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May 12, 2021

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On Monday, we flew into Raleigh to close on our new home there!

(If you missed why we’re moving, you can check out this post and why we chose Raleigh right here.)

The home is a beautiful, classic, red-brick Georgian-style colonial just outside of Raleigh. Right when we pulled up to it, we got that feeling. I grew up in a red brick house and seeing this one felt like home almost instantly. The exterior is charming and the landscaping is immaculate. After redoing the exterior of our modern cottage top to bottom over the last 18 months, we were looking for an exterior facade that came to us as a style that we could embrace and we feel like this house had everything on the outside that we loved. Brick arches, climbing vines, the prettiest brick and I even love the driveway material (it’s a kind of conglomerate pebble or something). The property is just over an acre–a little more manageable for us than our current 3.6–and it’s mostly mature trees and landscape with a great courtyard in the back. We do hope to add in a pool and expand the courtyard just a bit.

While the outside was near perfect, the inside needs some work–our specialty! The living room (above) has a good nod to our current living room–those arched windows!! I can’t wait to tackle the fireplace!!–and I love the gorgeous traditional trim work throughout the entire home.

It has a primary bedroom on the first floor (something we were actually looking for this time around) that includes his and her closets in pretty rough shape–you know we love a closet reno–and a bathroom with a huge window looking out into the garden with a giant seashell shaped tub.

Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms, one for each girl, with large windows in every room and a jack and jill bathroom in between Polly and Faye’s bedrooms. They’re going to love that!

At the end of the hall, there’s a large playroom for the girls with so much built-in potential I’m squealing over the thought.

The playroom is at the top of a back staircase that leads right down into the kitchen and today as we were going through the house, I yelled up the stairs, “time for dinner, girls!” and I could almost hear them barreling down.

The kitchen has so much potential along with its quirks and we’ve already started making some sketches on how we can improve the layout and footprint, but we love how it opens to a breakfast nook with large doors leading outside.

We looked at over 25 houses on our hunt and although we fell for this house pretty hard, it took looking at it twice (over two trips a few weeks apart!) for us to put in an offer. One of the things we loved most about this house was the guest house that’s set back from the rest of the house. It’s connected and accessed by a long hallway inside that leads to a large bonus space that we’ll be using as our offices for our employees!

It has a kitchen and bathroom and even a separate exterior entrance so our employees will no longer have to walk through our house to get to work. I think this will go a long way in helping us separate work and home better, too. The office space is over a mother in law apartment on the ground level with its own exterior entrance, too. It has a full kitchen and huge closet and bathroom in it so we’re ready to welcome our friends and family! Having these two large spaces completely separate from our living space actually helped put my mind at ease that although this house is similar in size to our current home, the way it is laid out and the separate nature of the spaces to work, host and live–feels astronomically better for us!

More than anything, we can’t wait to get our girls here. We won’t move in until late June, but the work on the house starts this week! (More on that in a future post). We have a video tour coming at you tomorrow so you can see how the house flows and a good look at the before. My mind is reeling at all the possibilities. This house has so so much potential! It’s all there, we’re just going to uncover it!

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  1. Christine says:

    Very exciting! Welcome to Raleigh – we love it here!

  2. Tammy says:

    Oh wow!! We are nearby neighbors! Welcome you will love NC

  3. Marcia says:

    Please be sure to visit the Angus Barn restaurant… you won’t be disappointed ☺️

  4. Pamela says:

    Gorgeous home. Love and envy the separate guest/work quarters. I think you have a driveway made of Chattahoochee . We live in the south and have had several driveways and or pool surrounds in that material. I deal with chronic health issues also and applaud your brave choice to move. We made a heartwretching move 4 yrs ago and it has gone a long way towards improving my symptoms. God bless you in your new life as the dust settles.

  5. Beautiful home! Congratulations! I look forward to future posts as you make it your own!

  6. franki Parde says:

    Wow…love @ first sight!! The house/home appears immaculate and…oh, my, almost fairy tale…totally beautiful!!! franki

  7. Edyta Walkowiak-Rich says:

    Oh wow, beautiful and so different from previous house. Another adventure flipping your new house, can’t wait to see what you have in mind. I’m sure we’ll be positively surprised. As always. Wish you, that this new home and clime brings health and happiness to all your family.

  8. Marissa says:

    Sweet. I have a similar-in-feel Colonial in Tennessee. Looking forward to getting some very relevant inspiration going forward!

  9. laura yadusky says:

    So lovely I CAN’T WAIT to see what you do! How many square feet??

  10. Jessica Carson says:

    Love all your designs! this place feels romantic and plays on your name chrislovesjulia so well! Cant wait to watch this journey ❣️

  11. Ali says:

    Congratulations! So so happy for your family ! What a beautiful home you selected! I have heard NC is an amazing state and that the triangle area of NC offers beautiful nature, culture, business, museums, and wonderful universities! Sounds lovely I hope to one day visit NC ! Wishing you all the best!

  12. nancy hayes says:

    How far outside of Raleigh are you? You probably don’t want to mention the exact neighborhood, but could you say east, west, south? I have friends and family in Raleigh proper, but it just looks so soulless to me, I wonder if I’m just not looking in the wrong places. I have 3 girls who all went to Chapel Hill – a bargain as far as top colleges go, IMO – so the area is dear to me in many ways.

  13. Carol C says:

    Welcome to Raleigh! Hope your family will love it here.

  14. Emptynestdiyhome says:

    Cannot wait to be a part of journey with this house. But can I just say those brick arches on the exterior… love … drool. Wishing you health & happiness in this new home. Cheryl

  15. Laura says:

    I’d like to recommend a tall Christmas tree by the staircase come December. That’s always been my dream. 🎄

  16. Jess says:

    So excited for this next stage! Love the house!!

  17. Luella says:

    So happy for you!

  18. Jean says:

    Congratulations 🎉
    It looks perfect for your family. Cant wait to see how you make it your own. I love the exterior! Hope you have a good move and adjustment.

  19. Carolina Cally says:

    Congratulations and welcome to North Carolina! This is a beautiful home with great bones. Can’t wait to see what you guys do with it. I pray this is a good move for you. Change is good!

  20. Brittany says:

    The exterior is SO beautiful, I die.

  21. Dianne says:

    JUST what I imagined you would select! The combination of rooms in the main house and guest house sounds perfect for your needs. Congratulations on such a smooth transition so far – thinking of you as you embark on the preparations for the actual physical move and move-in to your new home. I can’t wait to see where you take this home.

  22. I don’t know what i’m most excited about, but maybe it’s Scott, John, Sherry and I sharing the guest house on our next GUV trip to see you! We’re all so lucky to be on this journey with you! xx

  23. Tara says:

    Blessings to you in your new home and a huge congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you do to make it yours!

  24. Amy says:

    Are you painting the brick or leaving it red? If leaving it red, will you paint the trim, and what colors do you have in mind?

  25. Emily says:

    I love it so much and cannot wait to see what you do with this different style! Beautiful!

  26. Gigi D says:

    Welcome to NC!

    Just a heads-up about the handsome existing landscape in your new yard: Here in Winston-Salem, we have suffered an irrevocable blight on boxwoods. Owners of many stately homes in tony Buena Vista have had to sacrifice the enormous shrubs that anchored their landscaping for decades. The source seems to have been yard crews who spread the blight from customer to customer as they worked the neighborhood. So it may be good to ask your own landscape folks how they can avoid this blight and protect your mature boxwoods. They add so much to a home’s curb appeal. Best wishes.

  27. Abby says:

    This is going to be amazing! Cannot wait to see what you do with this home!!

  28. karcher says:

    I love it! Congratulations! I wish you all the best and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  29. I’m pretty sure the word for the driveway material is aggregate :)
    we have it at our house!

    • mimi says:

      Yep! That’s the word and I grew up with that kind of stuff next to our driveway and I can’t tell you home many scars I have from falling off my skateboard onto my knees because of the pokey rocks. Balance apparently wasn’t gifted to me.

  30. Elle says:

    I’m so excited to follow along! I love the outside with the brick and vines. So pretty. 😍

  31. Monica says:

    Really, really think you should live in the house before you do the kitchen! If you are getting a pool, for safety’s sake wouldn’t you want to be able to see the pool easily from the kitchen (I am assuming that you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, like most families)! If anything I would push the kitchen to the back of the house! The floors will be new, you can always patch if necessary. I opened my kitchen to the dining room recently and replaced kitchen tile with oak like the rest of the house and no one can see where old wood ends and new begins.

  32. Mary says:

    hi Julia and congratulations on the new home. the house is beautiful…a true classic traditional architecture home. have you considered ebonizing the current floors? i know you prefer light neutral oak flooring, but with the traditional architecture and the geographical location, ebonized black floors would be keeping with the style of the home and would be historically accurate for the location. done correctly, black floors would be neutral and stunning. just a thought.

  33. Danielle says:

    This home is gorgeous! I would love to hear about any legalities you run into with having a business based in your home. Congratulations!

  34. Christy says:

    I was so sad when I heard you were leaving your current home – I absolutely loved seeing the updates and details of it every day in posts or stories, but that was put to rest after seeing this house! I can’t wait to follow along on your journey. I am curious though – in this blog post you mentioned you had been looking for a primary bedroom on the main floor. While not super uncommon, I personally don’t see it very often and I’d love to hear your reasonings (if it’s style/layout related)!

  35. Carrie says:

    The arches, the transoms, that grand staircase! I am here for it! Excited for you guys to have such a great house to move into after you say goodbye to your glorious cottage.

    The seashell bathtub gave me a chuckle. 80’s vibes are back!

    Looking forward to the video tour tomorrow!

  36. Amanda says:

    Congrats! The outside is perfection…and the inside has so much potential! Cant wait to see what you guys create. Hope its a fantastic place for you all to be together!

  37. Jill says:

    I’m not going to lie…I was very sad about no longer getting to see your beautiful current home. But seeing this home has put that aside. I’m so excited to watch this house come to life. It’s already beautiful but the CLJ touch is going to put it over the top. Again.
    I’m also very excited to see the backyard take shape with a new pool. Fingers crossed that’s not too far in the future.

  38. Jenna says:

    You will love Raleigh! We live about 30 minutes east and RDU is a great area and then only short drives to the mountains and lots of beaches! Welcome to NC!

  39. stacey says:

    I can’t WAIT to see what you guys do with this place. As someone who may have to leave “home” because of autoimmune/health reasons, my heart broke for you. But I think every new venture has the opportunity for growth you didn’t even see coming! ❤️

  40. Jake Becker says:

    The house looks very charming! I see a lot of potential in this house! I can’t wait to see what you do with this house!

  41. Julie S says:

    I love it! Love that it’s mostly interior updates, too, of a non-aspirational nature. It does remind me quite a bit of your current home’s befores with the kitchen style, lighting/paint choices etc. My own home style is neither traditional nor formal yet I still get a lot out of your renovation journeys! The house is so beautiful and I will have fun watching you guys play and make a home here <3 I hope friends come easily, stress is low, and your health quickly jumps a level up.

  42. Ashley says:

    The landscaping is so beautifully elegant! It’s what sold me. Like a take from secret garden

  43. Pam says:

    I too will be moving from the west to the east next year. I am excited to see how you bring a young and modern vibe to a more formal “east coast” home. As I too like to put my own stamp on a new home, I will be taking tips from you on how to jibe the two styles!

  44. Brenna says:

    So happy for you guys!

  45. Susie Harrold says:

    I love the house!
    On another note, would you consider making your font in the blog posts darker? Larger? If not darker, at least larger. I have a hard time reading the words when they are such a light font.
    Thank you!

  46. Kevin says:

    Absolutely stunning! The brick and exterior details are perfect and you can see the character just waiting to be brought to life on the interior. Cannot WAIT to see it all come together.

  47. Patti Brown says:


  48. Jennifer says:

    The house is stunning and I can’t wait to follow along and see how you transform it from a house to a home. Can I also say how much I love the keystones and the dental molding? A true Federalist style home in design. Congratulations!

  49. George says:

    Paint the house white.

  50. Joette says:

    You will do a great job with this one! Congratulations!

  51. Courtney Heffernan says:

    Its not even furnished or styled and I’m already getting Nancy Myer vibes! I’m not sure if its my age, the fact that I just binged Parenthood for the third time, or if its The Chris Loves Julia Effect, but I’m HERE for the traditional style you’ve been leaning towards. I’ve never thought I was a fan of traditional before. Can’t wait to see what you guys do with this house!

  52. Jordan G says:

    This is going to be dreamy! I am so happy for you to have that perfect little guest house for offices and guests. What a total win. I cannot wait for the Christmas lights out front, to be honest. Not sure why my mind went there first, but it totally did. YAY!

  53. D Williams says:

    You picked a good one. It’s just beautiful. And has so much potential. I was mentally decorating as I scrolled thru the pictures. Can’t wait to see how you make it your own.

  54. TK says:

    This house is absolutely beautiful. You can’t beat that Colonial character! I love the exterior!!!! While I’m sad to no longer see your current house (that bathroom!!!!), I look forward to the CLJ spin you’ll put on this one. Blessings to you all!

  55. nikki says:

    OMG! I’m squealing with you! Ya’ll have me wanting to move out of Idaho too. I WANT MORE TREES! The home is stunning. I am so excited and grateful to witness your family’s journey. XO

  56. Mirror says:

    Ugh this house is so charming!! I’ve watched you transform 3 houses and I can’t wait to follow along again! especially because now you’re closer in style to my house, so I can selfishly learn even more design ideas 😁

  57. Meredith Jones says:

    So so excited to see what you do to this house! What a beautiful place to call a new home.

  58. Nicole says:

    Literally don’t think you could have found a better one, I look at the photos and it’s SO fitting for your style and family, I can already see the enhancements coming and it’s going to be so beautiful! Congratulations 🎉

  59. Julie says:

    It’s so incredibly beautiful. I don’t think there’s a house out there that’s more classically beautiful to me than a red brick colonial. 1 million bonus points when it surrounded by perfectly shaped box woods! So happy and excited for you guys!

  60. Kelly says:

    I am squealing inside, I AM SO EXCITED!! Your current home is my inspiration for our next home and I can’t wait to see what you do with this one 🥳🥳🥳

  61. Erika says:

    House is beautiful – great bones! Will you be re-doing / refinishing the floors before you move in? This is something we are considering on our new home. If so, would love to hear more about that process (water vs. oil based poly etc.)

  62. Kimberly Heavner says:

    Hello! I believe you will absolutely love Raleigh and all it has to offer for your family. Your new home is absolutely beautiful. I’m so excited to watch as you transition it into your own masterpiece.

  63. Marce Einstein says:

    Congratulations Julia & Chris! The home is beautiful. Can’t wait to see your vision come to life. Cheers 🥂to health, happiness, and doing what you love.

  64. Lindsay says:

    Y’all are such a courageous family, and I’m grateful to follow along! I can imagine it’s challenging to make these huge decisions with others looking on, but you are masters at finding the perfect solution…or maybe it’s more how you embrace every next step. I see this house and it seems like the absolute perfect place for you, your family and your business. Way to go! Can’t wait to see more.

  65. Fortue says:

    So excited to follow along! I can’t wait to see what you change (and don’t change!) about this house. It’s absolutely beautiful!

  66. Kate says:

    So excited for you all (and for us, who you allow to follow you on this amazing journey)! I know you talked about expanding the kitchen towards the front… could you maybe swap and expand the kitchen towards the back, and put the dining room up front? Would that be easier on the eyes when you walk in? Can’t wait to see how much more magical you make this home!! Congrats.

  67. Molly says:

    Ohmygosh, it felt like Christmas morning when I woke up & immediately thought, “Chris & Julia are sharing their house today!!” Hahaha. It is BEAUTIFUL & I’m so happy & excited for you (the whole layout seems perfect!) – and I am so thrilled to follow along! Wishing you so much happiness in your new home & town!! xoxo

  68. Marina says:

    Congratulations! I am so excited to see how you make this place your own. I can’t explain why but I’m definitely getting Nancy Meyer vibes here – especially in the living room, it just seems so cozy already. Like a total family home. Love all the big traditional windows, and the exterior ivy – it really seems magical. What a fun place for the girls to grow up. I am building a new but colonial-style home in Philly – totally different, a townhouse (we call them rowhomes here) so obviously much smaller, but am similarly trying to incorporate traditional colonial design with modern touches throughout. Can’t wait to see what you do and get inspired. Congrats again, so happy for your family!

  69. Patty says:

    The outside is gorgeous! I can’t wait for you to put your spin on the inside. Congratulations!

  70. Leslie says:

    It’s gorgeous! And it has so much potential – I don’t mean that in the gut it down to studs way, but in the way you’ll be able to embrace what’s already lovely and modify as only CLJ would. Congratulations!

  71. Arica says:

    Agh, I love it so so much! I’m just on the edge of my seat for all the inspo you’re going to bring to this new style of home! <3 Congrats!

  72. Brooke bullard says:

    Wow wow wow. Seems so perfect for your family!! And I dare say, I kind of love the shell tub! Although I’m sure it doesn’t have a long future there haha. Also, I hate people were commenting with your address. Some people don’t have common sense!! I pray you still feel at ease and safe. I’m sure that can be stressful sometimes having so many people know so much about your home. Much love to y’all! (You’re in the south now, so you got to start practicing it too!)

  73. Carla Bishop says:

    Your new home is not only stunning, it FEELS incredibly warm and welcoming. The gorgeous courtyards marry the heart of your home with earths ever changing natural canvas. I’m thrilled to journey along with you as your family in to your next chapter🧡

  74. Juie says:

    A regular person would think this looks fine and wouldn’t change. But you look at it and think, “this has potential!” Then the magic begins and you take it to a level us regular people can’t even imagine. I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with it!

    • janice kirwan says:

      I love that too! I wish I had that ability or trust in someone to design a remodel that huge in scale.!

  75. Karissa says:

    It’s just so beautiful and lovely!! Can’t wait to see you guys put your touch on it! Hope NC feels like
    Home in no time 💕

  76. Jennifer says:

    That courtyard. Your landscape. Front entrance is all sooo gorgeous! Actually, loving your red brick on this home too.

  77. Maribel U says:

    Such a beautiful home, congratulations! I picture a lot of wall paper, but we will see. 😉

  78. Banessa says:

    Wow it’s beautiful can’t wait to see the transformation.
    Best of luck on the move.

  79. Karen says:

    Just started following you !!!! Congratulations. Can’t wait to see what type of chandelier you find for your entry

  80. Cathi Coutu says:

    Such a classic and lovely Southern home! Can’t wait to see you put the “ChrislovesJulia” spin on it!

  81. Julie says:

    Stunning! I just can’t wait to see how you make it your own. 💕

  82. Jamie D. says:

    So exciting!! I just started following you a few months ago and I’m so excited to watch you transform this house from the start!!! Congratulations on your new place, and I hope this move does wonders for your health!

  83. Molly says:

    So, so happy for you! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to see all the work you’ll do. Have FUN!!

  84. Nina says:

    I’m kind of speechless. She is so different and so gorgeous and so perfect and… OMG, I LOVE ALL OF IT!
    She needs a name, right?
    It’s go time, baby!

  85. TLR says:

    I’m positively twitterpated 😍🥰😍
    Lucky you!!!

  86. Melissa says:

    This feels weird to say but I was truly sad that you were moving and that we wouldn’t get to see your current house finished complete in the CLJ style but after seeing this house this morning I’m SO excited to see what you guys do with this. It feels like a completely different challenge and I feel like the next year is going to be so exciting to sign on and read your blog everyday. I can’t wait to go on the journey with you guys! Congratulations for taking the jump.

  87. Anna says:

    Thrilled for you all! Can’t wait to see the transformation! Welcome to the south ❤️

  88. Rana says:

    Beautiful! I’m curious- what exactly is just “outside of Raleigh”. You can drive 2 mins here and be in a different town!

  89. sulaih picorelli says:

    In total love with the new home already! XO

  90. Ashton Necessary says:

    I’m blown away! So incredibly happy for your family and your amazing team! This new home is a dream, and I can’t wait to follow along.

  91. Cici Haus says:

    That ivy-covered brick! Swoon-worthy! Can’t wait to see it get the Chris Loves Julia treatment!

  92. Cynthia Keas says:

    I can’t wait!

  93. Robni says:

    It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see you make it a home <3 You will do great as always !

  94. Heidi says:

    As a fellow Raleigh dweller who also just bought a brick colonial this year, I’m SO looking forward to watching this journey unfold! Hoping the move process is smooth for you guys. Welcome welcome to the beautiful City of Oaks!!

  95. Autumn says:

    I’m so excited for this and your family. This house is not far from us and the same style as the house we just bought, can’t wait to see what you do so we can follow suit, lol! I told my husband he better start paying attention!

  96. Robin says:

    So amazing! A beautiful home already, but you will put your own style to. Love that you’ll be able to separate work life more from your family life. Can’t wait to see it evolve!

  97. It’s so beautiful already and I can’t wait to see you work your magic!!

  98. Liz says:

    Its beautiful! Congratulations! and Good Luck on your upcoming move!

  99. Lori S H says:

    This is stunning! I love the landscaping and OMG that staircase!! Please tell us you’re keeping those beautiful hardwood floors?

    • Julia says:

      We aren’t. Haha sorry to disappoint

      • Jana says:

        Are you replacing them with hardwoods, or engineered again?

      • Ashley says:

        I know whatever you decide will be great, but I am (not so) secretly hoping for a lovely site-finished hardwood. It just seems to suit the style of the house perfectly.

        The house is beautiful and the yard is to die for! Congratulations!

    • Mel says:

      HA and I had the opposite thought about the wood floors, I was going to come on and say please tell me you’re at least re-staining the floors. Otherwise, what an utterly beautiful charming home. I love it.

    • Krista Siregar says:

      Congratulations! Excited to see the house through Julia’s lense!

  100. Kamee says:

    I love it! I’ve been following you since your Utah house where I have a similar for plan and realized I could take a cabinet down for shelves and it was life changing. I’m excited to see what you do in your new home and I’m hoping your health improves immensely. Congratulations!

  101. Whitney says:

    This seems like the perfect layout for y’all! I live in an 1910 colonial, and I’m looking forward to seeing how you mix in your style with more traditional details.

  102. Wendy says:

    I get butterflies for you! This is so exciting, and I can’t wait to watch you make it your own! Congratulations!

  103. Siobhan says:

    So excited for you guys!! It’s already beautiful so I can only imagine how gorgeous you guys will make it!!😍

  104. Lilly H says:

    Great house! Already have a semi-design question (as I have a similar situation at my house)… with no cover on the front stoop, will you do anything to create a space for packages so they don’t get left in the rain?

  105. Colette says:

    Congratulations! I don’t know you at all in real life but I’m as happy for you guys as I would be my own friends! The internet is wild. Can’t wait to see how you transform this house into your home ❤

  106. JL says:

    This house is simply stunning! The bones are so good compared to what you’ve had to deal with in your current house, so that’s a blessing. It’ll be interesting to see if you and Chris tackle your primary bathroom and closet first this time around…although, I can already envision a beautiful alcove around a chef’s range in your new kitchen. All in good time. So exciting Julia!

  107. Exactly how I imagined it…this house is what North Carolina is all about! The beautiful brick, the gorgeous gardens, the potential is endless! Ooh, I can’t wait to see how you’ll dress her up!! And don’t forget, now you live close to High Point and all the furniture outlets!! Furnitureland South should be on your list as a really good (and huge) shopping trip!! Give me designer furniture any day over designer shoes!!😂😂

    • Angela says:

      I lived in the Triad area for 4 glorious years, and once made the mandatory trip to FLS and found it a little dizzying a lot intimidating haha. I much preferred the small stores in High Point that carry market samples: they stock beautiful, unique pieces at great prices. Plus (most of the time) you get to take your choices home off-the-shelf… No months-long lead time! There is this wonderful small store in Kernersville called Accent Prone, I just love them. You might want to check it out.
      I hope you have a peaceful, as stress-free as possible transition into your new home. Looking forward to seeing what the CLJ squad has in stock for the new house!

  108. Nikki says:

    This is so exciting! Sounds like a great find! Clearly God was in the details!

  109. Kristin says:

    This house is gorgeous, and really projects a warm and comforting and HOME feel. Can’t wait to watch what you do. I think I’m most excited about the kitchen reno. I didn’t see any windows, and am wondering if you’ll want to or will be able to change that. We were in Chapel Hill for grad school, and my husband worked for SAS in Cary while we were there, and the area is so beautiful! Enjoy and be happy and healthy!!

  110. Addie says:

    It looks like it has great light along with potential. The “holiness” comes across in the pictures and I can see why you chose it. Separate office and guest quarters is such a find! Can’t wait to watch you transform it. Cheers to new adventures!

  111. Brooke says:

    How lucky we are that you give us the rare opportunity to be involved in these life changes on such an intimate level. Something about this one feels so right! The perfect size for your family’s home. And that landscaping 😍 Just wow! Congratulations!

  112. Brittany says:

    It is absolutely incredible! The courtyard is an ACTUAL FAIRYTALE!!!! Can’t wait to follow along on this new journey! :)

  113. MaryLou says:

    I’d be happy with a tent in that gorgeous courtyard!

  114. MacKenzie says:

    What a perfect find!!! I’m bursting with happiness over this new adventure for your family.
    I would have been suckered in immediately from the brick arch and climbing ivy. It’s like a secret garden!!! 🥰 Amazing find! Cannot wait to see how you two make this even more special!!

  115. Ann says:

    It’s stunning! Congratulations on your new adventure!

  116. Hannah B says:

    THE ARCHES!!!! So very very excited to follow this journey, thank you for sharing 😊

  117. Rachael LoRusso says:

    I am so excited to see what is in store for this house and the way you will tackle modern colonial style! The courtyard is gorgeous too 😍

  118. Kelly says:

    This is so exciting! I’m so happy for you and your family! Congratulations!!! Cannot wait to see what you guys do with this one!

  119. Angela says:

    That exterior is GORGEOUS. Here I was house hunting and not liking brick and thinking, well I’ll just paint it….now I’m house hunting and looking FOR brick lol! So excited to see what you do with this house!

  120. Paige says:

    Love it! So excited for you. I have family in Raleigh – I think you guys will love the area!

    Are any of your employees moving with you?

    Cant’ wait to watch this process!

    • Julia says:

      Yes!! Almost all are moving here

      • Amy C says:

        Welcome to the South ya’’ll! Having grown up in Arizona, and living all over (most of the places on your list such as California and Nashville as well), North Carolina has always just felt like HOME! Although I will say it took me years to embrace saying y’all. But, it’s coming! You will one day find yourself saying it and can’t believe that it came out of your mouth as if it was regular conversation ha ha! You all will love it here. Looking forward to what is to come as you uncover more of this homes potential.

  121. Erin Zubot says:

    Congratulations, this house has buckets of potential and is already pretty fabulous. The yard is a dream! I think your family will be very happy here!

  122. Claudia says:

    Wow, wow, wow! I am beyond excited to see you turn this house into a home.

    So much charm, I’m in love with it already.

  123. Aarhon Paulo says:

    I’m here for the transformation of the living room. I’m very excited to see what you’re going to do with the fireplace, will you leave it? Will you take it off? Are you going to do the same thing in the fireplace that you did in your current house?

  124. Lori says:

    Can’t wait to see your vision come to life! (Raleigh area realtor, renovator and older, traditional home lover) Welcome to NC!

  125. Brenda says:

    The house is stunning!! You created character in your Idaho home, but character is already built into this home. You will certainly be able to add your own beautiful touches. It’s going to be a wonderful journey!

  126. Jackie says:

    Good things ahead!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

  127. Lindsey Limerick says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous!! I know you guys will quickly make it your own. I really hope you love it here in Raleigh, it’s such an amazing city with so many things to do for kiddos and families and great places to eat! We’ve lived here a few years and swear we’re never moving! Welcome to Raleigh!!

  128. Bailey says:

    That staircase! 🤤

  129. JessB says:

    I am sooo sad about leaving your current house BUT this might just get me over the hump. 😂😂

  130. MsDayzie says:

    It’s gorgeous. I’m so happy for y’all. You’re going to love NC. Raleigh and Cary are truly the most beautiful areas. Full of green and kindness.

  131. Tanya says:

    Love it. What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing it. Can’t wait to see what’s coming. 😊

  132. Christine P says:

    Looks beautiful, can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Checks a lot of boxes that’s for sure!

  133. Rebecca says:

    So excited for you guys, your family, and your team. If you visit Pinehurst please come say hi.

  134. Maja says:

    Love it! If there’s one design element I’d want to see repeated, it’s the big window in the living room! Can’t wait to see what you do with this place!

  135. Madeline says:

    I didn’t think you could top your old home, I was wrong. This house already has such a different feel and I can’t wait to see what you all do with this one! It’s already gorgeous and what you all do will make this place MAGICAL. And that courtyard **swoon**

  136. Ashley says:

    Lovely! I also grew up in a red brick home with a similar style to this (not as large, no separate guest house) and I also have a soft spot for them. Is there a a basement? I’m curious about that Juliet balcony you mentioned previously as well!

  137. Samantha says:

    So very exciting! Looking forward to following along on this journey. Congratulations to you and your family 😊

  138. Lisa says:

    Congratulations!! It is a beauty already and I can’t wait to see what you all do with it as you turn it into your home! Thanks for taking us along on the journey!

  139. Brianne says:

    The landscaping did it for me, but the separate guest & office space is so perfect for you guys. I can’t wait to be in this journey as you make it your own!!

  140. Ali says:

    Having the office separate is going to be a game changer!!! So excited to see what you do!

  141. Stephanie says:

    I am SOOOO excited!! I love everything about it and there are SO many pretty vignettes. I just decided that our next house will be a colonial-style home.

  142. Alena says:

    Wow! It’s actually so beautiful!!! It looks like my dream home!!! I can’t wait to see it with all the work you guys do! (Like new floor.)

  143. Rachel says:

    Ahhh so excited to see this! It’s gorgeous. I love the style of southern homes and I can’t wait what you do with it. The red brick is so traditional and I’m happy you are keeping it as is. The kitchen also really reminds me of the kitchen at your current house for some reason. Maybe the molding over the stove? Regardless, what a beautiful new home.

  144. Lindsay says:

    Eeeeek! I am beyond excited for your family – what a beautiful home for this next season. Also funny story, early this morning when my husband was getting ready for work I showed him the Clair de Lune video from yesterday and talked to him for ten minutes about you two and how great this move will be for your health and your family – and then he said – “and how do you know them??” Ummm we go way back haha. How many spouses are trying to be the same level of excited as is OG followers today?! :)

    • Lindsay says:

      Dang – I meant us not is 🤣 teacher probs, I can’t let grammar mistakes go unchecked.

    • Lindsay says:

      Oh, you can bet I’ll be talking my husband’s ear off about this today, too! He knows Chris and Julia (and John and Sherry) better than he knows some of my actual friends, haha. Im saying this now and realizing it might be a little sad? 😝

  145. Katy Bennett says:

    I’m in love and so excited to watch this journey unfold. I’m from Idaho Falls, so I’m sad to see you go but this, this is going to be incredible.

  146. Haley says:

    I woke up this morning excited to see your new house! 😆 This is so beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see how you transform it to your style! Love following you!

  147. Jessica Mulkey says:

    Simply Beautiful! Congratulations!!

  148. Raquel says:

    Those arches and that courtyard are something special. Can’t wait to see all the ways you finish it!

  149. Lindsey says:

    This home is stunning! Absolutely in love with it. Can’t wait to see how you will make it your own. Will you have a ‘theme’ similar to the “modern cottage”?

  150. Ashley says:

    I’m obsessed!!! Congrats!!

  151. Shenice Patton says:

    I am so excited for you guys! I hope you love the Triangle area! The house is beautiful and I cannot wait to see what you do with it!

  152. Morgan Ford says:

    I. Am. So. Excited. For. You! The home is gorgeous, and I know that you and your team will transform it into such an amazing place for your family and business. The layout and separate carriage house couldn’t be more perfect. And the style is different—but classic—and will be a new adventure to tackle. I’m from Charlottesville, VA and went to UVA. I highly recommend checking them out as inspiration! Congratulations!

  153. Bree says:

    Love it!! So excited for you all! Can’t wait to see the walk through!!

  154. Alexis says:

    It’s so beautiful and such a great fit for you guys. Can’t wait to see what you do with it to make it sing.

  155. Allison says:

    The house is more stunning than I could have imagined. I cannot wait to see how you transform this beauty over the years. And you’re right- the exterior is perfect! What a dream!

  156. Shayna says:

    So excited to follow along and grab inspiration from you. Congratulations to you and your family!

  157. Alex says:

    OMG! It’s beautiful, that brick!! So excited for you guys and to see how you make it your home :D

  158. Kristen says:

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations! I am so looking forward to following along as you make it home.

  159. Sophie says:

    Amazing! Love! Can not wait to see your vision come to life! Such a beautiful home

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