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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 […]

2021 Gift Guide: Gifts From Our Favorite Small Businesses


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We are enjoying Thanksgiving with our family (and hope you are, too!). We have been making a master list of Black Friday sales all month and got a few exclusive deals just for you!! We will be updating this list as the deals become live–but as of now, this list should be live (along with […]


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Chris Loves Julia Kitchen Countertops

Yesterday was countertop install day (so basically Christmas) in our kitchen! We are so so happy with how the install went, and honestly, I feel like I can take a deep breath. When we were designing our kitchen with Stoffer Home, from the very beginning, it was designed with a mix of marble and soapstone. […]


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Not only do I search for every small appliance, gadget, and electronic on eBay before I buy it, but I also always have things in my eBay cart. THIS is the week to check out on the cart because everything is on sale. I have them bookmarked for all of my Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and […]

Gift Guides!

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I share a lot of home projects and design here on the blog, but sometimes all you need to upgrade your home is just a few tiny tweaks. These are just little changes that I’ve made over the year and have made a world of difference! The best thing about these tweaks is that they’re […]


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I get asked almost every day about an item of makeup I’m wearing. I’m definitely a creature of habit and wear the same thing nearly EVERY DAY, day or night. It’s shifted a little bit since the last time I shared back in 2019, so I figured it was time for an update. Here’s what […]

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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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Welcome to our online community where we've posted home, DIY, style, renovations, and family since '09. Renovating our #cljmoderncottage in Idaho and headed for new adventures in Raleigh, NC. #cljfam #cljtransformations