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We have mentioned “our team” that moved with us many many times (more on that here), but realized we never formally introduced anyone! Last week, we set up a tripod in our entry and finally got a team photo taken for our holiday cards we like to send out to all of the wonderful brands […]

Casual Friday: Meet the CLJ Team!


We’re Chris & Julia.

Thanks for following along as we uncover our home’s potential through quick DIYs, major renovations, splurge-and-save design, and our day-to-day family living. We hope you feel welcome and find inspiration to help you also love where you live

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Sources And just like that, November’s over, and we’re winding down for the year! November is always our busiest month. We chugged immunity shots (from Clean Juice) multiple times so that we could stay on top of all of our deadlines. We started the month releasing all of our gift guides, and shared a round […]


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This week we’re really focusing on putting the family room back together and every step feels monumental. The space, which is above our garage and just up the back staircase from the kitchen, and at the end of the hall from the girls’ bedrooms, has become the central location for our family to be together […]


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Chris Loves Julia Hidden Door

When Jules gets an idea in her head, it’s not a matter of “if” so much as “when”. So when she brought up the idea of making the extra door in our family room, that leads into the playroom, hidden, I knew I had to figure a way to make it happen. Though this was […]


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Cyber Monday sales are live! Most are even bigger than Black Friday. We’ll be sharing some favorite deals on Instagram stories. And if you’re looking for gift ideas, check out our Holiday Gift Guides!   Home Amazon: Black Friday Deals (Shop our storefront here!) Anthropologie: Extra 50% off sale! (The coziest gift.) Up to 45% off + […]


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It’s Small Business Saturday! A great day to get out and support and shop your favorite local small businesses!! Below, we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas from our favorites to gift and receive and some that are on our wishlist! 1. Linen Apron $42 An apron to use every day but to also make […]

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Yesterday was the launch of our new Polly rug collection with Loloi! The support has been overwhelming and we’re so excited to finally share this labor of love with you all. The collection was inspired from a need in the market–something to mix and match with vintage rugs, or vintage-inspired rugs like our first collections […]

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