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the pros and cons of licensing your artwork...

the pros and cons of licensing your artwork... / via oh joy!

One of the most common questions I get asked about Oh Joy! and our business is why we choose to create products through licensing vs. manufacturing them ourselves. So I thought it would be fun to breakdown the pros and cons (to me) and tell you why we license...

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field trip: second home serpentine pavilion (+ lunch!)

field trip: second home pavilion (+ lunch at LACMA!) / via Oh Joy!

Get ready for lots of dreamy photos! We recently took a field trip to the Second Home Pavilion in Los Angeles at the La Brea Tar Pits, and we're sharing all the rainbow tunnel goodness with you. See below for all the details and how we spent the afternoon...

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what (finally) owning a home means to me...

what (finally) owning a home means to me / oh joy!

The home is my most favorite place to be. I'm the person who throws on my PJ's as soon as I get home, and jumps into my bed to relax as soon as my kids go to bed. Some of my all-time favorite memories are being at home having dinner with my family catching up on our day and having friends over and talking about anything and everything while our kids play. Today, in partnership with Unison, I'm reminiscing about our long journey towards home ownership and what it means to me to be finally (almost) a home owner...

The other day, on Facebook, a friend who is a real estate agent asked this question of her fellow Facebook friends...

"How old were you when you bought your first home?"

The answers surprised me. "22! 26! 32!" exclaimed the group.

I was floored. There are people who can buy a house in their 20's?! 30's sounded better to me, but I just turned 40 this year and have not yet lived in a home that I own. Sure, I prioritized the earlier years of my adulthood differently. I started a business at age 26 with no savings and have always put most of the money I earned back into my business to help grow my team. I have also always lived in large cities that are very expensive to buy in. From New York to Philly to San Diego to Los Angeles, I never made it easy on myself to try and save up for a home in a city with reasonable real estate prices. It wasn't until we were outbid multiple times on our attempt to finally buy a house in Los Angeles 5 years ago, that we decided on the very long and crazy process of building a house instead...because, as crazy as it sounds, that's actually cheaper to do in LA than to buy an existing one!

what (finally) owning a home means to me / oh joy!

Now that we are just a couple months away from finally having our very first (and forever) house to call our own, the emotions here are real. We'll be saying goodbye to our only other home in Los Angeles that we have been renting for 9 years since first moving to LA. In the summer of 2010, we found it on a whim. We got this place before we had kids with no intention of staying as long as we have. But the rent was cheap (for our neighborhood), and it allowed us to save and save and save for a house. But as every year passed, I longed simply for a backyard for my kids to play in, a kitchen and outdoor area where I could have friends hang out, drop by, or stay for dinner. Regardless of what this home lacked in space or amenities, it's the place both of our babies have called home since the beginning of their lives, and it will always have a special place in our hearts.

what (finally) owning a home means to me / oh joy!

Every week for almost two years, I have been walking through this new home we are building that will soon be ours. While it's been the most financially stressful experience of my life, I see this home as such an amazing representation of our patience and our hard work over the last decade to finally get to this place.

Owning a home always comes back to connection for me—connecting with my family, having my kids have a place to play together and connect as sisters, and inviting friends, family, and co-workers over and being able to connect with them. And, I can't wait for all the memories this new, forever home will bring for us.

Now's your chance to share what owning a home means for you! In partnership with Unison, you can enter the #UnisonDreamHomeContest for your chance to win $25K towards buying a home or to remodel your existing home. Find out more on their website right here!

{Color Photos by Lily Glass, black and white photo by Katherine Rose. Written by Joy Cho.}

one color-block bookcase styled two ways...

One Color-Block Book Shelf Styled Two Ways... / via Oh Joy!

Happy Monday! Today, we're showing you how to give a plain bookcase a fun color-block makeover! But that's not all. We're also showing you two different ways to style it, AND we're showing you a fun wall mural in the process. This is one you don't want to miss. First, let's paint the bookcase of your dreams. Check it out...

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weekend project: rainbow earring DIY...

Rainbow Earring DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Everyone in the Oh Joy! office is obsessed with these cute rainbow earrings! They're super lightweight to wear, and guess what? They're really simple to make. Invite all your friends over for a fun craft night of jewelry making this weekend, and create some of your own! Here's how... 

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a pink & green dining room...

A Pink & Green Dining Room / via Oh Joy!

We've shown you how to create a pink and green living room, and we're back with one of our all-time favorite color combinations to show you how to style a pink and green dining room! Here are a few things to keep in mind when styling a dining room and when you want to make two colors POP...

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color adventures: cool accessories

color adventures: cool accessories

August is all about calm, cool hues for this month's Color Adventures! This month is also all about heading back-to-school, so we've rounded up some of our favorite items on the internet right now that are perfect for either school or the office and sure are super COOL. Check them out...

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make your own colorful photo display!

Make Your Own Colorful Photo Display / via Oh Joy!

Meet our favorite way to display rotating art work! I love this project because it's a fun twist on a bulletin board where you can display all your favorite artwork at once and mix it up whenever you'd like. This photo display gives you the flexibility to do both of those things without tons of pushpins! Plus, it brings a splash of color and interest to any room. You can even use it to display kid's art. Come see how...

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metallic mommy and me outfits...

Metallic Mommy + Me Outfits / via Oh Joy!

Today, we're combining two of our favorite things...a matching mommy and me moment along with METALLICS! We love styling with metallics here at Oh Joy! so much, whether it's in fashion or home decor, that we consider it a "neutral." So today (with the help of our models Julia and Zealand), we're showing you how you can incorporate metallics into your closets and your kiddo's with four outfits perfect for summer or fall. When picking out matching outfits, we love for them to be complimentary as oppose to completely matchy-matchy. So we used similar color palettes and a general theme (like metallics) rather than getting exactly the same outfit in different sizes. Check it out...

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happy friday + accent walls 101...

Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to leave you with a few of our favorite accent wall ideas for when you're looking to add something special to space. There are SO MANY great ways to create an accent wall with either a solid paint color, a mural, or even wallpaper. We love using them when styling a space for an unexpected dose of fun, to make a bold statement, or instantly give any space personality without having to completely redo a room.

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