Casual Friday


The first half of the week, it seemed like everything was going wrong…or in the very least, nothing was progressing on our projects which can feel frustrating with tight deadlines. But then, boom! Wednesday hit and everything turned around. Our stair railing got done–it feels as if it appeared out of thin air, the countertop for our standing desk arrived, a replacement print for the living room showed up on our doorstep. I got a great report from Greta’s teacher and parent/teacher conference–all the best things. So now everything is moving, and we’re juggling projects left and right but it feels productive and busy and like falling asleep the second my head hits the pillow. Again, all good things. More goods from this week! Anthropologie is highlighting Idaho on their site right now and it’s giving me all the warm and fuzzies. I’ll be honest, Idaho is not a design mecca,…

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Favorite Halloween Ideas from the Archives


There’s just a week and a half until Halloween and we’re working double time to make sure everything is ready for our annual costume party. I realized I usually don’t get around to posting about what we did for decorations or food until after the fact, so I thought it would be fun to compile a few of my favorites from years past right here–while there is still time to execute a few of them in your own home if you wish! Last year, we made 100 Harry Potter-esque floating candles for the living room. It was so moody and magical and I can’t wait to break them out again this year. Read the easy tutorial right here–best done with a couple of girlfriends. A variety of dips and things to dip are always a crowd pleaser and you can usually eliminate utensils, too! One year, we served the dips in small pumpkins!…

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One Room Challenge: Week 3 | The Makings of a Book Nook


It has been an intense week around here. The weather hasn’t cooperated all that well, we have only had one decor item arrive (1!!), and we just realized we don’t really have three more weeks to finish this like our minds have been telling us, we have three weeks until the reveal, so just over 2 weeks to finish. There were moments of panic (like when we realized our shower is leaking into the girls’ new room!), but there were more moments of victory. Let’s talk about those, shall we? If you are just catching up, we’re making a guest room into a shared room for our girls in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Check out Week 1 where we lay out the design here and Week 2 where we built the bunk beds here.  This week, Chris has been chugging along framing out the…

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Mix And Match Layered Doormat Options + A Podcast Update

Layered Doormats

Before we get into the meat of today’s post, I wanted to give you a podcast update. It’s hard to believe we have been doing The Chris Loves Julia Podcast with Preston Pugmire for 5 months now! But even before that, it’s been a year since Preston sat down at our dining room table and pitched us the idea, “You should do a podcast. We should do a podcast.” As a musician and audio engineer professional, we didn’t want to and, frankly, couldn’t do it without him. It’s been a complete riot to sit down every week and talk and laugh hysterically about diy, home design and family in a very candid way. We love doing it. And the overwhelming positive response from all of you makes us even more excited to record and brainstorm new episodes. Although the momentum is strong, because of the time each episode takes–about 10 hours…

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