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the oh joy studio kitchen: final reveal! 21 Sep 2017

the oh joy studio kitchen

In May, I shared the beginning plans of our Oh Joy studio kitchen in the process of renovation. And finally, three months later, it's done and I'm excited to share the images and process with you today! I worked with my talented friend Sarah Sherman Samuel to design the kitchen. She has such a modern and chic aesthetic, and I loved seeing how she brought her style and the Oh Joy style together into our new kitchen.

the oh joy studio kitchen / before

the oh joy studio kitchen / before

As a reminder, here's the BEFORE. The before kitchen was very utilitarian and would serve a normal office just fine. However, with a team of six people who eat lunch and make coffee/snacks here every day, I was ready for a real, full-functioning kitchen so that we could heat up meals, cook when needed, as well as have full-sized appliances for food storage, washing dishes, etc. Also, being that we create content daily, I wanted to have a kitchen that also looked beautiful in our food stories and represented Oh Joy while still feeling classic over time. 

the oh joy studio kitchen / progress

the oh joy studio kitchen / progress

the oh joy studio kitchen / progress

Since my own home is a rental and I haven't been able to renovate there, this is my first time doing a real structural renovation. We have a very long lease on our new office, so for me, it was worth the investment of what we'll get out of a new kitchen to make the changes...and our landlord is awesome and was very flexible with what we wanted to do. We worked with Goodfellas Construction to turn Sarah's design into reality. Above, you can see a few steps along the way which was really fun to watch over time.

the oh joy studio kitchen

the oh joy studio kitchen

...and here's the AFTER! With primary shades of white, mint, and gold, the kitchen looks chic and fresh, yet still has a touch of Oh Joy whimsy. I love that the kitchen feels open, yet with the added peninsula on the right, there is more counter space for food prep or for when we are hosting and need an area for food to be out and easily served. We got honed marble (that's the matte version) for the countertops which feels luxurious and makes the whole kitchen look fancy, but is one of the more durable options as far as marble goes.

the oh joy studio kitchen

the oh joy studio kitchen

the oh joy studio kitchen

When it came to appliances, the main components we needed in the kitchen included: A Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator, Microwave Oven, Countertop Oven and Coffee Brewer for our day-to-day team needs. For our shoots and making recipes for the blog, we needed a Range that included a stove and oven, and a Stand Mixer. I was thrilled to work with KitchenAid on this makeover and to design our kitchen in a functional way to include so many small and large appliances while still being beautiful.

the oh joy studio kitchen

 the oh joy studio kitchen

When it comes to clean, white cabinets, IKEA always comes to the rescue. I love how these are very affordable kitchen cabinets, yet they look totally custom in this high-end looking kitchen. The cabinets are so functional, too.  We have a pull-out drawer for our trashcans, a cabinet specifically to hold an under-counter microwave, and mixed both drawer and shelf options for storage. We got everything in a matte white finish and added gold hardware to the doors to add extra detail and a brass faucet for that extra special touch. We also added the signature Oh Joy color-blocked wall to one side of the kitchen to accentuate the green from the tile.

the oh joy studio kitchen

Around the time that Sarah and I began talking about the kitchen, we were in the process of designing our newly released Oh Joy for Clé Tile. She chose to incorporate our Petal tile design into the kitchen in a more random, tossed look which I love. Both walls are topped off with these chic and classic Cedar & Moss sconces which will add extra mood and lighting when we have evening events at the studio.

the oh joy studio kitchen

I am IN LOVE with this kitchen and truly get excited to use it every day!

P.S. You can see more of the design process over at Sarah's blog post right here.

*A HUGE thank you to KitchenAid, IKEA, Cedar & Moss, and Clé Tile for providing their products for our kitchen remodel.

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Resources:

Design & Styling / Sarah Sherman Samuel

Appliances / KitchenAid

Sink/Faucet / Ferguson

Lighting / Cedar & Moss

Tile / Oh Joy for Clé Tile

Stools / CB2

Cabinetry / IKEA

Contractor / Good Fellas

Marble / Modul Marble 

Marble Installation / Planet Stone 

Electrician / Power Electrical Services 

Gold Shelf Brackets / Rejuvenation 

Photography / Monica Wang

oh joy for clé tile! 31 Aug 2017

Oh Joy for Clé Tile

I'm so excited to share our newest design collaboration...Oh Joy for Clé Tile! Earlier this year when we began working on the design and renovation of our new Oh Joy office, and I was chatting with Clé Tile to bring tile into the space. After a few conversations back and forth, we decided to design brand new cement tiles for the office and make it available for sale for other homes, offices, and retail spaces everywhere! See all the designs and more about the process below...

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let's discuss: teaching empathy to kids... 18 Aug 2017

Oh Joy / Photo by Bonnie Tsang

For the last couple weeks, we've discussed some things that were fun to talk about and get various perspectives. They were light and sometimes silly, but today's post is about to get a little more serious...

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how to shop for vintage clothing online... 16 Aug 2017

how to shop for vintage clothing online / oh joy!

how to shop for vintage clothing online / oh joy!

If you know me, you probably know how much I love mixing vintage into my wardrobe (I even had the Oh Joy team get glam in vintage)! Shopping vintage used to be about scouring local thrift stores and flea markets to find hidden gems, but now it's become easier to find great vintage with all the online options out there. Shopping for vintage online allows you to shop from anywhere in the world from anyone's former closet. And, if you live somewhere where there aren't great flea markets, you can still access some of the stuff that other cities seem to have more of. Here are my 10 tips to shopping for vintage clothing online...

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let's discuss: picking a side of the bed... 4 Aug 2017

Let's Discuss: Picking a Side of the Bed

Recently, at the Oh Joy office, we got into a VERY serious debate...

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let's discuss: on finding love... 28 Jul 2017

Let's Discuss: On Finding Love

This may feel sort of random, but every so often, there are things I think about in life that I wonder what other people would think about this topic, too. So I thought...I have this blog that people sometimes read...and maybe I'll just discuss these life questions with you guys here! Here goes...

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our newest oh joy for target nursery collection! 5 Jul 2017

NEW! Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

NEW! Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

It's been a year and a half since our last nursery collection and I am SO excited to give you a peek at our BRAND NEW Oh Joy for Target nursery collection launching THIS SUNDAY, July 9th! The collection includes: bedding, blankets, swaddles, clothing, diaper bags, bath towels, lovies, stuffed animals, and more! A portion of the collection will be in all Target stores with the full collection in all sizes available online. Here's a peek...

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My Favorite Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles... 29 Jun 2017

Bob Baker Marionette Theater / Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles so much. There is so much to do here and see year round...and I've certainly discovered more things to do after having kids. We get emails and messages asking for suggestions on what to do with kids when visiting Los Angeles, so here are some of my favorites in no particular order. Please keep in mind, I do live on the East side, so this is skewed towards the East side of the city. A West sider might have additional suggestions and if you do, please share them in the comments!

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movie night with our new summer collection! 19 Jun 2017

Oh Joy for Target Summer Home Decor Collection

Oh Joy for Target Summer Home Decor Collection

I’m thrilled to show you our newest Summer Home Decor collection at Target! Inspired by backyard parties and my favorite florals, the Oh Joy for Target summer collection offers items for summertime entertaining and for indoor living even after the season ends. From versatile cups and plates to cozy pillows and blankets, this collection brings a fresh splash of color to inside or out! Watch the video below to see how the pieces can be used for an outdoor movie night right in your own backyard!

You can find the full collection available for a limited time ONLINE ONLY at: Target.com/OhJoy. Also, please continue to share how you’re using the collection in your home with the hashtag #ohjoyfortarget. 

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Good Day" by Planes
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Photography: Nicki Sebastian

happy friday + styling my new hair cut! 19 May 2017

how to add texture and waves to straight hair

I recently chopped off my hair to a lob (long bob). It feels lighter and really great for summer. I am VERY minimal when it comes to hair and would prefer to roll out of bed and not do anything at all. But when your friend (who happens to be the founder of DryBar) says, "Let me show you what you can do with your new hair cut!"...you say, "OK!". So Alli Webb came by to style my hair, and we caught it all on video so that I could recreate it myself and show others who might have a similar length or type of hair how to style it, too!

If you can believe it, I am actually fixing my hair a few times a week now! It's a fun change to my normal straight hair, and I finish the whole thing in about 5 minutes. I love that the styling here is not about perfection, and looks best loose and however feels right! See the video above for the full how-to!

Have a great weekend all!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, video by DryBar, hair styling by Alli Webb, my dress by Whit.}

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