Casual Friday: Paint Drama, Hoarders, Our Dining Room as a Living Room & More!

July 17, 2020

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Thank you so so much for all the love and support and shares from our closet reveal yesterday. It was such a labor of love and excitement and it means so much to us when we feel like you’re celebrating the completion along with us. It was our followers that suggested we make it a closet in the first place and I can’t even imagine it anything else now. It’s my new favorite room in our home. Thank you, sincerely, for everything. For being here through so many ups and downs. And course corrects and learning moments. It all makes reveal day so much more fun!

We’re already moving on as I mentioned Wednesday, the guest room is getting some attentionagain. Earlier this week, I spent hours choosing a paint color for the guest room. I wanted something dark so the treadmill would blend in a little more in the corner and the navy striped head board would pop a little. After so much time, I decided on Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. The perfect charcoal with a lot of warm green/blue undertones. It was settled.

The next day, a friend was talking to me about what color she wanted to paint her front door, “I was thinking of using Down Pipe like you.”

…. … “Wait…I didn’t I tell you I was painting the guest room Down Pipe, did I? I just decided last night. Are you a psychic?”

“Julia…you painted your office wall Down Pipe.” (oh my gosh, I did!!)

How did I not remember that?! The information threw me into a tailspin, not only because I spent hours choosing a color I already chose and never once remembered, but because do I want to repeat colors?

I think that repeated paint colors can absolutely work to unify a home, but with something so bold, I’m hesitant. And then I started thinking about the adjoining theater room and how we want THAT to be darker so maybe the guest room should have light walls with contrast trim?

And then I stumbled upon this room (source) and it’s all bets off.

More fun things this week. 

• If our dining room was a living room.

• Shea and Syd McGee’s book, Make Life Beautiful, is available for pre-order right here! I got a preview of it and their story is incredibly inspiring. You’re going to love it.

This instagram account is a master class in brand identity and modern infographic. This invoice one stopped me in my tracks.

• I’ve rarely met a tennis shoe I didn’t like, but I fell hard for these retro running shoes (and doubly so when I saw the price! Score!)–I snatched them up so fast and can’t wait to take them for a spin!

• I’m talking to everyone I know about this podcast episode. Museums are hoarders and their rules and practices will blow your mind.

• I just stuck one of these “love handles” to the back of my phone case and it’s LIFE CHANGING. Flat, but stretchy and can stick to any phone case to make it easy to hold on to. I’ve tried so many phone cases over the years and I feel like this is all I ever needed.

5 Ways to Embrace your Home’s Design Right Now.

• Confession: I ordered this table lamp 2 months ago, but didn’t want to tell you until I got it because sometimes the influx in orders makes my order go on back-order. But now it’s here and it’s bananas. SO GOOD.

Extra 40% off Sale on Madewell with code GIANT (some things are an extra 50% off!) Here are my picks!


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  1. Meredith says:

    The sourced IG link ( to that BEAUTIFUL green bedroom) isn’t working – is there an updated link somewhere? It’s so pretty – I’m dying to know what that paint color is!

  2. Beth says:

    That green is stunning but it looks like the link is not working – do you know what the paint color is? BTW – your home is amazing!

  3. Meghan G says:

    I really wanted to check out the link to that room, but it seems as though the poster removed it from Instagram? Do you know where else I can be found? I was hoping to get the source of the nightstand.

  4. Ally says:

    Love the moody green shade! Farrow and Ball Down Pipe is gorgeous too. I think the link to your green paint source is broken : (

    Can’t wait to see the final room!

  5. Kate says:

    The instagram picture “if our dining room was our living room” made my heart skip a beat! I LOVE a green velvet couch but have absolutely nowhere to put one in my house. Is this an option???

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  7. Rachel M says:

    That’s so funny about Down Pipe. I assumed you were using it BECAUSE you already knew you liked it from your office! I’m considering it for our living room right now so my ears always perk up when I hear that paint color. It seems like such an adaptable color that no one ever regrets using. I’m so glad you’re going dark in another room. Moody rooms are my favorite!

  8. Jordi Balan says:

    I love the guest room color!!! It’s beautiful!! Will that room also get a new window?

  9. Erin says:

    That Dragon Psychology podcast was fascinating!! We loved it too!
    And your closet is a dream!

  10. KAH says:

    RE: your confession about waiting to share about your lamp purchase because of your followers, I am not surprised. I’m still a little (lovingly) peeved you bought and shared that foresty fox wall hanging and then it sold out IMMEDIATELY after I’d been eyeing it myself for months and waiting for a sale to pull the trigger on it lol (and then the awaited coupon arrived the following week, figures). You’re just too popular! ????Oh well. Still looking for an alternative but haven’t found anything as perfect for the space I wanted it in yet. ????

    Your closet looks amazing. Your whole house is amazing. <3

  11. Carly says:

    I have never had a pop socket or anything on my phone. I picked up that handle at Academy Sports a month or so ago and I love it.

  12. Yolangel Carolus says:

    Wow! You never go wrong with anything. Love everything you do. Even now that your style has evolved it’s amazing. What is the name of the paint color from the inspiration?

  13. Christina says:

    Julia, congratulations to you both on the smashing success of your closet!!!! I also want to thank you for taking us along for the ride. All the sneak peeks and Instagram stories did not detract from the final reveal, not one bit! I also am crowing with pride because I voted for the chandelier you landed on, and it makes me feel invested in the gorgeous final result! Happy Friday to you and the entire CLJ team! Xo

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