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(mini) sneak peek: oh joy’s nursery

by Amy Azzarito

Today, one of my favorite bloggers — Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! — is giving us a little peek inside the nursery of her four-month-old baby, Ruby. Over Christmas, I learned that both of my sisters are pregnant (surprise!), and in anticipation of my new role as aunt, I’ve been mining Oh Joy! for cute baby things. For the nursery, Joy wanted Ruby’s room to have a bright, fun feel that could grow with her. She started the project by creating these mood boards (here and here) so she could map out her ideas visually, and ultimately, pretty much followed her original vision of bold color and patterns offset with white and hints of gold. It’s become a place where mother and daughter spend most of the day together. Thanks, Joy! And a big thank you to Bonnie Tsang for the photos and Jen Gotch for the styling! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: We love lying around playing games and singing songs with Ruby. I’ve never spent so much time lying and sitting on the floor as I do now! It’s funny, before having a baby, I could never do silly voices or come up with songs to sing to my friends’ kids. But now, it’s like this stuff just flows right out of my head, and I find myself totally content to do whatever it takes to make this little nugget smile. (Ruby’s onesie by Egg Baby; hair clip by StellinaB; custom quilt made by Jennifer from Parallax using Nani Iro fabrics from Kicoli; neon dotted pillow cases by Castle; stitched pillow by Little Auggie; heart pillow by Nature Baby)

Image above: We wanted the furniture to be on the neutral side to get maximum use (for future babies) and brought in color with the accessories. I love mixing and matching bedding on our own bed, so it’s perfect for Ruby’s crib, as well. We keep her crib skirt on all the time and rotate the fitted sheet often, so there’s always a mix of colors and patterns going on there. (Duck crib skirt by Virginia Johnson; fitted sheet and bedding by Little Auggie; crib, changing table, storage bin/hamper and rug by DwellStudio)


See more of Oh Joy’s Los Angeles nursery after the jump!

Image above: Inspired by a project I saw in Martha Stewart Weddings last year, I made a whole wall of rose gold dots in my studio (before being pregnant) and loved them so much, I added them to Ruby’s room, as well. Since we rent, I didn’t want to put in anything too permanent. And since this is contact paper, it’s super easy to remove. We live in the hills of Silver Lake, so the windows are big and light-filled and look west towards the city. (Little felt birds by Lauren Alane)

Image above: I got these vintage dressers off Craigslist if you can believe it! A blog reader in San Diego came across them and emailed me because she thought I’d love them . . . and I did! They were so worth the four-hour drive back and forth. At the time, I was 35 weeks pregnant and couldn’t lift anything, so my awesome husband lugged these super heavy (but cute!) dressers up our stairs all by himself. On top of each one, we have lamps we use as nightlights and some other little vintage knick knacks.

Image above: I’ve always loved this bookshelf by Oeuf and thought it was a piece that Ruby could use as she grows. Eventually, it will have more books and toys, but for now, the containers hold extra diapers, blankets and first-aid baby stuff. The wall above it has a mix of prints I already had, polaroids of Ruby taken by my friends and a vintage abacus that I hope will inspire her in the future to be creative (or to be a math whiz!). (Bookshelf by Oeuf; storage bins from the Container Store; bird painting by Allymoon; pink Paris print by Famille Summerbelle; pink framed painting by Julia Rothman; cake print by Paul Ferney; family portrait by Rifle Paper Co.)

Image above: I wish we didn’t have carpeting, but we do, so I did my best to cover it up with this super cute DwellStudio rug and a Serena & Lily pouf.

Image above: I’ve had these prints for years, and they’ve rotated around our various homes in different rooms. Finally, they seem to have a perfect home in Ruby’s room to represent our new little family. (You & Me print from One Point Oh; girl silhouette from Keep Calm)

Image above: In keeping with the pops of color and medley of shapes, this Artecnica mobile hangs over her changing table. I always wonder what she’s thinking as she stares at it.

Image above: Even though she’s not close to walking, we have the cutest shoes from friends as gifts. Eventually when she outgrows them, I might box frame them or turn them into a fun wall display.

Image above: I know everyone says this, but until you have your own baby, you don’t realize how amazing it really is. I am mesmerized every day and totally enamored with this little nugget and hope her room makes her as happy as she makes us. (Round pink pillow by Castle; others by Little Auggie)

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  • lovely and bright, and such a sweet little girl. May I ask where you found the sofa? Thanks!

  • A sofa in the nursery?!? Genius! My first nursery may have to be on a smaller scale (ie closet ala Jordan Ferney), but I will aspire for nursery sofa-dom someday, as it seems like the best thing for tired parents.

  • the best thing about the design in this is that it’s not overly baby-ish. the colour blocking and patterns are fun…and not stereotypically gender specific — which makes it easy when you make another amazingly cute baby!! congrats on your beautiful little family.

  • I love this so much! Those vintage dressers are so so cool-what an amazing find!

    I keep seeing all of these great baby/kid rooms now that my son is 2, but I couldn’t find any inspiration like this when I was putting his room together back then! Darn! Next baby will get the benefit I suppose. And maybe I will finally redo my son’s room!

  • I love seeing a young girl’s room that isn’t over-the-top feminine – great! I also love that this looks like a real space that is used by busy and pragmatic parents.

  • I’m working on my own little man’s nursery right now. Her nursery looks so effortless! A true inspiration! Thank you for (convincing her to?) sharing it with us! I’m refreshed and feel like I can continue to tackle the immense to-do list.

  • This tour is one of the best I’ve seen here on D*S!! SUCH great sources, very complete listing of where you got everything. I am in complete awe of how this room came together and how incredibly comfortable, bright, happy and sweet it all is!! SO beautiful. Ruby! Cute name, cute baby!

  • I love this nursery!!! So fun, and bright and ahhhh…. and that might be the cutest baby ever.

  • May I recommend Bac-Out to get the baby puke out of that carpet when it eventually happens? Because you can’t avoid it – it will happen. ;) Works like a charm! Love the room and those dressers are amazing!

  • I love Joy’s blog and style so it’s been great to see how she styled the nursery, thanks to both for sharing! I love that it’s suitable for rented properties, amazing what you can do with some colourful furnishings, lovely prints and cute furniture! I am now on a mad hunt for some rose gold contact paper (can’t seem to find it in the UK!)

  • By far one of the most darling nurseries ever! Well done on a wonderful space, Joy. Loving the little bits of charm here and there.

  • I love Joy and her blog! She has an immaculate taste in design. I’m always inspired by her posts. Thank you for feature this nursery. Some day, i’ll dream of designing one for my future baby.

  • So here’s the thing- this little Ruby may just be the cutest baby I’ve ever seen anywhere in my entire life. What a lucky family :)

  • What a lovely, cozy nursery. Heck, I’d like to curl up on that couch and I don’t even have little ones anymore.

    But, dear God, is that not THE MOST adorable baby?

  • I love the airy feel and neutral colors..it’s challenging with a first child to choose things that would work for future children if they happen to be a different gender. I am also envious that the nursery has room for a whole couch! But what really stands out is how stinkin’ CUTE that little Ruby is!

  • The polka dot wall is such a great backdrop! Thanks for the inspiration… I want to get my own polka dot wall going now

  • Wonderful room. So happy to finally get to see it!

    I have had the Oeff mini library for 6 years. We got it for my daughter when she was 2 and they first came out. Now she’s 8 and it is still working really well.

    Also, it’s possible that Ruby is so cute (especially in that grey striped onesy), that I visited your website an extra 25 times over the weekend just marvel at how cute she is! The latest pic you posted is the cutest thing ever!

  • such a cuty nursery, something I can totally see her growing into as the years rush by. That couch! Looks familiar. Like my Pottery Barn Seabury?

  • My heart just pooped. I would call it cute but the terms feels too unsophisticated for such an amazing space. Lovin the dots on stripes on dots on fabulous. And that baby is adorable.

  • I just pinned that very same DwellStudio rug this morning because I wanted it in my studio and although I was leaning towards neutral for my nursery after seeing this I am thinking colour, especially after seeing the vintage dressers. Did you have to paint the dresser drawers? What a great find.

  • This is so adorable, if a room could have cheeks, I would pinch them! (Is that weird?) But seriously, such a sweet little room. I adore the gold polka dots.

  • Just love the blushy colors, the neon, metallic, polka dots….my favorite design elements all in one place!
    What sweet little nuggets of love…Happy BABY!

  • I love everything about this nursery, it is so cheerful and creative. Can you please tell me where you found that gorgeous porcelain fawn on the dresser? I have been looking for something similar with no success. Great job! What a gorgeous happy baby girl you have!

  • I absolutely LOVE the rose gold dots would you be able to email me the source of the rose gold contact paper please Absolutely adorable! Thanks Email is Lindsayhue@gmail.com Thank you so much