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crafted by time...

crafted by time / oh joy

One of the things I tell people the most about having a business or having a career you love is that nothing happens overnight. I've had my business for almost 12 years, and every year, things get better because I have gained more experience and learned more from past mistakes. Today, I'm partnering with Nespresso and their new Selection Vintage 2014 coffee (which, too, was crafted by time) to share the story and a look back at the evolution of my career.

oh joy timeline

Time is an important element to doing things well and finding true success. I have spent the last 16 years since graduation working towards my goals, and in the same way, Nespresso has aged this coffee for the last three years in a complicated system of rotation and regulation to make this Selection Vintage 2014 a fine aged coffee. This is a very long post, but worth a read if you want to know how careers really are built over time...

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just some fun things...

Fun-things

1. Ban.do circle clutch, 2. Dream Collective ring, 3. Cactus paper plates from Oh Happy Day, 4. Iridescent shoes from Golden Ponies, 5. Clare V. backpack, 6. Louise Misha pom pom socks, 7. Ban.do glitter water bottle, 8. Eye, Babe, and LA pins from Shout & About, 9. Three Potato Four letter board.

make a splatter paint entryway mat!

splatter paint entryway mat DIY

Last week, we brought splatter paint back to a wearable accessory. And today, we're bringing it into the home and onto a very practical item for your home—an entry way mat. It's not quite a rug and needs to be durable in an area that people are walking through most often. Yet, you can still make it fun! Here's how...

 

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happy friday + away we go...

oh joy red and blush balloons

Happy Friday guys! Today, I'm headed to Palm Springs to finish up our Oh Joy room for the Modernism House in Palm Springs. Follow along this weekend on my Instagram stories to take a peek! I hope you have a safe and happy weekend. Monday is President's Day so we'll be closed for the holiday, but I'll see you back here on Tuesday!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Balloons from Shop Studio DIY.}

color adventures: a red and blush room!

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For the decor part of this month's Color Adventures, we put together a red and blush living room! As I mentioned a couple days ago, I have never allowed red before in any Oh Joy post in the last 12 years...until this month! The creative team did a great job putting together this room which I love and makes me start to like this whole red thing! Here's how this room came together...

color adventures: a red and blush room!

1. Start with the base pieces. The red chair and stool is the focal point of this room, so we kept the other large pieces (the rug and other seating) neutral—black and white, in this case.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

2. Next, add art. We kept the art neutral (yet still fun) since the red makes such a statement you don't want anything too colorful on the walls that will compete with the red.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

3. Bring in solid pillows and other soft accessories. Here's where you can add accent colors and textures with pillows and blankets. We complemented the red with shades of pink and added some additional neutral with faux fur textures.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

4. Add additional patterns. Now that you have your base colors, you can choose to top it off with some patterned pieces. We stuck to simpler patterns to keep the look graphic without overwhelming the eyes with patterns that are overly busy or detailed.

color adventures: a red and blush room!

5. Finally, set out some finishing touches. These are pieces you might not always have out, but can be placed out if you're having company over.

No matter what type of room you are styling, the same rules apply for how to add color, pattern, and how to layer them all together!

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Modernica Props bench, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Arro Home dotty pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillows, Calhoun & Co pom pillow, Virginia Johnson Pillow, Randal Ford print, Leah Reena Goren tray, Modernica Props chair & ottoman, Brahms Mount throw blanket, Anthropologie pillow.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.}

make a splatter paint backpack!

splatter paint backpack

splatter paint backpack

Splatter paint patterns from the 90's are back! So we wanted to show you how to bring that look into your wardrobe in a chic, yet inexpensive, way! Today, we have a mini back pack that went from plain to pop really easily!

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color adventures: oh joy wears red and blush!

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I love red on other people but have never felt comfortable wearing it myself. With our Color Adventures series this year, my team purposely made a month with red in it to force me to try red. So here it goes! This was actually very fun to get out of my comfort zone. Here are four outfits I put together in red and blush! And while I am posting this on Valentine's Day, these can definitely be worn any time of year...

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the oh joy pet collection is here!

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Bow wow wow, yippee yo yippee yay! I'm excited to share our newest collection for...pets! Pets are such an integral part of a family, and they need a little color and whimsy, too. Our new collection has a mix of functional and whimsical pieces for everyday including bowls, beds, collars, clothing, and of course, party hats for birthday celebrations! And the best part is they tie back into other pieces in our Home Decor collection. You have to watch our video below for a ton of pup cuteness!

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

Oh Joy for Target Pets Collection / Photo by Grace Chon

The Oh Joy Pets Collection is in select stores now and online for SIX WEEKS only! So go grab them while you can. And please tag us on Instagram with #OhJoyforTarget so we can see and share your cuties with their new pieces.

Special thanks to our amazing models: Tuna, Boden, Bella, Alvie, and Juliet. And the super talented photographer, Grace Chon, who is a legit dog whisperer!

Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Get Ready" by Midnight Riot
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Video Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Grace Chon

omg, it's the weekend...

OMG Oh Joy

Happy Friday guys! This week went by soooo fast. I've been working on lots of new products for next year and just going and going and going. I hope you get some good R&R in. We're taking the kids to LACMA before the yellow noodles go away and launching our new Pet Collection on Sunday at Target! Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you back here on Monday ;)

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, side tables by Modernica, rug from EsaleRugs, everything else from Oh Joy for Target.}

how to make mini bouquets...

how to make mini bouquets

Flowers are the easiest, yet most beautiful, thing you can give to anyone at anytime for a little pick-me-up. Today, we made a few versions of a mini bouquet to make for friends, co-workers, or sweethearts on Valentine's Day...or for really any day of the year.

To give each bouquet variety, we're showing you exactly what was used to create each version. In general, start with greenery to add texture and fullness to your bouquet, then, add secondary flowers which is usually smaller than your main flower. Finally, add one to three focal flowers—these are the bigger and more special flowers and the stars of the show. While you assemble, make sure you stagger the heights of the pieces so that they can all be seen from the front, then trim the stems evenly at the bottom before wrapping them in tissue paper. Here are a few different examples...

how to make mini bouquets

how to make mini bouquets

1. Wild Thing — For that bohemian love in your life, here's a wild flower-inspired bouquet filled with shades of purple and pink for your creative and mysterious friend. 

how to make mini bouquets

how to make mini bouquets

2. Sweetheart — For the nicest person you know, this sweet bouquet full of many shades of pink symbolizes playfulness and makes a true Valentine's Day statement.

how to make mini bouquets

how to make mini bouquets

3. Sunshine — For a teacher or co-worker, shades of yellow evoke friendship, trust, and respect. Yellow makes a beautiful bouquet year-round.

I love these so much, I just want to make dozens and hand them out to people wherever I go!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, and crafting by Jess Hong. Flowers from Twig & Twine. Background papers from The Social Type.} 

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