Revealing the Pittsburgh Kitchen to the Family

August 3, 2016

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 




We're Chris + Julia

read more

What we're                   right now


browse the shop

Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here. 

We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen. 

Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.

browse all

browse all

browse all




Popular Posts




Top Categories

Remember that kitchen in Pittsburgh we renovated in June? Well, renovating a kitchen in 6 days was only half the fun, keeping it hidden from the homeowners (my aunt and uncle and their three children) was my favorite part. Today we’re so excited to share with you a fun video from Frigidaire Professional of when we were finally able to reveal the kitchen for the first time to the homeowners.

Revealing the Pittsburgh Kitchen to the Family

While they lived in the house the entire week, we renovated the kitchen and tarped it off so they couldn’t see it (besides their 16 year old son who was so eager to help) until the big reveal day.

Revealing the Pittsburgh Kitchen to the FamilyRevealing the Pittsburgh Kitchen to the Family

It was a very special moment with lots of tears, hugs and cheers — there’s nothing like the smell of fresh chocolate chip cookies in a brand new kitchen!

Revealing the Pittsburgh Kitchen to the Family

Since coming home, we received a nice note from the Worrall family expressing how much this renovation meant to them and their family, and how enjoyable even cleaning the kitchen is, which is pretty much the best mail we could receive.  The appliances have added so much functionality they never knew they were missing, and all those extra details that Frigidaire has mastered is what really turns a kitchen from the place you prepare your food into a place where you want to spend your time. We’re sending our photographer back to get some seasonal shots as the seasons change, but if you didn’t catch all the before and afters, brace yourself, and check this post out. You can also find the budget breakdown of the kitchen here and the full renovation video here.

Revealing the Pittsburgh Kitchen to the Family

Special thanks to commercial photographer (and my sister!), Andrea Ahedo, for being our videographer while we were on location. See more of her beautiful work here.

This post is in partnership with Frigidaire Professional. You can check out their Youtube channel here


Frigidaire Professional Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator Frigidaire Professional 30″ Freestanding Gas Range / Frigidaire Professional Dishwasher /  Frigidaire Countertop Microwave / 30″ Undercabinet Range Hood / Flooring: Shaw Floors Fairmount Park 12″ x 24″ Luxury Vinyl Tile in Belmont / Backsplash: Classique 2″ x 4″ Porcelain Subway Tile in White / Grout (for flooring and backsplash): Unsanded grout in Silverado from Lowe’s / Countertops: White Oak Plank-Style / Cabinet Boxes: Ikea Sektion / Cabinet Drawer Fronts & Doors: Semi-Handmade Shaker-style Super Matte Grey / Hardware: Unlaquered Brass Ball Cabinet Knob / Portrait Art: “Elizabeth” by Victoria Bradley-Morris / Chandelier: Rae 6-Light Flush Mount / Sconces: Ford’s Mill Single 2 1/4″ Sconces in Old Brass with 8″ Old Brass Reflector Cone / Espresso Woven Shades / Sink: DOMSJÖ single bowl apron front sink / Faucet: Heritage Double Handle Widespread Kitchen Faucet with Side Spray in Vintage Brass / Area Rug: One of a kind (similar andsimilar) / Back door paint color: Dutch Boy Anchoring Neutral / Open Shelves: Poplar boards painted white / Brackets for Open Shelves / Copper Pitcher / Green bowls / Light Gray bowls / Two-toned Cheese board / White Essential Dinner plates / White Essential Salad Plates Acacia Wood Bowl / Large White Serving Bowl / Nesting Prep bowls / Glasses / Camille Wine Glasses / Mugs / Marble fruit bowl /Round Acacia Serving Board / Rectangular Acacia Serving Board / Olive Wood Cheese Board / Utensil Holder /Olive Wood Utensils / Tea towel / Magnetic Knife Bar / Wusthof Classic Ikon Knives Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel Cookware / Blue Anolon Cast Iron Braiser

What do you think?

  1. Jeanna says:

    I wish we could have heard what they said! Still in love with the kitchen :)

  2. Arielle says:

    Hi Chris and Julia!

    I love the Pittsburgh kitchen.You guys did an amazing job designing the space and putting it together in such a short amount of time. I’m in Pittsburgh too and my hubby and I just upgraded our appliances after being renters for a decade and truly, new (modern and working!) appliances make such a difference in a space and making it feel like you want to spend time there.

    Also the cookies and flowers in the sink were a cute touch.

    I love your guys’ podcast and listen to it while I do my own house projects. I love that you said, you don’t have to wait for your husband or a man to start doing projects. just that has changed my point of view and I’ve been a renovating storm since. Thank you for the daily inspiration.


all the latest

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 

HI! We're Chris + Julia

read more

Load More

Reader Faves

SHop all

What We're                     Right Now

What We're                 Right Now

Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop. 


looking for inspiration? 

Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]

Can We Send You Our Love Letter?

Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!

Follow Along on Instagram

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