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March 6, 2020

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Things are getting serious around here. Seriously close! Every day so much happens that I could just sit and watch it all go down, completely entertained. Painting and Stair railings and beams and window and uncovering the floors! It’s all coming together. Some things are coming together just the way I imagined they would. Some things better. And some things need tweaking, but that’s the beauty of home, right?

Yesterday, I was able to unwrap my birthday present from Chris and hang it for the first time. (My birthday was in November so it’s been a long time coming.) It’s a huge 6′ wide print called MIGRATION by Kader Boly, purchased from The Vintage Rug Shop. It felt fitting for our Idaho home and I loved the abstract nature. We hung it in the hall, leading to the kitchen under our new lights and it already feels more like home. Art does that for me.

(Still need an art light and we will be swapping all of our interior doors this year, too!)

Other fun things this week!

• You must listen to Jim Gaffigan on Conan’s podcast (Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend)–we laughed so hard!

• You know my black chelsea boots that I wear alllll the time two winters in a row? (These!) With warmer weather on the horizon, I’ve been on the hunt for a spring version of my very versatile boots and I found it in these Everlane trainers! I’ve worn them so much since I got them (I got my normal size, but took about 3 wears for them to get broken in and now they are perfect!!!) I got the black sneakers with off-white soles but EVERY color combination is just soooo good.

Plot Twist (fellow bach fans–made me laugh so hard!)

This sling bag is so cool.

This kitchen gives me goosebumps!

• We have a big video shoot in our dining room next week and I went deep into table setting inspiration here. Which lead me to buy these very traditional, very beautiful plates on Amazon. I’m going to mix them with some modern touches and I can’t wait to show you!!!

Things are not as personal as they feel.

• Ordered these $26 dresses for the girls for Easter. (Ahhh!!!!)

• While we were in Arizona last week, The Scott Resort and Arizona Grand hosted us and our teams. It made our whole trip extra wonderful (with a side of luxury and inspiration). Our readers can use code CHRISLOVESJULIA for up to 30% off their trips at The Scott Resort here and The Arizona Grand here!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We have cleaners coming on Monday and it’s going to be close! I’ll be share lots of updates on Instagram!


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  1. Angela says:

    Liked everything..but LOVED the art. What a beauty to look at every day.

  2. Jody L. says:

    May I request a post on art lighting options and considerations? I went down the Internet rabbit hole and felt more lost than when I started.

  3. Phoebe K says:

    I have a collection of vintage blue and white plates and I CAN’T WAIT to see how you style them!

  4. Amy says:

    Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert” has another great interview with Jim Gaffigan.

  5. Linda Grubbs says:

    Your Migration print is GORGEOUS! You hung it in the perfect spot.
    Yikes…it’s all coming together…..this is very exciting for us that follow you.
    Thanks for the ride!!!
    (love the Easter dresses for the girls!)

  6. Jody says:

    Question for Chris – how do you feel about the range nook setup like the one shown in the Humphrey Munson kitchen link? I love the look but I have a tendency to prep food right next to the range and the nooks don’t leave much room for that, I’m curious to hear how a true chef feels about it.

    Loving seeing your home come together guys, it looks wonderful!

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