Happy New Year readers! This is Kelly and I am thrilled to start this new year off with the studio tour of designer and blogger Joy Cho, of Oh Joy! Nestled right in the heart of Hollywood, CA, Joy’s high lofted studio is what she calls “grown-up Candyland.” When Holly asked me to shoot it for decor8, I was thrilled. The studio is white, wood and gold with lots of pops of color and fresh flowers throughout and brick exposure. Below is Joy and her lovely team (Joy is shown in the gorgeous pink skirt). Are you ready to tour her inspiring workspace? Oh and you can see more photos from my visit to Joy’s space here.
Joy’s party line at Target this past year was full of color, pattern, and whimsy, just like her studio. With the help of designer Emily Henderson and Samantha Gluck, Joy’s vision of bright colors, patterns and a functional and fun studio space came together. The studio offers Joy and her team an open concept office space equipped with a kitchenette, dining room, lounging area, storage space and a little living room.
What a beautiful mood board right? And below, a great idea for Joy’s paper lanterns as display on top of a storage unit.
Some of my favourite features of the space include the colorful chairs, (when do you ever see cute office chairs anyway, right!?) the amazing props wall, the vintage dice and that green sofa!
Some of Joy’s collection for Target above, along with the mini hat below. So dainty and merry!
Check out the tiny mint green Smeg. Have you see Holly’s Smeg Inspiration board on Pinterest? Seems everyone covets these things.
Seeing Holly and Leslie’s book, Decorate With Flowers, in Joy’s studio was a nice find.
Check out that prop supply wall!
Psst: There’s more fun from Joy at Target coming, we can’t say just what yet here on decor8, but stay tuned! AND you can pre-order the new Oh Joy! book – click here for more on that. We are just so excited about this book, it looks just as whimsical and full of color as her studio.
So, what do think? What inspired you most about this space?
– See you next month with another inspiring space or place! – Kelly
(Photography/Text: Kelly Brown)
It’s always nice to stumble upon a lovely new-to-me illustrator. This is Plingsulli, or twentysomething Ulrika Gustafsson, from Sweden and I believe that she has the most delicate florals and creatures in her work – how I’d love to see these as textiles sold by the meter! Some of her patterns have been used as characters for stuffed toys or on trays in her shop and her imaginative florals and storybook-like illos are showing up on bedding and cushions for Ferm Living and wallpaper for Photowall, which I would positively love to have in my own home on a feature wall. They are understated in a way, but also bold in another because they’re busy and engaging. Such pretty colorways too. Take a look.
This wallpaper above and directly below was originally available as wallpaper, sold through Ferm Living. I really love it.
These pillows below were created for Ferm Living and they ARE available and quite darling, don’t you think? I want this owl music mobile for my son.
And her bedding is available at Ferm Living too. So pretty. These sheets below, Mountain Friends, are ones I also have my eye on for Aidan’s bed. I love finding so many great things for his room that aren’t the typical “boy” or super hero/action figure theme. The In the Rain bedding below with the pink accents is another beautiful application of Ulrike’s brilliant work.
Aren’t these just delightful?
Psst: You can follow Ulrika on Instagram here.
(images: Plingsulli and Ferm Living)
Hello and happy new year! I’ve not been in this space to blog since December 26th, the longest blog break I’ve taken in years! Crazy! It’s nice to be back since blog breaks aren’t as fun for me as I guess they should be… I’m always so super eager to get back to blogging! For instance, on Friday I had two lovely things happen in my life. This blog celebrated its 9th anniversary since I’ve been blogging since January 9, 2006 (read my first post). I seriously can’t believe that I’m now into my 10th year and that this time next year, I’ll be a blogger for an entire decade. I never imagined this would become a company and a life altering path for me. This fantastic journey has been so rewarding in countless ways but most of all, I’m grateful to you for joining me.
Also on Friday my dear little son turned 11-months-old. It’s a very lovely feeling to have a baby, so new and helpless in many ways, and then to watch him grow so beautifully, become strong, handsome, clever, spirited, even develop his own likes and dislikes in mere months. He began crawling at 6 months at top speed, walking at 10 months and he has 6 teeth and is already eating solids (in addition to milk) — and is in perfect health. He has a beautiful personality too – a real mix of colors – he will definitely grow up to have strong opinions and a love for people – I can clearly see this already.
Our pediatrician told us she is so impressed by him, that even she isn’t used to babies his age being so bright and ahead of most other babies. Though, honestly, she could have said nothing and I wouldn’t have cared because I’m not invested in making him better than others, I simply want him to follow his own path naturally and on his own terms. Though, of course, being new parents we couldn’t help but to feel very pleased to be praised by our doctor for our dedication. This gave us both a very proud parents moment, and when you are so new to parenting, you need those confidence boosters because it’s a very unknown and long road to embark on – having a child – and an occasional cheering squad is nice from time-to-time. I’m so happy that all of the love and care we put into our son is paying off like this – with both of us home with him full-time, we may be struggling for work balance and trying to squeeze in everything while he’s napping or asleep at night, but it is soooo worth it to see him this healthy and happy. He looks a bit serious in the photo above, he was tired when I shot this on Saturday, but I prefer these quieter moments when he’s not clowning around because I love capturing his silence, his beauty, how lost in thought he appears because I feel like I’m catching a glimpse of “future” him and it really warms my heart.
But enough about parenting. How are you? I hope you all had a very restful and joyful holiday season. Ours was such a delight, we spent it with good friends and family and ate far too many of my homemade cookies and cake, but now I’m off of sugar doing a bit of a detox and my energy is coming back again and I feel like I’m getting my mojo back, slowly, after the lag of the holidays, celebrating a little too much, and chasing an 11-month-old who already looks and acts like he’s 2 or 3!
It’s all so good though – life – and to think that this time last year I was unpacking boxes in this new home with my huge belly and my due date drawing closer and closer. And today I’m talking about my energetic baby who is already walking. Yowser! So much can happen in a single year. In fact, I think that is what my dear little boy has taught me among a slew of other important things – how every moment should be felt and experienced, good and bad, and that so much can change about a person in such a short period of time that nothing is impossible if we will it to be.
Happy 2015 to everyone – I’m so happy to be back to give you another year of (hopefully) happiness, inspiration, creative ideas, support and community.
(Photos: Holly Becker for decor8. Please do not use these images without my written consent since they are of my little boy, thank you. Just pop me an email. Thanks!)