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5 Tips for Keeping Area Rugs EXACTLY Where You Want Them.

A few months ago, we layered a really gorgeous vintage rug (from here) on top of our FLOR tiles in our entry. While we loved the character it added, and the extra layer of dirt camouflage, we struggled with it constantly bunching and moving around on top of the FLOR carpet squares. Often resulting in a look more like this: I ended up rolling it up for our big Halloween party so it didn’t become a hazard, but I was determined to keep it in place without excessive straightening every afternoon. Whether you’re layering area rugs, or putting an area rug over wall-to-wall carpet, or just laying an area rug over hard flooring, here are the top 5 tips and methods for keeping them exactly where you want them. 1. Rug pad The most obvious is a rug pad. We have them under every area rug in our home to help them last longer…

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One Room Challenge: Week 2 | DIY Built-In Bunkbeds for Around $700

We’re so excited to share how the shared room for our daughters progressed in just one week! As soon as we hit publish on last week’s ORC (One Room Challenge) post, we headed straight to Lowe’s to pick up supplies and get started on the largest project in the room–the built-in bunkbeds. Just yesterday, we attached the crown molding–so it’s been a busy week! There’s still wood-filling, sanding and painting to be done, not to mention the adjacent reading nook, but we thought we’d share exactly how we made these bunk beds for around $700 in this weeks’ ORC post. Step 1: Measurements & Plans Planning is, of course, always the first phase of any project, and it’s especially involved with anything “built-in.” The measurements have to be exact, down to 1/16th of an inch. Even trickier still is when you’re dealing with walls, because very rarely are the walls of…

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How to Find Product Sources on Pinterest

I shared this cool trick I discovered on Pinterest on my Instagram story, but since those disappear after 24 hours, and have had a few questions about it, I decided to share it here, too. So many times, our favorite inspiring spaces on Pinterest, are full of droll-worthy products and pieces that really make the space and are sometimes even the reason we pin a picture in the first place. So I was really excited to find a way to find the sources for these products within Pinterest! Let’s take Sugar Paper’s stationary display that I pinned from Lonny.com as inspiration for our One Room Challenge as an example. I loved the shallow shelves, but I really really loved the straight-armed scones. If you click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of the photo (you will have to be hovering over the photo for it to appear), it will bring…

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How to Lay Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring (LVT) + a feature in TABLE Magazine

The kitchen renovation we did in Pittsburgh earlier this summer is starting to pop up in a few publications–which is so exciting! Table Magazine was there on set after we finished to shoot the kitchen and food stylist, Quelcy Kogel made us all the BEST Whole Grain Apple Butter Parmesan Biscuits and topped them with a Honey Sage Simple Syrup. Honestly, I had 3 and could have eaten more. They put the recipe right next to an article I wrote to go along with the story of a few things you can do to update your kitchen if you only have an hour, an afternoon or a weekend. The whole experience was a delight and you’re definitely gonna want to try out Quelcy’s biscuits. They taste like autumn all wrapped up in sweet and savory goodness. My mouth is watering just talking about them. Since these features have started to pop…

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How to Oil and Condition Wooden Spoons

Last week, for dinner one night, Chris made cheesy stuffed peppers from Blue Apron, the chef-designed meal delivery service we have used for the past two years!, and we were both amazed it was meatless because of how satisfying it was. We get their family plan (they also have a 2-person plan), which is two meals a week for a family of 4, but we always have leftovers for lunch the next day. It allows us to experiment with new, farm-fresh ingredients and recipes. While cooking that night, Chris started oiling his favorite wooden spoon and I brought out my camera to document the simple, but important process for you. A good wooden spoon can actually be an heirloom if you buy quality and take care of it—-I would love my grandma’s wooden spoons one day. I feel like they would be seasoned for the past 80 years to taste of fresh basil and marinara….

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How I Gained 50K Instagram Followers Rapidly and Organically

Last July (a year ago next week precisely), we were starting our kitchen renovation and I decided I really wanted to start using my Instagram as an extension of our blog and business, instead of mostly for personal use. As scary as that was to say out loud–I wanted to grow my Instagram following. At the time @chrislovesjulia had around 4k Instagram followers, although I guess they don’t give you the coveted “k” until you hit 10k, so rewind–I had around 4000 followers over there and got, on average, 100 or so likes per photo. I told Chris I wanted to to grow my Instagram following, but I wanted to do it in an organic way. No buying followers, no being a part of those round-robin giveaways where you have to follow 20 bloggers who all pooled money to giveaway a Target gift card (and hopefully gain a lot of followers).  I just wanted to…

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How To Organize Your Fridge Like a Pro

What does the inside of your fridge look like? We are the type of household that try to get the main part of our fridge as empty as possible every week. This system started shortly after we finished the kitchen renovation last year. We felt inspired to get our refrigerator super organized and I can’t tell you how much this has allowed us to save money by not having to throw out food that pasts its prime, inspires us to continue to eat fresh, and makes meal planning and snacking a breeze. Our long-time partner, Blue Apron (you’ll almost always find them in our fridge), asked us to share how we optimize our fridge space and while it isn’t Cribs worthy, we’re happy to break it down and hope it helps you in your own grocery goals. The organization of our fridge is a mix of research on the best places for…

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How To Make An Outdated Fireplace Insert Look Like A Million Bucks

We haven’t had a playroom update in some time, but we’ve made some real progress down there recently. We tore up all the carpet, painted the walls two different colors (I’ll share that soon, but there’s a peek on Instagram!), bought all the material for our built-ins and over the holiday, we revamped the fireplace. I didn’t take a proper before photo with the old mantle on it, but you can kind of see it in this photo. The black trim around the gold part of the fireplace was just wood trim painted black to match the mantle. It was really uninspiring for a long time. I’m not a fan of corner fireplaces really, but this one was inverted and outdated on top of being in a corner. Three strikes? Almost. We thought about nixing it from the room altogether, or replacing the insert but both of those were more…

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How To Hire A Contractor (and When We Do)

To hire help or not? Can I afford to hire someone? When is it worth it as a DIYer? These are all really good questions that we ask ourselves before we start any large project (which we’re coming up on again in our basement). It’s also one that we’ve gotten a lot over the past year as we have hired out aspects of our laundry room, kitchen, windows and even portions of the wood tile floors we laid. We finally decided to write out our thoughts on the matter fully instead of giving quick answers in the comments and on social media. How to find a contractor. Of course, we can only answer how we found our contractors. We have hired 3 different ones in the past year for various projects and they were all found through different outlets. We hired a guy on Craigslist to help us lay the new…

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My Fool Proof Method of Hanging A Gallery Wall

Last week when I was hanging all the new art in our bedroom, my sister Patty was over chatting and serving as a make-shift photographer for this post. While watching me do my thing, she kept saying, “You have to come do this at my house! I want a gallery wall at my house next.” And I couldn’t help but say to her the same thing I say to all of you–you can totally do this.  So here is my fool-proof method for anyone that’s not very confident about hanging up pictures or terrified of putting a hole in your wall. Which, by the way, I fully support putting lots of holes in your walls. Hanging photos or art, even if you don’t like it the first time, will bring you so much joy. But this way, you aren’t going to make any unwanted holes. ;) 1. My secret is…

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