Seeing Double Pocket Doors! (At last!)

Chris Loves Julia: Pocket Doors

We now have two matching pocket doors, mirroring each other, flanking the refrigerator wall in the kitchen and everything finally feels right. I know many of you will be sad to see our sliding barn door go–we really loved it, too. The quick back-story of the sliding door is: Three years ago, when we decided to add a barn-style door to the dining area, it was before the laundry room was even the laundry room! Which is so crazy to look back on (you can see it all right here). There was a traditional door leading to a bathroom (with another door) to the right and a hallway with laundry at the end on the left. It was a very door-riddled area and a sliding door leading into the space (it’s always been Charly’s little sanctuary back there) was the perfect solution for us for nearly 3 years. And while…

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Ep 38: You’re Not Invited To My Party, and Other Outdoor Entertaining Tips

CLJ Outdoor Fireplace

We start off talking about some delays in the girls’ bathroom, and frustrations that’s causing (and we’re sure many of you renovators can relate). With all that frustration, thank goodness the weather is finally showing signs of stabilizing in the warm direction, so now we can get outside and do some partying! Tips for outdoor entertaining, a game that Julia completely dominates in, and talking about real life dilemmas with the guest list. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Modsy Get 20% off your first room. Visit www.modsy.com/chrislovesjulia to receive the discount. You can also check out this post to see how we used it for designing our own nursery. Thomas Avenue Ceramics Receive 20% off your tile order Visit www.thomasavenueceramics.com/clj and use code CLJ General Discussion: Outdoor plans  • Setting up the outside entertaining area • Plans for a play set • Sunken trampolines • Landscaping • Outdoor kitchen – comin’ soon! Game:…

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The 3D Rendering Tool that Makes Decorating Your Home SO much Easier!

This post is sponsored by Modsy When we were putting together the nursery for the One Room Challenge, I was struggling in one big way. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t want to buy a rug and chair and crib and dresser and decide on paint colors and lighting fixtures–basically, make all the decisions for a room in one afternoon. I prefer to do one thing at a time, over time, allowing rooms to evolve. However, with a 6 week deadline for the challenge, that luxury just wasn’t possible. We were working with Modsy on a few ads for our podcast, and a light bulb went off–THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER! Let’s use this! If you haven’t heard of Modsy (I was just recently introduced to them myself from this article in People Magazine), they are a service that allows you to “try on” furniture in your room and visualize it before you…

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My Sister’s Art-Filled, Eclectic Home

There are five girls in my family and we each live in wildly different homes. Somehow we all grew up under the same roof in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now, decades later, we’re spread out across the country (and globe) injecting our own style into our own homes. Last year, while I was visiting my sister, Victoria, in Pittsburgh, I fell in love with her eclectic, art-filled home and today, I’m so excited to share a little house tour with you. Victoria is the only one of the sisters that still lives in our beloved hometown of Pittsburgh. She lives on the first floor of a historic house in Wilkinsburg, in the East End and has for the past three years with her sassy cats, Doug and Manny. The home was built in 1920 and oozes all the charm you could possibly want. Two big fireplaces. Lots of built-ins. Original stained glass…

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