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The Tile Combination for the Girls’ Bathroom

We really hoped to have the tile up on the walls of the girls’ bathroom to show you today, but we had to backtrack on a couple things before we could do that, along with some health complications the past two days, set us back again. We still have a goal to be completely done with this room by the first week in July (can we do it!? we have to!), so the next couple weeks, we hope to share a lot of progress. Before we share the small visual progress we’ve made and a few last minutes changes, we finally decided on wall tile thanks to this inspiration photo from Architectural Digest. Okay, I know what you’re thinking–it’s just white subway tile. But we actually gained so much more from this picture. Not only do we love the timeless look of the whole bathroom, but the wall tile application (going…

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My Maternity Must-Haves

We’re in the final stretch! I’m a little over 33 weeks, but measuring 3 weeks ahead–which kind of means nothing, but is also giving my a little bit of hope I need to get through these last weeks. We’re crossing our fingers for a July baby girl, although still looking forward to that August 4th due date. I don’t have the easiest time getting pregnant, or being pregnant (as much as I love the end result), so today I wanted to share with you my 15 favorite things that make those 9 months a little more bearable for me. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 1. My legs take pregnancy really hard. They cramp constantly, go up and down in size depending on how much I’m up throughout the day, and…

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Casual Friday

Desk | Chair | Kiwi Bird | Custom Pet Painting | Vase | Rhino Mail Sorter I received the sweetest gift of all from my talented friend, Kim, last week. A small custom portrait of our Charly-girl. I have always loved her pet portraits, and I feel so honored to have our own now. It looks just like her! What she didn’t know when sending it is, it arrived on such a timely day. We found out some difficult news about Charly the same day. When we took her into the vet for routine vacccinations, they discovered from an old shot record that she is 9 years old, not 7 like we had thought. When we adopted her in 2013, we were told she was 3, but her shot record that was just uncovered from 2012 says that she was 4 then, making her 9 now. Considering her breed has a…

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Our New Sprawling Front Porch Swing + Reader Poll on what color to paint it!

One of our summer bucket list projects this year was to add a big porch swing to our front porch area. Initially, we thought we’d build one so it would be nice and long and deep and fill up the space nicely. But, as I was poking around online, I found (and fell for) a really large one, with a deep seat for a great price and clean lines and we scooped it up, knowing our energy would be far better spent tiling the girls’ bathroom (woot!). When I started my search, I googled, “Extra large porch swing.” We were looking for something in the 5-6 foot long range, and I stumbled upon this beauty from Ballard Design. The white wash felt a little shabby chic for our house, but I loved the lines, the cushy pillows and the dimensions were spot on at 65″ W and 32″ D. However, the…

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Our Little (Really Little) Home Gym

It’s been a few months since we put a small home gym in our basement (sharing a space with the storage room, no less!) and we have been loving having the dedicated space to sweat it out, slightly away from the rest of the house. We have even been able to cancel our gym memberships! I haven’t shared photos because, honestly, it’s not the most photogenic space we’ve ever put together, nor did we attempt to make it so. However, this is a purely functional area of the house for us that we have been enjoying so thoroughly, we couldn’t not share it any longer. There’s a lot packed in the 7×7 space. We started with just a treadmill. Brand new treadmills are $$$$, so we immediately went to Craigslist. There always seems to be 100 people ready to sell you their treadmill, but during our search, we found there was actually a warehouse…

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How our Wall-to-Wall Carpet looks Over A Year Later.

We had our wall-to-wall carpet installed over a year ago, in March 2016, and since then, we’ve had a lot of readers (especially on the install initial post) anxious to hear how it’s holding up these days. Lighter carpet was definitely a risk, but a risk we went into with our eyes wide open so we are happy to report, we’re still loving it 15 months later. As a refresher, we ordered Stainmaster’s Medford line in the color Fizz. It’s a relatively light oatmeal two-toned check carpet meant for “active families”. What I didn’t realize initially is that two-toned color has been a big factor in keeping this carpet look so new. In our previous house, we chose a diamond patterned carpet (Martha Stewart’s, Winterthur–see photo below) and pretty soon after install, the pattern started wearing in high traffic walk-ways. Because the raised pattern was the same color as the shorter, it all just blended together when…

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My sleeping baby must-have: Black-out Shades. (And How We Decided on the ones in the Nursery)

There’s one detail of the nursery we haven’t expounded on yet, but I get questions about all the time–the light blue flat roman shade. Why did we choose shades over curtains? How did we choose the fabric? How dark does the room get when they are closed?, etc. And since we did put significant brain power into choosing the shade, I suppose it deserves its own post that will hopefully help you when deciding on your own window coverings…or maybe you just love gifs (you’re in for a treat!). For the first question, shades vs. curtains, we really weren’t sure at first! The Shade Store, a sponsor for the One Room Challenge who provided participants with window coverings, carried both shades and curtains (and a bunch of other options in the colors we were leaning toward) so our options were wide open. We actually went as far as polling our followers in Instagram…

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The Chris Loves Julia Father’s Day Gift Guide | 2017

Father’s Day is just 10 days away and I had so much fun gathering a few favorite things for the guys in our lives. Some of these are tried and true favorites Chris personally loves. Some I have gifted previously, with great reception. And others, you just can’t go wrong with! I tried to mix a variety of price ranges, as well as, gifts for husbands or father figures–so hopefully there is something for everyone and you’ll be able to find one or two things that stand out as the perfect gift for the dad(s) in your life! 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 1. A beautiful, modern, custom photo calendar (it comes with that gorgeous easel, too!) for his desk with photos…

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The Deck, One Year Later + What’s Still to Come!

Almost exactly one year ago, the deck as a structure was complete! It’s been a wonderful addition to our home and we can barely remember life before it. But I figured it was time to check in on it again (before the stars come out, that is) since we’ve had a few new additions this year and have one more big project to do out here. The photo above is the “before” angle of the first photo. We never spent time out here when it was in that state, so it feels like we gained a lot of square footage by adding on this outdoor area. A few weeks ago, we added the cedar planter boxes and filled them in with strawberries, peppers, miniature asparagus, and some decorative grasses up top. Furniture-wise, we finally found the perfect coffee table for the main seating area. This round concrete table (on sale!) took…

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A Layered Outdoor Dining Space–On A Budget!

This post is in partnership with World Market. We’re so excited to share with you the outdoor dining area we created on my parents’ deck today!  We were able to pull the whole thing off for less than the $1500 budget we were given by World Market (more on that in this post) and many of the items we purchased, are now on sale for even less! Here’s how it looks now: As a refresher, here’s the blank slate we started with: Their wish list included: • Easy seating for grandkids (of course they said this first <3) • A rug • Some sort of umbrella to block the sun, but also the berries and leaves the trees drop constantly • Plants • A spot for an herb garden We had everything in place for the Memorial Day family BBQ at their place and it was so heart-warming to see it come…

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