HAILING FROM RALEIGH, JULIA ATTENDED APP STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE MAJORED IN APPAREL AND TEXTILES. AFTER GRADUATION, SHE TOOK OFF FOR NYC AND WORKED FOR THE INTERIOR DESIGN SHOP, OCHRE. AFTER THREE YEARS THERE, SHE WENT TO WORK FOR THE ICONIC FIVESTORY BOUTIQUE ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE. SHE MET HER HUSBAND, MATT, IN THE CITY, AND SIX MONTHS AFTER THEY WERE MARRIED, THEY MOVED BACK TO RALEIGH TO START A FAMILY.
JULIA LIVES IN A CAPE COD STYLE HOME IN RALEIGH'S HAYES BARTON NEIGHBORHOOD WITH HER FAMILY - THEY'VE BEEN IN THIS HOME FOR THREE YEARS. THEY WERE DRAWN TO THE AREA BECAUSE OF IT'S RARE COMBO OF OLD HOMES, SIDEWALKS, COFFEE SHOPS, AND RESTAURANTS - ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.
WHO DO YOU LIVE WITH | My husband, Matt, my son, 4.5 year old Banks, and daughter, 3 year old Ella
WHAT'S YOUR SIGN | Cancer
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN THREE WORDS | Comfortable, fun and creative!
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR WORK | Luxury Sales Associate for The RealReal and Visual Merchandiser for Vermillion, a boutique in Raleigh
WHAT SURPRISES YOU ABOUT RALEIGH | The amazing food scene, and the growth
FAVORITE CITY | New York or Miami
YOUR THREE FAVORITE THINGS IN THE HOUSE | 1) The Kiki Slaughter painting in our living room (she was one of my old best buds from Summer camp!), 2) Pebble Ice maker in basement, and 3) Vintage gold cash register from my grandfather’s drug store
NETFLIX OBSESSION | Good Girls and Schitt’s Creek
WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU RIGHT NOW | My family and my health
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR | Wash your hands!
CURRENTLY DANCING TO | Yummy by Justin Bieber with my daughter- she has the best moves!
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT | A good candle or a good bottle of wine.. These have been my recent go-to candles:
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR HOME | Sit in peace after the kids go to school and the house is quiet (either in the living room or breakfast nook), rearrange shelves, and entertain!
WHAT DO YOU BRING WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO | Sunglasses, Amilab chapstick (Discovered in a drug store in Paris, and now order on amazon) and hand sanitizer (these days)
WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY YOU IN YOUR BIOPIC | Julia Roberts
WHAT CAN YOU NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT | An island vacation after Quarantine...
GET THE LOOK: FANTASTIC FLORAL WALLPAPERS
THREE FAVORITE THINGS IN YOUR HOME | 1) Backyard and garden area, 2) Foyer Wallpaper by Lake August (thanks to our fabulous decorator, Lauren Hood), 3) Dining Room Chandelier by Louise Gaskill
FAVORITE COCKTAIL | Moscow Mule
NECESSARY EXTRAVAGANCE / SIMPLE INDULGENCE | A massage at least once a month
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT | Matchbooks and good hotel toiletries! Our guest bathroom is full of amazing soaps and shampoos
FAVORITE PLACES TO SCORE FINDS FOR YOUR HOME | La Maison, Logan’s for garden decor, Hill House Home linens
FOOL PROOF DINNER PARTY TIP | Random place cards (mix up couples), a good playlist, and great lighting!
FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW | Treat you Better by Rufus Du Sol
SHOP JULIA'S OUTFIT
GET THE LOOK: NC ARTIST TOMMY MITCHELL'S GILDED FLOWER STUDIES IN LUCITE
DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS | My best girlfriends...we like to giggle a lot! And maybe throw in Andy Cohen, Ellen DeGeneres, Kris Jenner (she’s a boss!) 2Pac (he’s still alive somewhere)
YOU KNOW YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON | My mom….for anything from reupholstering a chair, helping me with my children, or meeting me for a fun lunch date!
HOW DO YOU UNWIND | A cup of peppermint tea and online shopping
IMPROMPTU TALENT SHOW, HOW DO YOU WIN | Drop down into a full split
IF YOU WERE A BOXER, WHAT SONG WOULD YOU WALK OUT TO | Callin’ Out by Lyrics Born
GRANNY CHIC STYLE: SHOP THE BEDROOM
Pleated, patterned lampshades are a great way to inject a little granny chic into a room. - from Julia's decorator Lauren Hood
SHOP PATTERNED LAMPSHADES
YOU GUYS HAVE DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB MAKING THIS FAMILY HOME FEEL FRESH AND YOUNG, HOW'D YOU DO IT | Our goals were to make it a warm, family friendly, forever home. We wanted to update the kitchen and master bath first, then add our touch to the other rooms by keeping the classic, elegant feel of the home.
INDISPENSABLE DESIGN ELEMENT | Grasscloth wallpaper
FAVORITE FABRIC | Schumacher Blush Chinois Palais
GO-TO COLOR PALETTE | hard to pick! I feel like my house is full of color...each room has a different color theme, but my favorite are the serene blues in our Master Bedroom
FAVE FLOWER | Amaryllis
WHAT SMELL DO YOU LOVE | Bacon, wood burning fireplaces
WHAT'S YOUR NEWEST MUSIC DISCOVERY | Chris Malinchak
IF YOU ❤︎ SCHUMACHER'S CITRUS GARDEN...
GET THE LOOK: SHOP THE OFFICE
TWO THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB | Meeting fabulous people, and being surrounded by beautiful clothing, both old and new!!
STYLE ICON | so many to name…. I was always inspired by my old NYC boss, Claire Distenfeld
BOOK YOU'RE READING RIGHT NOW | Front Row: Anna Wintour
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU: I’m a super neat freak (and thank goodness my husband is as well!) and I have an identical twin sister
MY STYLE MANTRA “When putting on accessories, take off the last thing you’ve put on” - Coco Chanel
GET THE LOOK: CHARMING BAUBLES AND QUIRKY BITS
WHAT DO YOU DO FIRST THING AFTER YOU WAKE UP | Brush my teeth and take my vitamins
BEST MOVIE SET DESIGN | The Holiday! I’ll take a modern LA home or a cozy England cottage anytime!!!
GO-TO SCENT | Le Labo Santal 33
WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE IN A FIRE | A picture of my grandmother that she took of herself all dressed up in her wedding attire, because she was sadly too sick to make it to my wedding.
COLOR YOU NEVER TIRE OF | Green
WHERE IS THE LAST PLACE YOU TRAVELED |Lake Tahoe, CA
WHAT DID YOU BRING BACK | toy snow plow for my son, a ski bunny barbie doll for my daughter
FAVE WEEKEND SPOT | Atlantic Beach
FAVE RALEIGH COFFEE SPOT | Jubala or Hereghty’s Chai lattes
WHERE DO YOU SHOP FOR CLOTHES | Vermillion, Moda Operandi, Fleur
FAVE THINGS IN YOUR CLOSET RIGHT NOW | Rosie Assoulin Bangle embellished shirt (I love everything Rosie does!), Balenciaga speed trainers, JW Anderson Cap Leather Crossbody Bag , Lela Rose White Blazer (has excellent stretch and is so cute over a dress or with pants!), Gucci Canvas Sneakers ,Vans x Sandy Liang Sneakers
SHOP JULIA'S FAVORITE THINGS
BEST CONCENT YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO | Jay Z and Beyonce at Yankee Stadium in 2010- we somehow got seats right next to the VIP section, so we were high-fiving celebs like Gywenth and LeBron as they were walking in with their bodyguards.
FAVE MUSEUM | Wynwood Walls in Miami
ARTIST ON YOUR RADAR | Ashley Longshore - just ordered a fabulous commissioned piece for my dining room! Love all of her quirky cocktail napkins and home goods, as well!
RADIO STATION THAT ALWAYS PUTS ME IN A GOOD MOOD | Chill Radio on XM
WHAT'S ON YOUR SUMMER WISHLIST | As much beach time as possible with my kids, a quick drop in at Burning Man (if it happens this year), and hopefully a trip to visit my sister and friends in Montauk
For Ella’s room, we actually kept the existing wallpaper when we moved in, and added a fun paper mache dogwood light and sconces from Stray Dog Designs and colorful artwork by Paule Marrot from Natural Curiosities, that all will last for years to come! Lauren helped to make the room feminine and fun.
" I feel like I will save Rosie Assoulin pieces forever. I love her mix of high fashion and functionality!!!"
SHOP JULIAS' FAVE ROSIE PIECES
A BOOK YOU'VE READ MORE THAN ONCE | How to Murder your Life by Cat Murnell, and Portraits of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg…..Addiction stories fascinate me!
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN YOUR REFRIDGERATOR | Cheese, Coconut Water, black cherry Zevia, Rose
FAVORITE HOTEL | Gramercy Park in NYC
THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME | The Maldives
PERFECT MEAL | A filet mignon with bearnaise sauce and creamed spinach!
AND DRINK | A classic Coca- Cola
Your Real Raleigh series is my favorite thing ever. Please never stop doing them!! I live in DC but this series always tempts me back to hometown Raleigh. Love all the quirky questions.