lovely day by littlejoy nyc

Last Saturday we hosted our annual Winter Blooms workshop, which did not disappoint.  I do not intend to sound boastful, I am merely so grateful for what happens each time we gather with old and new friends with the intention of creative play.  Something magical happens when we gather together and fully engage in a little creative play.  The conversations, laughter, and not to sound too cheesy, but real joy comes forth.  Honestly, we are so honored for each attendee to trust us with a treat thyself workshop. 

Mil Besos,



Cozy days..... by littlejoy nyc

LJN is planning the coziest Saturday for those looking to warm up, get their creative on, and make new friends.  Last February Katy prepared cozy bites, and we played with beautiful local blooms alongside luxurious international buds from Italy + Japan. What could be more lovely then a day with old and new friends gathered around our studio space for curated bites and flowers.  

Sooooooo, mark your calendars + register for our Winter workshop on Feb, 10th from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  All tools, blooms, + bites included.  

BTW this is the perfect hint of a Valentine's Day present to thyself or loved one. 

Mil Besos!!!!

Counting our Little Joys by littlejoy nyc

The New Year is in FULL swing, and for me (MEL), I am trying to step into the year lightly.  My natural place to live is in the doing and planning for what is ahead.  Each project I have before me, I am attempting to honor in giving all my 2018 endeavors space to grow.  My approach is easier said then done and I remind myself to go back and reflect on the times I was able to be creative and play.  

One of the best gifts I have received from my collaboration of Little Joy, is having the pleasure of sharing creativity, opening ourselves up to receive inspiration by others, and learning from our retreaters and workshop participants. 

So much of my creativity gets sucked into the vacuum of the demand of originality, usually self induced.  We all want to be the first to discover or create an idea, however it is a new practice for me to be inspired by others, take the inspiration into appreciation, then venture into my own creative sphere. 


The challenge for me and for those who relate to my sentiments, is simply to  appreciate the inspiration from outside of ourselves, and allow for subsequent creativity.  Here goes nothing 2018....


Mill Besos,


HNY by littlejoy nyc

Last month was quite a busy time for us all, so, as January quickly sets in, I am soaking in all the quiet that comes with sever cold temperatures and snow.   The stillness of this time is such a gift, and the perfect time to take inventory of old or new projects headed our way. In the midst of it all, our thoughts, hopes, and duties are given a little rest in the beauty we surround ourself with, even it is the tiniest seeds. 

DECK THE HALLS by littlejoy nyc

Over the month of December Nia, Katy, and I have worked in our individual arenas to bring a little joy though food, design, and blooms.  We are happily ready to put our feet up and enjoy a little joy with family.  We wish you a restful season as we all head into the ano nuevo. 

Mil Besos! 



Little Joy Gifting..... by littlejoy nyc

Gifting is NOT always easy, sometimes the task feels impossible.  How do you find the perfectly beautiful, thoughtful, and sentimental gift for those you love most.  Not easy right.... little joy is HERE to help.  This season in studio we have been busy sending seasonal arrangements AND in moments will have registration up for our Winter Blooms Workshop. Workshopping gifts are the best, just as the holiday season fades our winter blooms is the perfect workshop to chase away the winter blues. 

Stay tuned for registration and for those of you gifting a workshop LJN will send a little treat to those registered.  

Happy Gifting.....


Falalala and all that jazz....... by littlejoy nyc

I am sure it is no surprise we are buzzing with excitement in studio over last weeks Domino spread and along with the arrival of the coziest time of year.  Last weekend we kicked off the season with new table setting concepts.  This year we created a mix of whimsy, tiny, all mixed in with a few show stopper peonies.  Of course we had our fair share of neons and an abundance of tapers.  I say during the holidays its always so inviting to walk into a room that feels a little decadent, soooo go overboard when it comes to sweets. 

Here are a few shots of our table before our guests took to treating themselves for chocolates, bubbly and more.  Hope your inspired....happy decorating.

Mil Besos


Autumn Retreat Blooms by littlejoy nyc

As we head into a very busy season, we are hanging onto the little joys from our retreat weekend in November.  Each year we host a get away at Barn on the Pond.  Our vision for our time away is to get back into a creative space, be nourished in food and play.....For those who join us we are grateful because each retreater brings us laughter and opportunity to connect to our intuition in play.  


Over our 24 hours together we played....our first night began with a collage tutorial by Nia and cocktails by Katy. Saturday we woke up to blooms and more.  Together we explored all the beautiful offerings of late Fall blooms and went for it.  

As we are all deep in what the end of the year brings....we are hanging onto the little joys. 

Mil Besos,


Whimsy Stockings by littlejoy nyc

Over the last few years we have made due with our collection of stockings. They are definitely cute, but none of them match each other, so I decided to take a stab at sewing my own. The process was so simple. I took the same yellow velvet fabric I made our tree skirt with and added a dash of color with velvet reds and blues. They were so simple and good looking. 

You simply make a pattern of the left and right side, trace, cut, and sew. Remember to sew inside out then flip your stocking inside out. I love how they turned out.....

We are featured on Domino Magazine! by littlejoy nyc

We are so excited to announce that the Little Joy Studio has been featured on Domino Magazine! Check out these beautiful photos below by Aaron Bengochea. We had so much fun the day Domino came over to check out our space. We had The Pixie and the Scout do her usual Little Joy magic with snacks and a whole gluten-free, dairy-free spread and iced matcha from ABC V. 

Read the article HERE to learn more about the stories we surround ourselves with in the space.


Heritage Supper for Thanksgiving by littlejoy nyc

The days are getting longer. I notice the light burning deeper and sooner when I emerge out of the train station on my way home each day. The trees have lovely shadows that only linger for a short time before nighttime descends. This week we will be experiencing a moment of rest as it is tail-ended by Thanksgiving - a time to spend with loved ones relaxing, eating well, and receiving nourishment of body and mind before we head into the daze of holiday planning.

I am going through my list of favorite Thanksgiving recipes and am thinking of opting for a comforting, salty pasta that is warm and rich. Traditional Thanksgiving food lists turkey and gravy and potatoes...all items I enjoy, but I always like for there to be a non-traditional dish present that exudes taste and comfort. Stay tuned for what our supper table will look like. 


If you still need plans for Thanksgiving, we encourage you to sign up for Katy's supper via the Pixie and the Scout. They have been working very hard on this project - coordinating and trying to get everything just right. (Knowing Katy, everything will be just right).

This supper is to raise awareness about our American land, where our first food came from, and pre-colonial traditions across the diverse indigenous landscape. She is helping an organization called I-Collective to explain this cause.

The I-Collective is an autonomous group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed and knowledge keepers from across North, Central, and South America.  We combine ancestral knowledge with modern techniques to create thoughtful dishes that reflect our rich tribal histories, reclaim ownership of our indigenous ingredients, and empower the next generation. 
Our work is guided by indigenous values that prioritize balance and reciprocity for all living things. For us, “thanksgiving” is not a singular event- we gather regularly to appreciate changing seasons and renew our sacred connections to the land and each other. Together, let’s celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework: collective promotion of a healthy food system that values people, traditional knowledge, and the planet over profit. 


Perhaps I will see you at the Friday supper:


A Multi-Course Meal Featuring Chefs Brian Yazzie [Navajo], Hillel Echo-Hawk [Pawnee/Athabaskan] & Neftali Duran [Mixteco] // Dinner will be scored by Storyteller, Rachel Sayet [Mohegan] and a Drum Chorus.

Click below to learn more:


With love,


And now presenting...The Little Joy Shoppe! by littlejoy nyc

We're so excited to keep unveiling all of the surprises we have planned for you. One of the items we've been keeping under wraps is...The Little Joy Shoppe! We're pleased to announce that we're opening shop and our dear Little Joy retreat attendees will be the first to see what we're putting on the shelves. There's a little bit of everything in there for folks who follow our craft: food, floral, design, and items we love to use to set the table.


A Little Joy dinner is never complete without lit candles. We love candles that look organic or have muted colors. There is something special about having a live flame flickering happily around peoples' conversation.


These pillows were sewn by Melina with cloth from her travels in Mexico as a child with her father. We suggest you use them to lean on as you sip a post-dinner digestif as friends gather and tell stories!


Nia made these postcards and had them printed on thick, recycled matte paper.


Lots of love,

Melina, Katy, and Nia

Halloween Dinner Party by littlejoy nyc

A few years back, we hosted a spooky dinner party for niños.  We say, keep the class when it comes to hosting fiestas with niños, but remember to mix in a heavy dose of imagination.  Nia created some fun illustrations of spooky settings, we cooked up some cauldrons of goo, set the table with lots of dead blooms, and brewed the tone with Lurch and his evil butler.  The fiesta was epic, on the menu were mini donuts from Dough Donuts, "roach" pizza from Posto, and vampire sips (aka pomegranate juice). Of course all the paper goods come via the hospitality masters Martha Stewart and Meri Meri. Don't forget to overindulge in lighting.. I mean from copper lights, to tall candles, and votives---lighting and flowers are everything.

The Niños were invited to dress up and part take in the spooky are a few of our favorite pictures along the way.....

Happy Halloweening!! Click photos to enlarge:

Domino here we go... by littlejoy nyc

A few weeks ago, Nia invited me out to a Domino event hosted by CB2, obvi I said yes.  Who doesn't love a little inspiration when it comes to home interiors, and I am such a fan of Domino.   We had a fabulous time, we were totally inspired and Nia led the charge to meet the ladies of Domino.  Long story short....Nia gushed on our space where we live, work, and play.  In the end we somehow weren't too creepy and boom, we exchanged cards and a visit was scheduled soon after. 

Over the last couple of weeks as I prepped our space, I couldn't help asking myself in every corner of our home, how does this image or arrangement represent us. It was great practice to go into assessment mode. I cleaned out the old and sewed some new pillows. Pictures on my to-do list to print were quickly printed and our space was dusted off.  Every now and then it's helpful to take a look at your dwelling space and ask yourself, Are you still hanging onto the old or do your interiors lift you up to feel refreshed?

Like most humans we are NEVER completely satisfied, and it seems as though once one area of our spaces feels complete there is another waiting to be made over. I get it -- interiors can feel overwhelming.  In my past vida, in my 20s, I spent most of my career as a therapist and conducting assessments. Having some tools to deal with interior anxiety can really get you through the day. 

UNO: I say, make a list of to-dos that will pack a punch, are cost effective, and you could complete over a weekend.  

DOS: Make a wish list of a 3-5 year plan.  The average human isn't able to make all their interior dreams come true within a year of living in a space.  Give yourself sometime, but not "SOMEDAY" kind of time, I am talking REAL time.  Save your pennies, research the cost of your desired bathroom renovation...make a comprehensive plan. 

TRES: You do you. Figure out what makes you feel safe, calm, and ultimately at home in YOUR space.  Your casa should be a place where the chaos of the vida loca stays out the door.  Your casa ought to be a space you can relax, dream, and connect with your people.  

Just my two cents.....on my approach to interiors and my vida!!! 


October Celebration by littlejoy nyc

We've been busy bees this Fall season with lots of fun engagements to prepare for. We have a big party next week for lots of folks and we can't wait to share a little bit of joy with them. Katy has fashioned this delicious offering of food and Melina has planned the large event with a dear friend, Taylor. We've ordered coupe glasses for the sparkling wines, highballs for the cocktails, and pretty, textured table cloths. 

From experience, we've realized that planning a party for 100+ takes a lot of thoughtful planning ahead of time. We ask ourselves questions like:

  • What kind of food should we have...small bites or large hors d'ouvres or dinner?
  • Where is the best position for tables and chairs or tall cocktail tables? 
  • Where are the glasses being sourced from?
  • What time of year is it - is it appropriate to still have sparkling rose? (yes, in this case as it is a good-bye to summer!)

If there are speeches - make sure to cue folks before the doors open about timing and positioning.

Here is the menu I drew and designed with my Wacom tablet:

Stewardship Menu.jpg

Keep an eye on our Instagram (@littlejoynyc) to see what dresses we pick out to wear for the party!



Nia & Littlejoy

Labor Day Get Away by littlejoy nyc

Hola & Happy Friday!! 

If your like us, your relishing in the last days of summer.  Preparing for the Fall and all the list of to-dos can fill our last days of summer, so taking this weekend in as REST is so good.  

For me one way I cope with our busy Fall is to add in a few rest stops along the way.  Last year we hosted our first Fall retreat in November.  Katy, Nia, and I were excited to share what we all love to do together for others who were looking for a place to chill, be feed, and play a little.   Truth be told, the three amigas had no idea or expectation that we too would actually rest, but to our happy surprise we were able to chill and be inspired as well, simply by being present and participating ourselves.  

So, if your looking to add a lovely little rest stop along the way, join us for our Fall retreat, Nov. 10-12th for a little R &R, inspiration, and yummy eats. You won't regret it.... p.s.... if you register this weekend, we are offering a little joy discount, simply link into our registration page for all the deets. 

Happy Weekending & Treat Yourself!!!

Mel, Katy, Nia


Hudson Valley Retreat 2017 by littlejoy nyc

Hi all! Registration is now open for our Hudson Valley Retreat in the Fall from November 10-12.

Escape the city with us for a few days & nights filled with nourishment and craft! We will be hosted again this year at The Barn on The Pond in Saugerties, NY and our friends at The Pixie and The Scout will cater the weekend with farm-fresh food and beverages day & night. It is a weekend of floral and craft workshops that will loosen your creative muscles and stretch a few you didn’t even know you had. Great company, warm hospitality, beautiful activities — what could be more ideal for a cozy November weekend away?

Click here to view photos from November 2016, our last Hudson Valley Retreat


Spring Blooms Workshop by littlejoy nyc

It was a rainy day in New York City and we were so happy to be cozy inside the studio with delicious food, candlelight, and some floral magic....peonies! Thank you to Jennifer Young Studio who snapped these gorgeous photographs and captured the beauty of the afternoon.

LittleJoy NYC goes to Bridal Fashion Week! by littlejoy nyc

This past week we had a rather fun project outside of our usual pool of events. The fashion brand Reformation needed floral designers for their fashion show during Bridal Fashion Week and our friend at Martha Stewart Weddings passed our name along. We spent two days working on getting the flowers just right for these dresses and had a lot of fun meeting new folks along the way! Melina's choice of florals at the market kept the arrangements & bouquets wild, dreamy, and femme. 

The model photos below were taken by a photographer we SO enjoyed meeting - Masato Onoda! He had such a fun playful personality and mastered the lighting in the space. Check out his portfolio online!


Spring Blooms Workshop by littlejoy nyc

And now...announcing our Spring Blooms Workshop! We three have been keeping busy with all of our various projects, but we want to invite you in to our sunny corner of NYC to receive some nourishment as we head into this new season. It feels so good to thaw after a long, dark, unpredictable winter...

Join us on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13th, 2017 for our next workshop: Spring Blooms!

We’ll teach you how to arrange spring florals into romantic, dreamy arrangements with flowering branches, different rose varieties, and beautiful fragrant peonies. There will be delicious cocktails, some sparkling bubbly, and delightful bites for lunch.