Originally when we bought our house in North Carolina, we fell in love with it for so many reasons, one of them being the fact that it had a great room with a separate entrance–perfect for our team to work out of! We did so blissfully before being notified by our town that we can’t have employees working out of the house. This was devastating and frustrating at the time, but we pivoted and rented a temporary office space just down the street. It was a fast, easy solution, and the office lease came with all of the basic furniture and everything we needed–but I wouldn’t call it inspiring. We knew we had to find a more permanent solution. After many months, a secondary temporary office location, and back-ordered furniture, the new Chris Loves Julia Studio is finally finished!
This is what we call the Team Room! We currently have eight employees (and counting), and if we grow any more, we’re going to have to get a bit more creative with our desk arrangement, haha. When we originally announced that we were moving into a new office space, we planned to be on the first floor, but we upgraded a few levels, and now we have a tree-lush, lake-side view. It’s so lovely.
The total office space is about 2000 square feet, and although we weren’t given free rein of the design decisions, we were able to make the most important ones–including using our new Faye flooring line with Stuga.
After we bought our home in 2021, we were in a race to lay new hardwood flooring before moving in, and it was one of the most stressful parts of the entire renovation. We flew across the country to approve the color of our stain-in-place white oak, only to be disappointed with the options, and went back to the drawing board with a tight deadline. Flooring makes a HUGE impact and is a big expense, so we wanted to LOVE it. After some trial and error, we got it right.
We immediately started working with Stuga to make wood flooring available for you in a perfect shade inspired by the flooring we have in our home today. It took some time, but we did it! We DID IT!!! And it’s my favorite part about our new office.
Our history with Stuga goes back to when we renovated the Cabin in the Idaho mountains. Their Scandanavian hardwood flooring completely transformed the cabin, and we fell in love with their stunning wood varieties and their unmatched durability. We then installed their Ingrid flooring in our Modern Cottage home because we knew that if they could withstand snow and wet boots in the cabin, they could withstand a lifetime.
So, of course, when Stuga reached out to collaborate and create engineered wood flooring for YOU inspired by our wood floors, we did not hesitate.
I’m completely obsessed with how they look in our new office space, and I’m slightly jealous they’re not in my own house (shhhh).
Every Monday morning, we gather in the conference room for a meeting, but we also have a lot of breakout meetings throughout the week.
I have one-on-one meetings in here with my team members each week, and as much as I love working closely with the team, it’s been nice to have a space of my own to make design decisions and hop on calls.
The kitchen is one of our favorite spaces because… well, we stock it with everyone’s favorite drinks and snacks!
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this banquette, and it just arrived last week! I’m so in love. It’s nice taking our lunch breaks here, but everyone’s free to bring their laptop or phone over and get some work done over here if they need something more secluded than their desk.
The Faye collection, named after our middle daughter, strikes the perfect balance between modern livability and timeless style. Faye has delicate swirling grain patterns and subtle knots, which adds to its versatility in style. The mid-tone brown hue is the perfect, natural brown, which will add warmth to any space. Here are more details about the Faye flooring:
Q: Can I order a sample?
A: You can order a small free sample, or you can spend $25 and get a 2’x3′ sample.
Q: What makes this flooring different than other engineered hardwood flooring?
A: Stuga’s engineered wood floors have been performing for over 80 years. We source only the best and most sustainable materials that will last a lifetime. Learn more about their unmatched construction here.
Q: What is the installation process like?
A: Traditionally, the industry standard for flooring is a tongue-and-groove connection system, but Stuga’s locking system guarantees that your flooring will stay in place for years to come. Learn more about the installation here.
Q: I’ve ordered a free sample, and I love it, but I’m nervous about taking the plunge. Any tips?
A: Stuga has a 3D tool on the landing page if you want to take a closer look. But if you want my opinion, this flooring is such a classic, traditional, yet modern choice. They also have financing available if you want to be able to pay over time.
Stuga has been kind enough to host a “One Room Giveaway!” Enter for a chance to win $1500 towards CLJxStuga Faye flooring!
Drop any other questions you might have in the comments below, and we’ll answer as many as we can!
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.
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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
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