Fall 2016 Video House Tour!

September 8, 2016  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Once or twice a year, we like to film a video house tour. It started out as something for us, to keep a moving record of our progress–nothing is more fun/depressing than watching the first one. But sharing it with all of you has become equally rewarding. You get to see how the rooms in our home connect and work together and maybe even a better glimpse into how we live in our home every day. This video tour is extra special because my nephew, Jordan, who is staying with us is actually a videographer! He owns Spectra Films and so graciously shot this for us with his very nice equipment that makes everything look a lot more like you are really here. We hope you enjoy this short walk through of our home!

A few notes!

• This is an in-progess home tour. All of our video tours are. So when you see our not-so-great master bath, or downstairs bathroom, or blank entry wall, in-progress home office, and still missing stairwell–take note! These are the reasons we make these videos, so maybe next time or in a year or two from now, we’ll be able to look back and say, “Wow! Remember when that used to look like this!”

• We recently moved the Nighthawks painting to the bottom of the stairs and I love it right there. Unfortunately, our entry is bare…again. But we’ll figure that out.

• We had to shoot this twice because when Jordan walked into Greta’s room the first time, he didn’t realize there was a small pink mirror at 6 year old height and he caught himself filming directly in it.

• In the very first shot, the first time I opened the door while we were practicing, Charly ran out. (She loves to run away to my parents’ house next door, so that’s where she stayed until we were done filming.)

•  I usually turn off all the lights when I am taking photos, but for video tours, I like to turn on every light and lamp, even though it’s in the middle of the day. Everything looks so home-y.

Fall 2016 Video House Tour! | Chris Loves Julia

Fall 2016 Video House Tour! | Chris Loves Julia

You can see past video tours here and where we got almost EVERYTHING in our entire home right here.

What do you think?

  1. Dianne says:

    Lovely home! Could you post a floor plans for your house?

  2. Rachel says:

    Your home is absolutely beautiful! I’m not much of a commenter though in this case one is near required! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Jen Z says:

    Would love to know where you got your pretty outdoor rug from.

  4. Michelle says:

    I love your house! It feels so beautifully put together, but not pretentious. I especially love that kitchen!

  5. Ariel says:

    Love your house so much and how the two of you have put your stamp on it. You’ve truly made it something wonderful for your family. Also thank you for showing the real parts of things undone and left to do. I’ve been following for a few years (since your kitchen reveal in your previous home) and I’ve loved watching your style evolve and your sweet family grow. You should be very proud :-)

  6. MEL says:

    I absolutely have loved the inspiration your home has given me! We are in the process of building, and your kitchen reno inspired us to get the Kitchenaid Professional line… my husband can build pretty much anything, so I have him on duty to build your DIY firepif off of our stamped concrete patio .. I was already set on wanting a light beige couch, and now I have fallen in love with your leather chairs in your living room — thank you so much for all the inspiration!!

  7. Sherri says:

    I finally got to watch the home tour. Jordan did a great job! But how could he miss with your beautiful home!
    I think it’s good that everything is not finished. It gives one an appreciation of how things looked before you renovated. What I notice most about your home, style, and design is that it is well thought out and intentional.
    It’s not thrown together just to get a room completed. It’s done to perfection, I must say. You may change a picture or wall color if it just isn’t right to you after you live with it for a while. But by being deliberate in your design process, you make your spaces cozy, inviting, and amazing!! You are modern, yet classic. Sophisticated but not stuffy. There are very few blogs I follow these days, but you guys keep us interested and wanting more. Keep up the work!!

  8. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much for the tour! I watched it this time with new eyes since we’re moving from a loft to a much larger house in a couple of months. I love everything you’ve done – especially the kitchen area. And I love, love, love the chandelier over the table but am trying to decide if it will be too large for a 13′ x 14′ dining room. Any thoughts?

  9. Karen says:

    I love seeing your house from this perspective! Could you please link to the plant that hangs on the wall above the toilet in your half bath? Was that a purchase or a DIY? I just caught a glimpse of it and think I might have a perfect spot for something like it!

  10. Lola says:

    You have a beautiful home! The decor is awesome. We are currently in the process of starting to renovate our house. I love, LOVE your kitchen. If you don’t mind me asking how much was your kitchen?

  11. Janet says:

    This video is great! It gives a much better sense of scale than pictures do. I didn’t realize the spacing of your great room around the walls – do you find with a large dog/two kids that you have enough space to move between the walls and leather chairs? It looks a lot narrower than I thought! I find hallways of three feet wide are a minimum to avoid feeling cramped or like you are sliding past furniture. But maybe that’s because I have three dogs?

  12. Tanja says:

    Julia I love your home. You have progressed so much over the years, I can’t believe how beautiful your house is. Congratulations

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  14. Michele says:

    Love it! Your house is such a great inspiration to us because it’s a very similar size/set up/style. We’re a 2up/2down ranch and really struggled with the bedroom situation when I was pregnant with our second son. We don’t roomshare with our babies, so we were really torn about where baby’s bedroom should be. Ultimately, we decided to let his big brother to keep his bedroom on the 1st floor next to us, and made baby’s room in the basement, and then I moved into the guest room in order to be nearby for those middle of the night nursing sessions. Once he started sleeping through around 8 months I moved back upstairs, but do sometimes feel a little weird about our basement baby! Ha! We’re getting ready to move our older son downstairs so there will be TWO basement babies!

    Also…super curious to know whether you guys have any plans or ideas for beautifying the window egresses? We have several in our basement and while I love the light and the safety, I haaaaaate looking at the metal surrounds!

  15. Pam says:

    Loved seeing your Hudson Bay blanket in the guest room Julia! So cozy!! Your home is beautiful.

  16. Carolyn VA says:

    So unbelievably beautiful! And now I get he flow of the house! I also love that I see things in spots where they weren’t before and still look amazing. Great job-you’ve really come a long way and still going strong!

  17. Gillian says:

    So lovely. I agree with another reader, beautiful home with evidence that actual people with kids and toys and a dog with fur live, actually really live there.
    I also love the music. Who is it by? Just the right happy pace for a quick tour

  18. Jill says:

    Beautiful! I had to laugh out loud when the film-maker panned by the back of creepy person standing in your master bathroom! Thank you for the tour of your inviting home!

  19. Anya says:

    I absolutely love your home and I’ve read your blog for a long time!

    Why didn’t you move Faye’s room downstairs and put the new office upstairs? It seems like you’ll end up swapping them out sometime soon!

    • Julia says:

      We likely will down the road. We do plan on moving Faye downstairs to share a room with Greta when she’s ready, but we’d also love to have one more little baby and the room across from ours is just way too perfect for a nursery. So maybe in a few years we’ll make the switch.

  20. Karen says:

    Love it! Your home is so, well, HOMEY! And I love that you did turn all the lights on, because I am always in a mental tizzy about lighting (like, how many recessed lights for a space). This made me see how light affects the room and how much is right for the size of the room. Anyway, I love your style; it’s becoming more my style all the time. I used to be so anti-modern, but you have made it feel so warm and inviting and I also love how you combine it with traditional and rustic. You definitely have a talent. Thank you for the tour!

  21. Sara says:

    LOVE your house!!!

  22. Anna says:

    Fun! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Molly Malim says:

    I literally choked up watching this video because everything about your home screams “live in me! make memories in me!”. Home is much more than a place, it’s a feeling, and it’s a feeling you’ve successfully created in your space. Brava! Brava! Thanks for letting us all into your home :)

  24. Emma says:

    I may or may not have just spent hours going through all teh old blog posts. AT WORK.
    What an amazing find. Thanks for all the details and play by plays

  25. Sara Davis says:

    I am obsessed (ok, not in the creepy way lol) with your blog and following your gorgeous family and home. Your home looks so inviting, warm and beautiful. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  26. Hannah says:

    I feel like we should be playing bingo: “New end table! Nighthawks moved! Blank entry wall!”

    Seriously, it’s so gorgeous. I love everything about it.

  27. Kristen says:

    Your house looks amazing! You guys have made so much progress on it since moving in, it’s just beautiful.

  28. Melinda says:

    I absolutely love your home! This is so silly, but as a dog and cat parent it made me smile to see the nicks on the doors to your patio. It reminded me of the ones I have on the door to my balcony. In listening to your podcast yesterday and seeing those today its so wonderful to see and hear your experience as a dog parent as well. Thank you for sharing!

  29. MIchele says:

    Lovely! Julia and Chris — you are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

  30. Amanda Taylor says:

    Beautiful! I especially love that it’s “in progress” because that’s how my home always seems to be. It makes me feel better that yours is too! :)

  31. Marianne says:

    One day I’m going to have to hire you to have free reign in my home. I just love everything you do. It all looks so gorgeous and sleek. And best yet it’s all great with kids!

  32. Diana says:

    That was so nice to better see how your home is laid out. It’s lovely, in progress and all!

  33. Wow ! How it changed from the first video home tour ! It’s almost not the same house anymore ! What I love, it’s how while every rooms look magazine worthy, it actually look like people DOES live there. You can feel your family evolve in the home, and this is what make everything so pretty !
    Also, your nephew did such a great job filming this ! (and I’m just in love with his company Logo, I could almost frame it, ah !)

  34. Jessica says:

    I love your home but I didn’t realise how much I loved it until I watched the video! Thank you so much for the effort and sharing.

  35. Jen says:

    I NEVER get tired of watching the progression of your beautiful home. Great tour. Nice work Jordan!

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