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happy friday + behind the frame...

Oh Joy! / Behind the Frame

Back in the early days of blogging, I was taking random (often not amazing) photos and posting them here for all to see. It was rough and scrappy, but also there was so much less pressure and expectation than social media often has today. Now, we offer original content (which I love) and beautiful, professional photos (which I also love). But, we really wanted to remind you of the real stuff that goes on behind the frame...all the mess off to the side, the beautiful photos that sometimes come about by accident, and just a little bit more behind-the-scenes. Hence, this post today...!

Oh Joy! / Behind the Frame

It's a simple look at a moment in time here at Oh Joy, but it shows you the talented people who help make our concepts, photos, posts, products, and partnerships come together. In this instance, I was checking out the work that Julia and Jess (pictured above) were working on for another project when they started taping pieces of art from the other project onto my jumpsuit. All-of-a-sudden, I was a walking canvas, and this photo you see first in the post came to life. Those are sometimes the happy accidents that come when we're fast at work on other stuff, and I love it all.

If you want to see more of these little peeks at the real life stuff happening over here at Oh Joy!, let us know below in the comments!

Happy Friday!

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

have a joyful weekend...

Joyful Book

Happy Friday! Have you read this book Joyful? Designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. It's completely up my alley but also a way to look at the world that gives us all hope and joy in the everyday. Ingrid's website, Aesthetics of Joy, is a beautiful and informative reference of various ways to find and incite joy throughout our lives...in schools, in hospitals, through art, in city streets, and more. See a few of my favorites that she's discovered below...

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Happy Friday + My Life In Color!

Happy Friday + My Life in Color! / via Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! My talented friend Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House Lars Built recently launched a companion book to Craft The Rainbow called My Life In Color! It's a really beautiful journal full of prompts that help encourage personal exploration through COLOR. It's super fun and got me thinking about my favorite color...green!

I love green because it is so calming, can be paired with lots of colors (blue and pink are my favorite to pair it with!), and it reminds me of nature and growth. So to give you some GREEN inspiration, here are a few of my favorite ways we've used green to style over the last few years here at Oh Joy! From statement couches to home offices, even to an ENTIRE living room decked out in green...

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Why I Love Teacher Planners...

Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Planners

Back-to-school is just around the corner! Whether you're a teacher prepping for the new school year, a busy mom on-the-go, OR someone who just wants to organize your life, the Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner is for YOU. Here are a few reasons I am obsessed with it...

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make a kids' craft cart!

make a kids' craft cart / oh joy!

I love fostering creativity in my kids. One of the ways that I always suggest doing that is keeping a fun mix of materials and art supplies around for them to experiment with. So, today, we're showing you how to turn a basic cart into a super cute craft cart for your little ones!

make a kids' craft cart / oh joy!

Here's the before and after! See how we transformed this cart...

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making wishes...

Making Wishes with Kids / Oh Joy!

Sometimes on Instagram Stories, I'll share little activities or things I do with my kids that you guys ask details about afterwards. So I wanted to start sharing them here on the blog, too, so they can have a place to live on forever.

While we were in Hawaii, my kids loved passing by fountains and throwing in coins to make wishes. Kids' wishes are so simple and pure and mine often said they wanted to fly or wanted to see a rainbow. So, inspired by my kids' love of making wishes in fountains and my friend, Max Wanger's "dreams list" he wrote with his son recently, I asked my girls to write down their wishes. Well, actually, this is just Ruby's since Coco can't write more than her name right now. But, if you have a kid who doesn't yet write, you can also ask them to tell them to you and write for them. The fun thing about this exercise is they get to think about actual things they wish for as well as things outside of the scope of the real world. Because to kids, those lines are so blurred right now. Anyway, for those of you with kids or nieces/nephews, kids you babysit...try it out! It would be fun to make these Wish Lists regularly and watch how they change over time!

{field trip} Yayoi Kusama exhibit...

{field trip} Yayoi Kusama exhibit...

I first heard about Yayoi Kusama's work from a recent show she had in New York of an all white room that would change over time as each person who entered would place a colorful circular sticker wherever they wanted. "How cool is that?" I thought. Art that changes over time. Art that isn't always only created by the artist but the viewers, too. I became intrigued and needed to know more.

I learned that Kusama has played with concept of infinity over many decades and through a range of media. The traveling exhibition marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. When I found out that the exhibit was traveling to LA, it was a must for an Oh Joy team Field Trip to The Broad museum to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition...

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from painting to room...

From Painting to Room... / Oh Joy!

Because you can be inspired by anything (including a dress and a skirt), today, we're showing you how we channeled this beautiful painting by Lulie Wallace and let it inspire an entire living room! Take a look...

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happy friday + a san francisco field trip...

Oh Joy trip to The Museum of Ice Cream

To celebrate Oh Joy’s 12th Anniversary, we took a day trip earlier this week to San Francisco to visit two spots that make us very happy...Color Factory and the Museum of Ice Cream! We had a blast spending a work day having some extra fun, and I loved getting to celebrate with my amazing, hard-working, loyal, and talented team. Here's a look at our day...

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field trip: color factory!

Oh Joy / Color Factory

Last week, I took a quick trip to San Francisco to visit my friend, Jordan's, newest project—Color Factory. This amazing space is an experience in color as you walk through rooms, hallways, installations, and tactile and sensory stories that will leave you smiling. Here's a peek...

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