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sneak peek: oh joy!

i'm a little jet-lagged this morning but so thrilled to be back and starting the day with a sneak peek from one of my favorite design bloggers: joy of oh joy! and nantaka joy. i know it can be a little nerve-wracking to share photos of such an intimate space so i just want to thank joy for sharing them with us- and everyone who's shared so far. joy's descriptions will follow below in her own words, but if you'd like to skip straight to the full sized (and extra) pictures you can click right here. [that's joy's cat bruce on an amy butler upholstered office chair above]

[bedroom: this is my favorite room! the blue wall is painted in a pearlescent paint by benjamin moore which gives it a great color & shimmer at night. the bird pillow cases are by dwell and the striped edge cases behind it are from variegated. various artists' work sits on the wall above the bed. left to right: yumi yumi bird print, photo by karen wise, bear print by camilla engman, another yumi yumi print, couch print by jessica ritter, abigail percy print on kraft stock, camel & birds by foxy & winston, and another jessica ritter print. the mid-century danish chair is covered in hable's lemon bead fabric with a michele varian pillow on top.]

[my work table (a kitchen top counter from ikea) holds all of my art supplies, paper samples, fabric scraps, etc. in the various drawers. the designhouse stockholm bicycle basket serves as a scrap bin when cutting out mock-ups.]

[some office close-ups: vintage canister, teacup, frame, and vase with one of my nantaka joy notebooks. in the teacup saucer are a bunch of giveaway pins from various people during stationery show week...paper + cup, nama rococo, and la familia green.]

[julia rothman print and ann wood birds placed in box frames]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. What great shots, Grace. I love the sneak peaks.

Oh, and I LOVE that Amy Butler fabric! Is there any place you can order it online?

9:41 AM  
Blogger Jill Morowitz said...

Love the bedside lamps! Any idea where they are from?

10:11 AM  
Blogger annechovie said...

I love seeing the work spaces of other artists! What a clever use for that beautiful lacey bicycle basket. Very light, cheerful and charming space. Thanks for sharing...

10:13 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


glad you liked them- joy's got a great eye.

you can order amy butler fabric at repro depot right here:



they look like west elm lamps to me but i'll ask joy...


10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks everyone!

jill ~

the lamps are from Crate & Barrel. they were wedding gifts from a year ago, so i'm not sure they are still around...


thanks for asking!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

lovely lovely lovely!!!!

I really love the blue wall in the bedroom. Such a soothing looking space. And that Julia Rothman print is fantastic!

10:33 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Is the base of your work table (with the drawers) also from IKEA? It looks familiar...

10:41 AM  
Blogger Andy Mathis said...

I want one of those ikea counters. badly.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,

What a lovely space! Did Joy happen to mention which exact Benjamin Moore color her bedroom was painted? It's the color I've been searching for!


11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


it's the varde...


11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful serene home. I have a question as I am agonizing over how to frame a bunch of prints. In the grouping over the bed - are some of those stock frames and some from a frame shop?

Everything is quite lovely.

11:21 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


she did (over at her blog). she said:

"the benjamin moore color is: Latex Metallic Pearlescent Tint Base in Icy Mist."


11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G -
the frames are a combo of store bought and frame shop. I chose to have the more expensive prints and originals framed at a shop (those are the gold & silver frames). and then the less expensive prints were framed with ready-mades from West Elm or Ikea (the white & chocolate brown).


12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your house is too cute joy! very inspiring. and love how you used the bicycle basket.don't be surprised if i do something similar in my home... ;)


12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Could you tell me where the red coral wall piece is from? Is it large enough to hang coats on, or is it specifically for smaller items?

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the office chair from? i've been looking for something similar!

thanks so much for a true 'peek' into your life!

1:05 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


the hook is from anthropologie. though i don't know if they have the red anymore:



2:53 PM  
Blogger Carlene said...

Thanks so much for this. It's just beautiful, especially that bedroom color.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Jan Halvarson said...

as lovely as one would imagine

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks! they are now selling in matte and black finish, either of which may work for the roo i'm thinking of.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


grace was right about the coral piece..it's from a couple years ago so i don't know if that color exists..i use it for jewelry..it probably could hold clothing, but not quite hefty enough as a coat hook..

kerry ~ the desk chair is from pottery barn, i have the full bedford desk with chair. the chair is cute but not the most comfortable so i double up with the cushions!...


5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the yellow chair fabric from Hable. How can you purchase Hable fabrics by the yard?

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great series, joy the apt looks great. it always did, but i esp like the prints, I don't think I saw all of them before. did you do that cushion on the chair yourself? did I miss where the design was from?

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am particularly envious of your mid-century Danish chair - I am looking for one that I wish to use as a reading chair in my home office. Your Ikea work station is so neat and practical with the glass window drawers. I got to find the place for one.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

E, hable fabric can be purchased through a decorator or interior designer. they do not sell directly to the public.

thanks jane! i didn't sew either of the cushions myself..my sewing skills are very basic (i could do a simple flat pillow!) so i found a couple local seamstresses to sew them inexpensively.


8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful space. I actually have the same IKEA counter set where I do most of my work. It's a fantastic buy and the best thing in my work space besides the old file cabinet with 24 small drawers! Just keeps all the little stuff organized.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

gorgeous space. i love everything about the bed room and the ann wood birds in the box frames!

8:59 AM  

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