Progress Report: 3 Years In

Progress Report: 3 Years In | Chris Loves Julia

This week, we’ve lived in this home for 3 years. Three! I have been saying two and then Chris reminded me that I was just barely pregnant with Faye when we moved here and she is over 2 years old now–forget the fact that the year was 2013 (haha!), I do better with gauging my life by pregnancies, I guess. Today, I thought it would be fun to do a 3 year progress report. A lot has changed in three years. A lot. But, it’s also fun to go back to these kinds of post in the future and see how much more has changed. The truth is there are still rooms, major rooms like the master bathroom (!), that we haven’t even touched yet. For that reason, you don’t see them often or ever, but I’ll share bits about them in this post too. While a lot can happen in three years,…

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Adding Wainscoting to the Home Office


A couple weeks ago we introduced one of our new room projects to you–a dedicated home office/studio–and this weekend, after a lot of planning and a trip to Ikea last weekend to pick up desk supplies, we finally got cracking on it. It’s a pretty vanilla room to start with, and although it’s in the basement, it gets a good amount of sunshine throughout the day. When we were planning the furniture, our desk, lighting and the walls–it was the walls that kept stumping me. Would an interesting paint color be enough to turn it from vanilla into something more “us”? It didn’t seem so. Then, we turned to wallpaper–which I definitely loved the idea of. But it would have been pretty pricey and this small of a room couldn’t get by with just an accent wall. So, we decided to apply a wainscoting to all the walls. We still have a…

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Casual Friday 015


This week, we’re celebrating 3 years in our home. It’s borderline confusing for me–How have we lived here for three years?! But on the other hand, it feels very comfortable and when I look back at the changes we have made–we’ve definitely been here for three years. I am planning to share lots of pictures in a progress report next week. But until then, some people have been speculating that it seems like we’re close to being done and what we’re going to do when we are done. First, I’ll say we’re probably about 65% done renovating this home and I’m guessing it will take another 2-3 years before we’ll be done-done. We still have two full bathrooms that haven’t been touched, the office downstairs,  the master closet, we’re swapping the girls’ room with the guest room, and a big storage room downstairs we want to maximize as well as turn the storage under…

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One-Pan Baked Sausage and Eggs

One-Pan Baked Sausage and Eggs

I’ve never been much of a breakfast person, but in an effort Jules and I have been making to eat better, I’ve determined that a substantial, filling, but not heavy breakfast is important. This quick dish, full of vegetables and protein and made using just one pan, is one of the better things to have come out of my experimentation thus far. And I gotta tell you, I’m very quickly becoming a breakfast person. I’m not going to tell anyone they should only buy organic, non-GMO, fair trade, grass-fed whatever. I’ll simply tell you this – I feel better when I eat foods I cook myself, from scratch, from real ingredients. “Real” to me is fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats, and the closer to me it’s produced, the better. You have to define that for you, but I always encourage people to eat things that make them want to do stuff. Food…

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