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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Ep 39: Cabin Hunting, What’s Wrong With Zillow? And A 2017 Trend Check In

CLJ Cabin Hunting

We live in, objectively, one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, with several remote, quiet vacation towns within one hour car drive. So naturally, we’re looking to renovate a cabin! We talk about how that process has been going, some ups and major downs for us, as well as a major down for Zillow right now in the litigation department. Hint, the Z-Estimate. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Blue Apron Get your first 3 meals free. Visit www.blueapron.com/clj and use code CLJ   Thomas Avenue Ceramics Receive 20% off your tile order Visit www.thomasavenueceramics.com/clj and use code CLJ What We Screwed Up This Week: The Pocket Doors A little insider information on something we messed up with the pocket door recently added to the laundry room that almost had Chris ripping out the freshly added trim. Listener Question: Choosing an Exterior Paint Color • Considerations for the style of…

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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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