Ep. 54: 2018 Trend Watch, Predictions, and Let’s Be Honest–Harsh Judgments

January 15, 2018

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We start this episode with a small recap of our time in Seattle visiting the HGTV dream home (read more about that here) and then describe where and what our dream homes would be! They might surprise you!


Then we dive into a new segment, that we eventually decide to call “Cabin Log” (although Cabin of Green Gables was a close second! Ha!) where we’re telling a few more nitty gritty details of our adventures in renovating our new-to-us A-frame. While we love our cabin, it’s hasn’t all been views and a walk in the park. This week’s log story includes a whole lotta snow and a very expensive lesson.

For the main segment, we go through House Beautiful’s 16 Decor Trends that are Going to Be Hot for 2018 and weigh in on each.

• For starters, if they’re saying high contrast is out, why am I feeling like our dark accent wall in the playroom feels dated?

• And what do we really think about brass?

• Chris raps about the tone on tone trend.

• And although House Beautiful is telling us to go moodier (compared to what?!), there’s a big change we’re making in our house that goes in the opposite direction!

• And then, yeah, I mispronounce agate over and over and over. (I now realize, I was thinking of the word agave!) Here’s the link to Sarah Sherman Samuel’s Wallpaper line.

• Also, my 2018 goal to convert Preston to beige–who do I need to add to the list?


Can’t Get You Outta My Mind

Preston talks about launching his own personal development podcast, Next Level Life, last week and how he worked so hard to make it the number 1 podcast in his category–a goal he totally nailed!

Chris declares his love for Inca Corn. (I filled his stocking with these, and he ate them all in less than a week!)

I share a toy that we gifted to our daughter and nephew (both 7) that has helped so much with their anxiety, especially at bedtime. It’s called a Worry Eater and I couldn’t recommend it enough!


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What do you think?

  1. Darren and Tammy Martin says:

    What color is the front door and are soffits the same? Beautiful home! Oh and which Romabio color did you use? We are planning to limewash our brick exterior with Avorio white but can’t decide on a soffit color

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi Chris and Julia!
    Any idea where this limewashed tutor is from? Would love to see architect or builder site!

    Thank you!

  3. Kim says:

    If you read through a lot of posts on House Beautiful, you’ll notice they contradict themselves constantly – lots of writers, not so much editorial control – but hey it’s a fun read! Just do what YOU like.

  4. Dana says:

    The agate wallpaper reminds me of Emily Henderson’s bed from her last master bedroom.

  5. K says:

    Loved this episode! Question on your bedroom refresh – will you be keeping the West Elm bed? We are considering the same one but are curious if your plans include staying with your current bed or going another route. Spoilers please. :)

  6. Madeline says:

    I grew up (and my parents still live) just outside of a beautiful, small college town in North Carolina. They have no neighbors within sight, and are surrounded by fields and woods. The town itself is big enough to have everything you need, and Charlotte is a manageable 20 miles away. Their situation is pretty ideal. It has set me up for high home-situation/location standards for sure!

  7. Amanda says:

    Shout out to NC!! Born and raised. Great place to raise a family. We have it all, breathtaking mountains and beautiful beaches. Love the blog and the podcast!

  8. Shannon says:

    The ads in your blog are so distracting. Your content is so great but sometimes I cannot tell which is yours and which are ads. Too bad your blog can’t just flow like other blogs and minimize all the ads.

  9. Rachel says:

    I have to say, I’m not a pink person, but I do like that agate wallpaper. It would be really pretty on the back of a bookshelf or hutch. And, for the record, I thought it was pronounced Ag-ate, which isn’t super pretty but sounds better than Ag-ut.

  10. Sasha says:

    I’m so glad that you found a way to access the cabin in the winter, but I’m confused. When you say that you bought a shovel for the truck, do you mean that you bought a plow??

  11. Sharon says:

    Not to give any harsh judgments, but judgements should be judgments. :)

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