I’ve known Jillian since we were both 5 years old, and she’s probably the one girl that ‘gets’ me in every way, inside and out. Now, she’s raising her family in Cincinnati (our good ol’ former stomping grounds!), a city she compares to her favorite old book. She’s right on; we couldn’t agree more.
  • Kelly - July 23, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    Living 2 hours south of my closest Ikea in VA, it’s one of my favorite places to go and walk aroudn when I go to Pgh to visit family.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - July 23, 2013 - 9:14 AM

    I enjoyed our short time living in Cincinnati, and miss all those hills, and of course, graeters! We will be trekking out to our local Ikea in the next couple weeks to buy furniture for the nursery. I will make sure to get some ice cream while there…ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - July 23, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    Yes, Rachael! We hardly partake in Graeters anymore since Eric can’t do dairy. Wah waaaaaaah. :( But that makes it all the more a special treat for me. Black raspberry chip will always be my fav. Good luck w/ your nursery buys! Half of Leo’s room is from IKEA. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - July 23, 2013 - 9:29 AM

    Also, IKEA foodstuffs were the last things I consumed before going into labor w/ Naomi… not sure that helped the process.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - July 23, 2013 - 8:02 PM

    Lucky kids that their parents know the awesomeness of IKEA! I felt weirdly proud of Cincinnati when I heard they finally got one, ha.ReplyCancel


Julia is the blogger (and amazing artist) behind Chris Loves Julia, finding herself saying goodbye to Spanish Fork, Utah. We first bonded over our shared love of a studio place to call our own, and now, we’ll both be starting from scratch – again. (But isn’t that a DIY lovers dream…

While we’re knee deep in boxes and just-moved-bliss, my best girl from our college days (and roommate until I took the leap to move in with Scott!), Kalli, is kicking off the ‘love’ week with a tour of her city, Los Angeles. I live in Los Angeles and sometimes don’t…
  • Julia @cuckoo4design - July 22, 2013 - 7:01 AM

    I love LA so much too!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - July 22, 2013 - 1:48 PM

    Hey, Kalli, Love that top photo! LA kinda gets a bad rap for shallow-ness, fake boobies and such, but with you living there, you know there’s gotta be way more to the story. You just presented it so lovely here. Can’t wait to visit this place some day. :) xoReplyCancel


After years of proclaiming that we wouldn’t live in Chicago, say, past the age of 30, we’ve found ourselves heading into Moving Day weekend. Here, in Chicago, in our thirties. If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ve seen us city hop as part of our yearly anniversary tradition, in the hopes…
  • Julia @cuckoo4design - July 19, 2013 - 7:27 AM

    So exciting! I hope your furry children will have an easy time adjusting!
    Can’t wait to see what your friends have in store ;)ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - July 19, 2013 - 7:56 AM

    I’m so excited for you guys and I’m crossing my fingers for a stress free moving weekend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 19, 2013 - 9:37 AM

    Hooray moving day/weekend! Hope everything goes smoothly!

    Can’t wait to read all of next week’s posts, and yours about settling in the following week!ReplyCancel

  • Giuliana - July 19, 2013 - 9:46 AM

    You will be missed and your house guests are welcomed with open arms. Good Luck on the move and enjoy every bit of it! Hugs to the furry children.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 19, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    You guys are the sweetest.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 19, 2013 - 11:34 AM

    I’m not going to lie, I got a little teary eyed reading that. It is an amazing feeling to move to a place and to have it feel like home, straight away, no question. I moved to Long Beach for college, and 12 years later (there were 3 years in there when I moved away) it is the place where I feel not just home but a sense of community and belonging.
    Congratulations, and good luck with the move!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura at Rather Square - July 19, 2013 - 12:36 PM

    Good luck with the move. And welcome home (again) to Chicago!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 19, 2013 - 9:46 PM

    Hooray for moving day! I love following your journey and living vicariously through you. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - July 22, 2013 - 12:10 PM

    Congratulations times a million! Also, good for you for taking a blogging break! Enjoy the moving and settling-in period as much as you can (given that it’s MOVING), and good luck with all the stuff to do. By the way, I would love to promise to think of you guys when I pass a hardware store, but I’m usually too busy going inside the store and exploding my brain with too many ideas…ReplyCancel


It never, ever ceases to amaze us how one coat of paint (or in our case, primer) can make all the difference in a room. With that said – in between scrubbing the walls, priming the walls and disinfecting every single surface on the second…
  • Amanda - July 17, 2013 - 7:09 AM

    oh man what a difference!!! i am so excited to stalk you guys through this house transformation :)
    stripping paint and/or any old finish off of old wood is one of the most disgustingly awesome part of any project. not that you’re asking for advice or planning on doing more to the stairs in the super near future, but here’s my two cents for when you do get to the point of prettying up the stairs: Citristrip is my current personal favorite stripper – it works great, and it smells like oranges :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 17, 2013 - 8:24 AM

    Wow! You guys have not wasted any time! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 17, 2013 - 8:28 AM

    Amanda, we’ve used Citristrip in the past and found that it works great! Thanks for the tip.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 17, 2013 - 9:47 AM

    I would TOTALLY need some instant gratification every once in a while if I were embarking on this type of project. Love it. (And love your vision for the dark wood/white risers…)

    Also: as someone who lives in a bland box of a 1960s apartment/condo building, I can’t believe someone would cover up that arch.

    Loving the updates. You’re making a lot of progress!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 17, 2013 - 9:53 AM

    Ooh yes, dark tread with crisp white risers sounds lovely!

    I second the Citristrip, possibly combined with a heat gun.ReplyCancel

  • That is a ton of work packed into one blog post. The progress looks amazing!

    I’m curious what kind of gloves you bought that you’re in love with. I just had to chuck a pair that was well past it’s prime and potentially covered in poison ivy juice after battle some in the side yard. So I’m in the market for a new pair.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 17, 2013 - 10:05 AM

    Thanks, guys! A heat gun, that should also be on our list of handy tools to stock up on…

    Heather, I bought an inexpensive pair of all leather gardening gloves – gardening gloves were the only things that fit my tiny Asian hands! Scott already had to buy a second pair, and mine are still going strong.ReplyCancel

  • ann - July 17, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    We can’t wait to see the progress you’ve made in person next weekend. We’ll come ready to work!ReplyCancel

  • Laura at Rather Square - July 17, 2013 - 4:23 PM

    Amazing job! We had old carpeted stairs too (I’ll be posting about that on our blog soon) but opted to recarpet ours for now. So we had the new-carpet installers tear out our old stuff, it was pretty gross. Nice work on the DIY!ReplyCancel

  • Tiny Homestead - July 17, 2013 - 4:48 PM

    loving to get to see all your progress! just wanted to say, no to the heat gun rec’d above if there’s any chance some of that paint is lead paint. Lead vaporizes at high heat so do some research if you go that route.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 17, 2013 - 5:36 PM

    Tiny Homestead, this is why we love you guys. Great point!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie B - July 17, 2013 - 10:13 PM

    Looks like a tough job, but you’ve made a lot of progress!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Cartwright - July 20, 2013 - 12:38 AM

    I actually enjoying seeing all the things you’ve done. It’s quite hard thing to do but you’re enjoying it. Can’t wait to see the final result.ReplyCancel