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updating my living room beyond the toddler years...

Oh Joy Living Room

Five years ago, I posted about how I baby-proofed my living room with Emily Henderson as an attempt to make it safer for our (then) 1-year-old, Ruby. We've now gone through two babies who have learned how to walk and toddle around and play in that very living room. We've slowly swapped out art over the years and and now, five years later, I am ready to update our living room with a real coffee table again and replace the white couch (that has seen many milk and snack stains)! While a couple things are changing, much of it has endured and are still going strong several years later. Here's how I updated my baby-proofed living room back to one that is functional for older kids while keeping the style of the living room in tact...

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a fun fall outfit...

A Fun Fall Outfit / Oh Joy!

Even though we are having an obscenely hot week here in Los Angeles, I am seriously ready for fall with thicker and softer fabrics that come with the season. Velvet....yes! Faux fur...please! This is my new favorite outfit for a Los Angeles fall that combines higher end and lower end pieces and a bunch of different beautiful textures...

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my everyday jewelry...

my everyday jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, I love statement pieces now and then, but I really gravitate towards light and lovely pieces that I can wear and keep on every day. When I do Instagram Stories, you'll often spot my necklace or rings, and so I wanted to share a round-up of some of my favorites with you...

01. If you're looking for a classic piece made modern, this Leah Alexandra Star Moon Necklace makes for a beautiful update to a traditional locket. Add a couple photos inside of loved ones or your favorite quote.

02. I love this Starling Colette Small Pavé Necklace for laying with others. It adds a bit of color from the stones and goes with anything.

03. This Clare V x Maya Brenner AMOUR Necklace offers a lovely sentiment and is beautiful worn alone or layered with other pieces.

04. For a pair of everyday earrings that aren't simply studs, I love these Ariel Gordon Ruby Pave Huggies. They come in a few different colors and can be kept on all the time.

05. This Ariel Gordon Sweetheart Bracelet is a tad thicker then some of the other pieces here but makes a nice, everyday piece with simple heart shapes added to the pretty chain.

06. I love how this Maya Brenner Double Cut Bracelet goes with anything and is perfect for layering with other bracelets, thick or thin.

07. For a special piece with a bit of sparkle, this Ariel Gordon Diamond Dash Bracelet mixes everyday with a few tiny diamonds to make it a bit fancier than just a metal piece.

08. If you're looking to celebrate your family in a special way, this Ariel Gordon Horizon Birthstone Ring allows you to add five different birth stones. This makes for a great gift to give to someone or to hint that you want for yourself ;)

09. This Leah Alexandra Moonstone Antiquity Ring looks like a vintage ring passed down from generations. This piece is the boldest of the items shown here, but so, so light and pretty that it really can be worn every day.

10. I love the color of emerald, so this Leah Alexandra Green Gem Ring adds a nice pop of color if you want something that isn't too bold but also isn't too neutral.

11. You'll always find me wearing this Maya Brenner Initial Necklace with my kids' first initials on them. This is the piece I get asked about all the time!

P.S. For a limited time, Leah Alexandra is offering 20% off to Oh Joy readers with code: OHJOY20 at checkout.

oh joy for target gifts!

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

With holidays and thoughts of gift lists only a couple months away, we're getting a head start by giving you some inspiration on creating a custom gift for someone you love for a birthday gift, shower, or the upcoming holidays. Watch our video below for a few of my favorite gift sets you can put together for three different types of people with our Oh Joy for Target fall collection...

All of the items shown are available exclusively online only for a limited time!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "The Dreamers" by Katrina Stone
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker

oh joy-inspired pumpkins!

oh joy-inspired pumpkins

It is blowing my mind that we are already edging on Halloween! Last year, we painted Artist-Inspired pumpkins...and this year, we painted a new batch inspired by the designs that surround us here at the Oh Joy office everyday! Inspired by our current furniture collection, we wanted to show how a pumpkin can really take it's cue from anything! So go out and be inspired by your surroundings, your favorite dress, or a color combination you love to get your pumpkin decorating started!

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oh joy from 2005 to 2017...

12 Years of Oh Joy!

This month, we celebrate 12 years of Oh Joy! When I started this blog (and my business) 12 years ago, I never expected to have a business that was so connected to a community of people through the Internet! I never thought I'd make real, live friends through it. I never thought I'd connect with people all over the world and get to share my vision with complete strangers. I never thought that it would give me the opportunity to create something from nothing and create a job I truly love doing every day.

In celebration, I'm looking back at the last 12 years to show how things have changed and evolved and grown (both personally and professionally) in the last decade. This is a long post (but a fun one). So I hope you'll hang out and read along...

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the oh joy studio kitchen: final reveal!

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...

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oh joy for clé tile!

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...

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...

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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