Color-Loving Blogger Oh Joy Gives a Sneak Peek at LA Home + Shares Her Top Window Covering Picks

Abigail Sawyer | 17 Sep 2021 | Home Tours

If you're even slightly interested in crafting and colorful decor, you know Oh Joy.

Joy Cho is considered by many to be a founding mother of the blogging world, and has become well known for her collaborations with huge brands like Target, Keds, Cel Tile, and Calpak. Her most recent endeavor has been building a LA dream home that's carved into the side of a hill.

Joy cho wearing pink overalls standing in front of stairs on construction site

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

After living in their LA rental for nearly 10 years, Joy and her husband knew they were ready for a place of their own. Perhaps not shocking to those familiar with LA real estate - they found that it was cheaper to buy land and build than to renovate an existing home.

Take a peek inside Joy's previous home in our post: Clean And Colorful Bedroom Makeover from Oh Joy

They found a lot they loved, and over the course of four years, designed the space with architects, applied for permits, and spent 2.5 years under construction.

woman standing in laundry room under construction with colorful tile backsplash

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

It should come as a surprise to no one that Joy infused the home design with lots of color, cheerful patterns and her signature mid-century inspired aesthetic. Her goal for the home was to make the most of LA's natural light and have lots of indoor/outdoor living space for her family of four.

flat lay mood boards of tile and terrazo for home design

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

We've only seen sneak peeks since the family moved in at the very beginning of quarantine. But from what she has revealed, we can tell that Joy has brought the fun with terrazzo floors, colorful patterned tile, and LOTS of wallpaper. Plus, it wouldn't be a modern California home without lots of windows to soak up the sun.

Joy Says:

"Windows (and lots of them) were always a huge part of our home build design. We love natural light, and sunny Los Angeles gives us some of the best and longest daily sunlight we could ask for! But we also knew, even as far back as our old apartment how important blinds were for sleep, privacy and heat."

woman looking through framed window with insulation on construction project

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

However, with all those windows, Joy knew she'd need window coverings that provided privacy, blocked light when needed, and fit her modern style.

Joy Says:

"One thing that is SO helpful in selecting window coverings is to chat with a professional that works with window coverings for a living. They have a great service and you can work directly with a designer to get just the right treatment for your home!"

Oh Joy Modern Pink Guest Bedroom

When choosing window treatments for the guest bedroom, Joy wanted shades that contrasted with the graphic wallpaper and blocked light so guests could sleep in soundly.

bedroom with pink abstract face wallpaper and white blackout roman shades on window

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

She landed on Premium Roman Shades in a creamy linen called Gent Bisque. Choosing an outside mount and adding a blackout liner gives the shades maximum light control.

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

Joy Says:

"We chose Premium Roman Shades with the black-out option in mostly every bedroom in the home. I love that because you could have something like and bright (like the Gent Bisque linen shades) or darker and more sultry (like the dark blue Luxe Velvet Lapis shades)."

woman looking out window in room with pink wallpaper and white roman shades

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

See more of Joy's pink guest bedroom reveal.

Oh Joy Cozy Blue Guest Bedroom

For a tone-on-tone look in her blue guest bedroom, Joy chose Premium Roman Shades in Luxe Velvet Lapis. This deep blue velvet steps up the glam factor, and the blackout liner ensures that the room will have hotel-level darkness.

woman opening navy velvet roman shades in dark blue bedroom

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

Joy Says:

"Window coverings are one of those pieces that we don't often work into a design from the get-go, but it's important to make sure they work for you both functionally and aesthetically."

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

See more of Joy's blue guest bedroom reveal.

Oh Joy Colorful Shared Girls Bedroom

For the wide windows in her daughters' colorful bedroom, Joy used blackout Premium Roman Shades again, but this time in a soft grey called Luxe Velvet Branch.

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

Roman Shades are perfect for mounting on a door because when lowered, the flat fabric can easily fit behind a lever door handle.

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

See more of Joy's girls' bedroom reveal.

Oh Joy Whimsical Play Room

For her daughters' craft room, she chose blackout Roman Shades in Sorrento Mica. This fabric is a soft seafoam that coordinates perfectly with the speckled blue wallpaper.

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

See more of Joy's kids' craft room reveal.

Oh Joy Teal and Pink Main Bedroom

Joy wanted a bit more drama for the main bedroom's floor-to-ceiling windows, so she layered two sets of voluminous draperies.

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

Sheer French Pleat Drapery in Celene Ivory allow natural light to come into the room, while maintaining a level of privacy. On top, blackout Easy Classic Pleat Draperies in Helena Ice give full coverage and light control whenever Joy needs it.

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

See more of Joy's Main Bedroom Reveal.

Oh Joy Minimalist White and Gold Kitchen

For the kitchen, Joy went with Premium Roman Shades in Gent Bisque, a white linen that blends in with the walls and cabinetry.

Photo by Lily Glass for OhJoy!

A motorized lift allows Joy to easily adjust the shades from across the room, and eliminates the chance of staining the shade material with dirty hands while cooking.

Photo by Bethany Nauert for OhJoy!

See more of Joy's kitchen reveal.

Want More Details?

Head over to OhJoy! to read more about her window design. PLUS she shares other Blinds.com window treatment styles she considered and recommends for those in the market.

Here are all the sources for Joy's window treatments:

Pink Guest Bedroom: Premium Roman Shades in Gent Bisque with blackout liner and flat fold.

Blue Guest Bedroom: Premium Roman Shades in Luxe Velvet Lapis with blackout liner and flat fold.

Girls Bedroom: Premium Roman Shades in Luxe Velvet Branch with blackout liner and flat fold.

Play Room: Roman Shades in Sorrento Mica with blackout liner and motorized lift.

Main Bedroom: French Pleat Drapery in Celene Ivory (sheer) and Easy Classic Pleat Draperies in Helena Ice (grey) with blackout liner.

Kitchen: Premium Roman Shades in Gent Bisque with blackout liner, flat fold, and motorized lift.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw