LOVE OF HOME

The cou­ple be­hind the Chris Loves Ju­lia blog dish about their own labors of love—a young fam­ily and their tai­lor-fit home.

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Chris Loves Ju­lia—and we love them! The Idaho home of these pop­u­lar blog­gers is filled with DIYs and in­spi­ra­tion sure to en­tice you to get out your ham­mer.

HE IS THE YOUNGEST OF EIGHT CHIL­DREN WHO SPENT SUM­MERS HELP­ING THEIR DAD BUILD HOUSES. SHE COMES FROM A LONG LINE OF AR­TI­SANS AND, SHE SAYS, IN­HER­ITED HER DIY WORK ETHIC FROM HER DAD.

To­gether, Chris and Ju­lia Mar­cum are the cou­ple be­hind the Chris Loves Ju­lia brand, an al­most decade-old blog that has grown to in­clude a pod­cast, a fur­ni­ture line with In­te­rior De­fine, and more on the hori­zon.

“The blog was just to keep our fam­i­lies in the loop of what we were do­ing, but it turned into this story of how to fall in love with your home,” Ju­lia says. “It’s a real-life story—we are a hus­band and wife chron­i­cling the ren­o­va­tion of a fam­ily-friendly home with three kids and a big dog and how we make that work.”

Chris adds, “We want to do some­thing that’s help­ful to oth­ers and pos­i­tive.

And the big­gest sur­prise is how many peo­ple are con­nect­ing with us.”

Five years ago, the cou­ple pur­chased their 3,400-square-foot ram­bler in Rexburg, Idaho, and set to mak­ing it their own. At the time,

Chris was work­ing full-time and el­dest daugh­ter Greta was a baby. They worked nights, week­ends, and even dur­ing Chris’ workday lunch breaks to ren­o­vate the kitchen, in­stall wood-look tile floors, and more. “Luck­ily, our first baby was our best sleeper,” Ju­lia says with a laugh.

Since then, Chris has left his mar­ket­ing ca­reer to work full-time on home pro­jects and the fam­ily brand, and the Mar­cums are grow­ing into the four-bed­room home that—thanks to their DIY skills—they’ve made over top to bot­tom.

“I come up with a lot of the ideas and de­signs, but I def­i­nitely get down and dirty with the build­ing,” Ju­lia says. “I’m the des­ig­nated painter and caulker, and I can put to­gether any­thing with in­struc­tions, but I leave most of the heavy saw work to Chris—he’s just too good at it.”

MEET THE MAR­CUMS Home­owner Ju­lia Mar­cum holds 8-week-old Polly be­side Chris with Faye on his knee and proud big sis­ter Greta at their Idaho home.

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