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simple ways to add joy to your sink…

Who Knew Softsoap Could Help?

Bring A Splash of JOY to Your Sink... / via Oh Joy!

Bring A Splash of JOY to Your Sink... / via Oh Joy! // Softsoap Shea & Cocoa Butter scent

I'm all about finding and creating small moments throughout the day where I can add unexpected doses of joy and color. So today, we're showing you how to bring happiness to a space that typically doesn't get much attention...the sink! That's right! We wash our hands SO many times throughout the day, so why not make it feel more special? Today, we’ve partnered with Softsoap to show you three really fun ways to transform your kitchen and bathroom sink into a beautiful space that'll be sure to put a smile on your face! Their Décor Collection has FIVE beautiful bottles that will bring a pop of color to the sink while sparking small moments of happiness with their lavish scents. Check it out...

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oh joy builds a house: the kids' rooms!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kids' Room / via Oh Joy!

Ahhhh...drywall is in! And, it's time to show you a peek at one of my favorite rooms...the kids' rooms! My girls currently share a room in the apartment we live in. In our new house, they will each have their own smaller room. But they love sharing so much that we've decided to have them share for a little while longer and let them split up later when they're ready. So, for now, one room will be their shared bedroom, and one will be their play/craft room. Here's a peek...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kids' Room / via Oh Joy! // Graphic Wonderland a Kids' Room

Mixing in some items from their current room (see the evolution here) with some newer pieces, the two rooms mix neutrals like white, wood, and brass with pops of color as I've always loved from their current room. These two smaller rooms are connected by their shared bathroom.

1. Eleanor Bowmer wallpaper, 2. Bunk Beds by Oeuf, 3. Cedar and Moss Fjord Light, 4. Tamar Mogendorff Shell Pillows and Aelfie Lion Pillow, 5. Schoolhouse mini ledges, 6. Aurora Petal Wallpaper by Calico, 7. Speckle wallpaper by Studio Cope, 8. Craft table by Nico & Yeye and Chairs by Nico & Yeye, 9. Reform closet doors, 10. Oh Joy! for Lorena Canals washable rug, 11. Oeuf bookshelf (from their current room), 12. Mohawk wood floors in Beachwood Oak.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Kids' Room / via Oh Joy!

Here are some things to consider when designing kids' rooms:

1. Design for longevityIf you're in a home that you hope to stay in for a while, bring in pieces that can evolve with your kids as they grow. For example, while we're getting a bunk bed for now, I chose a bunk bed design that can easily separate and be used individually. In the play/craft room, we have two smaller tables that will be pushed together to create one long table. But those tables can later separate to bring one into each room to also use as a desk for homework.

2. Custom elements. With something like bunk beds, you're missing out on floor space for the top bunk to have a traditional night stand. So, think of ways you can customize that area for maximum function. We're adding a small lighting source up top near the upper bunk and adding a place to hold books and other night time items with a brass floating shelf.

3. Let your kids give input. My kids are generally okay with things I pick out for their rooms, but they still love being involved and getting to have a say. For example, I showed them wallpapers and paint colors to see what they liked. There was a flamingo wallpaper I was initially thinking about for their room until my oldest daughter said, "Mommy, I really like it. But I wouldn't want it to be in the room I sleep in because I feel like the flamingoes would be staring at me all the time." Noted! And I saw that as a very relevant point and switched wallpapers!

If you have little ones, how have you seen your kids' rooms evolve and change over the years? Anything you wish you did differently?

Check out my post at over at Architectural Digest's Clever to see some of my initial inspirations for the rooms.

{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.} 

happy friday + what to say to strangers at a party...

Oh Joy / The Confetti Project

A while back, I was having a conversation with my friend Caroline about how I often feel awkward at parties where I don't know anyone and have to figure out what to talk about. She mentioned how in the States, one of the first things people tend to ask someone they've first met is "What do you do?" or "What do you do for work?" Whereas in other countries, strangers tend to ask each other about their hobbies or what they enjoy doing. I thought a lot about that as I find myself in social situations often where it's not a work-related event, I am trying to have a friendly conversation with someone new, and I don't want to focus solely on their job. What if they don't like their job? What if they don't have a job? Or maybe they just don't want to talk about work? So instead (inspired by Caroline), I have been saying THIS to new people in these new conversations...

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match with your mini me!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Match With Your Mini Me! / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

I'm a huge fan of a matching moment with me and my girls. So today, we created a fun and whimsical "mama and me" matching tee and onesie set in partnership with Cricut! Inspired by our favorite summer activities (lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun at the beach, strolling the farmers market, and leisurely picnics in the park!) we infused both pieces with lots of playful shapes and tons of bright colors. The best part is that you can customize your very own, too, and match your little ones all summer long. Here's how...

Match With Your Mini Me! / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

You'll need...
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks (t-shirts, coasters, and a baby onesies!)
- Cricut EasyPress2
- Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets

Match With Your Mini Me! / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

Here's how...
1) We used infusible ink transfer sheets in a variety of colors. We chose rose pink, bright green, ultra violet, and mermaid rainbow. 
2) We used the Cricut Maker to cut out our pattern of stars and dots onto the infusible ink transfer sheets on each colored sheet.
3) Once it was all cut, we mixed in the pattern from each color onto one sheet. 
4) Then, we infused the design into your Invisible Ink Blanks canvas with Cricut EasyPress

Match With Your Mini Me! / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

Voila! Because it's made from ink transfer (versus iron-on decals) the vibrancy of the colors will last wash after wash! And, the fabric stays super soft. It's so easy and fun and the possibilities are ENDLESS. We loved the design so much and because the EasyPress2 can do more than just clothes and totes, we could use it on even more items...

Match With Your Mini Me! / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Cricut

We kept the fun going and used the design on coasters, too! Everyone will be so impressed you MADE it, plus they make a great hostess gift!

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong.}

this to that: tool box to jewelry box

this to that: tool box to jewelry box / via oh joy!

Today we're taking a plain, wooden tool box and are turning it into something completely unexpected...a jewelry box! It's surprisingly functional and PERFECT for storing all your jewelry, from earrings, necklaces, bracelets, to rings. Check it out...

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color adventures: bright favorites!

color adventures: bright favorites!

Summer is almost here and has us craving bright colors of all kinds to inject into our home! Our Color Adventures series shows you how to bring our favorite color combos into styling a space and styling a wardrobe. But, we also wanted to show you some of our favorite things that we're loving right now in this month's brightly colored theme to inject easily into your home this summer and beyond...

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a super fresh summer salad...

a super fresh summer salad... / via oh joy!

With the hot, hot, HOT summer days here in Los Angeles, I've been craving lots of fresh vegetables and dishes that require absolutely no cooking over a stove. So today, we have THE freshest salad on the block that is also possibly the easiest salad to make because it requires minimal chopping. Come check it out...

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weekend project: a ring toss diy...

weekend project: a ring toss diy... / via oh joy!

Happy Friday! When we came across these colorful dog hooks, we had to find a fun way to use them! So as we head into the weekend, we're sharing a super fun ring toss DIY that's perfect for your kid's room or to put outside during the summer for backyard parties. Games instantly make any space more playful, and I love when we can incorporate them into the decor! Here's how to make one of your own...

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day trip: valley country market

Day Trip: Valley Country Market / Merci Milo // via Oh Joy!

For today's day trip, we're heading Northwest of Los Angeles to the Valley Country Market! It's a cute shopping center in the valley with great shops, coffee, and the most heavenly bread to eat. Here's how we spent the day there... 

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there's no party like a (pop-up) ice cream party...

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

There's no party like an ice cream party! So today, in partnership with Blue Bunny, I'm showing you how to create an easy and pop-up ice cream themed soiree. Blue Bunny treats come packaged perfectly so they're easy to bring out anytime, anywhere (even to surprise your co-workers!), for instant fun. And because they're individually packaged and just the right size, it makes it easy for everyone to pick their favorite treat and dig in. We're even showing you an extra way to customize the party and give into the fun. Check it out...

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

Ice cream can be tricky to put out on display since it usually comes in one big tub, requires lots of scooping, and can melt quickly...BUT that's not the case with these treats! You can stack the soft ice cream Load'd Sundaes easily, stick multiple Mini Swirls in a cute cup because they're just the right size, and display the super indulgent Bunny Snacks in ice cream dishes (of course!). We used cake stands to create a tiered look and placed everything on a bar cart for a fun ice cream delivery cart around the office...

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

With any party, we want to make it extra special with lots of personal touches. So, we made these colorful napkin wraps! We made ours with ice cream-themed phrases that will help you give into fun alongside the Blue Bunny treats. And, we've created a template for you here if you want to use ours, too! Here's how to make them...

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

You'll need...
- Napkins
- Scissors
- Tape
- Paper to print on

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

Here's how...
1. Print out the template here!
2. Roll your napkin like we did above.
3. Wrap the napkin ring around, and tape closed.

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

There's No Party Like A (Pop-Up) Ice Cream Party... / via Oh Joy! in partnership with Blue Bunny

Now we have an instant party and joy...and a fun afternoon surprise pick-me-up! No one can resist giving into fun when you make it easy and enjoyable for them!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Template Design by Angie Stalker. Styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.}