Chris and I are making the 8 hour round trip to Ikea this weekend to pick up the parts to make our standing desk. After way too much back and forth, I finally decided on ordering the drawer fronts separately from Semihandmade so that I could paint them whatever color we want. I’m leaning toward a dark green with hints of gray in it right now, like this Campground color by Valspar. I’m going to try to stick to our shopping list, but with Ikea so far away, we really only go once a year. So! Anything I should be eyeing? I’ll snapchat our trip, so you can follow along by following juliamarcum over there, if you’d like.
Fun things this week!
-I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect barstools for our standing desk. Everything I read, says to having a barstool available so you can take frequent seated breaks throughout the day until you’re body is accustom to standing for extended periods of time is strongly recommended. Not taking standing breaks can result in strain and swelling in your joints (cankles). I made a Pinterest board here of my favorite barstools I’m eyeing for the standing desk, but they could also work beautifully in the kitchen.
-For those that follow on instagram, you saw a glimpse of my new office chair. It’s this one from Crate and Barrel. After over a year of sitting on a modern molded plastic windsor chair (that I actually really like, just not for working long hours in), I finally splurged on this one and it has made working so much more comfortable, productive and enjoyable. It’s soft on the back, but the seat is firm so I don’t sink too low while tying to work. It swivels for easy movement and the low-slung arms feel natural to rest on and tuck easily under my desk. In short–it’s wonderful. And while we’re building a standing desk and complete office downstairs, we’ll be keeping this casual, small work corner upstairs for now. In the very least for bill-paying, but I think it will eventually become a place where our girls have their computer time, or we can write a quick email.
-Speaking of Instagram, Katie Hackworth, half of the detail-obsessed architectural designer team that is H2Design+Build, has been someone I’ve followed for years now. Every room they do, I could live in. Every one inspires me, and a lot of our current home is inspired by their work. She posted the best sneak peek of a plaid basement hallway they installed. And well, now I have to find something to wallpaper in plaid.
–Kitty. Cat. Hamper. (Faye’s going to flip!)
-Aren’t these the sweetest bunkbeds? Greta has been begging to share a room with Faye for a few months now, so we’re planning on building built-in bunkbeds for them in the next couple months. These are serving as major inspiration. I love that the bedding doesn’t match, but coordinates. A great tip for a shared bedroom space.
-I’m still someone that likes to physically write plans, goals and events down on a calendar or in a planner or both. The first half of this year, I tried to go strictly digital using Google Calendar and an app called Wunderlist. While it’s been nice to be synced with Chris, I’m feeling disorganized. I’m going to keep trying, but I also ordered this sleek planner that goes from August 2016-December 2017 for my own personal use. It’s very boss and small enough to fit in my purse.
-Off topic, I get a few questions about what makeup I use. I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to put on makeup, but when I do, I keep it simple–Mary Kay CC cream with spf (I wear light to medium), I use Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser in light as a concealer/highligher, Anastasia brow wiz in Chocolate, and this mascara forever and ever, plus chapstick. If I need a little extra color on my cheeks, I like Bare Minerals Faux Tan.
Hope you all have a great weekend! We’re hosting a birthday party for my mom and there’s rumors of string lights and karaoke.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop.
Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!
Make yourself right at home