We hear all the time, “I can’t wait to see what the design style will be in your cabin!” Which seriously warms my heart. While we have been enjoying our cabin and even tackled a couple small projects there (check out the reading nook here!), the big demo starts July 30th! A lot of our plans have been hinging on the HVAC…or lack thereof. I know it’s boring, but not having any air conditioning or traditional heating (a wood burning fireplace heats the lower level, but we’ve never had any luck with it actually doing so, and a pellet stove that needs constant feeding heats the main level and loft) has really opened our eyes to how limiting it is in how we are able to use this cabin. In the summer, it’s SO HOT (especially in the loft) and in the winters, it’s hours before we can take off our coats. So we’re excited to get a better system in place that we’ll be able to access and monitor from our phones. More on that soon.
At the same time, we’ll be demo-ing the kitchen and since the floors will all need to be ripped up to install the heating system, we’ll be laying all new floors and framing in a couple new rooms. And then, then!!!, it’s game on for all the fun stuff.
I explained it in a CLJ Q&A a few weeks ago, but we’re definitely going for a cabin vibe here. Give me all the wood and antlers and plaid. But the style will definitely still be Chris Loves Julia with moody colors thrown in and some dramatic lighting for good measure. I love to explain it like, if YOU were going to the beach or to the mountains, your outfit would change–but your style wouldn’t. Does that make sense? The finishes and decor will definitely be mountain cabin, but the style will definitely remain our own.
Here are a few inspiration pictures I’ve been collecting that inspire me!
We’ll be putting up our first Cabin Diaries episode on CLJ TV (through our instagram @chrislovesjulia) really soon, doing a walk-through tour talking about all of our plans and hopes and dreams and concerns! Can’t wait to get started!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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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.
We’re welcoming fall by lighting up the evenings with the glow of our fire pit. In Idaho, fire pits were more of a summer evening event. Fall was too cold to be out in the evening without being bundled with a coat and blanket. It’s magically different here, and the subtle crisp evenings are just […]
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