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this is 39!

Oh Joy by Morgan Pansing

OMG. I am 39 today! I'm not writing this post just so you'll wish me a Happy Birthday (although I am okay with that, too). But I am writing because I'm sitting here thinking...holy crap, I have one more year to go before 40. My 30's have been the decade that really cemented who I have become as a person and who I want to be in the future. I took my business to the next level, became a mother, and I've become much more confident of myself and less worried about what other people think (my 20's were filled with WAY too much of that!). I've done so much in this past decade, and I have a bunch more things I want to do before I finish it out. While this could become a super long post, I'll keep it short and sweet and just tell you that I really do appreciate those of you who have been following this site for a while. Loyalty is everything to me, and for you to still tune in and care what we have to say and what we're creating over here really does mean so much.

Anyway, without spilling the beans too much...I have some exciting personal projects in the works that I can't wait to share with you. They are really going to be a great way to round out my 30's this upcoming year...and I can't wait to take you along for the ride!

Have a great weekend, all...

{Photo by Morgan Pansing.}

Introducing: Oh Joy! for DockATot...

Introducing: Oh Joy! For DockATot!

Sweet dreams are made of our newest collaboration...Oh Joy for DockATot! As a mother of two, I've always been in search of pieces that make those early newborn days easier and more comfortable for the whole family. DockATots are so cozy, and together we’re bringing you their quality and comfort with our signature whimsical colors and prints. We've partnered with DockATot to bring you TWO limited-edition cover styles for their multi-functional lounging docks. They're perfect for babies (ages 0-8 months old or 5-22lbs) to rest, play, cuddle, get diaper changes, and practice tummy time. They make a functional and beautiful addition to your new baby’s home! Come see them all...

Oh Joy! For DockATot Petal Party / Shop now!

Oh Joy! For DockATot Petal Party / Shop now!

Our "Petal Party" print is light and lovely, inspired by a spring day and flowers blowing in the breeze.

Oh Joy! For DockATot Block Party / Shop now!

Oh Joy! For DockATot Block Party / Shop now!

Our "Block Party" style is bold, fun, and is inspired by all the shapes that fill your babe's imagination. 

We hope you love them! You can shop them for a limited time online right now!

{Photos by Morgan Pansing, styling by Julia Wester, and styling assistance by Jess Hong. Special thanks to our models Chelsea and Arden, Sherye and Amelie, and Natalie and Oakley!}

Pattern Adventures: A Floral Dining Room!

Pattern Adventures: A Floral Dining Room!

You know what they say...April showers bring May flowers, so for this month's Pattern Adventures, we're going floral with this perfect-for-spring dining room! We've brought in florals in different ways, but kept everything in a similar color scheme to stay cohesive. Here are a few key elements that made all the difference in creating this happy dining space...

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Oh Joy Day Trip: Highland Park...

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

For today's Day Trip adventure, we're taking you to Highland Park! It's a historic neighborhood (that is VERY up-and-coming) in Northeast Los Angeles that has fun shops and restaurants are all in walking distance of each other. Here are a few of our favorite places to go...

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storage coffee tables...

Before and After: Kid Storage Coffee Tables / Oh Joy!

Storage is one of those things people rarely talk about when it comes to pretty interiors, and I always wonder...where do people put all their stuff?!? Especially when you have kids, storage (especially for toys and books) becomes something that requires maintenance every single day. It's made such a difference for me in my own home to have functional storage for the kids' toys in our living room, since toys always end up there one way or another. The solution? These chic AND practical coffee tables that double as storage bins! Here's how to make these...

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let's discuss: what do your kid's friends call you?

Oh Joy!

The other day, I picked up one of my kids from a playdate, and the other mom asked me, "What would you like my daughter to call you?" I had never had anyone ask me that question before. As a kid, I always called friends of my parents by their last name (Mr. or Mrs. or Miss) and would never call them by their first names even if they asked me to. Now that my kids are getting older, it made me think about my name to their friends. Mrs. Cho sounds way formal (or like they are speaking to my mother-in-law) yet Joy feels so casual (why should they call me by my first name when my kids don't even do that?). I am stumped. What do you guys do with your friends kids or what did you call your parents friends when you were younger?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a cake inspired by hawaii!

The prettiest coconut cake inspired by Hawaii! / Oh Joy!

Today, we have something extra special and really delicious for you...a cake inspired by my recent family trip to Hawaii! It's a haupia cake with coconut butter cream and ube extract frosting inspired by the authentic Hawaiian desserts (among other delicious foods) we had at our KA WA‘A luau at Disney's Aulani resort. It's SO pretty and SO delicious. Here's how to make it... 

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do you like wearing shorts?

How to make shorts sophisticated / Oh Joy!

I feel like people either LOVE shorts...or truly don't like wearing them at all. I used to wear shorts ALL THE TIME in high school because I played tennis, and it was part of the culture. Plus, I always liked my legs and never minded showing them off. However, I've noticed in the last couple years, I have been wearing longer skirts and dresses and pants and covering up my legs. Maybe it's cause I am getting older (almost 39!) and felt like I had to cover up for some reason? Well, recently my friend Morgan at BURU asked me to style some pieces from her shop, and I challenged myself to wear shorts in a way that I felt was age-appropriate and chic. So I thought I'd share with you what I learned...

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new season, new art prints!

Groovy Garden print by Lisa Rupp / Oh Joy Shop!

Happy Tuesday! Spring is in full swing, and I'm in the mood to do a little cleaning and refresh my home with some new pieces. One of the easiest ways for to switch things up at home is to swap out artwork...bring in new ones while moving around your current prints to new spots in your home. As we head from Spring to Summer, I love bright pieces that are full of energy and hope. So here are a few of my favorites for the season...all from our Oh Joy shop! Check them out...

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mini DIY chairs for kids...

Mini DIY Chairs for Kids / Oh Joy!

We originally named this post "Cute Kids' Stools" but then all I could think about was the not-so-cute kind of kids' stool (oops!). So, today (instead), we're sharing the cutest set of mini DIY kids chairs (yes, chairs!) that would be so fun for a playroom or in the play area of your living room. Here's how to make these...

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