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Bathroom Reno 101: Let’s start at the very beginning

Good news! We have officially broke ground on our next project–the girls’ bathroom downstairs!–and to be honest, I’ve never been more intimidated for the start of a project. We’ve never really done a full bathroom gut job including moving plumbing and reconfiguring a layout. And before we dove in, I knew hardly anything about what it takes to do those things, or did you know that often times you have to buy the back end of a shower faucet (the part in the wall) separately than the part you see? There’s a lot of things we’ve researched and will figure out as we go. So I thought, for this renovation, we could do a more in-depth documentation of what goes into a full bathroom renovation of anyone that’s in our position, doing a full bathroom renovation for the first time. Months ago, the planning began just by starting a Pinterest board dedicated…

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How we finally got our Storage Room Organized!

When we bought our home, one of the things we were most excited about was the storage room. It was lined on either side with shelves and we had never had a room dedicated to storage before. What a great thing to have! Fast forward to moving day and the issue became very obvious. Though the room had lots of shelves, they were only about 10 inches deep and 12 inches high. This puts a pretty tight limit on the things you can store on the shelves, and everything else ends up stacked on the floor in the middle of the room. “Stacked” is a bit generous. More like tossed. But with some planning and basic construction know-how, we’ve turned the above, into this. We’re sharing the full tutorial on how we built the shelves on Homes.com today (right here!) but wanted to give some more back story here, too….

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Over The Weekend

This weekend (really, starting Thursday as soon as they started pouring in) we, somehow, narrowed all 2648 of your bathrooms and kitchens you submitted for our Lowe’s Spring makeover down to hundreds. And then 100. And then 48. And now, 10. And we can’t possibly narrow it down anymore, so we’ve called on our dream team to help us get it down to 3. We wanted to thank everyone that told us their story and sent us their photos. There were 1581 kitchens and 1067 bathrooms coming in from all 50 states and D.C., too, and ALL of them are in need. Some more than others. It was humbling in a lot of ways and heart-breaking, too. We wish we could come visit all of you! We should have an announcement of where we’re headed hopefully by the end of this week or early next week. • In between peeking into your homes,…

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We’re Ba-ack! : APPLY FOR A LOWE’S SPRING MAKEOVER WITH CHRIS LOVES JULIA!

Exciting news! Once again, we’re teaming up with Lowe’s to help one homeowner–anywhere in the country–transform a space in their home this spring. Last year, entries poured in from all 50 states and DC, too, and we ended up on Long Island, New York! It was a great experience, with an awesome before and after and now we’re looking for our next big before and after!  (There’s a link to the entry form at the bottom of the post. Please note: we will only be accepting entries through tomorrow, so don’t delay!) This time, Lowe’s would like us to help a homeowner transform and elevate a kitchen or bathroom in their home!! Keep in mind, we’ll be doing the makeover over a weekend, so while we won’t be able to completely gut your space, there’s a lot of cosmetic refreshes we can tackle in that time. Especially considering our team we’re bringing…

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Storage Room Progress and Plans

We made a big dent in the storage room progress over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d take some time to officially introduce you to her and the plans we have. But first, here’s a before photo from when we moved in. The room is 18.5 ft long x 7.5 ft wide–a pretty generously sized storage room. If you’re like us, maybe you’re blinded by how finished everything looks, to really pay attention to how it might function. When we first looked at the house, we were so impressed by the painted concrete floors and how the shelves were painted instead of left wood. And even though the room sported “boob” lights, they were nicer boob lights…which actually doesn’t look better, but you could tell effort was put in to this room. After we moved in, and were getting settled, a lot of boxes, holiday storage and luggage ended up here in our storage room,…

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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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7 Projects We Want to Crank Out in 2017

Yesterday, we shared the nine big projects we completed in 2016 and today we’re sharing where we think we’re headed in 2017. Opportunities are always popping up in my inbox, so we try to leave room for those (and bringing makeovers to other people, like you!), while also knowing in the back of our mind what we would happily accomplish around here, including these 7 projects. 1. Storage Room This one isn’t super glamorous, but it will be impactful. When we moved in, we were initially very excited about a sprawling storage room in the basement. Fast forward 3 years, and you can’t even walk into it. The big issue here is all the shelves are about 12″ deep and equally as high which is great for food storage….and that’s about it. So we’re going to be overhauling this room to create more functional storage that will be way more useful for big…

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Our 9 Big Project Before and Afters of 2016!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! While we haven’t been actively blogging, we did do some major behind-the-scenes upgrades over the past two weeks, switching hosts and moving to our own dedicated server that will hopefully make the blog quicker and more enjoyable for everyone this year. Every year, we lay out all of our project predictions for the year–the rooms and spaces we hope to tackle in our home–and then at the end of the year we look back, sometimes comically, to see how we did. At the beginning of 2016, we predicted in this post that we’d complete 5 rooms in our home: two bathrooms (nope, nope), the master closet (no, again), the family room/playroom (yes!) and the back deck (yup!). We only checked off TWO of those. Two! But, we did have a fulfilling 2016 even still. So before we break down what we have up our sleeve…

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A Guest Room Update + Our Favorite Things to Include

This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Co. Enjoy 20% site wide, for a limited time, with the promo code at the bottom of the post! Over the last few days, we’ve been working to get our guest room in shape for our family that is arriving this Friday for the holidays! You can see all the plans here.The room is not complete yet, and I’m not sure everything will arrive in time (only stressing a tiny bit about that), but I thought we’d give you an update on how things are progressing. I once read that a guest room should make guests feel at home, but also like they’re away. Cozy, clean, and minimal with a few special touches. Here’s how we’re accomplishing that. This was Greta’s old room and the 3/4 Rose Quartz pink walls got 2 coats of Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White. We actually had a gallon leftover from the…

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A Half-bath refresh

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of IKEA’s Ambassador program, which was the easiest “yes!” If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, you probably have caught on, we’re long-time IKEA fans. Not only did we use their cabinets for our kitchen (and the Pittsburgh kitchen), there is an IKEA piece or DIY in almost every room in our home, and our last home. I went through some training when I first came into the Ambassadorship and I learned so much about the brand (like, did you know IKEA is an acronym?), but one thing I loved most was their focus on Democratic Design for the home.  IKEA focuses on combining the right mix of form, function, quality, and sustainability at a low price so it can bring good design to the most people. It’s not something that they just check one or two off—they are committed…

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