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Casual Friday: The His and Hers closets at the new house, 24 attractive ceiling fans, a new light for our bedroom & more!

August 6, 2021

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My head is spinning with every paint color I want to sample on the walls and I’m just dying to buy something special for a room in this house. You know, a piece that fits perfectly. That’s for this house. But I’m learning you can’t really do much until you’re organized. This week I tried to focus on trying to find a place for everything. The towels and toiletries were easy. All of the books were a little tricky since we don’t have any shelves right now. We’re currently building shelves in the office for extra decor and tech equipment. And our clothes, well, we’re adjusting from leaving our closet that was the size of an entire room….

…to modest sized hers

and his.

Would you believe me if I told you that I actually really like the set up?! The closets sit on either side of the hallway leading from the bathroom to the bedroom and I can envision a beautiful chandelier in the hallway. And although we’re going to get creative with storage and design down the road, (I really need drawers!) I think the footprint will remain the same. I’m excited to put a his and her spin on it, too. I won’t say it’s better than our last closet, that would be a lie. But I will say I love a challenge and I’m excited about this challenge.  This week, we moved the black dresser that was in our last bedroom into Chris’s side because he basically only uses drawers and it was the perfect size (and looked tiny in our new bedroom) and I’m on the hunt for a new massive dresser for the bedroom (80″ ish inches wide!) where I’ll store a few things like underwear and workout clothes and pajamas–things I keep folded.


Other fun things this week!

• Summer is still here and pretty much everyone on our team is currently looking for an attractive ceiling fan to swap out one that’s currently in our new-to-us homes. So let’s just call this round up research:


1. 3-Blade Brushed Nickel $82
2. Dimmable 5-blade White $115
3. Indoor/Outdoor Premier Bronze $117
4. Indoor White with Light Kit $121
5. Minka Coal $209
6. Minka Distressed Koa $209
7. Borelli $239
8. White Outdoor $289
9. Xeno $329
10. Kwad $319
11. Auster Indoor/Outdoor $360
12. Hugh Indoor/Outdoor $362
13. Braxton $370
14. Kute $459
15. Pickett Indoor/Outdoor $461
16. Sonnet Satin Brass with Acrylic Blades $471
17. Kestrel LED Black $479
18. Kestrel LED White $479
19. Century Taupe Driftwood $483
20. 60″ Spitfire $494
21. Condor Modern $599
22. Monte Carlo 70″ $631
23. Petrel LED $701
24. Peregrine Industrial $774


I love how Raftyn used our Denim/Spice runners down her painted stairs!! (in stock right here!)

• Can’t stop thinking about this chandelier for our bedroom <3

Tile dreams

• I just want to paint a whole room and all the molding this color.

This corner-tied bed blanket is so darling I wish I thought of it, but at least I own it now.

Weekend Sales


Abercrombie: The Annual Denim Event – 30% off all jeans (this fit)

Amazon: Shop our Amazon Storefront here! (the best rug tape in existence)

J.Crew: Up to 30% off women’s work-from-wherever styles (a classic)

Madewell: Extra 30% off select sale styles! (my go-to workout shorts)

Nordstrom: Anniversary Sale (ordered these boots!)

Pottery Barn: Up to 70% off! (swoon)

Wayfair: Save Big Give Back Sale! (shop our rugs on sale here! also these!)





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  1. Lj82 says:

    Hi Julia- can’t wait to see what you do with the space.

    We recently took down the walls that separated our closet from the hallway connecting our closets to the primary bathroom & bedroom, creating a long space in which we installed pax wardrobes and had them built in. I was heavily inspired by Erin K’s closet and the function is so much better. Just a suggestion in case it might work for your space and you wanted to change it.

  2. Linds says:

    Hello! Where were your books in your previous house? I remember in the girls’ rooms, but can’t picture elsewhere.

  3. Amy says:

    Saying “his and hers” in terms of real estate is outdated and extremely offensive. Realtors are instructed not to use this kind of language. Please reconsider.

    • Julia says:

      What should I call our closets?

      • Chris says:

        I think that the term “dual closets” is preferred. It doesn’t seem like a big change, but using neutral language allows for more acceptance towards non-normative ways in thinking – but of course, in this case, these are clearly “his” and “hers!” (You can even reimagine the possibilities by calling them dual: some people might want to have “winter” and “summer” closets or “work” and “non-work” closets.)

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Amy, do you not feel the use of those pronouns are appropriate in this scenario? Chris and Julia identify as he/his and she/her so does it not make sense for them to identify their personal closets as such in their own home? My husband and I use the same pronouns, so if I was walking someone through my house I would say things like, “this is his side of the bed”; “this is his side of the sink”; “this is his side of the closet”. Genuinely curious about your thoughts here.

    • Tracy says:

      How is that language offensive in any way?

    • Susan Saad says:

      With respect, the use of these terms should not be offensive or outdated. I’m not looking to get into a debate, but I feel that it is inappropriate for one to suggest that people should no longer describe themselves as his and hers. Chris and Julia are male and female and describing themselves as such ought not offend anyone.

    • Emilee says:

      It’s not offensive to most people. I’m certainly not offended by Julia’s description. Only the small minority who choose to be offended will be offended. Please keep using whatever language is authentic to you.

    • Laura Streeter says:

      Hey Amy, I am curious to know what exactly do they tell you to say in realtor school?

    • Jill says:

      It might be inappropriate for a realtor showing a house to 2 people that identify as men, or 2 people that identify as women, to call the closets “his and hers”. It’s in no way inappropriate for a couple that identify as a man and a woman to call it that. And certainly not offensive to call it that in their own home!

  4. Leigh Ann says:

    Please do a round-up on large dressers! I’m looking for one of those, too! :-)

  5. Molly K. says:

    I can’t wait to see what dresser you pick out! I love the black one that’s now in Chris’s closet, but it’s sold out. It looks like your closet is already very organized too! I really enjoy organization projects.

  6. Jenni says:

    Love the term moderate size. My his and her closet is the tune of 12” deep by 5’ long. It’s amazing how much I can cram in my tiny master closet space. I get so emotional when I see people with closets they can actually walk in. It’s going to be a beautiful when you finish.

    • Victoria says:

      I know! Moderate size in a mansion maybe lol. Still should be super beautiful and interesting to see what they do.

  7. Aminah says:

    Try the Pottery Barn Outlet for lighting choices! They often have lighting at 50-60% off the retail price plus no shipping cost!
    I’m sorry about the moving company horror story. Hoping you’re gonna get the rest of your belongings back and also that some degree of justice will be served..

  8. Shayna Varnedoe says:

    I had the number 6 fan in our old house. I loved it so much I almost took it with me!

  9. Sarah says:

    I’m excited to see what you do with the closets! We’re planning on the same setup for our primary bed/bath remodel. With pocket doors, so the one of us who’s neat can hide the messy person’s closet. :) Also thanks for the fan roundup! You’ve given me hope for non-ugly ceiling fans, which we need and use here in Austin.

  10. Christina Rawlins says:

    I love that green wall color! I hope you DO paint an entire room in that color!

  11. Megan S says:

    Didn’t know it was actually possible to swoon in real life. But I did when I saw that tile!

  12. JL says:

    I think my heart stopped when I saw that chandelier!! It is stunning! I can’t wait to see your lighting choices for the entire house. I’m curious to see whether you take it room by room or if you use the same lighting (or ceiling fans) in several rooms for more a more cohesive approach.
    I have a love/hate relationship with ceiling fans, because they are such dust magnets. There are the newer anti-dust fans; but there’re also solutions to prevent them from attracting so much dust.

  13. Tracey (From KY) says:

    I was just wanting to DM you yesterday to ask for a ceiling fan roundup! Thank you for the perfect timing on this blog post. :)

  14. Jill says:

    Since we have a huge closet similar in size to your Idaho closet, I no longer use an actual dresser in the bedroom. I love it! It seemed so redundant to have a dresser, so I use the space for a sitting area and builtins for other storage like books and decor. Food for thought, if you have so many clothes that a walk in closet isn’t enough space, then you have too many clothes. ;)

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