Casual Friday: Entry update!, Bear Lake, CLJ GIFS!!! & MORE!

August 7, 2020

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Last weekend, we went a couple hours south to the small town of Fish Haven, Idaho right on Bear Lake and spent some time connecting as a family. The Airbnb we rented had access to a private beach and it was peaceful and wonderful to be able to feel like we’re on a vacation for the first time this year. The water is shallow and warm and turquoise. Bear Lake is known as the Caribbean of the Rockies and honestly, yes! I can see why. We mostly swam and played games, but on the way home, we stopped in an antique store where I fell for a very old bench.

(photos by Andi Andrea Studio —digital handstand print available here)

It was one of those pieces that I could instantly see in multiple spaces in our home so I knew it was coming home with me, but once I scooted in the entry, it was meant to be there. I hung a piece of art above it, asymmetrically, and unrolled a new rug (that was meant for the guest room but when the stars align–I mean, you can’t fight it!) and our entry got a whole new life.

Rug | Painting | Bench (vintage) | Lumbar pillow | Square Pillow | Sconce (more similar) | Railing info

Other fun things this week!

• WE HAVE CLJ GIFS!!!! Ahhh!!!! We’re new at this and it was quite the process, but now that we’re approved we already have a green screen planned! Search “clj” on Instagram stories to access them. More coming!

• Yes, that was us you saw in the Land’s End Early Fall catalog! What a trip! At the beginning of summer, they approached us about modeling for their Fall catalog. We have zero modeling experience, but it was still so fun! I’ve yet to get my physical copy in the mail but after so many DMs about it, I found the e-catalog here! (Off to add cover girl to my resume, I guess.)

• If you squint, Kendall Jenner’s living room kind of looks like ours.

• Run!! There’s 50% off all Abercrombie Jeans! I have these in almost every wash and these are in my cart.

I can’t believe it’s been a year.

• My sister, Victoria’s, art is in the Anthropologie fall collection!!! It’s been two years in the making and I’m so proud of her. See the 4 pieces here (you might recognize one ;)

Hope you have an amazing weekend! We’re going to be chipping away at the playroom and will share more on stories throughout!

What do you think?

  1. Amber says:

    Hey Julia – since it’s been a year done you painted your cabinets, can you give us an update on how their holding up?

  2. Patricia Mason says:

    Do you mind sharing the Airbnb that you stayed in at Bear Lake ? I just heard about Bear Lake a few weeks ago on another blog, and am really interested to take my family there – we need something new and it sounds perfect. Thanks so much, and thank you for a great blog and Instagram !! I enjoy them every day !

  3. Jess says:

    I’d love to know which AirBNB you stayed at. We live nearby and are antsy to get out too! Bear Lake is lovely this time of year! :)

  4. Terri says:

    It looks beautiful in that spot. Do you have the history/story on the bench??

    • Julia says:

      I know it was from an old courthouse. The owner of the shop had the matching pair in her house for the last 40 years!!! It’s old but I need to do some more digging.

  5. Kimberly says:

    As a antique/vintage store lover I’ve got to know the name of that place! What a beautiful find!! We’re going down to bear lake for the first time in two weeks (even though we’ve lived in eastern idaho for over a decade), I’m so excited—Andrea’s photos are upping the anticipation for sure. ????

  6. JL says:

    Julia, that bench is PERFECT there. What a beautiful piece. With the painting, it looks as if it’s been there all along. I do think you should trust your first instinct and try the rug in the guest bedroom. For some reason, I see a more intricate, vintage rug in your entry area; one that pulls in some of the wall color from the music room. Having said that, I know your rugs tend to spend time in more than one room before they find their final resting place! Can’t wait to see the finished playroom space (I’m in love with that muted “pencil/butter” color).

  7. Lisa Genest says:

    I love Victoria’s artwork! But that first one in the link… she may be my favourite. ????

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