass inlay cement tile floor by Tabarka Studio,  4. countertop from Caesarstone, 5. Brass pull for the vanity by Emtek. Plus a toilet and sink from Wayfair, Brass plumbing fixtures by Newport Brass from Ferguson, arched mirror from Rejuvanation, and sconce by Cedar & Moss all shown below.

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room! / Wallpaper Study 1

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room! / Wallpaper Study 2 Oh Joy! Builds A House: Vintage-Inspired Powder Room! / Wallpaper Study 3

In looking at wallpapers that could make a statement but really make this jewel box bathroom come to life, here are a few options I love. Which one is YOUR favorite?

Wallpaper option 1 by Calico, Wallpaper option 2 by Taylor Sterling for Lulu & Georgia, Wallpaper option 3 by Anewall.

Check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever for my tips on things to consider when adding wallpaper to a bathroom.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture, Interiors, and interior renderings by Project M+, all other layouts by Joy Cho.} 

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

It's so crazy to think that I was pregnant with my 4-year-old when we first bought land and started this crazy idea of building a house. And now, by the time we move in later this year, my kids will be almost 5 and 8 years old. Since they are big enough to understand, we have been trying to involve them in the process as much as possible. Partly, because it's such a unique situation to get to see your family's home come to life and partly, because we want them to understand how much work is involved from SO many people so they can understand and appreciate it. Here are some of the things we've done to involve them in the home build process....

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

1. Get kids excited about construction! Construction isn't an activity that kids are interacting with often, so get them excited about the idea of building something from scratch. This could involve a book (like this one by the Property Brothers), a small builder's kit to play with, or simply by getting them their very own hard hats to wear on-site.

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

2. Help them make their mark! I have seen parents have their kids write notes or messages to put into the ground before it gets filled. Or, write into an area of wet cement with their name and date before it dries. For us, we had our kids come while the framing was starting and let them draw with sharpies all over one section of beams. The beams were covered soon after this, but we know that it's the corner of the house where you enter our kitchen, so the kids will always remember that their drawings are embedding inside the walls at that very spot!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

3. Have them visit the site regularly. If you're renovating or building, there will be times that it's simply unsafe for kids to be on site. But, when it is safe for them, it's great to have them come regularly to see the process unfold. Day to day and week to week, the state of your construction can change so fast, and they'll love seeing it transform and get closer and closer to what they know as an actual, real house! There were times when the ground was literally JUST dirt for several months and my kids had a hard time understanding that the house would eventually have actual floors. So, it's been great to see the home unfold through their eyes, too!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

4. Let them give input into the design of their rooms. If you're building or renovating, this is the one time that you could actually build in some fun details into a child's space. Some make cool secrets doors that connect kids' rooms to one another or fun ladders that lead to a special built-in platform bed. While we're not doing any custom built-in details like that, I have been showing my girls various swatches of tiles, wallpaper, and paint colors for their bathroom and bedroom to get their feedback on what they like or don't like.

Giving kids the information to better understand a pretty intense construction project not only allows them to learn from it, feel involved, but also creates such amazing memories for them to look back on knowing they played a small part in creating their family's home.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Big Bud Press green jumpsuit, Hey Gang jumpsuit, Hey Gang overalls.}

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kid's Bathroom!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kid's Bathroom!

Ah! Are you as excited as I am? Over the next several months, I'll be starting to share peeks into the design process for the interiors of our house with you as we get towards having a finished house by the fall! I thought it would be fun to start with the kids' bathroom. There's something about a kids' bathroom that feels SO fun! My girls will have a shared bathroom (that's me in it above) that connects from their bedrooms, so it really can be a special bathroom just for them. 

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kid's Bathroom! / Inspiration

I was thinking about how vividly I remember the details of the wallpaper in my childhood bedroom or the paint color in the bathroom of my parents' house, and how I wanted those tiny and fun details to be part of my kids' memories in the future, too. I was inspired by these two bathrooms by India Mahdavi (top photo) and via Rebecca Judd Loves (bottom photo).

For the interiors, I'm working with my team at Project M+ who also designed the architecture of our home. It's been so great to work collaboratively on the design with them so that both the structural design and the interiors feels cohesive and fresh. In these inspiration images, the all-pink tiles feels fun and vintage-inspired, but also fresh and modern at the same time. With brass accents planned in the rest of our home, I switched up the fixtures here with rose gold...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kid's Bathroom!

Here's a look at some of the materials we're using!

1. Rose gold plumbing fixtures throughout from Ferguson and lighting by Lamps Plus, 2. countertop from Caesarstone, 3. Wing It paint by Clare, 4. Lucite and rose gold hardware for the vanity from Schaub and Company, 5. a light oak vanity by Reform, 6. Fireclay glass tiles in Rosy Finch and Carolina Wren, and 7. terrazzo floor by Concrete Collaborative, plus a toilet and tub from Wayfair.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kid's Bathroom! / Tile Studies 1, 2, and 3

Tile has been one of my favorite things to play with and pick out as we finalize finishes and just to see how different a room can feel with all the different shapes, colors, or orientations of the tile. Here are a few different versions we played around with for this room! Which one do YOU like best?

I can't wait to reveal how the room comes together when it's all done later this year! Check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever for my tips on things to consider when designing a kids' bathroom.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture and renderings by Project M+, all other layouts by Joy Cho.} 

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.

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.

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...!

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.

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+