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a fun back-to-school DIY...

A Fun Back-To-School DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Back-to-school season is in full swing! One of my favorite parts of heading back to school as a kid was getting all my supplies together and decorating my notebooks and binders. So, if you have kids who either just started school again or are gearing up to head back soon, here's a fun DIY to help get them excited and ready to go...

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color adventures: oh joy wears cool tones!

Color Adventures: Oh Joy! Wears Cool Tons / via Oh Joy!

August is almost over, which means it's time for the style portion of this month's Color Adventures! From fancy to casual, here are four cool-toned outfits that will bring sparkle, shine, and a splash of color to your wardrobe! They're also all great for those transitional days from summer to fall...

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styling pillows 101...

Styling Pillows 101... / via Oh Joy!

Let's talk about PILLOWS! They're a styling staple for us in almost every room and are such a great way to bring in color, personality, and texture. We also love that they're a very inexpensive way to switch up decor...a simple pillow swap on the couch can give a living room a whole new feel.

So, today, we're sharing our five guidelines when grouping pillows together. Because you know what they say...the more pillows, the merrier! It's all about variety that balances and compliments each other... 

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oh joy! academy love...

oh joy! academy love... / via oh joy!

It's only been six months since we launched the Oh Joy! Academy, and it's been super fulfilling for me to help you with your goals and businesses in so many ways. I love getting feedback from our courses, workbooks, and sessions, as it helps us here at Oh Joy! to continue finding ways to grow our academy to help you the most!

So today, I wanted to share some of the incredible feedback we have received so far which makes me truly so happy to see how much you have all gained from it...

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oh joy builds a house: the living room!

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

I'm back with another house update! I'm excited to show you at peek at what we're working on for our living room. It's been so fun collaborating with Cleo and her team at Project M+ on our interiors. Together, we've created some really beautiful rooms that I can't wait watch come to life!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Living Room / via Oh Joy! // Peacock at Sunset Living Room

Our living room mixes rich and bright tones with wood, white, black, and brass. I'm calling the current inspiration..."A peacock at Sunset" with the bluish green velvet couch and accents of color in coral, mustard, and pale pink. It's meant to be cozy, yet chic.

1. Perigold desk chair, 2. Interior Define Charley Sleeper Sectional in Malachite velvet with Lulu and Georgia Sunset Pillows, 3. Modshop credenza, 4. Clare Classic paint, 5. side table from Lulu & Georgia, 6. Justina Blakeney chair, 7. Sarah Sherman Samuel for Lulu & Georgia rug, 8. Lulu & Georgia side table, 9. Mohawk wood floors in Beachwood Oak.

We have a few fun details that are coming to life that I can share progress with you on...

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

A Light Well! One side of the house is filled with large windows. And the other side is built into the hill where we can't have any windows. So our architects at Project M+ created light wells built into a couple areas of the house (like the living room). The light wells allow light to come in from the top down in a similar way that a skylight brings light in. It's a really beautiful detail that I've never seen before! We'll likely put a big, beautiful plant in this one.

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

Wood ceiling! To make this room feel extra cozy, it's been paneled with a wood ceiling that's a shade lighter than the floor. This was the first area of the house to get wood paneling (before the floors) so I love to look up at it already. This is the only room with this extra ceiling detail!

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

Help me pick fabric for the chairs! For the side chairs in the living room, I love these swivel chairs by my friend, Justina Blakeney. We're looking at two of these chairs but would change out the current white fabric upholstery with another fabric that will fit with the current palette yet also make the chairs more durable with kids. Here are a few of my favorite options, which do YOU like best?!

A. and B. Annie Coop Textiles fabric, C. Drop It Modern Line fabric, D. Drop It Modern Kitten fabric, E. Drop It Modern Azteca fabric, F. Drop it Modern Femme fabric.

And, check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever for my tips on things to consider when designing a chic living room that's also kid-friendly!

{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.} 

i'm shopping for you since i can't shop for myself!

Oh Joy! Vintage

If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you may know I've been on a shopping (clothing) spending freeze this year because of our home build. I've been shifting what I would normally spend in fun clothing purchases and putting that towards our house.

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a cool vinyl backpack diy...

a cool vinyl backpack diy... / via oh joy!

You know those super trendy, cute clear backpacks? We're showing you how to add a little something-something to them to make them your very own! I don't always love the idea of EVERYONE seeing every little thing in my bag, so with this fun DIY you'll give yourself a bit more privacy, add extra color and sparkle to your day, and you'll get to customize it exactly as you want it. Plus, you can use this technique for either an adult or kid's backpack! Check it out...

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color adventures: a cool seating area...

color adventures: a cool seating area...

Kick back and relax in this calm and cozy seating area! Inspired by this month's Color Adventures, we styled it with all cool tones in our favorite shades of green, blue, and purple. It's one of our new favorite spaces. Check it out...

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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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