Chris and Julie: Part One
Chris and Julie are pretty much the best couple ever. The kind you’d hate if they weren’t so genuinely fantastic. They are both twins. They have the cutest curly headed baby girl.
They run marathons together. Lots of them.
And if you need ANY more proof of their awesomeness, this is how they got engaged.
Chris and I used to work together. And when he and Julie were buying a bigger home to better accommodate said curly headed girl and future curly headed siblings, he kept telling me that loved the blog and wanted my help. Finally, I realized he was serious. I felt compelled to disclose that I didn’t really know what the heck I was doing, but if they were willing to bring me along for the ride I was more than happy to go.
So one day, before they moved in, Chris took me by the new place.
Picket fence? Clearly.
And inside? Great light, a built-in bookcase and an open floor plan. This is the living area from the dining room.
And the dining room from the living room.
Chris also took me by their old house to see what furnishings they did have. He told me they were considering re-using their gray sofa+chaise, but would be open to seeing what I’d suggest. So… I dug in and created a few options for them.
First came the color palettes. Chris and Julie both love the water and had requested something in the blue family with worn wood accents. So, first came Sea. (You can click on all these boards to make them bigger, btw.)
For a second option, I chose to go with yellow. A lot of their art pieces they have and love use yellow liberally. Plus the walls and trim in the new house were a warm white/cream and would compliment warmer colors and wood tones.
Then I put together three floorplans, with furniture recommendations for each.
Plan One used their existing sofa, two arm chairs and a round coffee table to break up the squares. For the dining room, I chose a warm-toned farm table and added a bench on one side that could serve as extra seating in the living room, too. They already had black dining chairs and wanted to re-use them, so I picked a dining table that had some black in it. I also gave a few options for a console and occasional tables, though they had some from their previous house they were open to re-using. These furniture choices fell in the Sunshine color camp, though a few easy swaps could put it in Sea territory.
Then there’s Plan 2.
Oh, that little peninsula on the chaise. It’s not very big, but boy, it gets in the way. Except when you’re actually sitting on the couch. Then I’m sure it’s fairly kick-ass. This arrangement flipped the couch into the center of the room. A slipper chair tucks easily into the corner and a floating pouf provides a little extra seating or foot propping. I also thought it could be fun to take a cool folding chair—the one in the bottom right corner is from Urban Outfitters—and hang it on the wall for seating when you need it / art when you don’t. (Later I saw this same idea on Pinterest and I love how it looks in real life.)
But before we get too caught up in all this, let’s see what’s behind Door #3.
Plan 3 casually tosses out the idea of a new sofa. A white sofa! But it’s a slipcover, so don’t freak out too much. There’s also an industrial cart coffee table. And a super gorgeous dining room table from Crate & Barrel which has the greige-y wood tones with a lot of black in the top to go with the black chairs. A zebra rug over a sisal rug is pretty darn exciting. And the neat green piece on the bottom right is something they had in their bedroom and wanted to feature more prominently in their new home. In this plan, it’s a console in front of the window.
So which plan do you think Chris and Julie chose? Pretend this is Love Connection and shout out 1, 2 or 3!
Spoiler alert, it goes better than this date:
Part Two…in two and two.