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March 4, 2021

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Chris grew up here in southeast Idaho and I’ve lived here for almost 15 years (on and off) after being born and raised in Pittsburgh. We met and fell in love here. We had two of our three daughters here and we really thought we were going to be hosting their weddings in the backyard of this home. So, in some ways, it’s difficult to announce we’ll be moving in the coming months.

I have been trying to keep my health complications (beyond Hashimoto’s) that I have been struggling with more private, because it didn’t really fit into what we share online about our home day-to-day. But I haven’t been doing well and over this winter, it has gotten a lot worse. I hope you can forgive me for not being ready to share the ins and outs of my health, but when I heard our 6-year-old praying for me to get better night after night, I started realizing how much this was impacting our family and our girls and my life with them. My only life with them. While I love to show up for work—for all of you!—day after day, our lives offline have been difficult. So we have decided to leave our dream house – the house we thought was our “forever house;” the house we are inching more closely to finishing every day – for a warmer, more temperate climate where I can get better care and hopefully have a better quality of life.

When we talked to the girls about it, I was surprised by their excitement! I was so worried about how they might feel, but they weren’t concerned at all about their rooms that we just finished or their big yard or leaving their friends—they were excited to be warmer and for all of us to have a better life. I was so moved, I started crying. I knew in that moment a “forever home” wasn’t a structure, it was them. My forever home is those three girls and Chris and wherever we go together, that’s home. 

We have been hesitating in making this big change for months, even though my doctors have been nudging us that way for a long time. We have family here and have spent years building our amazing team that are all based in Idaho. But when we brought it up with the team, nearly all of them jumped on board with excitement to move with us. *cue more tears* I’ve never felt so supported and taken care of and scared as I have been to make this change — I know that this is what we’re supposed to do right now.

I’m sure you’re dying to know WHERE ARE YOU MOVING!? We have nailed down a location, but would like to wait to let you know where until we find a new home. Fingers crossed we find one soon! But I will say, it’s out of state, somewhere we’ve never lived, with a more temperate climate.

We’ve decided to let you all know now because we will definitely be shifting our original project plans for this year, to getting this house ready to sell. We had so much more we wanted to do here, including a big kitchen renovation we had planned to start later this month. We won’t be doing that anymore, but there are plenty of little things that we need to do before listing. Our hope is to list this home for sale by the end of April and to move once school gets out in a couple months. So we’ll definitely share our to-do list next week.

Maybe some of your minds are thinking a few of the things that I originally thought, “But you just finished ________!” The bathroom! The girls’ rooms! The living room, dining room, our closet!!! I’ve had some time to process it all and I feel at peace with it now. In the end, these spaces have served as wonderful backdrops for our family, and I’ll miss them, but they are just things.

We’re all only given one life and we’re so excited at the opportunity to live it more fully. Together. Wherever that may be. Send us some good house vibes that we’ll be able to find our next home (and bonus points if it’s cottage-y) and sell this one quickly, too.

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  1. Loraine de Sanctis says:

    Look up Dr.Jessica Peatross!!! My mother healed her hashimotos and declining health with her through heavy metal, stealth infections and parasite detoxes!! Wishing you and your family all the best ❤️

  2. Shannon says:

    I hear you and I feel you on this. I struggled with a chronic health condition for years that doctors couldn’t figure out and it got so much worse after the birth of my first daughter. I’m 90-95% better today, almost 6 years later thanks in large part to functional medicine doctors. I’m sure you’re working with some but if not I urge you to check them out – for those of us with “undiagnosable” conditions, they work WONDERS and they’ve given me my life back. I worked with “The Lyme Guy” (I don’t have Lyme though), Dr Jay Davidson. There are some on the East coats that are great too (I saw mine remotely). Best of luck to you I hope you can find some functional and integrative docs to help you!

  3. IceKween says:

    Good luck to you and all the best ! Whenever you feel comfortable, it would be awesome if you could share the health reasons. I’ve been wanting to marry my bf who suffers from a auto immune condition while living in Seattle. It’s not hashimotos but skin related. I’m always trying to know more since I’m worried what the future holds. I live in Texas and was hoping a more temperate (warmer) climate could help him get ahead of potential issues.

  4. Charisse says:

    So happy to hear that you are choosing your health, quality of life, and time with your family! I can tell you from experience that when you choose those things, you can never go wrong. I’m excited to see all the beautiful adventures ahead of you! God bless you and your family????????????

  5. I love this. Change is so hard but you have to do what is right for you and your family! We are looking at doing the exact same thing but across Canada! I’m also fascinated with NC since having read numerous books that play out there!!! Wishing you so much health and wellness and a bright future!!!

  6. Heather says:

    Wishing you good health, happiness and sunshine! Home is where your heart is! Feel better!

  7. Aida Alentado says:

    Your story resonates with me. My hectic life in Miami had driven me to a horrible depression. I was a new mother who for two very long years battled, or better said, ignored postpartum depression. Too weak and tired to do much about my healing, my husband proposed I was in need of clinical help. Once I started to feel better I had the energy and the resolute to make big, really big changes. I decided to sell my share of my business (which I owned with my sister-in-law, who I adore), sell our home, move my husband’s business, buy 60 acres of land inland (three hours north of Miami), build our new home in the middle of a very rural county where cattle and citrus trees are my only neighbors and start a new life with our five year old boy. I may add, my mother and my sister were my neighbors in Miami. My sister and I were even pregnant at the same time with boys. Our boys are one month apart. Crazy, right?! My life was perfect, except my health was not. Fourteen years later, I look back and I would have to write a very long email to tell you how grateful we are we had the courage -and the foresight!- to make so many changes. This will also be your story, one that will be full of excitement, adventure, sunshine and best of all – Health! Cheers to you and your family!

  8. Rachel Brown says:

    I’ve been thinking about your move a lot the last couple weeks and it just hit me today where you should live. ????
    Nellie Gail Ranch area. Right next to Aliso Viejo/Laguna Niguel in South Orange County CA. That’s kind of my dream location, that we’ll never be able to afford. Warm all year and summers are more mild because it’s closer to the ocean. They have riding trails and an equestrian set up there. It really seems like a dreamy place to live. Plus it’s right next to a freeway so you can hop on easily and drive to the airport, beach, or Disneyland. ????

  9. Paula says:

    Hi Julia,
    I just recently started following you and love the work you and Chris do! I’m so sorry to hear that you’re suffering with autoimmune issues. I know how troubling it can be because my husband experienced 3 auto immune issues over the course of about 20 years. It began with Hashimotos, then Psoriosis and the worst was psoriatic arthritis. Having little information on the subjects at the time we followed the standard pharmaceutical protocol which included bi-weekly shots of pretty heavy drugs among other prescriptions. It put a band aid on the problem for a while but didn’t fully resolve it. Then we learned of functional medicine (getting to the root cause) which turned out to be leaky gut. We’ve followed different functional doctors over the years with my husband’s health improving little by little. The doctors we feel helped most (and we just bought their books and followed their regime- no appointments needed) were Dr. Amy Myers and Dr Gundry. My husband is now completely off of all medications other than for his thyroid and the dose is low. After 15 years of pharmaceuticals in the end “food was thy medicine”. And we just recently moved last fall from sunny San Diego to Colorado Springs and he is doing great!!! I tell everyone our story that will listen because it is empowering to take back your health. And for people that think they can’t live without glutinous breads we say there is no food good enough to be worth risking our health. I will be sending healing wishes your way and hope that perhaps you’ll be able to stay in your beautiful Idaho home.

  10. El says:

    Congratulations! I’m sorry it has to happen though due to health reasons. But I’ll view it as something exciting anyways. I’m sure it will be tough with family further away as mine lives across “the pond” so I know what that is like.

    I just want to add I have Hashimoto’s along with several other autoimmune disorders and cold is not my friend, however it is better now that I have switched to using both a synthetic T4 and supplementing with a synthetic T3. I used to take Armour and it never worked well for me. The key for me has been the supplementing with the T3. I take it in smaller doses one in the morning and one in the afternoon and will adjust as needed. The other issue I have is that my levels fluctuate a lot so I’m checked quarterly to make sure my T3 and T4 are where they should be. I also do follow dietary recommendations, but from your blog it appears you do too so won’t touch on that.

  11. Kathleen says:

    I moved recently for my health, and I’ve never looked back. My life is vastly different just a few months later. I feel alive again!

    P.S. It killed me to leave my dream home, too, until I realized that home was next to me on the plane. And we just got our even dreamier home! I can’t wait to watch the same happen for you.

  12. Angela says:

    My husband grew up in Idaho and I in Colorado, (where we currently live)…but the winters nearly do me in. For one year, about 5 years ago we lived in Aiken, SC. I have lived all over the world, but Aiken is a magical place where I would not hesitate to live forever. Horse loving, living oaks, southern cottages, big hearts and WARM winters. I have never lived anywhere that I felt more instantly welcome in all aspects. Best wishes that you end up where God intends. Big moves are not for the faint of heart.

  13. Liz says:

    Come to Texas! You’ll love it here! Aside from our once in a million winter storm, we have wonderful weather and even more wonderful people!

  14. Julianna says:

    Sending love and prayers! ❤️

  15. Annmarie says:

    I believe the North Shore on Oahu is calling you there.
    We lived there for a few years and my health ( also have hashimotos) was much better then here on our farm in KY.
    Best of luck to ya and Mahalo for all the inspiration over the years.

  16. Toot Penovich says:

    Julia, I am so sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. You are such a beautiful and talented gal with a beautiful family, and you are so smart to put your health first. By doing that, you are putting your family first, too. You will make your next home just as incredible as this one. You and Chris are so talented and so awesome to follow. Wishing you and your family all the best with your next adventure. Prayers for you to feel much better soon. God Bless, Toot ❤

  17. Kim says:

    Praying for your health! Sounds like you need to move to San Diego, CA. It’s basically 70’s give or take all year long. Can’t wait to follow your journey.

  18. Jen says:

    Also a mom of 3 littles, and we also just made a leap of faith in my husband accepting a new job. We will be leaving Virginia for Southern Pines, NC when school is out. Many mixed emotions, but you’re right..we are already home. Those 3 babies are our home. Safe (and healthy!) travels on your exciting new adventure!

  19. Helen Fernandez says:

    Wishing you the best in this next chapter! I completely understand and can relate to your “why”. We sold our brand new, 2yr old, custom built home in Texas last year to maximize the quality of life for our family and both my parents and my in-laws. Your words are perfect a “forever home” is not structure. If Austin, Texas is your next spot, let me know. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and I also happen to be realtor :)

  20. Meghan says:

    I know two women that moved from Missouri to warmer climates per the advice of their doctors. One had terrible migraines. The other had extremely painful endometriosis. Both of them are doing so much better now. It has really changed their outlook on life. I hope this turns out to be your experience too.

  21. Susanna says:

    Get well, Julia! I love your house and I will miss the updates about it. But I totally understand your decision. There are more important things to life than houses and things. Be blessed!

  22. Jen C. says:

    I’m moved to tears. Something in your words, the way you wrote “My ONLY life with them” hits me in a place in my mom heart that needed a nudge. I too am battling chronic health issues, and my 3 sweet kiddos get older by the day while I survive more than thrive, and I want to do better for them. I didn’t know I needed this push until just this moment. Thank you so very much for sharing your heart, it means more than you know.

  23. Dorrie says:

    Having moved 14 times ( including two sailboats) while my kids were growing, I can say it is soooooo true that home is wherever you’re all together! Sending you all the best wishes for healing . Thanks for all your inspiration!!

  24. Leah M says:

    I’m glad that you have made this decision and pray that you feel at peace. Congratulations! Your blog friends wish you the best!!!

  25. Look up my house in Trophy Club, Texas in the DFW area. 6 Valley Wood CT. Trophy Club ,TX 76262

    Just last night we looked at a house online after my oldest kept wanting to move back to Missouri where we use to live.

    I read your post and I have no idea where you want to move but since it’s hard to find a place I thought I would send it to you. We are praying if we should move and going to see a house on FaceTime in 15 mins.

    We have not listed our house but the market is so hot here if I post on Facebook group chat for the town I’ll sell it.

    I hope you find a great home where ever that may be and I hope you have a great time with your family and that you feel better soon.

  26. Zeze says:

    So sorry to hear! It’s been a delight following along with all of your journeys you share. I hope you and your family thrive in the new locale. Best wishes!

  27. Carrie says:

    I fell in love with EVERYTHING about your home but fell in love with “your dream home” quote! I’ve been struggling for months whether to keep working at a job I hated but didn’t want to let me boss down or to stay home with my kids 1-3yrs old). Your quote about your family being your dream home just helped me decide!! I hope your move helps your health and I can’t wait to see your talent remodeling/decorating the new house!!

  28. Gail says:

    I too have Hashimoto’s as well as a few other autoimmune issues. I live in ski country and I’m always cold from October thru April so I understand. But I’m also too hot over 80. I’ve been following the journey of @empoweredautoimmune and her moves to warmer climates. It might soothe your soul to follow her too. Your health obviously has to come first and what we do in remodeling houses can be toxic breathing for years. My best to you and your family on this journey.

  29. Cristalia says:

    Praying for your health and that all your desired plans come true. Come to sunny Florida! We made the move 4 years ago from cold NY/NJ and can’t be happier with life here. Hugs and best of luck!

  30. Melanie Purcell says:

    Moving is tough, but it makes total sense. Life is too short! Onward and upward Chris and Julia and family! ❤️

  31. Katie S says:

    I am newer here but have enjoyed everything you’ve shared, however; your health is absolutely #1!!! I am so excited for you to feel better. That is most important!! And I will be excited to see what you do next. Cheers to health!!

  32. Amanda says:

    We would love to welcome your family down in Buford, Georgia!!!! Great warm weather, amazing city school system, and the best of rural and city life.

  33. Morgan says:

    Wow. I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. It sounds like you both made an incredibly difficult decision and definitely the right one. Taking care of your health is the most important thing. We recently made a huge move away from all of our friends and family partially due to my health and I feel so much better. I have no doubt that whatever home you end up buying will be amazing. Hope the move goes swiftly and you start to feel better soon!

  34. Jacqueline says:

    I audibly let out a gasp at work when I saw the news on IG stories. I am heartbroken, as I feel like this home is truly the essence of your family. You have poured your heart into every project to this point, you have inspired my dreams of a sunroom turned dining room with marble harlequin tiles. But I am also excited for your family and what this means: better health outcomes for you, more projects on a new home. As someone with an immune disorder as wel, I know just a bit what you’re going through and you have to prioritize yourself so you can show up for your family and be your best self!

    Someone on IG mentioned maybe Chapel Hill? You guys should look at Pittsboro, NC. Still lots of land to grow and build a dream home, just outside of Chapel Hill which is very much a college town that only professors really reside in. I can’t wait to join you on this recovery of health and home hunting.

  35. Jeanie says:

    I am shocked and saddened to hear this news!
    But yes, your health is more important.
    Your family needs you and whatever it takes to get you healthy, then do it!
    I hope and pray you will begin to feel better real soon. ????????
    Looking forward to your new chapter in life!
    Be well my friend ????????????

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Definitely a surprise! I have read of people moving to different climates for health reasons , but that was in the 1800s! Didn’t know that was still something that was recommended. I’d love to know more about that if you’d be willing to share.

    • Katy says:

      I can’t, of course, speak to Julia’s stuff directly, but many autoimmune diseases make the body handle cold very poorly. My dad has RA, I have lupus, and our families are considering a move, too. I’m not as far north as CLJ, and even still have 6+ months a year that symptoms are exacerbated because of the cold – my dad’s doctor especially has told him to heavily consider it.

  37. Kristy Sands says:

    Sending you lots of hugs and prayers. I’m sure
    where ever y’all decide to go, it will be beautiful ????

  38. judy ward says:

    A wise soul once said to me, “This is not a dress rehearsal this is your life.”

  39. Vanessa says:

    I cannot WAIT to watch you be creative in a new space! Take your family and your passions with you and the rest will fall into place. Rooting for you!

  40. Soogee Ahn says:

    Sending good vibes! Can’t wait to follow you along on your new journey.

  41. Michelle says:

    It’s always the bathroom… you finish a bathroom and you move. Isn’t that the trend? ???? your family, team, and followers are here to support you! ❤️

  42. Laurel says:

    Health wins. Every time. And you are right, it’s you fam that’s home. Good on you for making a tough decision. Wishing you and yours all the best in your next adventure!

  43. Sarah says:

    Excited that you’re doing this for yourself and your family! It sounds like everything is really falling into place and it’s 1000000% the right decision. Can’t wait to follow along on your next adventure! I’m sorry you’ve been feeling so awful and I hope you’re able to get some relief soon. I will say that sick Julia is a million times more productive and put together and ambitious than healthy me. You’re an impressive woman!!!!

  44. Jewel says:

    Wow-what an unexpected post. Your house IS beautiful, but your family is, too, and of course all of you together is what makes anyplace home. God bless you all as you begin a new chapter, and may it bring you peace, health and even more love.

  45. Abby says:

    Total shock. Mouth agape.

  46. Melissa says:

    Wow! What a change. Good for you for doing what’s best for your family. Hope this helps you get better, Julia. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  47. Colleen says:

    I’m sad about the house but your health and family are the MOST important thing. I will pray for you and I know things will work out how they should. The happy part is we still get to follow along, wherever that may be! Lots of ups and downs in life and thanks for taking us along for the ride!

  48. Carrie says:

    This is such a difficult and brave decision. I really feel for you! I struggle with multiple chronic illnesses/awful chronic pain which is impacted by barometric pressure and climate as well, and I’ve often thought of moving to a more temperate climate. (Although my heart wants to move to New England. Haha, silly heart!) But my family is here, my parents live 10 blocks away, and I honestly have to depend on them a lot for help with my medical treatments like when I need a driver, and I don’t know how I could leave that support system. I guess I just need to convince them to move too! :) I will be praying for your family and God’s guidance and grace in this journey!

  49. andrea in mn says:

    Wishing you and your family all the best!!! Thinking of you and your health journey too. My husband has has trigeminal neuralgia on occasion related to a specific diagnosis. Whatever you are facing, may you be your best self.

    • Lisa says:

      Wow! That is HUGE! Honestly, I am kinda in shock. It is also a little exciting to think of all the possibilities of a new house. You have incredible perspective about all of this and you are so right that home is wherever family is ❤️. Wishing you all the best.

  50. Hannah says:

    Holding our worldly plans and possessions with open hands lends space for God to do his will and give us even more blessing and opportunities than we could have imagined. I hope this move allows you to become healthier and feel better and that your whole family thrives! Can’t wait to see where you move! 1 vote for Indianapolis! ????

  51. Bushra says:

    May You live long and healthy, I hope you move to Portland as the weather is amazing here! May God bless you, I have been following your blog since 2011. You are such an inspiration.

  52. Borshi says:

    I’m so happy that you can feel everyone’s love and support because it is real. I found your blog a couple of years ago -when I wanted to get an IKEA kitchen but wanted to customize it – and after reading your posts I started following you. I appreciate the fact that your style is different from mine and I keep reading not for the other projects (our biggest DIY adventure stopped with custom cabinet doors) but for how getting a glimpse into your life makes me feel. I can tell that you are a close knit family and just one of the nicest people I have ever come across.
    You have so much love for each other and everyone you work with and it pours into your Insta people, too!
    I hope your health will improve very quickly and that you all can feel that everyone is rooting for your family.

  53. Margi says:

    Julia… you are so right! We are only given this one life and we should always remember that! That epiphany came to me this past January 7th when my middle sister whom was living with early onset dementia got sick(not with Covid) @ the age of 57 was hospitalized and within two weeks was gone. I’m still struggling with the grief of loosing a younger sibling. I realized everyday on this tiny planet is a gift. So now I wrestle with should I retire sooner rather than later, travel more as soon as possible. Get more golden retriever’s as they are some kind of therapy… YES to it all! I’ll be thinking of you and sending you positive vibes prayer & peace and hopeful you will feel better and find that new place that will give you joy with the humans that fill your life with hope.

  54. Aimee says:

    It’s always surprising to find more women with autoimmune disease — when, for the first 8 years of my Hashimoto’s diagnosis, I never met another one. I started a community 2 years ago called Autoimmune Sisters and it has been breathtaking to meet people that struggle just like you and I do. Making it feel much less lonely. A few years ago I moved from NY to NC to be at sea level with warmer temperatures. Met my husband and his active duty Marines job moved up north to Virginia. It is just too cold here. Someday, we will move further south where my body will have a better chance at survival with less maintenance. I hope you can find what you’re looking for — while doing the most you can for gut health and reduce stress/more sleep. The better your protocol, the more likely you will one day be able to handle any kind of weather.

  55. Emily L says:

    So excited for you all and thank you for sharing this! You all are such a positive, refreshing, fun and wise perspective in the area of home design—but I love that you value your family and well being first! Happy for you all!

  56. Jen says:

    Wishing you all that you hope for Julia and family. I saw a quote once that said, “It is possible that home is actually a person and not a place”. Which is exactly what you are saying. I had a brush with death a couple of years ago and it made me see so many things. I retired soon after I recovered because I kept thinking ” I am working for a someday that I may never get to, so I better take it all now!” I can always work again if need be. I have had no regrets. You are so fortunate to have such a loving and beautiful family, and staff, and you will build a new and better life wherever you go.

  57. Maria says:

    Julia and Chris wishing you the best in your next chapter. I too have been diagnosed with Hashimotos and a couple of other autoimmune issues. I am now in remission, and most of my serious issues have gone. I would like to recommend the book that changed it all. The book is by Izabella Wentz and it is called The Root Cause. It set me in the right path for recovery and I hope it can do the same for you. Best wishes.

  58. Kayla says:

    Wow, what a hard decision. Sending you guys so much love, excited for your next chapter!

  59. Cindy says:

    Come to Coral Gables, FL, It’s a magical city! I also have Hashimoto and recently was diagnosed with Scleroderma. It’s not easy living with chronic illness and cold weather aggravate conditions such as Raynaud’s disease. My parents moved us 41 years ago to Miami from NY then for my father’s health. To this day I have never left sunny South Florida. I guess God was preparing me for what was to come!!! Stay warm Julia!

    • Amy Whitley says:

      I recall you referencing trigeminal neuralgia at one point. I have walked in those scary, painful shoes. I am wo years, post neurosurgery and living comfortably now. If you are struggling with TN I am so sorry. It’s awful. Take care of yourself!

  60. Naomi says:

    Sometimes in life you have to follow the U turn and see what happens! And yeah your house is beautiful (REALLY beautiful!), but there are other homes in warm places that need making beautiful too! Plus now your house is ready for a new family to love it, because only a few people would have taken on the project you guys did!! Your health is most important right now and gosh what child would turn down living in a hot place! Can’t wait to see what’s next for CLJ ❤️

  61. Amanda says:

    Good for you! Your health and family are the most important. Sending positive vibes and wishing you great success in the next chapter.

  62. Susan says:

    Nothing is forever! We’re
    ready to follow your guy’s journey to the warmer climate. Come to CA! We’d love to have to you!

  63. Vicki says:

    That was a shocker but I completely understand and you are absolutely right. Your forever home is your family, not a structure. I have enjoyed so much watching you change this house into a completely amazing place and will enjoy the last few projects share from this home. I will anxiously await the news of what and where the adventures of CLJ continue. I am praying for your house hunting and for your health and for your peace over this and all the decisions that follow.

  64. Marisol says:

    I follow medicalmedium and he has four books on how to heal your body including Hashimoto with fruits and vegetables and avoiding certain foods. He has one about the thyroid. Follow him on instagram and people give testimonies of how they followed his recommendations and they got healed. I hope you get better and live life to the fullest.

  65. Monica says:

    Hi, I don’t usually comment on posts, but want to wish you well as you turn the page into your next adventure. It’s good to see you prioritize your self and family. You’re so right; it’s just stuff. Sending you good vibes for a lovely new backdrop to your family/crew and cheering you on!

  66. Jenn says:

    I hope in a warmer locale you find peace and health. So many of the bloggers I follow have moved or will be moving south. Wish I could convince my husband to do them same. Best of luck!!

  67. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do next. Good for you for doing what you need to do. It’ll all work out!

  68. Susan says:

    “ I knew in that moment a “forever home” wasn’t a structure, it was them. My forever home is those three girls and Chris and wherever we go together, that’s home. ”

    So beautiful.

  69. Denise Deauville Majeski says:

    Your family IS your home. I love that! You will be happy anywhere as long as you’re together. The fact that your crew wants to move with you is a testament that you truly are the amazing people I believe you to be. Please make sure Chris continues to cook & share. I’ll follow you all on your new adventure, but not in a creepy way. ????

  70. Suzanne says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope you will consider moving to Alabama! It is a beautiful (and warm) state with friendly people!

  71. Emily Hedrick says:

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you! And if you need a realtor in New Mexico, I’m your girl! XOXOXO

  72. Kendria says:

    This SO resonates with me. My husband was diagnosed with Lyme disease 3 years ago and we lived in and loved our home in Colorado, but we were also nudged to move to a warmer (lower elevation) climate- so we did it. And you’re right- home is where your family is. It’s not a house. You can make anywhere a home. We are currently looking for our new house to turn into a home and we wish you the best of luck on your new adventure. You have good, wholesome, kind energy and you will find a great place to belong. Xo to you and yours. KJ

  73. Christine says:


  74. What a journey you are on! All the best wishes in your health and move to a better place to live! Y’all are so inspiring. I just closed on my first ever house (last week of Feb)… so my forever home is waiting for me… i pray you find a wonderful house that will provide a safe and loving place for you to continue to better health and love and joy with your family.

    If you are looking in the south.. I am from South Louisiana – Lafayette is a wonderful town ….. but you may need a drier climate – New Mexico is fabulous !

    All the best in your search and in your health!

  75. Sierra says:

    Sounds like the best decision you could make. Congratulations.
    My guess is North Carolina. I remember Chris mentioning it in a podcast episode many years ago.
    Good luck with everything.

  76. Amy says:

    Congratulations! Hard decisions are never easy, but they are so amazingly worth it! And you only have today, tomorrow is never a guarantee. Wishing you all the best and pray for your health to improve!

  77. Dawn says:

    Warmth heals so much. Wishing you the best.

  78. Amanda says:

    Sooo happy you made this decision! I was pretty sure you weren’t doing well, and it was sad to see (even though you put a brave face on and still pushed through and did amazing things). I’m an interior designer, but health and family are a couple of the reasons I don’t want to put myself out there as an influence- I just don’t think I’d have the stamina to show up every day. Glad you’re not sacrificing yourself and your family for something else, we’d much rather you all be happy and healthy =) There’s a reason we’re here and not on HGTV, you all have a different warmth and magic ❤️

  79. Brittany says:

    Selfishly I hope you move to Cali!

  80. Pam says:

    Best of luck in the search for your new home. As we have all learned this past year, health is everything. I look forward to watching your new house transformations, wherever you land. Prayers for your health.

  81. Gina Marie says:

    What a beautiful example of resilience, bravery, and gratitude you are setting for your girls. I pray you find healing throughout this journey. And I’m SO excited to see how your impeccable style looks in a new place!

  82. Courtney Smith says:

    What a tough decision but obviously the right one! You’re so brave snd wise and I hope your health takes a drastic turn for the better. ❤️
    P.S. Will you please still post your kitchen designs??

  83. PAppel says:

    I am a very longtime reader, although I have never commented before. I’ve had a strong feeling that there was a move afoot, although I am very sorry to hear that your health issues precipitated it.
    Your health comes first (as it should) and we only have this one life on earth. Your children are young and need the healthiest parent you can be. If this is what you need to do, kudos for not letting material possessions get in the way.
    You will find another home that can become your forever home (your talent in that area knows no bounds.
    Wishing you health, happiness, joy and finding the perfect home to make your own.

  84. Gina says:

    Beautifully written. Life isn’t about the things and your girls are seeing you live that out. Through health struggles, my mantra has been, “Not every day is easy, but every day is good.” Best wishes to you!

  85. Heather Evans says:

    I’m a military Gal so I’m never a fan of the Forever Home concept. I’m glad your getting away from all that snow and moving to warmer weather. I love the idea of Arizona for you all, but if I’m taking a guess it’s San Diego. They have the best weather anywhere I lived in the US (including Hawaii). Wish you well!!

  86. Amy Coffey says:

    What a great example you’re setting for your daughters. One that involves self care and the importance of family not possessions. I hope your moves brings you health & happiness!

  87. Jody K says:

    Good luck to you! It’ll be wonderful and I can’t wait to see how you decirate your new hime. Since you won’t be needing it, you can send that perfect dining room of yours to me. Those floors! That table! As a bonus, attach the perfect living room. Those windows! Those arches! That fireplace!
    Thanks in advance.

  88. Jen says:

    Wow, this hits home for me so hard. I have Hashimotos too as well as number of gut issues. I’ve lived a stressful life as I’m raising 5 kids on one income with my husband. Any change to get better is a wise one. I’ve spent a lot of money on functional medicine, but it’s been the best thing ever. It’s the only thing that’s helped me. I take tons of supplements and now LDN. If you haven’t looked into functional medicine please do. So happy to hear about the positive change.

  89. Anne says:

    There is a house at the end of my street for sale in Kingwood, Texas!!! You could be my neighbor! I have loved watching you transform your home! I think the front porch is my favorite! Excited for you and your family as you embark on this adventure together! Best of luck to you!!

  90. Marcey says:

    Your health is the most important. Wishing the best for you and your family ❤️

  91. Lori says:

    Whoever buys your house is gonna be so incredibly lucky and I hope they know it! Good luck finding a new place, and I hope your health improves ASAP!

  92. RedEllie says:

    It’s just a house.
    Do what you need to do to feel better-be happier.

  93. Sarah says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you are having health problems. Congratulations on your decision, and all the best to you and your family in the coming months!

  94. Al says:

    Every time you post a photo with all the snow, I wonder how you can live there. I suffer arthritis and I could never do it. We live in California as a result. Best of luck to you. Moving is hard but it will no doubt be worth it.

  95. Michelle says:

    Wherever you go you will make your home stunningly beautiful, so it’s great to hear that you’re journeying on to a place and new home where you can live a healthful life with your beautiful family. I will continue to love your designs and inspirations. Please continue to take care of yourself so that both you and Chris can live long, happy lives seeing your girls growing up and strong! You’ve made such a wonderful decision: our well-being and healing comes before anything material. Sending strength and support! Truly God bless!!!

  96. Dianne says:

    Thinking of you, your family, and your entire team during your transition. Taking such a huge step is brave, very brave. You’ll make the best of wherever you move and I’m excited to see your future unfold. Sending love.

  97. Cici Haus says:

    Wishing you the best in your health, happiness and new home! We’re here with you, your bit virtual cheerleading squad, to support you in everything you do.

  98. April says:

    Hugs, happiness & health as you begin the steps towards your next chapter and home search! Looking forward to following your journey and hoping you feel soooo much better!

  99. Pat McGowan says:

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and healthy new start… God bless you all ❤️

  100. Barbara says:

    I too have Hashimoto’s and am always so interested in what you have to say about it. Even though every one is different I’m always looking for tips on how to manage the ever changing symptoms. I escape to Florida for 6 months of the year because I can’t handle the cold in northern Indiana so I can attest that the warmer climate helps. Wishing you health and happiness as you go on this next journey.

  101. mimi says:

    Hoping the move goes smoothly without hiccups.
    As you may or may not know, 71toes blogger & theinspiredroom blogger both have Hashimotos as well.
    One lives in AZ and the other in Seattle. I’m not sure about Ashleybrookedesigns, but she does have some dietary restrictions that she has shared & she’s in FL. Ah, maybe the islands are calling??? Key West or the Hawaiian islands.
    Just trying to make you smile. I’m a former military wife so I truly hope your move is a smooth one. And if it isn’t, just keeping your good thoughts– all the stuff in the moving vans, it’s just things!!

  102. Peggy Dale says:

    Your house is beautiful. Are you up for a visit? I am your County Tax Appraiser. I will have to estimate your home’s value without actually being able to see it and measure it. Let me know what you think.

    I could suggest a good realtor to you as well. My daugher, Heather Lawson. Her house is on South Boulevard near the park. She also chose a dark color pallet to remodel her 1956 home.

  103. I have truly enjoyed your family taking us on these journeys with you for both homes, but like you said their just things or places. You have your family and your extended family can always visit. I’ll definitely keep your health, plans and sale of the house in my prayers..Remember God will take care of you..

  104. Mary says:

    Congratulations!!! This will be an adventure for your girls. And such a blessing to have great support from your team. Good luck on the house hunt. ☺️

  105. Larissa says:

    In the beginning I was like ohh noo that house is so beautiful, all the work done!!! But your health and quality of life comes first and we all know wherever you guys go you are going to make that new house beautiful too, I hope you guys find a great place to live and let the new adventure begin

  106. Emily says:

    Absolute respect and love to you for doing the best thing for your fam.

    Wishing you improved health and contentment in the future.

    And a BIG thanks for making a bright and lovely corner of the internet for this community.

  107. Kimberly says:

    Oh girl. I’m praying for you. ???? I have Hashimoto’s snd a couple other autoimmune diseases since they often come as twins or triplets. Moving is hard and I’m a real estate agent who puts people in that position. We moved into our forever home 2 years ago and I have more projects than I have energy. Hashimoto’s is a wipeout. ????‍♀️ Praying for y’all!

  108. Jen B says:

    Ventura, CA was rated best weather in the country—-just saying!! I know said you’ve already decided on the new location, but it’s not final until it’s final, right?! I’m sorry about your health issues, but you have your support team—most importantly your family.

    • Rhonda says:

      I don’t know about that. I was born and raised there and it’s super cold and foggy often. Plus, it’s very commercial, the beaches aren’t very nice unless you’re a surfer with a wetsuit. Now, inland 10 miles is a little town called Ojai. It’s much warmer there (often hot). North 20 miles is where Oprah lives Montecito, super beautiful, lovely beaches, less fog. Expensive but worth it!

  109. Meredith says:

    My first thought was ‘it the curse of the master bathroom!’ Jokes aside, I hope your health improves with this move. Looking forward to following along with your next project.

  110. Angelina says:

    That’s such a hard decision! Especially when all of your closest people will be left behind. But if it helps you feel more alive and present for your family, then do it.

    I know the struggles of Hashimotos because I have it too. We wanted to move out of CA and a choice between eastern WA (same climate as Idaho) where all the family is or Nashville, TN. As hard as the decision was, we decided on Nashville. I still miss my family so much but Nashville is where we are staying. It’s where we can thrive.

    The people are wonderful and have inspired me to be kinder as well. The climate is mild year round and has a long, warm spring and fall where we have dinners outside and barely come inside because it’s just so nice! And the fireflies alone are worth the move! It’s a wonderful place to raise our family with amazing schools, values and so much history!

    Can’t wait to see what you decide! Either way, we’ll be tagging along for the journey❤️

  111. Your healthy and family IS what it is all about! That beimg saif, if you need a Realtor in the Central Florida area I am your gal!

  112. Lynn says:

    Awwww. This is such a bittersweet post. I’m so excited for your next steps and to keep following the CLJ adventures. I hope you find someplace that you will feel the same vibes as you do here and that will help you get healthier. All my love!

  113. Julia Vidani says:

    wow, that must have been such a hard decision. Good for you for doing what is best for your health and for your family. I can’t imagine. Your house will sell in one minute! to someone so lucky! and now we’ll be able to see another project house!

  114. Jamie says:

    Proud of you! Putting your health above all is is a really hard thing for a mom. You can create a beautiful home wherever you land! Hope you give us perks along the way of this bend in your journey. Sending love and leave your way.

  115. Ann says:

    Aw, I am sorry for your health problems. Health is wealth. Glad you can all be excited about beginning a new chapter—great adventure ahead. I can’t even imagine how you can feel horrible and still show up so positive and beautiful every day on Instagram, it really shows your strength. I’m sure your gorgeous home will sell quickly…good luck with the new house hunt and aren’t you glad you didn’t buy a flip property! Lol

  116. Christy G says:

    It sounds like we need to blame Sherry & John at YHL!!! ???????????? Now you’re moving south/warmer like they did!

    Seriously- congrats on making a big life decision for all the right reasons. It’s interesting to see how true the ideas that home = family and that place is important but is t everything.

  117. April says:

    I just moved to Idaho Falls and can’t imagine raising my two daughters anywhere else; however, after reading your blog, you reminded me that home is where the heart is. I’m a design enthusiast who dreams of my forever home, but with everything going on I was humbled reading your words. I will pray for you and your family, and hope you recover and heal beautifully. And not that you need advice, but we moved from Southern California where the climate is warmer but the quality of life is so poor. I wouldn’t dream of anyone moving there to heal, but whenever you end up, I wish you and your family the absolute best.

  118. Ashley Boyer says:

    Oh man, what a big move for you and your family!! I wish you the VERY best. I am in a similar situation. We will be selling our home next year to move to warmer/sunnier climate because my depression has been AWFUL here in Iowa. I hope you find everything you’re looking for in a home and new community. I know your Idaho community and friends will miss you so so much ! <3

  119. Diana S says:

    Well I was hoping that you would be moving back to Pittsburgh (as Pittsburgh houses are awesome [where else is there a toilet sitting in the middle of the basement] but it is definitely NOT a place to move for the weather). As someone who also suffers with health issues, I hope you find healing and comfort.

  120. Mary says:

    Six months ago we left our “forever home” also for health reasons. I needed a lower altitude. To afford the new place, we had to downsize and I had to give up about half my “stuff”. I was pretty attached to most of it. I was so sad! Fast forward six months. I LOVE my new home, I don’t miss my stuff, and I’m just as happy here as I was there. Home really is your family, not your house! Also, I just have to offer this: if you are struggling with autoimmune disorders, can help you! I wish I known what Dr. Goldner teaches sooner in my life. I love following your blog. Best of everything to you and your family.

    • RedEllie says:

      We moved 3 years ago from my favorite place, a home we’d just built. We moved to a place I’d visited but never thought of living, to a very basic small house. I gave up a third of my carefully acquired “stuff”. There was an adjustment curve but I’m good. We are happy. Houses are just houses. Some prettier some more comfortable. But they don’t in themselves create happiness.

  121. Rebecca F. says:

    So extremely happy for you – your health, well-being and family are what’s most important! Can’t wait to continue this journey alongside you!

  122. Michele Johnson says:

    Best of luck to you! We left So.Cal for MA because of my husbands job and now we are looking to get the heck out of here back to the warmth! It’s a big job but you guys will pick a perfect place. Excited to see where you end up! And of course I hope your health turns around, that is everything!

  123. Priscilla O says:

    I love this! and concur with so much of the sentiments already shared by most. Happy to you and your family! Health is wealth! And I know wherever you all end up, you all will make magic. Love and light to your beaut family

  124. AzReader says:

    Come to Phoenix or the East Valley cities like Chandler or Gilbert.

  125. Bethany says:

    Beautiful words and so excited for you to find health. I’ve lived in Seattle and in Washington DC and for us and our three kids, the temperate climate in coastal Southern California is worth all the craziness and $$$ that often makes our state infamous. We are outside every day. It is an incredible quality of life. Prayers that everything comes together perfectly for you all. Thank you for bringing us on the journey.

  126. Maya says:

    Omg, Julia, I’m sending you lots of hugs and prayers. Health is the most important thing. If we’re not healthy, life is miserable!

    We live in the San Francisco suburbs. Weather here is spring in the winter and hot in the summer and there are so many homes for sale in our town!! Please email me and I can send you all the relevant listings. I am not an agent, just a mom who has been following your amazing talented IG for the last 2 years.
    Good luck with your search!

  127. Dawn says:

    COMPLETELY understand! I know we have suffering from TN in common, and I have other health issues too… those being majorly affected by climate. We recently bought a vacation home on the coast of AL, and it has been undeniable that my health issues/pain are more manageable, even at times nonexistent there. Now we have a plan to transition there. It is a blessing to know I can get relief from my conditions!

  128. Ali says:

    Sending so much love and support for you, Julia, your family and your team! I echo every kind thing written in the comments on this post. Prayers for your health. Enjoy this wonderful new adventure! ????

  129. Marion Hughes says:

    Let me join the multitudes in affirming your decision. I think it will begin your best life. Selfishly it also means I get to watch you work your magic on another house! Can I say that? I hope you hear that with the love that comes with it. All the best and I will be praying for the right house and the exact place along with continued health! ❤️

  130. Julia says:

    SO HAPPY that you’ve come to this conclusion – they ARE just things! I hope only the best for you, chris, the girls on your next, warmer chapter. Take care.

  131. Wendy says:

    This was such a heartwarming post. You are so right…..home is whereever you, your husband and girls are. Loved hearing how excited everyone is to move too. Sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. I hope you get better soon.

  132. Megan CC says:

    I’m so happy that you’re able to move to hopefully heal your health issues. I’m crossing my fingers you’re moving to the Florida panhandle and will be close to YHL! Then you can be part of Sherry’s 30 seconds of zen in real life, that has to be good for your health!

  133. Megan says:

    Oh, my heart goes out to you – both with empathy and excitement! You have done such amazing things with this house, and I’m looking forward to following along on this new adventure. Praying for renewed health for you, Julia!

  134. Kathleen Mulholland says:

    Thank you for sharing with us and being honest and vulnerable. I admire you!

  135. J w says:

    I live in eastern Idaho as well, north of you one hour. I hate it here. There are only a few warm months, like two. There is so much mold in the homes here. I hope you find a place that works for you. I’m anxiously awaiting the ability to leave here as well. Wind and snow and cold for so long gets really old.

  136. Jen Delgado says:

    Well this made me cry.‘I feel like I love you guys so much even though I obviously don’t even know you!! Yes to all of this, especially your family being your forever home and absolutely yes to whatever will bring you the healthiest version of yourself for you and your family!!

  137. Emma says:

    Sending you so much love, and thank you for sharing what you are comfortable with, praying for you health and family’s wellbeing.

    We are on the brink of a big move and life change and it was really challenging to accept at first (we live in a beautiful home we’ve made ours and wake up to looking at a lake every day!!!). But, ultimately, wellbeing and mental health far outweigh a beautiful location. Beauty is all around us, especially in the small moments of life as you’ve so eloquently pointed out (and gah, that picture!!!).

    Wishing you all the best Julia, and family!

  138. Joanie Bee says:

    Wishing you good health and healing on this next chapter. Check out Molly Hamill Ferguson as she has some great tips for dealing with Hashimotos. She’s in San Diego area.

  139. Emily says:

    I’m so happy for this announcement- because you are putting your health first for you and your family. I’m also looking forward to whatever you have planned for the blog and your Instagram. We’ll all joyously follow you wherever you lead Julia. You are truly living the “this is the show” and “don’t wait” – we get to be bystanders to a very small portion of an extraordinary life lived. We are all hoping for healthier years ahead.

    • Cristina says:

      As someone with an autoimmune disease for the last 20 years I completely understand your thoughts for a move. Even thought I like the snow, I couldn’t imagine living in a colder climate with my health. “Aging” also compounds this. You have to be your better self to be a more present mother and wife. Best wishes on your future move:)

  140. Ally says:

    Y’all are so courageous to make this healthy move, so inspiring and I hope you find the best doctors to help you! Just don’t come to Texas, the governor is trying to kill us all with the mask mandate. First the electrical grid and now the mask lifting ; – ) plus all the homes look alike unless you go to Austin. I vote for Panhandle of Florida! Whatever you decide, we’ll be cheering you on!

  141. Jenny says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your health struggles. I am shocked by the move but hope it brings you relief and joy.

  142. Kelly Garnett says:

    I have a perfect home for you, where the beach can be your playground. I had to do some Reno on a tight budget and have some ultimate plans I cannot follow through with. It’s in an up and coming neighborhood with the best weather on the planet.

  143. Norah says:

    Wow. Good for you for pivoting towards yourself. I look forward to following along for as much of your journey as your care to share. I wish good health and happiness for the whole family.

  144. Jennifer says:

    ❤️❤️❤️ sounds like you’re making good decisions, albeit tough ones. Can’t wait to follow you along on this new adventure.

  145. Diane says:

    I’ve moved homes several times over the course of my marriage, primarily because of work commitments. I don’t think I’ve ever really looked at a house with the thought of ‘this is my forever home’ – because I don’t know what the universe will throw at me. It’s quite freeing because you learn to view life as an ongoing adventure. I’m happy to hear that you’re putting your health first; the rest will follow.

    It does bring up a question about renovating a home and paying the extra monies for custom pieces/work. How does that cost reflect when having to resell the home? Because of my mindset, I’ve never wanted to truly invest in ‘custom’ anything, because I know that it’s so specific to my likes/wants – and I doubt I’ll be able to recoup the cost of that if/when I sell the house. I’d love to know your thoughts!

  146. Gaby says:

    How beautiful is all of this support from your community!? I find myself in a similar situation — suffering from life long health issues and severe fatigue, and living in one of the more cloudy areas in the country (Syracuse). Life is too short — thank you for normalizing health and happiness (and sunshine!)! We’ve narrowed our search down to Rosemary Beach FL, Austin TX and Charleston SC… and we will be making the move this Fall. I hope your relocation will be easy and speedy! <3

  147. Erica says:

    That must have been such a challenging decision to wrestle with! I hope your next place brings the peace and respite to your offline lives that you need ????. Sending all the love and good wishes as you move forward!

  148. Kristi says:

    I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling so with your health. Amen to moving to improve your day to day life! That’s what matters. There will always be home projects to do, rooms to improve on no matter where we live but family is number one. You need to feel well to enjoy your family AND your home! So excited to follow along your journey. And part of me wants to say, “Be John and Sherry’s neighbors!” Best of everything in this transition and congratulations on the decision! And thanks for sharing so much of yourselves and your lives.

  149. Dana marsh says:

    Wherever u find ur two feet ( or a rather your 10
    Feets) that is where you will once again grow roots and bloom. Xoxo

    Let me know if I are selling wallpaper. ;)
    Keep healing

  150. Steph says:

    My recent diagnosis of hashimotos intersected with pandemic shutdowns, job offer being rescinded, etc. It was A LOT. The wrong dose of medication was giving me panic attacks on top of normal new health concern anxieties, not knowing if I was now high risk for Covid 19, etc. Anyway, intermittent fasting is helping me a ton. I live in Philadelphia and I’m curious to know how different climates are supposed to be effective? I’m from California and always wondered if I went back, if it’d make a difference. Love following your page for ideas and don’t worry, you’re just leaving a custom designed home for someone else to enjoy, who’ll probably not want to change a thing!

  151. Ila says:

    The best to you and your family!

  152. Jo says:

    Can’t wait to see your next home and transformation!!!
    Maybe we’ll see you in… Texas!?! We have lots of space, a terrible electric grid, and lots of love for you and your family!!

    Take care of yourself

  153. Catherine says:

    Good for you for prioritizing your health. I hope the new climate helps speed your healing and that you find a new and wonderful house for your family.

    While I hesitate to post the following, since it could seem as though I’m suggesting that your issues (which I really know almost nothing about!) could be cured by a simple supplement, I’m gong to do it anyways in the event that it could help you or any of your readers who have a thyroid problem (so many of us ladies!). I also have Hashimoto’s, but medication never worked for me or improved my numbers at all. But my numbers weren’t super terrible and I felt well enough, so I stopped all meds.

    But when I was pregnant, my OB was concerned about my thyroid numbers because even sub-optimal levels can be bad for the baby. Since I had bad experiences with thyroid meds, even more natural ones like Armour, I decided to try beef thyroid supplements (my OB gave me a couple weeks to try them and then re-checked my numbers).

    I used a couple beef thyroid capsules a day and my thyroid numbers were good for the rest of my pregnancy and I’m still taking the supplements now. I’ve been using some from a brand called Ancestral Supplements, but it seems like there are a few other options as well. (I have zero affiliation with the company, just a happy customer.) For anybody who hasn’t responded well to thyroid meds or want to try a more natural option first, it may be worth giving them a try.

  154. Jo says:

    So glad you are doing what you need to do for you and your family!

    On a lighter note, the finishing the master bathroom curse continues!

  155. Shannon says:

    Without our health there is nothing. I’m so happy you are putting your health first and praying it improves. Here’s to a great move for you all. Austin? :)

  156. Jen King says:

    Oh you guys. My heart goes out to you. This had to have been a difficult, painful decision. Or maybe more bittersweet? Julia, I hope the move improves your health and you can focus more on living and less on healing there! And I secretly hope it’s Arizona. :) Prayers for your family in this transition from a place you’ve loved.

  157. CB says:

    Health is wealth and family is everything! Also what an amazing team you have. Good luck with everything. So excited to follow along with the next home.

  158. Beth says:

    Wishing you good health and all the very best on this new chapter! How amazing that not only did your girls love the idea but your team too.

  159. Kate says:

    Nothing is more important than the health of you and your family! Good on you for making a hard decision but one that sounds right for your family <3

  160. Irmarie Cervera says:

    Shocked and the excited for you health is the most important thing we need to care. Without health theirs nothing. Sending lots of love, prayers, and good vibes. Following every step of the way. Any chancw to convince you to move to sunny Puerto Rico ????????? ????????

  161. Brooke bullard says:

    Wow. Wasn’t expecting this! But your words are so beautiful and true. Home is where your family is. (Although we don’t need that on a sign, people!) I know someone is going to die to get that house! And your next house will be just as great and fun to work on. So glad that your kids are excited and that you will hopefully be getting healthier soon!! That is what is MOST important! Love you guys. Hopefully you are moving to Alabama???

  162. Kate says:

    Health and family first, always! Wishing you better (warmer!) days ahead!

  163. SJ says:

    Come to San Diego!
    We moved from OR to CA ( San Diego) eight years ago and have never looked back. We have the BEST weather and a great arts scene ( at least when covid is not around ) . The ocean is SO healing on may different levels, and we have a food and flower garden at our house year-round. West coast is the best coast!

  164. Gabrielle says:

    What I love most about this is how it shows that you and Chris have such a solid marriage and can support each other so well, it must have been a large and difficult decision. Having a marriage like this as an example for you girls is such a wonderful gift, I hope you know how special that it. Do hope and pray all goes well and that your health improves.

  165. @Aframe.abode says:

    You do you! You know we will all show up for another dream house remodel!!!! I sure hope this helps your health. Moving to WA from Alaska was HARD leaving our friends and family and my house behind…but 6 years later and mild mild winters, and a giant dream house, we are settled. My parents and sister joined us here eventually. We are SO blessed!!!

  166. Erin says:

    Hope to see you in California! The weather is beautiful year round in most places here, it definitely makes up for the expensive housing prices. :)

  167. Liz says:

    Good Luck, good luck, good luck with everything! Praying for your health and family. Also, can’t wait to see what you do with the next place!

  168. Stacey Marcus says:

    Come to Florida! Boca Raton is beautiful and safe with great doctors down here! Your family and health are way more important than material things. I have a vase that says .. “Home is where your mom is!” I believe this to be 100% true!
    Feel better!

  169. Kelsey says:

    I’m so excited for you – what a beautiful thing to have the support of your family and to be able to live a better quality of life! It’s been so fun to watch the home change, and I know the new home owners will love it. Can’t wait for what is to come.

  170. patricia says:

    So glad you’re prioritizing your health and your life with family before anything else. We made that decision four years ago when my husband told me he wasn’t physically able to stay in our home of 32 years. We made the move pretty quickly and we’ve never been happier.

    And the curse of master bathroom remodel strikes again! Maybe buy a house with an already perfect bathroom? I look at it this way, I get the fun of watching you re-do another house!

  171. Nora says:

    It’s never been about the house. It’s always been you all and the fabulous spaces you create, that can be created anywhere. So happy for you all!

  172. Sarah says:

    I’m so excited for all of you, and so happy that you’ve made this decision to put your health first. What a wonderful example you’re giving your daughters! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you- wherever you go, we’ll all happily follow you there!

  173. Boni says:

    Good for you for making the choice for your family and yourself. Looking forward to following your new adventures when you are ready to share more!

  174. Lindsay says:

    God bless you and keep you Julia. I think it is incredibly brave to leave a home you love and family that you will miss for the hope of being healthy. Seriously, that is such an inspiration and makes me want to stop waiting and start making my health a priority too! I can’t wait to see where you end up and know we are all cheering you and your family on each step of the way.

  175. Carol says:

    You can’t put a price on family or health. I’m so happy for you guys to be embarking on a new adventure and I genuinely hope it helps your health to improve. You gave this house a marvelous new life, just as I’m sure you’ll do to the next one. Best of luck, I’m excited to follow along and see where you guys end up!

    • Liz says:

      Your health is the priority. We uprooted our life, careers, and a couple of additional family members and moved across the country to a climate with no snow and it was absolutely the right choice. Looking forward to seeing your next adventure whenever you are comfortable to share.

  176. Liz says:

    Health always has be to be prioritized and home is where ever your family is! I suffer from RA and living in Florida for the last three years has been a gift from heaven, for me and my family.
    What a wonderful adventure you and your beautiful family are about to embark on. Wishing you so much continued success.
    I have a feeling your gorgeous house will sell in NO time and I can’t wait to tag along with all the future projects!

  177. Kristen Chryssikos says:

    Wishing you and your family an abundance of health and happiness in your next chapter! Always cheering you on and rooting for you!

  178. Jeannine520 says:

    What a surprise. I’m sad for the reason provoking your move and hope that wherever you end up buying, you feel much better.

    • Kelly says:

      While your home is beautiful and has been a labor of love for you guys, it truly is just a structure and stuff! Your health and family’s well-being is of course the priority. Always. This is exciting. I can assure you I will be along for this next chapter!!! ❤

  179. Haley says:

    Oh my gosh! I almost messaged you after the little suite tour you posted “guess you have to move now that the bathroom is done” as the diy curse joke, but wow! I have a tiny hunch about where you’re headed but can’t wait to find out! Hope it leads to the positive health change you’re hoping for!

  180. Cory says:

    Every home account that I follow has moved in the past rolling calendar year. Arrowsandbows (twice in one year), mytexashouse, cottonstem, myfauxfarmhouse, laurenmcbride, ramblingredhead, and now you. I know yours is linked to health, but is there a part of it relating to getting a premium price for the houses that you have completed and then can move on to a new house to create new content? It just seems to be way to coincidental.

    • Carol says:

      I really don’t think so. If they get a premium price, they deserve it for all of the money and time and energy they’ve put into redesigning this house. But I don’t think they would sell it without a kitchen remodel if that was their main goal. They also did a lot of renovations that cost a lot of money but may not be a high ROI (mainly thinking of removing the mold and stuff like that). Not to mention, they are genuine and a family-first family. They wouldn’t put their kids through a move to a new state if it wasn’t in their best interest.

    • tara says:

      I’m not addressing the M’s reasons for moving, as they’ve already stated them above —-

      However, I think with the pandemic many people (home renovators, but even so many of my friends!) have had plenty of time to look at their priorities, their spending, their proximity to family or other resources (nature, better weather), etc. and have chosen to change their lives. There is also the added aspect of working from home that MANY companies wouldn’t have considered before COVID. There’s a greater flexibility for some these days, and also we’ve had a year to reckon with our spending, time and other options/choices and kudos for those who have taken inventory of their priorities and are aligning their decisions accordingly.

  181. Jen says:

    It’s a pivot! Good for you. We will follow wherever you go :)

  182. Cindy says:

    Obviously I don’t know you personally, but through following you and how you connect to your readers, I feel that I do. I look forward to the next chapter of your life and and wish you all the happiness and good health that you so richly deserve.

  183. Elise says:

    I am so happy for you! It’s bittersweet of course but we all have to live our best lives. I hope that your health will greatly improve. Much love to you and your sweet family!

  184. Gennie says:

    May God lead you to the right home for healing and your family’s needs ????????????

  185. yolangel says:

    Good for you guys! I also moved from Washington,DC to Texas 4 years ago getting away from cost of living and every day stress. Best decision of my life! I was able to get pregnant after 10 years of trying and now I have the family and home I’ve always wanted. Life is short! Get better and enjoy the new adventure.

  186. Laura says:

    Julia, cheers to being home wherever your family is. We are military and home truly is just that—where your people are.
    Secretly hoping you picked North Carolina! I grew up here and luckily, the military moved us back here five years ago after a ten year west coast stint. This state is home for us—it has the beach, the mountains, the food, the history, the friendship, the warmth (from both people and the sun!), and so much more.
    Wherever you are, you are home with family!

  187. Melissa says:

    I 100% agree that home is who you share it with. That being said we plan to move to Idaho from SoCal for better quality of life. What city do you live in Idaho?

  188. Margaret says:

    It’s so smart to do what’s best for your health and your family. Houses are everywhere and you will make the next one feel like home too, but you cannot replace your health or quality time with your kids.

  189. Sally says:

    You’re the best. So smart to put your health and family first. That’s all we truly have. You’ll start feeling better soon!! Sending good house vibes!

  190. Patti Brown says:

    Bless you as you listen to your body and move forward.

  191. Jennifer I says:

    I am so sorry for your struggles. I so hope this improves your quality of life! I don’t care where you are, and no one other than your family and friends should either! I will love seeing you make whatever space it is yours. And if that gets to be too much…. understandable. Hugs!

  192. Julia Heisler says:

    So happy for the whole family! Your home is so beautiful but you are right in putting your health and happiness first. Your home is with your family! This beautiful home will sell in an instant and you will be on to the next adventure! Sending positive vibes for your healing! You always look and sound vibrant so none of your issues are apparent. I’m sure that’s great to hear but also exhausting to keep up. Good luck on these new adventures and I am exciting to see it unfold.

  193. Ashley says:

    I am so excited for you all and this new change! A BIG change! I can’t wait to follow you along on this journey. I am just a follower and admirer so I am sorry to admit I will mourn just a little bit the beautiful home you’ve created that you will have to leave behind. I will continue to admire how you deal with big change. I CANNOT wait to see what the future holds for your family and I sincerely hope this move helps your health improve!

  194. Wanda says:

    Flabbarghasted, but happy for your family. You doing what you have to do.

  195. Sara says:

    So in one sense this makes my heart sad that you haven’t been doing as great as you come off to all of us, in the other sense I am happy to see your next adventure! (the beauty of the internet lol) Good luck on the house hunt!!! (michelle is right #wealllovejulia)

  196. Lindsay says:

    The finished bathroom curse continues!! You know this one – as soon as you finish a bathroom you need to leave! Haha! Your last house, YHL and their recent move, etc.

    But oh my goodness what exciting (and scary) news! As always, home is where your heart is. No matter where you end up it will be the best place for you. Much love to you and yours!

  197. Cori says:

    How exciting but also so bittersweet. Hoping you’ll find a new home quickly, and that your body (and the rest of you) LOVES the new location!!!

  198. Paulina says:

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing such a personal and bold choice with us. I can’t wait to see where this takes you and here’s hoping your health improves immensely!!! <3

  199. Nina says:

    “For a star to be born
    There is one thing that
    Just happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.
    So collapse.
    This is not your destruction
    This is your birth.”

    Life is all about renewal and rebirth.

    Praying for you to be your healthiest self.

    I’ll be following no matter where you live!

  200. Eri says:

    My sister frantically texted me early this am, “CLJ is moving!! They are leaving their beautfiul home!” .. I was SHOOK and confused.. I thought “What about the new bathroom?! the girls bedrooms!? THE CLOSET!!? etc. I quickly jumped on here to read and now I am in tears. It is always important to understand the context of these circumstances. And you worded it so well, with such wisdom, we can all learn from this article.
    Thank you for letting us in. My bets are on California or Arizona!

  201. Lila says:

    Beyond interior designing, I feel like the lessons you’ve given us along the way are so valuable. Whether it’s your “Don’t wait” mantra and now this- in some way- another version of “Don’t wait,” this has impacted my heart. Wishing you health and happiness, in your new home- with your “forever home.”

  202. Maddy Raman says:

    I continue to be so amazed and inspired by the way you and Chris handle everything that comes with this life. The way that you also so thoughtfully share things with this community honestly and with transparency (and just the right amount) is something I have come to especially love about ChrislovesJulia. Sending positive vibes your way. I hope this transition phase is smooth and goes as planned for the whole family and for your team. Can’t wait to see where the next chapter starts!

  203. Wendy says:

    So sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your health. So good to be able to step back and make decisions about what really matters. Cheering you on and looking forward to seeing what you do next!

  204. Michelle says:

    I have remodeled two kitchens and moved within four months of completion each time. I found it helpful to recognize that I left both homes better than I found them and reminded myself that the capacity to create beauty travels with me. You too will create a beautiful new home, not because it’s “done” Or celebrated by all your fans (although maybe both of those things will happen ) but because you and your loved ones are there. It’s hard to stay grounded in what matters in life. Whether you choose to stay public facing or not, I’m grateful for all that you’ve shared and done. Thank you. Take care of yourself. You can’t give away what you don’t have. #weallloveJulia

  205. Ashley C says:

    So so happy for you and your health. And can’t wait to go with you on your next life adventure! Y’all are amazing and appreciate your transparency and sharing your sweet life with the world. Truly a gift (and as I refer to my friends, you’re my therapy!) xoxo

  206. Tiffany says:

    Uplifting you in prayers for better health and an easy move. You have put some much into that wonderful home; the next owner will be a very lucky person.

  207. Claire says:

    Julia When one door closes another one opens. As tough as this decision must have been for you guy’s the promise of better health is huge. I applaud you for having the courage to shift directions and walk away from all you have created. I know wherever you guys end up you will create a beautiful life with your family. Healing hugs as you set off on your new adventure. Can’t wait to see where you land ????

  208. Lori says:

    This is so exciting for your family! But… i’m a little bummed the Fulmer’s aren’t moving in to your house ;)

  209. Kaitlin M says:

    So sorry to hear that you have been struggling with your health. Praying this move helps you to feel much better and enjoy life more with your family! Can’t wait to see where you end up going and watch you pour more love into another home! Best wishes!

  210. Lynne says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your health! You are right that life is all about your health and being with your kids and husband! You only have one life so off to a place that may bring you the health benefits you need! We are all cheering you on!

  211. Pia says:

    Fellow hashis from Costa Rican living in Texas, all I can say SUN makes a huge massive health difference for is with chronic illnesses, good for you for settting fear aside and keep moving forward. Cheers for new warmer beginnings

  212. Dana Haveson says:

    I hope it’s not California. I moved from seattle to Southern California for the climate, hoping I would feel better here. The air quality due to the fires has gotten so bad, I can barely be outside almost half of the year. Our county had 154 days of poor air quality in 2020. I know it seems a little crazy to research what natural disasters you will have to get used to in a new place, but wild fires have had a massive impact on my life half the year, every year, even when you aren’t that close to the fire, the smoke travels. Good luck wherever it is. I know hard hard it is to feel unwell all the time. I’m looking forward to hearing where you go and seeing if it helps you.

  213. Abigail says:

    So happy for you! I’m sad it won’t be Michigan (everything short of temperate climate lol) but I can’t wait to see where you land and all the projects that we get to watch along with it. Cheers to health and happiness!

  214. Julie says:

    Beautiful Julia, my heart goes out to you in this big decision and even more so in your health struggles. I’m so happy you have so many wonderful people around you that care for you so deeply! Sending lots of well wishes your way that things will fall together exactly as they’re supposed to! So much love!

  215. Vee says:

    All I can think about is I hope you’re ok, I hope you will be okay and I hope that this is the move you all need to get the laughter and joy going more than its sounds, and definitely as much as you need. So! Thank you for sharing, I can imagine this was a brutally hard decision and so here’s to some darn fine lemonade :D , here’s to the next chapter of this and your family’s wonderful life.

  216. Katy says:

    Wishing you ALL the best and glad to hear you’re prioritizing your health. We will follow you wherever home base is!

  217. Kelly says:

    I rarely comment, but wanted to reply to this post just to say that, wherever you go and whatever you do, I’ll support it 100% in whatever way I can. Best to you, your family, and your team.

  218. Olivia says:

    Oh no. While I’m so so very sad to hear you’re leaving your beautiful one of a kind home (that closet???? dining room, living room etc), I pray you find health and peace in your new and will be just as stunning home. Although your style is not my style, there is always so much that I love about what you do and how you get there. Plus I’m always so surprised at myself for liking how things turn out – maybe I’m a moody girl after all. While I’ll miss seeing your beautiful current home in your acct I look forward to your new adventure. Again, wishing you good health and I can’t wait to see where you go next.

  219. Julia Hackney says:

    Wise decision, which I’m sure caused you and Chris some sleepless nights. A house is just a house…the people make it home, as you said. Covering you in prayer for the house to sell quickly, for a smooth transition into your next place, for your health to improve in a warmer climate. And, selfishly, for you to take us all along on your next venture.

  220. Mandy says:

    *SOBBING* reading this. I can feel the support through my phone! What an amazing feeling it is to feel so taken care of and supported by your husband and children. My family is the same way and it is so moving.

    Love this for you guys!

  221. Ali says:

    So thankful you’re doing what’s best for you. And know that we’re all right there with the girls and your team cheering you on!

  222. Sarah says:

    We moved two years ago, with our son on the way. When he was diagnosed with a rare immunodeficiency, it made our home feel like a puzzle piece that had been put into place. Our home we left in the Bay was forested, and would have been dangerous for his health; the fixer we almost bought in Denver (and our Bay home, before completed) would have been impossible to keep him safely indoors.

    We’re in transplant now. I’m dreaming of the day when I can finish plastering the walls of the house and make changes that feel like “us”, but the house has enabled health, which has added so much to feeling at home.

    Best wishes to you with this move, future health, and a renovation timeline that supports you both emotionally and physically.

  223. Erica says:

    God bless you all. This is such a beautiful message shared through very difficult circumstances I am sure. We are praying for you and hoping for good health ahead.

  224. Veronica Castro says:

    I just cried!! There is no more truth than what you said “A forever home is not a structure, it’s your girls and Chris”. We attach ourselves to material things and forget to live. You are so brave for making this choice.
    Best wishes and blessings!!
    P.S. come to Las Vegas and I can work for you too!!! Lol ????

  225. Aileen says:

    I’m glad you’re making you and your family the priority! We are viewers only, and you matter more than the “show” you’re putting on for us. You’re an inspiration in whatever you do. Always, grateful for the peaceful confirmations in life that let us know God is listening.

  226. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    I’m shocked but so happy you’re making this move for your health. I pray the move improves your health a hundred-fold! I’m sad for your dear friends in Idaho, who clearly love you so much. I know leaving them is even harder than leaving your home. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you guys!

  227. Victoria Leos says:

    “Leave it better than you found it.” You guys have done such an amazing job with this house! It’s been so inspiring and so excited to see what’s ahead! Hope you’ll move to Texas :) and wishing you the best with better health ❤️

  228. Mary B says:

    Chronic Illness is definitely very hard. I hope this move improves your health and gives you more quality time with your family. I’m so excited for you all!

  229. Lauren says:

    Nothing more inspiring than seeing someone willing to pivot off of a plan and not feel beholden to things that aren’t making sense. Sending the best for a healthy future!

    As a southerner I’m not upset to see your warmer-weather clothing style ;) thanks for bringing us along!

  230. Megan says:

    Hi Julia, so excited for your new adventure. You should research the bean protocol for your hashimotos, @Uniquehammond on Instagram.

  231. Brooke Bacon says:

    Oh Julia!! I also felt tears reading your teams + family response! ???? what an incredible testament to your and Chris’s leadership in your business and life!! So happy for this next chapter for y’all!


  232. Danielle says:

    I’m so happy for you! I hope this move brings better health for you and you find a home you love soon. It’s not easy moving under normal circumstances, let alone with as many moving parts as you guys. Best of luck!!

  233. Liz Nelson says:

    Good for you! I hope you find the health and comfort you totally deserve. I look forward to following along on your next journey!

  234. Rusty says:

    I’ve never commented here before.
    I just lurk and look.
    This choice must have been massively exhausting to make.
    Know that, having made the choice, the healing starts now!
    You’re brave, steady and the tightest damily unit – the girls’ response says it all.
    Sending you good new house and moving vibes and so much healing from Australia.
    Rusty xx????

  235. Jenn says:

    Tears…not for the letting go of property…but for the beautiful love surrounding you. Praying for your healing and a wonderful adventure ahead for your entire team. Xo

  236. Julie Morse says:

    Good for you. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to see where you land.

  237. Zoe says:

    Bless you, Julia, and your family. I hope God shines his light on your family and holds you in his Grace as you move through this change. Be well, be well, be well.

  238. Torie says:

    Thank you s much for sharing your heart and journey with us. You have an amazing support group and look forward to cheering you on as you make the best decision for your family.

  239. Bekah Madrid says:

    I’m sure this is so bitter-sweet for you guys, and I’m so sorry you’ve been dealing with hard health issues for a long time. I’ve had friends who have made moves for similar reasons and it’s always proved to be the right thing for their family. So glad to hear about the support of your family and business! Hope you’re coming down south. Texas is a great place to live and the people are even warmer than our weather! Just say’n :)

  240. Kristin says:

    We live in Madison, WI. My husband has never lived outside the state, even our city can feel big to him (he’s a small town guy). But we surprised ourselves and each other, when we jumped at an opportunity to move to Bangkok for two years with his work. It didn’t end up happening, but we realized if something like that came up again, we’re so in.

    You never know what’s around the corner, or how the life you created can swiftly change. Thank you for showing us Idaho! Can’t wait to see what you share next.

  241. Tiffany says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this big decision with us! It’s so brave, especially when you will have so many comments. Best of luck with everything! Change isn’t bad it’s just different. The unknown can be both exciting and anxiety inducing!

  242. Anna says:

    I was just ranting to my husband the other night about this “forever home” thing and how people say that and renovate and then sell and move. You’re right, a house is not your forever home and your home will be a happier home this side of eternity if you’re feeling better. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. <3

  243. Linda says:

    Hi Julia. If there is one things for sure it is “change”. You can stay in the same place and as you have experienced life still changes. This time you get to make a choice that is in the best interest of you and your family and that is lovely. You are right families are forever but homes or material possessions are not no matter how much work, heart or energy we spend on them . You have created an incredibly lovely home and now it will be so great for another family. And you will go on to create something new!! Wishing you the. Etu best!!
    We have family on IF. Are you selling your home on your own or will you use a realtor? Would ao appreciate those details. Thanks. And best of luck!

  244. Alexa says:

    Didn’t see this coming! I am sorry that you’ve been ill, and as a result, will be selling your beautiful home. I can emphasize. As much as we tell ourselves that it’s just stuff, there is some much of our identity, hopes and dreams for the future that is tied to a home and a place. But – you’ll have the opportunity to craft all of that somewhere new , which can bring its own type of excitement (once you’re in a better place, health-wise). It’s wonderful that everyone in your life has been so supportive, and that you and Chris are able to prioritize your health instead of suffering through in a climate that doesn’t work for you right now. Best wishes!

  245. Karisa says:

    I know you love SD.. you can come check out Bonsall! But then again I’m a little biased ????

    Wishing the best for your family!

  246. Av says:

    ???? this was a surprise! My guess is Hawaii. I remember you visiting there and expressing how much you loved it. Can’t wait to hear more.

  247. Chloe An says:

    Wishing you and your family all the best! And praying for your health and smooth transitions for your family and business into your new home. Thank you for all that you share ❤️

  248. Elle says:

    I love to hear things like this. Its a poignant reminder that we need to take care of ourselves and family first. This almost feels like permission to let go of something that’s not working, despite how others may judge or react to the news. Very happy for you! And also, I’m selfishly excited to be able to follow along while you work your magic on yet another home. I needed something to look forward to online during this dreary time of winter and yet another lockdown. Thanks for sharing with us!

  249. Kelli says:

    Congratulations!! It must be terrifying to make such a giant change, but your health is worth it, and y’all are going to make a beautiful home wherever you land! (My money is on Florida)

  250. Ashley says:

    Whether y’all choose to continue sharing your journey with us or not, I’m praying for better days ahead. Your home is beautiful, but no matter where you are, no matter what home you’re in, you’ll find the beauty and appreciation in it at whatever state it is regardless. Hoping we get to continue seeing DIY and design with CLJ but glad you’re putting your family and health as a priority. I think the pandemic has made us all take a step back to see our priorities. All the love, CLJ! Best of luck with the sale and the move; don’t let it bring too much stress – it is what it is!

  251. Cassandra says:

    I’m so happy for you and your family for your new journey! Health, happiness, family, that’s what’s important. ♥️

  252. Jill says:

    Oh WoW!! What a WONderful decision.
    In this case it’s not about location, location, location. It’s ALL about health, health, health. That’s so much more important than anything. If you don’t feel well, your family doesn’t feel well either.
    Again, WONderful decision.
    All the best! (from sunny California. ;))

  253. Darci says:

    Is there a way to be in contact if we are online buying you home?

  254. Renee says:

    Praying for your health and that this move will help you feel better quickly! Excited to see where you all move to and someone is going to be one lucky home owner when they purchase your gorgeous house!!

  255. jasmine says:

    This is certainly a bittersweet decision but (as a total stranger who has been along for the ride for years now), I’m just so happy for you – focusing on family and health and realizing that’s what absolutely matters the most. And letting go of the *things*.

  256. Julie says:

    good luck, this is exactly what you and your family should be doing! home is precisely what you said, as long as you are all together, you are home :) my family is also moving this year and I was met with some shock from friends, ‘but this is your home’, they all said, as we’ve put a lot of work into it over the years to make it reflect us. however, we can make our home anywhere we like b/c we will be together. health is important and quality of life, for whatever time we are granted is important. good luck to you and yours!!

  257. Meghan says:

    So just yesterday I was scrolling zillow for places near John & Sherry and totally thought – “Oh I would love to see what Chris & Julia could do with this house.” Wherever you end up I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see what you do and hear that you’re feeling better!

  258. Lindsey says:

    While I love your house, I completely understand. You and your family come first. Now I just wish I was in Idaho and could buy it. ????

  259. Megan K says:

    Wishing you all the best! Excited to follow along in this next chapter. You and your family deserve it!

  260. LaPriel says:

    I totally get it! We did the same thing a couple of years ago after buying our dream home in IF I hope your move improves your Health! I am sure your house will sell quickly.

  261. Cristina says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling so much with health, and not surprised at all that your loved ones are so supportive! I’m happy to follow along wherever you are, doing whatever is best for your family :D

  262. Amanda says:

    I am both impressed at your bravery, and very excited for you!! My husband and I grew up in Salt Lake City, and as wonderful as it was, the climate was also very hard for me. We now live in Scottsdale Arizona, and we couldn’t be happier. The blue skies and sunshine 11-12 months of the year keep me sane. I pray you and yours find your place and things improve. I truly wish for your health and happiness, and I’m excited to follow along!

  263. Valerie says:

    Are you moving to Florida with John and Sherry?! Please yes!

  264. Lori says:

    Prayers for improved health and finding another wonderful house to make your home. But, you are so correct when saying home is where Chris and your girls are!

  265. George says:

    I’m sorry you are going through this. We’ve had three forever homes in two states. It really is the journey that makes life fun. ;-)

    I’m going to make four guesses, Hawaii, Austin, Charleston, Nashville..

  266. Emilie says:

    Thank you for sharing everything that you do with us. Respect for everything you choose not to share.
    Wishing your family all the best and looking forward to being here for it all!

  267. Carly says:

    I know you’ve already nailed a location, but as a fellow Hashimoto’s sufferer, please make sure it’s a place where you can get enough vitamin D in winter. There’s a line below which you should live and if you’re going to make such an enormous change, make sure it’s actually going to help – not just give you a bandaid effect of feeling less cold. Humidity matters too – don’t move to somewhere with too much because mold is a problem in humid areas. Like I said, I know you say you’ve nailed the location, but that’s still just a thought in your mind. It can be changed based on better research. I worked for a doctor who specialized in Hashimoto’s and I had access to all her research and helped support a ton of her patients, so I’m not just a rando talking out of her butt. ????

  268. Nichole says:

    You’re so right! Home is where family is. I wish you all the best for your health!

  269. Annalee says:

    Wow! Moving is so fun and daunting and scary. Really excited for you guys.!

    Temperate climate…. makes me think of where I live, Portland, Oregon. If you are eyeing Oregon, just going to warn you that things here aren’t great here. You can make a home anywhere, I believe, but look deeply if Oregon is on your short list. We are desperate to move but my husband’s work is so specific (film) that it’s hard to find work elsewhere.

    Best of luck!

  270. Julie Sutton says:

    What an beautiful example of what truly makes a home – and why “homemaking” is even a thing…to offer a soft place to land for the people you love. And there is no softer place to land than a Mama. You’re their home, too, Julia. And making sure your foundation is strong, structure sound, and self is fully restored…that’s the home Chris and the girls feel the most love within.

  271. sara says:

    they are just homes. we can love them but they arent our lives; those are the people in them. i am thrilled for yall and pray this moves helps you feel better. long term health issues are complicated and can be flat mentally exhausting; praying this move lifts some of that burden. much love.

  272. Marisa says:

    I have always ben so moved by you! Sending all the good juju and happiness your way in this new chapter.

  273. Jacqui says:

    Why not build? I for one would love to see what you would come up with !

  274. Wenndy says:

    I admire you so much. “My only life” is a powerful statement. My word for 2021 is SIGNIFICANCE. This post reminds me that I can always analyze my life and choose things that are significant to me. To be brave and always choose what means the most to me. If you can do it, anyone can. You’re absolutely right. We all only have one life; may we all cherish the time we have and be brave enough to always choose what is significant to us. Much love to you all. With the help of technology, and as long as you let me, I’ll “follow” you anywhere. ????

  275. Kris says:

    If we have learned anything from the past year, it is that life is so short. I hope you find a place for that life is lived fully. So excited for you guys!

  276. Jordan says:

    What a courageous decision. You and your health and your family’s overall well-being is deserving of this. Praying and supporting you from afar!

  277. Rachel says:

    Happy news everyone is wanting better health with and for you. Hope for simpler things also so you can enjoy more outdoors relaxation and rest your body too. The warmer climate means creating outdoor spaces and cosy spaces to retreat together inside. The work you have put into this house will sell it. Think back to the start of your life together how spaces were used snuggle couches and kitchens to cook and visit with friends and family restful bedrooms and musical corners are all coming with you to a new place. Young House Loves journey has been wonderful to watch and hopefully you will be able to keep privacy and balance for you Chris and your girls moving forward. What a difference a year can make. Warm wishes for happy days ahead.

  278. Maria says:

    Sending you tons of healing energy and positive energy that you and Chris find the perfect place and home for you and your girls and that it provides all the comforts and healing you need. Im can only imagine that these next few weeks are going to be hectic and busy with all the logistics that goes into relocating not only you and your family but your business. Take it slow, or at least as slow as it permits under these circumstances. Everything will work out and come together. ????

  279. Lori says:

    Can’t wait to learn where you are moving to next! Last August I sold my home in Boise, Idaho in one day. It didn’t last 24 hours with multiple all-cash offers. I moved to Scottsdale, AZ for better weather and I just love it here. I’m a homebody too but will always remain open to moving to new places and experiencing new things. It’s super wonderful that your team will be going with you. You guys will continue to be awesome wherever you land. *Sending good house vibes!

  280. You’ve got nothing but support from me. Living at this latitude is no joke, and I fight daily for mental health at least eight months out of the year. I win, but the fight is exhausting. I hope you feel better soon.

  281. Shannon Kennedy says:

    So there is this property I have been dreaming of buying and renovating CLJ style. Not in the cards for us at the moment, but so strange that you would post you were searching for a warmer climate.

    This property has you guys written all over it. Come to Northern Ca!

  282. Michelle says:

    This had me sobbing. I have been dealing with health issues for the last year and a half, haven’t had even an ok day in as long. It’s so so hard and really shows you that your health and family are all that matters. We live in our “forever” home that we have poured our hearts into over the last 9 years but would leave in a heartbeat for a better, healthier life. I am so sorry you are struggling and pray that this brings you better health and a better quality of life with your family. I have learned that stress can be a killer, quite literally, to our health so lowering your stress and hopefully the change of environment is going to bring you positive results. Sending you all the positive vibes on this journey and can’t wait to see where you end up

  283. Nancy D says:

    Bless your sweet heart! You and your husband are always so positive, so I’m sure the move will work out wonderfully. I’ve so enjoyed following you during this pandemic. Wishing the best for you and your family!

  284. Jill Waters says:

    Julia, I pray that you guys end up exactly where you are meant to be and it will be such a seamless transition that you’ll know God had a hand in every piece of it. Having suffered from thyroid cancer, I understand helpless feeling you are likely experiencing. Some days I feel like a shell of the person I used to be. ❤️ Hopefully your health will be restored!

  285. Lilly says:

    Wishing you and your family and bright and beautiful next chapter.

  286. Lori H says:

    Julia, sending all the best house hunting thoughts your way. No one should question your right to live YOUR best life. In my social media fantasies, you all love in next door to the Petersiks in FL!
    Best wishes and I look forward to continuing to follow your adventures for as long as you are taking us with you!

    • Deb says:

      Omg! I thought of the Petersiks, too! Wherever you end up, take care of yourself first.

    • Eli Thompson says:

      Let the new adventures begin…just warmer, with NO snow shovel in the garage! Wishing you the easiest of moves, and a speedy journey to renewed health. Sending love from Texas to you and your beautiful family. It’s nice and warm down here…and we never need a snow shovel (well, maybe every forty years or so….) .Just sayin’. ????

    • Tara T says:

      Haha! Same! Though, I highly doubt Chris and Julia are looking to downsize as much as Sherry and John.

    • Cate says:

      I noticed a few months ago that CLJ & YHL no longer publicly interact on IG with each other. My bet is Arizona or Kansas!

  287. Juli says:

    Woohoo!! It just means more chrislovesjulia with a healthy Julia! Your house is nice but the biggest draw is you guys and the girls. Any home you make yours is a journey I’m happy to be on. Much love -juli.

  288. Rachel says:

    You’ve done amazing things in Idaho, and you’ll do the same wherever you go. Praying for your totally healing! And I know the internet must be a weird place to share your life, but none of your decisions are anyone’s business but yours- and no one else’s opinion matters either! Share as much or little as you want, and know that everyone is cheering you on, always.

  289. Janie says:

    You are absolutely doing the right thing. You can’t get this time with your girls and Chris back so enjoy that family!
    I’m sure whoever you land you will make it beautiful! Whoever gets this home is indeed a lucky family!

  290. Kayla says:

    This must’ve been such a tough decision, but I know you’ll make a beautiful home and new memories with your forever home wherever y’all end up. My hope is upstate SC!! We’d love to have y’all!

  291. Caroline says:

    I honestly love that you never stop adventuring! It’s what keeps life interesting. Wishing you all the best xxx

  292. carrie says:

    all the best you and your beautiful family.

  293. Mai says:

    The master bathroom curse strikes again!!! But seriously, congrats on making a difficult choice that is best for your family. As a life-long California resident I can tell you an all-year temperate climate is THE BEST. Good luck finding a new home and can’t wait to see what you guys do with it. I’m sure it’ll be stunning.

  294. Jenna says:

    I know you’ve mentioned Raleigh before and I hope that’s true! NC is the best state, in my humble, completely non-biased opinion. ???? I have to say, I am SHOCKED but so excited for you guys and for what you’ll do next. ????

  295. Angel says:

    You’re not allowed to do a bathroom renovation ever again! ????

    But seriously health is the most important thing.

  296. Rosalind says:

    “I was so moved, I started crying. I knew in that moment a “forever home” wasn’t a structure, it was them. My forever home is those three girls and Chris and wherever we go together, that’s home.” CUE THE TEARS!!!! This is so true. As long as I’m with my boys and my husband, we could call a box our forever home. I’m so proud of and for you guys, what a brave decision. SO so so so happy for you guys and for your future health!!!

  297. Ashley J says:

    Totally got the tears flowing while reading this at work! I feel the same, my husband and daughter are my home no matter where we are. I can’t wait to follow along on the next adventure!

  298. Daniela says:

    Wow this is such a shocking news yet so exciting at the same time. Now we get to follow you guys on another new journey. Honestly I wish you guys nothing but the best of luck. I hope your health gets better and I can’t wait for the new journey.

  299. Ann K says:

    There have been times during the past months when I would see your picture I was genuinely concerned. Alarmed even. ‘I hope she’s all right’ I thought. I genuinely wish you the best health possible and hope and anticipate that this move will contribute to restored health. Best wishes.

  300. Emily says:

    Congratulations for coming to this big decision! You only get one life to live, and deserve to be in a climate that will best serve you.

    Can’t wait to see where you’ll end up next!

  301. Megan says:

    So moving and so brave!! Praying you find the right home and it helps heal your health issues!! Thank you for taking us on the adventure with you!

  302. Brittani says:

    Congratulations!!!!!! I’ve had this thought for you so I’m sure it’s been a hard choice to make!!! Good luck and I am so excited for you both!!! Xo

  303. Celeste L. says:

    I’m so excited for you all! My husband and I need to do the same thing, but we can’t bear to move away from our grandkids. Your story gives me hope, hope that maybe our “team” will consider moving with us.

  304. Lauren says:

    The bathroom renovation curse strikes again! Every blogger I follow ends up moving after a bathroom reno, lol. It makes me really second guess my own bathroom reno plans. But in all honesty, I know you’ll find a beautiful new home that produces drool-worthy content for me to follow so I am PUMPED! Prayers for you that this new chapter will bring you health and happiness!

  305. Aimee Gordon says:

    It does not matter how beautiful or dreamy a home is if someone is not well. Home is what you make it.

    • amanda says:

      So excited for you! I teared up reading this, the team being on board, your sweet daughters prayers… Faith of a child. ????

  306. Rachel Y. says:

    Good Luck! Chronic illness is SO hard. It’s no fun being sick all the time. Health and family are so important and other things are just extra.

  307. Kara says:

    Health means everything. ONE life! You have to do what you feel is right for your family and your health. I wish you all the best in your next chapter! We absolutely love the home hour built but will also enjoy watching you transform your next home when you feel better. Xoxo

  308. Meredith says:

    What a hard decision! I can definitely relate – my hubby and I custom built our dream home years ago. It was everything we wanted and planned to stay forever. But we were miserable. I used to catch people standing on our sidewalk just staring at our home but I would think to myself “if they only knew how sad we are inside this gorgeous home.” We had wonderful friends and great jobs but it wasn’t where we were supposed to be. We made the tough decision to move – to a different state 7 hrs away – and have been so much happier. Our home now is not at all a “dream home” but the life we live is healthier and happier. We miss our dream house sometimes but have never ever regretted moving. Praying this next season of life brings y’all immense happiness and an abundance of good health.

  309. Angela says:

    I live in northern Canada, 17.5 hours directly north of you. One of my dearest friends has been struggling this winter with a new Hashimoto’s diagnosis. Her family is also looking to move, though not as far as you are. We will of course miss each other but we have nothing without our health.

    I hope you find your “next home” easily, and your next date team.

  310. Missy says:

    I’m sorry to hear how much you’ve been struggling with your health and sorry to hear you need to leave what you imagined as your forever home. But you’ve shown a remarkable ability to roll with whatever disappointments life hands you and make the best of any situation. Wishing you peace, joy, and better health ahead. I’m excited to follow along with you on this new adventure.

  311. Montana says:

    What a HUGE decision but one that is meant to be for your health and happiness! We look forward to your health increasing and your next home adventure!!

  312. Banessa Wasilewski says:

    Moving is hard but we are nothing without our health, where ever you land with your family and team I know it’s going to be amazing, I will be supporting you and wishing you and your family and team nothing but good vibes.

  313. Karen says:

    The curse of finishing the master bathroom triggering a move lives on! Good for you for putting your health first.

  314. Meg says:

    This must have been such a tough decision but based on everyone’s reactions- definitely the right one! So excited for you and praying for your health!! Love following along!! Thank you for taking us on this journey with you!!

  315. Darlene says:

    I will follow you wherever you go. Best wishes.

  316. Amber Marlow says:

    I’m inspired by this. You are the definition of taking life by the reins. I’m laying here in our too-small apartment with my second baby twisting inside me, a few days frim his birth day, wondering what’s ahead for us and feeling scared, so I’m borrowing some of your boldness if you don’t mind!

    I can’t wait to see where you end up. I know it will be stylish, and exciting, and I’m joining the hundreds of your fans in cheering you on.

  317. Jessica Schaack says:

    I could not be more impressed with you two ❤️ The courage and faith y’all have is INSPIRING. Many many many prayers for y’all !

  318. Kathy says:

    Lifting you up I’m prayer as you start the next chapter. “Home” is where your family is.

  319. carla says:

    You have such a beautiful family where ever you land you will build success. Sunshine and warmth year round does everybody good???? I know you have your own health protocol, from a place of ???? May I suggest “Doc of Detox” and Medical Medium. God Bless your family and wonderful journey together. xo

  320. CA says:


  321. Mia says:

    The hardest choices are usually the right choices. Just more projects for us to watch you do! I hope this helps your quality of life. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this journey.

  322. Wendy says:

    Sending soooo many good vibes your way. A beautiful story for a beautiful family. Wishing you and yours the very best.???? Also, super jazzed for a new reno. I drool over your designs.????????

  323. Lindsay says:

    Good for you! I live in the northeast and dream of living somewhere warmer the majority of the year. My guess for your new home is Arizona! ????

  324. Jo says:

    Your writing conveys the complex emotions of making this decision. All of your beautiful and creative work on this house has added joy and value to so many lives (and homes!) and I’m sure wherever you land you will continue to do the same. Wishing you health and peace in your body and spirit on the next adventure and of course, I will be here to follow along.

  325. Rachel says:

    I have Hashimotos as well. Moving to Florida warmth and humidity helped me so much! Best of luck!

  326. Claudia says:

    I too moved for my health after buying a home and renovating it. I was sad at first but the gains I made in my health was so striking that I regret nothing. It was the best move and my children loved it as well. They are very flexible. Best of luck to you in your search and blessings on your health journey. Hoping you are restored to health.

  327. Elle Pierce says:

    Gosh I feel so happy for you. To feel well and good during our best years is something everyone deserves❤️ So glad your family is at peace with a decision like this and all the love you must be feeling!

  328. Arli says:

    Nothing matters more than your health and family. Sending support, positive vibes and good luck for your transition to a new home and toward a healthier life.

  329. Erica says:

    Hi! As someone who has moved for my health, I can really appreciate the hard decision to put your care first. I hope you find a really great medical community to support you. Take care!

  330. Cassandra says:

    I’m excited for your move, just like everyone else!!! Yes, this blog, IG and your other avenues of income are work, your most important job is being a mom and wife to your family. Home is the people around you and what they feel and love. If you are not around to make those girls and Chris feel loved then the battle is lost. Move wherever you need to in order to feel better, to be better to get better! You are home to your family and always will be, with that said this move is perfect for you and that’s what matters the most. Take care of you so you can take care of them! I hope and pray you get better and all things align for you medically.

  331. Katy says:

    Come to the Carolinas! Texas would be cool too. But perhaps they are heading to AZ bc it’s West. CO would be too cold, right?

    Julia, you are brave and real. I know so many of us will be praying for you your health!

  332. Lisa says:

    Good luck, Julia! Crossing my fingers that you’re next move will bring you more comfort and better health… and that you’re moving to SoCal, which we love so much!

  333. Jen says:

    So funny, we just made the same decision to list because of our family. I love what you said about a “forever home” not being a home exactly. Wishing you lots of success in selling. Also being an Idahoan I can confirm it won’t be difficult finding a buyer in this market. I can’t wait to see where you end up. Good luck house hunting!

  334. Juliet says:

    Oh Julia, what a brave decision!! I’m amazed by your strength and wisdom. This can’t be an easy decision, but the best decisions are rarely easy. I wish you and your family a lot of success over the next few months.

    We left a cold snowy, gray climate to live by the beach in Baja California, Mexico. We live close enough to California that we can take advantage of all the amazing things San Diego has to do ( the zoo! The hiking! Target and Trader Joe’s!), but still come home to the beach in Mexico. It’s sunny here almost all the time. It’s not too hot or too humid or too cold. It’s just pleasant and sunny every day. I can’t imagine ever moving. That being said, if we ever did have to move back to the US, we would probably move to Southern Utah around Zion National Park. The weather is beautiful, the scenery is stunning, the towns are cute, and housing is still affordable.
    You are so, so wise to put your well-being and your family first. We have never regretted moving and you won’t either.

  335. Melissa says:

    Sending supportive vibes your way. Thank you for sharing.

  336. Danielle Kuhns says:

    I’m hoping this move brings you the health and quality time you deserve. If you are moving out to east Tennessee I know an amazing realtor. I just moved here from Rexburg and it’s an amazing place to be. The coldest day we’ve had this winter was 21 degrees and today it’s 65.

  337. Lucy says:

    We should take our cues from the kids, who usually laser in on the important things. And it’s not new bedrooms (with very beautiful wallpaper!), but the people in those rooms that are important. Wishing you the very best in your next adventure, and good health to follow.

  338. Megan G says:

    Julia: Please get well soon! And bless you for your (as always) wise and good heart that is able to make such a BIG decision. Lead us on to your new adventure, and we will all show up there, too!

  339. Danielle says:

    Wishing and hoping the best for your health, Julia.

  340. Lisa says:

    God works in mysterious ways, your move will be a blessing for your family and crew. Your talent is remarkable; I have no doubt you will create a new masterpiece.

  341. Michelle says:

    Sending all the love and positive thoughts for health and wellness and the perfect house to start this next chapter. We too just sold what we thought would be our forever home and, what I always thought would be heart wrenching, was such a peaceful and smooth transition, we knew it was completely right. Praying that for you as well. ❤️

  342. Angela says:

    Health and family are ALL that matters!!
    But I can’t help but thinking- it’s the principal bathroom Reno curse (or more like blessing!) isn’t it? Lol

  343. Lorna Benninghoff says:

    Have so enjoyed watching your design in your beautiful home. Sending big prayers your way for better health and finding a perfect home in this next chapter. Much love

  344. JoAnn Gorrell says:

    Wishing you and your family all the best and cheers to being bold and brave and doing what you feel is best.

  345. Kari says:

    I’ve messaged you in Instagram before but not sure you read. I have hashimotos as well but I also developed SIBO and I was the sickest I’ve ever been in my adult life. Please look into it as people with hashimotos are more likely to get it. Wishing you as always all the best and health and happiness in the coming year with your new move!

  346. Adrienne says:

    I’ve come to believe that same idea, that home is a feeling not a place. If I’m with my family, I’m “home”! Wishing you all the best on your new adventure! And to living your best life ???? Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!

  347. Whitney says:

    I was not expecting this !!!! But this pandemic has made many people think differently about where they live! Myself included!! My family is also moving this summer and I’ve heard many other ppl I know are doing the same! Much luck! It will be an exciting new chapter for both of us :)

  348. Julie says:

    It breaks my heart that you suffer so much with health problems. I’m amazed that you show up every day with a smile on your face and do what you do. Good luck finding a new home and I really hope that warmer weather helps you feel better.

  349. Nancy says:

    Surprised by the news but happy you are making the choice to do what’s right for your health and your family.
    Excited to see whats next!

  350. Alex says:

    As someone who suffers from Hashimoto’s and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I completely understand the need to move to a locale and home that helps you feel well physically and mentally. I have so enjoyed seeing you share your home transformations and pray you find the perfect house in your new city.

  351. Melissa says:

    Wow!!! That’s amazing!! I am not sure you will ever finish a master bathroom again and not get an itch to move :) So glad you are making this move for your health. We moved from upstate New York to Virginia and I can tell you that life is easier in the south for a lot of reasons!! Can’t wait to see what you do with your next house. Are John and Sherry luring you to the Gulf Coast??

  352. L says:

    I know you had considered Charlotte in the past, Tega Cay, SC is really close to Chalotte and has great schools and you could live on a lake! Just saying! :)

  353. Lisa says:

    Very excited to follow your new journey!!! Prioritizing your health and family is always the right choice! Also, the curse of a completed master bathroom strikes again! You twice, and YHL once ????

  354. Joellyn says:

    I was just thinking yesterday as I watched your bedroom bathroom video , “I wonder when they are going to move again”. It’s the finished bathroom curse at work again! ???? Wishing you health and happiness wherever you go. Your readers will follow you anywhere. I’ll miss this house though. ❤️

  355. suzanne says:

    I hope you find a new place that will be good for you and your family. I do also hope, that this means that you will NOT be painting the doors black!!! My heart dropped when I heard you say that the other day. Those are beautiful doors, and as you know it would be expensive to replace then, please, please leave them as is for the next homeowner!

  356. Michelle K says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I understand wanting to keep it private, but YOU are what you share with us online: your home, your family, your vision to make any house a home. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s been wonderful to watch you and your family grow in this house, but I can’t wait to see how what happens for you in the next place. I hope wherever you move not only brings new memories, but better health <3

  357. Tracy G says:

    I have LOVED watching this house be transformed right alongside you. It’s gorgeous!! But taking care of your health, and access to the healthcare you need is everything. Best of luck in your new home search – your fans can’t wait to see what’s next and it will be all the more sweeter knowing you can be well.

  358. Jennifer says:

    We moved 9 years ago this month from family because of my husband’s job. We left a state with 4 seasons but long dark winters and came to one full of sunshine. While the summers are hot the sun has been the best thing for me and my well being. Our move has been so good for our family. I hope and pray the same is true for you. ♥️

    • Victoria says:

      It’s so weird when you connect with people over the internet. I don’t know you IRL but I think I need a minute to get over you moving!

      But as a sufferer with multiple chronic illnesses I know how hard it can be. I’ll be reading along as you move, and maybe you’ll help me make some changes that are probably overdue, to put my health first more.

      On a humourous note, the Venn diagram of YHL readers and CLJ readers is basically a circle ????

  359. Lauren says:

    Sending the best vibes for health, peace, and success! I would do anything to be healthy and can relate to your yerning to do whatever it takes. Maybe you should build a place! A change from renovating for a while since that is always a hard thing to live through. I will generously offer my home to renovate for your content if you end up in Charlotte. I am so nice ;)

  360. Allison says:

    I am so excited for your family and so happy that you felt up to sharing this big step. I have loved seeing the process on this house and how your styles have evolved over time and now I’m even more excited to see how a new place, a new climate, a new vibe, can influence that. I’m sure it was not an easy decision, but that your team jumped on board so quickly, as well as the girls, I think speaks volumes about who you are as parents and business owners.

  361. Jenna says:

    Change is where the magic happens. Sending you positive vibes as you make a transition that is bittersweet. If your next chapter finds you in Arizona, the care at Mayo Clinic is different from anywhere else and world-class. And the high is 70 degrees today here. :)

  362. Emily says:

    This sounds like such a good decision for your family. You’ve added so much love and value to this home in such a short time and I’m sure its walls are already thanking you and wishing you well!

  363. Jennifer says:

    I’m joining your family in prayer for your health and happiness. ❤️

  364. Naomi says:

    What a big decision for you! I hope that this move to a better climate will turn around your health.

  365. Deanna says:

    What a brave decision, health and family always come first! Wishing you and your team all the best in this transition. My guess is you are moving to Arizona?!?

  366. Erin says:

    Good luck and all the best!

  367. Elizabeth says:

    Wishing you the very best! You’re exactly right the “forever home” travels with you! I’m hoping Texas is your destination! ❤️

  368. That is huge! And I’m sure was such a difficult decision to make. Can’t wait to see where this takes you.

  369. Jenny says:

    I admire your willingness to pursue what is best over what is good. It’s a really hard thing to do. No doubt this will be a fun adventure and I’m glad you’re taking all of us along for the ride. Praying that this change results in great health for you and a wonderful home that you never knew you’d love.

  370. Cori says:

    So exciting Marcum’s! It’s important to put you first. I admire you for that. ????????

  371. Colleen says:

    As someone who also has Hashimotos (only 6 months into my diagnosis so still figuring it out), I feel this! While my area of WA isn’t too bad climate wise, it’s still a little too temperature variable for me year round to feel my best. Sending many well wishes, & hoping this move will help your health!

  372. Adrienne says:

    It’s a tradition now: finish a bathroom, sell your house!

  373. Lauren says:

    I think YHL said, once you finish a major bathroom renovation, people always end up moving! Funny how that seems to be true! Best wishes!

    • Jacqueline says:

      I also follow YHL. The Florida panhandle has lovely beaches and your friends. We love to vacation there.

      The Atlanta area is great (except traffic) and has nice weather much of the year. It’s not cold for too long – and nothing like Idaho- and still has 4 seasons. Wherever you go, I wish you and your family luck and good health!

  374. Liz M says:

    Wow what exciting news! I have to say that I have been following you for many years (8 maybe??) and I just never felt like you were ever settled in this house. I know I’m a complete stranger over the internet, but just the feeling I got. Not so surprised at the news of a move – but saddened to hear of your health struggles. Mayne that’s why I never felt your enthusiasm for this house like the ones in the past? I am so excited to follow your move. Its like allll the fave Influencers are moving/have moved in the past year!! (YHL, Nesting with Grace, Cottom Stem, Emily Henderson, Rambling Readhead, Lecalir Decor, KWendyHome…..)

  375. Jennifer says:

    Wise words, Julia! Best wishes as you search for your new home and for swift healing ????

  376. Landy says:

    Thank you for sharing something so personal with us. Thank you for allowing us to cheer you on especially during moments like this. Sending you positive thoughts for your next chapter to healing. Take care of you and love on that family.

  377. carrie says:

    You’re so right. Life is fragile. Thank you for sharing this beautifully written piece. I know there are a lot of families out there who completely relate (this one included). It’s an encouragement to those struggling with similar decisions. Prayers for the journey ahead!

  378. angela says:

    Thank you for sharing! I am praying that you truly find some relief in your new location and that it is a smooth transition for all of you.

  379. Brooke says:

    My eyes are welling reading this. This home will get to be someone else’s dream home. It’s like your the renovation fairy, sprinkling magic pixie dust to bring homes to their greatest potential and moving on to the next happy customer. Kids are resilient and warm weather is a game changer, even just for a mood booster but even more for you personally based on your post. We support you in your journey!

  380. Donna Baird says:

    I love your house! I say at least once a day! But you must do what is best for your health. I will be praying for you and your sweet family. It’s onto the next adventure and a new home to make your own, God’s blessings to you!

  381. Rachel Jackson says:

    Incredibly proud of you for making this decision! You are a strong, beautiful, amazing woman! Thank you for continuing to inspire us all! Praying for health and healing for you in your new warmer location! You rock, Julia! Much love. ????????????

  382. Estela says:

    Love you guys and your journey. Crying out loud reading this, because you are so right. Your home is Chris and your three beautiful girls. You will find a house that will follow you and your family’s life with love and excitement. I hoping you will get better soon and that your new chapter in life will be awesome. Lots of love to you and your family Julia. ????????????

  383. Sarah says:

    Sending all the good vibes your way for a better day to day in a warmer place, you deserve to wake up each morning feeling as beautiful as you look! And, bonus, we are all along for another fun house reno ride, can’t wait!!!

  384. Sarah Jones says:

    Wow, what big news! If I’ve learned anything over the last year, it’s that quality of life is more important than anything else. Good for you all! Sad we won’t see this home anymore, but thank you for sharing it with us while you had it. Looking forward to seeing your next home and finding out where you end up. The warmer climate will be great. Wishing you the best and better health, and thank you for letting us all follow along! :)

  385. Sam L says:

    Good for you! I hope you are able to quickly find a place for your next chapter and that you find peace and improvement in your health! That is all anyone could ask for. I look forward to seeing where you end up and wish you all the best along the way.

  386. JL says:

    Oh Julia, there are tears on this end as well. This must have been both hard and cathartic for you to write. The response you’ve received from you girls just means that you and Chris have raised them with the right values; that love and family are the only things that really matter. Kids are resilient and they’ll be happy wherever they are, as long as they have you. This past year of isolation has led us all to appreciate our health now more than ever…mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. During this time, I’ve sincerely enjoyed watching this house come to life and all of the “soul” you’ve both put into it. God’s speed in finding your next home and to better health!

  387. Amber Wallace says:

    That had to be so hard for you. This home is beautiful but you’re right, home is where your family is. My daughter has thyroid and other struggles and I would move for her in a heartbeat. I’m glad you were so supported in the hard decision and I’m happy to be able to follow along with your next home ????

  388. A says:

    Stop renovating your master bathrooms! :P. (joke for levity)

    So sorry to hear about your continuing health issues and leaving this beautiful house but it will be worth it for your physical and mental health, as well as your family’s happiness and peace. Praying for you all and cheering you on from Canada!

    • B says:

      Ha! I was going to make the same bathroom joke! Isn’t that what Young House Love said just before the moved to Florida?!

      So many good thoughts and vibes for your home search. And big prayers that this move helps you heal.

  389. Corrie says:

    Love that you all are doing what is right for your health and therefore your family. Sending all the good vibes.
    Love what you said that your house served as a good backdrop. How many things in life are just that, the backdrop. The people in our lives are what matter the most.

  390. Katy says:

    Also I would like to say: build new! I know, I know. You like saving old houses and you can still do that for flip/investment properties. But I just moved in to our house that we designed and built and I can’t describe how amazing it feels to live somewhere I designed and built. And we got to make it so healthy and earth friendly. We got to make decisions that you just can’t make when you’re buying an existing house. It’s so, so worth it if you can swing it. Especially if health is a big reason for moving. Make it the healthiest, most beautiful home you can imagine. I’m happy to email with you if you’re interested. Not that you need the help!

  391. Phoebe K says:

    Wow, I’m shocked! I’m so glad you’ll be able to be somewhere that will help you feel better. Big changes are difficult. Good for you guys for going for it and how wonderful you have support from the team!

  392. Raquel says:

    Sending love and peace your way! These decisions must be made no matter how hard. Life comes at us, and in the end FAMILY is all that matters. Wishing you healthier days ahead, and a beautiful Cottage-y house you can pour into when you feel the time is right and feeling your best. God Bless your new journey

  393. Molly says:

    Sending you all the love and prayers for healing! I think it’s amazing that you are making the choice to walk toward healing even if it means walking away from all the beauty and community you’ve created there in Idaho. Things are things but as you said, home is where your family is and that’s the most important thing!

  394. Colette says:

    Health and family are always top priority! Get well Julia! Looking forward to following along on your next adventure. All the love and good vibes coming your way. XOXO

  395. Sharon Capone says:

    Oh Julie, I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. My heart sank for you as I read this and I started to cry. We will certainly be praying for you and hopefully the change will help. You have struggled with health issues for far too long. Enjoying your family is definitely the right priority now. Love you

  396. Kristin says:

    This is both sad and exciting. Good for you for making the best decision for your health and family. BUT, I think you should probably either never remodel a master bath, or do it IMMEDIATELY!! Looking forward to new adventures and projects, and better health for you!

  397. Katy says:

    OH MY GOSH!!!! WOWWWWW. Definitely did not see that coming. It must have been a pretty sudden decision; I know you guys were just looking at buying a flip house and had plans for this house – the kitchen, the office. Wow, what a surprise! But I am SO excited for you! It’s exhilarating reading this. And also, I feel sad that once again you barely get to enjoy your beautiful new bathroom! Ha! I can’t wait to see where you move. Are you moving to Florida with John and Sherry?! California maybe? (The threat of wildfires and the air quality it brings makes me think not.) Anyway – ahhh!! Don’t keep us waiting too long! Best, best, best wishes!

  398. Megan says:

    Having a beautiful home means nothing if one is too sick to enjoy it. I hope the move tremendously helps.

  399. Lynne says:

    I’m sure it’s hard to leave this house that you all have blood, sweat and tears in. But it will be such a gift to the next owners who may need an already done well loved home. Are you guys moving to Florida to be neighbors with the Petersiks? That would be fun right? Kidding aside only you know what’s best for your family. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing the journey.

  400. Beth Keck says:

    Wishing you all the best of health and happiness. I’m sure this was a tough decision and I hope the move will help you.

  401. Hilary says:

    I am sorry that you are going through this, but I hope the move helps your health. We are cheering you on from the sidelines!

  402. Lisa Wightman says:

    Wow! When I went to your blog this morning, I definitely wasn’t expecting that! I think one major lesson that 2020 taught us all, is the value of our health and our families. I am moved by what a tough decision that must’ve been to make. I wish you all the best in the next stage of life with your family, and hope you are able to be healthy and happy in your new home! Can’t wait to hear the location! I have a hunch ????

  403. LeslieP says:

    Your health is the most important thing. All good thoughts for the next chapter, especially better health.

  404. Maggie D says:

    Oh Julia! I’m saddened to hear that you are struggling and am sending (virtually) positive juju your way! I know it will be so hard to leave this gorgeous home you’ve created but you are right…family is where it’s at.

    I anxiously await to hear all the details about this next chapter – good things are to come (home and even more importantly, health-wise)!

    Here’s secretly hoping you’re coming to Louisiana, lol!

  405. Tanya says:

    Congratulations! One good thing I have noticed coming out of the difficulties of the past year is the increased realization of the importance of prioritizing personal physical and mental health. Such a wonderful example to not only provide to your daughters, but also to everyone else struggling to do what they think is “right” instead of what may be best. Hoping this is your best chapter yet.

  406. R says:

    Wow. Health is the most important. Beautiful post about how love and family is home

  407. Kelli says:

    I have been reading your blog since the black butterfly days. It always makes me sad that you have to justify your decisions (although yours is a VERY good one). You have built multiple beautiful homes and I can’t wait to see the next. But my true hope is that your health improves! Because those girls need you and your presence. Not to mention you need it for yourself. Can’t wait to see the new house and go along (virtually) on the new adventure.

  408. Kristin says:

    Sounds like the right thing to do. I hope you start to feel much, much better soon. And what a bonus for your readers—a new house, new room transformations…I can’t wait to follow along.

  409. Mary says:

    All the love, support, best wishes and grace through this process! DONT WAIT! ❤️

  410. Julia says:

    So many emotions! This sounds like what is needed for your family and your health so I wish all the best in your move! I have loved watching this house unfold and know whatever house you pick next will be equally as exciting to watch you renovate.

  411. Suzi says:

    As a mom of 3 young kids also dealing with a chronic illness, this resonates so much! You are a strong and brave family who has their priorities right where they need to be and we are all rooting for you! I love being along for this ride, no matter where you guys live. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

  412. Claudia says:

    My heart goes out to you – Julia, Chris, and family. I’m sure this was an incredibly difficult decision. But I’m so excited for your next chapter and wish you all the best in your future house hunting and selling. Praying this move brings you peace and healing.

  413. Lyndsey says:

    Julia, thanks so much for sharing but please know (no matter what any haters say) you don’t owe us anything. Anyone who is truly a “fan” loves getting as much insight as you’re willing to give us and doesn’t feel entitled to anything more. I hope you and Sherry are boosting each other up (I’m sure Marco Polo was on fire yesterday!!!), and please know there are zillions of us out here cheering you on. Mostly I hope people take away the true point of this post which is to say, I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling well and I really hope that the move helps with that and can bring some peace of mind to you and Chris and the girls. Looking forward to what comes next and wishing you guys all the best!!

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