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Casual Friday

We always get emails about magazines or websites wanting permission to use photos of our home, and needing a high res version. Which means, I often get to revisit “older” versions of spaces in our home. Sometimes, I show them a more finished version of the room and they want that photo instead, but every once in awhile, I see an old photo that–dare I say–looks better than it’s current state? This happened this week when I got an email from Lonny mag wanting to use the photo below of our entry. While I was digging up the high res image, I realized, while this version of the entry wasn’t perfect, I missed the simplicity of it. Maybe it’s the beginning of the year talking, but I’m ready to strip down a few spaces in our home and really take stock of what’s there because I liked a certain element (whether…

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That’s a Wrap on Guest Room 2.0

Our guest room is finished! We’re excited to show you a bunch of photos today and I’ve linked all the sources at the very bottom of the post for you, too. This was a pretty simple, straightforward makeover with just paint and some new furnishings and accessories mixed in with a few things we already had. We needed to finish before our families arrived for the holiday and we were thrilled we got all the main elements in place before our guests arrived and put the finishing touches (I finally found the perfect curtains!) in place just last week. You might remember this room used be Greta’s old room (the before from when we moved in is below) until we finished the bunk room in the next room over last fall, which used to be the guest room. Essentially, the rooms have now officially swapped and all is well in the house again. The bed…

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A Quick Turnaround Project!: The Guest Room Plans

In this week’s podcast (live now, right here!) we talk a little bit about some upcoming projects we’re gearing up to tackle, including the guest room. Our previous guest room, that is now the girls’ bunk room, was thrown together in 2 weeks before my sister came to stay with us. It served us well for 3 years before transforming into what it is today. Before: Then: Now: Since wrapping up the One Room Challenge, we moved the army blanket wrapped bed into Greta’s old room (I’ll snap a picture as soon as the sun comes up!) and donated the nightstands and lamps to a family that needed them thinking I would have plenty of time to find something else before our guests started rolling in for the holidays. But here we are, 2 weeks prior to welcoming family from out of town and our current guest room situation stands wanting….

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The Reveal! A Shared Girls’ Room Complete with Built-In Bunks | One Room Challenge: Week 6

Designing and building this room over the past 6 weeks with Chris has been a lot of hard work and late nights but most of all, a complete pleasure and an experience we’ll remember forever. But even before Linda asked us to be a part of the One Room Challenge (we’re so grateful!), we thought about creating a shared room for our girls one day. Truthfully, we’ve been dreaming about this room for 6 years. The 4 years we struggled with secondary infertility, I wondered if Greta would ever get the chance to share a room with a sibling like I did with my sisters growing up. And when Faye was born, she asked the first week if they could share a room, and I said, “One day.” And now, 2.5 more years later, that day is today. And that room is this room. This room that used to look like this: We…

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11 Whimsical and Sophisticated Wallpaper Designs (Perfect for Kid Rooms!)

Choosing the wallpaper for the girls’ room was no simple task. In fact, it was probably the thing I agonized over most. I ordered samples, I changed my mind, the room evolved, the placement of the wallpaper evolved. And then I found this Forest Floor wallpaper from Hygge & West and everything just kind of clicked–it was the one you could say. We received a comment from a dear reader last week asking: Hi Julia, At some point, can you talk about your decision to use such an “adult” looking wallpaper pattern? It really is beautiful with the black built ins – I’m guess I’m just wondering what led you to dark/luxe versus fresh/bright? Thanks! While I wouldn’t say this wallpaper is strictly “adult”, I do see how it could be perceived as more sophisticated and we’re never one to shy away from a dark wall, although I think dark can be equally…

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Casual Friday

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that we made some major progress in the girls’ room yesterday. The wallpaper went up! Chris got all the lighting installed (we’ll talk about that on Monday) and I even figured out a fabric snafu I was having with the bench cushion. It felt like progress and for the first time like, hey, I think we’re going to get this done in time!  Sconce | Wallpaper | Wardrobe | Knobs This week, a painting I commissioned my sister to do for the room also showed up and every time I look at it, I get all teary-eyed. For so many years, we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to have another child and now they want to share a room! You can check out more of her work right here. We have these getting dressed prints by her in our laundry…

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Our Calacatta Marble countertop by Formica in the Home Office–Yeah, That’s Laminate!

Our home office is inching closer to completion every day, but ever since our beautiful marble-look-alike Formica (!!!) countertop arrived last week, we’ve been using it daily. Yes it’s laminate and yes, we love it. So I thought today I’ll share a few quick details about it and then as soon as I can decide on hardware for the standing desk, we’ll share the full tutorial on how we made the base from Ikea cabinets and Semihandmade doors. The standing desk ended up being even taller than we had initially designed, but it’s perfect height for my elbows to rest at 90 degrees while standing. I love the ability to walk right up and answer a quick email, or if I’m going to be working for the long haul, I can have a seat in one of the extra tall barstools we found from AllModern (drool…I love them!) that can tuck completely under…

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All the Details on our New Horizontal Stair Railing!

It’s hard to believe these stairs have been in limbo since March when we tore out all the carpet and hand rail in anticipation of getting a new one–see this post for those details. Although, that span of time was never the plan and I would never recommend going 7 months without a handrail (like, ever), now that we’re on the other side, and we all survived, I’m just happy it’s in and can’t wait to share with you all the details today. Designing this railing was only as hard as choosing between a vertical and horizontal railing, which I went back and forth between for some time. I pinned inspiration images like crazy and ultimately decided in the 11th hour that horizontal was for us. I added one vertical portion at the stair landing–a small but lovely detail. Speaking of the stair landing, just last week, before the install, we…

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Design Sponge House Tour + All the Features!

This past summer, we had the great opportunity to work with Sabrina Smelko at Design Sponge to feature a house tour. And today, it is finally live! You can read and see the whole thing, “A Family Home in Idaho Where Comfort, Function & Dinner Parties Reign” right here. Thanks to the whole D*S staff, especially Sabrina (who’s now moved on to host an HGTV Canada show) for putting our home in such a safe, lovely light. That title warmed my whole heart–home is a good place to be today. Other features this week! • Better Homes and Garden’s November issue features the kitchen we designed and renovated in 6 days this past summer! (Plus, so many other outstanding articles. Great issue to be a part of!) You can see more photos, the full reveal and all the sources for that project right here. • Today, we’re also taking over the…

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Tearing Out The Bedroom Closets!

A friend of mine was picking my brain earlier this week about how she could add more storage to her home. Closets and storage solutions make such huge difference in the quality of life in a home and it’s not always something we think about when looking at a home. While that’s all true, sometimes traditional closets aren’t the most functional answer for the space. The room that we’re turning into the girls’ room has a wall of double closets and we’re tearing them out–Eek! The truth is, although these look like two separate closets, they are actually one big space inside, meaning there’s a lot of dead space in the middle where the wall appears to be and there’s no real organizational features inside either–just some rods with shelves positioned below them in a way that you couldn’t really hang anything on one of the rods anyway. We decided to demo it all…

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