Casual Friday


Where do you find inspiration? The General Muir Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, designed by Square Feet Studio, not only speaks to me–loudly!–but helped me make a lot of decisions this week, by simply representing a feeling I align my own design sense with. Although it’s a restaurant and not a home office or side yard (both spaces I was deep into this week) referencing the photo helped me flush out shallow ideas, or ideas that maybe I wouldn’t be committed to long-term, and I was left with choices that really reflect our home or what I hope our home to be. I feel like I made one hundred and fifty thousand decisions this week for our home–what light fixture here, what about for the ceiling, what hardware, countertops, etc.– a lot of people assume it’s easy for me to make these kinds of decisions quickly, but there are times when…

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How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

Our backyard underwent a major transformation this summer. We added a sprawling deck to our backyard and furnishings and finally, built an outdoor fireplace as the finishing touch. As a reminder, just a few months ago, the space looked like this: We went between the idea of fire pit vs fireplace, but in the end a fireplace had the architectural elements that a fire pit didn’t offer; the height and the fact that the even when it isn’t being used, it still looks great and intentional especially sold us on the idea. I loved the look of a few board-formed concrete fireplaces I had seen, so with inspiration in hand, we built our own in a week for around $1300. Instead of board-formed concrete, which is a pretty intense process, we used James Hardy siding (a non-combustible cement siding) which gave us a really similar look at a budget-friendly price and…

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Our New Modern Chesterfield Black Leather Sofa


When we were still living in our last home, we purchased an off-white mid-century style sofa that has now lived in our reading room since we moved here. It fit nicely size-wise, but as the room and our style has evolved, it fit less and less in with the vision. We’ve been on the look out for a new one for awhile now and one evening, I was actually on our own blog, checking the archives and I saw a banner ad that Article (formerly Bryght) was having a sale. They have a lot of great options for really reasonable prices. I was immediately drawn to their Alcott Oxford Black Sofa, but we already had a black leather chair in the room (at the time–now it’s in our bedroom) so I wasn’t sure if Chris would be up for switching everything around. So I came up with a plan. I’d show…

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Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It’s Called Paint Sheen

Ep 16: I am on a drug, it's called paint sheen

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It’s Called Paint Sheen Hot Topic: Fixer Upper/AirBNB Show Notes: It’s common for everyone to ask about paint colors, but much less frequently do people ask about the sheen. But to get the effect you want in your space, choosing the right sheen can’t be overlooked. In this episode, Julia and Chris give great advice on how to decide which paint sheen will look best for the space you’re painting. They discuss why you’d choose flat over satin (and vice versa) and what the role of primer is in the process. Posts mentioned: ‘Fixer Upper’ Houses Becoming Popular Vacation Rentals Around Waco How to Properly Pronounce 20 Design and Decor Terms Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire Episode Sponsored By: How to Listen (iPhone): 1. Tap the podcast app on your phone. The icon for…

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