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happy friday + let's get it started...18 Oct 2013

Jasmine Dowling Typography
This week has been a pretty non-stop week over at the studio working on some exciting upcoming projects. My brain has been non-stop—I feel overwhelmed, tired, yet inspired all at the same time. I came across this beautiful lettering by Jasmine Dowling, and it pretty much sums up my week and reminds me that we're all working towards something pretty awesome—either personally or professionally. Hope you all have an amazing weekend full of big and small accomplishments alike...

{Image by Jasmine Dowling for A Pair & A Spare}

make it a-door-able...17 Oct 2013

Oh Joy | Metallic Stripe Door DIY

You might know that I have a thing for contact paper. First with my home studio, then Ruby's room, and then my new studio. The thing with contact paper is that when you're using it for its traditional and functional use as drawer liners or cabinet liners, you often have a ton left over because you have to buy a whole roll just to fill a couple drawers. So with my love of decorating with contact paper, I'm going to show you a super easy way to use those leftover scraps of contact paper you might have in your house from other projects and put them to good use in another way...by decorating your door. I'm using gold contact paper because I had a ton leftover from my new studio toe kick project, but you can use any color or pattern contact paper (or a mix of whatever you have)!

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family-friendly spots in los angeles...16 Oct 2013

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles

When I first moved to Los Angeles, someone told me, "L.A. is what you make of it." The city is rich in so many different things—food, culture, music, shopping, nature, etc. that it really can be whatever you want it to be. For me, I've made L.A. into a town full of great eats, amazing local and indie designers, and a place where my daughter can learn and thrive from all the things L.A. has to offer. Today, I am sharing four of my favorite family-friendly spots in this city—all of which are free or inexpensive to enjoy.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) | While I love art, I find so many museums to be too precious and too quiet. I need to be able to take my family to a place where kids are allowed to roam free and enjoy their surroundings just as much as the adults do. Ruby loves the giant noodle exhibit at the LACMA so we often find ourselves going there to visit that exhibit. They offer free art classes every day in the children's gallery. And on Sundays, the LACMA has Family Day where families can tour the museum for free.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Afterwards, we love getting a bite to eat at Ray's at Stark Bar. It's fresh, healthy, delicious, and has items that feel fancy yet still totally kid friendly.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round | Griffith Park is full of so many amazing little adventures. As you may have seen from our trip to Paris, Ruby loves merry-go-rounds, so we love bringing her here. It's only 10 minutes from our house and such a nice change from our usual afternoon playground trips. They also have popcorn and treats a plenty to add to the fun.

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a little joy {giveaway} with twig...15 Oct 2013

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

I first came across Twig—a husband and wife duo who makes beautiful handmade products for children on Etsy. Ruby has one of their little wooden cameras and loves it. Recently, Twig and I decided to partner together for a limited Oh Joy + Twig edition of their products—a child's chair, wooden camera, and orchard nightlight. The collection is being sold in their shop now through the holiday season.

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

In celebration of our little collaboration, we're giving away one Oh Joy + Twig playroom set (which includes 1 chair, 1 camera, and 1 nightlight) to one lucky reader. I customized the coloring and accents for all pieces with gold, white, and grey as the base colors and pink, yellow, and green as accent colors.

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

There are two ways to enter (you can enter both ways for a higher chance to win):

1. Visit the Oh Joy + Twig collection page, then leave a comment here saying which piece is your favorite and then tell me who/what/where is your "Little Joy" (it could be your child, pet, favorite dessert, getaway spot, or anything else that provides that little spark of happiness in your life).

2. Follow @ohjoystudio and @twig_creative on Instagram. Then upload a photo showing your "Little Joy" and tag the photo with #littlejoygiveaway. Then, leave a comment here with your Instagram handle saying that you entered via Instagram.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 18th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats to Sheena Y. from Playa Vista, CA for being our winner this time!

Don't forget...Twig is offering Oh Joy readers 20% off any item in their shop through October 31. Enter code LITTLEJOY at checkout.


P.S. Watch our collaborative process in this little video above. 

*This giveaway is open to any reader, anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $290 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

why i need to live in the sunshine...14 Oct 2013

Oh-joy-hands

You guys...the saddest thing happened during my first week in France. Three days into the trip, Bob and I were about to go to bed, and I started bawling—terrible, awful, sad tears. I honestly felt depressed and not happy to be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I wondered how I could be so ungrateful to have the chance to travel with my family like this and not enjoy every moment of it. And then I realized...

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happy friday + turning 2!11 Oct 2013

Oh Joy | Ruby's 2nd Bday Prep

Oh Joy | Ruby's 2nd Bday Prep

Tomorrow, Ruby turns 2 years old! We're having a little party for her in the park, so I've been getting some last minute prep done...making decorations and other fun things for the shindig. Unlike last year, she knows her birthday is coming up and has been excited about it for weeks. It's so fun to watch the wonderment of life unfold in her little being. I hope you guys have an amazing weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

retail inspiration...10 Oct 2013

Rayen Restaurant in Madrid

The Scandic Central in Stockholm

Tyra window installation

A.B. Biagi in New York

Even when I'm trying not to shop too much, I still try and visit brick and mortar stores as much as possible for inspiration. Retail stores often take more risks in the way they can decorate and display items than we do in our homes because the stores don't need to function as a long-term, livable space. Whether it's a painted storefront, an illustrated window, or amazing tile—all of these examples really inspire ideas for my "some day" home.

P.S. More retail inspiration right here...

Sources, top to bottom: Rayen restaurant in Madrid by Fos, The Scandic Central in Stockholm, window illustrations by Tyra, A.B. Biagi in New York by Scout Sixteen.

oh joy in france / part 3: what we did in lyon... 9 Oct 2013

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

During our trip to France, we spent five nights in Lyon which is just a couple hours of outside of Paris by train. Bob had a conference for work there, so it was mostly Ruby and I hanging together most of the day, and Bob joined us in the afternoons when he was done work (hence why he is wearing such fancy outfits in most of these photos).

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

We rented an apartment in the 6th district in Lyon through airbnb. It was perfect for what we needed—spacious, cozy, relatively toddler-safe, and close to grocery stores, parks, and restaurants. Since it was on the 6th floor, we made sure that it had an elevator so that we wouldn't be huffing it every day. However, the elevator was comical. It just barely fit the three of us when all squeezed together.

Once we crammed ourselves in and out of the elevator, here's a what we did while in Lyon...

3rd District

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

One of my favorite places to visit in any city is an indoor food market with various vendors and purveyors of every kind. Similar to the Reading Terminal Market in Philly or the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Les Halles de Lyon is a food lover's dream with stalls aplenty. We bought some amazing cheese and charcuterie there that topped any cheese and charcuterie we've ever had in the States.

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

We even found the tiniest macarons in all the land at the Richart shop there. Ruby loved them because they were just her size!

Les Halles de Lyon | 102 cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon

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currently snacking on... 8 Oct 2013

marzipan candy from paris

marzipan candy from paris

I've been slowly making my way through our Paris treats, and I had to share these beauties with you that I got from A la Mère de Famille in Paris. Called "calissons" (or marzipan candy), these little confections are seriously in the "too pretty to eat" category. I've been staring at them for weeks and finally took a bite. They're dense, chewy, and sweet with a nice almond flavor—similar to other marizipan candies I've had before but not overly sweet. I also think they make really pretty inspiration for sugar cookies painted in pretty pearlescent tops...

{Photo by Oh Joy. Similar tray from Jayson Home, napkin by A Sunny Afternoon.}

plate by plate... 7 Oct 2013

Variopinte Plates

A few months ago, one of our kitchen cabinets (that held all our plates), came crashing down to the ground in the middle of the night. Luckily, no one was hurt—but we lost 95% of our dishes that day. Ever since, we've been eating off the hodge-podge of mostly plastic plates that survived the crash. I've been meaning to invest in a new set of dishes and while in Paris, I came across this Italian brand called Variopinte who makes enamelled metal plates with these colorful rimmed edges. They're classic, yet upbeat, and a fun basic to pair with more decorative plates you might already have. Getting a whole new set of plates is a big commitment, yet it's one of those purchases you make that hopefully (barring faulty cabinet construction), lasts a really long time...

P.S. Some other things worth splurging on in your 30's...

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